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Fast forward

We have some happy things to announce! I don’t even know when to post this entry, looks like every day something important happens πŸ™‚
If you are curious, we have hit our 650-th code commit. The development is really fast this days.
We are working to have really easy and rich interface for a player to interact with. Vaporice fixed our internal console so that it accepts pythonic input, and Domtron Vox provided scrolling map with a mouse (plus using some fancy cursors) instead of binding the camera to the character, like it was before. And thanks to Beliar we finally have a really nice game menu, and after a long time, player is finally able to solve the beer quest! (its more than a simple quest – the result varies, depending on the quality of the resources used when brewing the beer)
We are still working on many essential features, it is quite normal state of things when starting. But really having this game both basically playable and good looking (maybe even ready for building a part of an actual content, who knows…) is a step that proves the philosophy of the project works as expected.
Starting an adventure in the Graphics Department should be less confusing for all the new artists, hopefully. From managing and coordinating a host of scattered ToDo lists, we switched to working mainly with the tickets. There has been also a small cleanup made in the docs, so that all the important things are now in the wiki. Β Learning and searching for something interesting to do should be really easy now. We are also willing to make inter-department work easier, mostly between the writers and graphics department to produce high quality artwork.
Any plans for the nearest future, you may ask? Well, we are preparing for a major step in the code development – implementing of the RPG mechanics. πŸ™‚ And what is going on in the Graphics Department? Well, strangely enough, Q_x announced he will make a prototype of a novel music playback engine, that will change the uninterrupted playback accordingly to what is going on inside the game.
As always we’re waiting with our arms wide open for as many new crew members, as our forums and IRC channel can handle. Dear reader, if you think this is a good idea to have a game like this – it looks like we need some help really badly now. And if you want to help this project to become a part of our common reality, be prepared for a really cheerful welcome πŸ™‚

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Mirror, mirror on the wall …

… who has the fairest portrait of them all? Heya and welcome to yet another PARPG news update.

Let’s start with a little disclaimer before we take a closer look at the events of the last two weeks. I’ve mentioned this in the past but as days since the last news update have been quite productive for us, there is more and more progress that I could cover in such a news update. But the news updates would take far longer to write and would be very long-winded if I would actually do that. This said: if you’re interested in all the little details, there are various ways to stay up to date:

I’ll try to avoid missing any major contributions but sometimes it simply happens, especially in busy weeks. If you want to see something specific featured in a news update, simply give me a gentle pointer by posting in the news update thread at the forums.

Project management department

With the project growing and growing over time and considering there has been quite some developer fluctuation it gets harder and harder to coordinate the departments and to keep track of progress and tasks we still have to take care of. Our programming department copes pretty well with it though despite a whole bunch of developers who are involved in the field. This is mostly due using the Trac software for coordination and progress tracking purposes.

While we were a bit worried about using Trac for all departments as it takes some time to figure out how to use it, alternative workflows turned out to be more complicated and/or frustrating. So we’ve started to move more and more tasks to Trac tickets so we can keep track of who’s working on what, which tasks have already been tackled and which ones we still have to take care of before we can tag a milestone as completed. We’re aware that this will be a rather long process but this announcement is basically the first step to utilize Trac more and more as it’s pretty much impossible to handle such a complex project otherwhise. If you’re interested in the details that lead to this conclusion, check out the discussion at the forums.

Programming department

The programmers have agreed upon establishing a short weekly round table meeting to talk about who is currently working on what and to clear up any questions and problems that came up in the process of tackling these tasks. The meetings take place every Saturday, 6PM GMT at the IRC channel of the project. If you’re interested in the results of first two weekly meetings recently held, check out the meetings section at the wiki.

Our programming staff was able to implement a couple of new features and fixes over the course of the last two weeks. Saritor, who has been around for quite some time, submitted a larger map change patch so you can finally move to other maps now (and back again as well) without crashing PARPG. As the other devs were quite pleased with Saritor’s contributions, he’s now a core developer on the team. Which is basically just a fancy term for a developer who has earned the special trust of the others and therefore gains write access to the SVN repository. Congrats and we’re looking forward to tackling this project together πŸ™‚

New Python developer on the team Vaporice has started to flesh out a proposal how the quest engine could work in PARPG. The submitted code can be now found in SVN after it had been reviewed. And there are more good news to cover: Kaydeth recently fixed save and load functionality so you can finally save the game and load it again as well.

Writing department

Zenbitz recently revamped the starting page of the writing department at the wiki. It should be a bit easier for new interested writers to get started now.

This said: he also worked on ingame dialog and the drunkard character now features his written lines. Feel free to check it out yourself by testing the latest SVN version of PARPG. For those who don’t mind waiting until the techdemo release, here’s at least a sneak peek: Drunkard dialog

Graphics department

Concept artist Gaspard got inspired by zenbitz and recently started to clean up the graphics department starting page as well. In the meanwhile Zimble documented the settings of the Blender rendering setup at the wiki. At the moment we’re trying to attract additional 3d artists and as we don’t want to limit them to using a specific 3d modeling package, we have to figure out how to recreate the setup in terms of camera position, shadows/lighting, etc. in different 3d tools. Hopefully somebody can actually use the documented information to set up his favourite tool for PARPG and start to contribute art to the project.

While there have been ups and downs in all departments, the graphics department, especially the 3d art section of it has caused us some major headaches simply because there is a lot of content to be created for our first techdemo and the number of active developers in this department is rather small. We’re still hoping that more 3d artists get interested in PARPG but the first public release might actually help to spread the word about the project and reach artists who didn’t know about the project before. Let’s see how that works out.

We recently added a screenshot section to our wiki gallery, so feel free to check it out. Right now there is only one screenshot (the drunkard dialog) but I’m sure that it will fill up nicely over the course of the next weeks. This said: there is more new content to see at the gallery. Gaspard also created a whole bunch of new character portraits. Here are just two of them; the others can be found at the gallery.

Hatman by Gaspard

Hatman by Gaspard

That’s all for today. Next news update scheduled for Monday, 16nd of November. See you then πŸ™‚

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