1. Couple new builds of interest, going to do some dev discussions on IRC tomorrow (Saturday) US afternoon / German evening, and naming a few new leads :)

    Stable build 17 is out with a bunch of changes:
    • BIG NOTE (after previous stable build): Commands in the console now need to start with a / and those with multiple parameters need to be space-separated, no commas needed. Examples:
      • /help
      • /help "listBlocks"
      • /giveBlock "Clay" "Slope"
    • Overhauled console - looks different, preps chat functionality, its help system is growing up, etc. Some info in the wiki but beware of stable vs develop differences...
  2. Time for another big update! This one is a little more philosophical in nature, looking at the big picture in addition to bits of recent stuff :)
    • Birthdays make for good reflection
    • Other voxel games make for good inspiration
    • Milestone completions make for good organizing
    • Badger badger badger badger
    • ... then incentivize?
    Yay birthday! We can has sleep nao?

    So we had a nice birthday event a while back, which was relaxing. Maybe a little too relaxing, mixed with some hectic fun in RL which got me from mostly-Terasology-filled evenings to rarely getting a chance to get much done. Add to that a slew of new (or newly discovered) games in our little genre here and a pile more concepts and mod ideas popping up in our forum and on IRC and you...
  3. So the recent Birthday Event celebrated our inspiration from Minecraft, now it is time to pay tribute to another major influence - Dwarf Fortress!

    DF is a substantially harder game to get into, in particular since the base version comes in plain ASCII, without even basic tilesets. It has next to no mouse support, either. This has kept a lot of people from giving it a chance - this event aims to change that!

    I know we have several individuals just in our little community here who have been interested. To help get started and have some fun plus maybe even do some brainstorming for Terasology, I'm declaring the Saturday after next a DF day where I/we (existing DF geeks show yourselves and help out!) will...
  4. Tasty Mega Post

    Dec 13, 2012
    Okay this is a big one - I'll have to try being brief per item and link to more details or I'll never finish / break the forum :)


    Cooked for nearly two months in a somewhat quiet period this none the less gets us one of the most important things we need: Functional modding. This is huge, and already pretty easy and straight forward. Start looking, modding, and sharing - please forward this to anybody you think might be interested :D
  5. This is more of a workgroup meeting for the World team and likely to use voice chat (probably Skype) rather than an open thing on IRC, but I thought I'd post an official event in case somebody with an interest isn't aware of the plan already, as well as a thread for any follow-up notes :)

    Main topics revolve around integrating the tectonic world gen (PlaTec) simulator from Laurimann into Terasology via heightmap based worlds and other related world gen stuff. Nym Traveel will run the meeting as world lead (and I'll be at work, but may make it on to at least IRC or even voice to just listen) so be sure to hop on IRC early to catch any coordination for voice chat (may be harder to add people after it begins)
  6. The holidays are over, happy times were had (hopefully!), and dreary old RL and its obligations once more plot to get in the way of fun game development! Will try to make this more brief than the last mega post.

    New stable build

    • Best performing, most stable, and awesomely beautiful world yet! begla has started quietly working on rendering tweaks and it shows. Try "Epic" with water reflection on, or if you had issues running the game with...
  7. Although the plans will mostly trickle out over the next few days to keep this post from growing too huge. Suffice to say they include multiplayer, long-term planning details, codebase spring cleaning, and maybe a secret :)

    In the meantime - stable build #22 is out ! Here's a teaser video by Skaldarnar !

