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Developer Journal - 1 day, 1 hour ago
Staying Grounded - By Aardvajk
We all know how important staying grounded is in life, and it is as important for a character controller, especially in an environment with sloping floors.The problem with constantly applying grav...
Developer Journal - 2 days, 12 hours ago
GJK musings - By Aardvajk
Thought I'd write a post about the GJK implementation that I'm using in my game to deal with collision detection between implict shapes today.Above is a screenshot from a 2D test bed I wrote when...
Developer Journal - 2 days, 21 hours ago
Beautiful code - By Norman Barrows
Beautiful code[ i'm still working on this concept, so this is a very rough draft... ]writing beautiful code.sometimes you code, and it seems as straightforward as: "all nearby units - protect/serve...
Developer Journal - 2 days, 21 hours ago
Generic pattern maps - By Norman Barrows
generic pattern mapsoften times you need a pattern for something in a game.for example: what texture tile to use with a given ground quad.i used to create randomly generated pattern maps for differ...
Developer Journal - 2 days, 22 hours ago
A design for an indexed render queue - By Norman Barrows
A design for an indexed render queuedrawing information is stored in a drawinfo struct. it could also be hashed into an int, etc.the queue consists of an un-ordered list of drawinfo structs.the que...
Developer Journal - 2 days, 22 hours ago
SIMSpace 8.0 dev journal entry #1 - By Norman Barrows
SIMSpace 8.0 dev journal entry #1SIMSpace 8.0 dev journal entry #1figuring out the basics.this will be the 8th major version of the game that got me into game development. In the past the game was...
Developer Journal - 2 days, 22 hours ago
AI in Caveman - By Norman Barrows
Caveman ai:ai in caveman has been through three major versions.the first version was just quick and dirty code to get things going. likeall code of this type, it quickly grew and evolved into an ug...
Developer Journal - 2 days, 23 hours ago
An oo-ish version of my typical game architecture - By Norman Barrows
An oo-ish version of my typical game architectureall one code block, i was too lazy to split it up for posting ! <g>. non-oo: void main{init_prog run_proguninit_prog}globals: boolean: quit_...
Developer Journal - 2 days, 23 hours ago
Building a large procedurally generated world with no load screens: How caveman 3.0 works. - By Norman Barrows
Building a large procedurally genrated world with no load screens:How caveman 3.0 works.======================================================================GAME WORLD DATA STRUCTURES:============...
Developer Journal - 2 days, 23 hours ago
Background terrain chunk generation - By Norman Barrows
background terrain chunk generationthe foreground task (the game) generates terrain chunks on the fly asneeded from underlying world map data, and stores them in a cache foruse by the renderer. chu...
Developer Journal - 2 days, 23 hours ago
Simple sliding collisions - By Norman Barrows
Simple sliding collisionssimple sliding collisions:for AABBs:1. start by calculating how much to move the player as usual:dx = player.speed * sin(player.yr)dz = player.speed * cos(player.yr)2. appl...
Developer Journal - 2 days, 23 hours ago
Simple heuristic collision avoidance - By Norman Barrows
Simple heuristic collision avoidanceHeuristic collison avoidance:1. check for collision some distance in front of the player (say 15 feet).2. if collsiosn is indicated:2.a. check for collision ahea...
Developer Journal - 2 days, 23 hours ago
a working definition of good code - By Norman Barrows
a working definition of good codeA definition of "good" code (in no particular order):1. correct - the code should work correctly.2. brief - brevity is preferable. but not at the sake of readabilit...
Developer Journal - 4 days, 7 hours ago
New speed calculation system - By mousetail
As you can see on the picture, the most visible change is a way to make the log lines colored. You can choose from gray, white, red, yellow, and green right now. All you need to do is print "1}line...
Developer Journal - 4 days, 17 hours ago
Adding a skybox, collision detection and software cursor - By braindigitalis
Hi everyone!I've found some time today to make further progress on Firework Factory, adding three things as mentioned in the title:Added AABB collision detection of boxes and particles, so that the...
Developer Journal - 5 days, 10 hours ago
An update a day... - By Aardvajk
Might as well keep doing these little journal updates, keeps me off the streets.I've added in support for a Capsule shape to the physics system now and got the character controller just doing si...
Developer Journal - 6 days, 12 hours ago
Early days (again) - By Aardvajk
Back to basics again and have:modded the level editor to work with 3D levels againgot the editor exporting the physics shapes and a single mesh for the levelgot the game loading the physics shapes...
Developer Journal - 1 week, 7 hours ago
Firework Factory - Junctions, Crates and Exits all playing nicely together - By braindigitalis
Hi everyone,Another day, another journal entry!Today I have integrated a bunch of disparate parts of the game together, and we are finally reaching the point where all the unconnected parts start t...
Developer Journal - 1 week, 1 day ago
Adding machines to the level - By braindigitalis
Hi all,Today I have managed to add machines to the level layout. The machines are the producers of the crates in the level, as seen in the video of the 2D version with cute smiley faces on top and...
Developer Journal - 1 week, 1 day ago
Statement of Intent - By Aardvajk
Quick entry, no images, nothing much to show except that I wanted to formalize my current plan.I'm fed up with battling against everything else in a game to get the idea of a grappling hook working...
Developer Journal - 1 week, 2 days ago
Firework Factory - Level Loading - By braindigitalis
Over the past few days i have been working on two things within the game as shown in the YouTube video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP4j8kdIV7AThe first thing i have been working on is the input...
Developer Journal - 1 week, 3 days ago
Caveman 3.0 Beta 18 released! - By Norman Barrows
Caveman 3.0 Beta 18 released!HEURISTIC COLLISION AVOIDANCE, BACKGROUND TERRAIN CHUNK GENERATION, SOUND DETECTION STEALTH MODELING,UNLIMITED SAVE GAMES.Play now!http://rocklandsoftware.net/beta.php...
Developer Journal - 1 week, 3 days ago
Useful debugging tools and features - By Ashaman73
Bug finding is one of the more frustrating tasks when coding a game. Just yesterday I hopefully hunted down a very frustrating bug, thought I hoped this already 3 times before.Sometimes bugs are re...
Developer Journal - 1 week, 6 days ago
Caveman 3.0 Beta 17 released! - By Norman Barrows
SLIDING COLLISIONS, BETTER GRAPHICS, BETTER COLLISIONSCaveman 3.0 Beta 17 released!Play Now!http://rocklandsoftware.net/beta.php Game Homepage:http://rocklandsoftware.net/Caveman.php Rockland Websi...
Developer Journal - 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Caveman 3 Beta 16 released! - By Norman Barrows
Caveman 3 Beta 16 released!Play now!http://rocklandsoftware.net/beta.php Game homepagehttp://rocklandsoftware.net/Caveman.php New for beta 16:* fixed: rock collisions not working, and "select" only...


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