Tuesday, May 27, 2008

We have our own site!

It seems our blog is expanding faster than I realize or even know.
Toby has offered us hosting space for our new website, www.nchyn.com!
Now we have more room to customize and hopefully we can increase our fan base at the same time.
Authors, once you get your passwords for the website log in and start posting, we might even add some new features to the site, who knows what lies in wait now! We're also working on integrating the forum into there let's hope that works as well.
Sadly this might be the last post we make here, and the blogspot has served us well, but let us move on to our new site and try to better Nonoba life for all Nonobians everywhere, they're counting on us now, let's not disappoint them.
Good luck!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Who is who on Nonoba? (Henrik)

Henrik is a admin on nonoba being the third and currently the last to join the nonoba admin team. Henrik can offen by found in the chat room nonob/a/ and basecamp on www.nonoba.com

Interview by Darcie

I have to start by pointing out before everyone else, that I did some bad "reporting" and mistakenly asked question 1, so, my apologies for my ignorance to all. 

Q: Question by Darice.
A: Answer by Henrik

Q: You live in Switzerland?? How is that?? What is Switzerland like in the 

A: No, I live in Sweden, but I'm sure spring in Switzerland is fantastic. I've never been there though. Maybe I should visit someday? 

Q: The readers/gamers are intrested to know; what keeps you at Nonoba? 
A: Oliver and Chris chained me to my chair in the office, so I can never leave. They feed me only burgers and pizza and whip me if I start slacking. Please help me get out of here. Please. PLEASE! I don't wanna do this any more... *sob* *sob* 

Q: I've noticed that Sand Toy Beta is one of your favorite "games", what is the neatest thing you have ever made in that game? 
A: I can't remember ever playing that game. I think I favourited it to test a feature. 

Q: Is there anything you can tell us about Lone? 
A: She steals all the knives and forks we have

Q: What is your favorite thing about Nonoba?? 
A: My favourite thing is the cool tools we give Flash developers so they can easily spread and track their games through Nonoba. 

Q: What irritates you about Nonoba? 
A: Having to deal with users who just can't enjoy the site for its games, but have to abuse it or start drama or doing other annoying things which force us to moderate them. It's really dull and we have little patience for it. 

Q: What do you think is helpful infromation for a help site, like NCHYN, to have for their users? 
A:Focus on telling people about cool games they may have missed, and give help for the difficult games.

That is this weeks Who is Who on Nonoba. More games guides coming soon.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Who is who on Nonoba? (Chris)

Interview with Chris.

Chris's Background:
One of the admins and greatest developers on Nonoba, Chris Benjaminsen is a 27 year old guy living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Along with Nonoba, some of his other projects are Barda, an isometric MMORPG in flash, and Racer Zulu a top down racing game for Flash. He is also the creator of the popular Flash game Multiplayer Asteroids, considered by some to be the best Multiplayer Flash game on the internet.

Q: Question by Darcie.
A: Answer by Chris.

Hi Chris, my name is Darcie, and as stated in the subject line, i was just wondering if you had time to answer a few short questions, for NCHYN, the nonoba help site? http://nchyn.freeforums.org/ (in case you wanted to check it out)
Anything you can answer is appreciated! Thank you!!

Q: 1) How is life in Denmark?
A: Living in Denmark is great and we even had a bit of sun poking out the past few days!

Q: 2)The players are dying to know, Chris, when will there be an Multiplayer Asteroids 2??
A: Regarding Multiplayer Asteroids 2, my entire focus the past quite a long time have been focused on getting the basic systems for such games in place. This is slowly starting to happen now so you might only have to wait a few years now. ;)

Q: 3)Have we seen the end of the famed Fridge Magnets, and if not, when might it be fixed by?
A: Related to how these systems are back you will see that Fridge Magnets is back online!

Q: 4)What is the coolest thing you've ever made in Sand Toy?
A: Coolest thing in sand toys? Ugh, I don't know, think I once made a system that mixed, then separated water and sand again.

