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New background project

Posted by Programmer16, in Kickstarter 14 October 2012 · 650 views

First off, I want to promote another Kickstarter (not mine, I'm still working on getting that up, but it's coming soon): Oozengard.
Not to be rude to the developer, but if you're like me the Kickstarter page may put you off. However, the game itself does look like it would be fun; I'll definitely be chipping in once I get paid this week.

I started working on the assets for chapter 1 of The Mysterious Life of Aaron James while I'm waiting on art. I've run into a few issues, a couple of which will sadly break save files. I forgot to serialize some state values (scale and visibility), which I thought I could work around using save file versioning, but it sets them to false by default. I'm going to continue looking into it to see if I can get around it, but as it is still in alpha stage I'm hoping nobody gets too mad if I end up breaking game saves.

I've also started working on a new engine that I'll be working on in the background. This will give me something to do when I'm bored/stuck on The Mysterious Life of Aaron James. This will be a really fun project too as it has some of my favorite features: shooting, item creation, exploration (please don't take that as I'm not finding The Mysterious Life of Aaron James fun to develop because I am; I love P&C adventure games, but I also love maiming things, creating things, and exploring.)

Anyway, I'm working on getting the new project set up and all tasked out on TeamworkPM and then I'm off to bed.

For those that missed it: version 1.0.5 of The Mysterious Life of Aaron James is out. I've also updated our website and added a project page for the game with screenshots and a download link.




Heya, just to add, the period ended up as part of the link to the kickstarter project, gotta remove that :D
Couldn't you just add a function that checks if the save file was a prior version, and fix those issues, then replace that save file and reload?
Your website looks great by the way!!

Heya, just to add, the period ended up as part of the link to the kickstarter project, gotta remove that Posted Image

That's been fixed. Thanks for pointing that out!


Couldn't you just add a function that checks if the save file was a prior version, and fix those issues, then replace that save file and reload?

Yea, I have checks in there and I may be able to save them; I just need to dig through all of the missed changes and figure out whether or not I can determine that. The problem is that certain state information wasn't saved; for instance when the pool table gets jammed its numeric state value is set to 1, which wasn't saved. The bathroom window sets a state variable ('bathroom_window_unlocked') when you unlock it, which also wasn't saved. Both of these instances I can say for sure that, if the save version is 1.0 or 1.1, I can just set them to the specific value.

The major concern is visibility; there were a few instances where I think I marked object as not-visible, which wasn't saved and it would be kind of hard to say "Yea, this object should be not-visible." However, I know that I ran into some issues initially with just marking them as invisible; this was why I was talking about duplicating characters a few posts back.

Anyway, from what I've found so far I should be able to handle these, but the major issue is I don't want to handle them specifically in the engine. I may put up a "game save updater" utility that can be used to make sure save games are on the latest version (though, this would only be necessary for people playing the alpha anyway.)


Your website looks great by the way!!

Thank you very much! I need to get it ported over to a full site as I'm getting tired of editing raw PHP files, but I'm lazy and hate web development lol.

Thanks for the input and comments! I appreciate it :D
No problem! :) Keep up the great work.
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