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1  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2017-08-21 12:49:16
My weather experiments are turning out interesting. The mountains and forests alter the wind flow, and the weather patterns change over the seasons. Now it needs to do something with heat and moisture so it can create rain and snow in the right places.

2  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2017-08-14 14:16:18
I spent another day messing around with my water and lighting. Fixed up the sun light to allow for seasonal rise/set time and angle variation, which helped improve the coloring.



3  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2017-08-09 11:15:56
I made some very simple procgen trees which sway around individually in the wind gusts, and some slightly creepy triangular people.

4  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2017-08-02 11:46:21
I tried improving my water by using a more complex algorithm, but it ran too slowly and I don't know enough about shaders/math to fix it. So instead I tried a simpler approach of adding several layers of moving normal maps onto the basic wave vertex shader, which manages to run fast and looks half decent.



5  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: JGO Twitter List on: 2017-07-27 07:14:47
@CosmicMenace
6  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2017-07-26 12:41:09
figured out how to calculate normals!

7  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2017-07-21 23:51:07
I've been wanting to try making height map terrain for a long time, pretty rough still but it runs really fast and is satisfying to walk around. Now I've learnt how to use meshes that will be very useful for other things.

8  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2017-07-10 12:54:47
Almost reached the end of my GUI building fun.

9  Games Center / WIP games, tools & toy projects / Re: TritonForge || 2D RPG Sandbox (New DL Soon, project revived) on: 2017-07-10 00:11:37
That looks pretty fun to explore, but I wonder if you could apply some kind of modifier using a low frequency of noise to create more variety at a larger scale.. that map looks very homogenous in general, where ever you go you are guaranteed to find similar structures of caves and resources. where ever you are, you can be sure that you can dig a few blocks in one direction and quickly find a new tunnel.
10  Game Development / Newbie & Debugging Questions / Re: I.T. professional: bored of being a tool - "Please Advise" on: 2017-06-17 23:46:15
https://github.com/libgdx/libgdx/wiki

This is the best starting place for working out how to do things.
11  Game Development / Newbie & Debugging Questions / Re: Right RGB Colors for day&night cycle? on: 2017-04-08 02:28:22
Here are some values I've used. I wanted everything to still be quite easily visible at night so that you can see what you're doing, so it doesn't get overly dark. I also used values for each hour, rather than only each time period because dawn and dusk have a more rapid light level transition compared to the gradual transitions going into and after mid day and mid night, so this gives better control over that transition rate.

      {{0.4f, 0.4f, 0.7f},// 12am
      {0.4f, 0.4f, 0.7f},// 1am
      {0.4f, 0.4f, 0.7f},// 2am
      {0.4f, 0.4f, 0.7f},// 3am
      {0.4f, 0.4f, 0.7f},// 4am
      {0.7f, 0.4f, 0.7f},// 5am //before sunrise
      {1.0f, 0.6f, 0.7f},// 6am //sunrise
      {1.0f, 0.8f, 0.8f},// 7am //after sunrise
      {1.0f, 1.0f, 0.9f},// 8am
      {1.0f, 1.0f, 1.0f},// 9am
      {1.0f, 1.0f, 1.0f},// 10am
      {1.0f, 1.0f, 1.0f},// 11am
      {1.0f, 1.0f, 1.0f},// 12pm
      {1.0f, 1.0f, 1.0f},// 1pm
      {1.0f, 1.0f, 1.0f},// 2pm
      {1.0f, 1.0f, 1.0f},// 3pm
      {1.0f, 1.0f, 1.0f},// 4pm
      {1.0f, 1.0f, 1.0f},// 5pm
      {1.0f, 1.0f, 1.0f},// 6pm
      {1.0f, 1.0f, 0.9f},// 7pm
      {1.0f, 0.8f, 0.8f},// 8pm //before sunset
      {1.0f, 0.6f, 0.7f},// 9pm //sunset
      {0.7f, 0.4f, 0.7f},// 10pm //after sunset
      {0.4f, 0.4f, 0.7f}}// 11pm
12  Java Game APIs & Engines / Java 2D / Re: Axonometric Projection? on: 2017-03-08 02:26:30
It's also interesting to note that you don't have to stick to 45 degrees, although it does look most correct.. you can use whatever rotation angle you want, which gives you the ability to view the scene from any angle and smoothly rotate the camera. It can be difficult to make objects on top of the map fit in properly with rotation however, but the option is there.
13  Java Game APIs & Engines / Java 2D / Re: Axonometric Projection? on: 2017-03-07 10:01:27
I was doing something similar to that recently. First I rotated a square by 45 degrees, then scaled its vertical size by 0.5, then translated it to the correct position. I don't think you need atan in there, its just a 45 degree angle.
14  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2017-01-03 23:40:58
Here's a short video showing the fog in motion and a quick walk around the forest.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/z6r_sy721yQ?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;start=" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/z6r_sy721yQ?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;start=</a>
15  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2017-01-03 07:50:02
After many unfinished prototypes I think I have something that will work. It's actually based on something I designed when I was a kid but didn't have any skills to create it back then. It's a pseudo-3d orthographic rendering in third person, with free rotating camera. Today I did some work on improving the fog (which looks more interesting when its moving).

