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Ultimate Blackjack

Postby Journeyman » Fri Mar 13, 2015 6:33 pm

Ultimate Blackjack
Welcome to the Vore Casino.
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The rules are simple: Closest to 21 without going over wins a hand. And whoever runs outta cash first...becomes the winner's dinner! Will you take that gamble? Will you risk these...steaks?

Let's find out!
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F/? - Card Game - Free, Complete - Requires: Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10 or Android
Pred/Prey, Same-size, Reluctant/unwilling, minor bulge


I could really use a donation or few, if you find this game enjoyable~~
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  • I've spent over 100 hrs designing and programming this game (there's a lot beneath the surface), which I'm giving away for free. I've been happy to put aside other paying freelance work in order to make something from the community, but how often I can do this depends...
  • While it's not important that I get paid anything, I insist that the community character artists do not have to go unpaid. For this game, I paid out-of-pocket for the artwork. It's...my gift to you! But, if I can make back some of the money, I can commission more artists and more art. I'd love to do that!


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Donation funding status towards another dealer (updates on Mondays)

Updates! Latest: Jun.9.2016
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Update: Hint system:
See this post for the secret hint system! It may help with understanding strategies for Blackjack! In short, type hint and press enter while playing to receive hints about the "statistical" best choices to make.
Update: Cheat system (Apr. 20. 2015)
Click here for important update details. Short version: You can use your winnings or starting cash to purchase 1-time use "cheats" which you can use at the game table. Helps you turn the tides of a bad game!
Update: Second dealer funded with generosity (May. 29.2015)
News regarding the state of funding and confirming dealer #2 Short version: Dealer #2 was funded with most of the to-date donation total, which was just half of what we'd anticipated needing thanks to the generosity of an artist friend.
Update: Modified Save Format (Jul. 1. 2015)
Game updated to store data for use with dealer number 2 Summary: Each new dealer will be "locked" until you can beat the previous dealer. So, when dealer #2 is released, you will have to first defeat Raven in order to play against the new dealer. Although Dealer #2 isn't ready yet, the game has been updated to store "unlock" data when you beat Raven. So go update and beat her right now. This way, you'll be able to play dealer #2 as soon as she is released!
Update: Modified Save Again, and new Cheat added (Sept. 12. 2015)
Game updated with new cheat and also 10 is a lot Summary: Winning 10 times takes a lot of effort. Yikes. Anyways, new cheat added which allows you to see the next card that'll be drawn. Some changes were added to the save files, too, in anticipation of future features.
Update: Marie added to game, many new features (Dec. 23. 2015)
Read about version 2.0 with Marie Summary: New dealer, new cheat available, stat-tracking, special reward tokens, several new ways to present dialogue and dealer moods, some dialogue added to previous dealer.
Update: Kosmo added to the game (Feb. 14. 2016)
Read about version 3 with Kosmo Summary: New dealer added, additional holiday dialogue added to all dealers.
Update: Android version (Mar. 11. 2016)
See topic for link and how to get it working
Update: Lexie added to the game (Jun. 9. 2016)
Read about release 4 with Lexie Summary: New dealer added, some new dialogue added, a few bug fixes



Fan Works!
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Some of you guys are really eating this up!
Roleplayer Account: http://profile.aryion.com/profile/Blackjack_Dealer (Unaffiliated with programmer/artists)
DoubleOSnake: http://aryion.com/g4/view/297995 (Story)
Bright: http://aryion.com/g4/view/293784 (Story)
the_game: http://red-star-alchemy.deviantart.com/ ... -521311134 (Image)
Gregole: http://aryion.com/g4/view/301425 (Image)
Dinoboid: https://aryion.com/g4/view/342603 (Image)
Liz: http://aryion.com/g4/view/359830 (Image)


Having trouble winning? Some ideas about Blackjack strategy:
https://aryion.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=2433531#p2433531

