Somebody has been communicating with the Moon. Somebody that doesn't understand what ancient forces they're dealing with. Somebody that doesn't realise how seriously they've upset the studies of the very eminent scientist and astronomer, Dr Dog. For Dog this means it's time for some investigation, and probably a bit of a walk.

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0 comments by arbonox on Aug 15th, 2014

The cycle fo the Sun

Solving problems of time and light

Shot150_TownMorning

Inconsistencies

If you've played any of the Alpha releases of Moon you may have noticed the moon in the sky in the outdoor areas around the Observatory. The more observant of you may also have noticed that the phase of the moon matches the current phase of the moon.  This is all great stuff. Except it raises an annoying inconsistency that's been bothering me for a few months now.

The changes of moon phase imply the passage of time, but the lighting of the world never changes. One one hand you experience the passage of days but never the passage of hours, so It's always night.

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The Solution

For a long time I've been resisting the temptation to implement a full day/night cycle, aware that if I ever want to actually finish Moon I have to be a ruthless as possible with my ideas. If it not absolutely needed, time shouldn't be spent on developing it.

However, the mixed messages about the passage of time were too much of a problem to leave alone. So now, in the outdoor areas, the daylight light matches the light in the real world and the passage of time is made clear.

Shot150_TownEvening

Concessions

Things are still not totally perfect. I've kept the moon itself in the sky at all times of day. I could have made sure it was up at times that were appropriate but it's an important indicator in the game. I decided it was too important to be missing for about half the day.

I'll just mark that one as artistic license.

Shot150_TownNight

Moon - Alpha 1.5

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Lemoncreme
Lemoncreme Jul 3 2014, 5:31pm says:

The game broke when I went back in to one of the first rooms, the one with first floaty stone thing.

I went through the do the lever, then came back and the screen went black.

I reloaded that game and it let me continue though. Love this game so far!

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arbonox
arbonox Aug 18 2014, 12:04am replied:

wierd. I've not seen that so I'll be on the lookout for it.

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Zammalad
Zammalad Sep 17 2013, 8:28am says:

Looking good dude.. get working on an OSX port :D

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Johnyliltoe
Johnyliltoe Aug 19 2013, 8:39pm says:

GREAT game! Just started a runthrough of the current 1.23 version demo on my YouTube Channel here:

Youtube.com

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muchoo
muchoo Jul 31 2013, 1:48am says:

I track U.
You have a good game under the fingers. Don't let it down !!

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EvilizedProductions
EvilizedProductions May 28 2013, 2:41am says:

Tweeded your project :) Good luck with this one!

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arbonox
arbonox May 28 2013, 4:41am replied:

thanks :-)

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