Minor narrative progress, sorting out which concepts I want to use in the engine demo and which of those I want to use in the larger 'full game'.
Now that the level editor is nearing completion, I'm working on refactoring. After the editor is fully finished, I plan to work on dialog trees. As I envision it, dialog should leave the player in full control of their normal gameplay, but add contextual features to some mechanics, such that walking away is just as much an option, and just as fluid as stopping to chat. No more, "Tell me more." > "Goodbye." Nonsense.
Hopefully, a non-blocking dialog system will allow the game to feel more fluid, and less clunky.
Spent some time designing clothes for the main characters, settling on a basic design theme and motif for the general direction I want to take the art. Won't show drawings until they're more finalized as I am a horrible artist.
To talk a little more about the art direction, think a cocktail of early 1900's style with a good infusion of magitech and militaristic design. Mechs and neon lights.
Nyuu myukunyinyo kuu ku nyui nyo. Yomyuo konyooki nyi yu myii nyiunyo. Nyo younyi myu myuurri sonyi so nyu.
Nothing of substance insofar as rules of grammar or script, but I have a fairly strong idea of what I want it to sound like, and how it would affect the accents of the alien folk. In the meanwhile, drafting a magic system where you grab objects that are on screen, convert to runic form, and spit it back.
See a lightning strike in the background? Press Y, stop time, get that glyph - add a gun - boom, lightning blaster.
Missed almost a week due to real world fun(!), But I'm back.
Today's update is mostly lore, instead of actual code. Solidifying a lot of concepts with the setting and game world's characters. How would magic change the modern day, rather than the past? What about the future? What if we have found life on other planets, and for once, it's not hostile? What if other planets found life on Earth? What communication gaps, technological gaps, cultural gaps, &c would we have?
A little bit of work went into creating a runic script, because everyone loves their conlangs. Probably going to solidify more tomorrow.
Previously, indexed sets of tiles only loaded from specially formatted tile strips, with height equivalent to the tile's height. Now tiles can be loaded from images extending in multiple directions. Mostly back-end stuff, so no pretty pictures today.