    Bigger summary of stuff beyond the usual batch of bug fixes:
  8. This video shows all my recent rendering additions, changes and tweaks in action (with a minor :oops: focus on the new water rendering technique that is available in the "Insane" graphics quality mode).
    • Water rendering with total reflection, refraction, fresnel and vertex displacement using multiple octaves of sine/cosine (approximation) waves
    • SSAO
    • Volumetric light scattering
    • Outline shader (using a Sobel edge detector)
    • (Camera) Motion blur
    • Depth of field (currently only blurred in the distance)
    • HDR rendering with dynamic eye adaption
    • HDR based blooming
    • (Shiny new sky renderings for days and nights)
  9. ... showing the dynamic shadow prototype for blocks/chunks that I've implemented over the weekend (along with all the other small changes and tweaks). I'm quite pleased with those first results, but there is a lot room for improvement. Thanks to the shadow map approach this feature can be easily extended to support dynamic shadows for enemies, dropped blocks, dropped items and whatever you can think of. Feedback is - as always - very much appreciated! :)

  10. Taking a bit of a break from the Leap now that we have a functional prototype to enhance later I'm going to get some site pieces out of the way in the near future. Goes along with some of the many items I posted on a recent todo wish list for stuff to spend time on ;)

    Forums may get shuffled around a little bit, emails tied to our different services may change, Xenforo here may get some additional/updated plugins, and some of our sites may go unavailable for brief periods of time when actively being worked on

    Also need to get back to badgering contributors about stuff so expect to see another jump in activity as...
  11. I've made some rather drastic changes to the overall rendering the last couple of hours and I would greatly appreciate a lot of feedback. :twilightblush:

    Here's a small video showing most of the changes in action. Look out for the new skysphere (which is coupled with the atmospheric sky coloring) and the overall changes to lighting and coloring. I'll make another video next weekend showing the gameplay and engine related changes.

    Make sure to clear your SAVED_WORLDS directory before you try the newest build.
    • Added a new textured skysphere
    • Replaced the simple Reinhard tone mapping operator with the Uncharted 2 filmic operator
    • Made tree leafs opaque for various reasons
    • Adjusted all lighting to work hand in hand with the tone...
  12. We've just finished setting up the new community portal replacing our good old phpBB 3.0 powered board. AlbireoX kindly contributed this XenForo license – thank you!

    We actually have not finished setting everything up yet and there may be a lot of changes in the forthcoming days and weeks but it looks like all threads, posts and user accounts from the old board were successfully migrated. If anything is missing or not quite right: Let us know! As a small start we've tried to reorganize the structure of the message board. Any requests for new forums or overall feedback are greatly appreciated.
  13. I've configured an automatic build script which updates the Java applet here on my server using the latest code base of Terasology available on GitHub. So if anything new appears on GitHub, it can be played minutes later in your favorite browser. Neat! ;) The applet now also makes sure that your JVM allocates enough heap space, so gaming is as smooth as it can be with your hardware specs. But you should have at least 1024 MB of memory.

    In addition to that I've added a new plugin to this community portal so the applet can be made directly available here. So look out for the "Play Terasology!" and "Download Terasology" pages hidden under the brand new "Terasology" tab up there below the header image.

    Make sure to test the applet and let me know if everything works right on all...
  14. The new site here is getting more solid tho there are still a few things to finish up. We also have a few important & related outstanding decisions to make on block sizing and art style - just how "blocky" the world will be. So I'm suggesting our first ever official meeting, yay meetings!

    Picking 4 pm EST on this coming Saturday, which is a time I've aired before as a decent time to get lots of people - but if there's a better time just suggest away.

    Initial agenda ideas with some small attached todos:
    • Site: forum setup review and final tweaks (still a little uncertain about exact forums justified at this point). Cervator - will try to sort out old topics into better...
  15. Not that it wasn't actually out more than a week ago, but then Xenforo happened and I've kept busy ;)

    Harder to keep up with everything! So much new since last. 111 commits in that stable build, including but not limited to:

    • Project dir restructure completed by Immortius - tidied up some of the top level directories and moved stuff around
    • Several rounds of better detection of native libraries to use - might have fixed Terasology on some systems, but there are still issues (tricky area)
    • Tons more new blocks by Metouto! Even more pending, but whoops, we still haven't upgraded the block ID capacity and ran out
    • Lots more work on the entity / events system, there's actual...