01.14.2016 :: Hello 2016!
The 2016 new year’s arrival provides a chance to look back at what was and was not accomplished in 2015. It also offers an opportunity to refocus efforts and grind away toward “the goal”. The last couple months of 2015 saw me convert a large percentage of AoA into a pure text MUD – mission accomplished. That said, I most likely will not release it for public play. That conversions provided an amazing practice in creating a unified, multi-player game server – RuneFire World Server (RFWS). Both the MUD version of AoA and the graphical version of the same game are coded atop RFWS. Ultimately, I’ll use the shared code to quickly prototype multiplayer game concepts. Fail fast, fail early, learn at the speed of light (well, a tad slower now that I’m somewhat older). The rest of 2015 saw tons of development on the core AoA2 client and server, a completed game(Megavaders 5000) for the Lexitron, and a plethora of prototype game mechanics/ideas in Unity 3D.
The rest of 2016 is now wide open, but plans include further development on the RuneFire World Server, continued development on AoA2, and perhaps a team effort. I’d also like to attend more RunJumpDev events – and hopefully time will allow for such things. Networking with other game developers is always fun and enlightening!
09.07.2015 :: Playin’ in the MUD
It has been an interesting last couple months, to say the least! I’ve gone back and forth far too many times between the whole custom AOA2 client vs. converting everything back to what one might consider a “standard” MU* text game. Both have their pros and cons. In the end, the MU* conversion won out. AOA2 is now back burnered while I continue to create new assets and convert old assets to work in AvensharMUD (current working title ). I’ll come up with an Avenshar related name for the game once I decide to push out a public release. I will say all is going very well, and I expect to have something for interested folks to play very soon!
06.07.2015 :: Megavaders 5000!
Sometimes, it’s nice to just finish a project. Between working at my awesome day-job and working on AoA2, I do try to code other projects. In this instance, that happens to be Megavaders 5000, a Space Invaders inspired, old school shooter. It took less than a day to implement the basic game. However, play-testing, tweaking, and adding additional polish extended the dev time quite a bit. Regardless, I am fairly happy with the end result. Furthermore, I plan to submit the game for installation on the Lexitron – a stand-up arcade machine crafted by the local game-dev group here in Lexington.
You can download Megavaders 5000 for either Windows or Mac from Our Games page.
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03.14.2015 :: Announcement / Update
It is definitely interesting how a project morphs over its lifetime when you have a very general idea where you want it to go. The AoA2 rewrite started out as an almost ‘pure’ text only MUD type game with an HTML5 browser based interface. That was not working out so well, so I decided to return to a Flash based client. Personally, I was not happy how that was turning out in terms of client performance and development maintenance. I’m not doing anything super crazy with the client — except for a line of site/fog of war/obscured overlay that is generated by the player’s current location and surrounding “walls” (or, things that block the players vision). Enter Unity3D. The AoA2 client is now a fully downloadable client that no longer requires the browser to run. And boy, do I like it. Unity allows me to build and/or change UI elements so much faster than I could do in either HTML or Flash. The performance of the AOA client on the user’s side is outstanding. Best yet, Unity will support whatever direction I take AoA in the future. All Goodness!