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Abigayl's Interactive Tutorials (Part 5)

by Joe (Updated on 2012-07-21)

Tutorial 5 - Music, Screen Boundaries, Backgrounds, Power-ups, and More



  • Game Center is now Dashboard
  • Collisions Groups are now in the Settings button at the top of the page
  • No longer need to make Actor Behaviors; 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 between Actors are now handled by collision events (use "Member of Group" and change the group to "Actors")


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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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Pls abigayi do not know how to set power ups for an actor can u help me
0 8 years, 2 weeks ago
I cant add any sound in my game, when I try to test the game it says: "Warning: Could not embed "Assets/sfx/sound-8.mp3" (Flash only supports Layer-III MP3 files, but file is Layer2)"
I tryed to edit it with the "Audacity" program as the Stencyl program itself sugests, I deleted all the metadata and used the 44.1 KHz configuration, but didn't work.
I also tryed to download some sound from stencylforge, but even them didn,t work. And now even when I remove the sound and all the sounds codes from all behaviors, it keeps saying the same message,
I tryed to save and reload the document without success. Can anyone help me with this?

0 8 years, 5 months ago
Hey Abigayl I have been trying to add a freeze pickup for my game that freezes all actors on screen (The player doesn't control an actor it is a tap to win game) I tried adding speed values and setting it to 0 but since the behavior is attached to an actor it won't let me apply the speed values to other actors setting them to 0 when I click the freeze power-up.
1 8 years, 6 months ago
It took me a while to figure out how to reproduce the "kill the actor" loop in the new version, but I got it!:

0 9 years, 7 months ago
Awesome I can learn AS too :D
0 11 years, 6 months ago
abigayl thank you so much you helped me a lot and For once I can impress my class mates and proved a 12 year old can make a game!
1 11 years, 10 months ago
EDIT: I do still check these tutorials... just not that often. PM is a far more reliable way to get ahold of me.
0 12 years, 2 months ago
PLEASE NOTE: I am no longer checking comments here. If you need to reach me, try my livestream, Kongregate private messaging, or the Stencyl forums private messaging.
0 12 years, 3 months ago
I'm just glad to have helped Mercury :)
0 12 years, 4 months ago
Abigayl, I've followed all your tutorial and I've learned a lot about stencyl from you, so thanks a lot, I'm a 14 year old boy and I previously programmed in flash, but I'm a newbie in stencyl but that fact has been changed due to you, so once again, thank you very much
0 12 years, 4 months ago

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