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Grass and Adjacency

Welcome, welcome, come in, make yourself at home. Today I want to tell you all the tale of how grass grew on this island... So yeah, we've been looking more at how to make the game look less flat, more alive for quite a while - stuff like adding clouds, improving the water and lots of tweaking to how things render that I've talked about in earlier posts. To that end, this week I put in new trees and also covered all the empty tiles with grass! That's starting to look really nice, I reckon. Still need to improve the amount of variation - at the moment there are only three different 'grasses' - as you can see with the repeated large bush down the bottom right. I'll be changing things so th

The one where water looks amazing

Another week, another amazing amount of progress. This week I've been working on the trailer some more - it's getting so close to ready! But we decided the game really needed one more VFX pass to make everything look just as sweet as possible, so (thank you Unity Asset Store!) I added new water: I'm going to do the same for the grass as well - nice wavy grass :) I've also had someone join me to help with various production related stuff. He's been playing the game to get a feel for it and I've gotten SO MUCH FEEDBACK from him, all positive and constructive, so the rest of the week has been picking the low-hanging fruit from all of that. Oh, and a new Space Whale model that is also lookin

Twitter explosions and draft trailers

Please excuse the daft title, the head cold fairy came to visit this week :) I realise that I haven't posted for a bit, so there's stuff to catch up on! Most amazingest is that I posted the gif of clouds from my last blog post to Twitter and Reddit where they proceeded to go slightly viral, which was awesome! Almost immediately after that, my computer that's powerful enough to record video at anything approaching an acceptable quality died hard (it was 8 years old, which is about 5 million in computer years). Fixing it up was ... fraught. So Easter was something of a rollercoaster! Last week I attended the Play by Play festival in Wellington as part of the New Zealand Game Festival. It

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