As you can see, I'll now be cross posted not only at gamedev.net and blogarama but also here on the GameGuru site itself, which is pretty awesome!
So for those of you who are not aware, I've been writing these reports for a very long time at my blog, spanning several years - all the way back to the FPSC Reloaded days. There's a ton of extra content there such as my tutorial list: http://gamegurureport.blogspot.com/p/my-tutorialstechnique-evaluations.html
and the reference list of everything from FPE errors to light values: http://gamegurureport.blogspot.com/p/reference-list-for-gameguru.html
This is a relatively quiet week, so if you missed last week's update (which is not listed on the GameGuru site as I needed to skip it to get caught up for future content) you can find it here: http://gamegurureport.blogspot.com/2018/11/this-week-in-game-guru-11122018.html
The GameGuru Report
This week was a huge update from the standpoint of actual GameGuru news as you can see on the front page. This week we got our third public preview update, which represents a sort of 'last beta' before it actually is released as a final release. This public preview allows us to test thoroughly all the upcoming changes in the next major release.
The list of changes is substantial and ranges from a better physics shapes, new model changes for better animating and physics responses, better importing, improved particles (a massive update), a HUGE AI update done by smallg and Lee, and of course the usual smattering of minor bugfixes. It's completely worth taking a few minutes to review the huge list of updates on the actual news link above.
As always I recommend making a copy of your stable version of GameGuru before downloading the PP update via steam so as to ensure you are secure in case of serious issues with the PP release.
What's good in The Store
These should be part of a pack!
And lastly, by 'Moshroom' - probably the coolest thing I've seen in a while - a full JRPG script kit! It's on sale now for $13.00 which is a VERY reasonable price for such a complete script setup.
Get it here at: https://www.tgcstore.net/pack/11059
Third party Tools and Tutorials
This week we have a tutorial on how to reduce polygons you can find here:
And some interesting image compression software I have yet to test out, might produce better results for DDS files: https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/220248
Random Acts of Creativity (WIPs)
Graphix has been working on his particle weather effects and recently showed off his fog effects. I'd love to integrate support for these into my weather system!
You can check out a video of it here:
We also have an update by Vincent Hendricks on his medieval game which is coming together rather well:
Now for my personal favorite of the week. Teabone made one of the coolest 'monster/trap' entities I've seen in a while, something I've loved for a long time since my early years playing DND: The Gelatinous cube!
I absolutely love the gelatinous cubes. They were always some of the most interesting and difficult monsters to fight; nothing worse than a giant living blob of acid to ruin your day!
In my own works
Well, I finally hit 120,000 words (122k to be precise). This does not mean the book is done, far from it. I have two major sections to write: The model importer and the advanced Lua code section. Once those are done, I'll be sitting around 130,000 words, which I will probably trim down to 125-122k after editing.
After editing (should be wrapped up by mid-December) I'll then start taking the 150+ pictures I need for the book!
Then I get the joy of formatting it and typesetting it for the publisher, sending it to my editor for one last review, then sending it to the PUBLISHER's editor, then so on and so forth until it is finally accepted by the publisher (CRCPress) in February or so.
Still, I'm very happy with how this has come along recently and it's great to finally be making REAL progress on this.
Michael Messina (AKA Bolt-Action Gaming) is a native of central Pennsylvania, currently residing near York. He is a Linux Systems Engineer, part-time author, part-time Indy game-dev and full-time father. He is currently working on authoring a start to finish guide for GameGuru via Taylor and Francis (via CRCPress).