Welcome Guest ( Log In | Register )

HOME FORUMS DISCORD GAMES RPG MAKER SEARCH




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 121 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5  Next
    Ellie
  Fri Jun 03, 2016 2:34 pm
User avatar
Staff

Omnipresent Merchant
Image

On top of the above, progress on the in-game forums. They're all set up, it's just skinning them that is the issue now.

I am working on a super lightweight theme for such a small space. At current I have done the forum index and topic list pages.

Image

Note: Marsigne doesn't show in the online players list because they aren't connected via the game.

Image

It's an intentionally limited and lightweight skin. Nothing but what is absolutely necessary.


Top Top
Profile      
 

    Ellie
  Sat Jun 04, 2016 12:41 am
User avatar
Staff

Omnipresent Merchant
More work on the in-game forums.

Image


Top Top
Profile      
 

    Ellie
  Mon Jun 06, 2016 11:13 am
User avatar
Staff

Omnipresent Merchant
Image

Image

Now implemented.

OK, those characters could have been set up a bit better, as they all look the same. It was done quickly. Maybe this will be the Afar equivalent of Baldies...

But it's all implemented and working.

Those are real players, walking around the map. Sort of. They are computer controlled representations of real players. You can interact with them. You can walk through them, but they can't walk through walls.

Here's a writeup from RPG Maker Web explaining what they are and why.

____________________________________

Because of some bugs* it feels like I have done nothing today. While it's a Saturday, so not officially a development day, I could have got so much more done. The trouble with being productive is that when you have a bad day it really sets you back.

So I would like to at least explain the concept I am working on.

Ghost Players

Ghost players are how other players are seen in Afar. You do not see other players live. You see, essentially, where they have been.

I call them ghosts because while you can interact with their player through them, they are detached, roaming around disconnected to the player. They are computer controlled bots that do their own thing.

Why have them at all?

Ghosts are there to provide the feeling that you are playing alongside hundreds of other players.

They are nodes that you can use to initiate interactions: trading, battles, private messages, guild join requests, etc.

How are you going to make them?

Each map has a bank of blank events. When you enter a map, that map's players list is drawn from the server. This list is used to turn those events into representations of real players.

Each map has a set number of these players. This is so that you can enter small buildings without being overwhelmed by hundreds of ghosts, and so that some maps can have no players at all (like a boss battle).

How far have you got?

- Created a bank of events in each map
- Game draws a list of players in your map from the server
- Randomised this list
- Removed player from the list
- Game builds this into an associative array linking player id with event id so that those events have a player id attached to them
- Modified player graphic generation to take a player id

What needs to be done next?

- Game gets that player's sprite and downloads it, transforming its associated event visually (done)
- Game generates some text for the ghost to say when spoken to (this is based on what progress that player has made in the game, they will have a somewhat relevant conversation with you when you talk to them)
- Game creates a show choices list of options for the player to choose from

What options will there be?

Current plans are for:

1. Talk: initiates a computer generated conversation
2. Trade: opens the trade window where you can send a trade request to the player
3. Challenge: starts a simulated player versus player battle (computer controlled representation of that player)
4. Send Guild Invite: invites that player to your guild
5. Send private message: allows you to send that player a PM
6. View character profile

Any other ideas are welcomed and much appreciated.

When will this all be ready?

With the exception perhaps of trading and guilds, this will all be ready in a basic form for game launch. (Yes, that includes SimPvP Basic).

Basic?

Yes. The battle system for Afar is going to take a while to create. So initially there will be a basic battle system and basic SimPvP to go alongside.

How will SimPvP be made interesting?

You fight an enemy which has the looks, equipment and skills of a real player.

Eventually it will also borrow from their play style. If they favour a certain spell, so will their ghost.

Players will build up a bestiary of beaten players as trophies.

So what was the *bug?

...

I am dual coding in JavaScript and PHP.

JavaScript concatenates strings using "+". PHP concatenates strings using "."

Damnit.


Top Top
Profile      
 

    Xilef
  Mon Jun 06, 2016 12:15 pm
User avatar
Staff

Omnipresent Merchant

Location: UK
The . concat always hits me with PHP

I think your closest comparison to ghost players would be the secret-base characters in Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald (and 3DS remakes of R/S). Perhaps see what's been done there to get some ideas on what kind of interaction could be done with Afar?

The trainer class system may have a place with ghost players here, unless it's not too much work to get the actual player sprite working.


Top Top
Profile      
 

    Ellie
  Mon Jun 06, 2016 3:11 pm
User avatar
Staff

Omnipresent Merchant
I'm using the actual sprites at least, yeah.

Thanks, I'll look into that.

