There was positive response to my last entry about Veure, both on the post and in private email, so I'll keep posting.
Currently, we're pushing forward hard to try to get to the alpha release and get playtesters (let me know if you want in on it). Major things we need to finish to get there:
- More missions and jobs (repeatable missions for lower rewards)
- Auction Houses
- Elite-style trading
- More NPCs
- More game balancing
- Some legal stuff (expensive and time-consuming)
There's more we need, but those are the "big" items we need to finish. The content generation is some of the most time-consuming. Plus, I need to do a lot of work to make the mission system manageable for someone who isn't me. Right now it's complex (to put it mildly) and I'm adding a new feature to make it more flexible but which also increases complexity. If we can't have rich, compelling, missions, much of the game falls flat.
Note: If MMORPGs are of interest to you, please read through this and answer the simple questions at the end.
I'm still diligently hacking away at Veure. About a year ago I wrote that I had 17% of the alpha tasks done. Given that I've added a number of alpha tasks (and pushed some back to beta), I'm relatively pleased that as of this writing, I have 81% of the alpha tasks finished, with over 90% of the commits by me. It's daunting single-handedly writing an MMORPG, but we've a developer who's been working on it and will be returning to it in June, so that's going to help. We're also looking at hiring a narrative designer to flesh out content. Writing a game is hard, but filling it with content? Hoo boy! It's the difference between outlining a novel and writing it (well, not exactly, but cut me some slack, eh?).
And that brings me to content. Much of
$secret_mmorpg_name (legal stuff, sorry) will be impacted by missions, but what are missions?
So, it turns out that working full time on a great contract, overseeing employees/contractors on other contracts, trying to build an MMORPG, working through legal issues associated with said MMORPG, preparing conference talks, and trying to be a good husband and father is a wee bit time-consuming. That's why I probably didn't answer your email or write a blog post in the past month.
So to let those interested in Veure know that it's not dead: we have bars! (Amongst many other things). Read on!
An offhand tweet about Perl 6, inspired by this ycombinator response, led to what I think is my most popular tweet of all time (which, compared to many others, isn't that big of a deal):
But I was also asked what the heck the code is doing, so let me walk you through it.
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