About a month ago I had the pleasure of representing nascom and participating in the second Belgian Adobe AIRCamp. Yes, the Summer event where 40 nerds travel to the beautiful nature and surroundings of Dinant, only to hide in a basement where frantic AIR hacking takes place for unhealthy durations of time…
After a random brainstorm, I teamed up with Jeroen de Vos from Amaris to create “Shifty Chess” (yes, that would be the two highlighted mugs in the pic). Behold the unmatched graphic design skills invested into the splash screen:
The idea is to shamelessly slack off at work, in plain sight of colleagues. The game generates a set of “folders” and “textfiles” (seemingly) on your desktop (using native OS icons for full shiftiness).
There is a faint checkerboard in the background. Each Folder and TextFile has the name of a corresponding chess piece. Note, these are not actual Folders and Textfiles, just replicas presented on the flash stage.
We used LiveCycle messaging for all server/client communication. The “lobby” consists of a real .txt file on the desktop called “lobby.txt”. The Air app updates this with a list of logged in players. To start a match, just open “lobby.txt”, select the name of your desired opponent, copy it into your clipboard and game is ON!
Sure, it can be a wee bit disorienting to look at a mess of folders and files, so there is a fake text file just below the checkerboard. If one just so happened to mouse over it, Tadaaaa :
The idea was that the game could be halted at anytime, and AIR would automatically connect users into their games on startup. We had some difficulties with Life Cycle messaging, and didn’t actually manage to get a running demo of two players getting Shifty…
with the added touch of an engraving in the back :
ps. Big thanks also to Marc Meewis for staying up with us untill 4am just helping out with the livecycle issues!!!!