Today my driving instructor cancelled on me so I took the extra time to make sprites for the character creator.

We now have:

15 hair colours
8 hair styles
6 skin tones
9 basic clothing styles

So much more customisation. Here's the hairs:

Image


Top Top
Profile      
 

    Xilef
  Mon Jun 06, 2016 3:17 pm
User avatar
Staff

Omnipresent Merchant

Location: UK
MV using Pixi.js gives you an opportunity to tint the sprite colours at runtime, you may be able to set up a base grey scale sprite for your components and multiply the desired colour against it at runtime, rather than create additional assets for colour differences

It's how I'm handling skin, hair and eye colour for my project. You can even do things like sliders for fine customisation


Top Top
Profile      
 

    Ellie
  Mon Jun 06, 2016 3:22 pm
User avatar
Staff

Omnipresent Merchant
Neat.

Unfortunately as an extra hack measure I don't generate any graphics in game - it's done in PHP on the server. That way you can't edit some numbers and see rare items before they're available, or mock up fakes, etc.


Top Top
Profile      
 

    Ellie
  Tue Jun 07, 2016 1:39 pm
User avatar
Staff

Omnipresent Merchant
Things done today:

- Built my own message system
- Built my own inventory system

To show it all off in one screenshot:

Image

The message system uses my own bbcode-like system, as in the user guide. The red text there when clicked opens the left hand window on that page's guide (there's just, as you can see, no guide page called "Good Sailor").

I can literally put any HTML I want in there, should I want to do some complicated user input or something.

I have also done choices but it's a bit different to RMMV. I just insert hyperlinks into the text (using the bbcode style thing) anywhere in the conversation, and when clicked, it's used later on in the conversation. So while I can set it up like this:

@1,{speechbubble}This is the first choice.@%
@2,{speechbubble}This is the second choice.@

Image

I don't need to. I can just put @3,Choice text@ anywhere in a conversation. When clicked it sets the choice variable to 3 (in this example), and then later on in the event I just do a conditional branch with this variable.

Eh, it works for my porpoises.

Image

The inventory system?

Right now it just displays the items you own and how many of them. You can't do anything with them. It's completely separate from RMMV's inventory though.

Will edit it to not display a number when you only have one of the item.

I will make a system for large numbers, like in RuneScape. (Actually, copied from RuneScape, TBH):

>999: display number
1000 - 999,999: display thousands as $K
999,999 - 999,999,999: display millions as $M
999,999,999 - 999,999,999,999: display billions as $B

I.e. if you have 1,024,768 feathers, the inventory just says you have 1M.

If you have 8,192 giraffes the inventory says you have 8K.


Top Top
Profile      
 

    Ellie
  Thu Jun 09, 2016 11:47 pm
User avatar
Staff

Omnipresent Merchant
OK, so yeah, I am totally using the program behind #slackers's Pluto to create a stroppy poltergeist.


Top Top
Profile      
 

    Ellie
  Sun Jun 12, 2016 12:29 pm
User avatar
Staff

Omnipresent Merchant
Almost ready for launch today.


Top Top
Profile      
 

    Ellie
  Sun Jun 12, 2016 11:57 pm
User avatar
Staff

Omnipresent Merchant
So yeah, the game's out.

http://www.afar.ws

Just as a very early beta. Read more hither:

http://forums.rpgmakerweb.com/index.php ... ent=610498


Top Top
Profile      
 

    ZenVirZan
  Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:48 am
very undead
User avatar
Sponsor

Comic Relief

Location: Australia
I've been playing for a few minutes and I notice I get a frame lockup every two seconds whenever you send my position to the server. Perhaps put requests into separate threads so they don't lock the main thread?
#333msLyf

EDIT: After reading the post on RMWeb, I think I might make a little video showing how the lag happens. I'm pretty sure a contributor is because you use pngs instead of compressed jpegs for backgrounds, which lags everything down to a halt, but it's just speculation because I don't really have any way to verify that.

EDIT2: It's not so bad after you've loaded the resources, but the first load is preeetty slow.

EDIT3: Here's a video of the map stuttering. I'm aware the battle loading screen was an MV one, and not much can be done about that.

I didn't capture it in the video because it's hard to tell, but the delay when opening menus is pretty annoying - about 1/2 - 1 second delay, but the actual content seems to load well after the first time.

I'd highly recommend moving the inventory to in-game, so that we don't have to deal with the lag when trying to do stuff with it. For stuff that wouldn't be used as heavily, what's currently there is fine.