Q: 5)What is your favorite thing about nonoba? What is your least favorite thing?
A: My favorite thing about nonoba is definitely the community, I simply love to see how the site has grown from a very small community no one knew, to what it is today with several hundred people online in peak. Sadly the worst thing about nonoba is also its success. We where rather naive when we started out and thought that people might actually behave, this turned out not to be true, so we have had to set aside a lot of time which could have been used on making nonoba even better on simply trying to control those users who do not know how to behave. Related to that we will very soon be making some of our users admins such that there will always be someone around to make sure people don't act up.

Q: 6) Any more games in the works?
A: Lots of new games in the work, and they are all secret! ;)

Q: 7) What is the most annoying question you've been asked? The most annoying question?
A: Ugh, I don't know, but up there among them is "Can I be an admin? PLEASE?"

Q: 8)What would you like to see more of on Nonoba, and what would you like to see on helpsites like NCHYN?
A: I would definitely like to see more of NCHYN or similar pages, anything that simulates our
community is great!

Thanks for your time Chris!! ~~Darcie~~

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Who is Who on Nonoba? (Lone)

Darcie brings us yet other great interview this time with nonoba admin Lone.

Lone's Background:
A graphic designer from Copenhagen, Denmark Lone also helped to design Nonoba and is one of the admins of the site. She's done graphics for games such as Minesweeper, Fruitbowl, and many more. She dilligently watches over the Nonoba users with a watchful eye and never hesitates to whip out the banhammer once or twice.

Interview with Lone
Q: Question by Darcie
A: Answer by Lone

Q: How is life in Denmark, what is the best thing about living there?
A: Life in Denmark is nice at the moment. Spring is peaking it's head through our windows, and for all Danes the excitement envolved in venturing outside, without a jacket is thrilling and always feels like a whole new experience.
The very best thing about living here is a bit harder to answer.
If you ask the boys, I'm sure one of their answers will be, "hot girls", but as I am neither a hot girl, nor a lesbian, I will have go grasp at some other straws in trying to explain the awesomeness of this place.
I tried Googling the phrase, "Denmark is known for", and it gave me different options, from our extremly high taxes, to our well-functioning wellfare system, to H.C Andersen, Tivoli, Christiania, meatballs, beer, cycling, innovative design, eco-friendly attitude and open-mindedness towards gays and lesbians.
I guess I'll go with the meatballs, try to forget about the taxes and be grateful for everything else.

Q: Do you plan on making any more games in the future?
A: I do.
There are a couple of things in the pipeline right now, with both Chris, and various other programmers around the site, but I also have other projects, so I'm not sure when any of them will be finished.

I loved fruitbowl, is there any chance you will make it so that the game keeps score and possibly add achievements?
A: Fruitbowl is an old game Chris made a long time ago, and he gave me the sourcefiles, so I could muck around with it. I just added some fruit, a few sounds and animation, but I really can't programm anything myself, so I'm kind of limited in that area. If Fruitbowl should have points and achievements it really would be Chris who'd have to do it. [and] I'm not sure how excited he is about working on something he coded that long ago. YaiEf and I are working on a functioning version of Fruitbowl, for one of my private sites, though. Maybe he can be talked into uploading it to Nonoba as well and add Achievements.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Nonoba?
A: Right now, I would have to say it's "Blockarelli" by Tonypa. For some reason, that game has caught my attention, and I play it so much and often, that I sometimes see those darn little blocks, when I close my eyes at night.

What is your least favorite thing about Nonoba?
A: Blockarelli by Tonypa. The thing drives me nuts! I just cant seem to get that last, damn achievement!

Q: Shadowstalker wanted me to ask, whats going on with you and Chris?
A: He is so, totally jealous of my apparent awesomeness, but that is about it.

