January’s Progress: Harbor Building Motor

Jon: Howdy! My work this past month hasn’t been that exciting, mostly. I’ve been working on a variety of things trying to cleanup and fix issues for the next release and working on the revised character motor that addresses collision issues we’ve been having.

Here’s what I’ve been looking at:

So many numbers…

So far I’ve gotten the basic motor functioning, still far from ready, though… Getting the steering forces to ‘feel’ right is taking some time, but off to a good start. Realism isn’t the goal, as input feels less responsive and instant changes in velocity to match input isn’t good, either — somewhere in between. Friction variation on different surface materials is something we want to keep as part of the game, too.

Some advantages of the new motor setup include slope angles affecting top speed, more smooth shifts in velocity, and improved jump calculations. Next, I have to integrate additional actions such as the character shoving, shoulder mounting, tree climbing, etc.


Town Hall which resides in the Upper Town. We have many plans for this building, in the future.

Harbor Building, yet to be named. It’s in the harbor…

Misc. Goodies

Andrew dived into the water shader, yet again. There’s now underwater fog, when looking through it.

Andrew has also continued with season changing setups. Added reddish leaf variations in Autumn and leafless maples in Winter.

  • Found some handy Unity editor scripts:
  • Created some new Added effects:
    • Suffocate – drains air regardless of whether you are underwater or not.
    • Invulnerability – you cannot be damaged! Added this on respawn/revive of a player to reduce the chance of quick subsequent deaths.
  • Swimming improvements
    • Fixed obnoxious splashing from head entering/exiting water, finally!
    • Ragdoll enter/exit water works better/more properly now.
  • Added some NPC dialog variations if very player is very fatigued
  • Moon improvements: more visual iterations of moon waning/waxing
  • Wesport now has ocean audio.
  • Continued to setup more prefabs with variants/nesting, some specifics:
    • Signs
    • Warp pads

We are also working on getting Chipmonk! onto Steam. Our store page, listed as ‘coming soon,’ is up. Have a look:

Click me! = Go to Steam Page

We are familiarizing ourselves with the process so hopefully when we get to putting TAR up there, it will be a lot easier.

Screenshot. Goodbye.

2 thoughts on “January’s Progress: Harbor Building Motor

  1. I just found this game, played it on the split screen with my brother and it was some of the most co-op fun we’ve had ever. Each minute we found something we thought wouldn’t be possible. Discovering that you can jump on the other player’s back had me burst out laughing! This masterpiece is everything that I would ever want from a game: funny, surprisingly deep, amazing co-op (that I can’t wait to play with more than two people!), RPG, the variety of playstyles, huge open world – just everything. I’m unbelievably glad I found it and the release of the next version is one of the moments I’m most anticipating 😀 Good luck to you guys and thanks for being amazing!

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