_________________
Image


Top Top
Profile      
 

    Juan J. Sánchez
  Tue Jun 14, 2016 3:44 am
I'm a doctor in Costa Rica.
User avatar
Sponsor

Party Mascot

Location: Costa Rica
So, here's my input. I've been playing on my Mac Air, which runs OS X El Capitan, and I've been playing on Safari. There's considerable lag. For some reason, instead of playing the music, it downloads the music. There are also some graphical glitches. I might take some screenshots later, or just make a video like ZenVirZan. Please let me know if there's anything I can do to help.


Top Top
Profile      
 

    Ellie
  Tue Jun 14, 2016 11:33 am
User avatar
Staff

Omnipresent Merchant
Thanks guys. Some updates.

Counterlag Measures

- Sends your position far less (will do it at important points, such as starting an event, and every 20 steps)
- Music now loads in a seperate frame and using HTML5 Audio; this has got rid of music lag which is something RPG Maker MV has as a whole, not just this game
- Added a load frame which basically preloads any important images in the order you're likely to need them. This frame is on the login, register and gameplay pages (but invisible). So, images should have loaded by the time you open a menu or do something that needs an external image.

Other Bug Fixes

Music now loops
Music now plays properly for everyone (assuming they have HTML5 and haven't disabled audio)
Music flows from one map to another

More

Now showing off what will eventually be my soundtrack.


Top Top
Profile      
 

    ZenVirZan
  Tue Jun 14, 2016 1:02 pm
very undead
User avatar
Sponsor

Comic Relief

Location: Australia
It freezes every ~5 seconds or so now instead. So it's getting better. It also freezes every time you face an event, so if I face the billboard, it'll freeze, and if I move to the other side of that same billboard it'll freeze again.

I'm assuming you're sending player position for verification's sake, so people don't hack across areas right? If it only checks every 20 steps, that's long enough to let cheaters get away with it I'd imagine.
I still really think a little UDP server or something to handle that would be much better, or something that doesn't block.

EDIT: Also I can comfortably highlight all items by single clicking them. Is it meant to be one at a time or as many as you want?

_________________
Image


Top Top
Profile      
 

    Ellie
  Tue Jun 14, 2016 3:50 pm
User avatar
Staff

Omnipresent Merchant
I'm not using sync very often - and not for sending player position - so I'm not sure why it's lagging so much for you? The only time I use sync not async is when the game needs data back, like in the initial load.

Quote:
I'm assuming you're sending player position for verification's sake, so people don't hack across areas right?

Basically yeah. I know people can and will hack, but if I can at least see whether they made 20 steps in a milisecond, I know something dodgy is going on. Basically I whittle it down until hacking becomes equally as time consuming as actually playing the game. Then it doesn't matter if someone hacks their way through.


Top Top
Profile      
 

    Ellie
  Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:22 pm
User avatar
Staff

Omnipresent Merchant
  • New soundtrack: currently three tracks. Based on Vivaldi: The Four Seasons.
  • New sound system instead of RPG Maker's, this fixes music lag
  • Music looping fixed
  • New image loader on the login, register and play pages: means the images used in menus are more likely to have loaded by the time you come to open them, diminishing lag
  • Developed two anti-spam systems:
  1. You must read a noticeboard in-game before using the forums. These will be dotted all around the place. Stops any bots posting who aren't actually able to play the game.
  2. Honeytrap system on the register page; catches most bots.
  • New wood cutting system
  • Fixed bug with forums overlapping menu
  • Menu now shows what each button does when you hover over them
  • Log out button now works
  • Preloads login/register backgrounds for better transition
  • Greatly reduced file size in images used for login/register


Top Top
Profile      
 

    Ellie
  Wed Jun 15, 2016 10:44 pm
User avatar
Staff

Omnipresent Merchant
In-game chat is now live again for anybody who wants to see it working.


Top Top
Profile      
 

    Ellie
  Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:04 pm
User avatar
Staff

Omnipresent Merchant
I was disappointed at the lack of battlers for MV out there so I have been making some for Afar. They are just edits, mind. You can find them in the resource boards if you want to use them.

Image


Top Top
Profile      
 

    Ellie
  Mon Jul 11, 2016 1:26 pm
User avatar
Staff

Omnipresent Merchant
I should really remake this thread as a proper thread.

Anyway.

Little event added that's more a proof of concept that anything useful. It's to show how the cooperatively created world will work.

Basically there are two events in the game now. One is a bandit on a horse who roams around. If any player in the world kills him, then he is gone, and suddenly traders will be less wary and will sell more contraband things (not yet implemented).

However, then, he reappears as an injured bandit lying next to his horse. Offer to help him and he will reward you - and will then be found roaming around the world again. This happens if any player in the world decides to help him.

That's a really simple event and doesn't do much. Imagine it intertwined with hundreds of other events that have similar systems, all interacting with one another, such that the actions of any player can affect the gameplay of all players.

