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Hello world
So after a long time i decided to finally create a website rather than having a blog to post my work. I still have some things to tune but at least its better than a blog right?
What I've been up to
As you may or may not notice i've been absent, I'm just posting to say that I'm still alive and much has been happening. I got a mononucleosis virus, went to the hospital, they gave me the wrong meds and i've ended up in bed/restrained for over a month.

After that I've been focusing my work on my dissertation because, well... I was a month late in work right? And just as I had ended a few docs I had to start working as a trainee in a company where I'll be developing a mobile app and do some research for my dissertation.

Anyway, I've decided to put my project on hold and work on Seelentanz on weekends. We don't have much work done yet but we are starting to shape the game. I've done an inventory and i've been working with an mixing box similar to diablo's. I might put screenshots on Seelentanz soon.

About OON I had lot of awesome ideas and i might end up changing the geoscape a little bit for something more like civilization. I think it will make the gameplay experience more interesting. Don't worry, I'll try not fill it with useless researches/resources... in my perspective everything in the game needs to have a purpose for usage

Meanwhile I'll keep working and researching for my thesis where I'll be dealing with cross-platform development for mobile devices and medical topics/techs such as openEHR.
Clouds and shadows
Picture of the moving shadows and clouds/mist
Just giving a quick update on what I've been doing... 

So I've been trying to figure out ways on how I can bring some more "feeling" to the game, and so I came up with the idea of adding moving clouds/mist and shadows and this is the result.

Can you see the shadow behind the player?

The basic idea is that the player has an area around him where he can listen the surroundings, so he knows something is there, but its hard to understand exactly what it is...

I also found out that the base rooms should be organized in some other way resulting in a remade of the whole structure. But at least now the game supports room's with different shapes. It's almost like tetris...
Lots of little news
As you might notice I've been remodeling my blog and turn it into a personal presentation page. This is due the preparation to start working on my thesis, since I didn't had much time I've decided to merge it with the blog. I would be much more comfortable if I had a good host with PHP and database support but this will have to do for now.

So I've added a page with personal info, another page with many of my projects, I probably won't be adding all of them since some are really old and I have some sort of better project using the same technologies.

Since I've add a project demo page what kind of person would I be if I didn't add a OON video? Be aware that 90% of the 2D visuals are going to be replaced once I've found a 2d artist, most of those assets were found in internet... and believe me when I say that finding isometric content is really hard. Meanwhile you can watch in the video the geoscape, base and the player new perspective which will hide the terrain and the creatures outside of player field of view.

I'm also glad to announce that I've found a Musician/Sound Designer that is now helping me with the project. He already started working on 'OON' and I've created some controllers that will help both of us adding music and sound into the game. If you want check more info on him go check his twitter here.

While adding sound content to the game I've found that XNA supports a tech XAct which is design to give some independence to sound designers working with XNA but it seemed lots of work to learn XACT just to add some sound effect and since I've already done some code to assist us we have discarded that for now.

Finally I've been adding to the game the ability to import creatures and weapons into the game by XML which, once its done, I will be able to easily adjust it to allow me to read any kind of information I want or need. This is important because will give the players freedom to add more and more content into the game just by editing an xml, things like special ammunition, weapons, creatures with specific behaviors, tech trees, etc... Also don't worry because if it becomes too much information i might just make another app to be even easier to add content into the game ;)
Shine and Seelentanz
So, its been awhile since I made a post here.
I'm keeping myself quiet about some stuff that has been happening because I don't like to rush myself into taking fast conclusions.
Anyway I've decided to participate into Gamelopers 2012 which is a contest allowing participants to compete with their works on Java, Windows Phone or Qt.

I have already finish my work for sometime now but it's not exactly has I had initially planned. I could/might do some updates later to make it more interesting.  Have a video:

You check the rest in here

I made this game while I was working on several projects and in a month... its not an awesome game but I think its playable.

On other news I've put myself on a journey to learn to work with Unity. I think this will be awesome since I've never work with a framework on 3d games or anything similar and its a path to learn something more on game development by myself.

This is the game/team I've joined

Its a friendly group fighting to learn more and achieve their personal dreams. We still have few members and some don't have much experience like myself (I've just start learning Unity) but if we gather a motivated team who knows where we'll end up :P

Character vision
So I've had some time and, being anxious to make the player vision, I finally was able to investigate a little how this is done and start making some experiences...

The main idea is to make the player only being aware where his eyes are point to, so if  you look a way you wont be able to know whats coming from your back. I'm also thinking in adding hearing which will allow the player to hear noises in the proximity of his/her character. I think that might bring some panic to the players since they can't know for sure where the noise is coming.

lvlML alpha editor
So I finally sent out a video for the level editor... its far from a complete work but its a start and you can already export lvlML files.

So this work was made by myself and Joana Martins

heres the video:

hopefully I will publish the application and lvlML schema once I have a more functional version...

lvlML and xslt
Updating my status
I've been working around the lvlML language for the level descriptor and trying some outputs in XSLT and try to understand the potential this has for levels publish on internet. 
There are many websites allowing players to download customized levels to be used on multiplayer. My idea was try to use lvlML syntax to generate a html which would allow the player to preview the level before downloading. Usually people just take screenshots and place them on internet or somehow download programs that generate a 2d image top view. However if you use lvlML with XSLT you wont need to download any application or upload screenshots... The website could automatically understand the level by uploading the level itself (lvlML). The results are somewhat cute :P

Of course this might represent a small level but if we upgrade the language and the xslt it has some potential.

