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Visual Progress — Screenshot Saturday

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Dec 01 2012

So a big advantage of this big UI overhaul is that I have actually visible things to share today!

Updated UI screenshot

So there are a couple of things going on here. The entire information section at the top has been shoved over to the right and made more graphical. While the card hands of other players are now visible to give a better sense of what is going on around you.

I’ve also added some animations to playing the cards and a visual measure of how you’re doing.

What do Tarot cards and Hexagons have in common

2 Comments | This entry was posted on Nov 29 2012

So things have been slow lately with the holidays disrupting schedules and James’ ungodly amount of work from his dayjob, but we are chugging along.

Fortunes

I have been working faithfully on the UI of fortunes because apparently people couldn’t figure out what to do. That was quite embarrassing. Got a lot of feedback from the feedback Friday posts over on Reddit and done a lot to shape things up.

Only thing is there has been a resolution error between the Unity editor and the web player, and apparently what I thought was the visible area was in fact larger then what actually gets shown. So in the future I need to separate my build folder from what gets shown here on the website. Unless you all enjoy seeing my mistakes. Oddly enough even in full screen it just shows the same partial portion of the screen.

Hexit Strategy

That is the name we are thinking of for the hexagon game we’ve mentioned recently. Thanks go to my friend Sam for the name suggestion.

We are editing a pdf for a print and play version with the current rules and then will be working on a variant based on our recent playtesting and feedback from Sam and we can see what works better and what people like more.

Hopefully we’ll be getting a press cutter sometime next year and be able to make a copy of the game with actually symmetrical pieces instead of the uneven cardboard coasters we’ve cut ourselves.

Fortunes update – working on UI

2 Comments | This entry was posted on Sep 22 2012

So I got some feedback from reddit that people were confused about what to do when playing fortunes. Surprise to me, I’ve been working with this so long everything seems pretty natural.

So I’ve made two changes recently to help make things more intuitive. I greyed out the cards you can’t play instead of just having there name turn red, and I worked on getting double click support in.

When I added the ability to drag your cards to play them I took out the old click to play. This was to prevent mis-playing cards which was admittedly mostly in preparation for the mobile version. This I think made things less intuitive in the web version. Hopefully this fixes things.

If you haven’t already had a chance or you want to see the new updates please take a chance to go play fortunes now!

Fortunes Update – Beta

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Sep 14 2012

So for all of you wondering how the project is coming along, now you can just go play fortunes.

wheel of fortune

This has all happened before, and it will all happen ag- wait wrong franchise.

So the divination has been worked out for the most part. Going to have to do a different but similar approach for the smaller screens for phones and what not. Also had some issues loading pages come up when I tried to throw up a web-player here.

How is Fortunes? What is unclear? What could we improve upon? Let us know!

Fortunes Update — Taking charge of destiny and file systems

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Jun 16 2012

A big challenge I’ve faced recently has to do with data.

“All i see is blonde, brunette, redhead…”

Getting data from non-technical people.

James created this fancy spreadsheet for Barbara to fill out for the divination part of fortunes and only have to deal with one card at a time. After handing me this huge spreadsheet I had to figure out how to get the game to use this data.

Proprietary data formats and multiple build targets

After a little bit of google research I got Unity3d and excel to play nicely and had a pseudo-database set up running pulling in data from multiple sheets in the excel file for various parts of the game. Now if any of the card values needed to change, not just the divinations but card names we could modify the spreadsheet and not worry about changing any of the code. Sounded brilliant but it only worked on a standalone windows player. A web player or android build got stuck repeatedly trying to pull in the data from a class it couldn’t properly access.

You must take your eyes away from the tree before you can see the forest

This image may or may not be a non-sequiter

I spent awhile butting my head over many days trying to get this excel file reading to work on various formats. I was almost ready to set up a PHP script on our site for the web player, but didn’t like having a separate solution for that and for android. Eventually looking at workflowy I realized i was trying to solve the wrong problem. I shouldn’t be trying to read the excel file on these separate platforms. I just need the relevant data from the excel file. Some poking from that angle revealed the Resources class in unity3d. Between a little bit of work condensing the data I need into one sheet, saving that off to a tab delimited text file, and writing some code to parse that file I’ve got the current version of fortunes working with the data on android, windows, and the web player. I don’t have a mac to test that but I’ll probably get my fiancée to test that sometime soon.

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.