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Category: State Of The Union (page 1 of 2)

Talent Implementation

There have been many “life things” happening over the past few weeks, but things have slowed down considerably, and I’m back on the wagon. Hopefully, this next run will be a fruitful one.

State of the Union

So as mentioned above, it’s been an eventful few weeks. We have an annual BBQ at our house where friends and family from all over the country come to attend, and this year, we doubled the number of people who came, from around 30 to 60+. As you can imagine, it’s a logistical (though well worth it) nightmare. After that BBQ, I needed a week to myself to just recover, and then shortly after that, my younger cousin, who is about to head off to college to play football stopped by for a few days, so there’s that.

But I’m back now.

The last things I was working on were all centered around my new ability system. Spells got the love the first go round, and now, Talents were up next. But, because I wanted to start with something a little smaller to ease my way back into things, I took a little crack at sound effects.

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Quality Of Live Improvements

Look at that! I’m almost on a semi-regular posting basis. I believe this makes 3 posts in 3 weeks. Baby steps, folks, baby steps.

State of the Union

Overall, it was a pretty good month for me. After so much back end work, it’s been nice to be on the polar opposite of things, doing all sorts of things with the UI. Some of it was cosmetic, some was functionality, but everything was in the “Quality Of Live Improvements” category. Here’s a quick run down on what I accomplished.

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Radial Menu Prototyping

The past few months have been very important for the backend foundation of this game. It’s been something that has to happen, but when it comes to showing it off to people, well, it’s not so easy. Well finally, I’m able to start working on things that I can actually show off to people, and damn, it feels good.

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Data Driven Design

Last time I wrote a blog entry, I started it off with an apology of sorts, where I literally did no game development for a month due to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. That was a month ago. What’s my excuse this time?

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Full Game Cycle

I suppose it would be disingenuous to start this post as if I didn’t fall off the face of the earth for the past month and a half or so. I only have one excuse:

 

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That’s A Wrap For Inventory Work

State of the Union

Well, folks, that’s it. After what seemed to be the longest month of development so far, I have finally put the finishing touches on all the prototype work I’ve done on the Inventory system and all the other various systems that interact with it. I certainly did not expect to spend so much time on it, but I also did not anticipate adding feature after feature. Every time that I thought I was done, I always had an idea for something else to add in.

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Lots Of Internal Systems Work, With A Little UI Sprinkled On Top

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Man, what a month. I put so much effort into this website that I missed out on about 8-9 days of development time. However, once I got back to it, I was able to keep up the same frantic pace of work I had back in December. And I needed it, because this month was certainly the most programming centric one, which found me building from scratch many core systems for the game. Luckily, I was able to finish the month off with a little UI work.

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New Year, New Site, New Look For The Game

State Of The Union

It would be a massive understatement to say that I’ve been getting busy over the past 2+ weeks. Though, by looking at the above GIF, or hell, just this new website as a whole, it should be damn clear to everyone. I’m focused, man!

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One Hell Of A Month!!!

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Well, well, well… I just had one hell of a month! I mean, everything was firing on all cylinders. Most of the free time I had, whether it be on the train, or at home after the family went to sleep, was spent doing some sort of work. And if you look at the number of posts I had last month, you can see how it directly ties into how productive I was.

So what happened, you ask? Simple… Destiny: Rise of Iron.

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Back To It…

State Of The Union

What’s up, people? No, I’m not going away for another 2 years. Life has happened over the past month, but now, I’m back to it!

So yeah, long gone are the days where I can put in 8 hours a day of work, 6-7 days a week. I mean hell, I was already doing that while holding down a full time software engineering job. I was 24-26 during those times. I’m now 36. I’m married. I have a house. I have an almost 2 year old daughter. Yeah, not happening.

However, to be fair, I can’t blame it all on that. There is this other thing, called Destiny: Rise of Iron. That launched 9/20, and being the hardcore player that I am, I had to experience all parts of it, on my Hunter, Warlock, and Titan. Story missions, new strike, Iron Banner, and most importantly, the new Wrath of the Machine raid on both normal and heroic modes. I’m sorry! I just had to do it, and get it out of my system. New content shouldn’t be dropping until their annual spring update, so I’m good now, I promise!

But enough about non-Rose of Eternity stuff, because you’re not here for that. Here are the highlights of things I’ve been working towards:

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