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Making up for shortcomings…

I’ve spent the better part of the last couple of weeks going crazy over Canasta. It seems today it has finally paid off. I’m glad to announce that it right near reaching that elusive 1.0. It was a mighty struggle over the last few days in getting the AI to act properly under certain conditions, but after some constructive bug hunting, many of those have subsided. It was surprising to have the AI beat me, even when I could see their hands. I’ll have to dust off some strategies so that doesn’t happen again.

So, what’s missing before the 1.0 release? Well, there’s still a few things I’d like to clean up before I release it to the world (all… 3 of you that might see this,) I want to polish some of the animations I’m currently doing and adding a few tool tips in regards to game-play. It’s bad when you, as the script-er, forget some of the controls and necessary keys to actually play the game. I will also have to write some sort of ‘rules’ document to accompany the game as its not a completely common game to most. I was toying with the idea to have a bit of a sample hand, but I think that’ll be a 2.0 experience.

After the release of Canasta coming soon I can focus my energy on a game that’s been cooking up in my head this past while that just recently started hitting paper. I began thinking that one of my major pitfalls of getting ‘mouse’ or what should starting calling ‘rat’, is the lack of planning. It terms of canasta & traders I’ve actually planned a lot of the games’ GUI, functions and features on paper/word doc. I need to start doing this for ‘rat’ more extensively.

At roughly three o’clock this morning, when I had a bit of trouble sleeping, I opened up notes on my iPhone and started jotting down the ideas and story that I’ve concocted in my brain. Currently I was struggling with how to tie certain ideas together to make it all work. The biggest struggle for sure has been debating between sand-boxing and a more linear story line. As of now, it’ll be a mix of both, with more of a loose story and more of a sandbox given the universe it is loosely (or tightly [undecided]) based in.

But for now, Canasta is going to make the jump to 1.0. Stay tuned.

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So its been a quick week…

So that week went by a lot quicker than I had first imagined. I actually think I’ve opened up my laptop nearly everyday this past week to try and progress Mouse. Some nights I’ve succeeded and others I’ve been a bit like a goldfish. Either way, I’ve accomplished seven ‘tasks’. And here they are…

1. The first playable area has been decided and is roughly mapped.
2. “Dying Light” style night and day system, Minutes are hours, seconds are minutes.
3. Books/Documents can create skills/recipes.
4. merchants can supply materials and provide services from materials.
5. products of recipes/crafting can be either un-done or permanent.
6. Shops/NPCs are only available during their work hours.
7. I made a bat imagine… like baseball bat.  bat

I’m currently in the process of creating the inventory GUI and making it as clean/minimal and friendly as possible to the player. I’m a bit torn between the idea of an interactive Metal Gear Solid menu (for ease and speed of switching) and old school Zelda style. The main problem I’m having with these are the fact that your backpack could have all sorts of materials in it. From what I’ve got planned, the types of materials is going to be somewhat large, so some form of scrolling menu is best. I’ve toyed with the idea of creating a Diablo style inventory as well, but I want to stray away from mouse support and be more of a classic game-pad type of game play. I’ll continue pissing around with menu ideas and I’ll definitely tinker with as the game progresses. I always feel the menu should come a bit later when the game is a little more polished and you can see what the player wants/needs to see rather than the game dictating it. I’m more or less creating a starting point to modify as the game matures.

(although it’s basically a teen now, a very immature teen….)

I hope to bring you a nice little rash of updates again soon. 7/30 complete!