Voxel Quest is a procedurally-generated sandbox roleplaying game. It features volumetric models (solid modeling), emergent gameplay, advanced AI, an engine that can be modded via javascript and other languages, and more.

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5 comments by gavanw on Apr 9th, 2015

I have made several improvements to Voxel Quest since my last post here. This update mainly goes over physics and projectiles and character movement.

Since the last update:

  • Explosions (temporary effect, needs improvement); Sound effects are also all placeholders by the way
  • More intelligent chunk refreshing that reduces redundant chunk refreshes (useful for destruction among other things).
  • Rendering spheres of arbitrary size in screen space with real depth, normals, clipping, etc
  • Projectiles
  • Camera Shake (on jump, on objects hitting ground, fades with distance from camera); it is exaggerated right now
  • Zooming in and out to first person mode
  • Walking around with collision, realtime smooth movement that can revert to unit space for turn-based combat and so forth.
  • Physics (gravity, dampening, rigid body physics with adjustable bounciness/hardness, friction, etc). Currently operates on axis-aligned boxes (even when boxes are rotated on the Z axis)
  • All movement-related effects are now timer-based (rather than frame-based), although you can also force a certain time interval to prevent stutter/frame skipping.
  • Jumping
  • Lantern placement fixed (raised up inside of houses, no more lantern clusters for more efficient lighting)
  • Volumetric textures optimized for lower voxel resolutions (larger shingles, bricks, and boards)
  • Better character selection/deselection with dotted line selection effect; now distinguishes between the active entity and the target entity
  • Better sprite rendering with no clipping or depth sorting errors
  • Labeled all 1600+ items and entities (even though they are just placeholder objects)
  • Added context sensitive options to the drop down menu based on which targets (if any) are selected
  • Quick experiment with trees: upped the number of limbs to produce dramatically larger trees (as seen below)
  • Improved, less naive chunk picking (for rendering) - now uses a flood fill to pick chunks, instead of a bounding cube.
  • Many other small improvements I am probably forgetting to list :)

I am still working on many aspects of the AI but only a day or two per week right now - I am trying to not get stuck in any one area as there are many tasks left to cover. I think this most recent set of changes opens up a lot more modding potential (in particular, for realtime games). I think it would be pretty easy to make a platformer (like Mario N64), an artillery game (like Scorched Earth or Worms), or many other options (at least, easier than it would have been with strictly unit/turn-based movement).

I came in with the intention of doing videos weekly but as it turns out monthly makes more sense - there are some weeks where not a lot happens visually. It also saves me time. Nonetheless I advise you to follow the @voxelquest (or @gavanw) account on Twitter or my Youtube channel for smaller updates in between.


Also, I posted this a bit late for April Fool's, but it is worth reposting I think. Since I added in first person view, I obviously need the obligatory hand swinging some weapon. (In this case it is one of the weapons from Hexen):


In spite of this being a joke, I really do dig this style (as did Twitter, apparently) and I would like to perhaps have something similar ultimately.

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ceriux Apr 10 2015, 1:20pm says:

so are the players or characters which ever you prefer 3d? or 2d?

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Steele_Art Apr 22 2014, 10:55am says:

this game looks ssso charming. i want it all over my steam library.

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gavanw Creator
gavanw May 11 2014, 3:12pm replied:

It shall be :D

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Nilidus Apr 22 2014, 10:20am says:

awesome work! you have my vote :]

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gavanw Creator
gavanw May 11 2014, 3:11pm replied:


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Souls-Stream Apr 8 2014, 8:30am says:

Okay, following, I fell under the charm of the landscapes!
The description is really appealing too!
This will be awesome!!! Thanks for the update!

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gavanw Creator
gavanw Apr 21 2014, 5:48pm replied:

Great, thanks for the follow!

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NaturallyIntelligent Apr 1 2014, 11:16am says:

Looks really nice! I'm working on an isometric game as well, totally unrelated to yours except for the graphical angle. Any chance of licensing your technology?

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gavanw Creator
gavanw Apr 2 2014, 7:54pm replied:

Yeah, public alpha access will begin in September of this year, at which point I hope to roll out code access as well. You pay nothing to license, but your users must have a Voxel Quest game key to run your game or mod (like Valve's Source licensing, kind of). Alternate licensing deals may be worked out, but that is undecided at this point.

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Dude Mar 29 2014, 11:01am says:

Oh wow, neat visual style, I really like that.
Looking forward for more!

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gavanw Creator
gavanw Mar 29 2014, 11:34am replied:

Glad you like it!

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Dude Apr 11 2014, 11:01am replied:

Heh just found it on Greenlight and upvoted it.
Good luck! :)

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