July 9-15: Starry Night

Jon: Hello, again! Guess what? This week we’ve got some more things to show you:

Seeing Stars

Night skies are now filled with stars.

NPCs Opening Doors

NPCs have gained the ability to open doors! This makes things a little more interesting while being pursued, especially in town.

  • NPCs will open a door that’s closed, if they can.
  • If the door is locked and the lock is on their side, they’ll simply unlock it. If they’re locked out, they’ll attempt to smash it with their bare-hands! Definitely, WIP.

There are still a few issues that pop up from time-to-time. Such as doors that open towards them. These can push the NPCs aside and cause them to get stuck temporarily. Nonetheless, it’s still an improvement from before!

Texture Improvements

Andrew has been working on improving some textures. Above, is some of them.

I’m currently working on updating the player setup scene. The goal is to allow players to create new characters right in there, instead of having to do it from the title screen.

Andrew is working on making the exterior of the Arena. This will lead to scene transitions that seem more connected than before. You’ll be able to leave the Arena from where you came in, not having to hunt for inconveniently placed warp pads.

Until next time.

July 2-8: Archer Hat

Jon: Hi, there! Here’s the week’s progress:

Archer Hat

Comes in a variety of tints, not shown here.

Misc. Improvements & Bug Fixes
  • Pickpocketing:
    • Being detected while pickpocketing an NPC will cause them to get hostile. The inventory menu will also immediately close as well.
    • Items will no longer transfer if the pickpocket was unsuccessful.
  • Magic:
    • Started experimenting with magic chants for magic in the Spelling school.
    • Added a projectile healing spell.
  • UI:
    • Menu navigation in the Book screen should no longer highlight the inventory buttons that reside behind.
    • Got a popup, “How Many?” menu functioning (still WIP) when dropping items. Still need to get it set up for bartering/placing/taking items out of containers.
  • Tavern:
    • Started new NPC, Tavernkeeper.
    • New wood texture.

Is that cherry?

  • Made the dialog response/loading screen title text style easier to read (Increased contrast between outline and font).
  • Added an ’empty’ item action for crossbow, so the loaded bolt can be removed after.
  • Continued assigning entity common names: Items are complete, I think.

Have a good weekend.

June 4-17: Moving Along

Jon: Hey, hey! Among bug hunting and ripping old unstable systems a new one, we have accomplished some new things!

Here’s what we’ve accomplished for the past 2 weeks of development:

Movement Speeds

After much feedback we’ve finally started addressing some movement speed issues. Here’s some changes that we’ve made:

  • The default movement speed is now a bit quicker, and the increase in speed while sprinting is greater than before.
  • Item Burden has less effect, using an exponential curve vs. a linear, upon your movement speed.
  • Sprinting with Stamina, ignores a certain % of Item Burden. Once stamina is depleted, Item Burden will take a greater effect.

Trades Skill Group

Added another skill group, Trades. Currently, it contains the skills pertaining to Alchemy, Repairing, and Reviving others.

Since repairing is now tied to a skill, lower skills values can now result in failed attempts, causing damage to the targeted item.

I have not worked on the alchemy skill influence yet, as alchemy, itself, is temporarily broken. :/

Block Push

A new mechanic has been added, the block push.

This is a push animation that I made back before 2010…

It is very much a WIP, but is functional and we’re still trying to decide if we want to keep the ‘move into it’ approach, or use an ‘interact to enter push mode’ approach.

Crossbow Reload

The crossbow now requires a reload between shots, making it a bit more reasonable for how powerful it is.

An audible animation pulling the rope back is in, but I still need to setup the movement restriction during the process. The animation is very much WIP as well.

Magic Stone

Another magic catalyst besides the Wizard’s Staff. This will have more uses later.

Misc. Improvements & Bug Fixes
  • Experience Points (XP) in the status menu now displays the total XP you’ve acquired out of the amount you need to reach, in order to level up. Previously, the XP would reset back to zero, every level up, and the latter number would just display the amount needed.
  • Reviving a combatant in an arena match will now place that combatant back into the match, preventing the other team from winning. In other words, all members of the opposing team must be incapacitated in order for your team to win, instead of defeating each of them once.
  • Dummy skills in a skill grid can no longer be highlighted through menu navigation.
  • Fixed incorrect raycast on scene transitions/starts that would cause players to start in the ground, about waist high.
  • Dropped default look sensitivities.
  • Started creating LODs for buildings and optimizing them to improve Town scene performance.
  • Continued assigning names to entities.

Where could this be?

Remember that secret I mentioned weeks ago? This just might have a connection with it. 😀