Nearly playable

I’ve got an extremely short episode written that contains what I think is most of the elements to the game. Right now I’ve got a sort of playable thing happening except for variable text. There are variable options and blurts said by your bridge crew as well as random ones, but the text displayed to the player isn’t variable yet.

A gif to demonstrate.

Noise Factory

I’ve started work on tools. First off the rank is Noise Factory which I’ve made so that I can quickly preview and put together noise modules from my noise library.

noiseFactoryScreenshot

Additional Engine Work

I’ve spent a few weeks working on engine enhancements to what I’m calling “spaceengine”. In addition, I’ve cleaned up a lot of the code and made some corrections here and there.

A New Sun
A New Sun

You can faintly see the planet, but what’s great is the successive levels of bloom.

Atmosphere
Atmosphere

And here you can see my very simplistic atmosphere being rendered. I had attempted to implement proper atmospheric scattering but the topic is very complex and I was having a lot of difficulty with it.

All of the samples for atmospheric scattering I’ve seen rely on earth-like parameters and coefficients, which is fine, but I know in advanced I’m going to need very non-earth like planets.

So for now I’ve opted for a simpler approach that essentially let’s the planet define the colour and density of it’s atmosphere, and the shader simply checks for eye ray length through the atmosphere and adjusts the colour accordingly. It works well enough for now.

An Eclipse
An Eclipse

Finally, I’ve implemented shadows for nearby objects.

Next, I’m working on object picking and then I’ll be revamping my noisemachine to work sort of like libnoise by using modules. This will help me get my planet and moon textures looking good.