Category: News

Mar 12

The Old Old Days

While backing up files today I found some pictures from GearHead’s past. The initial version of the isometric SDL interface was, as you can see, a mess. There was an earlier graphical version of the game that used an overhead view and a different FreePascal graphics unit for rendering (I think it was called GraphiX? …

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Mar 11

New Backpack Display

The inventory/equipment interface has a new look. Next step: expand and improve the item descriptions.

Mar 10

Knowledge is Power

One of the big problems with GearHead1 is that the game just doesn’t provide all the information that the player needs. Even when information is provided, it’s not always in a useful form. As Powerglide says, knowing is half the battle. The next interface that I need to work on is the inventory/equipment menu. I’ll …

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Mar 09

Character Generator Arranged

I’ve updated the character generator with DynamicRect objects that reposition themselves according to the size of the window. I also fixed some of the problems and inconsistencies in the character generation process. For instance, the “Select Job” menu now shows the skill bonuses and staring cash of each job. Please note that at this stage …

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Mar 08

The Ugly Part of Refactoring

Today’s commit of GearHead-1 is at that ugly stage of refactoring where everything compiles but nothing works properly. The TSDL_Rect records which previously defined the positions of various bits are being replaced with DynamicRect objects that update their position based on the screen dimensions. My next step is to rearrange all of the needed zones …

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Mar 07

Full Screen Map Working

Two tasks complete- the game screen is resizable, and the map display takes up the entire screen. The next big challenge is to decide how I’m going to arrange the UI components. The Original Layout This is what we’re starting with. Much of the screen is filled with blank space. The map takes up a …

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Mar 05

GH1 World Map Encounters

Someone recently asked me about how world map encounters work in GH1. I wrote the following explanation, which hopefully makes sense of some of the spaghetti in ADV_FederatedTerritories.txt. Read on if you dare.

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Mar 04

Graphic Weirdness

I’ve started work on updating GearHead’s graphics. The first step is to clean up some of the weirdness inherent in the source, which honestly is a whole lot of weirdness. Today’s big accomplishment: the game window can be resized, and the dialog console reacts to the size. It’s the only part that does react but …

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Mar 03

Things Dungeon Monkey Eternal can learn from GearHead 1

Continuing from yesterday’s post, there are also a lot of things that DME could take from GH1. Goals require meaningful choices One of the great things about GearHead is that there are a lot of paths for the player to take, each with their own risks and rewards. Many of these paths require particular skill …

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Mar 03

GearHead-1 v1.201: The Inevitable Bugfix

I’ve just uploaded a bugfix release of GearHead-1 to GitHub. It fixes a crash that occurs at the conclusion of the kidnapping story. You can download it from here: https://github.com/jwvhewitt/gearhead-1/releases/tag/v1.201 This version also includes several of Michael Deutschmann’s patches and fixes some minor scripting problems. Important note for Windows users: I’ve moved the gharena save+cfg …

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