I'm a software engineer who works on game development part time. I teach game development (on gamedev.stackexchange.com and lynda.com). I'm always working on something, and I'll post updates here. Let me know if there's a game development topic you want to know more about, I probably know the answer, or at least where to get one.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

It's time to admit it

It's been a long time since I made any changes to Age of Goblins. The original Java code has gone untouched for three years. Code shouldn't be left in dark places too long. So I'm opening up the source for anyone to view. This is essentially the very beginning of a game with a custom engine that's not finished. Granted, this isn't something someone can just pick up and start using as-is, however, there are a lot of little and medium sized features that could be great for someone wanting to get started or learn how they don't want to code their features.

  • Generating and manipulating a (cube) voxel terrain, built in chunks
  • Voxel lighting system, with static shadows
  • Entity component system
  • Entities defined in data files
  • 3D pathfinding
  • Water ebb and flow simulation
  • A job system
  • Animation system that imports Blender animations with bone data
  • UI system
  • Camera system with in-world picking of objects
  • A screwy physics system that I eventually gave up on
  • And much more, it's been three years, I don't remember it all
So... Yes, this version of AOG is dead. I can't dedicate enough time or passion to writing my own engine in Java. I still have a faint hope that I'll continue work on the space game set in the same universe. Time will tell.

Find the source here:

If you do end up using any of this, or find it useful, please let me know! I'd love to hear about it. If you have questions, I'll try to answer them as well.