Most common question you are asked?
A: It's most likely, "You want fries with that?", but on Nonoba it's, "Can you please unban my friend" or "How do you chat without playing a game".
nd yes - I do want fries with that, and No - I will not unban your friend.

Now you know who is who on nonoba.

Next interview nonoba admin Chris.

Who is who on nonoba? (Robbit)

Darcie was able to get a interview with Robbit who made the game Continue which has left many of us nonobians banging there computer screen in frustation and for the rest of us it was a nice and clever game.
Q: Question by Darcie
A: Answer by Robbit

Robbit's Background: He's not an admin, he's not a mod but he's still Robbit! A force to be
reckoned with. Despite only being 14 Robbit has succesfully created one of the most unique games on Nonoba, really a whole bunch of minigames packed into one, Continue. Some of his likes are LOST, music, and making games. Some of his dislikes are carrots, rain, and the German language.

Interview with Robbit

Q: How long have you been making games?
A:I think I started making games using Game Maker around 2 years ago. 3 months ago i started using flash because it is much easier to publish a game that way.

Q: Do you plan on making any new games??
A: I sure do. I already started making sketches for a new game, wich will be a point-and-click adventure. The problem is that flash has a much harder programming language than Game maker, which I'm used too.

Q: What is the most common question people ask you about Continue?
A: Well, most of the time, they ask for help because they're stuck somewhere. It's a relief that NCYHN made a guide for continue, so there won't be 5 questions a day. Also there are some people asking if I'm going to expand continue even more, but I won't.

Q: What do you find to be the most IRRITATING question people ask?
A: There still are people asking me for help, while the link to the NCYHN guide is in the games description. (maybe I should put in the game itself too...). Besides that, there are people asking me random questions, like "How do I make a game??? pl0x help me!!!"

Q: What is your favorite/least favorite thing about Nonoba?
A: The thing that I like about nonoba is that you're completely free to upload your games, and gain feedback about them. (you can't post comments on kongregate ). It's a perfect place for beginning game makers to "grow up".

Q: What would you like to see more of on Nonoba?
A: I really miss control over your own game page. People can post every spoiler they want, and the only thing you can do is mark it as spam. There are people spoiling the way too the secret room, and the only thing i can do about it is remove the achievement or erase/change the spoiled way. I think you should be able to delete comments on your own profile and game pages.

This was are first Who is Who where we will interview imporant and well known people on nonoba.

More to come soon.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Nchyn Has a forum

That's right we got a forum! (woot) Click here to check it out and make a account.

Anyways this forum will allow you use a user of Nchyn to speak to us and give us comlements and you can report errors in are guides or help us a make a guide.
Also if you are a author of Nchyn please make account we will use these forums as kind of a headquater like thing. If you are a author please go here and message me on your nonoba account once you made a account on nchyn's forums so I can make you a mod and allow you access to the hidden forum just for Nchyn authors.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Race To The Bottom Tips

Race to the Bottom General Tips:

1)Never stop moving.
You must continously be moving as the centipede gradually accelerates so you need to get a good enough headstart to stay alive for a few more minutes.

2) Always go down.
If a beacon ends up right next to you don't spend the time trying to inch to it sideways keep going down even if you miss a few beacons because ultimately you get farther from the centipede and are able to collect more beacons than you miss.

3) Judge the worth of a beacon wisely.
If a beacon is a whole screen away from you just skip past it instead of taking the time to slowly inch across and get it. It's better off to keep falling down.

4) Turn correctly.
Never turn more than you have to, it's wise to keep your turns as short as possible in order to maximize speed down.

5) Need help?
This game can be played by up to 5 players so if you have the people at hand use them to distract the centipede while you cash the beacons. While this method is probably cheap and unfair the moral judgement is up to you.

6) Lag is your other friend.
LAG! If you can lag your computer and have the game slow enough to play easily yet fast enough to keep up with your presses, do it! Lag can make the game at least 1.5x easier.
Again it's your own personal moral judgement whether to use this method or not, your choice.

Good luck!