(February 2021) Monthly WIP Screenshot Thread

Hello everyone, time flies so fast, until February 2021. I originally hoped to complete the transplantation of the Android version of CSOL Cataclysm within 4 months, but it seems that I have to postpone it.
I’m not sure if the GIF animation can be played normally in the reply, as shown below:
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Some new screenshots:

The game does not use complex lighting techniques, but uses diffuse reflection and LightMap to handle static shadows.
Let me see what you all are doing! :wink:


I always thought mobile needed more decent shooters.

Have you done anything for gamepad support for the Android port, yet?

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Thanks for your comments. I haven’t done any improvement work in this area. In the future, it may provide users with logic to map gamepads. :face_with_raised_eyebrow:

For the record: One More Night WIP murder mystery game.


I’ve been working on upgrading to use the new 3.3 animation system for my game. Right now I have just been playing with the new features and testing some code in a simple editor, that way I can figure things out before I begin writing the final code to manage all of the animations in game where it really matters.

I just figured out how do animation blending, and made a short test showing a fox from sketchfab with nice animations doing a linear interpolation between walking and running. (pardon the blocks in his face and legs, those are hitbox geometries that get culled in-game)

I’m excited to work more with the new animation system , and am also looking forward to experimenting with Minie and the DyanmicAnimControl to hopefully simulate some realistic knockback and stagger effects for melee combat, explosions, and high-impact spells. I think this should be achievable but the challenging part may be integrating it with my current multiplayer networking setup.


Looks really good. :+1:

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Thanks! :slightly_smiling_face:

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looks nice :slight_smile:

yes, you should play with DAC while playing animations, its really fun ;p

i already did knockback and stagger effects, but not network based.


New abandoned mining area.


After two weeks of tracking down some physics bugs in a “gotta fix this bug to find this bug so I can fix it and find this other one” sort of way, I’m finally able to get back to some AI work. So far only the lowest level stuff but I’ve got the AI hooked up to the physics engine and can have a simple random walk behavior.

Walk some random direction for a random amount of time then pick a new direction. If a chicken gets blocked then the walk action is aborted and they can pick a new direction early.

…hopefully progress goes faster now that the basics are in place.


Started Advanced vehicles android build !

Grand Tourer after replacing wheels with BasicAlloyWheels


A little more progress on my AI chickens:

They can now eat food and stuff… and won’t wander too far from home. Still not very smart yet. I think perception events are the next major thing which will keep them from stupidly bumbling into food and still ignoring it.


How far are you planning to go with AI?

I never imagined how deep the puddle could be until I stepped in and nearly drowned.

I’m going to spend at least another 2-3 weekends on it and then re-evaluate where I am. Right now I’m just trying to get the base primitives in place and see where I want to go from there… but I have some requirements in mind to handle “whole world AI”.

I believe my current approach lets me mix and match AI types which means I can always swing back and do more advanced stuff later. But in any approach, mobs will have to be able to see, navigate, walk, interact, etc…

I think back to when I did mods for Neverwinter Nights and all of the cool creatures and characters we could make by scripting within that very basic system. If I can get that level of world interaction combined with a world-side scheduler for when AI is ‘far away’ then I’ll essentially be “done enough” for a Mythruna alpha.


That’s nice :slightly_smiling_face:

In your setup, how is the relation between AI script (behavior tree?) and physics steering behaviors (obstacle avoidance, wander,…)?

Where are you doing the steering? in mob body’s ControlDriver?

And last question, does the AI script have direct access to it’s physic body’s ControlDriver or communicate through ES via a component?

Currently, I’ve left the control driver “dumb” in that it’s pretty close to what the player control driver does. AI supplies input like turn and move. I reserve the ability to put more smarts in the driver but I need to see how other things pan out first. My general approach is to make everything as simple as possible until it needs to be less simple.

Right now the actions steer… which are the elements of some sequence to reach a goal.

Components are only necessary for communicating between systems through game objects. So in this case it’s not necessary because the “MobSystem” attached the control driver directly to the physics RigidBody and has direct access to it.

The mob driver is wrapped in an “Actor” interface for the AI to deal with. That lets it ask questions about things around it (what can it see?) it’s location, facing, etc…

Keep in mind that all of this is in flux. I’m trying out ideas based on a synthesis of 20 years reading about AI and playing with toys… so my fever-dream may all break down in the end and I rewrite it. I waffled between a few ideas for the last 2 years before waking up with a clear picture in my head two months ago or so.

Currently, there is this generic idea of goals. A mob has a goal selector that decides what it’s current goal should be. For a given goal, that mob will select a matching strategy which creates a plan (list of actions). A chicken’s plan for “eat food entity” will be different than a human’s plan for “eat food entity”… but the idea (goal) of “eat food entity” is pretty universal.

I currently have a naming problem that puts it all in question as suspect, though. Sometimes naming problems can be the sign of something deeper but for now I push on. (Naming problem is goal: Eat(thing) and action Eat(thing)… and using transitive verbs for goals (ToEat(thing)) is not completely satisfying.)

So while I’m confident that I could integrate all kinds of approaches on top of this (behavior trees, GOAP, state machines, etc.)… there is still the possibility that I scrap it all and start over at some point. :slight_smile:

Edit: note that for the really really curious, the code is available “early access” style to my patrons… just in case folks want to watch all of my screwups and backtrackings as they happen. lol. Since this will all be open source at some point (hopefully this year).


I see. That’s cool. :slightly_smiling_face:
Thank you so much for the detailed explanation.

Developing a collision system, for learning purposes and as a back-up incase any of the libraries I use start acting funny.


Working on a custom model and animation editor for my retro themed skateboarding game:

I never find the time to properly learn complex editors like Blender and I like creating tools so I made this from scratch. I hope it will speed up the design process in the long run becaue it is tailor made for this game.

P.S.: Happy 35th birthday Legend of Zelda :kissing_heart:


It looks very good, I like the exquisite picture quality of AAA games, and I also like this retro-style low poly rendering. :grinning: :wink:

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