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Monday, May 21, 2018

This Week in Game-Guru - 05/21/2018

Official Game-Guru News:

So there's a lot of traffic at this point on Game-Guru.  Lots of bugs being squashed.  Looks like lighting is getting looked at, specifically an SDK called 'enlighten' as a possible solution.  In the meantime there's a host of new functions on the github iteration of Game-Guru that are lighting related.  Looks like I might need to go make an Advanced lighting kit :)  ...


Also in official news there apparently progress being made on an underwater state for the player, which should really open up the gates as to how water is handled.  Lastly it appears that mega pack 3 has gotten more PBR assets - the roofs really pop with the shine they have now!



Check it out here:
https://www.thegamecreators.com/post/gameguru-mega-pack-3-dlc-update-2

New Products On The Store: 




So a few new things available.  I'm really digging these complex and ornately textured lamps by Mad Lobster.  Reliquia has made some absolutely amazing skies which you should absolutely take a look at.  I've noticed that the quality on campana production's models has gone up, check out this cow skull!  And lastly Shadow Man appears to continue to be on his building-making rampage.



Free Stuff:

Good lord, there's a crateload.
https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/219680 - A must have ... Reliquia has put 16 free zombies up!

https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/219692 - Lafette II has put up two zombie kids and some desert props.  Be aware that having shootable children may violate local laws (Notably in Germany).  Caveat Emptor.
https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/219523 - Here's a good AI script for the soldier, a wandering type script. 

So from here, I'm going to stop and just sort of separate things so you can really get a sense of how important these next two are.

https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/215012?page=16#msg2600572 - This has been a Long, LONG time comingAmenmoses and Bod have teamed up to make a really awesome vehicle script for a truck - this looks and feels awesome. 





https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/219628 - Honkeyboy has added his own flavor to the drivable vehicle scene with this racing bike script!

Those two should keep you busy for a while.  Amazing stuff, truly.  Looks like I owe someone a prize from my bounty board!
 

Third Party Tools:

I'm working on the notepad++ update.  It's a lot of work because they keep making updates over at github!  But it's coming along.  There's a LOT of XML to pour through and verify/cross check.


Random Acts of Creativity:

https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/219296?page=1#msg2600665  - DK's latest update in his wasteland saga.  Looks good though personally I gave him the following input on discord:
"So observations @Duchenkuke for your test #3 - 1) I don't like the new coloring. There's not enough contrast. It looks too black, white, grey, and drab. Sorry! 2) The inventory looks easy to use but I'd really work on cleaning up the interface elements. Maybe use a color other than white (maybe a white-orange?), some asymmetrically sized boxes, etc. 3) The vehicle was awesome. What kidney do I have to give you so I can build a truck driving game for my son? Overall though your level design looks fantastic. Your use of clutter is second to none and honestly aside from the coloration issues I'd say you're coming along really well."


In my own works:


I'm continuing to procure more items and art for the book's sidecar modules.
It's a lot of headache but at the same time there's a big payoff for those who will purchase by getting a combination of high quality free, store, and exclusive assets.

Monday, May 14, 2018

This Week in Game-Guru - 05/14/2018

Official Game-Guru News:


Nothing new here.  Just some AppGameKit Game-Guru Loader updates. I don't personally use either products so it's not particularly relevant to me.

New Products On The Store:


There's not a lot this week after last week's frenzy.





As you can see, not much.  Some new animals, skies, and buildings.  Unfortunately none of this is particularly stand-out to me.

Free Stuff:


HonkeyBoy has given some nice looking free bamboo models: CLICK HERE
JPH Games made a tunnel PBR pack - I don't really know if I like the texturing on it but some might find some use:  CLICK HERE
Some cool little Cacti by Lafette II:  CLICK HERE
Some free textures (always useful, IMO) here: CLICK HERE
A really excellent liquor/beer bottle from GraPhiX: CLICK HERE

Third Party Tools:


There's a free HUD generator WIP worth looking at: CLICK HERE

Random Acts of Creativity:

So Bugsy has updated Direct Action II's screenshots in his WIP thread and WOW, looks great. 

Here's one to whet your appetite:




I'd show a few but there's like 12 or so so just check it out with this link instead: https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/219234?page=1#msg2597438

Next up we have an update video from DuchenKuke which really shows the extent of his game's state.  It's fairly impressive and worth a look!


In My Own Works:

Book progress is slow, but that's ok.  I simply have a lot of obligations around this time of year.  As the summer heats up, my book writing will too :)

Picked up a few gems to add though so I'm eager to dump some time into getting that book pounded out, hopefully another 30k words in the next two months.  As it stands, I'm sitting at 55k words, which is no small accomplishment, considering the end goal is around 120k

My Lua Notepad++ API needs an update too.  Maybe I'll get to that in the next few weeks.

