Unity Assignment

I received a 100% on my assignment in my game design class, so I’m adding it to Github. A few of the models and textures were made by me. The rest came from online and are cited in the Readme. The scripts I wrote myself, with a few citations for tutorials.

New School Year

So third year at Dal is starting and I have some exciting news: I have been hired as a research assistant for The Big Data Institute. I will be helping build a web application. I’m not sure how to convey how awesome this is.

I finished up at my co-op position at LR a week ago. I got to work on several cool desktop applications, mostly in C# and a bit of C++, and I developed a report about one of them. I learned a ton about UI development and a smaller ton about 3D graphics stuff.

I started a bit of a Javascript project on my own over the summer, but it’s not far along enough to be worth posting yet. I’d like to get into blogging more, particularly about web dev work since that’s what I’ll be doing a lot of this fall. I’m figuring out the ins and outs of using Solr and trying to decide on a php framework to save some headaches. Stay tuned.

Latest

I’m working full time for the summer doing programming at a co-op position, so I only get a few hours a day to actually do personal projects, but I’m going to update as often as possible. So, what’s been going on?

I did really well in my Server Side Scripting class. I worked on a group project with two other very cool, talented students to make a microblogging site, which you can find on Github: Brainstorm. Not sure exactly what the mark was, because it was marked past the end of the semester, but the prof called it “The best one so far” during the presentation, so probably it was a good mark.

I also got to be part of a really cool Vaadin project in Software Engineering that one of the other group members has posted to Github here.

I uploaded a portion of my files from The Ceresean to Github as well. I want to get back into refining the character customizer scene I had going.

I made a neet Asteroids game and a sort of good 3D roller coaster simulation in OpenGL in my animation course. I haven’t added those to Github because a fair amount of the skeleton code was written by the prof in at least one so I’m not sure it’s a good idea.
I have videos on YouTube:
Asteroids
Roller Coaster

I’m brushing up on Python and trying to decide what sort of project to do with it once I’m thoroughly brushed. I still haven’t decided how to decorate this blog. Maybe I’ll add that to the list of stuff to do this summer. That’s all for now.

Sharing

I have finished my first Twine style and it’s shared on the sidebar menu. I am working on my next one. I have worked out all of the kinks I can find. I’ve noticed some weird characters showing up in the demo, but this is due to my browser not displaying certain characters properly when exporting Twine code, so it should effect anyone else using the files.

I’m enjoying this project both because I’m quite fond of Twine, and because I like the challenge of trying to dive into and customize existing designs with minimal instruction.

On to the next one!

Paints

I have a few errands I’m supposed to be running at the moment, so naturally I’m doing Twine fiddling. I decided to use a mutator observer to apply randomized paints to the passages. I have this one mostly finished, there’s just a few kinks left.

http://johnalatouf.com/testing/TwineCSS/PaintCanvas/Story.html

I noticed that the fonts in the save menu are missing some characters? Or something? I will investigate as soon as I have gone to the store, washed the dishes, walked the dog, and cleaned the apartment.

Twine

I’m doing a lot of reading at the moment, but I’m also working on making Twine CSS/jQuery stuff. I’m going to make two different paint/canvas looking ones.

screenshot2

The paint blobs are randomized for each passage, and the passage is meant to look like a pile of papers. I’m not yet sure what I want to do with the Save/Load popup menu, and I don’t know what sort of secret extra stuff is in there that I haven’t covered yet. I’ll find out!

This was somewhat challenging, and I’m not sure if what I’ve done to get the randomization to work is a very good idea. Twine/SugarCube doesn’t load a new page every time there’s a new passage, and Javascript detection of DOM changes is… not very good to use, I guess? I’m using set interval, instead.

Not Dead

I was out of town, visiting my sister and new nephew in Alberta. It was an exciting adventure and an opportunity to recharge. I’m breaking from Unity work to work on some more web design. I’m trying to make some generic stylesheet/jQuery snippets to dress up Twine games that are made with the SugarCube theme.

screenshot

It will… not look like this when I am finished, but I need to mess with some background images to figure out the jQuery. I’d like to do two paint-themed designs and then I don’t know what else. I will probably return to Unity in another week, although classes are gearing up again soon and I need to re-learn all of my linear algebra because it’s been a while.

Points!

I have the personality and friendship points set up more or less ready to go. I need to add in the friends. I just add this script to buttons, set the points however I like, and then have the button call the function in the script to add them.

Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 4.03.47 PM

What I’d like to do is figure out a way to keep track of the branching dialog a little better, because it’s going to get complicated. I suppose the Twine files already do that, but still.

Poking

So to prove I’m still alive, I am uploading my latest build.

I haven’t done as much as I’d hoped. I’m lacking in motivation at the moment, which probably just means I need to start drinking stronger coffee. I’ve got the beginning of a branching conversation, and I have written some scripts that work nicely with the cinema director timeline to make dialog that’s not sucky. I need to set up the personality system. Luckily, I should be able to throw a few more variables into the same place I’m keeping track of the hair/skin/etc. I already have most of the dialog and corresponding points system worked out in Twine. After that, I’m trying to decide if I want to start designing the HUD or keep going with the first level.

Latest build: http://www.johnalatouf.com/testing/Unity/Tubes2/Tubes2.html

On an off-topic note, I’d sort of like to take some time to investigate and learn to make Twine themes for my own amusement and for sharing. I might do this soon.