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DevCorner: Overlap2D editor goes open source & Godot 1.1. Beta with huge 2D engine enhancements!

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Some nice developments on the 2D game-dev front lately, and as you will later see, 2D with full shader, real-time lights and so on can be a quite awsome way to make games, without having to hire a full team of 3D artists 😉

First of all a great new 2D editor, Overlap2D, has been released under the Apache2 license:

Contrary to other popular 2D editors (for example tiled or DAME), it is not tile based, has a modern renderer and also comes with a nice GUI editor. It currently exports to a standard JSON file and has a libGDX runtime.

Godot 1.1 BETA

Really awesome are also the latest developments of the (often described as the open-source Unity) Godot engine which you can now easily try. For me the coolest new features are the new dynamic lights (shown here in the also new isometric game sample):

This of course requires a bit more than simple 2D sprites 😉 If you want to create cool 2D normal-maps, this should give you an simple way to create them.
Also very nice is the now working graphical/node-based shader editor:

If this has raised your interest in developing a game with Godot, check out this nice series of tutorials or these. It’s script language is a simplified version of python, so most beginning coders should feel right at home. Also check out this cool video of a mobile game made with Godot, if you still need convincing 😉

SDL2 FPS & on Finding New Open Source Games

Monday, March 9th, 2015
I took a quick look whether one could find some open source games news (new game projects to be specific) by sorting SourceForge game projects by date but no luck, only established projects seem to show up there.

So I did the same on GitHub, and after making educated guesses whether projects might be worth clicking based on their title and short description, I f ound graphitemaster/neothyne.

The project uses SDL2, is about half a year old, doesn’t have shooting functionality but at least movement feels kind of nice and definitely fast. In fact I’m honestly surprised that SDL is usable for 3D.

Neothyne is an attempt at getting back to the roots of good old twitch shooting akin to that of Quake World..

It certainly feels more like Cube 1 or Quake, rather than OpenArena, Sauerbraten or Nexuiz.

What surprised me even more that it compiles in mere seconds.

To come back to the point of finding games: My impression is that development is getting faster, projects are getting more but also less ambitious (read: more realistic to achieve) and less care is being given to licenses but at the same time more legal resources are being used because of OpenGameArt’s and Freesound’s popularity.

Personally, I have been using old onboard graphics for two years or more (no chance to run anything interesting 3D) because I’d prefer to upgrade from a HTC Wildfire (Buzz) to a OnePlus One, rather than buying a new Power Supply and Graphics card, having a louder computer and the knowledge that it’s using more electricity.

This is also the reason why the above video is so tiny. :) No 720p 3D for my GPU.

If you find it interesting to browse through lists of game projects, trying to find a playable one that suits your interest, I recommend the GitHub search. Just don’t rely on the “game” search key too much and imagine what the developer might use to describe it (probably genre names…).

For your entertainment, a list of “game” project short descriptions from GitHub.

  • Actual game for the Capstrong DePaul capstone team
  • recreating cs203-game1 repository because of a corruption in the original repo that I can’t figure out how to fix atm
  • the tic tac toe game on node.js
  • Survival game
  • kouluprojekti2
  • Hotline Miami inspiered HTML5/JS game for school project
  • Island is a programming game designed as a support for Software Engineering classes
  • game
  • Just a little game I’m working on
  • Card game…
What’s your favorite? Can you find anything better?

Space Station 13 remake liberated!

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Many of us know Space Station 13 as “that awesome game I never played”. Along with games like Dorf Fortress it stands as one of the pinnacles of the gameplay philosophy of fun through massive amounts of diversity. Originally developed in one of the most broken and unupdated platforms ever imaginable, BYOND, fans of the game have been trying to develop a standalone remake of the game for a while.
After a long period of development, the team of Robust Games, in charge of the project, decided to liberate the whole thing and turn to open development. This means all of the code is now GPLv3 and all of the art assets are now CC-BY-SA, effectively making the game 100% free-as-in-free-domes. 
So what are you waiting for? Get to developin’!

EDIT: Apparently only the placeholder sprites (not the fancy ones in the screenshot) have been released under CC-BY-SA. The game should still be 100% playable with these, though.

Official page
Source Code (github)
Code License: GPLv3
Assets License: CC-BY-SA


Galaxy Forces: Moon Lander Action!

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Galaxy Forces is an open-source moon lander shooter single-/multiplayer game hosted on SourceForge, it is nearly finished.

It is unique of its kind in offering global hiscores and achievements. Replays and AI enemies also available.

Try it. It plays on Win, Mac and Linux.

Godot Winter Game Jam

Monday, December 15th, 2014
Godot winter icon

A game dev jam to create a winter-themed open source game was community-initiated at the Godot forums. The (vote-determined) winner will get a budget of USD 50 to have donated to an open source project of their choice.

