Skip to main content

Upstairs / Downstairs.

I've decided to make my prefabs multilevel.
Later this should allow me to add pit traps and other great stuff. It also makes it easier to line up stairs so that you can exit them on the same co-ordinates where you entered them.

The prefab editor is pretty much finished, it just needs some code for loading up prefabs from a saved dictionary, so that they can be checked or edited. The entries will need to be forwards compatible, so I'll be loading each tile and then translating the indexes to a new array, that way if I add extra indexes or extra info (like traps or puzzles) I'll be able to update existing prefabs to work with the new standard.

Click for a video.


  1. Hi, do you mean you're testing the comments system, or I should do more testing of the game? I hope the comments system is working properly now, I've changed the settings twice. As for the game, I'm reworking the way dungeon generation and building are done from scratch, hopefully with the result that they will look better, play better and have a shorter loading time. A lot of the testing is taking place within this helper module, as it uses the exact same display code (though with a simple tile set) as the main game will.

  2. 1st comment rejected with "you do not own wordpress site"
    2nd comment test - accepted
    3rd comment rejected

    1. Thank you for checking. Lots of people have reported problems with posting comments on blogspot blogs, I've tried to use the least restrictive settings, I just can't tell why it's not working.

  3. possible suggestion: move to wordpress?

    1. I'll think about it. I really did just choose randomly when picking a blog host. It's my first time writing a blog. I think I'll move over once it gets out of the preparation stage and moves on to the testing and demo stage. This is really as much a development diary as anything. Later I'll need a proper web page with screenshots, videos, download links and other stuff.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Vinland 1936

What have I been up to this month?

Well you can see it in a couple of development blog videos, here, here and here.

Vinland 1936 is a game I've been working on (on and off) for about 3 years. It is somewhat based on the old Nirval interactive game, Blitzkrieg;

I hope you've played it since it is one of the best games ever!!! (IMHO)
Blitzkrieg was a real time tactics game. You didn't build a base, or spawn units. It wasn't about rushing the enemy. You got a small number of troops and vehicles that could be replenished or repaired if you had access to a supply base and the right supply trucks, but couldn't be replaced if lost. Once your vehicles were destroyed and your infantry killed you were finished. You couldn't just churn out some more from your factory and have another go at rushing the enemy guns. This made you invest a lot in each of your units. They really mattered.

It was also procedurally generated. Each mission (except for the historical missions) was…

Telling a story; Creating a Compelling Narrative.

Telling a story; Creating a Compelling Narrative. In this blog I will talk about my own recent brush with story telling and go on to talk about how tools from creative wring can help you to better author the narrative in your games, whether they have a traditional linear narrative or a procedurally generated interactive narrative.

Narrative and structure in traditional fiction  last week I started writing a story set in the world I'm developing for my game Vinland: 1936.

I hope the story will help me to flesh out my game world and develop my own expanded universe which will be a good place to set my games in the future.

After about a week of work, on and off I've progressed the story to outline stage. For each character thread I have half a dozen chapters which plot a course through the events of the story. Each thread is told from the perspective of a different character.

Actually I started writing as soon as I had my outline, but I've since gone back and deleted what …

Back to Vinland.

I'm going back to my real time tactics project, Vinland 1936.
While working on the other project I overcame the problems which were stopping me from saving/loading the game and also cleaned up the base code a lot.

After a few weeks I'm getting near the the state I was in before.

Infantry are back to their previous state, and vehicles are running OK.
This time I'm going to push ahead with mocking up the combat system though before I work any more on the vehicle builder or graphical aspects of the game.