Week of Dec. 6-12 : Arms Skill Group & Duel Video

Jon: This week –

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Peekaboo!


• As we mentioned last week, we started designing the system for skill groups. Here’s some details on how they work:

The game now has an Arms skill group which governs the use of specific weapon types. As a player uses a weapon, not only will the skill corresponding with that specific weapon increase, but the surrounding weapon types will increase as well – just slower.

In the image below, you’ll see a player’s Arms skill group while armed with a longsword. The longsword skill (highlighted in blue) will grow the quickest, the skills located directly vertical or horizontal (yellow) will grow a bit slower, and the diagonals (pink) will grow the slowest. The Experience Points (XP) will also be divvied up based on the amount of surrounding skills. For example, the mace will not distribute as much to the surrounding skills since there are more (it’s dead center), as opposed to the longsword. (NOTE: this is not the final layout and does not contain all weapon types yet.)TAR_SkillGroup Ex

• (Optimization) Area Manager: Setup a preliminary system for enabling/disabling certain components based on pre-defined areas that a local player is currently in. This goes beyond just selective culling of renderers and can be setup to toggle certain script logic as well. This system is now being used in the Grand Arena, and it has made a noticeable improvement to the framerate, especially with 4 local players.

• Misc changes, bug fixes, & improvements:

– Homestead cottage windows can now be opened and closed. Aha! Peekaboo makes sense now! 😀

– Setup preliminary water spouts in the Grand Arena, along with drains.

– Fixed bug where joystick input was normalized, & would not take the magnitude of a joystick push into account.

– Fixed some bugs with NPCs animations and using Nav Meshes.

– Heartbeat sound will now only play in single-player when you have low health.

– Added ‘fog’ console command, toggles Global fog on/off (needs to be shut off for wireframe rendering to work, for some reason?)

• We have started working on revamping the characters. One noticeable improvement is hands with fingers! (See Peekaboo!)

• Lastly, we made a goofy video showcasing incandescent weapons. Check it out!

Have a good one!

Week of Nov. 29 – Dec. 5 : Controller Support & Incandescence

Jon: Hey, everybody!

This week we have realized the complexity of setting up controller support for varying controllers on multiple platforms. Looking at the UnifyCommunity Unity3D wiki, we discovered that not only does the button mappings for different types of controllers vary, but the same controller also has different mappings on each platform (Mac, PC, Linux) as well. As a result, we started looking for options to potentially save some time. After browsing the Unity Asset Store, we found an inexpensive plugin that addressed these issues: InControl. We are quite happy with it and have made leaps and bounds towards getting our controller support where we’d like it. We’d recommend it to anyone looking to make a game with full-controller support.

In addition, we have added incandescence! You can hold your weapon over a fire for a certain amount of time and it will eventually glow with heat. Not only does it look aesthetically pleasing, it will add fire damage to your subsequent attacks. Of course there’s a downside, weapons will degrade faster when landing hits while the effect is active.

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We’ve also spent a portion of the week designing the first skill group for players, the Arms skill group. This skill group will allow character’s to increase their effectiveness with specific weapon types. We’ve also changed the amount of Experience Points (XP) acquired, resulting in a more gradual flow towards a level up. We will disclose more info on skill groups and how they work as we make more progress on them.

Lastly, screenshots!

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