David Snopek's Retro Tank Party


Switched to WebRTC for networking (and changed name to "Retro Tank Party")

Submitted by David Snopek on Wed, 10/23/2019 - 13:26

David Snopek's Retro Tank Party, as it's now known, is a 2-4 player network game where you drive a tank and shoot your friends.

(It was originally a gamejam game that I was calling "Battle Tanks", but I've continued working on it, and it's turned into a persistent project, so I figured it needed a real name that was somewhat unique.)

Over the last couple of weeks, I've been converting the game from using a client/server model over UDP, to a peer-to-peer model over WebRTC. This also included setting up a persistent backend (based on Nakama) so players can have user accounts, and, among other things, support matchmaking.

The most exciting thing about this, is that you can now PLAY THE GAME ONLINE on Itch.io:


Check it out! If you want to play a match with me, feel free to ping me @snopekgames on Twitter.

Read more to find out why and how this was done!

Lots of playtesting and minor improvements for "Battle Tanks"!

Submitted by David Snopek on Thu, 10/03/2019 - 12:01

I originally created "Battle Tanks" a couple weeks ago in the MDW gamejam. Since then, I've been playtesting it with my co-workers for 15 minutes or so every morning, and making minor changes to improve the gameplay.

This has been super cool!

Up until now, I've been learning the technical bits necessary to make the game work (aka game development). But this process has helped me learn more about game design and how to make a game accessible and FUN!

Here's a video from this morning's playtest:

(FYI, I'm also considering picking a different name for the game, since it seems there is already a "Battle Tanks" game. Any ideas? I'm thinking either something super generic and descriptive, like "Top-down Tank Battle" or something really specific so it can't be confused with another game...)

Each day, I've made some notes about the changes I made to the latest build, my goal for those changes and then recorded the results.

Read more to see my playtesting notes!

Creating "Battle Tanks" for the MDW gamejam 2019-09

Submitted by David Snopek on Tue, 09/24/2019 - 21:31

At work (myDropWizard or MDW), we started doing psuedo-monthly gamejams a few months ago. This past weekend was the 3rd one, and this time I decided I wanted to take what I'm learning from creating "Battle Pong", and make a network multiplayer game that might actually be fun. :-)

So, I created "Battle Tanks", a 2-4 player game, that pits tanks against each other in a 2D, top-down battle to see who will be the last one standing.

I used the great "Top-down Tanks Redux" asset kit from Kenney.nl.

It was a really interesting experience, and while not yet at its full potential, the game has the seeds of a fun experience that I think I'm going to continue to develop, at least for a little while.

Read more for the deets!