Game Update – October 5th, 2014

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Well, after last month sucking, and the surgery before that I had for a hernia and wisdom teeth removal, I am finally back in the game, quite literally.

It turns out the engine (Engine 001) I’m using and the new Dell computer I have aren’t exactly buddies. This is as far as me and Mike, the creator of the engine, could figure out. Unfortunately there isn’t much I can do there though, and this is a workaround. To fix that issue I mentioned last time, I simply had to disable the new lighting system and use the engine’s old one. No big loss there that I’ve seen. In fact, I can’t tell the difference, so that can be considered fixed.

I don’t know if I’m an idiot and didn’t notice before or if this computer handles the game even worse, because the performance was awful when I testing the game a couple weeks ago… like 5 FPS awful in some cases. It isn’t exactly a graphically-intense game, and I of course want it to work on as many (Windows – Engine 001 doesn’t yet support Linux or Mac) computers as possible. This led me to spending some time splitting the world map up into five parts. From a gameplay standpoint, the original single, huge map was pretty cool, but terribly running. From my standpoint, it performs better this new way and is easier to work on. I can also put more things in the maps without worrying so much about frame rate.

I’ve also started work on the magic system (of which there will be more than spells for combat), but I don’t have much to show since it’s basically a prototype for a single spell – Fire Missile, which is very much what it sounds like. You learn spells from reading scrolls, and of course you have to watch your MP. I can’t decide whether I want the MP to regenerate over time, how fast if it does, or if you need to carry some potions around. I’ll let you know when I decide.

I did tinker with the general combat system a bit, and the results are hilariously flawed, and will need more tinkering. Basically, combat didn’t have any weight to it before. You smacked your enemy and they stood as stiff as a board with their health tickering down. That isn’t any fun. Now you smack your enemy and they go flying literally miles away like they’re sliding on ice. Like I said, it needs more tinker.

On top of all this, I’ve done a few fixes to old scripts that didn’t work and worked on some other systems (of which they’re so insignificant I might as well not waste your time rambling about them). A lot of it was simply getting back the work I did that didn’t get backed up. It’s been decently productive, but I don’t have much time anymore for the game so don’t expect it any time soon. Thanks for your continued support and interest, and feedback is of course encouraged!

Game Update – August 24th, 2014

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NOTE: The clothing is placeholder in these pictures.

Work on the game (the last few weeks) has been steady. I thought I’d get more free-time to get more done this summer, but I guess not. Part of this is due to the busyness of summer in general, and some of it has to do with my surgery, in which I lost a bit of time. Ah, but enough excuses you say! Tell me what’s up!

Well, the HUD has changed again, probably not for the last time. You may notice a lot less clutter up top. This was actually a huge overhaul of a system, and while it will take some work, it will greatly improve the game in the end. My original idea was stupid and clumsy (and I forgot to talk about it earlier when it was in use, thank goodness). I intended you to equip things with the arrow keys in-game, thus, the clutter. This means that each equipment slot needed its own HUD section and button. Now I’m going to simply let you equip things in the menu screen as per usual. Imagine the awkwardness of hitting a key to scroll through dozens of pieces of equipment, only to accidentally go past it, etc.

Items now have weight (everything is currently one weight unit to keep it simple – that may or may not change as I haven’t decided) and you can only carry so much. Along with this, items can now be dropped, but due to the items system of the engine I am using, Engine 001, items dropped in the scaled world map and the towns, dungeons, etc. have to be the same size. That may be a good thing, as an immersion hit isn’t as bad as not having a clue what item is now on the ground. More items have been made as well.

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A lot of other smaller tweaks, features and systems were made or are in the process of being made. Sound is being added, both in sound effects, like a munch for when you eat, to orchestral music for exploring to. A help menu option is being worked on, where you can choose what you want to hear about. I think it’s best this way, as you can use it as you need it, instead of having a tutorial shoved down your throat, or having no help at all. You can now drink out of the sea and the lakes if you’re thirsty (but the seawater is salty and doesn’t help you much). Your survival skills automatically allow you to tame wild animals if that stat is high enough, but animals turn hostile if you attack them. Items and armor can now break. Along with all this, you can now eat human meat from corpses (cannibalism FTW!) but you’ll take a hit from your soul stat – more on that later.

That’s a summary of the biggest changes I’ve made in the past few weeks. I thank you for your continued interest and support, and encourage you to give feedback. Thanks!

Game Update – August 3rd, 2014

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NOTE: Updated HUD. Health bar will be changed/fixed.

Since I’ve been fairly busy travelling with family (Summer!), work on Dungeons & Zombies!!! has been progressing slowly (yet steadily). Still no release date yet (and there may never really be), but expect it to be free when it comes out. A number of things are being added or worked on.

Horses are being made, which you (and NPCs) can ride around the world to quicken your pace. I plan on making them available in different breeds (in terms of speed, look, etc.) to buy, steal, or tame in the wild.

I’ve worked on filling the world with foods to enjoy and survive off of. In certain parts of the world different types of foods will be available to scavenger, pick, hunt, etc. I may add the ability to cook and manipulate them, and combine them to create even better foods, like cake in Minecraft. Not only do they added plants make the game world a little less empty, and I hope to make it even less so in the days ahead.

I’m revamping my old skills system. The old one was going to have leveling skills through use, like in The Elder Scrolls. However, this has the problem of really unbalancing the game, because eventually you can become a super warrior god that one-hits everything, and I don’t want the game to be that easy. Thus, I’ve decided that you’ll instead distribute skill points before you start, which can then be upgraded through in-game equipment and scrolls, which can increase stats when read.

Along with this, the world is being expanded, items and monsters are being made, systems are being designed (more on that later!), etc. It’s still in the early stages and it’s a lot of promises right now, but eventually I hope it will turn out awesome! Please give feedback if you can. Thanks for your support.