News Archive

  • Mouse Changes

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    Hey Folks! Sorry for the late news today. Had a school function to attend with the family.

    Most of the work today was administrivia anyway. But I did manage to rework the mouse controls to try an experiment with streamlining the user experience.

    Previously, you could open the context menu by right clicking and holding over an item. And right clicking a tile would walk to it. Now, right clicking opens a context menu. No need to hold. And if the tile under the cursor is walkable, a "Walk To" context option appears.

  • Emotional Effects of Discomfort and, You Guessed It...Admin!

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    Hey Folks! Good news, today. A lot more gamedev progress made!

    But the day didn't squeak by without a bunch more admin work. End of Q2 is here, which means time to do the books, pay state taxes, pay myself, pay federal taxes, then tell the fed that I paid them. Still don't understand that last bit, but whatever.

  • New Floors, and Even MORE Admin

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    Hey Folks! Some new admin tasks hit my desk this morning, so only a little dev to show off. However, it's at least visual!

    After letting a few users test out the game unguided, one of the more consistent points of feedback is that the ship layout legibility needs work. A number of users had to put too much effort into understanding what is what, visually. And in particular with the floor and walls, that's not good.

  • Better Tooltips, and More Emails

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    Hey Folks! Another mixed bag today, as I juggled both admin tasks and some development.

    The main thrust of today's dev work was finishing my clean-up of tooltips. I didn't expect to have a lot of time to deep dive into the NaN pressure/temp bug during fast forwarding, so I tackled the smaller task of tooltip legibility.

    Previously, the tooltip was littered with debug info, weird names, redundant info, etc. When I let a friend test drive the game, they said they completely ignored it as a debug tooltip.

  • Chained Conditions Fix, NaN Atmospherics

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    Hey Folks! Hope everyone had a good weekend. We had a good time junk shopping, eating, and visiting the aquarium for father's day. And it was a nice break from the computer!

    Back at the office, I had quite a bit of catch-up to do on business-y things. Quite a few emails had come in over the weekend, and I'm nearly done with those now.

  • Catastrophic Radiation, and Ailments Redux

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    Hey Folks! Wrapped-up the rad sickness ailments today, and continued with adding ailments and debuffs to the remaining conditions.

    Getting the symptoms added to rad sickness wasn't too hard. But one of the trickier things was getting the mortality to behave. Most rad sicknesses still take at least a day or so to kill a healthy patient, but my tests on new characters were killing them in less than an hour. To be fair, they were hardly robust subjects, usually hailing from micro-g childhoods, and having some amount of discomforts already.

  • Acute Radiation Syndrome

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    Hey Folks! Most of today was spent researching, designing, and implementing the effects of radiation exposure.

    After some brief work getting the pain thresholds modeled, it was time to setup radiation exposure. And apart from some minor effects in NEO Scavenger, this was mostly new territory.

    So far, there are 5 levels of exposure for crew: normal, elevated, dangerous, life-threatening, lethal, and catastrophic.

  • Mo' Conditions, Mo' Problems

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    Hey Folks! Still working on discomfort thresholds and effects. And spent pretty much the whole day looking at a screen like you see above.

    So far, that includes adding effects for the various thresholds of:

  • Doors, Blood, and Encumbrance

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    Hey Folks! Decided to make today a dev day, after all the emailing yesterday. And I managed to get a few interesting bits done!

    The first is something that's been long overdue since the control scheme changes: door controls. Used to be one could just click on a door to open or close it. No crew required. Then, when we changed the controls to always assume the captain is selected, one couldn't click on items like doors anymore. AI could still open them, though, so most of our testing was unhindered.

  • "Social Combat" and More Admin Work

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    Hey Folks! Hope everyone had a good weekend. Beautiful weather here, and visiting friends pretty much all weekend. So a nice change of pace! I welcome the summer.

    Unfortunately, a lot more administrivia for me to do today, as I answered emails, did more project planning, and generally try to course correct for the long term. However, Michael saves the day with a last-minute check-in of his recent work on "social combat!"

  • More Project Planning

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    Hey Folks! Short update today, as it was another project planning day.

    I think I've got the project plan and budget mostly complete now, with correct accounting of pre- and post-Early Access milestones. And in reviewing the docs, I thought of a few more things I missed earlier.

  • AI Fix, and Budgeting

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    Hey Folks! Just a short update today, as most of the day was spent on budgeting/planning.

    Recently, while testing a build to show a friend, I noticed that some of my AI was skipping over important part of interaction chains. Basically, the AI was remembering that the punchline of the jokes had a big payoff, and wasn't bothering with the setup anymore.

  • New Avatars, POV Changes, Jobs, Concept Art, and Stats

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    Hey Folks!

    Time for another video, so I collected some new art and features we've been working on since last time.

    So what's new?

    New avatars! Plus ship roles, new captain-only POV, ailments, and more:

    New Avatars, POV Changes, Jobs, Concept Art, and Stats

  • Video and Newsletter Incoming!

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    Hey Folks! Just a short update today to let you know I was able to cut a video today, and it should be ready to go out tomorrow morning. I'll likely post links on all channels, and send the newsletter then.

    Stay tuned!

  • Path Clumping and Phantom Tile Fixes

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    Hey Folks! Hope everyone had a good weekend. Nice weather here, and a lot of quality father-daughter time, as mom attended a recertification course and did some painting. Exhausting, but fulfilling!

    Back at the office, Michael heard my cries for pathfinding help, and checked-in some code which fixes most of the clumping issues we were seeing. AI preferentially chooses spots which are unoccupied now when walking to a task. And you can see the results in today's screenshot.

  • More Clothing, Fixing Bad Data, Overlapping Crew

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    Hey Folks! I was initially trying to get things setup for recording a new video today, but ran into a few more problems that needed addressing first.

    As with the last video, I wanted to start with a large room full of crew mates, to show how much they've evolved visually since last time. (That room plus animations was a bit of a sore spot for some viewers.)

  • Maintenance Mode

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    Hey Folks! Another whack of fixes and data today to get the ailments further stabilized and accurate. I've got most of them in and running now without undue fatalities, plus some clicking and sensor bugs that crept in over the changes.

    But more exciting news awaits, so let's turn now to that!

  • I...Uh, Sorry About That, Tinah!

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    New stats...check.

    New loss and heal rates...check.

    New tickers...check.

    New threshold rules...check.

    New symptoms, ailments, and diseases...check.

    Okay, let's just fire-up the old engine here...oh. Oh no. We have some problems. Aaand she's simultaneously dead, oppressed, and anxiety eating kung pao chicken packets. Whoopsies!

  • Ailment Building Blocks Mostly Done

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    Hey Folks! Hope everyone had a good weekend. Some of the usual home maintenance stuff here, though we did do some fun shopping, dining, and park exploring. Almost bought a like-new, vintage Fiend Folio from a used book store, but couldn't justify the price. (Now, if it were one of the old TSR books I've since lost...)

  • My Old Friend, Cholera

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    Hey Folks! The long process of porting NEO Scavenger's medical simulation over to Ostranauts continues today, as I add the first dozen or so conditions and their logic.