Known issues. See Spoilers for possible workarounds:
Known bug: In the event of a game crash, the game may not restart correctly, crashing every time.
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The following error message will appear:
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############################################################################################
ERROR in
action number 1
of Create Event
for object obj_lobby:

Data structure with index does not exist.
at gml_Script_load
############################################################################################
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stack frame is
gml_Script_load (line 0)
gml_Object_obj_lobby_Create_0
Cause: The game saves its current state regularly, making it easy to quit and pick right back up again. If, while saving, the game crashes or if the save file is incorrectly written, or the save file is externally modified, the game will no longer load correctly.
Solution: Open your start menu or Start screen and type %localappdata% in the search bar, and press Enter. Locate a folder called Blackjack4 & delete the blackjack.sav file located inside.

Known bug: When the player receives a blackjack and is paid 3:2, the bonus pay is not subtracted from the dealer. Fixed!
Known bug: When the player doubles and ties, half of the bet is lost. Fixed!
Known bug: Line 12 of winning is misaligned with the text box Fixed!
Known bug: Swapping in an Ace on a split can cause multiple swapsFixed!
Known bug: Player bust on a split can cause dealer to Stand earlyFixed!
Known bug: Marie's loss scene might display one image at the wrong locationFixed!
Known bug: Many players do not understand probability maths Unfixable!
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Re: Ultimate Blackjack

Postby forumlurker » Fri Mar 13, 2015 6:52 pm

Won and lost a game. Really like it! Voice would indeed be a nice addition. apart from that, all I can say is I hope you will keep going and add more games and more girls. :-D

edit: minor complaint. It's kind of hard to see what kind of cards the dealer has as the numbers/cards seem mirrored.
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Re: Ultimate Blackjack

Postby Farfanuggen » Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:08 pm

Um, just so you know....forcing a game into a loss because you have 2 Aces and a 10 of any kind is wrong.

Also, the bias towards the dealer seems a bit....extreme.
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Re: Ultimate Blackjack

Postby ryanshowseason3 » Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:23 pm

Journeyman wrote:I've spent about 100 hrs on this game, which I'm giving away for free.


Wat.

What made it take 100 hours? What did you code it in?

Playing it now.
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Re: Ultimate Blackjack

Postby Farfanuggen » Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:28 pm

Reseting doesn't work either.
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Re: Ultimate Blackjack

Postby Kinne » Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:32 pm

The comments were great, made me feel like I was fighting for my life. And they were varied enough that they didn't feel repetitive. I think it would be good to slow down the dealer's cards so you can see them come out (right now, it basically skips to the end of the hand), make the card value totals a bit larger, and maybe add more characters.

On a side note, blackjack goes nowhere fast when you play by the same rules as the dealer. Spent ages dead even.
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Re: Ultimate Blackjack

Postby Revx_Z » Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:33 pm

Farfanuggen wrote:Um, just so you know....forcing a game into a loss because you have 2 Aces and a 10 of any kind is wrong.

Also, the bias towards the dealer seems a bit....extreme.

the dealer draws on 16, which is usually a bad idea. what bias are you talking about?
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Re: Ultimate Blackjack

Postby Farfanuggen » Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:45 pm

Revx_Z wrote:
Farfanuggen wrote:Um, just so you know....forcing a game into a loss because you have 2 Aces and a 10 of any kind is wrong.

Also, the bias towards the dealer seems a bit....extreme.

the dealer draws on 16, which is usually a bad idea. what bias are you talking about?

No she doesn't. She draws UP to 16. And maybe it's more lower cards seem to be in her favor. Before I gave up and just lost (when I had her at 230 and I was at almost 1300 due to mass black jack spam) I had an overwhelming advantage that was slowly chipped down because the dealer ALWAYS got cards that were under 6 when she was at 13-15. Even with my usual stand at 17, she would still beat me due to massive lower card spam.