Image

A collection of large updates will be announced as the Bandits of Afar expansion. Basically just a way of telling people waiting for more content that there is a significant load of new stuff.

Due out at the end of this week hopefully. Bits are being added in small chunks, but won't be announced until it's all done such as to act as one coherent package.


Top Top
Profile      
 

    Ellie
  Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:54 pm
User avatar
Staff

Omnipresent Merchant
Have an unnecessarily flashy graphic explaining an awful little!

Image


Top Top
Profile      
 

    Juan J. Sánchez
  Fri Aug 19, 2016 1:57 am
I'm a doctor in Costa Rica.
User avatar
Sponsor

Party Mascot

Location: Costa Rica
They look real nice, Amy.


Top Top
Profile      
 

    Ellie
  Sun Aug 21, 2016 12:43 am
User avatar
Staff

Omnipresent Merchant
Harvest screenshots.

Image

Content Hidden


Top Top
Profile      
 

    Xilef
  Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:01 pm
User avatar
Staff

Omnipresent Merchant

Location: UK
I'm not convinced that GPS is a good idea, especially if a real-time map is never displayed. Pedometer would probably be better, or coarse location via cell towers if you're trying to figure out if a player is near a bunch of trees or the ocean or something.

Are you making it a web-app or will you do a webview wrapped client?


Top Top
Profile      
 

    Ellie
  Thu Sep 22, 2016 2:42 pm
User avatar
Staff

Omnipresent Merchant
I really should make a project thread.

Does this make sense? (Mockup):

Image

Also some maps.

Content Hidden


Top Top
Profile      
 

    Ellie
  Fri Sep 23, 2016 2:17 pm
User avatar
Staff

Omnipresent Merchant
So you have an item you want to sell.

You pop it in the auction house. While it's there you can take it back again but you can't use it while it's in there.

You set a minimum price you would accept for it.

----------------------------

You want to buy an item. You choose the item from a list, and see that x number are available.

You set a maximum price you would be happy to pay.

------------------------------

The game matches up the lowest price with the highest offer. If they match, the item buys for the lowest available price.

------------------------------

The game tracks the average price paid for an item and displays this as the recommended price when you go to enter a price. It also uses this for any merchants selling items around the world.



This is a complete copy of the system RuneScape uses, of course. But if I can tweak and tailor it to my own game nobody will notice. :shades:

The differences:

- No limit on how many different items you can attempt to buy or sell
- If you're struggling to sell, the game will offer you to sell to merchants for half its market value, and will lower the average price slightly
- If you're struggling to buy, the game will offer you to buy from a merchant for double its market value and will higher the price slightly
- The game displays to people what items people are currently seeking and provides mini-quests with rewards for anyone who goes out and gathers them to put in the system.
- The game displays what items are available to buy, just doesn't say their price. For ex it will say "there are 20,496 steel swords for sale!".

Might have got them the wrong way around slightly.

It will integrate with the game and with the lore. So merchants will have conversations based on the scarcity of things, that sort of thing.

Player-to-player trading will be semi-integrated. It will tell you roughly what each set of items is worth and suggest upping or lowering your offer.


Top Top
Profile      
 

    Ellie
  Sun Sep 25, 2016 3:27 pm
User avatar
Staff

Omnipresent Merchant
Mockups again. But this is how the Tiben Marketplace (so not the Grand Exchange) will look, in-game and in-app.

Image

Image


Top Top
Profile      
 

    ZenVirZan
  Mon Sep 26, 2016 5:20 am
very undead
User avatar
Sponsor

Comic Relief

Location: Australia
Try doing background box shadows underneath each slot to separate the background from the text. I think the items in the list need to be represented as boxes rather than just text on a background.

_________________
Image


Top Top
Profile      
 

    Ellie
  Mon Sep 26, 2016 2:56 pm
User avatar
Staff

Omnipresent Merchant
Like this? (But neatened up)

Image

I'm not too worried about the looks at the moment though as it's the functionality I want to hammer down.


Top Top
Profile      
 

    ZenVirZan
  Tue Sep 27, 2016 6:29 am
very undead
User avatar
Sponsor

Comic Relief

Location: Australia
Much better than before.
I was thinking one unified box 'object' rather than different colours, but yeah that general idea

_________________
Image


Top Top
Profile      
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 121 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5  Next


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No users and 30 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

We are an independent, not-for-profit game making community.
Homepage
Board Index
About Us
Downloadable Games
Free Browser Games
Games in Development
RPG Maker Support
Game Maker Support
Construct 2 Support
HBGames the eZine
Advanced RPG Maker
Site Announcements
Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group