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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Update 29 - Dungeon Colony Version 0.1.7.33

Minor Bug Fixes: 

  • Fixes Bug with tool-tip being displayed on the map, even if the mouse is over a window. 
  • Fixes Bug with wall objects, like the torch, being placed on the ground rather than on the wall. 
  • Fixes Bug With Events for objects that are out of the reach of your creatures.
  • Fixes Bug With Main Menu Button Displays. 
  • Fixes Bug Loading Traps.

 Upgrades: 

  • Updated the Crafting Mouse-Icon.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Update 28 - Dungeon Colony Version 0.1.7.27

This update includes a lot of new art, an upgraded auto-tile system and improved random-map-generator. 

Ground Tiles

The previous tile system used a simple Auto-Tile approach, but was limited and didn't allow to cover single tiles. This new set of tiles uses an 8-bit approach to check neighboring tiles for overlapping material. Currently, tiles overlap based on the Hierarchy: Grass over Dirt over Rock over Water. There is also a bigger selection of tiles to choose from, making it more diverse and expandable for future tile combinations. Here are a couple of screenshots:

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UI Art

The UI also received a refresh. Every window/frame now has a border. The window can be dragged with the mouse by dragging the border and allows the player to place windows strategically to better control the dungeon and other game controls at the same time. Additionally the inventory cell background sprites have been improved: The following screenshot shows these improvements:

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Update 27 - Dungeon Colony Version 0.1.7.25

Today's update adds new structure to the behavior of the workers. When workers carry resources or objects to a storage container, such as the chest or the workbench, they will decide what to do if there is a problem. For example, if they arrive and find that the chest is destroyed or if it is full, then they may try to find another chest to store items in .
Additioanlly, sometimes you may not want your workers to put certain items into a container. A new feature now allows you to designate and control what can be stored in a container.
You can either select the items that can be stored in the container while ignoring all others. Or you can set the items that are not allowed in the container while allowing everything else. This is done by using the following new window - From the Inventory window click on the settings button. In the new window, you have two lists: The left list are all the items you have discovered. The right list allows you to set which items can be stored within the selected container:
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Update 26 - Dungeon Colony Version 0.1.7.19

This update brings some bug-fixes to load and save functionality; thanks to 'Garthy' at tigsource.com for discovering these bugs. 

log: 

  • Fixes bugs with loading and saving games.
  • Rearranges some Recipe-book items.
  • Renames Master's and Worker's beds.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Update 25 - Dungeon Colony Version 0.1.7.17

This weekend update brings a few new additions as well as some more bug fixes. 

1.)

First, there are 2 new resource types - Sand and Steel:

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Raw iron can be mined and processed into iron rods by melting it in a furnace. The resulting iron rod can be further processed into Steel. Steel replaces a few different blueprint requirements. Since cast iron can produce 5 steel bars, a treasure chest, for example, now uses 4 steel instead of 4 iron - making it far easier to build. 

2.) 

Next is the new Fire Bowl. A fire bowl can be made from Steel plates as follows:

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It provides an additional light source to your dungeon and is more durable and more difficult to destroy by enemies. 

Sand, on the other hand, does not yet have any uses; but that will change in the near future. Soon, Steel and Sand will both be processed in the furnace. 

3.)

Additionally, due to the new recipes which overfilled the recipe book, new scroll functionality is now available next to the close button:

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You can click on these two buttons to scroll up and down the list of craft-able objects. In addition, you can use the mouse-wheel or the shortcut keys 'Up' and 'W' for up and 'Down' and 'S' for down.

Finally, some small bugs with worker-behavior are now fixed, which caused the game to crash when executed.

If you haven't already, visit DungeonColony.com and download the free alpha. 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Update 24 - Dungeon Colony Version 0.1.7.16

This update includes bug fixes and new animations.

Go to DungeonColony.com to download Dungeon Colony - Alpha free!

Whenever the worker performs an action which requires to carry resources or objects from one place to another, the following animation now shows the worker's bag lifted over the shoulder:

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Bug fixes include:

 - Fixed bug when selecting Entities at special locations as well as when cycling through multiple entities overlapping each other.

 - Fixed bug with enemy walking speed. 

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Update 23 - Dungeon Colony Version 0.1.7.13

New tiles are in. The Grass tile has been re-visited and transitions are now made between tile types: Grass grows over dirt. New tile types coming soon, so stay tuned for more updates. 

Visit DungeonColony.com to download the latest Dungeon Colony - Alpha free. 

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Update 22 - Dungeon Colony Version 0.1.7.11

Dungeon Masters!

This weekend update brings big improvements to the game engine, especially in terms of the inventory UI and how objects are handled on the game map. Along the way, I cleaned up a lot of code that needed cleaning and fixed some nasty bugs at the same time. Its a gloomy day which calls for more coding with nyan cat so stay tuned for some new announcements. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Update 21 - Dungeon Colony Version 0.1.7.9

Got a new clay Pot added to the list of craft-able items:

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It requires 4 clay to produce 4 pots. For now you can craft them anywhere, but soon you will have to burn them in the furnace. For a list of all items check out the wiki

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Update 20 - Dungeon Colony Version 0.1.7.7

In this version, I finally fixed the last known issue in the new light-engine and also added a new object - the barrel. At the moment it's just another container, but soon it will hold liquids too. 

