Weekly Update #3: Divide and Conquer!

Weekly Update #3: Divide and Conquer!

Hello folks!

This past’s week task was focused on expanding the gameplay systems in Boss Golf; mostly revolving around giving the players more things to do and to manage.

First things first: Decay!

Now the landscapers won’t be tasked solely with laying down decoration and tiles: they’re also responsible for maintaining them! The tiles you lay will decay after a set period of time, with special events making them decay faster. The landscapers will try and attend to it to ensure your resort is running in tip top shape. If it decays to 0, it’ll revert to plain grass.

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Together with that, you can now set the priorities for each type of task for the landscapers! Want a guy solely focused on maintenance? You can do that. Want a guy that prefers doing the landscaping than decoration? You can do that too!

Next up, hole building overhaul!

Until now, the hole building in Boss Golf was very loosely constrained; you just placed things around and saw how they worked. It was nice in the sense that you had a lot of freedom, but not so nice in the sense that it was hard to get information about how you should be building the hole, the outcomes of it etc.

Not anymore, with the new hole building!

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Now the new panel is pretty much all in one; you place the hole, tee, lay down the tiles, place decoration, all in one go. Then, when you’re happy with what the hole should be, you just accept it and the landscapers will get to work!

New also is the ability to set the “play space” for your hole. This is the area where you can landscape and place decoration and the hole components. This also tells you the estimated play path in the hole (as seen in the yellow line in the picture), which is completely dynamically changing as you shape your hole. It’s only a guideline, though, as golfers will still try and decide for themselves the best way to play it!

But it does act as a marker for out of bounds. Any ball that lands in the fenced-in area is fair game. If it lands outside, oops! Penalty!

After building the hole, you can summon a special NPC to give it an expected rating of play. (you’ll also get this rating adjusted as golfers play through it)

Later on there’ll be a better shot analyzer to give you information about potential shots on different spots in the hole.

This style of building will be expanded to the water hazards and other hazard types too, giving you more control about shaping them, and reading the statistics on them.

On the other side of things, I’ve also begun prototyping the system for building buildings in the game. It’ll be a pretty cool click and drag system with options for customizations, allowing you to build the building the way you want it built.

That’s all for now, folks! Stay tuned for the next weekly update!

Weekly Update #2: Breaking New Ground

Weekly Update #2: Breaking New Ground

Hello folks!

Following the development path, this week has been focused on extending the new UI to the other elements, implementing the localization pipeline, and beginning the implementation of new workers!

To start off, the new UI!

I’ve decided to take the UI into a more modern and streamlined direction. Gone is the green/white panels, and in are these awesome new darker panels:

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In there you can see one of the new features, which is the resort rating. It’s based on the categories as seen in the window. Improving these will increase the rating of your resort, which will unlock new things as well as attract better golfers.

Another thing added were more ingame panels:

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These are for when you wanna expand your resort! You can now break new ground and expand your resort to accommodate more holes. Now, the number of holes you can build is limited to the size of your resort. Need the full 18 holes? Gotta need a larger resort!

Next is the localization pipeline. It has been integrated into the panels, and anything that uses text in the game will be connected to a main localization controller that pulls the necessary data. It’s also very easy to update/add new languages! Big win!

And I’ve also begun adding new staff to the resort. Soon there’ll be janitors and foremans roaming around. I’m also implementing the systems ingame to make those characters needed!

That’s all for this week! These updates will tend to come on the weekend, as that’s when I have extra time to boost development!

See you next Sunday!

Weekly Update #1

Weekly Update #1

Hello folks! Long time no see!

It’s been a while since the last update, but rest assured the game is being developed. You may have noticed that the release date has been moved to February; there is a good reason for that, which will be revealed soon!

I have to stop the closed alpha, though, so that I can focus on the development of the game’s systems. Now I have a proper list of things to get done, and will be turning to a closed beta later this year, so you’ll still have a chance to play the game well before release, and provide good feedback!

So what is today’s update about? It’s hard to show, since it’s a lot of under the hood work. Basically:

  • Moved the AI to a node-based state machine system. The previous hardcoded state machine was alright, but would be hell to expand later on. The new system works better.
  • Implemented a proper pathfinding solution. Node-based navigation, with object avoidance and on-the-fly graph updates are also in. This means that the AI will now properly react to changes in the environment, including bridges and whatnot!
  • Changed the terrain system to allow for expansion of the resort and proper culling of chunks you don’t see. Lighten up the processing load by a lot!
  • Began updating the AI to make it more modern.
  • Began implementation of the proper core gameplay loop of the game.

This last point is the most important one and the cause of the lack of updates recently. The game so far has been alright in a sandbox state, without any real goals to search for and whatnot. This is ok, but not optimal, as in the proper game you wanna have a loop of things to do, things to look forward, plans to adjust and whatnot.

So I took quite a bit of time experimenting and thinking ways to create a good core gameplay loop, and I believe I’m getting close to it now. It’ll involve a lot of facets of resort management, which I’ll expand upon at a later time! Gotta keep something!

And here’s a screenshot of the first pass of the new AI:

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I’m going for a more minimalist/clean/flat look. The icons will be replaced by flatter versions of what they do. Placeholder for now, but this is the direction I’m thinking of taking things.

Oh and as of now, I’ll be posting weekly updates regarding the progress of the game, to give better visibility on how it is progressing, specially since the alpha is over. Not having to make sure things are compatible with savegames will certainly speed up development!

That’s all for now!

-Gus

Boss Golf Updated to 0.67!

