24th September Update

September 25, 2013 in News

Back to our regularly scheduled updates!

We’re still working on NPC AI! NPCs are currently sitting around, going to sleep when it’s night time, and more advanced pathfinding is in the works so that they’ll stop bumping into obstacles. Getting there!

NPCs are configurable via JSON and LUA files, like…most other things, really! Once this system is fully in place, we’ll be able to easily spawn NPCs of different types.

“What do all of these words meeeeannn?” Here’s my best attempt at explaining!

Screenshot_4

The NPC script folder looks like this right now! It’s got a bunch of scripts defining current types of NPCs and what their behaviors mean. Let’s take a look at the default NPC type…

Screenshot_5So NPC types define things like what the NPC may be wearing, their health and energy stats, default dialogue towards each race (not shown), and other elements of NPC behavior. The second type of .npctype file you see there is for guards, which would obviously have different dialogue, different equipment and behaviors.

This is exciting! When we’re finally able to fully configure loads of different NPCs and have them behave properly in-game, it’ll feel a lot less lonely out in space. :)

…here’s a rather interesting couple wearing a hat you may recognize from the Create-a-Hat Contest.

happyfamily

Most of what we’re doing to prepare for beta involves configuring each tier of the game– implementing the relevant objects, configuring things like ore spawn rates, monster types/abilities, finishing up dungeons, etc. We’ve also still got folks working on minibiomes, which are ever-useful in adding some diversity to the landscape.

I leave you with a big flowery bed from a minibiome:

giantflowerbed