Sorry, not that big of an update tonight, its pretty late, and I've got an early start tomorrow.
I've been working pretty regularly on FoT, and I'm making some good progress in terms of putting items and weapons in the game. One of the limits Mark and I put on ourselves at the beginning of the project was that we were only going to have a few weapons, basically your standard FPS set:
Having such a small amount of weapons allows us to balance them much easier, and make the game a lot more fun to play. Anyways, Mark recently sent me a bunch of neat new textures to help fill out the inventory display. As you may remember, the inventory had a huge black rectangle that was curiously empty, well no more!
In the screeny above you may have noticed that now the player has a health readout, which actually works, although Mark has yet to give me a dying player texture, so until then, there's no actual "dying".
This is a cool feature that I really enjoy in the games I play, alternate fire modes for weapons. Almost every weapon in the game will have a unique secondary fire that can be used by clicking the right mouse button. For example, with the assault rifle, your primary fire is a 3-round burst of bullets, but the alternate fire launches a grenade out of the gun that detonates where you had the cursor when you fired it. Hopefully cool little things like that will help differentiate the weapons and make things more fun.
A genius idea I had at the beginning of the project was to get an annoying boat horn sound effect, and put it in as a placeholder anywhere that needed sound, but didn't have the right one yet. This is a good thing because it annoys me into going to the internets and finding the right sounds to replace that annoying horn. This helps prevent the problem of getting to the end of the project and having to pay really close attention to see if things are actually making noise or not.
Well, thats all I feel like writing for now, theres a few more technical things that I've done, but I lack the energy to type them out right now, so all you guys who enjoy peeks at how FoT works will have to wait until next update[wink] Peace Out!