space prototype

Nav CPU Installed, and Admin Day

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Hey Folks! A bit of a split day, today. Roughly half spent on admin work, and the rest on the space prototype.

The nav CPU was the focus of the dev work, as I continued yesterday's attempt to get it installed on a ship and able to be raised by crew. And the good news here is, that finally works!

Nav Station Implementation

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Hey Folks! I was able to spend some more quality time with the space prototype today, trying to bring together the orbital plotter, voxel nav console, and crew sim.

First order of business was to get a voxel model done for the console, and I decided to just get a basic captain's chair for now. It's missing the screen and some other decorations, but it's enough to get the point across. And for me to see how voxel models look in engine.

Lore Building, and Still Android Issues?

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Hey Folks! Hope your weekend was better than mine. The whole family here was hit by some sort of uber head cold, and we're all a coughing, sniffling mess. Needless to say, it was neither a productive nor enjoyable weekend. Though, it appears we are all on the mend now, more or less.

Android Patch, and Moons

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Hey Folks! We may have a patch to address the Android crashes and save issues introduced in v1.2.5. Tiago put together a new build this afternoon which uses a more reliable way to find a good save path, and we're currently testing it with a few beta users. If this works, it should make saving crash-free on all Android device+OS version combos, and we think that's the main cause of crashes folks are experiencing.

Assuming the tests come back successful, we'll proceed with rolling the patch out asap! (Fingers are crossed!)

Orbital Plotter Love

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Hey Folks! While Tiago works on the Android save patch, I decided to try and get some more prototyping done on the plotter. And it's getting pretty close to usable.

One of the most obvious changes today was switching the line renderer to use colored solid lines instead of textured lines. I like the visuals slightly less, but it allows me to prototype a lot faster if I can just plug color values in rather than making new textures for each new color.

Android Save Issues, and Gravity

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Hey Folks! Still working through the recent Android issues resulting from patch v1.2.5. Though I did get a little prototyping done, as well.

The save issue looks like it might be a result of the new file path we're using. It looks as if the path we chose works on some devices (such as our own testing devices), but not others (see the app reviews). Furthermore, there was a discrepancy between the save path and the load path, which probably made things worse. Again, some devices resolve both paths equally, others must not.

Back In Orbit

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Hey Folks! With yesterday's mobile build v1.2.5 still rolling-out, and no apparent fires to extinguish yet, I turned my attention back to the space prototype. And it was a fairly productive day!

One of the first things I added was human-readable velocity and distance info to the current point of reference. This way, we can see things like m, km, Gm, or AU instead of gigantic (or tiny) numbers all in AU. Apart from simply making the user's life easier, it's making my job easier as I can now get a better feel for how accurate it is at-a-glance.

Isotope Mine Bug, and More Course Plotting

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Hey Folks! Bit of a split day today, as I worked on both mobile bugs and the space prototype.

The morning bug fix session focused on me catching-up on forum bug posts, and then tackling an encounter crash reported in the Isotope Mine. It seems if the encounter uses part of a stack of items, the game crashes with a null pointer.

Space Vacation

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Hey Folks! I woke up to a bit of disheartening news this morning. Despite mobile's early success on the market, and the welcome reinvigoration of Steam sales, it looks like the party was short lived. Mobile sales took a hit a few days ago and are holding at the new low. And worse, the Steam boost appears to have run its course, as well.

Android Testing, and New Space Music!

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Hey Folks! A bit less productive today, at least in terms of coding. But still some interesting developments!

First, I finally was able to build and deploy a debug build directly to my Android phone! Technically, I've done this a long time ago, but not since the game was just starting the porting process. Tiago usually handles the builds, and then shares them with me. This was my first time getting the pipeline running on my own machine for local testing, which is good!