Dec 13

GearHead Caramel Exploration and Combat Working

Both exploration and combat are now working in GearHead Caramel… if you can forgive the fact that the enemy pilots fight like they’re drunk. Right now they just pick a random weapon, try to attack a random target, and if that doesn’t work out they walk randomly.

I am hoping to release a playable demo by next week. There won’t be much content (my goal right now is a short introductory scene in town followed by one or two mecha fights), but it should show some of the new stuff that Caramel has. Keeping with the coffee-that-doesn’t-taste-like-coffee theme, my code name for the demo scenario is Winter Mocha.

Dec 11

All The Missiles

It’s a bit hard to see the shot animations on the video (especially since I only fired one missile), so here’s a gif of a BuruBuru launching (and hitting with!) all 20 of its missiles at once. In GearHead Caramel the missiles anim shows how many missiles were fired, letting you know at once just how toasted you are.

Dec 10

Another Caramel Update: Attack UI working

The attack interface is now working for GearHead Caramel. It doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles yet- it’d be nice to have hotkeys, and if the interface would remember your preferred attack modes- but it seems to be fully functional. Also, notice that the different attacks use different shot animations.
With attacks and movement both working, I have just about everything I need for a playable demo. The next stop will be the NPCs fighting back.

Dec 06

GearHead Caramel Tactics Movement

Today I got the tactics movement system running for GearHead Caramel. I think it works pretty well. Next steps: get vision working properly, and after that attacks. With any luck there’ll be a playable demo before December 25th.

Dec 04

GearHead2 at itch.io

Frostgrave wizard and apprentice sorted.

I just wanted to let you know that GearHead2 has been uploaded to itch.io, as has GearHead 1. I’m hoping to get a few tips so that I can pick up AssetForge, which looks like it would make a lot of the stuff I’m currently doing much easier. I promise that any donations to GearHead will be funneled back into the project and not blown frivolously on a big order from Hasslefree Miniatures. I also have print comics and ebooks for sale if that’s the sort of thing you’re into.

In other news, today I got the widget system working for GearHead: Caramel. So far there are buttons and radio buttons, and that’s about it. Fortunately that’s about all I expect to need. I want to make sure the entire game can be played with a mouse so it’ll be easier if I want to port it to Android.

Dec 03

Emergency Bugfix: GearHead2 v0.701

Turns out there were some problems with GearHead2 version 0.700, uploaded yesterday. It crashes on Windows, contains a spelling error, and I even forgot to update the version number on the title screen again. A new release that fixes all of these problems has been uploaded to GitHub. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Dec 02

GearHead2 v0.700: All Caught Up

I’ve just uploaded a new version of GearHead2 that catches development up to the current state of GearHead1 and fixes a number of bugs that have been hanging around since the switch back to SDL. You can download the source code and binaries for Windows or Linux from this link.

Nov 21

Going to Kaigai Manga Festa Again

Cover of “Sci-Fi San Francisco” by Chuck Whelon

Tomorrow I’m heading to Tokyo for the Kaigai Manga Festa, where you’ll be able to find me at table F-2. After I get back to Korea next week I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to finish off the much-delayed next release of GearHead2, and after that I’m going to try to get a minimally playable mecha combat scenario done for GearHead Caramel in time for Christmas.

In other comics news, I have a story in the upcoming Sci-Fi San Francisco anthology which is now on Kickstarter. There are a lot of very talented people involved so check it out if that’s the kind of thing you’re into.

Sep 23

GearHead Caramel Effect System

This week, I got the modular effect system working in GearHead: Caramel. This is pretty much the same effect system as used by Dungeon Monkey Eternal, but generalized and expanded to handle the GearHead rule system. The two effects needed for a basic attack (AttackRoll and DoDamage) work, and there is a new option to target more than one tile with a single action (which will be useful for burst fire weapons and missiles).

Weapons will generate their list of effects dynamically. It will be possible for a weapon to have more than one effect- for instance, a railgun can be fired in either single shot or burst fire modes.

This also opens the door to non-physical attack effects such as electronic warfare.

Sep 06

GearHead Caramel Damage Update

Work continues on the GearHead Caramel damage handler. Today I added damage animations; the more damage done, the bigger the explosion. There’s a special extra big explosion for the shot that destroys a target (pictured in the animation). I think everything is more or less ready to get the effect system working.