Monday, October 10, 2016

Sea Trading Game- Improving farming model, factories, livestock breeding

The name of the game this week was to improve the farming model. Previous to this week, I had a simple model in place, but I hadn't really tested it out much. As I'm now going through the process of adding more goods, I needed to improve this model quite significantly in order to make more sense. Features added included consuming seeds, producing new seeds, working differently for the southern hemisphere vs northern hemisphere, if applicable. I also changed things such that seeds produce goods only when the good is complete. I did a full set of tests to make sure that everything was working as expected, which revealed a number of issues which I was able to resolve.

I also fixed the Tutorial mode, at least to the point of getting it to run, although it still doesn't quite do what I would like. This will still continue to be updated as I get the feature set to where I want it to be, but I'm still not quite there yet.

I started to work on livestock breeding, such that there will be new sheep (The only livestock that I have thus far) will be born. I'm still not quite happy with this system, and it will be one of the first things that I tackle this week, but it is a start at least.

I also added factory system for creating goods. Wool and Cotton clothing was the first thing that can be created through this system. Check out the latest amount of goods!

Lastly, I have made it so there are multiple ways to produce goods, although they aren't currently being used. This could, for instance, allow for collecting food vs planting food.

As with last week, as I added new goods, I was able to identify more issues with the underlying system. As mentioned before, I'm not really happy with the livestock system, I'm going to re-work how that is managed. I also have a few more specific details that I'm considering as far as my goods system is concerned, but it is coming along quite nicely. Lastly, I'm increasingly getting to a point where I need to change how my goods are displayed, with so many goods I probably don't want to actually show everything that I can.

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