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The code for 3.0 is flying off the keyboard currently. I expect to be running extensive
server tests within 6 weeks. Well, if pkbot plays nice when I do the code merge.

I'll really like it if I can include the hack random style maps. With chunks of one style
you literally get hundreds of configurations of maps to play. I'm even thinking of a way
to save and replay a config later.

However the hack chunks have this issue where they fail to load some triggers properly
with changelevel and map. The first map loaded always works perfectly. After that for
reasons unknown it is hit or miss. I know it doesnt always load some bsp submodels of a
map chunk (things like trigger_teleport) properly. No idea why. This is stinky.

I have some new ideas, but those will be after the first cut. Need to get 3.0 as it stood
in Archon mk II out the door.

Quake Hack status

The current state does not match the design spec. I'm speculating all that can be
released anytime soon after PainKeep 3.0 (say 6 months) will be the next demo.

Still, the tech is in a very solid state. The only real issue I'm aware of is the problem
with changelevel and map commands. Depending on how singleplayer is setup that
may not even matter.

I do have one design element left for the engine: the ability to change the textures
displayed on a chunk on the fly. With that feature I wont have to compile a whole
ton of landforms for the outside adventure. I can also have my snow and ash
"accumulation" feature!

This feature may also factor into making the dungeon portion more interesting.
This could also be used to give bsp model entities, like ammo boxes, multiple skins
like an alias model.

Baring more nasty bugs showing up or being introduced, Quake Hack is waiting on
map and adventure fill in.

Archons progress is harder to track forward from here. Much of the code is going
to be complete once PainKeep 3.0 hits release state.

The real issue with Archon is still the design spec. It goes a little fuzzy every time
I look past the current 1.2 beta. Once I have that operating under the mark III code
base I'll post further updates.

For now Archon is still mostly a work in progress.

Other notes:

My creative flow never stops. Not only is it hard to keep up with, this aspect
makes it hard to stay focused on current projects. I get crazy ideas like going back
to the original half baked spec for Archon that was a kind of fantasy team fortress.
Back when it was just the "Chaos mod" and I had no idea what to do with it. I also
had not played any team fortress at that point. Now that I grok TF2, I get more ideas.

I'd like to see Quake Hack become a "thing". The vision I have for it is still pretty
amazing. Just remains to be seen if the system will do what I imagine.
This could also be an amazing map tech for quake types. Right now I see it as
(minecraft style world gen) + (nethack dungeons) -> quake.

Stay frosty and Quake hard my friends!

Six - Gaming

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Number 6 at 6% of rank 36 on october 6th 2016 with 6 visitors (only just now), 6 watchers and 6K+ activity points.

All this "six" needs a blog post! Woo!

As some of you know, my obsession with number six comes from the Prisoner.

This enigmatic show comes directly from the brilliance of its creator: Patrick McGoohan.

A direct followup to Danger Man, McGoohan plays the mysterious Number Six, held captive for daring to resign from his high level spy position.

His prison is called The Village and regarding the numbers: "They do not use names, but have been assigned numbers which give no clue as to any person's status (prisoner or warder)."

What is so special about Prisoner?

This is a very surreal show with themes: sci-fi, spy, prison, betrayal, and conflict.
A spinning balance between Six's individual "everyman" and Two's establishment / bureaucracy.
If you want to see a different kind of show and be highly entertained, I strongly recommend the Prisoner.

So what direction can I take on this day of Sixes?

I can announce my new patreon site: Six Gaming

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Yes, for those asking me to take things up a notch, Six Gaming was made for you!
If you are serious about seeing my efforts expand, pledge your support.

The plan:

I am starting development on a full scale independent game!

anode x ptr

You heard right, this is not quake related.
This will be a sci-fi shooter and exploration game.
The main protagonist "Anode X" will struggle for survival and freedom.

The release:

I hope to have a base 2 level demo done by christmas. Everyone has access to this.
The rest will be done via Six Gaming.

Pledge 36: Alpha and Beta participation at this level. Plus credit in the release files and on my sites.

Pledge 24: Early official releases will happen here. These donors will also receive public credit for their support.

Pledge 12: Later access to the official releases. No official credit statements, but I plan some kind of overall credit document for all my supporters, even if the pledge is 1.

Pledge 6: You can kibitz and give me ideas. If I use one, you get public credit. You will, however, have to wait for the public releases to play Anode X.

When Beta testing concludes, I plan on selling the game. Individuals that have continuously pledged 24 or above will get a free copy.

After release, every month I will release a new game module, DLC if you will.
This will occur first at Pledge 36 and then 2 weeks later at Pledge 24.
After a number of modules are complete, I will offer a "Master" release where I can sell it.

