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November 21, 2017

GearHead RPG

Going to Kaigai Manga Festa Again

Cover of “Sci-Fi San Francisco” by Chuck Whelon

Tomorrow I’m heading to Tokyo for the Kaigai Manga Festa, where you’ll be able to find me at table F-2. After I get back to Korea next week I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to finish off the much-delayed next release of GearHead2, and after that I’m going to try to get a minimally playable mecha combat scenario done for GearHead Caramel in time for Christmas.

In other comics news, I have a story in the upcoming Sci-Fi San Francisco anthology which is now on Kickstarter. There are a lot of very talented people involved so check it out if that’s the kind of thing you’re into.

by Joseph Hewitt at November 21, 2017 02:57 PM

November 20, 2017

SuperTuxKart

SuperTuxKart 0.9.3 released

After months of work, we are proud to announce the final release for SuperTuxKart 0.9.3, the latest version of the kart racing game!

Official poster child Tux in his grown-up form

Official trailer video


This new version brings in several new tracks, karts and features. Some of the highlights include new tracks "Cornfield Crossing" a track set in a farm; "Candela City", a nighttime track in an European city; and "Las dunas stadium", a new arena for battle mode. Most of those tracks have been part of previous gift packages, and as promised we are now making them available for everyone.

Cornfield Crossing


Another major news is that for the first time, SuperTuxKart is available on Android! You can find it in the Google app store.
Or you can download it from SourceForge.

Our karts have also been updated, including new graphical effects such as headlights and exhaust smoke. Several karts have also been updated: Wilber, Hexley and Konqi have been updated, and a new kart was added: Kiki, the mascot for Krita.

Konqi and Kiki

You can also support us and get 3 upcoming maps by donating to the project. Our lead artist Samuncle handcrafted one track and two arenas especially for Halloween.

On top of that, the game has received countless bugfixes and improvements, including physics improvements and graphical optimisations that should help performance and load times. 

Many of you will undoubtedly be curious to hear about networked multiplayer. This feature has been in development for quite some time and a lot of progress has been made. We even had a LAN-only version in a playable state, but when testing it on various hardware platforms and environments, too many people reported unacceptable stuttering, so we have decided not to pursue this any further and wait for the WAN version (which will of course also work in a LAN). But stay tuned for more information on networked games in a future release!


And from the feedback we heard we also know that many people are waiting for the Steam release of SuperTuxKart. We can also give some updates about this: we have done some initial work to get SuperTuxKart working in a Steam environment, so it can pick up your username, and even your avatar. But the main issue we have is actually a legal one: in order to publish a game on Steam we need to have a company. And while it is reasonable easy to create a small company in Australia, the main problem is the liability: what if SuperTuxKart should have a bug, wiping out a user's data, and we then get sued? Obviously no one of us wants to risk their private assets because of that (admittedly an unlikely and extreme case). So we need proper legal advice (with all its assorted costs) before we can proceed with the Steam release 😭

Candela city


You can find the downloads for your favorite platform on our website at https://supertuxkart.net/Download. As always, if you wish to contribute, you can check our Get Involved portal to contribute art, code or translations, or donate and receive a gift package as our thanks for your contribution.

The full changelog for this version can be found below:

  • Reduced RAM and VRAM usage, reducing load times by Auria and Benau
  • New mesh format optimized for space and hardware skinning
  • Code refactoring of both render pipelines by Benau and Elderme
  • New karts Wilber and Hexley by Jymis
  • New karts Kiki and updated Konqi by Benau
  • New tracks Cornfield Crossing and Candela City by samuncle
  • Physics improvements and various physics bugfixes by hiker
  • Kart GFX improvements (exhaust and headlight)
  • In-game screen recording powered by libopenglrecorder, created by Benau
  • High quality mipmap generation by Stragus
  • New smoother camera by Auria
  • New Grand Prix win scene
  • Gamepad configuration bugfixes
  • 3 Strikes Battle: added spare tire karts
  • Various improvements (wall driving fixes, parachutes, GP points, cannon fixes, colorization shader)


The SuperTuxKart team

by noreply@blogger.com (Auria) at November 20, 2017 02:26 AM

November 19, 2017

Freeciv-web

Freeciv-web: One Turn per Day game XII started!

Freeciv-web: One Turn per Day game XII started!

This epic game will take place on the map of Europe, with up to 300 human players! Each player will play one turn every day.

 

Join Freeciv-web: One Turn per Day game XII here!

 

 

 

by freecivweb at November 19, 2017 04:25 PM

Zero-K

Campaign Week 5 - Hovercraft and Amphibious Bots

This week of the campaign is a two-for-one combo with the release of missions for two factories. These missions show various aspected on mixed land/sea combat with hovercraft and amphibious bots. Tell us what you think in the feedback thread: http://zero-k.info/Forum/Thread/24469

Zero-K is doing well on itch.io, we were entered into the featured list and are doing well in popularity. We are still low on ratings so get an account and rate our page at https://zerok.itch.io/zero-k if you have not yet done so.

Shield visuals have finally been rewritten in LUPS. These shields have a much lower performance drain and, while they may look a bit basic looking at the moment, the change will allow us to further improve their visuals in the future.

Balance


Dominatrices now inflict 95% capture progress on their subordinates when they die, making the newly freed units easy to recapture by any surviving Dominatrix.

Tweaked Racketeer missile physics to make it take about 10% longer to hit its target. This is intended to make Racketeer less effective at nullifying bombers.

Centralized commander shield positions. Convict and Thug shields are 18 elmos higher.

Structures can no longer teleport (nobody noticed that they could).

November 19, 2017 06:27 AM

November 18, 2017

Zero-K

Zero-K itch.io release

The itch.io release push is complete. Thanks to everyone who contributed, commented or configured the page. Here is the link: https://zerok.itch.io/zero-k

How does this affect those here? Many reading this already have Zero-K. Well, itch.io is potentially a way to gain players but it takes a little interaction on our part. If people could
  • Create itch account and rate or review our itch page,
  • Refer friends/strangers via our itch page,
  • Generally be whatever a "Mobilized Fanbase" is,
then we should climb in the itch rankings and be seen by many more people. You need itch to rate or review but it seems worth getting in any case, it's like a game jam that never stops giving.

November 18, 2017 02:27 AM