Dev-Diary: 16

Hey everybody!

Two days late again! That’s my bad, been dealing with work and life. However, I completed the NPC area for the Demo! Those last couple of rooms got intense, nice bundles of rather complicate AI structuring. But it’s all done, and I squished a few bugs along the way! I’ll now be moving onto Combat and Inventory, however this area should be considerably simpler; the working projects from this Demo have been rearranged so that the current projects are much less combat intensive, which in-turn removes some of the Inventory issues I was having. I’ve briefly spoken about the project rearrangement before, but to clarify I will be working on the same projects, but with a different engine for a different platform, which will mean I save a lot of time and can produce higher quality and more specific works! I will announce more details sometime in the future when the Demo is done and the current generation of projects are in the works.

Outside of the Demo, I’ll be returning to put more effort into physical game production, and structure the plans for the graphic novel I’m collaborating on! The aim is to have at least 2 physical games completed by the end of the year, along with a digital game after the Demo.

Time to get back to work! Till next time, all the best!
(Oh also, here’s a screenshot of the NPC Stress-Test Room~)

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Dev-Diary: 15

Hey everybody!

Sorry about being a few days late, was a bit busy with personal commitments over the past few weeks!

Anyways, I’ve been off-on productive with a few different projects; I finished the animation I was collaborating with, and I’ve included a completed screenshot at the end of this post. When the final animation is published I’ll share a link to it, but my scene in the final work is actually a colourised version I made, whereas the screenshot posted here is of the original!

The demo is still coming along. Delays from personal commitments and other work keep slowing me down, but I’ll be keeping at it! More work completed on the NPC testing area (nearly done with it!), and after this I don’t believe there is too much in the way of design, just a few more buggy updates and a nice bundle of visuals to work on.

I’ve also started some writing for another collaborative project with a friend of mine! It’s nice to focus on just writing instead of coding and art as well, especially since it’s of a whole new story outside of my own works. This is something that probably won’t show any content for a few months at least, but I’ll be keeping you posted here.

Hopefully March will be a bit kinder on how busy I am outside my projects so I can focus and try to get as much as I can done!

Till next time, all the best!

YGORA Teaser

Dev-Diary: 14

Hey everybody!

Nothing too new to report over the past 2 weeks, just general work on various projects, talking to awesome people about hoping to make awesome things. I’ve touched up some stuff in my demo and progressed further with the NPC demonstration rooms, as well as getting some drawing done for the animation project I’m helping out with. Because there isn’t really too much to report this time, I’ve decided to drop a sneak peek screenshot of the animation I’m working on into this post!

Till next time, all the best!

YGORA Teaser

Dev-Diary: 13

Hey everybody!

So the past few weeks have been pretty random in terms of productivity. While I didn’t get as much done on the demo as I’d hoped, I have been flexing my creative muscles again which has been generally good practice. I’ve done some digital graphics, some short-story writing, and a few other things along these lines to help get me back into creative production. I’ve also jumped into a community reanimation project, which takes an existing and often well-known animation and gives a mass of artists a few seconds to animate each. While my short section isn’t important, it’s fun being a part of a larger group all working together to complete a project! Hopefully I’ll have my part done over the next week, and the project itself will come out in a couple of months I think?

As for the demo, I’ve been getting back into it slowly, fixing up some important stuff. I’ve re-worked the music function to work better with the music that was composed for the first game, and I’ve heavily upgraded the AI detection function so that it (finally!) takes the world collisions into account, so now the player can hide behind walls all stealth-like!

I’m slowly getting back into the proper swing of production again, so I look forward to bigger and better updates in the coming weeks and months!

All the best!

Dev-Diary: 12

Hey everyone! Sorry for being a day late, I was away and only just got back.

What a slow and rather frustrating start to the year! I did manage to get some work done, but it was mostly filled with technical delays.

After getting my showreel done, my computer decided to start crashing when there was a slight increase in processing. I managed to trace it to a problem with the power supply unit, which meant I had to buy a new one and replace it, as well as fix up a bunch of stuff on my computer to assist with performance. During this, one of my accounts were hacked temporarily, which was quickly restored but very annoying, and even a bit scary, to deal with.

I did however get to patch up some small things where I left off, and meet-up with a group of other developers at a social gathering, as well as chat to a few other people working in various game and programming, and media careers. It’s always great talking to anyone in the gaming industry, and the media industry as a whole, to learn as much as possible as well as watch and listen to people talk about their passions!

Hopefully the coming half of the month will prove more productive and contain less delays!

All the best!

Dev-Diary: 11

Hey everyone,

Happy New Year! Time to knuckle down and get back into work. I’ve managed to better control some of the issues I’ve been faced with lately, so hopefully I can get back on track with getting the demo completed! So, to start the new year off, if you head on over to the ‘About’ section, you’ll see I’ve posted a showreel! While the majority of it is fancy editing of footage from my past projects (including some video work I edited), you’ll also notice there is some actual footage of the Monochrome Engine! Sneak peak! Go check it out!

