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Weaving a Tangled Web

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Hey Folks! Some of you may have seen my recent tweet, which includes the screenshot above. And since that shot encapsulates what we've been up to this week pretty well, I figured it was worth talking about it a bit more.

As part of our social loop work, we've been trying to come up with more tools for the player to use during social combat. We want these social "moves" to serve a couple of purposes:

Hardware Failure

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Hey Folks! Hope everyone had a good week(end). We had a very busy week of seeing friends, eating variations of Thanksgiving meals, and playing games. It was a nice change of pace, and break from the usual. Though pretty exhausting!

Back at the office, work is still a bit slow as I handle some admin tasks for a good chunk of each day. In my actual dev time, I'm brainstorming social tactics players and NPCs can use in conversation. And that list is getting pretty interesting.

Audio System, Social Combat Thoughts

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Hey Folks! Tomorrow's Thanksgiving here, and I hadn't had a chance to post yet this week, so I wanted to get something out there to keep everyone in the loop before I was off.

It's been a crazy amount of admin work lately, and unfortunately that means little new stuff to show. Most of the fruits of my labor include conversations, spreadsheets, PDFs, and chat logs. All important stuff that should hopefully yield cool stuff in the future, but not much to look at right now.

Progress!

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Hey Folks! I was able to get a full day of development in today, and managed to finish my skill-gating task!

There were a few more code issues that needed fixing. Mostly naming and reference typos. Then began the long slog of updating all of the data to match the new system requirements.

Mostly, this meant adding a non-skilled option to each of the install/uninstall actions, defining their rates of progress, which ones should appear as menu options, plus some triggers to control when they are valid. I made some heavy use of regular expressions, let me tell you :)

Social Loop Prep Continues

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Hey Folks! Work on the social loop preparations continues, as does general user experience improvements, and we start preparing for some audio work.

I've nearly got the install/uninstall system switched over to the "destructable style" method. I was able to fix the leftover loose item, and get the install/uninstall to continue working on an item until it reaches a progress threshold.

Career Events, Skill-Gated Actions, and Misbehaviors Continue

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Hey Folks! Just wanted to check-in today to keep you updated, even though there isn't a lot to see yet. I did my best to take the least confusing screenshot of my current work, and I don't know if I succeeded :)

Anyway, Michael is off and running on more career life events and choices. So far, these are sounding like a lot of fun, with some really cool outcomes to apply to our captain. He's splitting time between writing and implementing them, which is a huge help because...

Skill-Gating Actions, More Chargen Story, and AI Coping

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Hey Folks! We're off on a new round of crew management changes, further pursuing the goal of a captain and crew we care about, and tools to keep them in check.

To address this goal, we have a few tasks:

Force the Lock

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Short update today, as the screenshot mostly speaks for itself. An example of the career event stuff I mentioned yesterday is nearly done!

CYOA Career History, and Bashing for Fun and Profit

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Hey Folks! Hope everyone had a good weekend. I was actually at work yesterday, but basically on voice chat with devs most of the day. Hence no news post. (And not much visible stuff to show anyway.)

Today, however, we have a bit more to talk about.

In our current sprint, we're trying to make the crew management aspects as compelling as the salvage loop. And after a bit of work towards that goal, we realized we'd end up with a social loop that was maybe fun, but kind of irrelevant to the rest of the game. Like it existed on some island detached from the rest.

Social Loop, Preview Text

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Hey Folks! Still plugging away at social UI changes. A lot of today focused on getting the social UI to tell us more useful info, and cleaning-up the social actions to be more logical. Also, Chris has merged his camera tweaks into mainline, so we have smoother camera action!

For now, the social UI will reveal all stats on the participants, so we can see what we're doing. As you can see with Benjamin, above, that can get a bit overwhelming. But we can at least see if our actions have any affect on him.