Sunday, April 28, 2013

April 28th Update

I think everybody can understand the frustration of having to start something over. Today I've been wrestling with implementing staircases, and I've ultimately come to the conclusion that my approach is not a good one.

On the one hand, I feel like a putz for not making any progress and wasting time, but as they say "I haven't failed, I just succeeded in finding a way that doesn't work", heh. I'm going to take a step back from the staircases (No pun intended) and attack them from a different angle conceptually.

For those of you desiring a more technical explanation -

My initial plan was that building a staircase indoors would cause all roof pieces for that particular room to disappear and be replaced instead with floor pieces. Thus, adding a staircase would essentially convert a section of roofing into a second floor.   Where this falls apart is when considering things like.. for example a catwalk that isn't indoors at all. Without a roof to convert to a floor, the staircase is suddenly ineffectual.

It was also my intention that stairs and floors be built realistically - no giant platforms hovering in the sky without proper supports for example. Seeing as this seems to be the order of the day in most other construction-based games, I am re-evaluating the merit of this approach.

Anyway, I just wanted to keep you all updated. I'll let you know how it goes.


Friday, April 26, 2013

Little bit late!

Hey there survivors, little bit busy this week so the update is gonna be late. Will update over the weekend! Hang tight!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

April 19th update

Still working on getting the staircases properly implemented. They're designed, and can be constructed, but they don't actually WORK yet, as in you can't climb them. Still working that out.

I won't update the build for this, but here's a picture of how the staircases look in game.

Will update again next week, hopefully with fully functional staircases!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

April 11th Update

A new build is available on!

Constructing buildings now generates roofs for those buildings. Roofs that disappear when you enter them!  It's all very snazzy. Try it out at the site!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

April 4th Update

Hey survivors. Sorry for no real update this week, I've been preoccupied with an emotionally-draining side project this week (For those of you who follow my art accounts, you know what I'm talking about) and also preparing for a seminar I'm giving this weekend.

Can you imagine? Someone wants to pay me to be a guest speaker at a post-secondary institution and talk to some students.

Anyway, next up is going to be getting roof generation working correctly. I am still leaning toward automatic roofing for buildings, so we'll see how that goes.  Thanks for your patience folks.