It was a truly fantastic day here in Hawkes Bay New Zealand (for winter)! We went for a wee bicycle ride over to Havelock North this morning and purchased some items for a ‘Platter Dinner’. Yep, dinner this evening was a platter of nice food and a bottle of fine Chardonnay. My tummy feels a bit ‘eughhh’ right now because it is a very rich meal and we really need to make these things a little less piggy (but retaining the entire bottle of wine heheh);)
Besides this I watched a bunch of video tutorials on youtube.. Procedural Cave Generation in Unity by Sebastian Lague (check it out) and wow! These are very cool. All of my interesting questions about procedural generated caves are answered in these cool tutorials. I was really in the zone today and as I watched and listened to him explaining the issues and laying out his C# code, I coded along in ZeroBrane Studio (All hail ZeroBrane Studio!!!) and vomited out equivalent Lua code. I was very impressed that I could just type Lua as he typed C#!!
I got up to episode 6 and currently the code is very good, generating caves and identifying all separated regions which was what I was having trouble with for the last couple of days.
This makes me look about and there is just SO MUCH DAMN MATERIAL AVAILABLE FOR UNITY!!!! I’m seriously considering dumping Gideros in the not too distant future because the maintainers just won’t work on the important stuff like tutorials and documentation, or really.. even listen to what people actually need. A decent tutorial on how to make plugins? Nahhh.. let’s just ignore that and do a Monty Pyton like ‘And now for something completely different’! Oh well, we shall see how it all pans out. As it transpires I seem to understand C# without much trouble and Unity has some funky as auto code completion and syntax checking so the temptation is there. The other interesting thing about Unity is that it is GIANT and there are actually a lot of people willing to PAY YOU TO PROGRAM THEIR SHIT IDEAS 😀
Still.. I do so love LUA!!!!
For now however I just rediscovered (for the millionth time) how much I enjoy destroying my eardrums with ultra loud music. This evening I’m spazzing out to a load of chip tunes by various artists because chip tunes have to be one of the best genre of music ever.. apart from thrash metal 😉
For the last couple of days I have been giving thought to how my ARPG will be presented. Since I really love the Diablo franchise (only 1 and 2 though.. 3 is goat puke and the sole reason why I will never give Blizzard another cent!) and Path of Exile. I want to mix the two games using mechanics from both (but mainly Path of Exile) and package it all up into a 2 dimensional pixel art extravaganza! Sounds pretty fancy eh? I also don’t want to over extend myself so whilst I have a whole load of advanced stuff I would like to implement in the future, I thought that the initial offering would be set in a giant game world but only a very small part of it would be initially available, namely a dungeon consisting of a set number of levels like Diablo1 and then I thought ‘why not just make it totally procedural generated and it can be an unlimited dungeon.. I certainly have the know how to make such games, so why not?! This way a free version could contain the first x number of levels and if you liked the game you could buy the full version to explore deeper 🙂
Hows this for spooky… This morning I went to reddit/r/pathofexile and they announced their next league, Delve.. an endless procedural generated dungeon! hrmphhh, I feel thoroughly robbed 😀
This won’t deter me though, if they are heading in this direction it’s only a positive indicator that my feeble brain (that peanut rattling about in my empty wine barrel) is on thw right wavelength. In fact with each passing day I’m feeling more and more like this game will have a market because I have really searched far and wide and cannot find a 2d ARPG like Diablo2 or Path of Exile for Android, and.. I see so many people asking where they can find such a game. It truly amazes me that it might not have been created yet! Now, I just need to find a f**king artist!!!
Finally I apologize that this post is so large. I’m a bit like the Incredible Hulk, the more angry he gets, the stronger he gets.. except.. the more I drink.. the more I type 😉