POLL: What should my next tutorials cover?

Hey everyone, I know I haven’t personally written a tutorial in awhile, but I’m planning on writing a few in the upcoming months. I want to make sure I cover the material that you would all most appreciate. This is your chance to let me know what you want to learn.

If what you really want to learn isn’t on this list, or if you want to vote for multiple answers, just leave me a comment.

Personally I’m leaning towards the top-down shooter, because I’m getting a bit bored of the other series — but if you all vote I promise to go with the winner.

Thanks for your input,

Ben

 

PS. I’m still looking for guest writers. If you’re interested in giving back to the community by writing a tutorial, email me at as3gametuts@gmail.com

PSS. If you want to be more involved in the AS3GameTuts community, join the forum, here: http://as3gametuts.forumatic.com

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My Story — Our Site

Hi everyone. Thanks for sticking with the site and forum, despite my lack of activity.

I think you deserve a bit of an explanation about my recent disappearance.

I started programming when I was 13, using MIT’s revolutionary software, Scratch. Five years later, thanks to an amazing online community of teachers and tutorials, I’ve worked on many Flash games, I’m a professional iPhone/iPad app developer, and I’m currently sitting in an MIT dorm, getting ready for my freshman year to begin! It’s been quite the ride of teaching and learning to program over these 5 years!

Needless to say, the transition to college is a big one, and my free time has dwindled. I expect my workload to be intense, and therefore I can’t commit to being very present on the site and forum in the near future.

I wish I could say this is the end of my hiatus, but I can assure you that I haven’t abandoned AS3GameTuts.

I’ll try to check in every once in a while, and keep the site up-to-date. If you want to contribute to the site in any way during my absence, feel free to reply here, send me an email at as3gametuts@gmail.com, or send me a message on the forum. Perhaps you’d like to write a guest-post tutorial, or you’ve assembled a group of links, tips, news, etc that would be helpful to post on the site. Honestly, I’m not making any money off of the site (I’m actually losing a few dollars per year for the domain name). The site is my way to “pay it forward” to a community that has given so much to me. If you’d like to contribute to this effort as well, let me know (don’t worry, I’ll give you credit/rights/etc to any content you contribute).

And hopefully after a little while I’ll settle into a good rhythm and perhaps have the time to start writing full-length tutorials again!

Cheers,
Ben

News! AS3GameTuts Discussion Board

After some debate, I’ve decided to create a discussion board for AS3GameTuts.com

It’s a simple, free forum, but I think it will do a good job at expanding the “comment” sections of this site.

You can find it here: http://as3gametuts.forumatic.com/

Hello Everyone, and welcome to AS3GameTuts’ new discussion board!

When I first started the AS3GameTuts website, I had only a few readers, and so it was easy for me to answer everyone’s questions, and respond to each comment individually. But now, the number of comments and support emails I am receiving is making it impossible to give everyone the attention I’d like to. This forum is how I’m attempting to solve this problem.

By creating an open, shared, easily-navigable discussion board, I am hoping that you will all have an easier time finding answers to your questions. Maybe you will find that someone has had a similar problem to your own, and found a solution. Or perhaps you can help another reader with a problem of their own.

This is also a great place to hear the latest news about the site, and to leave me a suggestion about future tutorials you would like to see written on AS3GameTuts.

Anyways, thanks for all your support, and welcome to the forum!

 

Please join the AS3GameTuts community on this discussion board, and let me know what you think!

Ben Reynolds

News! Birthday, domain name, stats, and more!

This is the final month of this site’s first year. That’s right, next month, on March 5, AS3GameTuts is turning 1! (Feel free to wish us a happy birthday!)

Thanks to all of your amazing support over the past year. With little advertising at all, this site has been viewed over ten thousand times since its creation, mostly during the past few months.

Check out the graph of the site views over the past year,with February only 6 days under way.

If you’ve visited this site before, you would have seen the URL listed as as3gametuts.wordpress.com.

But check it out — we now have a brand new domain name: AS3GameTuts.com

You can think of this as marking the graduation out of the “beta” version of the site :-)

The first year has been great, with 3 tutorial series and a couple of extra posts thrown in for fun. But the next year will be much, much greater for AS3 Game Tuts. Stay tuned for even more tutorials, including the conclusion to the platformer, a turn-based RPG, an overhead shooter, an overhead adventure (think classic Legend of Zelda), as well as a plethora of mini lessons, extra tips, and maybe even some guest posts. Stay tuned. (I’ll try to keep to this promise… if I’m falling behind, feel free to give me a gentle reminder.)

The goal of this site is to help you all learn to make the games you’ve dreamed of creating. Hopefully my choice of tutorials which I plan to write accomplishes this, but if there is anything you would like to know, I am completely open to suggestions and requests.

So please, if there is anything you wish for me to write about, or even if you just have a general comment or suggestion about the site, fill out the following form. Thanks!