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RealSports Curling

Posted by AverageSoftware, 19 August 2017 · 169 views

Just realized that I've been working on this project for over a year now.  Kind of scary, but then again, Ratcatcher took at least three years.  Of course, Ratcatcher was my first 5200 game so there was a lot to learn.
I've completed the the new physics system, as least as far as basic rock movement is concerned,  The new system is m...

RealSports Curling

Posted by AverageSoftware, 11 July 2017 · 242 views

Made little more progress, as evidenced by this screen shot:

I now have end transitions fully implemented, apart from actually checking for the end of the game.  On the scoreboard you can see a few new things.
First, there are a couple of team indicators on the left side.  The colors are subject to change, and may even end...

RealSports Curling

Posted by AverageSoftware, 10 June 2017 · 197 views

In the last installment, I went into some detail on the scoring algorithm I had worked out.  It turned out that there were a few bugs in it, but I think I have everything ironed out now.
I've gone a little beyond that, and I now have the score for the end popping up on the scoreboard.  I've also made the scoring rocks blink, but of course...

RealSports Curling

Posted by AverageSoftware, 17 May 2017 · 244 views

Well, look at that.  What is it, you ask?
Just a memory dump of location $600.  $600 is the scratch area that I'm using for the scoring algorithm.  If you don't know, curling scoring works as follows:
The team with the closest rock to the center of the rings scores one point, plus one additional point for each of thei...

RealSports Curling

Posted by AverageSoftware, 01 May 2017 · 216 views

Haven't posted here in quite a while, since I haven't anything worthwhile to show.
My real job has been very busy lately, and I've also been devoting a lot of time to a PC game project so RealSports Curling was back-burnered for a bit.  I have some interesting things put together now that should help move development along.
The big thin...

RealSports Curling

Posted by AverageSoftware, 11 February 2017 · 362 views

I'm releasing what I call a "shooting demo" to get some feedback.
This build allows you to shoot all 16 rocks in a single end of curling.  The physics are in a first draft state, they basically work but still need a lot of tweaking.
Shooting is performed in three steps:
First, you set the aim.  In the following screenshot, t...

RealSports Curling

Posted by AverageSoftware, 02 February 2017 · 242 views

No new pictures, since my recent work hasn't really produced any visual changes.
I now have boundary detection in place, so rocks that hit the edge of the sheet will be removed and the game will advance to the next shot.  I also enforce a foul (loss of shot) if the player doesn't release the rock before the front hogline.
This is all gr...

RealSports Curling

Posted by AverageSoftware, 18 January 2017 · 286 views

Well, look at this:

I've got the rocks slowing to a stop now, and the logic correctly proceeds to the next shot.  Here you can see a yellow rock that was already thrown, with a red one coming up behind it.
Of course, the yellow shot would be removed in a real game since it didn't reach the far hogline, but I don't have that wor...

RealSports Curling

Posted by AverageSoftware, 29 December 2016 · 258 views

The scrolling on the lower ice sheet is now almost completely implemented.

In this screenshot, the current rock has scrolled all the way to the end of the sheet and the screen has scrolled appropriately.  The rocks along the top of the ice are there for reference.
This was both easier and harder to pull off than I anticipated....

RealSports Curling

Posted by AverageSoftware, 13 December 2016 · 221 views

As usual, real life and other projects have been slowing me down a bit, but I finally got the shooting mechanisms in place.

All three elements of the shot selection are in this screenshot, although the look of them is of course subject to change.
The first step in shooting is aiming at a point on the hogline.  This is what that...

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