Sunday, April 29, 2007

When things go bad

Ha. I have to say, my booksigning turned out totally different than I envisioned. Pretty funny actually. So I imagined great publicity to let all those that have been waiting for Book Two, beautiful weather, and a generator to run my laptop so I can model during slow periods.

So what I got was, no article in either of the local papers announcing the book signing(even did an interview with one), it was rainy and chilly almost all weekend, and the first pull of my newly bought generator shattered the pull cord mechanism on the generator. As I said, pretty much totally opposite of my grand booksigning vision. Sometimes you have to look at life and what you want and just laugh. That in a way is the basis of The Foundations of Hope Trilogy. Sometimes things in our lives look bad, but possibly, without our knowledge, there is something greater going on.

This morning a spider was crawled across the floor and I had to stop my 1 1/2 year old from stepping on it. In his mind, I was stopping him and he had a fit, but in truth I was trying to protect him. I must inject, my 1 1/2 year old is a red-head and a temper to match. Sometimes, I have to wonder how many times we kick and scream yelling at God, but in truth, there was something very harmful to us that we were actually being protected from.

I am glad this week is over though. I had truck load of books to ship out by the May 1st launch, the booksigning to setup, I was on-call for work, I had a major project to implement for work, I was laying down hardwood floors, and trying to model for the game. Needless to say, I did not get much modelling done.

So a new week. I am working very hard on the new male Special Forces. I am pretty excited. It is one of the best models I have yet created. I love the whole design and look to the future process of the game. Trying to work out all the ideas of using the MoM material system and incorporating them in the best ways. It is not about just splitting a model into head, body, legs, arms, feet, and hands, it is about designing to use those elements in the best possible way so that I can implement a variety of cool textures into the game.

Well time to go. Hopefully next week I will have some models done. Only about 48 weeks to design on my models, so doing one model a week will not work.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Models, models, models

I must say I have learned a lot the last few weeks about the new game engine being used for FoHO. I have to redo all my previous models to fit the new animation system as well as the material system that the MoM Kit uses. I am almost done with the Special Forces model. Hopefully next post I will have some screenshots. I am usually modelling until 1am then getting up to do the regular days work at 7am. Coffee is good :-)

I am doing the Book Two debut book signing at the 2007 Kalkaska Trout Festival. Should be an interesting book signing. Many people have been waiting for Into the Darkness for two years and everybody is excited it is finally out. So I will probably be book signing Thursday, Friday, and Saturday(April 26-28). I convinced my wife to let me get a small generator, so if it is slow I hopefully will be able to do some modelling at the fair :-) Have 1 year to get this game done, have to use every minute I can.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Foundations of Hope update

Well, it is official, I will be using the Torque MoM MMO Kit for Foundations of Hope Online. In the end, its server scalability won me over. It also offers a single player option and the code to allow free or premium servers. This product is based on the Torque made Minions of Mirth MMORPG. It already has been proven in a production environment. Unfortunately too busy with writing to do much with it yet. Can't wait though.

Book Two almost done!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

$10,000 MyDreamRPG Contest

Well I have been pondering a considerable amount whether to switch the game to using a Torque-based product. Two products are available. The MyDreamRPG MMO Kit and the Torque MoM kit. Both have great features and both have what I most importantly need, server scalabality.

With this move to the new game engine, I will enter The Foundations of Hope Online in the MyDreamRPG contest.

For now I must go back and finish writing book two!