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    • By Manuel Berger
      Hello fellow devs!
      Once again I started working on an 2D adventure game and right now I'm doing the character-movement/animation. I'm not a big math guy and I was happy about my solution, but soon I realized that it's flawed.
      My player has 5 walking-animations, mirrored for the left side: up, upright, right, downright, down. With the atan2 function I get the angle between player and destination. To get an index from 0 to 4, I divide PI by 5 and see how many times it goes into the player-destination angle.

      In Pseudo-Code:
      angle = atan2(destination.x - player.x, destination.y - player.y) //swapped y and x to get mirrored angle around the y axis
      index = (int) (angle / (PI / 5));
      PlayAnimation(index); //0 = up, 1 = up_right, 2 = right, 3 = down_right, 4 = down

      Besides the fact that when angle is equal to PI it produces an index of 5, this works like a charm. Or at least I thought so at first. When I tested it, I realized that the up and down animation is playing more often than the others, which is pretty logical, since they have double the angle.

      What I'm trying to achieve is something like this, but with equal angles, so that up and down has the same range as all other directions.

      I can't get my head around it. Any suggestions? Is the whole approach doomed?

      Thank you in advance for any input!
       
    • By Nimmagadda Subba Rao
      Hi,
         I am a CAM developer working with C++ and C# for the past 5 years. I started working on DirectX from past 6 months. I developed a touch screen control viewer using Direct2D. I am working on 3D viewer currently. I am very slow with working on Direct3D. I want to be a gaming developer. As i am new to this i want to know what are the possibilities to explore in this area. How to start developing gaming engines? Is it through tutorials? I heard suggestions from my friends that going for an MS helps. I am not sure on which path to choose. Is it better to go for higher studies and start exploring? I am currently working in India. I want to go to Canada and settle there. Are there any good universities there to learn about graphics programming? Sorry if I am asking too many questions but i want to know the options to choose to get ahead. 
    • By Allagia X
      An original fantasy RP game needs dedicated, self-motivated, and chill individuals! We have a story and general plot already set up, ready to be expanded upon. 

      Miasma: Twilight Decree is a 2D roleplay adventure game. It’s set in a unique fantasy world with a vast map containing continents and oceans alike. Players are given one objective: to endure the troublous environments Allagia have to offer and successfully progress through time to reach the Age of Technology. The stakes are high, and every character’s actions can alter the world – or reset everything back to the beginning ages. MTD features a blend of survival aspects, dark themes, with the ability to make a mark in the history books.

      What we're currently looking for:
       
      • Writers - Super creative individuals who have experience in lore-making, world-building, and know their way around fantasy writing. All of the general elements are here [setting, plot, etc.] and need some "fluffing out"[quest lines, clans/ factions/ families, etc.]. Bonus points to those who can whip up spells and skills.
      • Artists - Mainly those who specialize in pixelated art, or people who can make concept art [since we lack pictures]. 
      • Project Manager - Someone who is organized and can keep this project on the rails. As thorough as I am, it's difficult to cover all the bases on my own. 
      • Other Positions - Anything else to fill in the gaps. We currently use Wikidot for our wiki; someone with CSS and syntax experience to polish it up would be awesome. A musician/ composer for all things musical. Way later down the road, we'll need community managers, DMs, and the such, though it isn't necessary at the moment. 

      Other information:

      I've been working on this project since the beginning of 2017 with a group of friends. Life basically prohibited a lot of us from continuing on with it, and it went on hiatus for a while. I'm making an attempt to bring this back from the dead since plenty of time and effort went into it beforehand. It goes without saying that I also have a passion for roleplaying. 

      I cannot stress enough that anyone interested should be into fantasy settings or D&D. Otherwise, you're probably not going to have fun with helping!

      We do have a Patreon with a few supporters, and Discord. Until things really start moving, we'll be using Discord to collaborate. 

      For any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to comment below or add me on discord @ Allagia X#9174 [best method of contact] for more info about this project.
    • By Bokchee 88
      I am animator by hand, and i am doing game animation for at least 8 years so far. During the last 2 years, i came with a idea for game and maybe some day, i want to start indie game company. As i am thinking to start game company, i am also thinking what kind of value i can give to the company. For example, am experience in animation,sales(I was selling web development services, before i jumped to gaming), bit of rigging- just not for production, i am learning on the side as well. The rest of the gaming production, like modeling, concept art, texturing, i am total noob or to say better, i am no near interest to do modeling for example, don't have such a patience to do it. But before characters and things are made for animating, what the hell i am would do?
      Also, what is the ideal size of the founding team of a game company? Positions to be filled mostly are, Concept artist, Modeler/Texture artist, programmer, animator-rigger. And later would need more people to join, like more animators, programmers, sound, fx,etc.
       
      And lastly, do i need to have something,like a prototype, to show people and get them interest, or should i ask someone i know, for skill that i lack, for example, Modeling would be great, texturing and rigging, and to start all together from scratch?  
    • By Terry Jin
      Hi everyone! 

      I am from an indie studio that has received funding for our concept and is ready to create the next generation 2D Pokemon-inspired MMORPG called Phantasy World. This ad is for a volunteer position but hopefully will transition into something more. Our vision is to create a game that draws inspiration from the series but is dramatically different in both aesthetics and gameplay as the work would be our own.
       
      We are hoping that you can help us make this a reality and are looking for game developers familiar with the unreal engine and would be happy to work on a 2D top down game. Sprite artists are also welcome as we are in desperate need of talented artists! Join our discord and let's have a chat! https://discord.gg/hfDxwDX

      Here's some of our in game sprites for playable characters while moving around the game world! Hope to see you soon!
       


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