Boss Golf Updated to 0.67!

Hello folks!

Sorry for the lack of activity recently! Development for Boss Golf is continuing strong! Been hard at work getting some of the other main features in. But I’ve wanted to add a simple tutorial as soon as possible to help new players get a grasp on how the game works!

So update 0.67 is about that! Now at the main menu, you have the option to begin playing with a Tutorial! The tutorial will walk you through the basic steps of building up your course, familiarizing you with the main systems of the game.

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This update also adds the possibility to open/close your resort. This will stop AI from spawning on your course if the resort is closed, giving you more peace to work on your course.

Warning that if you have a currently ongoing game, this update is incompatible with your save game. If you don’t need the tutorial, don’t worry about updating yet!

That’s all for now, folks! Next up: the building system, and other improvements!

-Gus

 

New Main Menu in 0.66!

New Main Menu in 0.66!

Hello folks!

Update 0.66 is out for the closed alpha, including a brand new main menu!

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From the main menu, you can now choose to create your own Sandbox (with limited options as of now; mainly Resort name and the Size); Load a previously saved game (and you can have multiple saves!); and tweak a couple of basic Options (for now, panning and rotating speeds of the camera. If you have some requests, send a comment or message!)

Not only that, in game now you also have a menu you can access to save the game, change options, load another game etc:

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So there you go! More freedom to play the game your way, and getting closer to Early Access features!

Oh, and there may be a pretty big announcement for the end of this month! So stay tuned!

Update 0.65 is out!

Update 0.65 is out!

Hello folks!

Took some time, but it is here, the update 0.65 for Boss Golf closed alpha!

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Changelist for this version includes:

  • Fixed issue where golfers couldn’t acquire an open hole if the number of open holes was less than the number of available holes.
  • Added a radar display for overview of the golfer abilities.
  • Separated golfers into rankings: Casual, Recreational, Serious, Competitive, Professional, and Legend. Rankings determine the starting ability of the golfers. After a lot of play, once their attributes increase, they may achieve a higher rank. This system will tie in with the “perks” system that I described some time ago.
  • Added proper calculations for draw, fade, hook, push, pull, and pure. Now when golfers hit the ball, based on their attributes, there’s a chance for either of these forces to be added to the golfer. Includes your own golfer! (Right now no way to increase it, so bear with it)
  • Added golfer dominant hand, now you’ll see golfers taking a stance according to their main hand.
  • Increased variety of golfer thoughts and improved the display of the thoughts in the character panel. Added more thoughts for analyzing the results of a hole playthrough.
  • Improved calculations for stroke generation to give golfers better/more realistic options. There’s still some issues with some edge cases, since we can’t set OB areas yet. Once that’s in, it should be more accurate.
  • Added a display for the state of the hole (open or closed).
  • Added a panel showcasing the statistics of the hole (average score, number of plays etc).
  • Added a panel showing a history of plays on that hole with the ability to see the shots. Simply click the play you’d like to see, and it will be shown. Golfers also keep a memory of their playthrough at any given hole.
  • Added shot evaluation buttons based on golfer ranking. In the Edit panel of the Hole panel, you can click on the button for each golfer ranking, and see more or less the average path they will take. Works with multiple tees as well.
  • Closing a hole will now make the AI abandon the current hole, if they are queuing for it or playing it. May lead to bad thoughts 😉 (The player will never be booted)
  • Fixed issue with golfers roaming outside the resort grounds.
  • Tweaked the graphics of the terrain by adding some better boundary effects. Still heavily work in progress.
  • Increased the size of the character collider to make it easier to click them.
  • Added snapping option for decorations. On the decoration selection, you’ll see a little magnet button that you can toggle to snap the decoration. It’ll snap on a 1 meter grid.
  • Tweaked speeds for detecting when the ball successfully enters the hole.

Phew! That’s it for 0.65. Now onwards to 0.66. And also might have some bigger news to share soon!

Enjoy!

Update 0.64 for closed alpha is out!

Update 0.64 for closed alpha is out!

Hello folks!

After a long wait, update 0.64 is out for Boss Golf!

For this update, you now have some brand new tools for making water in your golf resort!

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In the water panel, you are able to either add bodies of water, or rivers. (Waterfalls will come later).

Bodies of Water

This is just a fancy way of saying lakes, ponds, whathave you. Simply dig up an area with the height tools, select the water tool, and then click on any point you wish to create your pond. It will automatically detect the area to be filled, and preview what the pond will look like.

After it’s done, you can adjust the height to suit what you need, or just straight up delete it!

Rivers

Rivers work similar to the path tool. You simply click and drag, and a river will be created. Currently, you are also able to choose the width of the stream you are making!

To delete it, simply select the bulldozer, and erase the river whole.

As this water tool is still a work in progress, the AI isn’t reacting perfectly to it yet. It’ll try to walk over it, and may get stuck if the trench is too deep. You can always use the pick up tool to grab a problematic AI, and move them out of the way. For 0.65, AI will receive a nice overhaul to make ti more reactive!

Some other minor fixes included in this build:

  • AI now limited to 8 strokes in a hole. If it goes over it, it’ll move on to the next thing.
  • Removed the Edit hole button from the hole panel
  • Balls falling into water will be treated as out of bounds; stroke penalty and placed at the appropriate location

That’s it for now, folks!

As mentioned, 0.65 will be about AI and improving their systems. Afterwards, it’ll be 0.7 with the tools for creating new buildings for the resort! So stay tuned for more, and don’t forget to wishlist Boss Golf!