Pixal: Days 535, 536

World browser looks much better now, and works on Internet Explorer!!!

Also, you can no longer go through other expeditions, and I’ve started working on the expedition battles (which will be similar to classic FF fights, mixed with Pixal)

First show of the battle screen, invoked from the world map
First show of the battle screen, invoked from the world map

Done

- 0001065: [BAD: Bug Report] World browser doesnt work on internet exploder
- 0000986: [BAD: Bug Report] Blog post not working
- 0000982: [BAD: Bug Report] Error message when clicking "Browse World" without selecting an expedition
- 0000981: [BAD: Bug Report] No reverse navigation from Transfer Equipment Screen

Aprox. Work Time: 709:20 (706:20 + 2:00 + 1:00)

Pixal: Days 533 and 534

Work resumed, thinking a lot on how to wrap up pixal and release a first public version.

Decided to smash some bugs before going ahead.

- 0000944: [BAD: Bug Report] Typos (slash) - resolved.
- 0001010: [BAD: Bug Report] Magic shield seems to be adding to fireball damage - closed.
- 0001011: [BAD: Bug Report] Healed damage incorrectly located - closed.
- 0001003: [BAD: Bug Report] World browser doesnt work on internet exploder - closed.
- 0001004: [BAD: Bug Report] Welcome to pixal box is outdated - closed.
- 0001064: [BAD: Bug Report] Pixal 2 Year Shirt avalable for buying - closed.
- 0001053: [BAD: Bug Report] Experiencie display gone - closed.

Aprox. Work Time: 706:20 (704:40 + 1:00 + 0:40)

Pixal: Day 532, version 0.0.15b released

Done

- 0000988: [BAD: Bug Report] Pixal stats not being shown in the fight screens
- 0000987: [BAD: Bug Report] Pixal info is not being shown in the pixal stats
- 0000989: [BAD: Bug Report] Pixal stats not being shown in the setup pixal screen
- 0000992: [BAD: Bug Report] Getting "Too tired to berzerk" on first berzerk and consecutive non-berzerk attack
- 0000998: [BAD: Bug Report] NPE on log
- 0000983: [BAD: Bug Report] Must delete empty expedition when killing pixal

Aprox. Work Time: 704:40 (702:40 + 2:00)

Pixal: Version 0.0.15a released (Days 529 and 530)

Well, well…

The first version of the “World Browser” saga has been released! This version marks a new age on pixal development!

Check it out at http://slashie.net/pixal

So many things have been done in the course from 0.0.14e to 0.0.15… please have in mind this is just the first version in the path to fully functional world exploration and interactions.

Playtesters, Pixal needs your help! If things appear unstable it’s because they are… unstable 🙂 as with any new groundbreaking version, lots of changes were done! Any of the following are welcome:

  • Bug reports
  • Exploits
  • Usability RFEs
  • Funcionality RFEs (Anything fancy this early version inspires you 🙂 )

What can you do in this version?

  • Check out the “Expeditions” screen
    • From there you can manage your expeditions (create new ones, merge and split)
    • You can also access the expedition equipment, and equip your pixals
    • You can transfer equipment from one pixal to another
    • Finally, from here you can access the world browser (using the “Locate in World” link)
    • Note that you can only work with pixals which are not “away”, that means they must be in the same place than your current expedition (You can change this with the “Set as main” link)
  • Browse the world
    • When you have selected one expedition, you can locate it in the world
    • Navigate the world by clicking the location where you want to go
    • You can change expedition any time by clicking the “Expeditions” link
    • Observe how the “surroundings image” changes according to the terrain and time of the day
  • Chop some trees
    • If you walk one of your expeditions to a forest, you can try to chop a tree
    • Use the “Zoom In” or “Chop a Tree” link
    • Select which of your pixal is going to work
    • You need to have a sharp tool equipped
    • Once one of your pixal is working, your expedition is movement locked until he finishes. You may want to split your expedition
  • Pick up and Drop things
    • While browsing the world, your pixals can pick up or drop things from the current location, using the “Get/Drop” link
    • Drag and drop the items from the pixal to the terrain and viceversa
    • You can pick up items from other members!
    • In the world browser, you will see a mark in the places where there are items

Remember you can report your Bugs and Requests for Enhancement at http://slashie.net/mantis/ or, if you prefer, you can just drop me an email at java.koder@gmail.com !

