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Update

Dear readers,

this is where we stand with Scout’s Journey and otherwise:

  • There is now Unreal-capable hardware available. I’m currently trying to install the Linux version of Unreal from git. The current development rig has 8GB RAM and a Nvidia 1050Ti GPU. This should do nicely for a while.
  • I’m still polishing off the script. The plot has been finished for a couple months, I’m just editing and pulling in some stringers in a couple places. This is not a major effort, though.
  • I’m seriously looking into C++ programming again. I am capable of it but I’m doing some reading and practice as a refresher. One thing I’m quite seriously looking at is to port my little curses-based RPG (roguelike), DSAHack, from C to C++ with classes. This makes a lot of sense and it’ll be a good practice project.
  • As soon as things are running with Unreal, there will be renewed focus on Blender modelling, especially props and environments, and successively characters.
  • I’m still looking at doing videos and I’ll probably have a server and domain at some point to host a lot more stuff than this blog ever could.
  • I’ve been dealing with some personal upheaval in recent months but I’m looking relatively fine now.
  • You want to help, you want to partner up, you want to collaborate, you want to learn C++ with me, you want to give feedback, drop me a line. I’m aware I didn’t answer all comments recently, that’s simply because I was busy.

In short, radio silence doesn’t always mean bad things.

Jonas

 

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Oh please. Of course encrypted e-mail is still secure.

Various media have hyped a recently publicized paper about vulnerabilities of PGP encrypted e-mail, saying things like “e-mail no longer a secure method of communication“.

This is a load of BS.

Werner Koch, author of GNU Privacy Guard (GPG), has stated that such exploits have been known for almost 20 years and countermeasures have long been developed. GPG throws a hard error (since 2015) if the countermeasure is not detected upon decryption.

Enigmail, the Mozilla Thunderbird PGP addon, includes a fix (since February) that prevents any content being rendered to the user if GPG throws this error. This basically fixes the problem.

Claiming that PGP has been broken, the encryption itself has been broken, and telling users to not send encrypted e-mails anymore is WRONG.

I have to wonder if this is some kind of scheme or cyberattack meant to discredit email encryption as a whole. The use of encryption is obviously a thorn in the side of various agencies and third parties who would like you to stop using it.

In short: Use GnuPG and Enigmail, use the latest versions, disable loading third-party content from the web, or disable viewing HTML mails completely (if you’re paranoid, you probably did this already). Don’t panic.

 


Script excerpt.

Since I was asked for it, I decided to post an excerpt from the main script. Please understand that I can’t post the full script or the detailed synopsis with plot points.

Let’s just say what I’m linking here is the first ten percent of the main script. Most game projects don’t make this kind of stuff available to their community. I’m trusting you guys with this. Take note that this is copyrighted material, made available for informational and educational purposes only.

Without further ado, here is the first 20 pages of the Scout’s Journey main script! The PDF opens in a new tab.

You’re invited to join Scout (and some minor characters) as she begins her adventure! Enjoy!

Feedback always welcome!


Up Against

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Quick two-player duel map, “Up Against”, for Command & Conquer 3 Kane’s Wrath.  Download available from ModDB.

Took about three days to make. It’s very fun for me to learn new tools of game making, including historical ones, so I do these little one-offs sometimes. Last time it was Torchlight, I believe, but I got bored with that before I could finish the map. Kane’s Wrath still has a player base, so perhaps this ends up in a map pack or something. That would be cool.

Got any suggestions as to what else I should try?


No “Mary Sue”

After learning what people mean by “Mary Sue”, I took this test for Scout, my protagonist, and scored extremely low (4 points; 16 before applying “de-suifiers”).

Yes, she figures in an otherworldly prophecy. But hey, she’s a protagonist. I guess she’s solid.

In other words, yes, the writing slavery goes on.


Check this out

Those of you interested in orchestral soundtrack stuff may want to check out the new version 2 of Paul Battersby’s Virtual Playing Orchestra, a free VO sample library in sfz format.

A beautiful sounding full virtual orchestra at your fingertips for free, VPO pulls the best samples from Sonatina and a few other sources to create a pretty well rounded library that lets you compose complete orchestral scores in software such as Reaper.

Free as in beer. The new version is very nice and not such a big download.

Grab it while it’s hot. And maybe join us at Scoring Central Forums.


Making a 5 point perspective grid

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From the department for weird stuff you never learned in school comes this monstrosity. A 5 point perspective is basically a fisheye-lens type view. I was curious if I could accurately construct one (most people seem to just wing it with the curved lines). Turns out it’s not really possible on paper because the radii get too big but in Mypaint or Gimp, it’s quite possible to do it with the ellipse tools pretty accurately.

You can actually see the five vanishing points here because so many lines cross there 🙂

In reality, this is really just a 1 point perspective (the center vanishing point) with curved verticals / horizontals. This is apparently pretty close to how the human eye sees things.

What’s it good for? Use as an overlay in a drawing software to create fisheye-lens effects in your (concept) art.