Been sleeping most of the last week again, only just started to be able to actually get any work done on the March 1GAM again. Going to be submitting it before the deadline as I’ve got to travel for appointments so now have five days to make something playable.
I’ve decided main priorities to get the build into some sort of basic “playable” state, though it still really won’t be much of a game, are: > player controller based on camera input > design and model some basic plants, both generic and hero “plantable” types > hero types have multiple stages of growth > player can collect and plant cuttings > individual planted pots’ logic for their cuttings growing > “next day” trigger to continue progress > plant growth progress dependent on being watered and where they are placed (some need sunlight, shade, greenhouse, cold, or dark areas) > basic GUI tutorial/prompts telling player what can be done in the build
If I get to return to this game project of course I’d love to build a cozy and convincing little town with NPCs, and have the game include information cards for the plants, and an expansive set of environments to explore. One day. <3
Making sure the cuttings are the right height for the player to grab with one of the animations.
If I continued development on this game I’d scrap the three “grab cutting” animations, I’ve got something else in mind for collecting them.
Asides from making some of the stand-in plants today, I’ve been progressing on the scripting for the planted pots.
I’m likely going to be sleeping the majority of the time for at least the next couple of months, but I’ve decided not to stress about making super gameplay oriented games each month.
Long term goals, I want to find work as a 3D generalist in a small studio, or a rigging TD/tech artist in a studio that requires me to specialise. So I’ll be pretty happy if I can find the energy to focus on learning to make more professional assets and integrating them into simple games to better learn how different cases SHOULD be made to suit a game engine and for best optimisation.
While the cold greenhouse isn’t fully put together (gravel isn’t fully/evenly distributed inside, and the roll-up poles won’t be added until spring/summer) I can at least say overall it’s completed for winter! I had recently discovered that the gravelbed we added isn’t quite the kind of gravel used inside a greenhouse (this gravel is far too heavy and locks together too much compared to the gravel I’ve seen in other greenhouses. They seem to use more pea-gravelish stuff) but HEY we were building blindy with much of the greenhouse construction, we didn’t have the experts guiding us in that department. The size of the greenhouse I’d still say is perfect though; small by greenhouse industry standards but huge to a hobbyist (apparently everyone thought we were gonna build a dingy little greenhouse thing? DO THEY REALLY THINK THAT’D SUIT MY LARGE PROPAGATIONAL APPETITE???). This baby will hopefully be a useful asset for me for years to come.
The seedbed I’ve been wanting in the greenhouse has also been built and just needs some wettened peat moss thrown in to insulate between the seedpots that are inside now. Still wish I knew we were gonna be THIS LATE with the seedbed sooner, otherwise I would’ve sowed the majority of the cold-stratified seeds (which is pretty much everything) asap rather than waiting and waiting and wasting months of precious stratification time………. but hey better late than never?? Even if that hadn’t been the case some seeds were late collected/donated (bless you John the hunter, you may be the one man to help boost my seedling numbers without costing me a penny. Birch saplings/seeds aplenty thanks to you) so it couldn’t be helped. Luckily many seeds I have only need 3 months of cold at best, so we have that on our side.
This winter has been a freakishly mild one so far so I’m not sure how well it’s been really protecting the perennial plants/saplings I have inside now (besides keeping them from DROWNING in freezing rain), but it’ll be truly put to the test come january if what the farmers say is true. Gonna need to add a thermometer in that building to better tell when I need to air out the greenhouse or not.