Welcome back to my second update. We've seen some HUGE updates this week.
ENGINE UPDATE PROGRESS REPORT
First and foremost, the public preview was released this week. The 'beta' is now a public beta. Get in there and test! I ran into a problem installing mine that required me to update certain elements of my Windows 7 OS to fix a D3DDIRECT_47.dll not found error. Other than that though, it works great. I've had a few assets with problems and am yet to test my own products but as soon as I can verify their function I'll note that here.
More info is available here: https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/219024
|PBR Assets look great!|
Beware though; this is a test version. It's not all there yet and so it's best to make a backup before you continue. I personally copied my 50+GB of assets and GG to a backup folder. If you can't afford that kind of space, then I'd recommend either getting another drive or putting a copy on drive.google.com (you get like 15GB free there).
NEW PRODUCTS IN THE STORE
The store this week has some interesting December sales which are worth looking at. Artists range from "The Wizard of Id", "that model guy" and "grobyken" all having several models or packs up to individual packs like Teabone's new warning sign set.
|These high quality clutter objects cost only 70 cents.. TOTAL! For the whole pack!|
Also on the store I noticed this gem from an artist I've only seen the occasional piece from: AlexGCC. I took a look and noticed two separate products which appear relatively new that are of pretty excellent quality:
|The Arcade will go well with EAI's set and the playground will go well with dagored's Carnival.|
As always, there's a veritable bevy of free stuff available on the Game-Guru forums. This week we have a nice freebie from Wolf, a set electrical boxes which he's also put up on the store as well. I have several of his 'junction box' sets and I've noticed a clear trend upwards in terms of quality and technical skill. Of note are the illuminated lights on the boxes.
|The perfect touch for all your cyberpunk set dressing needs.|
In this case he's been working on a ton of railroad assets. This week he's added a switching booth which looks great. It's probably one of his best physical models for buildings that I've seen so far.
|His texturing is really going places.|
At some point I'm going to take all my free assets and open up a google drive with them so people can access them freely in the future. It'd be a shame if this stuff just fell off into oblivion from lack of upkeep or if the forums went away.
|The interior on this building is top notch. I love the way it turned out.|
THIRD PARTY TOOLSIn the world of third party tools, it looks like BOTR's 'HeightMap to Game-Guru' tool is getting a new user interface which will really help with it's function. On top of that he's added a preview mode which should REALLY shave time off pulling maps from http://terrain.party and importing them into Game-Guru. Granted I'm really thankful for a free tool like this but I have to admit it's always nice when it becomes truly functional.
|This is going to massively help level development for Game-Guru!|
Also of note is that OldPMan's "normalizator" tool has apparently reached a new stage of development and will be offered shortly on the store. Per OldPMan himself:
I'm happy to report that I finally recovered the lost source code "NORMALIZATOR". So I added a height channel and several auxiliary functions, this is copying the image from layer to layer, cropping the image and copying / pasting the selected part of the image. Fixed several bugs.
Now I will have all my time in touch and any questions will not be left without attention.
Concerning people who donated to the development of the application, I sent everyone emails with the keys for NORMALIZATOR in the tgcstore store. I noticed that not all of the keys I sent were activated, if for some reason you did not receive a letter with a key from me, write me a PM and I will give you instructions for obtaining a key in the tgcstore store.
The new version will soon be available at the tgcstore store, now in the status of approval.
For those who expect STEAM version, now you can get access to the closed beta test of the application, just write me a PM and I'll send you the key for access via STEAM client."
RANDOM ACTS OF CREATIVITY
So there's a lot of activity going into the holidays with projects. I have a lot to cover here.
|Let's start from the top!|
Beyond that we have Dark Harbour; Honkeyboy's newest attempt at making a Skyrim Style game which will undoubtedly push the boundaries of how many assets Game-Guru can run without crashing. He's got some interesting crafting scripts in there that he's working on and it's definitely got some work behind it.
Of particular note here is AmenMoses's 'asteroids-ish thingy'. AmenMoses is the maker of the quaternion library for Game Guru and he uses it for rotation in very impressive fashion.
|I'll have to play with it later but should run great, knowing AmenMoses.|
Personally I have my own projects as well that are stalled out but will revive after the new year. Lots of things to work on and do. I'd like to get some stuff done for Christmas but it's really going to be tight at this rate.