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Other updates include:

  • Made speed also a function of weight carried
  • Fixed issue with skills for all speed attributes
  • Continued work on map design and main quest design 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Update 19 - Dungeon Colony Version 0.1.7.4

Yea, this update has the same version number as the last update, little mistake.

This fixes another bug with the new light engine. But I also discovered one more bug, which I will tackle another time. Also continued design work on the main quest =)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Update 18 - Dungeon Colony Version 0.1.7.4

I started counting the posts, mainly because I love counting and numbering stuff! This update includes some important bug fixes for the new light engine and some others:

  • A few issues with caching which displayed the wrong cached result on different occasions resulting in incorrect shadows
  • Sometimes, workers would steal the bed of the Dungeon Master! Bad Minions!! 
  • Also the dungeon master wasn't able to reach his bed on certain occasions, which were problems of the pathfinder.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Update 17 - Dungeon Colony Version 0.1.7.1

This release adds significant performance increases to the new light engine by caching light mask textures which can be reused, rather than recalculating and blending each light source on every update.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Version 0.1.7.0 - New Light Engine

Hi Everyone, 

The new light engine is out!

Dungeon Colony is a game about Dark Dungeons: one main game element is to create a dark atmosphere that the player can light up using different light sources he/she can craft. If no light is present the Dungeon is pitch black.  

This version completes the upgrade to the new Light Engine v1.0. It completely replaces the previous engine which was a prototype in terms of how the environment should feel. The new light engine uses 2D hard edge shadow blending techniques that distribute light more naturally than the previous engine. Currently, wall corners emit shadows which are generated dynamically. 

This first release of the Light Engine will remain as is for a short while to debug any issues with the shadows and to test performance on large maps with many light sources. Since the player can add as many lights as desired, this could bring down the performance. But if it's stable and performance is acceptable, I will upgrade the engine to include other elements (i.e. soft shadow edges, better blending of multiple lights, colors, sizes, moving lights etc.).

Below is a screenshot of a new light scene: 

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If you haven't tried out Dungeon Colony yet, download the free alpha at DungeonColony.com. Follow me on twitter for the latest development updates.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Version 0.1.6.34 - Dungeon Colony

In this version you can now find an additional way for picking up objects that are laying on the floor. Before you had to select the resource and point to where your workers would carry them. Now, with this new functionality you can select the box in which to store an item and then use the Store Button:

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This changes the cursor into a hand and every item you click on the map will be picked up by a worker and transported to that container. Well, that is only if there is enough room in the box and if your workers aren't already busy doing other stuff.

Additionally, there is a new background image for the GUI !!

Check it out and download the free alpha at DungeonColony.com.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Version 0.1.6.32 - Dungeon Colony

This version adds an improved object-placement preview. For example, before placing a torch on a wall to light up your dungeon, you can now preview where the torch can be placed by moving the cursor over the sides of the wall tiles: 

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If you haven't tried out Dungeon Colony yet, download the free alpha at DungeonColony.com. Follow me on twitter for the latest development updates.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Version 0.1.6.27 - New weapon and ranged attack for worker

Since the introduction of the new Archer enemy, foes in the game have had the upper hand. To give your workers a chance to defend against ranged attacks you can now craft a new weapon and ammo type, the Sling and Stone Ballsimage   image

To equip the new weapon, select the worker and click the Equip button. The worker will then search and grab the weapon and ammo wherever you stored it in your dungeon: image

Together, the worker can launch deadly ranged attacks against any enemy in sight. 

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This is especially good when your workers are outside in the wilderness gathering resources such as food, meat, fur or wood. Inside the dungeon, corridors make ranged attacks more difficult, but that also applies to enemies.   

This version also fixes a big list of bugs, adds a bit more balancing, and simplified the UI once again. 

If you haven't tried the game yet, download the Alpha free at DungeonColony.com

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Download Dungeon Colony without registration

Since the public alpha release of Dungeon Colony, the feedback has been very positive. Thank you for such great feedback and please keep testing and sending me your comments ;-). 

Now you can download the game without registration by visiting the public alpha Download page. To unlock the game save functionality you need to register a username to get the in game passcode. That is still free during alpha, so go and visit the home page, play the game, and if you like it, register free. 

Also, a new version (0.1.6.18) is out with a few bug fixes and new graphics. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Version 0.1.6.17 - New Enemy, Sounds and Wiki

The new version of Dungeon Colony is out: Version 0.1.6.17. 

It's been a while since my last post, in part because a couple of friends and I entered the recent Ludum Dare group competition. Check out our game here. The contest went for 72 hours and the theme was Evolution. 