I’m going to try my best to get lots of work done this year. I predict I will again be delayed by other work, especially since I do need to focus on making actual money too, as well as taking up opportunities to gain more experience in media production, but I will definitely be trying to get as much work done as possible! My production partner and I are also aiming to get some of our collaborative works finished, and if possible even jump into some local conventions to sell art and games.

Long story short, 2016 was a crazy ride for me, I definitely had some amazing times, as well as some difficult ones. I’d like to take what I learnt from last year and step it up this year to perform even better! I know not all my plans will go accordingly, but I’m not stopping. Hopefully you guys will be there with me along the way!

All the best!

Dev-Diary: 10

Hey everyone.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful month! Unfortunately for me, the personal problems I’ve been dealing with lately have been building up and have put a hold on my work. Because of that, and the commitments I have to my family at this time of year, I’ll be putting myself on hiatus till the start of the new year, which means I have nothing to report now, nor in the next dev-diary. I’m sorry for the large delay this will have on releasing the demo for testing, but I need to put myself first in this situation. The games and stories I am working on will continue again soon, as I love them and I will see them to the end! But for now, I need to get through the rest of the year so I can be good for working again next year.

Happy Holidays to everyone, and all the best!

Dev-Diary: 9

A day late again, sorry! But this month has been pretty intense. A lot of personal stuff has been obstructing production. This means the demo gets delayed; initially I wanted to have it done by Christmas, but now we’re probably looking at a January – February release. For all the people who signed up to be testers, I’m sorry the wait is so long, but it’s so I can make sure everything is working properly, and that everything can be tested!

In the work I actually did, it was mostly some bug fixes, checking a few things off a list that were left behind in other sections of the demo, and some progress in the AI area. I’m going to be updating some of the AI programs to have them run a bit smoother and more accurately while I focus on this area.

I’ll keep you all posted! All the best!

Dev-Diary: 8

Hello! Cut this one a bit close haha!

I’m currently in the middle of organising the audio for the first project (after the Demo) with my composer. I have to say, it’s absolutely fantastic at the moment, but we still have a few tracks to go. However, if you don’t want to wait the months before that game releases, you can check out her work over at her Soundcloud which I will feature at the end of this post.

The Demo itself has been progressing as normal; a couple more rooms and a few patches and updates to either bugged or missing functions, normal stuff. I’m happy to say I’ve gotten all the rooms completed for the Trigger demonstration area (finally!) and am currently working on the AI demonstration area, possibly the second-hardest zone. Luckily, AI structure almost the same way as Triggers do, so I’m managing to write them up much faster than I used to!

Very briefly, I also wanted to touch upon the other work I do as Silver Stitch. While I might go into further detail next update, I’ll give you a base idea of what else I do. The game-design I work on isn’t entirely limited to digital media, nor are all my efforts focused on the making of games. I’m also in production of a small number of board and card games, some on my own, some are collaborative with a close friend of mine. Some of these physical games have a much smaller turn-around time, while some I’ve been working on as long for as the engine! I hope to reveal more of these as they develop as well! Additionally, I did mention not all my work is game-related, and this is because at the end of the day, as much as I love games, I’d like to consider myself a story-teller. While some games are purely for fun, I love the idea of story construction and building worlds, which I hope is evident in some of my previous works. Because of this, I’m trying my best to construct deep stories for my games, and outside them. I’ll also be slowly updating you on how this progresses as well, though not as much as I like to keep that as much of a secret as possible till each release.

Well that’s all I wanted to discuss this update! As promised, following this is the link to the composer I’m working with. All the best!

Dev-Diary: 7

Hello again! Hope everyone had a great Halloween!

October on a whole has probably been my least productive month for a while for my game work. Personal life and other work popped up a lot over the past couple of weeks causing delays, along with bugs and errors also popping up that need to be fixed. However, progress was made, and in some cases very important progress!

Probably the biggest, or most important, update was a massive patch to the way AI programs work. While essentially there was little-to-no change, the flow of code had to be re-written when I discovered the AI master list, which should not change, was changing. This was a problem caused by the Flash itself and not by the code, so a work-around had to be found, which it eventually was and the AI programs are now running as intended!

Along with a few other smaller patches and implementations, more rooms were finished save for some final visuals. As I’ve said before, this is an engine demo and the visuals will be less than what a full game has to offer, but the practice is important and I do still want the demo to look nice! I’ve nearly finished the largest section of the demo which is the Trigger Hall, an area containing many rooms for testing most of the trigger functions.

Aside from that, I’ve included a screenshot from a room I’m rather happy about on a technical aspect; the Teleportation room, where both the Player and an NPC are warped around the room. Remember, if you wish to be able to test the demo when it’s done, let me know and I’ll put you on the list of testers! All the best!

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