Global Game Jam 2017 Wrap Up

Well, I left right after my day job on Friday to head up to the Cleveland host site of Global Game Jam 2017.

Sadly to say… I never made it.

Trouble Afoot

About 15 or 20 minutes before I would have arrived there, my car starting making this scary rattling noise. I got off the freeway at the nearest exit. Of course, it was in the middle of no where, so there weren’t any gas stations or rest stops. Ugh.

I turned right and drove real slow until I cam across the largest church I have ever seen. Lucky for me, it had a lit parking lot. So, I pulled in and parked under one of the lights.

Finding the Problem

By this point, I realized that the problem wasn’t the engine or anything like that. So I thought that maybe my muffler got detached or something.

I got out of my car and went to look at the muffler. It was definitely attached. I had no idea what the noise was, and I knew I couldn’t leave until I at least figured out if I would absolutely need a tow truck, or if I could make it home.

I decided to shake the car a bit. So I pushed the car down on my trunk and I heard the noise. I came from the driver’s side, rear. I opened my trunk, and shook again. Did not see anything shaking. Curious noise this was turning out to be.

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I got a flash light out of my computer bag and decided to look under the wheel well. Found the problem. Long story short, it turned out that my driver’s side rear shock mount had cracked. I called my boyfriend to let him know. We decided it would be best for me to drive very slowly home and drop the car off at our mechanic’s shop.

The Ride Home

It couldn’t have been a worse day to drive home with a broken vehicle. It was pitch black out due to the overcast, and super foggy. Not to mention, even though I had my Caution flashers on, people still rode up on my car butt and drove very angrily around me when I didn’t speed up at their will. People are assholes.

So, I dealt with that for my 2 hour drive home. A normal drive from where I was should have only been 45 minutes. I finally got home around 10 pm. Boyfriend came and picked me up from the mechanic shop, let the mechanic know the car was there for Monday, and unpacked.

I posted on Twitter and Meetup that I was going to make it due to car troubles. I sulked a little, then went to bed.

Global Game Jam a New Hope

My mom and step father needed a ride to the Cleveland airport on Saturday, so I let them know I could take them if they wouldn’t mind letting me borrow a car while they were gone. I need a car to get to work, after all. They agreed, so I drove them to the airport.

Since I was up in Cleveland anyways, I stopped in at the Global Game Jam site on my way back from the airport to say hi to all my friends I never get to see. I hung out for about 40 minutes and told them I’d have to participate from home since I don’t have a car at the moment.

So, I went home and got to work.

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What Got Finished

So, with the loss of time, a few daily life chores that I had to do since I had to work from home and working by myself I did not get a lot done. I did get something functional.

Either way, it was a crazy exciting weekend. I didn’t accomplish a fully functional game, but I got something turned in and done. If you want to check it out, click here.

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Play Killer Dolphin: Waves of Fury:

  • Plug an XBox One controller into your PC and use the Joystick to move around and A to fire
  • Use WASD or Arrow Keys to move around and your mouse left click to fire

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