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Outlook hazy, please try again.

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Jun 13 2012

I’ve been chugging along polishing fortunes. Had an interesting issue with text windows and scrolling because I somewhere down the line changed the input settings in Unity and got scrolling to go the entire text at once.

Once I’m in an OCD enough mood to get the new NGUI interface all aligned properly I’ll share some screenshots. In the mean time for the few of you who have expressed an intrest keeping up with the project: Fortunes

Thanks Sophie Houlden for informing me about workflowy!

Avatar Strength, Luck, and Player Strength

0 Comments | This entry was posted on May 31 2012

I came across an interesting post about different factors of success on reddit today which was pretty thought provoking. Avatar Strength doesn’t have much to do with any games we’ve made as of yet but there is a balance of luck and player skill to fortunes.

 

Earlier on in the project I was concerned about things potentially being too far on the luck side of things for fortunes but James reminded me that it makes sense thematically to be a bit more on the luck side of things for fortunes then I’d normally be comfortable with doing. So yes there is luck to fortunes, but that just makes your victory all the more exciting when you come from behind with poor luck to win anyway.

 

In other news I am almost done with the NGUI overhaul for fortunes, it is looking much better now and I’m getting excited about the progress. Would any of you readers be interested in trying it out before we release it into the wild for a public alpha?

Fortunes update

0 Comments | This entry was posted on May 17 2012

I’ve Been working on using NGUI to update Fortunes.

 

 

 

 

 

The main benefit is that it will be able to automatically scale with resolution so we won’t get awkward overlapping. But it also has some nice handling of drag scrolling that was frustrating me for the cards in hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up will be the most challenging part of the GUI update, handling Tarot Divination layouts. I have some thoughts from looking at some tarot apps and the better scroll handling should allow more flexibility in that regard.

What has been the most interesting tarot deck art you’ve seen? Let us know in the comments.

Balancing on the edge of Survival

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Apr 27 2012

Last week We submitted an entry for edge online‘s Unity3d competition. We had six weeks and dayjobs in the way so we had to scale our original ideas down quite a bit but I think we did fairly well considering the constraints.

Update: I tried to embed the game in this post recently but do to some wordpress issues there were window sizing issues. you can play the game however here.

#if Fortunes … #endif

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Apr 11 2012

No Just Deserts today, been trying to clean up Fortunes so our client can show off what we have so far at RavenCon and at her talk at the library of congress. She wrote up an impressive amount of copy in this ungodly dark magic excel spreadsheet James designed and I’ve had fun wrangling getting unity to read from that. Apparently even if you get it working in the editor that does not mean the excel file will be moved properly when you go to build so I have to copy it manually after building each time. Future task: automate that process.

I additionally have poked around in conditional compiling since our code for saving a divination doesn’t work in a web player which is something we want to be able to do. Just in case you’re trying to do the same thing this page http://unity3d.com/support/documentation/Manual/Platform%20Dependent%20Compilation.html is helpful but not the first thing to come up when I was searching myself.

Food in the desert & asset store

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Apr 03 2012

Just deserts has sent us to our first paid purchase at the unity asset store. Its worked pretty well for our free asset store items so I guess its time to give back to the asset store community.

As far as just deserts is concerned got food implemented and along with that player health. Went ahead and put in the logic for losing the game at 0 health even though nothing can damage you yet. Enemies were supposed to be next up but that didn’t get done because of frustrations with a free model I had found that was far too detailed and got imported poorly to unity and had orientation issues(I could not get it’s forward aligned properly with the mesh.)

My list of things left for Just Deserts.

Withering away

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Mar 31 2012

Those poor plants in the upper right are almost gone

Got the plants working in a “creep” like fashion now. They cover a radius around where you planted and slowly draw in instead of just having a static plant that vanished after a time. It sounds like a minor difference but the visual impact of seeing the foliage withering away was really satisfying.

Next up is working on Enemies. I found a free scorpion model on Turbo Squid and am going forward with that, any of you know of other places one can find free fauna models?

I was really worried that this project was falling apart before this week but several things have come clicking together.

Intricacies of Binding volumes

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Mar 29 2012

Been having a lot of trouble with an adjustment we’ve been trying to make to our Edge game, just deserts. The win condition is supposed to be when you’ve covered the desert with fauna and I have the plants as a circle of foliage around where you planted them. I was checking for victory by periodically raycasting down onto the board and seeing if I could hit the board but this was coming up true in some very wierd situations. I tried many things including changing unity’s collider trigger settings futzing with layers and various head aches for multiple days.

Today I tried changing the colliding volume from a cylinder(what matches the model) to a box. It works now.

Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best.

Models & Animation – Adding a touch of gloss

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Mar 21 2012

Worked on updating the graphical appearance of Just Deserts today. Its surprising what a difference throwing some textures on a few models can make.

Ran into some trouble with trying to animations and Mixamo to work. The player model I’m using gets into a walking pose but won’t actually animate walking. I’d like to drill down into it but I’ve got a day-job I have to get away too.

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Our foray into the Edge create unity3d competition

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Mar 20 2012

Since we are ahead of schedule with programming for fortunes we are entering the Edge Create Challenge

Edge create

Edge Create Challenge 2012

We came up with a game for their theme of ‘edge’ that we’re tentatively calling Just Deserts. It is about a struggle to preserve an ecosystem on the verge of dying out. We’ve got a good working prototype with programmer models going on right now.

Beautiful programmer models

Are any of you taking part in the edge competition? Let us know in the comments!