Category:  Design

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 »

By Mak, July 22, 2016 Comments Off on The Effect of Mass Design, Dev, General, News

As Dominium’s Flight Mechanics journey continues, I’m revelling in the nostalgia of all that school math/mechanics/physics from so long ago. Now I have Newton’s Second Law(F=ma) in the code armoury, and all the various tunable ‘bits’ which affect movement and… Read More »

By Mak, July 20, 2016 Comments Off on Space Flight Mechanics – Check! Design, Dev, News

The first phase of development on the Flight Mechanics is now complete, and I have to say, I’m pretty chuffed with the results! Let me begin by saying that this doesn’t mean ‘Flight Mechanics’ is completed and now final. I’ve… Read More »

By Mak, July 13, 2016 5 Design, General

Now, this may be a dangerous combination… Newtonian and Non-newtonian flight models? In the same game? Well, if I get it wrong… yes, very dangerous! It could be horrifically unfair, leaving Newtonian vessels at the mercy of far more manoueverable… Read More »

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