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tnovelli

Member Since 23 Nov 2013
Offline Last Active Jul 13 2014 01:51 PM
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tnovelli's Journal > Archery

Posted 22 March 2014

Sweet... I've passed another architectural milestone. Archery required a bunch of details: weapon slots, Bow subclass, lightweight Missile subclass, gravity, collisions. It's all working as intended. Now the other weapons will be a cakewalk.

Next, movement controls... it's time. Then sound and scoring. That's all this game needs to start being fun.

(Why...


tnovelli's Journal > Revamped animation and a sweeeeet new control scheme

Posted 16 March 2014

My animation system needed rethinking, as it didn't quite fit the gameplay, plus it was overcomplicated. So I let that stew all week until I had something worth coding in C++ yesterday.

First step was to ask: what controls do I want? A: Simple ones!
Just gamepad Dpad+ABXY or keyboard WASD+arrows. Nothing analog. Aim by moving around, emphasis on timing....


tnovelli's Journal > C++ porting progress

Posted 09 March 2014

Did some more porting this weekend... C++ version is now able to load & render a character model from my HTML5 Canvas demo (far right screenshot, in Chrome). A few glitches to debug, but it's basically done. Performance is better indeed... 3% CPU with one character, probably 10% during busy gameplay -- versus 60% in HTML5.

Next: animations, keyboard/...


tnovelli's Journal > Some concept art

Posted 04 March 2014

Feeling inspired. Made a few Inkscape mockups & freehand sketches for my most ambitious project. It's a sidescrolling RPG with intricate AI and hand-to-hand fighting.
Unlike my topdown sea shooter, this game is too demanding for HTML5, so I've begun porting the engine back to C++/OpenGL. This allows for easily 1000% more visual complexity if needed, a...


tnovelli's Journal > Why line art?

Posted 04 March 2014

A) 3D modeling is too much work if I'm doing all the coding, music, and artwork - which seems like a healthy assumption if I intend to finish.

A2) 3D bores me. I must be getting old.

A3) Everyone's doing hyper-realism.

B) ANOTHER neo-retro fat pixel game? I don't think so.

C) Steve Yegge's 2nd to last blog post in which he points out the cartoonish c...


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