If you want a quick easy way to lose a game, just spam Double repeatedly. On the same token, I tried doing it with 12 and under and usually had great success.
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Re: Ultimate Blackjack

Postby Cinquint » Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:08 pm

I AM AMUSED BY THIS GAME

And I haven't even gotten to the vore yet xD

In any case, for anyone who wants to run this thing on Mac, you can use an unarchiving tool to take apart the .exe file, then run the resulting .exe in a Wine wrapper (in a folder with its accompanying files, of course). And then feel like a badass for sidestepping system incompatibilities. Cheers~
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Re: Ultimate Blackjack

Postby Journeyman » Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:26 pm

Farfanuggen, the Ace, Ace 10 issue is a bug, and it has now been fixed. Re-DL for the corrected version. "Bias towards dealer?" No such thing. The game isn't programmed with any more bias than a real Las Vegas blackjack dealer. The tendency to perceive trends in random events is well-documented, however. There is no "catch up" code, or any other cheat or bias in this game. What about reset appears not to be working? After a win or loss, reset appears to set each player to $500 in my copy of the game. Which one isn't working for you? (Or are both not working?)

Revx_Z, you are correct, the dealer draws on 16, not up to 16. The dealer draws up to 17 and holds on anything 17 or higher. This is the conventional casino dealer rule.

Kinne, thanks for the kind words. If I ever get a chance to commission more characters for the game, I'll take a look at the timings while I'm in there. And you're right! The dealer plays a statistically optimal strategy for breaking even. Game'll go on a loooong time without a few risks ;)

Cinquint, happy to amuse! And about the Mac, that's fantastic news! I can't export to Mac myself without a Mac, and I won't have access to one for a few weeks. Thanks for finding a workaround!
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Re: Ultimate Blackjack

Postby warbrand4 » Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:27 pm

Ok I won trying to lose.... yep, that was strange.
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Re: Ultimate Blackjack

Postby Journeyman » Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:46 pm

ryanshowseason3, programming the entire card shuffling, dealing, hand value computing, dealer decision tree and win condition checking took....hmmm. 15 minutes? Maybe 20. But, if you've ever programmed a game before, you know that users are evil. Making excruciatingly silly details like buttons that slide in and out as sets, self-adjusting dialogue boxes, delay loops so players can read the game results, positioning and animation of cutscene content (plus those blinking eyes, which were hand-draw by yours' truly), and a hundred other little details that make the game playable, rather than just computable, sucked down a vast amount of time. Trust me on this: I'd certainly have loved to have it made faster.

forumlurker, mm, interesting. Good point. Maybe I should rotate them for better readability. Will consider.

warbrand4, mmm, happened to me quite a few times testing, too. Luck can be that way--you start spamming double and hitting all 20s and the next thing you know, she's on the losing side! I had to put in a set of cheat codes to help me test. (Sorry, removed them for launch :D)
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Re: Ultimate Blackjack

Postby TheOmnivore » Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:54 pm

This seems as good a reason to learn how to play Blackjack as any. Probably should've read up before diving in and quickly getting eaten once, but... eh, live and learn. Or... digest and learn...?

Aaanyway, the mechanics seem pretty much solid as far as I can tell. And the dialogue is definitely enjoyable. Having played through a few times, winning and losing, I can appreciate how much she has to say in all different scenarios.
I did not, however, that some of her longer quotes, like the one about her outfit being bait, are slightly too large for the speech bubble and get cut off.

If I were to be greedy, I'd probably request more characters or voice acting as others have mentioned. But as of right now, it's really quite enjoyable (and addictive @-@) for what it has.

And this might just be inherent of most vore games, but I'll also applaud that it's satisfying both to win and to lose. Even if I feel a little guilty when I win...
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Re: Ultimate Blackjack

Postby Bright » Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:14 pm

I must say I really enjoyed this game.
I lost a lot, but I won at last. Quite the exciting game as well.

Not sure what value aces had.
Some of the red cards didn't seem to add up.

How many pictures did you commission for the game?
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Re: Ultimate Blackjack

Postby Schpadoinkle » Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:16 pm

Seems to me that the dealer has an EXTREMELY good chance of winning.

If they have a 10 value card, the chance of them getting another ten seems to be 90% so far. And if I have more than an eleven my chances of getting a 10 are equally as high.

