On the other hand, I'm still not sure what I'm going to do about our menu. Switching from menu program, to combat engine, then back to menu after the mission, then back to the combat engine again, reloading all the textures, it's getting really complicated, and I think I'll settle for a simpler menu inside the combat engine, and save myself the trouble of splicing those two together.
On the multiplayer front, things are coming along nicely. I have gotten to the point where my client is displaying the level, and you can fly your "plane" around (its just a untextured quad right now). I also was experimenting in a random level generator for the single player campaign. The levels in A20 are just a long horizontal array of 300 tiles. Each tile has a different texture ID and height, and some have special attributes such as the flak cannons, or the ship you land on. In my venture into random levels, I devised a way to have the generator make a suitable landing ship for your fighter, and to make sure you aren't close enough to a flak or sam site when you spawn, but something is still wrong. The levels just look too random, there's trees and easter island heads in the middle of two building, it's messy. I may just have to have the generator piece together premade portions of levels in a random fashion, but we'll see.
I really need to remake my level editor to write out multiplayer maps. The format is a little different from single player maps(lack of ground targets, less textures to choose from) and I have been making them by hand just to test out the client side of the multiplayer and it is pissing me off. In retrospect, if I had actually just sat down and made a new level editor, I probably would have written less then I have just making the maps by hand, oh well[grin].
I'm kinda sad right now, one of my best friends is a Russian exchange student and he return to the Motherland in a couple days, but the good news is that this summer I can probably go visit him in Moscow. The only problem is that the State Department might not let my dad go because he knows too much stuff (he flys against F-22s so I can see where their concern comes from). But I hope I can go, I really need to go somewhere cool this summer, last year I went to Mexico, which blows btw. Anyways , I took the Russian flying and he took some pretty cool pictures from the air, as you can see below. Well guys, until next time, and btw has anyone tried Angels 20 on their computer? If so , I'd like to know how it ran and what the load times were like.
Flying by the mountains
Right after takeoff
Me(left) and the Russian afterwards