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Known Bug: Arena.Xlsm v1.3 “Compile error in hidden module: Sheet14” (FIXED)

Edit on 2/21/15: This appears to have been a problem that was created by a recent Office update that broke ActiveX controls. For a step-by-step guide to fix your client please see the link here: http://excelmatters.com/2014/12/10/office-update-breaks-activex-controls/ Special thanks to the amazing testers who volunteered to help track this down!

Some people are reporting seeing the following error when opening the game:

Sheet14 Error

I have received reports of this occurring in both Office 2010 and 2013 however I am unable to recreate the bug on my testing machines. I am now asking for volunteers who are using systems that are encountering the above bug to provide feedback on updated versions  so that I can try to tackle this. If you’d like to volunteer please let me know at email with your operating system and excel version and I shall add you to the tester list.

Thank you for your patience and your assistance with this bug.

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Canadian Technological Achievement of the Year

So this is a very nice New Years Eve surprise!

From The Globe and Mail:

In a year that saw BlackBerry’s fortunes take yet another turn for the worse, it was often easy to feel pessimistic about the state of technological innovation in Canada. Fortunately for us, people like Cary Walkin exist.

Mr. Walkin, a chartered accountant, decided to build a dungeon-crawler role-playing video game all by himself. Now, this on its own would be a fairly impressive endeavour. But no, Mr. Walkin took things a step further by building this video game entirely within the confines of Microsoft Excel.

Now you may ask: Could Mr. Walkin have spent his time and ample talent doing something more worthwhile than building a video game using only spreadsheet macros? We say no. Keep on fighting the good fight, Cary.

Arena.Xlsm Animations Early Preview

I was going to hold off on uploading this until I had more animations in the game but I felt the desire to share. So this is a early preview of what will be coming in the future. Please forgive the choppiness and lack of audio, in the future I will use better screen capture software.

VBA4Play Part 2: Animation in Excel

This is the second part of the VBA4Play tutorial series. This tutorial is going to leverage off some of the code in VBA4Play Part 1: Movement and Collision Detection so be sure to view that prior to starting.

By the end of this tutorial, you’ll be able to make your own customized animations within Microsoft Excel. This tutorial is going to cover three different types of animation techniques: Uncontrolled, Wait, and Real-Time. Each type of animation has its own benefits and drawbacks so I’ll be going through the implementation of each of them step-by-step so that you will have the skills to use them in your own projects. Animation appears in every type of game so it’s important that we understand how to make effective animations so that we can make bigger and better games!

Okay, now let’s get started!

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Arena.Xlsm is now on Steam Greenlight!

Arena.Xlsm on Steam Greenlight

If you want to see Arena.Xlsm on Steam vote here: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=149050793

Open Call for Localization Volunteers!

Currently Arena.Xlsm is in a state that I am happy with, the game mechanics are all in and they seem to be working well together. Now that there will be few game changes, I can now proceed with localization of the game into various languages. Arena.Xlsm was designed in Microsoft Excel for free to be accessible to the largest number of people as possible. By localizing the game into various languages, more people will be able to enjoy the experience!

The most commonly requested languages are:

  • Russian
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Italian
  • Dutch
  • Chinese

If you can speak any of these languages and English fluently and would like to help translate Arena.Xlsm, please contact me via e-mail or comment below. If you want to translate the game into a language not listed above, please contact me and we can discuss the viability of getting another localized version out.

If you’re interested in helping make the game accessible to more people in another language, this is your opportunity to make it happen!

Thank you so much for your continued support!

Arena.Xlsm Version 1.3 Released!

The-Obstacle-Course

Arena.Xlsm Version 1.3 is now available here: Download Arena.Xlsm

This update contains a number of new features and content. Here are the highlights:

  • New Feature: Keyboard Controls. Access the controls through the new control button. You can now customize hot-keys for your most frequently used spells!
  • New Feature: Hard Mode! Unlockable after completing a play-through on Normal. Blood harvested from enemies is decreased by 1. Fame required to level up is increased by a factor of 2. The player does not start with any heals. Enemy health and damage is increased by 25%. Exhausted enemies do not lose their immunities.
  • New Feature: Statistics. The statistics will track your actions across multiple games.
  • New Feature: “Boss Key” – The Statistics spreadsheet is unlocked and can be quickly accessed by pressing the F key from within the game. You can add corporate logos and work to this spreadsheet to mask the fact that you are playing a game at work. NOTE: If you feel the need to use a “boss key” you probably should not be playing this at work. I will not be held liable if you get yourself fired for playing a video game at work.
  • New Feature: Title Screen. There is now a title screen when opening the game and after the player dies. The logo is dynamic and will change based on the player’s progress throughout the game.
  • 3 New Terrain Types: Movable Walls, Pressure Switches and Switch Walls. Move the Movable Walls on to the Pressure Switches to trigger an explosion on Switch Walls connected to the Pressure Switch. This can allow the player to access new parts of the arena and provides an additional challenge while you’re battling enemies simultaneously.
  • 3 New Arenas: The Box, The Obstacle Course, and The Great Barrier.
  • New Collection: Arena Tourist.
  • 61 New Achievements!

For the full patch notes, see the Arena.Xlsm Wiki.