Distant Star: The End is Nigh

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October 14th, 2010 2:40 pm

No, really — it is!

Everything that needs to be in the game is so; what’s left is just visual and interface polish. ‘course, both the visuals and the GUI design are in need of some serious polishing.

Anyway: Distant Star now has an awesome technology tree; players (human or AI) can browse the tree and select new technologies to research. Researched techs affect all aspects of the game: ship combat, empire management, exploration, etc — and choosing to research one technology may prevent you from researching others. Choices, choices.

What to choose, what to choose?

What to choose, what to choose?

Furthermore, the technology system is entirely data-driven; technologies, with their costs, dependencies, and effects, are loaded from XML. Even the tech tree display is automatic; it uses a simple tree layout algorithm to render itself. What this means is that I can step away from the technology system entirely, either outsourcing it to someone else (anybody feel like helping?) or pushing a newer, better tech tree in a post-release update.

More progress after the jump:

I’ve got a few (basic, boring) menu screens built. The only nifty thing about them is the title music, an absolutely perfect unlicensed track I found over on ccMixter. Oh, lovely internet musicians…

It's pretty basic, but not entirely unattractive...

It's pretty basic, but not entirely unattractive...

If you’ve played Civ V, this notification system ought to look reeeeal familiar:

If it's good enough for Fireaxis, it's good enough for me!

If it's good enough for Fireaxis, it's good enough for me!

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2 Responses to “Distant Star: The End is Nigh”

  1. MrPhil says:

    Oh man, it looks awesome!

  2. phidinh6 says:

    Hey I recognise that menu style, with the horizontal lines and gradient! Hehe glad you finished your game mate, or almost finishing it, you’ve progressed much master than I have with DemoCrytus I don’t know how you manage to do it! Let me know if you need help with any visual UI stuff, this game will be an instant buy from me! Good luck!

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