The new version of Dungeon Colony includes a range of bug fixes as well as three new upgrades: 

  1. Dungeon Colony Wiki. This new page is the first wiki publish and contains most of the game entities and explains more or less what they do. This will be a work in progress.
  2. New Enemy: Archer - The archer is a new hero enemy unit and spawns from the village on the world map. Though weaker than the other enemies, the ranged attack makes this a fierce contender. He carries a limited amount of arrows making him an easy target once he runs out of ammo. Archer
  3. First Sound Effects for your creatures. (Moods) - I have added some new sound effects for your creatures which play on different behavioral occasions (such as eating, sleeping, grunting, alerting, dying…). At the moment there are only sounds for the player’s creatures. More will be added gradually. The sound effects have been created by Donald Hanson. Check out his website for more amazing art and music samples he created.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

New Feature - Map Generator

Dungeoneers!

If you haven't noticed by now, when you started a game, you always played the same map and dungeon layout. This layout was drawn by hand and each pixel in the image was then replaced by the actual map tile when loading a new game. This is all nice and dandy, but gets boring really fast.  

Since the last release I have worked on a map generator which replaces the hand drawn map. Using procedural map generation, the algorithm tries to reproduce the same elements used in the drawn version, but attempts to make it more natural or diverse. The first screenshot is the actual drawn image that was used until release 0.1.6.11. Grass is green, and white is mountain. Here any white pixel is replaced by either dirt or stone. The black shapes are empty caves.

Old Hand Made Map:

 Old Hand Made Map

The New Map Generator produced the following set of random samples. 

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The first image looks like a drooling face... but more importantly, maps have many shapes and sizes. The road on the map shows the path enemies will take to find your dungeon. The brown and gray colors within the  mountain indicate what type of material it is. The black shapes within the mountain are small undiscovered caves (which may hold treasure). 

Try it out, help me find bugs, & give me your feedback. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Dungeon Colony 0.1.6.6 Released

This version includes the recently mentioned character Skills and XP Upgrade. To find out more read the quick intro at tigforum.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

This weekend I started extending the game with new logic: Experience and Leveling.

Your creatures will gain experience points based on what they are doing. Certain activities, such as lumbering, mining or fighting, all produce XP points when performed and are collected separately (XP for mining goes in one bucket and so on...). When one type of activity is performed enough, it will level up; This way each type can be configured to level faster or slower than other's depending on how valuable the activity is. To do that, the next level is determined by an exponent. Leveling gives the player skill point(s) which can be exchanged for some common but also rare awesome skills (not yet included - skills will become available over time)

This will be the basic architecture and will be released soon. Some advanced elements I want to try out may be:

  • Diminishing returns on ignored activities
  • Auto assign selected skills to your minions when available 
  • New skill options through research and research points

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

kritter fixes & 0.1.6.3 posted

Posted a new version (0.1.6.3) that fixes some issues when loading games. This fix repaired several reference issues and should hopefully make all the saved games work which everyone has already created. If you are still heaving problems, send me a mail to SendMeBugs@dungeoncolony.com. I also fixed issues with game pause and how shortcuts behave when typing text. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

kritter fixes

I fixed one major bug that was really annoying that when you type text into a textbox, some shortcut keys would then trigger the shortcut like f for fullscreen.  Another bug which was also mentioned in the forums, didn't allow any input on pause. Some input is now possible, mainly the option menu controls

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Version 0.1.6 & Cloud Game Saving now available

Today marks the launch of version 0.1.6.0. This version completes the public alpha launch (Website, game updater and cloud storage). With cloud storage, users can request a passcode which allows them to store up to 4 games on the Dungeon Colony server. You must register to unlock a passcode. Register or Login to unlock the passcode now.

Finally I am going to turn my attention back to the game itself. The next release will be an item from the short term goals listed in the goals section here

Friday, July 20, 2012

New Game Starter

Here is another release for today: I just replaced the game files in the user profile with a game starter that works on Windows, Mac and Linux. This is a small Java program which uses Getdown to check for new game files and then downloads the ones that have been updated. That way, players can get new releases instantly and won't have to replace their outdated game files manually. 

Go register and download the game. It's a free download!

The next release will probably be the Cloud game save functionality. That will allow players to store their game online and let them play the from any computer using their account username and a passcode. This will also allow for easier debugging of individual issues since I can access player-game-files from a developer perspective. Of course, users will have the choice to opt out.

DungeonColony.com open for visits

I just published the DungeonColony.com website. You can create an account, download the game and find more info about the game itself and what the goals are to get it completed. If you enjoy what you see, please help spread the word. Thank you!

Monday, July 16, 2012

DUNGEON COLONY PUBLIC ALPHA LAUNCH

Dungeon Colony

After a few months of private alpha testing the prototype of Dungeon Colony was ready for the next milestone and, yesterday, I posted a new public alpha version on tigforums. This log will serve to keep track of development progress and to post announcements:

I am also going to launch the DungeonColony.com website by Friday, July 20th where more information about the game, background and goals can be found.

Also coming soon:

- A game launcher with automatic game updates of new builts for Win, Mac & Linux

- Cloud game save functionality for the dungeons you create