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I am having an issue that I can't seem to be able to figure out. I would really appreciate an extra pair of eyes to validate my work so far.

All this is, so far, is just a bunch of shapes on an HTML page. It is to be a very simple game ( just exploring Javascript through making this ) but right now I am just building the framework/elements.

The script is this 

      body {
        margin: 0px;
        padding: 0px;
      #canvas-container {
   width: 100%;

canvas {
   display: inline;

  <body onload="startUp()">

  <div id="canvas-container">
    <canvas id="game" width="300" height="500"></canvas>
    var canvas = document.getElementById('game');
    var ctx = canvas.getContext('2d');
    var x = canvas.width;
    var y = canvas.height;
    var scoreVal = 0;
    var itemXRand = Math.floor(Math.random() * x) + 1
    function cloud(){
      ctx.moveTo(170, 30);
      ctx.bezierCurveTo(130, 100, 130, 150, 230, 150);
      ctx.bezierCurveTo(250, 180, 320, 180, 340, 150);
      ctx.bezierCurveTo(420, 150, 420, 120, 390, 100);
      ctx.bezierCurveTo(430, 40, 370, 30, 340, 50);
      ctx.bezierCurveTo(320, 5, 250, 20, 250, 50);
      ctx.bezierCurveTo(200, 5, 150, 20, 170, 80);
      ctx.lineWidth = 5;
      ctx.fillStyle = '#8ED6FF';
      ctx.strokeStyle = '#0000ff';

    function workArea(){
      ctx.rect(0, 0, x, y);
      ctx.fillStyle = "#2ab9ff";
      ctx.stroke = 1;

    function topRect(){
      ctx.rect(0, 0, x, 30);
      ctx.fillStyle = "#D3D3D3";
      ctx.stroke = 1;

    function scoreKeep(){   
    ctx.font = "15px Arial";
    ctx.fillStyle = "#000000";
    ctx.fillText("Score "+scoreVal,5, 25);  

    function bttmRect(){
      ctx.rect(0, y-30, x, 30);
      ctx.fillStyle = '#5bc928';
      ctx.stroke = 1;

    function monstRect(){
      ctx.rect(0, y-80, x, 30);
      ctx.fillStyle = 'red';
      ctx.stroke = 1;

    function itemCirc(){
    var centerX = itemXRand
    var radius = 15;
    var positionY = 45;
      ctx.arc(centerX, positionY, radius, 0, 2 * Math.PI, false);
      ctx.fillStyle = randomColor();
      ctx.lineWidth = 1;
      ctx.strokeStyle = '#003300';

    function startUp(){
    function randomColor(){ 


The issue is that cloud() and monstRect() will not show up when the page loads. If I comment out workArea(), topRect(), and bttmRect() in the function "startUp()" then monstRect() and cloud() show up. I've re-read those little snippets of code for those three areas that I comment out and I can't see where I have gone wrong.

Any advice or if you can spot my mistake I would really appreciate it.

Thank you!


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  1. Bad use of ASI (automatic semi-colon insertion)
  2. Polluting the global scope (use an IIFE or ES2015 module)
  3. I am not really seeing your issue, though I do see errors when I move your code to http://jsbin.com/wededadera/edit?html,js,console,output. Check the console and you will see what I mean.

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Your reply is amazingly helpful and friendly.

I actually ended up scrapping the entire thing and went to work in Python for fun :)

I will review my old ( this one ) code and apply the information you provided.

Thank you for your time and assistance!


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