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1  Game Development / Shared Code / Re: Modular 2d, 3d, 4d and 6d noise library on: 2013-07-31 21:01:44
Ok, I've updated the repo to include a simple, stand-alone example of how to link a generator to another module and how to sample the noise. Hope it helps! Smiley

For further reference, I suggest checking out Joshua Tippetts' Accidental Noise Library here:

My lib is simply a port of his lib so it works pretty much the same. He has good examples of how to use the modules and what they do.

Also, it looks like the link to his lib in my original post did not turn out right. I will edit that straight away.
2  Game Development / Shared Code / Re: Modular 2d, 3d, 4d and 6d noise library on: 2013-07-30 19:40:03
No, the junit classes are for the unit tests in the tests folder. I don't have any examples aside from the github readme... something I've been meaning to do for a while.
3  Game Development / Shared Code / Modular 2d, 3d, 4d and 6d noise library on: 2013-04-30 17:53:52
I recently ported Joshua Tippetts' Accidental Noise Library to use in my game.

It's up on GitHub here:

Check it out. Use it. Pick it apart. Let me know if you find it useful or think it needs something.

Edit 07-31-2013: fixed the link to the Accidental Noise Library
4  Games Center / Showcase / Re: Lodestar: Stygian Skies on: 2012-05-16 06:27:46

The Lodestar: Stygian Skies fund raising campaign on Kickstarter went live today. Backer rewards include a copy of the final game, beta access, alpha access, source code access, soundtrack access, a PDF and printed lore book, NPC design, quest design, mob design, a hand-made planet from the Kol’estri system, and a unique, hand-modeled Astraean Xenodrone!

Go check it out and help back this project on Kickstarter! Even if you can’t contribute money to this project, you can still help by spreading the word. Thanks for your support.

For more information, visit the Official Website, Twitter, or Facebook; links can be found in the initial post.
5  Games Center / Showcase / Re: Lodestar: Stygian Skies on: 2012-03-10 07:20:39

Particles! The particle origin in this video doesn't follow the unit precisely as it snaps to the grid. That's been fixed, however, and the particle origin now smoothly follows the models position. I didn't feel like making another video just for that though.


@kaffiene Yeah, the lighting is choppy as it's based on a grid.. I've been trying to think of ways to improve that.
6  Games Center / Showcase / Re: Lodestar: Stygian Skies on: 2012-03-07 23:07:42

I've been working on the game art lately and think I've finalized a style. Also added a simple random name generator for area names, npcs, etc.

More importantly, I'm experimenting with perspective, as you can see above.  I am very fond of the isometric style I was using, however I feel that the perspective style increases the player immersion level.

Here are two videos that show both the isometric and projection:

I'm leaning heavily toward the perspective style, but I would love to hear what you think!
7  Games Center / Showcase / Re: Lodestar: Stygian Skies on: 2012-03-04 23:25:08

The basic square room dungeon type is fairly well finished.  I shaded the walls a little differently to help separate between floor and wall.

Also, messing around with a new art style for the terrain. What do you think?
8  Games Center / Showcase / Re: Lodestar: Stygian Skies on: 2012-03-02 08:33:46
@kaffiene  Grin I hope this helps alleviate your tooth pain:

In the distant future, humans discovered the means for traveling faster than the speed of light.  During the first unmanned test flight, things went horribly awry and our people inadvertently solicited the attention of an ancient planar race of world-enders. The unwanted attention threw us headfirst into a war across planes, and even faster into an adrenaline spiraling, fear-drunk, crowd-panic grapple for survival. Our only hope was to beg aid from the enemy of our enemy, those already opposing the world-enders. In order to save the human race, the remaining people were herded on-board terraforming vessels built using borrowed technology and unsure hands. The borrowed tech enabled survivors to escape with their lives, and whatever fragments of our home their desperate trembling, hands could clutch. Earth was done.

