• Main Menu Progress, Ship Selection, and Mobile Bugs

    Hey Folks! Today was largely about getting detailed feedback to Emily about the main menu, as well as a bit of coding on both ship selection and NS mobile.

    As the main menu approaches completion, we're nailing down the remaining details and getting it ready for in-game use. Today's screenshot is the latest iteration from Emily, with some paint-overs I did to show some feedback

  • Ship Selection Screen, Interaction Review

    Hey Folks! Hope everyone had a good weekend. Some good family time for us, as we held egg hunts, saw a cool variety show, and had some yummy meals. Also, we started exercising as a family, which is a bit painful. But it should hopefully slow my atrophy, stemming from sitting at a computer each day :)

    I don't know if I've found the final solution to the ship selection process,

  • Career Refinements, and the Road to First Ship

    Hey Folks! Spent most of the day further refining the career process, and trying to get that to funnel into starting the game with a chosen ship.

    There were a few more validation steps I had to add. One problem was that players could continue previous terms instead of just the current one. Also, they could choose the same skill twice in the same term.

    I also got tired of choosing

  • Career Events and Contacts

    Hey Folks! I've got career events and contacts up and running, and I'm working out the kinks now.

    As you can see in today's image, I've confirmed my first term as a Shipbreaker, with certain skills. And as a result of that career, I earned a few contacts. Jacqueline is a criminal from Virginia on Titan, and Barbra is a criminal from Newcal. Looks like I run in some

  • Data Explosion

    Hey Folks! Most of today was spent barfing data and code into the engine, and I feel a bit like I'm now managing/cleaning-up the mess.

    After work yesterday, I started to have some ideas for how to model relationships in the game. Which is good! Since I was having some real trouble nailing that down. But in the wake of that decision, a huge amount of new data types, logic, and

  • Relationships and Events, Code Clean-up

    Hey Folks! Still working on relationships today, and edging closer to how it relates to events. Also, did a bit of tidying up in the code.

    Yesterday's NPC generator had a few issues to solve before it would run, but seems to be doing the job now. I also had to add a bit more homeworld data to the game so it could select one at random.

    Currently, I can get decent random names

  • Main Menu Variant, and Random NPCs

    Hey Folks! Hope everyone had a good weekend. Had a few nice mornings for a family walk in a nearby public garden, did some minor house work, and rediscovered Dark Matter on Netflix. So not too shabby on this end!

    Back at the office, Emily sent her latest round of main menu revisions. Included among them was the recolor you see above. We've been almost exclusively painting

  • Names and Relationships

    Hey Folks! Now that the career UI is a bit more stable, it's time to tackle the next steps towards getting us launched into a new game. I took a step back for a moment to assess what that might be, and I can think of two things that are above any other priority to get things going:

    1 - How did you get your first ship? 2 - Who are your friends and enemies?

    The first defines

  • Career Bugs, Content, and Taxes

    Hey Folks! Bit of a mixed bag today, split between dev work and admin.

    The admin was the usual monthly taxes and payroll stuff. Which fortunately didn't take too long.

    Then, back in the prototype, I was able to march through most of the bugs identified yesterday without issue. I got nearly to the point where the career selection was working, but none of the chosen skills

  • Career UI Functional, But Buggy

    Hey Folks! More work on getting the career UI up and running today. It was the first day of actually testing the UI, fixing bugs, loading, and testing again. And progress is good so far.

    As you can see in the image, several of the screens are now running. Though you can also see several bugs yet to be fixed. (Well, maybe you can see. They're really tiny in that shot.)