Hey, everyone! It’s been a few months since I posted on my blog like this, but that’s because I’ve been hard at work on a new tutorial for you all!
One of the more popular pages on this site has been a link I provided to ActiveState’s C++ A* Algorithm, and, while that’s good and all, it’s not really a tutorial by any means, and, well, it’s someone else’s stuff. I wanted to show you guys not only how it’s done, by the whos and whys.
So, without further TODOs…
It’s got history, jokes, source code, images, the works!
Let me know what you guys think! Tell your friends! MAKE THE MACHINES BEND TO YOUR WILL!
That last part is a little exaggerated, but that’s basically what you’ll be doing!
Hey all! How’ve you been?
I’ve been very busy lately. I know I don’t post often enough, but I’m working on changing that up. And, for starters, I’ve posted a brand new tutorial! Been a few years since I’ve done that, right?
Well, for you AI newbies, I’ve posted a tutorial for a Finite State Machine I made a few years ago, affectionately called the Super Simple State Machine. I even posted the code and a Unity package demo project up on my GitHub for you. Isn’t that nice?
Give the tutorial a look-see, let me know if you like what you see and you want more.
That sounded really dirty… Sorry about that. Later!
Here’s a small video of me working on some of the particle effects (and the game logic that spawns them), and some of the art assets (and the logic on how they behave).
For the particles, the idea is that when certain things get destroyed, they leave a crater behind (or some burnt wreckage). I also wanted a random chance to spawn other things, like fire, smoke, electrical arcs, and what-not. The script I created uses a “chance” variable for calculating the odds in which a special “additional” effect would spawn.
For the art, I have these big battle ships, and they have weak points for the other team to attack. However, I have no way to convey to the player that they needed to attack these points. So, I’m creating “ship components” that will flash to show they are “points of interest,” and since all you do is fly and shoot, you’ll naturally try shooting it, and it’ll explode. See? Conveyance.
More of these are likely to come. Stay tuned. I also use that channel to put up my Twitch streams, so… uhh… like and subscribe? I guess? Is that how the TubeYou works?
Zelda Dungeon Generation in Unity3D
The other day, I found a post in Reddit’s /r/Unity3D to random procedural Zelda-style map generation using a binary-tree by a dude named David León, a game programmer. He goes on to explain his method for generating the maps, and even has downloads to his source code. He also has a bunch of other tutorials for creating a rougelike-style maps and so-on. Really great stuff, and if you’re looking for a little inspiration for random map generation, check out David León’s tumblr.
Wow! Man, have I been neglectful! So much crazy stuff has been happening lately! I left my job, got a new job, left that job, and went back to my old job, and I’ve been running all around this crazy state. But now, I’m back, and I’m going to try to provide more updates and more answers to your comments! First, news:
- I added the game made during the last Global Game Jam: Silence On The Line. Make your way through a haunted submarine and try to escape while avoiding massive heart failure.
- I’m working on an actual legit game that will be my ticket to the Indy Game scene. Lots of development is getting punched in, and more is to be done. I plan on launching a Kickstarter for this one, so, yeah, things are getting pretty serious.
So, there you go! I’ll be around, posting the usual snippets and whatever else I got going on! Take care, guys! Good to be back!
One thing I always considered good practice is “If you know what you need, and ‘the wheel’ is over-bloated, it’s OK to reinvent.” I looked at animation systems involving many awesome features, but I wanted something really, really simple. Named after my room mate, here is the Super Simple Animation System (SSAS).
Slender, by Parsec Productions
Some people out there are pretty messed up. I’ve see a lot of creepypastas about games, like the Luna Game series and all the BEN/Haunted Majora’s Mask videos. These stories can put an uneasy feeling in your stomach.
Then, along comes a game that makes you afraid to go out at night…