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Latest Humble Bundle Supports Open Source GameDev Tools 29

Posted by timothy
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lars_doucet (2853771) writes "The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is titled 'Celebrating Open Source,' and features eight indie games, with charity going to the open source tools used to develop them. The open-source programming language Haxe is strongly represented: three of the charities include the Haxe Foundation, itself OpenFL (recently featured on Slashdot), and FlashDevelop, the most popular open-source Haxe/ActionScript IDE. The fourth is Ren'Py, the Python-based visual novel engine used in award-winning games like Long Live the Queen and Analogue: A Hate Story.

The games themselves are Magical Diary, NEO Scavenger, Offspring Fling!, Planet Stronghold, and for those who pay $6 or more, Anodyne, Defender's Quest, Evoland, and Incredipede, as well as 6 soundtracks. 7 of the 8 games are cross-platform across Mac/Win/Linux, and all are DRM-free."
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  • Hurray! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by uCallHimDrJ0NES (2546640) on Thursday March 27, 2014 @02:56PM (#46594971)
    I bought this bundle even though I already had half the games, because the platforms deserve the help. You're able to gift the Steam versions individually, so the redundancy isn't a waste if you have friends on Steam.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Any idea if they're fixed Offspring fling or Incredipede to allow them to at least be played through AIR on Linux rather than relying on embedded swfs in an html doc(in a specific proprietary browser in the case of incredipede, though the dev has been very nice about the situation and given away the linux version for free [incredipede.com])? Open source IDEs that exclusively target flash/AIR are a horrible idea.

      • FlashDevelop is the most popular IDE for Haxe development, it does not "exclusively target flash/AIR."
      • Re:Hurray! (Score:4, Informative)

        by dcfedor (3595571) on Thursday March 27, 2014 @04:24PM (#46595901) Homepage

        Any idea if they're fixed Offspring fling or Incredipede to allow them to at least be played through AIR on Linux rather than relying on embedded swfs in an html doc(in a specific proprietary browser in the case of incredipede, though the dev has been very nice about the situation and given away the linux version for free [incredipede.com])? Open source IDEs that exclusively target flash/AIR are a horrible idea.

        I can't speak to the Offspring Fling question (though I share the dev's pain!), but I wanted to clarify the bit about "open source IDEs that exclusively target flash/AIR are a horrible idea." Indeed, that would be a bad idea, were it the case. Fortunately, it also supports Haxe, the open source language which can compile into other languages, like C++ and HTML5, to deploy to a staggering array of platforms.

        Just wanted it to be clear that we're not trying to keep Flash on life support, here. This is about the future of non-proprietary, multi-platform development!

    • by antdude (79039)

      Can I be you friend? [grin]

  • Great way to get some cash flowing into these projects FOR GREAT JUSTICE!
  • by Dan Askme (2895283) on Thursday March 27, 2014 @03:27PM (#46595269)

    'Celebrating Open Source,' Pay what you want. Support vital open source projects.

    None of these projects are open source.
    The engines used, are open source.

    The default percentage cut is (which can be customized):
    - 65% Dev
    - 20% Engine
    - 15% Humble website

    So in effect, they are using the "open source engine" as a pull to make money.
    I'am all for it with the custom split option. But, lets make sure we use the term "open source projects (ENGINE)" correctly.

    • Re: (Score:1, Offtopic)

      by lars_doucet (2853771)
      Actually, several of the developers are major contributors to open source projects: Here's open-source libraries that are DIRECTLY the result of Defender's Quest development:
      http://github.com/HaxeFlixel/f... [github.com]
      http://github.com/HaxeFlixel/f... [github.com]
      http://github.com/larsiusprime... [github.com]
      And here's my open-source report card:
      http://osrc.dfm.io/larsiusprim... [osrc.dfm.io] Nicolas Canasse, developer of Evoland, *created* the Haxe programming language. It's totally open source. Here's his open-source report card:
      http://osrc [osrc.dfm.io]
      • A game developer Improving/contributing to an engine for their own projects gain, is nothing new. I've done it myself.

        Regardless, this doesnt make their projects open source, the ENGINE is open source :)
        Lets make sure thats clear.

    • by Tom Rothamel (16) on Thursday March 27, 2014 @04:50PM (#46596175) Homepage

      Disclaimer: I'm the lead developer of Ren'Py, one of the projects that will benefit from this sale.

      I think this is basically right.

      Humble's model is that it runs pay-what-you want sales, with the proceeds being split between themselves, developers, and charities. In the current ebook bundle, the charities are SFWA and Openreader. In the weekly sale, the charities are open source projects - FlashDevelop, OpenFL, Haxe, and Ren'Py. So when you buy through this sale, you support open source projects in the same way that if you buy the book bundle, you support SFWA and Openreader.

      • by astro (20275)

        I was only introduced to Ren'Py by this /. post and I am thinking of giving it a go. I've been wanting a rapid way to tell lightly interactive stories, and this looks to fit the bill quite well. I'm intimidated by the amount of time it might take me to source / create images, but that is of course not a failure of what you have created here. I read the quick start, downloaded a couple of games (and a couple of straight novels) and looked through their scripts... I'm intrigued. I'm medium-advanced with Pytho

        • by MtHuurne (602934)

          A Ren'Py story does need graphics to shine. A possible alternative if you want to create a text-based interactive story is Twine [twinery.org]. The editor (1.4 series) is written in wxPython, stories are created using wiki syntax and optionally CSS and JavaScript. It packages stories as HTML files for playing.

      • by the_arrow (171557)

        Never heard of Ren'Py before. Its scripting language kind of reminds me of Inform 7 [inform7.com].

  • by guises (2423402) on Thursday March 27, 2014 @06:21PM (#46597349)
    It's nice to see Defender's Quest there, even if it's in a weekly sale and not the main bundle. They've been snubbed by the Humble Bundle for quite a while, but it's really a great game with a heck of a lot to it.
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