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Freshly Squeezed Progress Report: Your House View, the Basement, and Beyond

In last week’s report, I implemented a few character customization options and implemented basic saving and loading for my second Freshly Squeezed Entertainment project.

Since then I worked on a simple view of the player’s home.

Sprint 7: Pre-production and initialization

Planned and complete:

  • Show house layout

Unplanned and complete:

  • Create house view’s basement

Unplanned and incomplete:

  • Create _____ view with ladder back to basement

When it comes to planning my week, I decided that instead of choosing a bunch of features/tasks to work on, I would only pick one. If I finish it early, I can pull in more work.

One key part of the game is the player’s home. I want the house to be a place where the player can regroup, collect supplies, and have various characters interact, among other things.

But I also recognized that much of what I have planned really only makes sense as a way to support game play that doesn’t exist yet. So I wanted to get through this part quickly. I have some reference art for what I wanted the various rooms to look like, but for now, a simple color-coded box with a label seems to work well enough.

Simple room view

Then I rendered the rooms relative to each other so you can switch between the House View and an individual Room View. For now, entering and leaving a room is all you can do. It’s not much, but it is a building block to more interesting work later, and the game saves which room you were in, so I know that part works.

Simple house view

The basement is going to be an important location, if only because it is where to find the entrance to the main non-house area of the game. I managed to get much of the work here done, but because it reveals a bit too much too soon, I won’t say more now.

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