Sunday, July 12, 2015

Combat Video #3

Here's yet another combat engine video.  This one shows the engine as nearly done:

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Updated Combat Engine Video

Another video of the combat engine that I threw on YouTube earlier this week.  In reality, the engine is further along than even this video shows.  But, I realized I hadn't posted a link to this here yet, so I figured I should update anyone who might be checking this blog out (all two of you).

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Combat Engine Video

The combat engine continues to come along nicely.  Here's a video, which I hope will give you all a feeling of the classic Gold-Box style combat:

More updates later.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Evolution of the Combat Screen

Work on the combat screen continues to proceed at a very fast pace.  You can compare this screenshot to the one I posted a few days ago.  Players can now move their characters in 8 different directions using the number keypad (or in 4 directions with the arrow keys).  Monsters are being rendered, and there are attack actions being taken whenever the program detects a collision between a player icon and a monster icon.

The party versus goblins

That's all I really have for the moment.  I think it's kind of exciting.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Tactical Combat - The Journey Begins

It took me a couple of tries, but I finally managed to get the beginnings of a tactical combat engine working for the game.  It's in its real early stages, but I'm going to provide a screenshot for future reference.  That way, years from now, I can look back and remember when it all started.

Here's the screenshot.  It isn't much to look at.  Ignore the empty blue space around the combat field.  Those will later be filled with information about characters and buttons that allow the player to do things.  For now, it's just empty blue area.

Moving around the battlefield.

There's lots of changes to come.  Should be interesting to see where it all ends up.  This will put the game a little closer in style to the original Gold-Box games, which is kind of what I want.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Gold-Box Version Returns

The Gold-Box-like version of the game was apparently really popular.  There was a lot of positive feedback to the video I posted last time.  So, I have returned to working on that version.   I have to say that I'm glad I did.  The development time seems to be moving along much faster now.

My first order of business was to get rid of the odd corruption that had plagued that version of the game and forced me to go back to the full 3D version.  That required me to rewrite the inventory screen, which I did.  I don't have screenshots of that to show off yet, but it is mostly done.

However, I do have some screenshots of the main exploration panel.  The panel now has life points and mana points that change color as each character loses them.  They will turn yellow when they are below the maximum value.  This is so that the player knows that a particular character isn't at full health or mana at a glance.

In addition, the armor rating of each character is now also shown on the main screen.

Notice that some characters have been damaged.

I've also been making sure that I keep the game workable in multiple resolutions.  The above screen is in the 16:9 aspect ratio.  Here's the same screen at 4:3 in the lowest resolution available in the game (1024x768).

Different aspect ratio.

There's a lot of "behind-the-scenes" work going on.  Some dabbling into the combat engine, for example.  The handling of the equipped items (those Armor Ratings in the screenshots above are fully working; because those characters have armor equipped).  So, a lot of fun things happening.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Gold-Box Version Video

As some of you may know, I had been working on a version of the game that was very similar in style to the old Gold-Box games.  Here is a quick video of that version in action:


With the nostalgia factor high for the Gold-Box games (and the recent discussion about how TSI isn't really continuing the tradition), I may want to return to this version.  We'll see what happens.