Supporters at or above the highest level will get a complimentary copy of the Master.

So, click Six Gaming and pledge!
I'll get cranking on the game.

Most of the Anode X announcements will be on Six Gaming, but I expect a few will trickle on to moddb.
Eventually Anode X will have its own moddb site.

When I have the equipment setup, I also intend to do some behind the scenes at Six Gaming, and some live streaming game play.

I thank every person on moddb that has helped me in any way!

// handle random spawns and special (random) selects
// search {self.netname}_{1-99} for define status, if found, load ent from {self.netname}_{n} values

void() spawn_loop

It took me some time to get this done. Not because the code was hard...I just lacked the base idea.
Yet, this one function is a keystone of an entire series of modules from Archon and some key structuring in Quake Hack. More than that, it obsoletes and deprecates a slew of functions.

Yes indeed, code is about to start flowing again.
Stand by for updates.

S|X sig


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Been working on old school RPG of late.


My focus these days is a simpler rule system.
It harkens back to the idiom of the basic D&D system.

I have this epiphany that if what matters is role playing,
the overall rule set is not very significant.

The primary purpose of the rules is regulating a series of random decisions.
As long as it promotes a fair ruling, there is no need for it to be complicated.



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The code flow I had prior to Porters death refuses to return. So far.
So I do a bit of this, a bit of that. Its that dreaded time of year that every business owner usually dislikes - even if you are getting some money back.

Quake hack, Archon and attached projects proceed slowly.
I have a ton of ideas, cant process them fast enough.
After the Archon code port to qc++ is done I'll likely finish the map set per specs.
But hey! I have a new sig image. Woo.


Life goes on

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Until it doesnt of course. All very logical on some level that everyone understands.

But how do you sit down to do normal things when your heart is broken?
Last year I had work at a theater. People in life that I am very close to.
Would not be happy, but I would have gone in because I had to.
And had the support of my comrades in arms...fellow stage hands.
Of course, I left that in august for family reasons.

When did one little cat become such a big thing?
He originally came my way because of less than desirable humans.
They wanted to put him to sleep because he barfed too much.
Then the person who rescued him from them (not a cat person) had no idea
they declawed him and put him outside with feral cats.

I took him because someone had to care for his special needs.
Back then I had other favorite cats. They have all died as well.
Some part of me wishes they lived longer like some birds.
Or shorter so the attachment would not be as strong.
But they live as long as they were meant to, as do we all.

A friend said that watching a series of pets pass away is like being a highlander.
Or a timelord.

I just know right now that going on is pretty damn hard. This is the first day
without Porter.

If you dont have pets (given that you are pet caring material, some are not)
then you wont be broken like this. You also wont have all the days of joy
and that short time with the glowing light of an angel in your life.

When my life is done, gaurdian angels should look so good.
Oh wait. They will. I get to see them all again.
But damn, it is a long freaking wait.

Good thing I have code to write.

New Mod

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I have deliberated for some time about adding a mod.

With the direction Archon has taken, the tech needed for the maps had to be developed.

But that dev. doesnt really belong in Archon.

Plus, the promos, alpha and betas should be separate releases - they dont have any Archon features but the map tech.

The tech can do some cool stuff though, so I will be adding Quake Hack to the collection.

Stand by....

It's alive:

I've settled into a different location and a new lifestyle after a big move.

In the right soon that will be happening I forsee a return to quake related stuff.

Yes, the current minecraft phase is burning out. Have some posts soon.



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Soon I will have things to post.

v106 RECODED - compiles leaner, meaner and faster than standard v106.
And should be available in the next couple of months.
I'm debating changing the code to exclude quake 1 items, weapons, artifacts and the standard player.
Monsters can already be left out - but you still get the AI base.
The point to this is that if you want to make a new quake 1 style game the framework is there but you are not stuck with all the foibles of the quake 1 code set.

I'm also going to spiff up the quake-hack code and see if I can get it to do what its supposed to. Quake-hack is already ported to the v107 code set. Next step is to fix its flaws.
Open worlds seem to be all the rage - the Order 1886, the new Batman Arkham, GTA V - how about an open world quake one!? (OMG...I think I'm actually drooling. No wait, its just lunch time.)

6 %

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Ah, my favorite percentage of any level - six.

It may not seem like much, but you will not get to 100% without it...

qc++ recode goes well. The new code base should do some really cool stuff.

On the hardware front, all attempts to use 3 monitors (havent had the 3+ monitor config working since I left morphix in '011) fail. So frustrating.

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