I leave you some pics for reference!

The world browser (1)
The world browser (1)
Setup Expeditions
Setup Expeditions
The World Browser (2)
The World Browser (2)
Equipment Transfer
Equipment Transfer
Expedition Equipment
Expedition Equipment
Setup Pixal
Setup Pixal
Picking up things
Picking up things
Chopping Trees
Chopping Trees

Aprox. Work Time: 702:00 (694:00 + 6:00 + 2:00)

Pixal: Day 528

Two expeditions stare at the midnight sea
Two expeditions stare at the midnight sea
The islands of Causality
The islands of Causality
  • Added tooltips to expeditions in the world browser
  • Added walking “animation” to the world browser (expeditions no longer teleport)
  • Enhanced performance for expedition movement (This involved refactoring a lot of things, in order to encompass all the data access operations into a single db connection)
  • Created the test maps (The Islands of Causality)
  • Updated the cells file, added big image
  • Loaded the test map (this involved fixing some things around)

Pending

  • Forests not being created in the causality island
  • Show locations in the map where there are items dropped.
  • The transition from 0.0.14e to 0.0.15 in the public server

Aprox. Work Time: 694:00 (689:00 + 1:00 + 4:00)

Pixal: Day 527

Done
* Show other expeditions on the map (same icon for all, for now)
* Internationalize all world browser messages and add spanish localization
* Correct size of tiles in map (was resizing them to 24×24 on the browser, now 2x serverside)
* Create new expedition for newly created pixal at a default position

Spanish, 32x32 tiles
Spanish, 32x32 tiles

Pending

* Show locations in the map where there are items are dropped.
* Show basic info for other expeditions, on hover
* Do the test map
* The scary transition from 0.0.14e to 0.0.15 in the public server

Aprox. Work Time: 689:00 (687:30 + 1:30)

Pixal: Day 526

The sky can now be seen. Added the much needed item info on pickup and item transfer screen

Pics

Item info on transfer and enhanced navigation
Item info on transfer and enhanced navigation
Dark sky (based on client time, for now)
Dark sky (based on client time, for now)

Pending

  • Show other expeditions on the map
  • Correct size of tiles in map (currently resizing them on the browser, and looks ugly on IE)
  • Do the test map
  • The scary transition from 0.0.14e to 0.0.15 in the public server
  • Create new expedition for newly created pixal at a default position
  • Show features in the map
  • Add a caché feature to the map when items are dropped.
  • Internationalize all world browser messages and add spanish localization

Aprox. Work Time: 687:30 (686:00 + 1:30)

Pixal: Day 525

Expeditions show in the map now… kind of, must decide how to pick up each expedition’s icon. May be I will go for something more symbolic, or I may use a miniature version of the expedition leader, or I may display the “flag” of the expedition, or a different icon depending on the “kind” of expedition… I don’t know 🙂

Pics:

Expeditions in the map
Expeditions in the map

Pending

  • Show other expeditions on the map
  • Add background sky (albeit temporary)
  • Show items info on pickup screen
  • Correct size of tiles in map (currently resizing them on the browser, and looks ugly on IE)
  • Do the test map
  • The scary transition from 0.0.14e to 0.0.15 in the public server

Aprox. Work Time: 686:00 (683:30 + 2:30)

Pixal: Day 524

This is probably the last development day before a week-long trip, away from civilization.

Managed to advance a lot, only minor developments and polishment left for 0.0.15

Stumbled upon yet another Internet Exploder issue, the “supersleight” script which fixed the PNG issues is now causing the table backgrounds to render up messed up. I will have to look for an alternate solution.

Pics

Items on the map
Items on the map
Enhanced work screen, and tool validations
Enhanced work screen, and tool validations
Better lookin Expeditions screen
Better lookin Expeditions screen
Expedition Equipment
Expedition Equipment
New Pixal Equipment
New Pixal Equipment

Done:

  • Enhance appearance of all new screens (browser, work, expedition setup, expedition inventory)
  • Cant create expedition, must define a default location
  • Allow choosing main expedition for expedition transfer, validate location of expeditions
  • Require Axes for chopping
  • Auto refresh “simple job” page when a pixal finished
  • Show items on the world browser

Pending

  • Show other expeditions on the map
  • Show items info on pickup screen

Aprox. Work Time: 683:30 (676:30 + 7:00)