The Epic Tale of Level Generation Conundrum

Or so it seems right now. Ah, procedural generation, Oh how I love you, and how I loathe you. It’s a great solution ensuring that no two playthroughs will be the same. It’s a method that allows potentially infinite amount of different levels without the hassle of making as many by hand. But right now I oh so wish I went with handmade levels instead. Here’s all the iterations I went though, why they didn’t work, and what I intend to do about it.

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We've got a new website!

We’ve got ourselves a new website! Well, I did, truth be told. I’m a one man studio after all. But speaking in plural does sound more professional, doesn’t it? The Tumblr blog will still be there, of course, I have no intention of getting rid of it. Everything will simply be cross-posted between those two.

This website, with me having access to its code, to every single little feature, is much more elastic and can be expanded upon. Which may be needed, were I to add a download for some early versions of the game, or other things like that. That’s really it for this post. No major breakthroughs on the front of OneGun itself. I may have an idea on how to make the room spawning actually work, but I’ll need to run some math on that first. See you in the next update!

In the meantime, you may want to subscribe to our Newsletter. Nothing is being sent out right now, but I hope to use it to inform you of any major updates, so you don’t have to check this blog every day.

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Development state video #2 — 06.03.2017

This one is more of an update, really. First of all, I finally managed to fix the issue with chests not opening. Turns out it was an issue with a random integer being randomized with every check on the algorithm, so when it was checking “is it 0? Is it 1? Is it 2?” the result could be “false” with each pass. Thankfully changing that if tree for a switch fixed the issue.

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Development state video #1 — 15.02.2017

There hasn’t been many updates recently, right? Well, you will be delighted to hear, that I am now on a spring break, and that means aaaaall the time in the world I need. And that time will be used to improve this here lil’ project of mine. What’s next in store? Well, I’m currently working on level generation. I almost got it working too. When that’s done, I’ll add some more rooms,a few basic enemies (or I’ll stick to the practice targets for the time being, we’ll see) and probably, maybe, possibly release an early pre-alpha demo or something. See you soon, in further updates!

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Devnote Friday #7

Today with less content and more plans. I thought it’s still worth noting both the progress and the plans, ad futuram rei memoriam. Today no gifs, just me talking about short-term goals for OneGun (this name really did stick, didn’t it?)

Battling current issues

I still, for the love of me, can’t get the practice targets to reset on a push of a button. I know how to do it, it did work if it was just set on a timer in the target’s actor itself, but when it needs to be activated via external means? Not looking so hot. Also, I’m trying to make a beam of a variable length as one of environmental hazards. In one of the previous posts you could even see it. It was initially achieved using a cylinder with no collisions, that detected when a player is overlapping it. The problem with that solution was that the beam would have to have a static length and could not be blocked by, say, a crate. That’s why I opted for a raycasting method instead. And it works. What doesn’t, is the particle beam effect, that passes through walls. I need to find a way to stop it at a location of the raycast’s hit. Last but not least, I noticed that even when the health variable has a range of 0-100, being healed for 10 points when having 99 health will put you at 109 in total. Which should not happen. I need to find a way to fix it as well.

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