The technology was too foreign, however, and became subject to disrepair and failure.  Soon, the equipment failed outright and the rag-tag fleet began to drift. Maybe through planes, maybe not. We really don't know.  Some vessels lost heat and succumbed to the frigid paralysis of space.  Some slipped the border of madness. Some became infected, mutated and viral.  Others, drifted silently into the deep black, or piloted their doomed captive crew into small asteroids in a feverish search of utopia.  Some survived, and even prospered.

This is the story of a lineage traced back to one such ship.  The Sisyphus.  During the great escape, a man of intellectual pursuit, thought to, amid all the life-threatening chaos, transfer the databases of the Global Works Initiative.  See, a hundred years before, an initiative was started to archive information, specifically ideas and art, as ideas and art were seen as a kind of currency in Earths global marketplace at that time. This man risked his life to save our culture... or get rich.

Unfortunately, during the escape from Earth and the subsequent equipment failure throughout the journey, the majority of the database was destroyed.  The only remaining data was a cluster of disjointed literature on Greek mythology, a thesis on Boophis mating, and the recipe for pop rocks.  The Sisyphus got her name from that fractured pile of Greek myth. Rightly so, too, as the Sisyphus began to represent the unfortunate kings boulder from the stories.  Fix it just to have it fail days later.  Fix it again just to have it roll back down the hill. Over and over, on and on. Forever. It could have been much worse, however, as there was strong contention for the name Boophis.

Many generations came and passed while we drifted, repaired, and lived on board the Sisyphus.  Exactly how many, we don't know.  Some estimate fifty or a hundred.  Some even more.

During that time the people on board came to regard the vast open black of space as the River Styx, again pulling from the only source of literature and ideas they had.  Some groups actually began to believe they were on a journey to the underworld. 

The Sisyphus did eventually reach the other side of the river and come to rest on a distant planet. That is another story entirely.

The survivors of that fated ship still refer to the sky, to where they came from, as the Stygian or Stygian sky.  In addition, the planets sun is in perpetual eclipse by (removed spoiler), casting the surface into a constant, murky darkness.

The majority of the first game takes place in the dark.
9  Games Center / Showcase / Re: Lodestar: Stygian Skies on: 2012-02-29 18:16:12
Thank you all for your replies! Smiley

@Preston Haha unlimited I wish!!

@Nyhm Definitely multiplayer.  I'm open to suggestions on how it will work.  I have an idea, but it isn't final.

Some of this is re-iteration of the original post, but I believe it helps clarify my vision. You will rescue or find NPC's while exploring and on quests.  NPC's will be randomly generated and soft-capped to a level appropriate for the area that you are in. You can recruit the NPC's to join your 'camp/town', of which you can only have so many, say 12. The NPC's will then build something in your camp and offer you their services (ie. blacksmithing, leather, engineering...). Your adventuring party will consist of at most 6 characters: up to 2 plot controlled characters and 4 player controlled (1).  While in explore mode the character you control will have a collection of abilities, from the characters in your party, that allow special actions on the map. For example having a thief in your party would allow you to sneak, an alchemist - gather herbs, blacksmith - ore veins.. you get the idea. As soon as a wandering mob detects the exploring character, an encounter begins.  Your entire party will unfold from the main 'walker' and occupy adjacent squares in a predefined pattern set by the player.  The mob will do the same, revealing the enemies to fight. Turn based tactical combat ensues.

My idea for multiplayer involves 2 - 4 people connecting to one computer and working together to gather resources for the camp, participate in random quests, explore dungeons and caves, expand exploration, and advance the plot if desired. Tentatively: one player will control the exploration (switchable) and control will be randomly assigned or deliberately selected for the turn based combat. Players will also be able to go head to head on random maps or maps created in the map editor, which reside on the host machine.

I'd love to hear ideas on multiplayer. Smiley

Also, just to be clear, the exploration mode maps are a variable, yet finite size (ie. Final Fantasy Tactics) and not endlessly procedural (ie. you know). This was a design decision ( persecutioncomplex ), as it allows for a nicer representation of caves and the like within the confines of the isometric angle. When the player reaches the edge of the map, a button may be pressed to leave and return to the 'overworld' map, a 2d FFT-like with nodes, albeit randomly produced.

