The Road to Alpha, Week 36 - A Sign of Life

Привет всем!


What I did

  • Went back to Germany for a week
    • Got a new visa
    • Moved out of my appartment there
  • Brought the good PC to Russia!
  • Refactored the lane and road system
  • Reestablished regular tuesday updates!

What I will probably do next

  • Continue with refactoring (I will do some livestreams about it)

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10/31 Special Announcement


What happened

  • Michael joined the Citybound "team" as the second programmer
  • he discovered Citybound on Reddit, was an active participant in the livestreams and just started contributing some code for savegames, which I really liked
  • after some more collaboration on the savegame code I decided to offer him to work together more closely
  • now he is working on some geometry code that will greatly improve zoning, as well as lot and building generation (allowing for complex-shaped wall-to wall street blocks)
  • he also started reviewing the whole source code of Citybound so far, giving advice on architecture
  • we are now trying to get a common vision of what the game is going to be like (suddenly I need to communicate :)
    • he started to create a detailed mindmap of all areas of the game based on my vision, adding ideas of his own as well as ideas from the communities
    • I started a list of features that constitute a minimum for the alpha version, including rough estimation of completion (I will make this more public soon)
  • I am now working on a reimplementation of the roads and lanes system and user interface
    • implementing new traffic behaviour became too tedious due to a couple of wrong initial design decisions
    • it will take a little time, but it already looks much cleaner, so adding new features will be easier

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10/22 Livestream Review


What happened

  • In addition to cars that block an intersection by being directly on it, traffic now also reacts to cars that will be on the intersection soon
    • once this works robustly, higher-level traffic behaviour like road precedence and traffic lights can be added


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Something New: Livestream Reviews

On Saturday, we had a successful first livestream from my new place - and I decided to try out a new format for keeping you informed about game progress.

The motivation for this is that the weekly update videos are very very time intesive to produce, and I'd much rather use the time and energy on more programming.

Here is how the new format works:

At the end of each livestream, I will take the time to narrate a 10-minute review of what happened before and during this livestream, including live demos of new functionality and gameplay.

Part of that is also a final Q&A session, where live watchers can both suggest additional stuff to be mentioned for the review, as well as ask questions to clarify things for everyone.

This review will then be uploaded as a separate video, so you can either watch the full livestream or just the review.

Additionally, my plan is to create a short blog post for each review, with a written summary of what happened in the livestream, similar to the written notes for the weekly updates.

Without further ado, here is the first such livestream review:

(Please excuse timing inaccuracies and jitter, I forgot to record the livestream locally, so I had to export from Twitch)


What happened

  • People figured out that I moved to St. Petersburg, Russia
  • During my travels and first days here, I implemented basic intersection traffic behaviour, which only worked for slow speeds
  • During this livestream, we made cars slow down before reaching an intersection, to make sure they have enough reaction time.
    • The mechanism that we implemented that with will also allow for speed limits and other interesting stuff in the future

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The Road to Alpha, Week 31 - New Place, For Real!

Thanks for standing by...


What I did

  • Found an appartment

What I will probably do next

  • Start livestreaming (stay tuned!)

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The Road to Alpha, Week 30 - New Place!

A whole new world...


What I did

  • Moved to another country

What I will probably do next

  • Get acquainted, start working again

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