16  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2016-07-04 10:05:46
I got a start on my flowing water, it's still very rough and needs a lot of work to get right, but it certainly flows! The bulge in the middle is from dumping a bunch of water in one place.

17  Game Development / Newbie & Debugging Questions / Re: Line of sight on: 2016-07-02 01:40:55
That algorithm is pretty efficient, I've used it for constructing tile based field of view for the player, checking every tile every frame with no problem. The only thing is you may want to do some kind of additional tests if the target is blocked, since it can often get snagged on corners which you should be able to see past. (Although that might be more of an issue when detecting visibility of wall tiles, more so than detecting objects within a room)
18  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2016-06-19 06:34:44
I've added variable water depth to my isometric terrain. Each tile has its own separate water depth, although they are currently all set to 'seaLevel'. This is in preparation for implementing dynamic flowing water. But it might be a good idea to leave flowing for a while so that I can actually get some gameplay type things happening.

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19  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What I did today on: 2016-06-14 22:52:00
I've recently started working on an isometric game, got map rotation and edge wrapping working this morning, so there are no map corners to wedge your city into.

20  Game Development / Newbie & Debugging Questions / Re: Dropping tiles on: 2016-03-01 03:01:42
http://buildanddefend.com/readnews_news_44

heres a good link about water with some more in depth links at the bottom.
21  Game Development / Newbie & Debugging Questions / Re: Box2dlights on: 2016-02-18 01:53:07
http://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Light

I think this contains sufficient information to work out how to do it. I havnt seen anything illustrating how to implement or optimize it with regard to how to update things when a light or block is moved/added/removed.. but each block has a light value associated with it, which is only updated when something changes, so you dont have to calculate the lighting every frame.

the light in minecraft doesnt go through solid blocks, so you would have to allow for that by making solid blocks decrease light level more quickly than empty blocks, but not block it completely.
22  Game Development / Newbie & Debugging Questions / Re: Box2dlights on: 2016-02-17 21:23:31
That video kinda looks like how minecraft lighting works, there are several explanations around which I can't find right now. It would just need modifying so that walls dont entirely block all light.
23  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: What's your "game dev dream" on: 2016-02-09 06:57:03
@CommanderKeith that looks really cool, you could even procedurally generate and animate the plants, and probably other scenery too.
24  Java Game APIs & Engines / Engines, Libraries and Tools / Re: Looking For Console API/Library on: 2015-12-04 03:12:05
Sounds like SquidLib might be what you're looking for.
25  Game Development / Game Play & Game Design / Re: The background and the tiles are indistinguishable on: 2015-10-15 03:51:12
Another option is to uniformly make the backgrounds dark and foregrounds light, or vice versa. That way theres a good chance that they will always be distinguishable.
26  Game Development / Game Play & Game Design / Re: The background and the tiles are indistinguishable on: 2015-10-15 03:42:09
Give the tiles more well defined edges with good contrast of brightness. Perhaps lower the color saturation of the background and raise the saturation of the foreground. Having highly detailed backgrounds naturally makes them stand out, when you really want them to not constantly grab the attention.
27  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: Why are voxels everywhere!? on: 2015-10-07 04:50:40
Voxels don't need to be boring cubes.. theres a project under development called "Voxel Farm" which looks very interesting, lots of videos of it on YouTube.
28  Games Center / WIP games, tools & toy projects / Mud Mines on: 2015-09-21 00:59:00
Here's a prototype I've been working on for the last few months so far you can walk around exploring and finding items which are generally used for wrecking the map. I'm thinking about changing the scenario and aim of the game since it has changed quite a bit from the initial idea. Any comments would be appreciated.

http://www.cosmicmenace.com/games/MudMines.jar
You can press F1 to toggle full screen.



Edit: fixed broken download file.
29  Games Center / WIP games, tools & toy projects / Re: One-D World on: 2015-09-14 02:06:57
I tried doing some more work on this game to make it look better, it has some potential I think.. but looking at those stripes for 5 hours straight gave me a terrible headache so I decided to call it quits.
30  Games Center / WIP games, tools & toy projects / One-D World on: 2015-09-01 10:23:17
Heres a crazy prototype that I whipped up this afternoon. It's a 2d platform game as seen through the view point of the character - a 1 dimensional ray caster. It needs more work but its possible and challenging to navigate to the end. It almost feels 3d since it has perspective.

www.cosmicmenace.com/games/one_d_world.jar



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