Edit: Finally won. Was hoping to see a belly pic, but admittedly that sequence was pretty hot.

Edit 2: You should probably have the reset button actually reset the game. The way it is now it literally does nothing.

Edit 3: Seriously. Might wanna check the RNG on this game. I'd have a better chance of winning in an ACTUAL casino.
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Re: Ultimate Blackjack

Postby ryanshowseason3 » Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:37 pm

I did notice those blinking eyes and thought to myself:

"He really went through the trouble to animate those?"

If those features are what was important to you I might've done it in something else, especially if you struggled with gamemaker? I think that's what you used.

It sounds like you care more about UI detail than a lot else. Silverlight or WPF makes the difficult easy in regards to resizing contexts and animated UI elements. I can even think of a few ways to make those eyelids work with storyboards.

You can always shove the deck-card view model into code behind and not have to try and type it all out as a resource.

WPF is probably the most powerful UI stack out there right now, But I know of no way to get it on android. Silverlight should work on browsers across most systems but I have 0 experience with it but from what I understand it basically *is* wpf for the web.

For this sort of game I think wpf would be easiest since you essentially have a UI with business logic and sequences of pictures + text.

But for pure portability if that's what you're after libgdx is the way to go. It ports to... Everything. Even html5. For free. Open source.

This is all just my opinions as a Software Engineer though (10 years). You're already 100 hours invested into gamemaker. I imagine only intensely painful development would reverse that investment.
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Re: Ultimate Blackjack

Postby BloodyMarie » Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:42 pm

Glad to see this come out, I was looking forward to it greatly.

I had to wrestle for awhile but I finally managed to win after a bit. Now I have to convince myself to go lose so I can see what else is in store :v

Definitely a lot of fun though, thank you for all the time and effort you've put into it so far!
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Re: Ultimate Blackjack

Postby Cinquint » Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:44 pm

Bright wrote:I must say I really enjoyed this game.
I lost a lot, but I won at last. Quite the exciting game as well.

Not sure what value aces had.
Some of the red cards didn't seem to add up.

How many pictures did you commission for the game?

Aces have a value of 1 or 11, depending on whether or not 11 will make you lose.
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Re: Ultimate Blackjack

Postby Schpadoinkle » Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:46 pm

Ok seriously. This game needs to have a tune up.

I am CONSTANTLY busting while hitting on a 12 or 13. Like multiple times in a row even.
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Re: Ultimate Blackjack

Postby Journeyman » Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:48 pm

TheOmnivore, :D Better late than never! Being eaten by a casino dealer sure can be educational... I'm glad you found the game enjoyable! And yesss, that one line. It's misbehaving >< I swear every time I adjusted the box, it managed to mis-align a different way. ._. There'll be a fix for it eventually, though, when I reveal the secret hidden feature. Stay addicted, pls! ;)

Bright, I'm glad you found it excited! I was hoping for something like that, and it seems to have come together at the end, especially when you're trying to pull out of a loss. In Blackjack, the Aces are values 11 or 1. it's a bit weird. Basically, they are valued 11, unless that would make your hand bust (over 21). Then, they change value to 1. Kind of a weird rule! Which red cards seemed to not be working for ya? Was it in combinations with Aces? Overall, this game contains 15 commissioned images, which I've edited and animated.

Schpadoinkle, yes--the dealer plays a highly favorable strategy, which forces the player to take risks! Consider the values of the cards, from 2 through Ace:
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 10, 10, 11(1). So, more than a third of the cards are valued 10 or 11!!! Which means that if the dealer is showing a 10, there's about a 35% chance that the other card in their hand gets them to a 19, 20, or 21. Same is true for the player, too, of course :) And by extension, if you are hitting on 12 or 13...you're quite likely to pull a 9, 10, 10, 10, or 10.

At some point, I suppose I should do a write-up on winning at Blackjack, and I should probably point out how I made this game more winnable than it is in Vegas... ;D
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