Category:  Design

By Mak, January 14, 2017 0 Design, Dev, News

It’s update time, and although I’ve nothing suitable/visual to show there’s been a fair amount of progress on the Pilot NPC/AI code of late. I can confirm that I have now been attacked (and thoroughly ass-whooped) by a pack of… Read More »

By Mak, January 10, 2017 0 Design, Dev, General, News

Having abstracted everything nicely, it was time to think about wiring all these tools together. We have the following entities involved; Vessel – should be pretty dumb, and owns systems and reports their status (including collisions) Pilot – responsible for… Read More »

By Mak, December 13, 2016 Comments Off on The Refactored Boid Design, Dev, General, News

(Ok, So not a Peter F. Hamilton novel – but it could have been, if he’d been a developer…) Since the last post, I’ve been slaving away ‘refactoring’ – yes, that developer exercise of making huge sweeping changes to the… Read More »

By Mak, November 24, 2016 Comments Off on The Evolutionary Boid Design, Dev, General

(One for fans of Peter F. Hamilton there 🙂 ) Boids – if you’ve never heard of them (and I always use a very dodgy Brooklyn accent when pronouncing ‘Boids’) – are an algorithmic approach to simulating environment and goal… Read More »

By Mak, October 15, 2016 Comments Off on The Great Journey – Part Two Design, Dev, General

Having rectified the ‘oops up’ from Part One, and made a great many tweaks, improvements and changes since then, it’s time for Part Two, and let this part be slightly more successful! Given the spirit of things was to partake… Read More »

By Mak, October 11, 2016 4 Design, Dev, General

So the first leg of the Great Journey came to a grinding halt with the Galactic Map course plotting going a lot squiffy. Slightly annoying – as I wasn’t expecting it at all. The last time I’d used it, all… Read More »

By Mak, September 22, 2016 Comments Off on A little structure… Design, Dev

A recent issue has caused me to establish a full map of the game object hierarchy. Warning: This is entirely techy-dev-mind-numbing-to-non-dev stuff! However, the non-dev can take a quick peek and go ‘cor, lots of stuff going on there’… even… Read More »

By Mak, September 20, 2016 5 Design, Dev

Here we have a 32px character height font in a 256 x 256 texture atlas, being rendered at various point sizes (9.0 through 18.0) in a virtual display size of 1024×768, with an actual physical screen resolution of 1600×1200. Already,… Read More »

By Mak, September 16, 2016 Comments Off on Temporal Coherence Design, Dev

Recent dev effort has continued along the lines of striking off niggles, but focused quite a lot on an important aspect of gameplay – the scene context. I’ve touched on this previously, the scene context manager decides what ‘transient’ objects… Read More »

By Mak, August 31, 2016 Comments Off on Grumbleshadersgrumble… Design, Dev

As I’ve been tinkering far too much with the visual niceties of late, I decided to make a deliberate and concerted effort to concentrate on gameplay for a change. I disabled and reverted all the hacks I’d put in around… Read More »

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