Sparked by recent discussions of a Tk "game pack", I resurrected a Tk variation of the arcade classic "Galaxian" I wrote about a year ago. It's currently a bit raw, but it is playable and actually kind of fun. Currently, it could stand improvement in (at least) the following areas: better graphics, better AI for the baddies, a high score table, more level variations. Like lots of things I start, I had high hopes for this but got pulled away before it was complete. Anyway, with the "game pack" discussion, I hope to find the energy to work on it some more, but I thought I'd post it for comments anyway.
05oct02 jcw - The starkit link above works, but it delivers that (mostly binary) file as text in the browser window, which is not perfect. What I do on mini.net to make sure .kit files get sent as binary, and hence cause the browser to save the data instead of displaying it, is to add a .htaccess file on the website, containing:
AddType application/octet-stream tkd kit exe
That's how https://www.tcl-lang.org/starkits/ offers its starkits, for example.
Speaking of which - would you prefer to keep your starkit on your site, or on sdarchive, or both (i.e as a mirror)? I know Steve wants to point to as many starkits as possible - ;) - I'm just trying to understand better what people prefer and what the considerations are.
05-Oct-02 JAG - Yeah, I've noticed the problem with starkit's being presented as text to the browser. I've always just done a "right-click / Save As" to get them. I thought I had the problem with the kits on the sdarchive site also, but I just tried it... apparently I was mistaken as the d/l process is much cleaner. Regarding *where* the kits are stored, I have no problem just pointing to the sdarchive area. I've already adjusted the link for Tk_Bugz above...
05-Oct-02 JAG - BTW, is there a recommended place to store image files in a Starkit? I placed the images for Tk_Bugz in the lib directory with the app itself, and then loaded them from there. I noticed that whoever packaged my tkSokoban as a starkit (JCW or Steve Landers?) organized the kit differently. Is there a standard that should be followed?
I was lazy... just slapped together sokoban <blush> ... no standard spot yet for images - jcw
AK Oct 6, 2002: If we follow filesystem and/or GNU conventions a directory 'data', sibling to 'bin' and 'lib' could be used. On the other hand, if the images are part of a package, then they should be either in the package directory or in a subdirectory of same, IMHO.
07-Oct-02 JAG - Nope, you don't remember the game correctly. The game with the barriers was "Space Invaders" - a precursor to games like Galaxian. All of your suggestions are good ones... I'll see what I can do as time permits. Thanks.
AK: You are welcome. And you are right, that is the name of the game I remember. (I had trouble remembering the name before, but as you mention it I now can say that this it).
Vince more ideas: