Monthly Archives: July 2015

Work is still kicking my butt, but at least I’ve got snipers now. They’re not raycasting correctly quite yet, but my goal is to have them finished by the end of the week. If I’m lucky, that will leave only the missile spawner.

Sniper Sweep

Ken Silverman’s BUILD engine has to have one of my all-time favorite map editors.

ReBUILD Screenshot

As far as we’ve come with graphics and modeling software, I’ve not found anything (not even Sketchup), which is quite as satisfying to use. I started writing a piece of software called ReBUILD, which is nothing more than a top-down map editor which exports Obj files that can be imported into Unity. I have, at long last, something worth showing. It’s a far ways away from a release, but at least at this point it’s visually interesting. I’ve got my fingers crossed this won’t fall to the wayside.

Yesterday I finished the ‘fade to black’ on player death and the health system, as well as level restart. I also started modeling the first of a few different kinds of enemies.

This is the cannon fodder, the redshirt robot:


I finished modelling and rigging and unwrapping it yesterday morning. It’s going to be the robot which doesn’t attack, but gets in your way and takes hits when you’ve got no other choices.

The grunt is going to be a slightly meaner enemy, low accuracy, low fire rate. Chances of taking a hit are going to be nonzero, but small, and it will have low damage. The reasoning behind this is I don’t want the player to be able to linger too much. Prolonged exposure to this enemy means it’s more likely to hit you and chip away at your health. Pretty close to the redshirt, really, but it’s a way to coax the player on.

The tank-dude is going to shoot slow, heat seeking missiles (the kind displayed in the previous video). They’ll take a lot of punishment, but it’s easy enough to avoid them, and the missiles will be useful in accessing places that normally wouldn’t be accessible via rocket jumping.

The rocket dude is going to shoot fast, dumb missiles. This kind of enemy will be great in clearing out a whole room if you understand strafing. Lots of damage from this, though. Don’t get caught in a hall.

The sniper dude is going to have a laser sight and take a minute to lock on. Once locked, there will be a brief pause before the shot. Good for targeting one-off enemies.

That’s all I’ve got for now. Stay tuned.