I want to share something with people out there that think games are degrading themselves for betting on computer graphics instead features.

I had some experience on playing with level editing and its entities since I was very young and I always admired the dynamics of level design... But nowadays the game levels lack of entities and functionality leaving few options to the level designers to have fun with... I guess we should blame multiplayer because for instance... If you look to counter strike you may notice that the doors are static... there's not much to do here... they could allow players to blow up locks and use cameras like rainbow six or swat games but they don't even care... 
For those who start playing counter strike after version 1.2 (i think) you probably wont even remember of an awesome APC you could drive on one of the rescuing levels and it was awesome... the problem was went players use the APC to drive over the team mates and kill them without penalization... So what did they do? They removed it... Instead solving the problem they just got rid of the feature. There are many other entities that were removed from cs such as lasers, trains, weapon mounts, light buttons...
I miss old days of half life level editing :(

Heres a screenshot of the old cs_siege

I'm currently working on the level editor that should be able to export and import levels in lvlML. So I will paste some screenshots when I get closer to finish the app.

A star path-finding, dialogs, map editor
So after a request I decided to share a simple A Star algorithm code I made in java for my AI project at FEUP
The link is here
I hope it will be helpful...

Anyway I've start working on a map editor interface, and I'm also working out the interface for the game
I've not been stagnated or anything... it's just that I've been busy... but I didn't stop working ;)

I also had  to make a presentation about lvlML(XML) for my classes which hopefully it will be the format in which the game maps will be store into... I'm trying to make this language abstract so it might work for storing levels for different games... but the main objective now is make it work for my maps... We'll see about other games later if I ever get the time for it...

I see dead people!!
Finally I had that so wished time to work on the project. Until my death sentence comes out from exam grades...
So I've been working with lights and some other gameplay features like reloading weapon, firerate, dead bodies, and depth layers. Can you see the zombie near me, behind the tree??? no you cant ;p well only his head. Also some transparency is added when the player is behind an object.
Its getting nice, and from now on things are gonna get easier as the game engine gets more basic methods done.

So I want to remember I'm also searching for some people that help me get some new graphics for the game. For now I am hoping to find more a partner than a worker so... if the game gets released I will pay for the job of course. That can be done in a contract if necessary.
I see this as my personal big project and I'm not sure if I get enough support to get this game finish one day but things seem to going well so...
Until the next post :)
So many zombies... so few brains...
Finally I had a little time (not really) to finish the spawners...
Now this scenary is getting a little more interesting :P

Also I start playing a facebook game!!!
Yes that's right ... I never though it would happen but seems this game had some
stuff similar to the game I'm trying to make... so I gave a  try and got some
ideas for the gameplay...
The game is called War commander, give it a try...
Quick Look
Ok here you have a quick screenshot of how a mission currently looks like

Some quick notes of what have done so far:

  • Automatic terrain generation on a tile based (height adjusting, objects placing )
  • A.I. (Pathfinding, wandering/attack behavior)
  • All monster, weapon, animation stuff logic... ( what you see )
  • Simple interface (menus, mouseovers, zoom)

Most of the work I've been doing right now is all about making a game engine
so I can control everything in the game easily.

So my priority right now is to make the game playable... that means
kill that zombie and having an objective (win and lose condition)

Of course I have lots of features planned but I won't share them ;p
well... not  yet
I've been adding screenshots for those who just check news. I made changes in necromancy
Tailor skills
Some more updates at tailor and someother skills
For those who did't notice ive still been adding stuff to the side :) but right now i was wondering where i will get half of the stuff pictures so if u have something like phoenix or mythril chests or stuff like that if u dont see the pic in site plz send it to me email in the end of this page :)
Quest items, npc commands
I added some more things... and i will keep doing it, but i cant post each time i find something new... Also i add 2 sections... Quest items and Npc comands
I think its done... all burstfire and bible info is in the site... Also, I already add some new infos. Keep sending me info for my e-mail :\
UO Bible
Ok I finish copying bible :P . Now im going to fill this cute modest site with new information from the shard.
New forums
Well after many tries attempting to put forum in my computer... the electricity failed and mess up with the forums and my irc bot... i was unable to find the error causing bad connection in forums... so i got a new ones ( not hosted in my pc anymore )
In coma
Just reporting Im still not dead. You can check Forums for old pictures from my nv_project. I dont want show more pictures from the map before its release. It should still take a while since Im having much work here. Not only maps but I have to study and make some models and irc bot too.
So... after I lose the domains because they though it would be better for them keep the domain for Internet service users I changed the website to this domain... Well at least I can update stuff now... - I've been working some new maps like: nv_hangon nv_tassualt nv_project and I also was able to get some parts of my best old map Virtual which I though I had lost when I had the format... but thanks to the new bsp converter I was able to recover it... even with lots of errors but its a lot easyer to rebuild it with fragments.
Bad news :(
Bad news... I lost everything... I got my PC format I lost my maps and even my website ... so I made this new one I hope you like it :\ I will release virtual last version ,now that I could made now that I lost the map, soon, I hope.
New Section
New section - Trash maps in downloads I'M gonna try get a voting pool New screen shots
I started making the web site for my channel in pt.net #svencoop. In this site I will try to store all kinds of downloads and funny stuff about svencoop. About me I'm Navy Seal Mapper and learning modeling so I will put info about my future maps and models in this page... I will also accept suggestions for future maps once I put forums ;) Ps. IM not posting all news about the site... Just the important ones...
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