It’s amazing what you can do with only global state and one-dimensional arrays, when you really put your mind to it. What was supposed to be a quick fart in the general direction of a Warcraft project has grown into something quite incredible.
Well, incredible on the technical side. The game itself is no more or no less than a streamlined version of my standard WC3 RPG formula. You may or may not want this.
When it comes to modding, I have to admit to a masochistic streak. I could use the 3rd party pre-processor to get structs and pseudo-object-orientated syntax that would make this a whole heap easier, but no, I’ve got to use the bare metal to feel alive.
So, that procedurally generated Warcraft III side project I’ve been fiddling with during lunch hour is a whole barrel of laughs. This episode’s consternation surrounds creature spawning.
We’ve been through the cellular automata algorithm before. I said some things back then that were mostly theory — things I’ve now been able to test in the wild.
So how does one take a grid of noise and turn it into a functional RPG? Well, lucky for you, I’m getting close…
Considering I’m now making a real game for real, maybe now is a good time to go back to my roots and examine what went right… and what went wrong… with my previous development efforts: my Warcraft III maps.
Today: the big one, This Wreckage
You know, I actually managed to do this one without any spoilers. Maybe there are a couple in the screenshots.
Did I mention I was writing a novel? Surely. I always forget to clarify, though — it’s actually a trilogy. Go hard or go home, and all that; RDZ never does things by half measures.
Creating the new super-refined plot outlines for When the Freedom Slips Away and This Wreckage has been mostly straightforward. To be fair, I have written three or four drafts of each over the years, so there is a lot of base material to draw from.
The difference with the cdoncluding third book, Shattered By Light, is that there has never even been one draft. It has always had an ending, and it briefly had an awkward beginning — but no middle, nothing remotely approaching a complete narrative. This is an issue that I am finally going to remedy.
… but you can’t stop me working on all of them. Simultaneously.
LDD has been around a while. You could build with a reasonable selection of bricks in a reasonable selection of colours, and then order your models.
That’s all fine and dandy and delightfully entertaining, but when you’ve been bursting with ideas for Lego sets your entire life, the selection of bricks (let alone colours of bricks) eventually becomes somewhat limited.
So you pine for something more. Imagine a suite of almost all bricks ever made, and the ability to paint them in any available colour…
Imagine no more.