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The month of November

Monday, November 30th, 2015 by Holy at www.swordofmoonlight.net

Exit: Daedalus Attack!

I know it’s been quiet here all month, so I want to explain something of what I’ve been up to. But first I was hoping to be writing about new art files going up to fix the cracks in the 3D map tiles caused by the recent addition of an anti-aliasing-like extension (this is mentioned time and time again in past months blog posts) and the holes that are in the textures, left by From Software.

However I’ve not heard from the artist who’d pledged to do this work for weeks. Last I heard from them they were working on it, supposedly (I hate to say it so publicly but this is a pattern with this artist; so I say it parenthetically.) It’s because I actually tried to take this job on for myself that instead I’ve ventured off into completely different territory lately. The troubles I ran into trying to work with the tools left by From Software were too great, and their choice of the X format for 3D model input into the tools proved the greatest hurdle of them all. I don’t think it was a bad choice, but the years have not been kind to the X format.

(Yes, artists have told me this time and again, but I couldn’t believe them, it’s a very fine format and introduced by Microsoft for use with its Direct X libraries, so I do not understand how it could so fall out of fashion.)

There is practically no support for X one way or the other. So faced with an existential crisis of sorts, and also feeling it’s time to place a premium on the art development department; or that is to make it a priority; I’ve made plans in length to completely reinvent Sword of Moonlight’s art workflow! It is an all consuming undertaking. I’ve already been at it for long hours most of the month.

I will describe the future here now. And I should add that the cracks in the 3D tiles really are an interruption in the short term that can be addressed. The other models do not feature so many cracks, but to address them in any way will necessarily entail a complete sea change…

Continued: The month of November

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