Author Archives: Ricky Abell


About Ricky Abell

Ricky Abell is a software developer for an online casino gaming company. When he's not being mocked for using the web browser Opera, he can be found playing obscure Nintendo DS games. His goto music for coding is a tie between DragonForce and Anamanaguchi. [Articles]

Box2DFlash Tutorial

More and more games are using dynamic physics to add to the gameplay or as a core element of the gameplay. Box2D is a popular and powerful physics library that is considered to be one of the best 2D physics libraries around. It is used by high profile games like Angry Birds and Crayon Physics Deluxe. This tutorial will focus on the Flash version of Box2D and assumes that you have basic experience with Flash and ActionScript 3. If you are new to Flash, check out Nandrew’s excellent Flash tutorial.

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Trilby’s Notes

This article originally appeared in Dev.Mag Issue 21, released in April 2008

We’re back with the third installment in the Chzo Mythos series by Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw. Trilby’s Notes takes place 4 years after the events in the DeFoe manor from 5 Days a Stranger. The titular handwritten notes from the original game’s protagonist serve as a narrative to the story and inspiration for the game’s title. A lot has happened to Trilby in the past few years; he has left his “gentlemen” burglar ways behind and is now an agent for the Special Talents Project (basically some kind of secret government agency). A new career is not the only changes Trilby has gone through; he is still haunted by what happened in the DeFoe manor, and not a day goes by without him thinking about it.

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5 Days a Stranger

This article originally appeared in Dev.Mag Issue 20, released in February 2008

5 Days a Stranger is a freeware point-and-click adventure game developed by Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw. “Yahtzee” has a become a bit of an internet star lately with his weekly video reviews, Zero Punctuation, where he gives a funny and sarcastic view on the game he reviews that week. It is a great surprise to many to find out that he also makes. 5 Days a Stranger is such a game.

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