April 19, 2018
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I basically re-implemented rolling to see who starts in Traders, and honestly, it took a little less than a couple of hours, and I was watching hockey in the process, so my time wasn’t overly productive. So I’m seeing this as a win. I’m also making huge leaps in remembering to throw new things through the log to see what’s going on, makes it a bit easier to track. I’m also working a bit smarter. Rather than trying to do everything at once, I’m doing things in chunks and using lots of comments. I find that if I’m going step to step, and seeing the interaction between player and server, I can easily see how the engine reacts and interprets the information.
Not to mention that my troubleshooting skills have greatly improved, even from a few weeks ago. I can already tell just by seeing an error and being able to pin point exactly what block I should start my search. I can credit this to my constant play testing, I’m running more tests and doing more specific tests to make sure anything new is fairly fail-safe.
I’m going to finish up a few things and clean up some of the debugging jarble and will be considering this as 2.0 release in the near future. I’ll re-visit the new additions to the game in a breakout post when it is released. This will be followed by a new docket list complete with ideas and dreams for a possible 3.0 in the deep future.
April 5, 2018
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Aside from being a catchy song from the late ’80’s, it’s a fairly decent motto to apply to certain situations, one of them being game development and the thirst for improvement. Although, a terrible one if you’re thinking about an ex, then I suggest trying something like “fly like an eagle” or in some instances, “hallelujah” might be a bit more fitting.
That’s an actual screenshot of traders, that is completely generated from the system. It’s also 100% functional.
So what does that mean?
I finished implementing gold mines to the game, so I can knock that one off the list, and head on down to the next one.
– Finish re-factoring
– Add more maps (~5)
– Gold Mines
– Rolling to see who starts (axed it before 1.0, made it simply random to see who goes first)
– Bank trade reworking (multiple demands/offers, smarter trades)
– Hot keys/short cuts
– Better number placements (avoid 6’s & 8’s near each other, and like numbers beside each other)
Features on the docket:
– Barbarian attack (Cities & Knights)
– discover-able land & Gain resource
– Cities & Knights play mode
– Columbus Point (Seafarers)
– Fixing numbers (MapMaker)
– Bots (AI)
– Real lobby
I’m going to change speeds a bit and work on adding more maps to the docket and refining the map maker a bit, making it a bit more versatile in some aspects. After adding a few more maps and cleaning the game up a bit, I’m going to work on adding some hot keys/shortcuts to make the games a bit hastier. After such is done, I’ll be re-implementing the roll to see who goes first followed by boats.
Then test…. then test. Then test some more.
April 6, 2016
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I added tucking to Canasta.
I wasn’t really planning on doing it, but then I decided to give it a quick whirl, and bam! Done. It was fairly easy to implement and was done with minimal complications. I was quite pleased, something that I thought through, physically did, and then tested, and it worked. I was happy.
So, given the amount of testing I’ve been doing, as well as what I’m wanting to accomplish, I’m feeling a release is finally nearing in the next couple of weeks. Finally, I can put another completed project under my belt, and then, I can seriously direct my attention to Mouse. Hood rats… fucking hood rats.
Back to testing!
March 16, 2015
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It’s been tedious task testing a bunch of different scenarios and as many as I can possibly think of. There’s only so much I can truly go through until I need a separate brain to go ahead and think differently, so, with that in mind, I plan on a March 20 release date, so stay tuned & glued to this blog for your opportunity to claim this as your own.
(edit: I put the same date as the publish date as this post, that of course is incorrect, kind of a scatterbrain, the release is planned for March 20th.)
I’m going to spend the rest of the week polishing and omitting debug/testing, and non-vanilla data that will just inflate the file size (although I think it sits under 1 MB in size).
March 15, 2015
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I’m not going to bother posting about the longest road since I didn’t get any requests, and frankly, I’m lazy… and I hate it. I’m just more happy with the fact that it works, and it works well.
Right now, I’m testing and cleaning up some animations and deciding what I need to get done before a release. It’s real close. I’m serious this time! I just want to make sure I’m releasing a good stable and clear game that has been tested significantly.
But for now, back to the testing hole I go, look for new updates regarding Mouse in the coming weeks as well as the release of Traders.