Friday, 29 August 2014

Redesign of the gameview screen

So I went to doctor and got heavy antibiotics for three weeks plus alpha blocker medicine. It's interesting stuff, supposed to loosen the muscles of pelvic floor, but since I'm special it's affecting to all my muscles, including heart which is of course a muscle. For couple of hours after taking the pill my heart speeds up for quite a bit. It's annoying, but supposedly not very dangerous. However it's working, I'm feeling lot better now.

I've planned the next feature also for some time and now started to implement it. It's the gameview screen (stats, messages, etc. around the gameview) which is going to be modernized to 1.6 aspect ratio. The current resolution is 800x600+ something, but it changed vertically bigger when I added 5 lines of messages. Since displays today are almost all 1.6 ratio it makes sense to change the screen for that size. Even more important it feels like I'm actually planning the screen for the first time, because this far it has only included some of the stats.

The extra space is probably going to have both equipment and inventory as tiles with drag and drop functionality. Yet the UI is kept such that there is no need to use mouse, it's entirely optional and will work at the same time with more traditional keyboard commands.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Stetson-Harrison project management

I was looking at the oldest files in the project and found two classes (four files) from 2009 that were not used anywhere. It's actually a problem in big projects that you can create multiple ways to do something and then some of that code is never used. These days I try to avoid writing anything for "future use", just as happened for those two classes.

It could be really nice to have an option to somehow mark files in the project different way. You know, when you have the list of files in the project you could mark "ready" files with green color (or something like that) and critical files with red, etc. Neither VC2010 or Code::Blocks has that feature. Some time ago I went to ask C::B developers if they could add that feature, but I got the typical "open source answer" to add it myself. No. You add it, you are the fucking developers of that piece of shit.

I've had problems with my health. Nothing major (I guess), but for couple of days I couldn't concentrate on anything. Sucks. I tried to go to doctor, but he is not in the house for thursdays or fridays. Public healthcare, you know. At monday I'm going to try again. I hate going to doctor, but enough is enough.

I try really hard to concentrate on fixing actual gameplay mechanics rather than fiddle around with source code quality (which is important in a way). When I refactored the map routines it broke stuff elsewhere. Funniest one was walk command (similar to 'g' in Nethack), pretty much everything broke in that routine.