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Difficulties of [ volunteer ] open source project maintainers

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Here’s to all the maintainers out there. To all the people putting in tireless, thankless work behind-the-scenes to keep code alive, to write documentation, to cut releases, to register domain names, and everything else.

If you are releasing anything for quake 1 - you are one of us.
As I read this article more things brought that "oh wow, me too" feeling.

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The problem is that it takes a huge amount of work to keep any momentum.

This is a well made point I have tried to articulate before. Sometimes life gets busy. I have to set the [ ever increasing ] complex quake c aside to deal with things. Sometimes for months, or even *shudder* years. Have to face hard facts - this makes me $0...I've never even been close to having game development as a career. The closest I came: "IT banking service & communications." Yeah, I know EBCDIC and a slew of other comms protocols.

Then I get personal time. I want to finish a mod or qc project. I open up scite, my source editor of choice. Load the code. My mind goes nowhere. Zip. Not inspired, not motivated, zero momentum.
I go do something else.

Periodically I read the .plan file. I look around at stuff I released, and other great quake releases.
Try to get inspired. Maybe play a game or two. Then it finally happens, and I'm rolling again with my favorite code base. Like meeting up with a great friend who has been far away for a long time.
Sometimes I even get lucky.

I just released this monster: Quake Hack beta 1.4.3

That is one of the most complex quake mods I have done to date. Required to do what it does: completely new quake c, reliance on extensions I've never used, engine side mods to handle map things, new map editor specifications, and all that tightly intergrated. This is literally bolting new tech onto the darkplaces engine. A while ago I abandoned a glquake / tenebrae engine mod for darkplaces. I decided I didn't want to maintain an engine mod along with quake c mods.

I'm on the 3rd tech build. That means it didn't work the first two times and I rebuilt it. Not all from scratch, but close. When you don't have a lot of personal time, it is very difficult to throw out months of dev. and just start over. That dreaded moment when you realize what you have does not work.

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he/she has all these cool ideas, but as each get released there is a growing amount of noise to distract from future ideas.

I have more ideas than I can ever use. A mass of text files and paper notes. They detail mod plans, map designs, game ideas, and the list goes on. I just hope that by the time I retire and can focus 100% on these dreams that I still have the drive, focus, and will power to release more.

Chaos mod mark (II) - "the Archons"

Chaos mod mark (II) - "the Archons"

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"the Archons" - where is it? This is the coming 1.2 beta release update!

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Design notes, editor theory, descriptions, design philosophy, brush structure, sky boxes, entities (good and bad) and last / most, the player!

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Get Inspired! We are all programmers and creators. You program your own life, and create your own daily content in the simulation we call "reality".

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numbersix Creator
numbersix

Code goes very well. Legacy dev code is out (mostly) making for a cleaner build.
Much of the original console print status is now in the client side HUD.
Many spells work now. Soon the original planned spells will be done.
Its time to lets the bots run for a time. See how the do.

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numbersix Creator
numbersix

The first spell is working:
Exchange - swap two non power point pieces with a teleport
Might have to code up a special teleport. The regular code in triggers has a few issues doing this.

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Mv.Antitribu
Mv.Antitribu

Do you think you can make this fully independent? like an indie game? instead of a mod?

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numbersix Creator
numbersix

I'd have to rip the guts out of it. Practically have to start over.
And I've been at this for 3 years. 2 years went into building the code set its based on. And 5 for the original chaos mod.

Before I can release a beta I've got to do a major recode.
I'd be better off taking my unique code and items and just making an arbitrary game. Which I plan on doing.

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numbersix Creator
numbersix

Work is progressing on the spell system targeting method. Good so far.
Still have worries about the global 32768 limit - it floors me that the compiler counts local variables as globals. wtf. seriously.

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numbersix Creator
numbersix

A bit of monster eye candy from the sample room. Samples dont attack, they just look pretty.

These are already in the mod, but I have plans to fix some up.
Things are coming along nicely with the HUD. I have to make an enhanced display mode and then I'm going to add in Archon magic.
If that goes well 1.0.5 alpha can be released soon.

Then I'm going to do a big re-code to clean things up a bit.

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numbersix Creator
numbersix

Moddb.com - monster images for today

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numbersix Creator
numbersix

I'm back and working on the code.
New screencaps will post as I make them.
The Archon morph needs a spell system that uses archon points.
That will also likely require a new targeting system.

And I need to research csqc - seems like it can do some cool HUD stuff and the like.
When I get the Archon looking half decent, I'll also get some video.

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numbersix Creator
numbersix

So close to giving you guys a playable Archon in this mod.
Vacation is calling though...can you hear it?
Palm trees, sand, beaches...no. No, thats where I am.
Mountains, streams, cool air. Yes.
Regular updates will resume in about 3 weeks.
Then I'll bang out some amazing code.

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numbersix Creator
numbersix

Leapt off the logic gorge and switched to the fteqcc compiler. It took some code change effort, but it works. And the compiler / progs footprint is smaller - fteqcc seems to have more slick.

But...Chaos mod (mark II) codename "Archon"...has...a...playable...Archon!
Things seem different though - from the mark I code.
And I'm not sure if its the new darkplaces or something fteqcc did or something I changed. Have to run some tests before I release the 1.0.5a update.
Plus I'll be out of town for a month on a much deserved vacation.
And I dont think I'll take this production setup either.

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numbersix Creator
numbersix

Part of the difference seems to be the new dp engine.
Some dynamic items (runes, cubes, ammo) no longer bounce from the spawn point, while crates still do.
Got a request in to LordHavoc about this. Will put the results in the work log.

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