What is Godot?

Godot editor

Godot is a game engine. No wait, it’s actually a game development IDE with its own Lua-based scripting language.

As far as I can tell, it’s a promising project that is a bit buggy, especially when it comes to mobile exports. It has some UI flaws (subjectivity warning) but still, open source Godot is more appealing than proprietary Unity 3D.

If you want to try making a game in Godot, I recommend this official tutorial as a starting point. Good luck & great success to you!

What else?

Another way to support Godot: “like” it as a Unity 3D alternative on alternativeTo.

Strife: Veteran Edition

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Just in case you can stand having Steam DRM installed in your system, I recommend taking a look at Strife: Veteran Edition. Strife is a Shooter/RPG based on the Doom Engine and dating back to 1996. The developers for this new remake had the wits and sensibility to use the Chocolate Doom engine as the main code base, which is, of course 100% licensed under the GPL. With so many top quality Free Software engine remakes around here, it really astounds me why so few developers choose to use them on modern HD remakes and ports (I’m looking at YOU, upcoming remake of Heroes of Might and Magic III not using VCMI).

As mentioned, so far the game is available exclusively on Steam, but I’m pretty sure a DRM-free GOG version will eventually follow, as it usually does.
Code License: GPLv2 + LGPL
Assets License: Proprietary
Source Code (Github)

Xonotic community frag movie and other FOSS arena FPS news

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Very nice new movie from the Xonotic community:

It gives a pretty good idea about the vanilla game mode, although the very popular (some say too popular) “Minstagib” (one shot kills) and the total conversion mod Overkill (All new player-models and weapons, with team-spawn etc.) are also shortly shown.
Not shown are the popular vehicle mod and the recently added lightning gun (still WIP), but you can try everything yourself easily by getting the auto-downloader of the latest development build here.

As with most FOSS games, they are looking for more developers (& players) and if you have some cash to spare you can currently also pledge for the creation of some NPC characters for a single-player or COOP-mode here.

Speaking of FOSS crowd-funding, another great FOSS arena shooter, Red Eclipse this currently preparing a campaign for porting their somewhat aging Cube2 engine to the much nicer Tesseract (which is technically something like Cube3).
Oh and a new version (1.5) but still with the old engine should be out very soon 😉

Happy fragging!

Stunt Rally version 2.5 released

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

To celebrate tomorrow’s big movie launch, I am nicknaming it Interstellar edition 😀

Get the all the details and download links here!

Terminal Overload 0.3 released + support the developer on Patreon

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

The very innovative and awesome looking (+ fully FOSS) multiplayer FPS Terminal-Overload got a new release today. Edit: By now there is actually already a 0.4.0 release, get it here.

Charged x-jump on the new ETH5 map (3rd person camera turned on)

One of the new features is a charged jump that lets one take big leaps to reach good sniping spots or evade an enemy etc. Other changes for this release:

– New map: ETH5
– Prettier GUI
– Replace re-jumping with instant & charged x-jump.
– Tweak CAT movement speeds.
– Simplify disc controls.
– ETH mode: Each class only has one type of offensive disc.
– SMG changes: Increase firing rate, decrease damage, shorter range.
– MGL changes: Remove recoil, decrease firing rate, fire only one projectile.
– MG changes: Projectiles are affected by gravity.
– Remove etherboard from class #4 (Minigunner) loadout.
– Remove SG2 from class #2 loadout.
– Improve responsiveness of mouse look while in CAT form.
– New projectile visuals (except discs & grenade).

The new GUI looks like this:

New menu graphics with options window

While it is is quite awesome looking and playable already, it obviously still needs a bit of further development. Since the funds of an earlier crowd-funding drive have been used up, the developer is now looking for other ways to survive. If you like what he is doing, you can head over to his new Patreon page to support him with a monthly payment.

Yes, YOU! Right NOW! 😉

Developer contributions to code and art are of course also welcome.

Annex 4.0 RTS released!

Monday, October 6th, 2014

We mentioned it a few days ago, but you can now download the latest 4.0 version of the RTS Annex: Conquer the World.


– 2 New Factions: Alliance Renegades and NEO Republic
– Shadow Organization units: Vixen (hero) and Sentinel
– New Tilesets: Apocylapse, Metropolitian, Overcast, Brightland, and Outland
– Increased Level cap, unit re-balancing and refined gameplay.
– New Technology tree options: Simple Battle, Simple Deployed, Ready for War, and Insanity.
– All Technology trees now have a (D) Double Damage or (H) Half Damage variation.
– Improved graphics, lighting, and particle effects
– Save + load game feature
– New maps and scenarios
– New soundtrack, voice overs and sound effects.
– FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) license

It’s especially great to see them switch to a fully FOSS licensing model!

P.S.: Unrelated, but Unvanquished also got a new Alpha 32 release just now.