Lights, Part Placement, Ship Save/Load, and Happy Holidays!
Hey Folks! I managed to get lights working today, as well as a few more basic part-placement features and ship loading/saving, and some project housekeeping.
Each item can have one or more lights added to it, for things like general room illumination, and (hopefully) more lively ship parts like consoles, reactors, and other powered-items. A lot of the reason I bothered with this Unity experiment was because I pictured some really moody ship interiors where the player could immerse themselves in atmosphere.
The shot above shows off some of the floor, substructure, wall, and light parts in action. There are some glitches in the normal maps due to my quickly hand-painting them, and it's pretty simple placeholder sprites. But I think there's potential there for simple art with interesting lighting to produce visually interesting spaces.
Long interplanetary travel is going to be the bulk of this game, and watching crew/managing ship stuff will be the main game loop. My hope is that with this lighting system, more professional art, and more piece variety, players can not only be entertained by the gameplay, but allowed to admire their precious ship's beauty from the inside.
In the part placement system, I made some updates so the item rotations were in 90-degree increments, and I can tap the rotate key to cycle through rotations when placing a part. Also, the rotation persists after placing a part, so it's easier to place multiple parts with the same orientation. I also added the ability to remove parts from the scene using the right-click.
Ships can now save/load their layouts to a file, so I can stop using the buggy layout I created before with lots of holes and overlaps. I also did some UI cleanup to make the part picker UI stay in front, but background in the back, and removed some placeholder stuff.
Not quite playable yet, but starting to be more usable!
Happy Holidays! And OOO.
Finally, I'll be heading home for the holidays, so my internet presence will be diminished for about two weeks. I should be back to normal on the 4th of January, and may sneak an hour of work in here and there as time allows. So if it seems quiet here, fear not, I'll be back in a couple weeks.
My best wishes to everyone these holidays, and much prosperity to all in the new year!