I'll admit I've been dumping most of my creative energies into designing my Battletech: A Time of War RPG campaign.  We're prepping for Session 0 (Character Creation) and Session 1 (first play through my custom campaign) and it's been invigorating.  It's interesting to bring my video game design philosophies to the pen and paper rpg domain.

Lastly my Advanced Time of Day and Weather system and all Skies pack is on sale this week for 17.99 (normal price 24.99!)



























Monday, May 7, 2018

This Week in Game-Guru - 05/07/18

Been remarkably bouncing between different types of colds this week, currently dealing with a chest cold.  It's been a special form of hell for about 7 days now.

So with that, here's your 'Game-Guru in a nutshell' for this week.

Game-Guru News


Nothing particularly new but it appears there's a lot of feature fixes/updates on the issues tracker at GitHub so we'll probably see some forward motion again and soon.

Don't forget to help donate if you want to speed along development:  https://www.thegamecreators.com/donate/project/1721

New Items on the Store


Tarkus remastered his 'Desolation' Audio kit: https://www.tgcstore.net/pack/11026
Alfredx10 (An old hat from the FPSC days) put up a tile kit, presumably for the EBE? https://www.tgcstore.net/pack/11025
Tazman put up a gothic furniture pack with PBR textures: https://www.tgcstore.net/pack/11023

We also have these awesome single individual items available for download on the store now:

I'm really liking the new stuff from 'that model guy' though all of these look really useful!

Free Stuff


Want to go bowling in game-guru?  Check this out: Click Here
Graphix made a 'by request' birthday cake for GG that looks damn good: Click Here
Some nice free cars I missed by BOD (PBR): Civilian edition Police edition
 

Third Party Programs


No news that I'm aware of.



Random Acts of Creativity


This week's must-see screenshots are from DuchenKuke (of course!):




 I mean aside from a little heavy-handedness on the lens flares, WOW.  Great work DK!

Len the man is continuing his work on his Wild-West shooter, which I'm happy to see!
And Cybernessence added a pretty sweet looking new NPC here: https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/213870?page=4#msg2600203


In my own Works

So in my own stuff, I am happy to say I've secured a few more goodies for the book release sidecar products including some weapons and products from BSP!  This is a huge win for those looking to purchase my book.  I really want to give a big value to anyone who does invest in it when it becomes available early 2019.   I'm going to have demo maps, games, breakdowns, custom assets, free assets, you name it.  Lots of good stuff going into the book for you, the readers!

The book itself is coming along.  I just slogged through my EBE tutorial section which was admittedly less fun than I'd like.  I will undoubtedly be revisiting that section again, but thems the breaks!

Till next week!

Monday, April 30, 2018

This Week in Game-Guru - 04/30/2018

OFFICIAL GAME-GURU NEWS:


Game-Guru has officially updated!  Queue the fireworks, beer, and cheers people!  It's the full DX11 release with all the associated Github and PP releases that we've come to know, love, and sometimes despise.

This represents a huge departure for Game-Guru and as such you will want to really give your stuff a thorough once-over before you test.

In the meantime we have a new pack to help celebrate, with full PBR models - https://www.thegamecreators.com/post/gameguru-construction-site-pack-released

There's some really nice looking stuff in those kits so give em a look!

NEW PRODUCTS IN THE STORE:


The store has a massive smattering of new products this week and while many are great (nice to see Tazman experimenting with PBR, for instance!)  - I have to say BSP shattered expectations with some damn fine looking stuff.


As you can see these are some top shelf products!  There's also some really good stuff by GraPhiX, that model guy, and relative newcomer mechanic.  Pasquill has also added some new cars, which are always worth a look.  These appear to be the first PBR enabled vehicles so give them a double take!

I also have to chime in that I love Shadow Man's style.  So I follow him on the store (amongst others) and while he's not a super-prolific author his stuff is top notch and worth a look if you're into cyberpunk/sci-fi/modern styles.

Of course most of these are available in well priced packs so spend wisely:




FREE STUFF:

Not much going on here, but we already have lots of nice new shinies to play with so let's hold off either way for next week!


THIRD PARTY TOOLS:


The latest version of the Heightmap 2 GG program is out and available for download here:
https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/218876?page=3#msg2599966

RANDOM ACTS OF CREATIVITY:

Cybernessence did a great job with some coolscripting in his upcoming game 'The Cogwheel Chronicles'.


That's the kind of inventive stuff that keeps people interested in your product, people.


IN MY OWN WORKS:


My own products will need a thorough 'going over' for the latest revision of Game-Guru.  I will need to take some time this week to set aside and test it thoroughly then bug-fix whatever new problems cropped up from the latest revision.

The book continues to slog along though I literally got NOTHING done due to my day job's total focus last week along with my family getting sick upon my return.

Keep an eye out here for more updates.  If you are encountering any problems with the Time of Day and Weather system please let me know ASAP via this blog or via the ticket system on http://en.tgcstore.net