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Monday, June 18, 2018

These Weeks (Bi-Weekly) in Game-Guru - 06/18/2018

So as you've noticed, I've switched to a bi-weekly update system.  This is to lessen the load on me, which has grown tremendously over the past few months.

I have simply too many obligations to attend to to do this consistently and as such, this is the result.  Good news though - we're in a slow period so there's not a significant amount of content to curate anyways.

So let's get on with it.

OFFICIAL GAME-GURU NEWS

Not a lot I can find here.  Seems like most of the news is done by the community as of current.  Work continues towards refining PBR's output and the engine in general.

NEW ITEMS IN THE STORE

My least favorite section to review because there's simply too much. Here's some pictures:







So the rundown:  There's some good stuff by M Stockton, Wolf, Campana Productions (love the butterflies and crystal cave stuff), and more.   I think I'll be picking up the gun supplies soon enough from MStockton.  Looks great and at 2.50 sale price - that's a steal.  Pick it up here: https://www.tgcstore.net/pack/11032


THIRD PARTY TOOLS & TUTORIALS

You'll notice the addition of '& tutorials'.  I am adding this because I want to ensure that the really noteworthy tutorials get encapsulated along with interesting third party tools.  And frankly, I already have too many subheadings.


An interesting visual scripting framework.  My son, who uses MIT's scratch, will love this.  https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/219760

A really great tutorial by DK (DuchenKuke) on how to do lightmapping. A  must watch!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6-7m6QLQMA
Work has begun by BOTR (Bored Of The Rings) of making his heightmap import tool an integrated package in Game-Guru on the GitHub source.  https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/218876?page=4#msg2601811

Graphix made a quixel (graphic tool) script for GG: https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/219569

ALERT-EMERGENCY-ALERT - AMENMOSES RELEASED A PHYSICS LIBRARY! GET IT HERE: https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/219758

FREE STUFF


Free Motorcycle Helmet by Bod: https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/215012?page=17#msg2601335

Free monitor tables by Wolf:  https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/219741



Free rubber boat by GraphiX: https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/217932?page=11#msg2601597

RANDOM ACTS OF CREATIVITY


Currently there's a lot of really good work going on in the community by committed members.  I recommend following:
Acythian, by Wolf: https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/211124/newest

Direct Action 2, by Bugsy: https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/219234?page=1#msg2600578

Into the Ice, by Ertlov: https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/206985

Welcome to Manchester, by MooKai wins the honor of getting a screencap put in my blog this week.  What fantastic work using very elementary components of GameGuru:



You can learn more about WoM here: 
https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/219645?page=1#msg2601704

Lots of really good stuff here.  Still waiting on an update by Dimoxinil for his 'Space Losers' game, which should really be honestly one of the 'best of the best' games made by Game-Guru upon release.


IN MY OWN WORKS.


I'll admit, I've allowed a lot of my "Battletech: A Time of War" pen and paper (roll20.net, actually) campaign to preoccupy me, but it's served as a valuable creative writing tool so I can't fault it, too much.  The book is coming along slowly.  I'm dedicating a few hours each week to getting a couple of thousand words done, so it's progressing at the proper pace.  Currently I'm working on a segment discussing 'building your first game' - simply put priorities and configurations.

This chapter already has a few thousand words but is getting a second pass to really expand on it.


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

These Weeks in Game Guru - 06-05-2018

Ok, I'll admit, I've been busy.  Too busy.  Lots of nickel and dime stuff with life and it's held me up, significantly with this type of work. I will neither confirm nor deny my Battletech pen and paper RPG campaign has also eaten up many hours of my life more than I thought it would.

Regardless I'm here to give you some interesting news on the Game-Guru front.  I may switch this to a bi-weekly publication.  What are your thoughts on this?  Anyone have any preference?  It's a lot of work for me to do weekly, so bi-weekly might be just the ticket.

OFFICIAL GAME GURU NEWS:


There's an update which was pushed out, today, specifically addressing some changes to the fantasy DLC pack as more PBR assets got updated.   It appears Lee's FINALLY getting around to the long-standing issue of updating the weaponry to allow more than just a simple fireball attack.  He wants to add ice and poison attacks!

https://www.thegamecreators.com/post/gameguru-fantasy-pack-dlc-update

Why this is important is because the Game Engine specifically is limited with respect to projectile weapons and decals (both of which are used for the fireball effect in the fantasy pack).  And by limited, I mean one.  You can only have that ONE simple object and any further modification requires a complete redo of the files involved.  I know, I've done it.  It's a pain.  So adding functionality will mean adding the ability to have more than one simple hardcoded weapon (which was a cheap hack, IMO) and is a big deal. I for one am looking forward to it!

WHAT'S NEW IN THE STORE:







Lots of stuff,seriously.  Too much for me to cover.  I will go quickly though:
Pasquill has made a set of what looks like 1980'sish ford bronco's in many different colors, shapes, sizes, etc.  It's a good kit but a little overpriced, by my estimate.  I mean in some cases it's literally a recolor and I can't justify spending the same price on one as I do on the other.  Thankfully he's got a pack put to it in a much better spot financially.
Good times.

There's also a new kit by Tazman who is slowly sharpening up his products with the new PBR materials.  I for one think he's come a long way and really hope he continues to grow as his kits have always held a lot of potential.

There's some other stuff in there.  Most interesting, in my opinion is the stuff by M Stockton who continues to deliver new and interesting items.  I particularly like the reloader's bench (reminds me of many musty days in my father and stepfather's respective basements making bullets for competition or hunting) model.  Very nice work indeed!

FREE STUFF:

THIRD PARTY APPLICATIONS:

RANDOM ACTS OF CREATIVITY:

This one is one that is a good 'must look at' - it highlights some new work by MooKai on the unique title 'Welcome to Manchester'.  What's impressive is the use of PBR assets in a functional way along with a good lighting setup.  See the video for below:


 A user on discord named PEK put up some really solid looking screenshots as well from a Game Guru game that I have no name for:


We're in a good time, where people can actually start putting together really solid projects right out of the gate with minimum experience - just like was originally intended.  There's still some major faults that hopefully some donations and the github crew can solve (such as the AI system needing some serious reworking).

IN MY OWN WORKS:


I have a significant amount of catching up to do this month to meet my targets.  Thankfully I'm setting my word count very aggressively to help keep myself on track for my writing and I know I can bust out 15-20k words this month if I really buckle down and do it.  The game itself which will sidecar will need some additional love as well since there's a significant amount of assets that still are outstanding.

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!)