Terrain Triggers – another feature into Alpha 8

There’s one more feature I want to include into Alpha 8 – terrain triggers.

Terrain triggers are special zones placed in MapEd, that trigger dynamic script events when a unit enters into the zone. This is very helpfull for story missions scripting. With that feature, events could be triggered once and then removed/disabled if not needed.

 

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Faking horses

Alpha 8 is mostly ready. I’d guess it will take another week or two before it’s released.

Now I’m looking into making some final touches to it. For example until there are proper designs and models for mounted units – here are some fake horses to distinct kinds of troops:

You can also see new group orders icons.

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All notifications together

Made these notifications and updated the games’ code to show them in appropriate situations:

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House notifications icons

After watching second part of Knights Province play (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33tjOSoJfNQ) I’ve decided to look into house notifications. As of Alpha 7.1, they indicate when a house if missing a worker, or a connecting road (these are 2 very popular situations for new players). In Alpha 7.1 those notifications are rather vague and easy to miss in the background. So I’m drawing new icons for them. Here is the style:

Icons are good at attracting attention, as they should, but I’m not entirely happy about the style – it looks a bit “artificial”.

Key thought on the matter:

  • games do have artificial elements all over them (take “magic” GUI for example).
  • a town with dozens of these icons could look “crowded”.
  • this is an RTS, genre where you need to manage a lot of different things and every help from the game is appreciated.
  • “float-above” notifications are more affordable than arriving messages, which need to opened, read, clicked “go to”, finding an outlined/highlighted house and only then seeing a problematic house.
  • perhaps notifications can become houses “thoughts”. I need to think more in that direction ..

Until then, this is what I’ve been working on today (and refactoring controls render overall) 🙂

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GUI improvements

The game’s GUI just got nicer with new “fade in” and “fade out” animations. They are short and subtle, but make the menu hints appear much nicer.

Fort and Barracks UI got improved and now looks alike School’s:

I also was watching this YouTube video of Knights Province:

and it caught my attention, that there are no alerts on the minimap when players troops get attacked. Feature was implemented right away and will be available in Alpha 8 soon 🙂

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Wip on pop-up messages

Working on adding pop-up messages. Much needed in Town Toturial 🙂

Early screenshot:

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Building materials to building sites

I was wondering, why Serfs would have to wait for the house area to be flattened before bringing any building materials to it? Surely they can do that as soon as Builder arrives at the site.

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Selective terrain painting

Implemented another “must-have” feature in Map Editor: painting of terrain surfaces into allowed areas (ground, water, mountains).

The screen shows how Sand brush was applied to “ground-only” area – notice how water and mountains remained intact, while terrain surface changed.

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Profiling CPU

Fixed a couple of bugs today, as usual. Did some GUI tweaks. And also implemented stacked CPU profiler. This is a nice way of seeing where CPU time gets spent.

Profiling 8-players skirmish mission. Most of the CPU time is spent on updating units .. Not a big deal yet, whole update takes ~6,5msec (out of available 100). Still it would be nice to optimize later on, so that on x10 speed it did not take 65msec (leaving too few for render and such)

P.S. Alpha 8 will feature new skirmish mission for 8 players!

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Another bunch of work

Fixed another couple of bugs revealed during automated testing.

Been redoing flat buttons:

They are still far from perfect. Next step will be to change grey menu backgrounds into something stone/leather/plaster-like. Probably darker shade.

Changed new Map Editor terrains selection from buttons to ListBox. Looks and fits much neater:

Some terrains don’t have textures yet (and I also plan to at least double the count of terrains in future).

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