at the risk of feeling like i'm monopolizing things
(very nice that people are into my stuff though)
Out of curiosity, do you code bullet routines and patterns by hand, or do you use something like BulletML?
I do them by hand.. except in endless fire some of them are based on simple trigonometry with evolving parameters.. like spirograph (anyone remember!) the others are often variations on a simple theme..
i.e. aimed bullet..>>> bunch of aimed bullets with slight random variation
etc.. many bullet patterns are just variations on standard effects.
Theres a cool program called sdmkun-1.5.7
that uses bulletml to show lots of patterns from classic shmups..
I check it out to get inspiration now and again..
might use bulletml for my next stuff though.....