space prototype

Course Plotter Demo, and New Music from Josh!

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Hey Folks! Got a special treat for your today. I decided to try and get a video recorded to show off both the course plotter I've been working on, as well as some of Josh's latest music!

Hopefully there are some interesting bits in there for everyone to check out. And if you have any questions or feedback, feel free to let me know!

Have a good weekend, all!

Course Plotting Redux

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Hey Folks! I spent most of the day working on the system/course plotter UI today, in my continued attempt to make it reliable and usable enough to get from point A to B.

More Precision Issues, and PR

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Hey Folks! A bit of a slower day today, as a chunk of it was spent tackling public relations type tasks, and a bit of admin. I did get some coding done, however, aiming to address precision issues in the sim.

Yesterday, I talked a bit about precision and time. As it turns out, single precision floating point variables can only store 7-significant digits of info. And when we're talking about the number of seconds in years (months, even), we quickly get large enough numbers that individual seconds are ignored by the CPU.

A Matter of Time

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Hey Folks! Another mostly coding day today, slightly more productive than yesterday. Today's focus was mostly on time.

Initially, it was just some minor changes to make the player's life easier. I added code to make sure the plotter couldn't reverse time into the past, and it just "bottoms-out" at the star system's current time if you rewind.

Nav Station Persistence, Rendering

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Hey Folks! Hope everyone had a good weekend. A lot of manual labor and handyman type stuff for us, as we tie-up some more loose ends around the house.

Back at the office, it was off to a bit of a slow start as I went through several emails and other admin tasks. And I suspect at least one more round of this later in the week, as month-end approaches.

Getting There...

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Hey Folks! We're finally starting to get somewhere with the navigation console. (Pun intended.)

Today was still a lot of behind-the-scenes type work. Fixing bugs in the code, improving functions, exposing data in one class that I need to reference from another. All with the aim towards letting the player direct an AI to the nav console, open it, plot a course, engage, and then continue on around the ship doing stuff.

Separating Nav Station from Star System

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Hey Folks! It's a code day today, and most of my day looked something like the screenshot above (taken from the Navigation Console UI).

The main thrust of today's effort was getting the star system simulation to be a separate thing from the navigation console's simulation. There's a lot of overlap between what the navigation station and star system need to do. Things like keeping track of ship positions, planets, moons, gravity, and updating all of this over time.

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.