I think a plot based, randomly generated type would allow for some replay value.  I want to go a little further however: I have already built the map and voxel/3d-sprite editor right into the game and plan to allow major game modification through the use of XML. This would allow the player to make their own story, with original art, 3d sprites, items, npc's, plot characters etc..

(1) EDIT: To be clear your party is chosen from the available pool of NPC's rescued and in your camp. Only characters in the adventuring party will gain XP, those left behind, a percentage of said XP.
10  Games Center / Showcase / Re: Lodestar: Stygian Skies on: 2012-02-29 10:18:28
@ra4king thanks! I grew up with pixels! Back when you could see each one... I like large pixels because it evokes more of my imagination to complete the scene.

@BenniBanni yes and yes  Smiley  The engine could use some TLC, but I'm only doing what is necessary at this point to make the game. The voxel editor was a spinoff of the map editor. I originally opted to use 2d sprites... but quickly found out that I don't have the skill or speed necessary for spriting... and the sprites clashed with the 3d-ness of everything else around it.

@princec thanks! It originally started as a PHP based square tile thing, then as a 2d isometric briefly in my head, then as a MySQL backed node.js/webgl thing with 3d perspective, now finally landed on 3d orthographic or isometric or whatever in Java! Smiley
11  Games Center / Showcase / Lodestar: Stygian Skies on: 2012-02-29 04:20:55

Please visit the Kickstarter project here:

My new game, Lodestar: Stygian Skies.

Relevant links:

There is no playable demo yet, just stills and videos. The game is still very much pre-alpha.

EDIT: This is a grab from the FAQ ~

Q: What is Lodestar?
A: Lodestar is a 3D, plot-driven, tactical turn-based combat / exploration game with many procedural and random elements. The game is currently in development.

Q: Which OS?
A: Lodestar is being developed on Linux and Windows, with the intention of immediate support for Linux, Windows, and Mac.

Q: So, something that I haven’t found is a description of what Lodestar is all about … space and something, but what type of game is it, what makes it different than other games out there? What makes it fun?
A: At this point I have many of the major decisions about gameplay laid out, however I am reluctant to commit due to the potential limitations of the engine, my time, and my funding.
So I guess … tentatively … think Final Fantasy Tactics with many procedural, explorable, possibly recursively subdivided dungeons with fixed room probability similar to Diablo II, a bounded procedural over-world map (2D like Tactics, or 3D like the dungeons if I can get the ‘chunking’ to behave), moderately destructible/alterable/manipulatable terrain, and random item tables. The first game, Stygian Skies, takes place in the dark and light plays a moderate+ role in damage and healing. The out-of-combat free explore mode will switch to turn based tactics on the same map for battle. You are charged with taking a team and establishing a base-camp to determine the cause of something. You will rescue NPC’s from the something during randomly generated quests, and most of the NPC’s you will be able to recruit for your base-camp. The base-camp NPC’s serve dual purpose: they are available to assign to your adventuring party and in your base-camp to sell/vend/craft their trade. The NPC’s will be randomly named, with a random distribution of stats. Say you find a better blacksmith, retire the old one and recruit the new one! Find NPC’s, grow your base-camp, adventure farther out… discover the ‘crazy plot gasp moment’ …

Space… yes, the game has much to do with space, but just as much to do with the planet’s surface. The scope of the story mixes genres, blending elements from the American Western, science-fiction, D&D/Tolkien style fantasy, horror/suspense, and steampunk.

My idea is to make several games, each a segment of the story, like chapters. I will use the same engine and improve it along the way. The series will read like a book in plot, and play like a mostly procedural tactical dungeon runner. Also, at some point, I’d love to include the map and sprite tools I’m creating for the developer version.

Feedback welcome!

*edit: 03-09-2012 Changed the picture of this post to reflect recent changes.
*edit: 05-15-2012 Changed the picture of this post.
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