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May 18, 2015

Hedgewars

Anyone feel like testing a beta?

As usual w/ betas, we haven't added much content yet, art might change etc. If anyone has content they totally feel should be included, feel free to package something up. Ideally as a proper hwp for easy testing/inclusion.

Anyway, after firing up the Windows VM and issuing the usual imprecations, the following was produced:
Windows 0.9.22-BETA1

As usual, Linux users are hopefully using:
Building on Linux
to stay up to date, and OSX users are SOL until an OSX user does a build.

To do your own build, please use revision c6cf08ee999e (hg pull -u;hg up -r c6cf08ee999e;cmake .;make install)

by nemo at May 18, 2015 10:33 PM

FAR Colony

Alpha 10 - iteration#04: Colony Levels + Faction Levels + Star System Control Rules

I paused a bit the audit of the SPM to finalize two part of the SPM I never completely worked: the Faction's Levels and the rules that manage the control of a star system.
These two points can be optional for the scope of the first phase of the game, but they are core parts of the SPM, so since the iteration 4 is about this system, better to complete it.
I also finally completed the design and conditions rules for the colony levels and go to implement them too.

Each colony is ranked in size and political importance by the using of levels, which goes from 1 to ten. Here's the short description of them:

  1. Outpost:  minimum population = 1+
  2. Base:  minimum population = 11+
  3. Community:  minimum population = 101+
  4. Settlement:  minimum population = 1,001+
  5. Major Colony:  minimum population = 10,001+
  6. Local State:  minimum population = 100,001+
  7. Regional State:  minimum population = 1,000,001+
  8. Federated States:  minimum population = 10,000,001+
  9. Continental State:  minimum population = 100,000,001+
  10. Unified World:  minimum population = 1,000,000,001+ 
Out of population requirements there are another ones, like the control of the orbital object's regions, that aren't displayed there.

These levels aren't used only to rank a colony but are (or will) be used for mega projects of infrastructures and others parts of the game.

The ranking is entirely automated, there's no need of a particular action of the player to "level up".

Like for colonies, factions have levels too.
It determine the rank and capability of a faction in space, and it is used mostly in foreign relations, the SPM policies and also future space megascale projects.

Here's the short description of the levels:
  1. Isolated Colony: the faction own only one colony
  2. Space Nation: the faction own more than one colony, all two located in the same star system, and doesn't control this same star system.
  3. Micro-Federation: the faction have more than two colonies located in the same and/or another star systems. Also the faction can also have two colonies located in two different star systems.
    Additionally the faction doesn't control any star system.
  4. Minor Space Power: the faction control one star system
  5. Space Power: the faction control 2 star systems
  6. Major Space Power: the faction control 3 to 4 star systems
  7. Federation: the faction control 5 to 10 star systems
  8. Macro-Federation: the faction control 11 to 20 star systems 
  9. Empire: the faction control more than 20 star systems
The level's description aren't very original, isn't it? :)

As you can see, the requirement of most of the faction levels are linked to the control of star systems.

This control indicate which faction has a predominance, on a space level, onto a star system.

There are 3 states:
  • Uncontrolled: the star system isn't controlled by any faction
  • Under Control of x: the star system is under control of the faction x
  • Contested Control by a, b,...: more than one faction have the control of the system
To determine if a faction has control or not, a set of rules must be applied, if they all pass, the faction gain the control.

Beside that I working, also on the design level, of the overhaul of the matrix of influence between all memes and policies of the game, with revised and better allocated modifiers.
 The new ones will provide more variations in the results.

I will implement the changes into the XML file when I will complete the overhaul.

That's all for now, stay tuned and thanks for your interest.

by Jeff B (noreply@blogger.com) at May 18, 2015 03:30 PM

OpenArena

Web Server Going Down For Rebuild Monday May 18th @ 6pm CDT

Hello all, you probably rarely hear from me, but I am the hosting provider for this website.  I wanted to let everyone on here know that our primary server is going to be going down for a complete rebuild tomorrow Monday May 18th, 2015 @ 6pm CDT.  This downtime is expected to last at least 4 hours.  However, depending how things get shuffled around, this site may be moving to the alternate server which would reduce the downtime significantly.  If this site is on the list to be transferred, I will keep you all posted.

by fuzztooth at May 18, 2015 02:08 AM

May 13, 2015

FreeGamer

Limit Load, new arcade combat flight simulator

Stealth development might not be very "open-sourceish", but it sometimes makes for some nice surprises in our project showcase forum.

This time it was the completely new open-source game Limit Load, self described as:
A cockpit flight game that is more of an arcade than a sim. The game is built on the Panda3D game engine. It is similar to the ancient games like the classic Wings or the very good Strike Commander. The story and the atmosphere are important elements of the game, so a lot of focus is placed on that too.
Here is some in-game action and it seems quite polished already for such a new game:


Licensing of assets is still a bit of a grey area it seems, but they are fully aware of it:
The game code is licensed under GPL 3, and custom-made game assets under CC-by-SA 4.0. Some of the assets were taken from "free" (as in "not sure in which way") sources on the Internet, so their licensing situation is unclear. Eventually these should be cleared for use or replaced.
So where is my VR kit? :D

by noreply@blogger.com (Julius) at May 13, 2015 02:17 PM