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Sneak Peek

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Hey Folks! Got a bit of a sneak peek for you today.

I've uploaded the newest "test" build of NEO Scavenger, v1.3.0 to the BBG website. And anyone with access to the full version on this site can click the "test" download links to get it. This is the Haxe engine port I've been working on over the last little while, and features a number of improvements and fixes, and should feel more like a native app than the old Flash one. (Namely, because it is a native app now!)

OSX/Linux...Yay?

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Hey Folks! I think we may be, dare I say it, done? As of about 3pm today, I was able to compile and run NEO Scavenger Haxe edition on all three platforms without crashes!

90% of my day was spent futilely poking the code and flailing about, rebuilding the entire dll and game projects each time, hoping to see the needle move even a little. I even got down and dirty into some byte allocation/deallocation code, thinking I could wiggle past the malloc bug plaguing me on OSX/Linux.

OSX/Linux...Ugh

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I thought I was this close today (fingers very close together). I messed around with ByteArray conversion to Bytes, big and little endian, compressed and non-compressed...and finally got it working!

On Windows.

In the end, I just had to ensure my ByteArray was parsed, byte-by-byte into a Bytes class, and fed to the OGG parser. That, and I had an error in my sound filenames that missed some folders. But it worked. I could include a packed audio file in the game assets, and load OGGs from it at runtime!

OSX and Linux Builds Now "Work"

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Hey Folks! Another slog of a day, as I worked on getting the Linux build running.

Most of the morning was spent in a mode similar to my OSX day: chasing phantom errors in the build process which were not really the issue. I couldn't build the game because the lime compile was missing a header file. Chasing down that header file got me further, but then I was missing some Linux libs. After those were installed, I ran into a missing ndll for Linux (we never needed one before on mobile, so it wasn't in the repo).

OSX and Linux Builds

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Hey Folks! Tried tackling the OSX and Linux builds today, and let me tell you, I sure didn't enjoy that. Still struggling a bit, in fact.

Windows Done, Testing Mac

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Hey Folks! Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. Ours was packed full of...well, everything. Eating, yard work, hosting guests, visiting festivals. A lot of fun, but man, we're exhausted.

Back at work, I resumed putting the finishing touches on the Windows build. A few extra log messages to help users with debugging, a custom desktop message file from which to get news when the game launches, a fix to the loading bar. Pretty minor stuff.

Looping Music

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Hey Folks! Not a lot of progress today, unfortunately. I spent the entire day debugging a music looping issue, and in the end, had to hack my way around it.

The problem happens when the looping wilderness music reaches the end of the track, and instead of restarting, just stops. This is a fairly rare occurrence in the game, since there is only a chance any track is going to be the looping one, the tracks only play every 10ish minutes, and this bug only happens if the portion of the track played starts near the end and overlaps the loop point.

Software, Camps, and Music

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Hey Folks! Reasonable progress today on the remaining known issues: software item sprites, camp effects redundancy, and sound cut-off.

Testing, Lag Fix, and Software

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Hey Folks! Slightly more productive today, as I started with a playtest, then moved on to fixing a few bugs.

My Release mode playtest went well for a little while, playing through some DMC encounters (complete with working map now!), then, moving back out into the wasteland for more scavenging. However, before too long, I started to notice that lag when opening any inventory screen again. And it was bad enough I don't think it can stand.

Field Trip

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Hey Folks! Not a lot of progress today, as most of the day was consumed on a field trip to Valve's offices. They hosted another developer lunch, wherein they solicited feedback on their developer tools, the Steam store, launching games, etc. It was nice to get out and talk face-to-face with some other devs for a while. Not to mention educational, as we chatted about things like wishlisting stats, coupon strategies, games as a service, Early Access anecdotes, etc.

A useful day for business-person Dan!