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Postby afritz1 » Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:02 pm

I can relate with Interkarma here. There's a fine line between something being a hobby project and something feeling like an obligation, especially when there are hundreds or thousands of people patiently watching from the sidelines. It can be tiring to be a focus of attention for so long, and you only really get a break once the game can be played all the way through. Some things in engine development can feel like a full-time job if you want them to be done well, but in the end, I'm sure it's worth it, especially when doing historical preservation for something like Arena and Daggerfall.

I've been very careful about managing scope for my project, since it (like Interkarma was saying) can make or break your motivation. I switched from my OpenCL ray tracer to a software 2.5D ray caster solely because I didn't want the added headaches with incompatible versions, shaders not compiling on certain platforms, etc. this early in the project, and I'm really glad that I made the change since it reduces some friction I would've otherwise had.

On another note, I was aiming for OpenTESArena 0.6.0 in maybe the next week or two, and I'm really happy with the help I've been getting from GitHub user Carmina16 -- they've been helping immensely with guiding me through loading interiors and generating cities. The project's still got a ways to go before it's playable, but again, I'm surprised with how far it's gotten since the beginning.
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Re: Re Twitter

Postby R.D. » Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:19 pm

Looking forward to your continued progress on OpenTESArena! It looks level rendering is really coming along recently.
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Re: Re Twitter

Postby afritz1 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:00 pm

Yeah, I added some testing options to the main menu so you can walk around in quite a few places now. You can check out the equipment stores, Mage's Guilds, taverns, etc., and all of the main quest dungeons. No entities or objects yet though (just voxel data), and transitions between levels don't work yet, so you can only walk on the first floor of places for now. The only exterior location that's working right now is the Imperial City, since it's just one big premade area, but you can play around with the weather and climate to make it use rain and snow texture sets. I might be able to get some city generation in for 0.6.0, but I think it might end up being in 0.7.0.

I added an issue for a problem I'm having with the Elden Grove level data. You're free to look into that if you want, and I can help guide you through some of the voxel data. I'd like to have it fixed before the release if I can. There's also a small problem with the starting position in the Fortress of Ice, but I think that's because of how I'm currently doing the coordinate system transform.

Edit: Nevermind about the Elden Grove problem. Situation averted!
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Re: Re Twitter

Postby Interkarma » Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:21 pm

You are doing amazing work on OpenTESArena. And you're right, the more people watching the greater the pressure seems to be.

Here's wishing us all smooth sailing through these unusual waters. :)
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Re: Re Twitter

Postby Jay_H » Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:35 pm

Some great-looking commits over the last little while:

Implement basics of enemy ranged attacks Allofich committed 23 days ago

Implement Teleportation service ajrb committed 6 days ago

Implement mastering skills, import more skill data Allofich committed 13 days ago

I guess now we won't be able to climb on scenery and snipe enemies with impunity. I'm looking at you Midknightprince :lol:
Come give your feedback on the ideas in my general thread, and share your DFU characters in the character thread.
Quest-writing tutorial here. Guide for new Daggerfall players here. Daggerfall Mechanics thread here.

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