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[Xert] Devblog #1 - Making progress

Hello people!

Some Patrons may have seen @Sanguin 's post in the patron area and since my patron seems to be gone due to bugs and stuff i don't know - something is happening and its causing problems. But that ain't stopping me. Sang basically released the early, prototype version of the game  to all the patrons. Im unable to link it due to that problem. And i also cant see all the feedback. But that wont stop my development of the game.


I will be making these posts every so often, describing the progress made to the game and what i'm going to continue to do with it. So far, i haven't gotten much except that first demo level and the second in-there-because-level-teleporter-dies-without-it level. There is also some early texture work made, and a few bugs too. Especially the one where every scene is a prefab and is just so damn hard to re-use assets from one and the other. But i guess thats the perks of trying to work as a team :P


Im going to begin ripping my game apart one by one, and explaining what each feature does and what it will do. There will be screenshots, and there may be video. But all of it amounts to the game. New features and planned stuff will also be discussed.



The prefabs are so damn annoying. Have a look - http://imgur.com/a/LNBl4.png

I have no idea why Daniel done it this way, but fair enough. I will be getting him to change it and make it a little bit easier, like the jump prefabs and boost prefabs are fine and all, same goes for char. but theres one that basically pastes the entire level in for you. and the naming of the prefabs aint nice. No, im not liking the names.


Texture Work

I made the textures (except The char) and i will tell you, EVERY. SINGLE. BIT. IS. TERRIBLE. it is, it really is. IT looks nothing to the style its going to be, does not fit in to the rest of the stuff, hell, it dont fit in atall. Someone call me stupid and tell me to stop dissing my game, but its true. So im going to retexture the entire game. Im also creating a color pallet. Reason? It helps. Open it in Photoshop and open the other one in a new tab and grab the colors. Since im too poor to pay fully for a full Photography license im using the crack. WHICH IS GOING WELL... no. It aint. http://imgur.com/a/rGKo4.png


Its all too neat, the folder organisation sucks

Yep. my neatness dont help here. The folder structure is really bad and inconvenient and really just makes all the files have a folder for themselves. Which may i point out isnt good. It causes too many clicks and stuff and it just becomes annoying. Very annoying. Gonna sort that out.



1) Calm yourself

2) im working on it. Gonna try and get a launcher for it during the early stages so it updates the launcher and the game aswell. simple checks for a certain change and then it gets directed to a certain download. Lets say i roll out a new update and the download link has changed from /xert.xxxx to /xert.beta , so id need to send a request back to the requesting launcher to now download updates from the new repo. and that new repo would direct it to the latest version in it. Same goes for launcher. They need to be User friendly but practical at the same time. Since im early early prototype i need to prepare for all sorts of issues and changes. link changes, download changes. ENTIRE DOMAIN changes too. And i need mirrors. Github is obviously #2, and #3 can be some place like my OD, so that shoudl sort it.


The sound

It isnt bad, to be honest. But it isnt mine either. Its just borrowed and placeholder. It really isnt very into the theme either and i need something more original and creative. something that fits into the theme yet is very practical, quite nice and relaxing at times, but challenging during others.


Plans for the future

The plan for the future is to get that launcher done, and then begin moving onto developing the game more and more. I also need to sort out the art and music, and a few other minor things. Since i also plan for a level editor which Daniel seems to be very into the idea of, imma include that. Prefabs really help here then. But it also cant be really just a drag drop and your done. It needs to be as easy as that yet, again, practical in a way. Advanced features, Event flags, level publisher, Story elements, new creative ideas like guns (something ill talk about very soon) and stuff like that. Users have to get their mind open and think - what can i do? Oh, did i mention custom scripts?


Guns, Guns, Guns

NO. thats the 2 worded awnser. No guns. im deciding against it. A puzzle game with guns? no thanks man, im all good. The guns would just ruin the fun. ANd multiplayer would get hectic.



this is something im really into doing. A co-op puzzle game. With a storyline attached. Play with friends on custom levels.. YES! More ideas the better. but the more i write this the more Harfatus begins to complain about the noise im making and stuff. But im more happy to code this and im getting new inventive ideas.


