Bulwark Update 4: Plodding Along

Not a long update today. More of a screenshot dump :). Progress is coming along nicely. I spent a lot of time over the last week working on the GUI, pretty much reworked it and I’m pretty happy with the result. I’m not much of a designer though, pretty sure someone else could have done something much better.

Any way without rattling on too much.

New Features/What I’ve Actually Done.

I implemented some basic save and load functionality which I’m not going to extend unitl all the levels are complete.

I’ve started the second ‘world’ of levels and aim to be half way through the levels by the end of the week(probably won’t happen though).

I’ve also almost finished all of the artwork for the enemies, I have ONE final enemy to model and texture then just set up a bunch of variant prefabs and I’m happy. Then it’s onto additional environment models for the sake of detail.

I also spent a bit of time working on the health bars for everything. Think am gunna rework the system a little bit and allow for two different positions based on the orientation of the object it is attached to. This should ensure that my the health is always easy to read and a lot clearer.

I spent some time on the framework of code, did some things to hopefully improve performance, will have to see how that goes tho :).

I’m pretty sure that I’ve done more but for now I’ll leave it at that.

New Screenshots

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Bulwark Update 3: Minor Updates/A little bit about development

I was sat thinking this morning and I realized just how slow progress has been over the last couple of weeks. It’s remarkable how easily time gets away from you. I have been chipping away at bits of Bulwark and whilst I am getting there, I’m worried that I am not spending as much time as I should be trying to finish this up.

When I started this project it was a learning exercise that I aimed to complete in a relatively short time-span. However as I have progress the projects scope has increased greatly to a point where development is proving to be a challenge. I have to implement a new save-load system to accommodate for the player being either in VN state or game state and trying to ensure they can pick up where they left off. Not overly complex;but highly time consuming. This is the top of a never ending list of things to do, I have levels to build, a GUI to tweak a story to write and a whole other crazy load of things to do.

One vital element in developing a game is to stay positive and keep working, push yourself to complete one task every night you sit at your (sometimes dreaded) desk. There is always something to be done and one of the big benefits of being an independent developer is that I can just change roles at the drop of a hat. If some code is causing me to tear out my hair I can switch to the artwork or music, in theory this means I won’t burn out as fast. In reality however it can prove to be an incredibly exhausting experience, especially on days like this where I will be at work eight while eight then have to drive 30 miles home and work on Bulwark.

Developing a game independantly can be a great toll on life in general and it can be easy to question whether it’s worth the effort. I am well aware that I am but one of thousands of other developers, most of which are far more talented than myself. I am well aware that the odds are stacked heavily against me making any money from this endeavor. I know that I am having to sacrifice time with my fiancee, my son and the rest of my family.

So why put myself through it?

Simple really; I love games and I love making games. I guess it’s that childlike dream that I’ve always had of making games in my bedroom. I would love to see my game played by thousands, loved by many, and if it happens it happens and that will be a dream come true. The most important thing for myself, however, is that I have finished something, I will have something to show for my effort.

I guess my point here is simple. I make games because I want to and nothing will ever change that. If I were to offer one piece of advice to others making games alone, only do it while it’s fun. If your not having fun making your game then the chances of someone having fun while playing it are remarkably slim.

I didn’t actually mean to talk so much about this :/, apologies for the slight rambling/ranting tone. I just wanted to get some of these thoughts out of my head and out into the open.

Hopefully the next post will be a lot more to do with Bulwark and where I am with it :).

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. – Soren Kierkegaard

Bulwark Update 2: New Artwork

Been really really busy over the last couple of days. I have finished up all of the artwork for the core enemies(have some variants to do etc.) and have started work on some of the buildings that will be scattered around the environment.

I have completed the pathing for around 4/20 levels and am hoping to have the core levels completed by July/August.

I sent off my character descriptions to my character artist and have started to write the story script. In doing this I came to realize that I have to rethink my save/load strategy and re-implement the way the game progresses and the players access to levels at different times.

Balance is also proving to be something of a challenge I have come to learn that the smallest of changes can make the game damn near unplayable and frustratingly difficult. I plan to do a longer post on this some time in the future.

Meant to post this when I wasn’t half asleep so don’t really have much to say as my mind is slowly shutting down. I leave you with the new artwork for Bulwark. Enjoy :).

Enemies

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Tower

radar

Buildings

basebarracks

 

 

 

 

 

Goodnight :).