Design Document – One Man’s Poison

Posted on December 7, 2017

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What happened to DIVERSE and MobleSRL? And what is OMP? An Update Going Forward Into The New Year

Posted on December 18, 2017

Let’s get straight to the points, shall we? The big Q: What is going on with DIVERSE? The answer to this one, is multi-stage, and significantly more complicated than the rest on this list.  The shortest version is that DIVERSE is technically a project by Helical Games and while I may post about things I work on for it here, it is not what I actually classify as a personal project oddly enough.  This may come as a rather bizarre distinction, given that manyRead More

WIP: Reconstructing/Re-Designing Aidan – Part 2 Re-working the Art Style for Diverse

Posted on July 2, 2017

So in the last post, I had completed the base mesh for the new design, and had UV Mapped the mesh for future texture work.  Now I’ll be taking that mesh into Mudbox to do detail sculpting. The short version of what Mudbox does, is it allows a modeler to increase the polygon/vertices count of a mesh into the millions without the heavy draw on memory that usually happens in rendering software.  Upping the count into the millions will essentiallyRead More

WIP: Reconstructing/Re-Designing Aidan – Part 1 Re-working the Art Style for Diverse

Posted on June 29, 2017

So I’ve been working on various aspects of DIVERSE for a while now,  and to this day I hadn’t been happy with the design of the main character.  Not on a basic design level you understand, Dylan Banks did a fantastic job on the original design, but on how the character had translated into a 3D mesh, which was my doing. So the purpose of this, still ongoing project, has been to rework the 3D implementation of the Aidan design, as wellRead More

Why Your Fan-game isn’t Fair Use and How to Fix that. Or: Why No Mario's Sky got busted

Posted on June 21, 2017

DISCLAIMER: I am not a lawyer, so do not take everything said here to be without fault. Please seek legal consult before making business decisions. So once again, Nintendo shuts down more than 500 indie/fan games that were using their IPs: http://fireside.gamejolt.com/post/dm…games-bzc9h583 This is of course perfectly within their legal right, and really based on trademark laws is actually required of them to maintain the mark, but a lot of fans and indie developers themselves seem to always cry foulRead More

MobileSRL – Game Preview Standalone – First Person Camera Test CrimsonStrife Games

Posted on January 17, 2017

The controls are still very much WIP. It handles like ass, and there are no flips/rolls or strafing available yet. So far I’m thinking this will turn out to be a pretty decent portfolio piece. I’m also providing public viewing access to the design documentation here: https://goo.gl/BPLdVW For those not familiar it is basically a living document that sets the initial restrictions and outlines the project, and will grow from there to fit the final product. Basically it’s your windowRead More

I was on a Podcast (Again) The Guardians of the Geekery Podcast

Posted on September 1, 2016

As part of their 100th Episode celebration, I along with 27 others from the roster of previous guests, joined the Guardians of the Geekery podcasters at a local bar for a bit of merriment. In This Segment: Podcast Intro with guest announcer Chris Jones Monologue with Jim Ryan Reading by Misty Massey Reading by John Hartness Song by Gamebreax with Omega Sparks and SWATS Podcaster Roast with Jim Ryan, John Hartness, Darryl Mansell, Jake Feurbach and Chuck Carte Diss JockeyRead More

Using VaRest to Connect UE4 to WordPress An Experiment

Posted on June 19, 2016

It works! Albeit a bit buggily. Once I work out the kinks, and have tested it on a live server rather than a local XAMP installation, I’ll post a full guide. For now, see below for some screenshots of the test, and of the JSON request blueprint.

Pseudo Localization An Experiment

Posted on June 14, 2016

Basically I’ve been working on a future-proofed system for getting rough localization into DIVERSE. It’s by no means very accurate, but it’s a good placeholder and it’s automatic more or less. It’s a series of charts that basically work in one of several possible ways: Auto Translate Translates the text you enter under main language to multiple languages. I treat these as pseudo translations only, as google translation barely takes context and grammar into consideration. Using these translations directly inRead More

HelicalGames.net site Work In Progress, 2016

Posted on March 24, 2016

Live here: HelicalGames.net Running on a WordPress installation, influenced by bungie.net