Galaxial is a 2D space strategy game that features a sandbox mode allowing the player to explore, colonise and conquer planets in a vast randomly generated galaxy.

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Quick update with a few things I have been working on recently.

Posted by StuartMorgan on Jan 13th, 2013

The past few weeks have mainly been spent cleaning up and re-writing large chunks of code including the ship AI and transitioning everything over to the new window interface system.

Colour Banding

I added some dithering/gaussian noise to hide the colour banding thats noticeable on some gradients in the game. The sector backgrounds and galaxy map screen were particulary affected by this. I was quite reluctant to do this as when you zoom in you can clearly see the noise, which really doesnt go with the 'smooth gradient' visual style of the game.

I will perhaps make the dithering/noise optional so you can turn it off if you want. (for 30-bit colour monitor users!)

Interface Windows

I have been improving the layout and design for many interface windows, it involves lots of trial and error to get everything pixel perfect. The screenshot below shows the new ship orders window.


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Ships with a transport order can now (optionally) load cargo at the second waypoint if you dont want them to return empty.

Music

I am also looking to license a unique soundtrack of over 4 hours of atmospheric/spacey electronic ambient music for the game. Theres still a few more details to finalise so I cant provide any samples here yet.

The next few weeks I'm going to start working on some of the more gameplay related stuff as I'm rather sick of user interface programming at the moment. It's so time consuming.


Development Blog: www.stuart-morgan.blogspot.com
Twitter: @stuart_morgan

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Kanealii
Kanealii Jan 13 2013, 8:27pm says:

HOOK ME UP MY MAN!!! MY TABLETS READYYYYY BRING IT!!

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neronix17
neronix17 Jan 14 2013, 4:47am says:

Oh how I would love to throw money at you for alpha/beta access to this game...*cough*please do an alpha fund on Desura*cough*

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