Trello Board

Yes, we have a trello board. i wont put it out just yet, as i really cant be bothered right now, but it does exist. So does a steam group (?) but again, cant be bothered and its not fully in place. most the ideas i listed here arent even on it or close. And the mobile app works like a windows xp machine that was originally built for MS-DOS. Not a good mix.




Well, thats all from me this time. Hopefully you should see an update soon. I would continue typing but like i said, @Harfatus is complaining and my hands are sore.


Enjoy the rest of your day reader,




What's Been Going On

So, Yeah, First Post :P


Alright, lets get down to the info... I'm becoming really Depressed.

What's causing the depression? Life Events.


Ok, I'm going to admit, the recent things that have happened on here and all the insults and general bullshit, is one point. Not very large point, may I add. But its there, it exists, and its making me that little bit depressed.


Here comes a big point, the loose ends I'm tying up from a few years ago, when I hit total depression and suicidal thoughts circled my head every 2 seconds, are being tied up. The problem is, its causing new problems come up. nothing too major. keep reading and you'll find out.


And here you find out, the MOTHER of points, and to make it stand out of all the points its going to be really big and fancy


Fuck me that was big. But yeah, here I go into a little bit of detail


So what's happening is that my manager and overall supervisor of the entire café left. This left everyone wanting to leave, 2 chefs, 1 deli, a few waitresses and 2 dish guys (me and a friend)

Everyone is planning to leave, while me and my friend, Jamie, cant. He's 15, so he can wait a year or so. Me? 2 years. There are perks of being 14, but hell you wont hear this from a 14 year old. Wanting to work? See a doctor. News mate, I've seen a doctor, and it escalated to a fucking councillor. But that was a few years ago. The meetings ended only at the start of this years summer.  They are SO FUCKING SURE I wont have the thoughts or deep depression again, oh how wrong where they. Its going down that path though (I expect the beyondcunts to use this against me, here we fucking go. Forward your complaints to my PM box, leave everyone else alone).

So now my hours have been cut. Great. I no longer work Saturday and Sundays Sat 9 - 5 and Sunday 9:30 - 6. Its 9:30 till 3 Sunday only. that's went down from almost 17 hrs per week to 6. Ehrm mate, I mean boss, no. just no. Same with Jamie, his hours have been cut too on Saturdays.  He gets to work full on Fridays until end of holidays. That means wages are down from about 60 pounds (Merican Keyboard) to 20. And my other mate, Ben, who I managed to get him a job there, got sacked from Sundays. For not being busy enough. God help me.


This gives me a entirely new point to talk about - MONEY PROBLEMS. I pay for Patron, My Much Much loved Spotify and Glowname, and 2 Webservers. That's about 10 quid every month. I wont even start about paying off the 400 for my trip in January as dad is no longer gonna pay the other half. he pays half, I say I don't want to go to his, he no longer pays. Hell for all I know its more than 400. about 500. FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF---


I lost what I was saying, fuck. So yeah, Insult me all you want as I really do not give a fuck. Really, your doing yourself and me a favour that way, gives me more reasons on why to use the rope rather than OD on some cheap drug sold by a shady guy round the corner. If I find that corner....


This post in no way says I wont be paying for the 10 GBP every month, it just says if I go offline for about a months time you know what happened. Look on the Bo'ness Newspapers for a 14 year old suicide. Maybe they'll add more than 1 paragraph worth of bullshit saying "A 14 YEAR OLD COMMITED SUICIDE YESTERDAY IN BONESS. THE END."


If anyone wants more info about things like WHY TF YOU EVEN THINKING ABOUT THIS or anything else, forward to my steam. And unless you say who you are on the forums and I can confirm that, and I like you, you can get forwarded to that trash can that's been renamed BC for obvious fucking reasons.


The above hell of a post also states why I'm going to be really inactive, if you need any help or support forward on PM with a tag that clearly states you need help, or get on steam and do it there instead.


..I really need to go get a life...

...but I cant afford it...