Steam Greenlight? ...and a few other things
Valve just announced a new way for developers to get onto Steam. They're calling it Steam Greenlight.
Basically, developers early in development start posting stuff about their game, and if the community likes it enough, they upvote the game, and if the game gets enough community support, it brings increased awareness of the game to Valve who are more likely to release the game on Steam once it is finished.
Steam Greenlight will go live August 30th, which is 50-ish days away. I'm seriously thinking about putting AdventureFar on Steam Greenlight.
Hopefully, I'll actually-truly-for-real have the editor functioning enough by then to have good screenshots of my game to submit, as well as video of me walking around a town. We'll see if I can get it done in time.
On another note, I use MinGW, and I'm also loving alot of the new C++11 features. MinGW released a new version last month, bringing it up to GCC 4.7.
I also use QtCreator as my IDE of choice, and furthermore, I use the Qt API for native GUI widgets for the editor. Unfortunately, some of the Qt signal-and-slot macroes choke up C++11 with GCC 4.7, and makes the whole code refuse to compile.
If anyone else is running into the same problem, the solution can be found here.
Basically, you fix the broken Qt macro, which interferes with C++11 user-defined literals.
#define QLOCATION "\0" __FILE__ ":" QTOSTRING(__LINE__)
You can fix the define in QObjectDef.h (without recompiling Qt).
(Note: This fix has already been patched into Qt 4.8.1, but I'm still on Qt 4.7)
(Error messages included for increased Google-abillity for others encountering the same issue:)
inconsistent user-defined literal suffixes '__FILE__' and 'QTOSTRING' in string literal
error: unable to find string literal operator 'operator"" __FILE__'
I'm working to get the interface up and running for adding/deleting and manipulating floors and layers of area chunks. Here's a screenshot:
Almost done. The logic has been there, behind the scenes, since before I even had a dev journal. It's getting everything connected to interfaces that take all my time.
Other notes: Last night and the night before last, I knocked out the rough draft for the final section of the final Act of the game, including the ending scene. I still need to touch it up, and fill in the fine details and step-by-step events, but at least now I know how the game ends:
Here's the current status of the plot (rough guesses):
Act 1 - 100% rough drafted, 25% fine details (the beginning third, and some later sections)
Act 2 - 90% rough drafted, 10% fine details
Act 3 - 30% super rough drafted, 10% fine details on a piece of scrap paper somewhere
Act 4 - 70% super rough drafted, 5% fine details (the ending)
I came up with some new side quest ideas for the final act as well, and some enemy ideas.
Maybe I'll knock some more out later tonight. I really need to marshal all of it together and at least get all the Acts 100% drafted.