Category:  General

By Mak, March 30, 2017 Comments Off on Scanner Pip… Dev, General

Hi folks, my apologies for the lack of updates – it’s been all quiet on the site but all go in development so far this month, both in Work Life and Real Life, so I’ve had little time to maintain… Read More »

By Mak, March 2, 2017 Comments Off on The Depressing Truth… Books, General, News

This past month I’ve been running an Amazon Marketing Services ad campaign across Kindle for Insurmountable Odds, and boy, it’s a tough reach… 324,322 impressions 363 clicks = 0.11% ‘interest’ conversion 1 sale = 0.0003% impression conversion, and 0.27% interest… Read More »

By Mak, February 22, 2017 Comments Off on Shiny Gameplay Stuff, Shiny Dev Stuff Dev, General

I’ve been labouring mightily with the Boid/Pilot AI system. I had to park it a few weeks ago, after getting so far and hitting a roadblock. As usual, taking a break seems to make spotting the problem a cinch, and… Read More »

By Mak, January 10, 2017 Comments Off on The Symbiotic Pilot Boid 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, January 4, 2017 Comments Off on Book Two Milestone(ish) Books, General, News

50% of Book Two has now been drafted, proof read and had the first edits rolled in! I’m trying a different writing technique to the one I used for Book One – where I more or less dumped everything from… 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, December 1, 2016 Comments Off on Hull Generation Dev, General, News

I was planning to make an article from this (may yet happen I guess) but time is – as ever – my greatest enemy. This must be evident from the shoddy/unprofessional nature of my videos, especially of late 🙂 I’ve… 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, November 13, 2016 Comments Off on The Great Journey’s End Dev, General, News

I finally broke 105,000 SIS sometime last week. I did plan to do a video and ‘ooo’ moment, but sadly time is not with me at present. However, it is a milestone event, and it has led to a number… Read More »

By Mak, November 4, 2016 Comments Off on Mini-milestone : Saves! Dev, General

Egads… during my Great Journey, I got fed up of manually updating the hard coded ‘Credit’ total every time I relaunched the game… plus now I can save ‘favourite waypoints’ to navigate directly between trading hotspots… so these two lines… Read More »

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