• Admin Day Today, Plus Hospital Yesterday

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    Hey Folks! Sorry for the second lapse in news this week. We had to visit the hospital yesterday to look at an injured knee, and we've been slowly getting back on our feet (both figuratively and literally). Everyone's safe, thankfully, and the injury might be mending faster than expected. So our fingers are crossed this was just a minor bump.

    Unsurprisingly, I didn't get

  • Interactive Career History, and Administrivia

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    Hey Folks! Sorry for the lapse in news yesterday. I had a call run long, and then had to run for family stuff.

    And today almost slipped, as well! Some errands late in the day, combined with some stuff I wanted to send out to unblock folks, meant I had to scramble at the last minute.

    That said, I actually got a lot done this morning, and a fair bit yesterday. The screenshot today

  • Social Combat Progress, and Contract Stuff

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    Hey Folks! I'm sort of bogged-down with contracts and agreement stuff today, so I'll take some time to show-off more of Michael's latest stuff: Social Combat!

    Today's screenshot shows a few milestones along the path of a conversation between Captain Alyssa and Crew Eric. We start with the view of the ship and participants at the top of the screen, and I slice

  • Auto-Tile: Activate!

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    Hey Folks! Tremendously productive day today, which is a big relief. Between vacation, family illness, and banging my head against some awkward shader math, I was really starting to stress out. However, I was able to check-in a bunch of stuff which was a welcome boost!

    First of all, shader math. It turns out the lighting issue I was struggling with was mainly due to a units mismatch.

  • More Walls, Rendering Bug, and Sick Family

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    Hey Folks! Slower day today, as I discovered a rendering bug while working on auto-tiled walls. Also, with the family feeling sick today, I had to duck out frequently to help.

    After a bit of email and admin stuff, I was back on my wall sprite rework, updating the complete wall sprite sheet's normal map. I fired-up the engine to see how it looked, and it wasn't too bad! But

  • Catching-Up, and Some Wall Experiments

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    Hi Folks! Hope everyone had a good week. I'm in the process of catching-up on the backlog of emails and office-related stuff that piled-up. And I'm nearing the top! (I think.)

    What little dev work I did today centered on the auto-tiling feature. Namely, walls and floors.

    Last week, I got the conduits mostly behaving as I wanted, and I'm pretty happy with how those

  • Walls, Auto-Tile Fixes, and OOO

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    Hey Folks! Just a short update today, as I had a work call most of the afternoon.

    I managed to figure out the weird edge cases I was getting on the auto-tiling conduits, which turned out to be due to the way material instances are named. I had to force each new sharedMaterial to have a more sensible name, so that it would re-use the correct one when choosing. Conduits seem to be

  • Auto-Tiling Conduits

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    Hey Folks! Hope everyone had a good weekend. Ours was very, very outdoors. And I've got my vitamin D quota for a long while, I think.

    Back at work, I set about a minor task I've been meaning to do: add auto-tile ability to certain items. Namely, conduits and walls.

    Up until now, if you placed a conduit, there were two pieces. A 2-way pipe, and a 4-way junction. I once

  • Social Combat, Dismantling Ships, Health Effects, and New Art!

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    Hey Folks!

    I'm past due for another video, so here's what we've been up to!

    So what's new?

    More art! Belly landers vs. tailsitters! A new conversational UI, dismantling ships, and heat stroke!

    Social Combat, Dismantling Ships, Health Effects, and New Art

    In this video, we take a look at Michael's latest work on social "combat," the

  • New Video Tomorrow!

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    Hey Folks! I apologize for the lack of news yesterday. I ended up running a bit long and had to leave before I could write anything up.

    However, I'll be covering that work and more in tomorrow's video! I'm way overdue on the next newsletter/video, so I spent the day today recording game footage and talking about the stuff we've been up to since early June. It's