I hope to make this a semi-monthly ritual (like 1st and 15th of the month?), sort of like a dev newsletter of our progress. It will function as two things. One, to let you guys know where we stand with progress, and eventually letting you in on beta testing sessions and such, and two, to make us feel even more accountable knowing there are others counting on us to succeed with this project, and having you guys know our rate of progress. If there is slippage, I want it to be public knowledge. Think of it like a kick in the ass. Motivation can come from many angles for many people. It’s not easy to always have the best progress, since everyone one of us has day jobs, and some hefty ones at that (not me of course), but this is still in the center of all of our targets. Do you know I dream QR code?
We have a server that does the very basics for now; accepts connections, disconnects cleanly, listen for QR protocol, parsing of data, query and manipulate a database, and some flash specifics that are required for flash 9 to talk to network servers. Man, Adobe keeps making this more restrictive, but its all for the good of the developers and users.
We have the basics of the arena, tiles, and pieces, code wise, not art wise yet. We are working on an arena editor, which I hope to release earlier than later, just so you guys can play with it (although you will not be able to use it in the current QR, its just for shits and giggles until QRimson beta is out). We have the basics of lobby, displaying players, sorting players based on credentials kind of stuff.
We have some mock ups in photoshop and illustrator for how the new lobby may look, and the placement of some features, along with some shadow classes for the pieces, and about 5 or 6 visual effects coded up in flash such as explosions, debris, smoke, flares, electricity, vortex type stuff.
I really have nothing against showing unconfirmed art, and even screen grabs of dummy art, but that is because I work fine with dummy art. But Brad and Psychocide both pointed out, dummy art leaked early doesn’t fare well with everyone. So until I have better art to show, I won’t post any screen grabs or interactive demos. Sorry kids. Maybe mid April.