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Category Archives: How things work
Note on Knights Province animations and how they got better last week
Knights Province needs a lot of animations. They are essential to making the games’ world feel alive. Here’s how they work and how they just got better. Animations start with a skeleton rig. Rig is a description of how character skeleton … Continue reading
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Light texture optimizations
For today’s improvement I have added textures reuse. All terrain decals are different models. For example road decals are 6 different models (having 0 – 4 connections to neighbors in different configurations). Each decal now has UV texture of the road. … Continue reading
Posted in How things work, Live progress, Screenshots 7 Comments
Thoughts on terrain
Once again I’m thinking about reworking terrain render. Introduction of terrain textures rendered old terrain render approach useless. Let’s recap how it works. Till now everything gets assembles from tiles. Each tile having from 2 to 20+ polygons to show … Continue reading
Posted in How things work, Ideas 3 Comments
With more content in the game (units, houses, terrain textures) the game loading got noticeably slower. Being able to launch the game and check the changes as quickly as possible is critical for early development. It disrupts the workflow a lot when … Continue reading
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Past two weeks I have been experimenting with terrain textures for Alpha 7. I have a special tool to preview just one terrain tile – it makes experimenting and tweaking much simpler and faster. For example I have taken 4 … Continue reading
Posted in How things work, Live progress 2 Comments
Changing AA lead to a crash
Alpha 5 has a bug that is responsible for almost half of its crashreports: For reasons, Windows does not allow to change windows pixel format more than once (something about it being more complicated than destroy and recreate the window). These … Continue reading
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Okay, shadows! Those funny dark patches behind objects that sun seems to create 🙂 Unlike real world, where sun adds lit areas on surfaces (yep, shadows are places where sun did not create illumination), in virtual world it is the … Continue reading
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New Caster Navigation looks promising
Reimplementing the algorithm with critical thinking over every procedure seems to be working well. Agents already avoid and push each other out of the way. And the best part – I know why they do so now. A little sneak … Continue reading
Posted in How things work, Sidenotes 1 Comment
Another video showing off stone deposits placement and mining
Sunday is a great day – here’s another video showing off stone deposits placement and mining: As always – comments and critics are welcome!
Posted in How things work, Video 9 Comments
Trying out video recording
This is the first Knights Province video and it is about one neat Map Editor feature called Map Resize.
Posted in How things work, Video 2 Comments