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#1 plumo

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 10:57 AM

0 A.D. Weekly Report #2 (week 31)

Wildfire Games, the international group of volunteers developing 0 A.D., are happy to present this week's 0 A.D. development report.
If you want to find out more about the development of this open-source, cross-platform real-time strategy game or if you are interested in game development in general, it might be an interesting read.

If you want to be part of this project, we urge you to post your application in our forums. We are currently looking for Gameplay, AI, Sound and Graphics Programmers along with Animators and 3D & texture artists. You prefer to do something else than programming or drawing? Luckily for your portfolio we are also looking for a Sound Lead, Video Editors, a Documentation Manager and Scenario Designers. Still no luck? Head to our forums and join our active community!


Team news!

Congratulations to three valuable contributors who were recently asked to join the 0 A.D. team: wraitii, myconid and Deiz. Some of their work has already been shown in last report, and a lot more will follow in the coming reports!

Feature Spotlight!

Eggbird has been putting the last touches on the Civic Centre for the Mauryan Indians. This new faction which will be added over the next few releases, and we expect them to be fully playable by Alpha XIII. In the following video you can see one of the props Eggbird has made for the Civic Centre. This column is known as a Pillar of Ashoka. These pillars were erected during the reign of the Mauryan king Ashoka (3rd century BC) and were inscribed with (legislative) edicts. Pillars have been found all over the Indian peninsula and beyond (one pillar was discovered in Kandahar, Afghanistan).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUJc-A73lRc&feature=player_embedded

Art & Programming

Deiz has been firing a barrage of fixes towards us including rally points for trade and improved gate behaviour among others. One of his usability changes also allows people to hold the Tab key to display all the health bars of the units on the screen. A feature that will be more than useful while your soldiers are in battle.
Gen.Kenobi finished the Hellenic Fortress and then started working on other Greek buildings. He also worked on rock formations and uploaded a video tutorial.
Myconid has kept working -- relentlessly -- on modernizing 0 A.D.'s visual effects. It would take a whole page to describe all the features he is currently working on. We'll show you all this visual candy in a special report, somewhere in the near future.
The groundwork for Myconid's visual galore was recently reviewed and added by programmers historic_bruno and quantumstate . 0 A.D.'s models can now store multiple UV coordinate sets, which make it possible to add advanced texturing techniques such as lightmaps, decal maps e.a.
A second patch by Myconid: data-driven texture loading was also implemented this week. This allows actor files to have multiple texture files.
Pureon has been finetuning the animations for 'his' gates. For those who haven't seen these gates in action, check out the teaser video he made. He has also been cleaning up some of the redundant and missing XML references, together with Mythos_Ruler.
After his work on the new GUI, Spahbod started working on implementing cheats! Rest assured that we won't stop pestering him until we can have a bigdaddy, pow and e=mc2 trooper! He has also finished working on a new random map: 'Northern Lights', taking you to the Arctic region.
Zaggy1024 has finished the animations for elephants. He also added prop points to their backs (archer platform anyone?)

Audio

Our composer Omri Lahav, doesn't stop improving existing tracks and recording new material. Expect a lot of new material in the next alpha release!
Recent addition to our ranks, Evan Bogunia, has been recording additional sounds. This week he has recorded sounds for horses.

Check back next Monday for more 0 A.D. development news!
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Posted 30 July 2012 - 10:59 AM

Note: if the video is not working, check back again later today.
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#3 MishFTW

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 12:46 PM

It works. Well done (y)
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Posted 30 July 2012 - 12:53 PM

It's fascinating how much is accomplished in just a week. I think up you can stir up quite a buzz with these reports if you don't burn yourself out from doing them so frequently. Consider doing them bi-weekly if you feel you are running out of material.

Also, that pillar looks rad. Is it normal/parallax mapped? I hope it will be.
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#5 ac892006

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 01:36 PM

Great work .
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Posted 30 July 2012 - 02:39 PM

Once again very nicely written plumo. An entertaining and informative read even for those of us on the team (y)
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Posted 30 July 2012 - 02:43 PM

Also, that pillar looks rad. Is it normal/parallax mapped? I hope it will be.

My thought exactly. If someone can direct me to the high-poly model of that statue, I'd love to have a stab at it.
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Posted 30 July 2012 - 02:54 PM

it's always a pleasure to read these reports :)
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Posted 30 July 2012 - 08:57 PM

Also, that pillar looks rad. Is it normal/parallax mapped? I hope it will be.

Yeah, 26.764 polys for a single pillar is overkill, even if it's a wonder. :P So I believe it'll be normal mapped the right way! Right from the high-poly model baked into a low-poly one! It'll look awesome!
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#10 plumo

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 09:00 PM

The low poly version is 360 polygons.
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Posted 30 July 2012 - 09:04 PM

We also got some coverage on http://planet.freegamedev.net/

They posted both reports.
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#12 Jeru

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 09:45 PM

It's an automatic aggregator :)
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Posted 30 July 2012 - 11:06 PM

God, the Mauryan Indian pillar is wonderful ! This goes beyond game-making, it's pure archeological modeling! Seriously amazing... :o
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 07:59 AM

It's an automatic aggregator :)


Auch. :fool:
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 10:40 AM

:cheers: well done
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:12 PM

I feel kind of bad since I found myself excited about the introduction of cheats. I get what the Big Daddy will be (that is going to be so awesome!), but I'm afraid I don't get what the other two are supposed to be (pow? e=mc^2 troop?). Is there a post somewhere that describes what they are?
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:15 PM

@TheArchive

I was jokingly referring to the cheats in the original age of empires :) ( although I'd like to see them ingame as well!)

pow was a baby on a tricycle, and e=mc2 trooper was a kind of trooper/soldier.
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Posted 04 August 2012 - 08:31 AM

The new elephants animations look really nice in game :)
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