Just before Christmas I ran a workshop as part of the Screenplay "Boss Frenzy!" day at the Radiator Festival which allowed children to
collaboratively create a computer game by drawing or making bosses with
collage. Dozens of people came to the Broadway in
Nottingham and got busy with pens, pencils, paper, scissors, glue and
magazines to design bosses for our "You’re The Boss!" shmup.
Well, I’m pleased to say that the game is available here and the Game Maker file (which you can use to remix the game) is now available here. The graphics and audio are released under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license, while the game itself is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. The intention is to allow the game to be modified and media added or removed to create a derivative work, but for the original media to be left unaltered.
So, download the Game Maker file, download Game Maker and have a play! Adding a new boss is as easy as copying one of the existing bosses, replacing its sprite and then copying one of the rooms and replacing the boss with your new one. You could also add new music, change the backgrounds or change the gameplay entirely. Game Maker is definitely worth a look as I think its scripting approach is really slick. I’m glad I’ve played around with it as it’s given me a few ideas for LSL.
When you’ve finished remixing, please let me know! If we get lots of good remixes it might be fun to combine them all and then release "Super You’re The Boss" in a few months. Also, let me know if you run a "You’re The Boss" workshop. We had lots of fun at the original workshop as you can see below.