1: Getting Started
2: Building Logic
5: Game Mechanics
6: Advanced Topics
7: Testing & Tuning
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Getting Started with Stencyl
Welcome! This article is designed to help you get up and running. Within minutes, you'll be creating your first game. Before you begin, it's good to know what Stencyl actually is and what its parts are.
What is Stencyl?
The Stencyl Platform consists of three parts — Stencyl (the toolset), StencylForge and Stencyl.com. Each plays a role in helping you "find the fun" starting from a game's conception all the way up to publication and beyond.
Step 1: Download Stencyl
Now that you know what Stencyl and its various parts are, let's begin!
Start by downloading Stencyl and installing it.
(Having trouble installing or launching Stencyl? Ask on the forums.)
Step 2: Go Through the Crash Course
After downloading Stencyl, we strongly recommend going through the Crash Course. If you're launching Stencyl for the first time, you'll be automatically asked to go through the Crash Course. If not, click on the Help Center button to find it.
If you complete the Crash Course, you'll have successfully completed your first game! What comes next?
Step 3: Go through Stencylpedia
After you've made your first game using the Crash Course, we highly recommend reading through the first few chapters of Stencylpedia (up to the end of Chapter 4).
Stencylpedia will teach you the fundamentals of game creation through Stencyl, in a way that poring over many example games won't do.
Step 4: Create a Game from a Kit
After you've gone through Stencylpedia, you should create your first real game, based off a Kit. Kits are templates for creating certain kinds of games such as Platformers, Shooters and Action Games.
If none of the kits are to your liking, you can also select Blank Game to create a game entirely from scratch. Either way, gather your game's graphics and sounds, build scenes, test your game, then publish it. It's that easy!
Step 5: Check Out the Example Games
Your copy of Stencyl comes with simple example games that teach you more about Stencyl. You can find more example games on StencylForge.
Final Step: Make Your Own Games!
Now that you're familiar with Stencyl, you're now ready to take on a game of your own.
The sky's the limit, and virtually anything can be done with Stencyl, particularly if you make full use of our powerful but intuitive visual Behavior designer ("Design Mode") or our code editor.
Great things have been accomplished by creators who were new Stencylers just like you not long ago. If you strive to improve yourself every day and take baby steps, you'll become a master Stencyler in no time.
Before you take off to create your games, it's essential to know how to look for and ask for help.
How to Get Help
At some point in the future, you'll get stuck or need to ask a question. Where should you start?
1: Start with Stencylpedia
If you're starting out, Stencylpedia is the first place to go. We've recently revamped it to cover pretty much every topic of importance.
If you're new to Stencyl, work through Chapters 2, 3 and 4, and you'll in be in great shape by the end of Chapter 4 and ready to make games.
If you prefer a more "book" like format, we've got a special Book version of Stencylpedia.
2: Ask on the Forums
The forums are best when you've got a specific question to ask. In most cases, you'll get a prompt response within the same day, often sooner.
3: Chat with other Stencylers
Our Chat Room is great for seeking real-time help. We don't officially provide chat support, but community members lurk and if they're around, they're generally eager to provide help.
Last Updated: 2012-04-05 by Jon
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