The Drag[en]gine is an free software project with a highly modular structure based on the GLEM System. Its design is similar to an operating system. The entire functionality is provided by Modules comparable to device drivers. The engine itself acts like a system kernel managing modules, resources and abstracting the underlying system. Due to the loose coupling of the modules with the system and other modules it is very easy to exchange or improve them without interfering with the rest of the engine. As a result the modularity extends from the developer to the end user who can now choose the optimal module combination for his personal computer even down to per game setups ( and even while running a game ) if required. Developers do not have to worry anymore about low level concerns keeping them concentrated on their game. In contrary to other engines (including high-end commercial ones) the Drag[en]gine provides true 0-Day portability of games with no extra costs and no troubles neither for the developer nor the end user.

Advantages of the Drag[en]gine

... for the Game Designer:

  • Use your Scripting Language of choice.
  • Hardware is fully abstracted. You only have to know how your chosen Scripting Language works
  • Updating the engine and modules is handled by the respective teams. You only have to worry about updating your game
  • No need to write specific content for specific systems. The users choice of modules takes care of this for you

... for the Module Coder:

  • Play around with individual parts of the engine without disturbing any other part. Test easy and fast new algorithms or features
  • Various debugging features help to debug fast and easy modules even during run-time
  • Loose coupling and high encapsulation yields in a more stable game engine
  • Platform specific code is only handled in modules increasing portability

... for the Customer:

  • Choose the optimal combination of modules for your system. The Drag[en]gine adapts to match your system not the other way 'round!
  • Open standards and free file formats ensure unrestricted and easy modding using free software applications
  • Various Launchers allow you to use the Drag[en]gine for more than just gaming
  • The Crash Recovery System prevents a game from crashing to desktop. While CRS is running change parameters or entire modules and continue your game from where it went out for lunch.

For more information check out the Drag[en]gine Wiki.

Features

Due to the modular nature a fixed list of engine features as other engines provide is not possible since it all depends on the customer's choices. To avoid cluttering the summary find the features list in this article:

 
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Particle Emitter Editor Video

   This time the video is about the Particle Emitter Editor. I decided to switch place with the conversation editor since I'm currently working on a few things there. Like the last one this video tries to give an insight in how things are done and how the editor works. The video will be up first again on YouTube and in lower quality on ModDB. So here is the video.

As always feedback welcome and will be gladly taken into account for the first release.

Make sure to watch it full-screen, it's 1680 wide.

Daily Grinding

   The last days had been mostly about fixing bugs and moving game scripts around. In particular I'm using the ZPOC project to identify game scripts that are generic enough to be moved into the game engine itself for people to use out of the box for their projects. For this I especially reworked the conversation system scripts. They are now more decoupled from the game scripts allowing to use them, reuse them or not using them at all. But more about this the next time.

Outlook

   Next up is more work on the conversation system and conversation editor. This is a larger task since the conversation system is an important part of the game itself. Different game mechanics will be implemented using the conversation system so you can imagine getting it to work properly is important and a large task. Next time I'll show more.

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Ragora
Ragora Jul 3 2010, 6:41pm says:

Would it be possible to code your own scripting module? Although the answer doesn't really matter to me now (I plan on learning cpp).

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Dragonlord
Dragonlord Jul 3 2010, 9:19pm replied:

Yes you can. They just have to be open and available on the net so launchers can download them to run your game. Otherwise more script languages are welcome.

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Ichiman94
Ichiman94 Jun 19 2010, 1:36pm says:

good engine, when will be released?

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Dragonlord
Dragonlord Jun 19 2010, 2:15pm replied:

I know people hate this answer but "when it's done" :P . I aim for a release this year if everything works out as it should.

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Ichiman94
Ichiman94 Jul 4 2010, 4:58am replied:

"this year"
okay, this engine getting better and better, dont give up ;)
and no problem if "when its done", good engine takes lot time to develop...

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slayersarge
slayersarge Jan 3 2010, 5:44pm says:

Would be funny if there was a vore video of the dragon eating a human whole with both views

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Robots!
Robots! Feb 7 2010, 5:10pm replied:

What the ***** is wrong with you?

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Dragonlord
Dragonlord Jan 3 2010, 6:01pm replied:

I have the bad feeling that one of the first mods is going to do exactly that...

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Robots!
Robots! Feb 7 2010, 6:00pm replied:

The project must end.

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Dragonlord
Dragonlord Feb 7 2010, 8:53pm replied:

In fact not. I can imagine what one of the first mods are going to be. They will take on time frames in the story which I leave out on purpose as they would be too much to included in the game. They are written but require additional worlds to travel too which would be a bit too much for a first time project. Can imagine people are going to fill them in with their own ideas which should be interesting to watch unfold.

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