Abigayl's Interactive Tutorials (Part 1)

by Joe (Updated on 2012-07-21)

Tutorial 1 - The Basics



  • Game Center is now Dashboard
  • No longer need to make Actor Behaviors; can use "Events" tab instead
  • Now need to use "Add an Event" at the top left to make the headings
  • If using events, do not need to "Attach to Actor" (still needed with Behaviors though)
  • Collisions Groups are now in the Settings button at the top of the page
  • Collisions between Actors are now handled by collision events (use "Member of Group" and change the group to "Actors")


Liked this one? See them all!

Part 1: The Basics

Part 2: Attributes, Saving/Loading, Kongregate API

Part 3: Advanced Controls, Spawning

Part 4: Mouse-based Shooting, Collisions and HP

Part 5: Music, Screen Boundaries, Backgrounds, Power-ups and More

Part 6: Virtually Lagless Actors

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Hey question: In the part of the tutorial regarding collision for enemies with the player; The "Kill self after leaving screen" function is attached to the "When created" function. But isn't that condition only checked upon creation of the actor? Wouldn't such a condition check work better inside "always"?
0 5 years, 9 months ago
My test button wasn't working.
-1 5 years, 10 months ago
i don't find the "always" block;
how do you get it?

5 5 years, 11 months ago
These tutorials are very good, I learned a lot from them. I would like to see more tutorials like those done by Abigayl. Keep in mind that for many people this may be the first programing experience so it will be better to see tutorials that go through every single command Stencyl offers. I supplemented these tutorials with others seen on YouTube.
0 6 years, 1 month ago
@MC they should be somewhere in settings
0 6 years, 2 months ago
At the last part, there is no "group for colliding shape".
2 6 years, 2 months ago
How do i do the end colliding shapes part
0 6 years, 3 months ago
When i click test game after i place my player nothing SHows WHy?
-1 6 years, 3 months ago
Great Tutorial, helped a lot. MADE MY FIRST GAME.
0 6 years, 4 months ago
Darj Falcon
well ,what can i say... i loved it! i got it at the first time! very useful and well explained. easy to understand ! :D ... good tutorial and yes i would like to see more!!
0 6 years, 5 months ago

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