Friday, May 16, 2008

Writers Block (or should I say LOADS OF NEWS)

Well, no blog in a while so I'll pitch in.



The big release was Scourge 0.20 which is really turning into a nice game. It's one of my favourite projects, not least because of the regular releases and the RPG theme and it's a complete game (12 chapters of storyline). It's surely worthy of being listed on the FreeGameDev complete games page! Version 0.20 was probably the biggest feature packed release yet, and the game now has numerous active contributors.



Open City 0.06dev1 got released in April, which I didn't see mentioned anywhere. Nice to see the project continuing at a steady pace. Grab it from the project downloads on Sourceforge (the website does not link it directly) and see what new features are going into Open City on the project's development page.



Howitzer Skirmish now has a website. It's the tank game with full physics simulation of the tracks:



In the physics simulation, a motor drives the sprocket, which in turn collides with all the links in the track. Each link in the tracks, is a fully simulated rigid body.


Blocks is a fun and free software 3D Jump n' Run for Linux and Windows. A youtube is worth a (frames*1000) words.





Looks very cool although perhaps a bit floaty for my liking. Definitely a great addition to the open source game scene though and it's complete and playable. Download and enjoy.



Not so complete and playable is Dungeon Hack (project page). It started out as an effort to bring Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall into the 21st century but due to copyright concerns has become a game in it's own right merely inspired by Daggerfall. The original releases were only targeting Windows but now it's getting ported to Linux. Definitely one for the future and it has been in development for some years - some nice screenshots - now so looks like it shouldn't be disappearing.



Oh noes, there's more news... too much for one post? Nah... let's get on with it...



Update: Corrected PureBasic reference - it said FreeBasic before, and that is Free Software!



Lost Labyrinth is an awesome graphical roguelike. It's really a cool game and a great time-waster. The only problem? It needs PureBasic which isn't free and as such it can't be included in your favourite Linux distributions. Well, that's about to change:



Yes Lost Labyrinth can be packaged for Fedora/Debian now, as a Free purebasic compiler has been written named elice.


Great news for lazy sods everywhere!



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8 comments:

Mantar said...

Thanks for the info on Dungeonhack/Dragonfell. Kick-ass! I can't tell you how many times I wished there was a first-person single-player RPG like the Elder Scrolls games in the open source world. I've thought many times about starting one myself, but with my time constraints and the health problems I have (One part of it is I have trouble with concentration, which makes it horribly difficult to code now -- something I loved to do for hours on end when I was younger.) I knew better than to bother. Now I've got something I can contribute to.

So, I just fixed up a big chunk of their world book page -- maybe next Monday I'll see if I'm up to sculpting some world objects for them. :)

Szymon said...

Any news about the clue ramake? I can't even find its webpage through google

Free Gamer said...

It's called "OpenClou!" and the web page is hosted here:
http://www.openclou.org/

Anonymous said...

A small correction, Lost Labyrinth doesn't use FreeBasic (which is Free in the GPL sense and portable) but PureBasic (which is a commercial Basic dialect). The E-Mail said Free PureBasic compiler, not FreeBasic compiler. It's an easy mistake to make but we shouldn't let this mistake sit without correcting it. The more people use FLOSS software for development the better for all of us.

Anonymous said...

I agree I do not think though a small mistake we should let this keep going on. Any ideas when you will change this?


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Anonymous said...

But for being packaged LostLaby don't should replace all the graphics from other comercial games like faces for Fantasy Empires?

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