Battle FX and how to do speed lines

SpeedlinesI got a lot of helpful reviews over the last week, and this has helped me focus on a few elements of polish that are pretty lacking. The big comment I’ve been trying to address tonight has been about the sameness of battle actions – they’re mechanically different, but they aren’t visually different.

So I’ve been playing around with battle effects. Of course I can make lots of little ‘slash’ animations from different angles, but these aren’t necessarily distinctive on their own. To help with that I’ve been messing around with full screen battle effects, and I realized that some of these things could be useful tricks for other Javascript/Canvas developers. Its kind of long, so I made a separate page for it: Speed lines tutorial.

 

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