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« Reply #140 on: May 11, 2021, 12:25:10 AM »

Looking good! Wondering about that mysterious wall of green lights now… Blink
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« Reply #141 on: May 11, 2021, 06:37:08 AM »

Thank you all!

@JobLeonard: true, really it looks more like lantern, but as setup is more like sci-fi, so it's just artificial light. Smiley

@Ramos: indeed, you described its intended use, when you have also boxes in a level. You have to drop light on ground and to "strategic place" so you can see e.g. on moving platforms, which you have to pass with box in hands. Unfortunately, no god-rays in plan.

@Ramos, @Prinsessa: I'm happy that the wall caught your eyes, as I was on verge, just to remove that level. But than I decided to keep it for story. I'm in generally playing with idea of put there some intermediate levels where will be almost no puzzling, but just some fancy RT effects and tie it with story movement.
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« Reply #142 on: May 11, 2021, 06:49:48 AM »

Ohh, that sounds exciting
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« Reply #143 on: May 11, 2021, 06:53:33 AM »

Are you planning to have these non-puzzle levels evolve as the story progresses? That could be nice, to see the world come alive as you solve more puzzles. Like having a kind of hub to come back to for example
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« Reply #144 on: May 11, 2021, 07:05:53 AM »

@JobLeonard: That's interesting proposition, so I'll keep in mind. Maybe some level re-visit with later changes to level is possible and story-compatible.

My idea with those 'story levels' was to join 3 things. 1. let player have a bit a break from puzzling 2. introduce some major story movement / revelation (again told just through terminal) 3. showcase more RT FX there.

Problem for me was, I didn't want to place deliberately lot of reflections or various colored moving lights, etc.. into puzzle levels just to show RT, when focus has to be on puzzle / gameplay. So generally, in gameplay levels, those FX are more subtle. However, in such "have a break for a story" levels, I can use  opportunity and also showcase the engine more. Smiley
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« Reply #145 on: May 11, 2021, 07:11:12 AM »

Well, then a "break room" where you can look at collected trophies (that show off RT FX) that you got for solving puzzles can fix both issues at once, no?
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« Reply #146 on: May 11, 2021, 08:18:35 AM »

Not necessarily as I'll probably will want to move a story without being restricted by fact that I must returned to same re-used room with more 'trophies' - as you call it - unlocked. It puts some new restriction to me, but I want to keep it more free, so I'll be able to adapt those rooms to story better, without being restricted by such rule. However, where suitable, I can re-use room as you suggested, it depends when I'll be relating specifically 'points in story' with 'special levels'.
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« Reply #147 on: May 11, 2021, 04:28:46 PM »

This is so cool!

I was watching a video of that RTX minecraft thing, and they made a mirror just by altering material properties. But I have not seen anyone try a camera obscura thing. That is, have a tiny hole that basically maps all light sources of one side on a wall. This being 2D won't have the same effect of a camera, it will be a 1D image, but maybe it can be of use!
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« Reply #148 on: September 15, 2021, 09:03:12 AM »

Hi Everyone!

just updating my thread to announce that RTG is not RIP, even if I had "development crisis" (from May to August I not coded even one line). Cry

I'm back on RTG development from mid-August. Meanwhile I added 5 new levels and one completely new game mechanics (charged light shooter). This new mechanics, aside from opening more puzzle possibilities, is also nice for showcasing ray-tracing FX, as naturally, this charged light "bullet" is fully dynamically illuminating environment and casting shadows while flying around level.

More at next devlog, albeit, I'll probably write devlogs less frequently than before, as I'd like to focus more on development in this stage, when there's still a LOT to do on game.

Cheers. Smiley
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« Reply #149 on: September 15, 2021, 09:20:50 AM »

I'll just say what I always say: I've been lurking here on these threads since before Spelunky Classic existed (so 2008, 2009ish?) and I've never had any devlog nor made any games (outside of the occasional Ludum Dare or Game Jam collab) so don't feel bad Cheesy
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« Reply #150 on: September 15, 2021, 10:15:57 PM »

It's nice to hear that RTG development continues. I had similar crisis too  Cheesy so I fully understand (..that reminds me of my blog..). Anyway, I'm looking forward to see these new levels Wink
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« Reply #151 on: September 16, 2021, 02:14:41 AM »

In the same boat with Startron too Tongue

(I ended up acquiring a girlfriend so development time has been reduced considerably Concerned )
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« Reply #152 on: September 16, 2021, 07:15:39 AM »

You focus on developing a healthy relationship! Cheesy
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« Reply #153 on: September 20, 2021, 08:15:52 AM »

Thank you for your reactions!

@JobLeonard: wow Shocked for sure you experienced lot of AAA indie titles (seems like oxymoron, but it's not Smiley) which shaped up and grown here and then became successful.

@assemblerbot: thx, hopefully, soon I'll prepare some animation. I want to make at least 2 more levels before another devlog.

@Rogod: congrats to relationship! I hope it will settle-in with your development. I'm used to time constraints (I have fiancee and 3yo son), it's hard but still possible!
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« Reply #154 on: September 20, 2021, 10:57:29 PM »

I'm back on RTG development from mid-August. Meanwhile I added 5 new levels and one completely new game mechanics (charged light shooter). This new mechanics, aside from opening more puzzle possibilities, is also nice for showcasing ray-tracing FX, as naturally, this charged light "bullet" is fully dynamically illuminating environment and casting shadows while flying around level.

Great to hear you are back and I'm looking forward to see examples for the new mechanics!
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« Reply #155 on: September 23, 2021, 07:59:06 AM »

Thx Alain! In few days, I'll probably post some new anim. Smiley
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« Reply #156 on: September 24, 2021, 02:01:20 AM »

I'm also on a long hiatus from dev, sometimes it's needed Coffee Sounds like you've already gotten a lot more done tho!
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