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AniMyth / Introduction to AniMyth!
Last post by Senkusha - Saturday, July 13, 2024, 22:01
AniMyth (short for Anime Mythology), is a game concept I started dreaming about back in 2010 when a former friend of mine convinced me to help him on a game he was building.  I was to be the background story creator, however, after playing around with Unity 3D for a while, I quickly fell in love with game design itself.  Today, I've migrated over to Unreal Engine, for a number of reasons.

AniMyth started out with being an anime-centric clone of Asherson's Call, a MMORPG that was one of the original big three games that ran from 1999 through 2017.  And there are still many aspects that I'm borrowing from Asheron's Call.  However, I'm taking full creative liberty with this project.  I've actually decided to make this game a hybrid between a typical RPG (role playing game) and a RTS (real time strategy).  I'm not entirely sure what this game will look like as a result, but just imagine something like World of Warcraft combined with StarCraft or Rise of Nations.

I want the game to be anime centric.  So all the characters will be based on the Anime style.  Think of wild hair colors, and provocative outfits.  Physics will also be non-normal.  I'm going to be building the game so that it can be played Stand Alone, meaning by your self, but I also want to include network capabilities too.  Remember the old LAN parties of the late '90's?  Maybe, if the game idea gets popular enough, I'll add a Dedicated Server function, but honestly, that could be years away.

I'm looking for some ideas, as I don't often actually play computer games much anymore.  But I'm having a blast learning and creating my own game.  I'm thinking I may borrow heavily from the many role playing game systems that I've purchased, changing them up to make my own system (must avoid the copyright infringement monster!)  In fact, I've already got the basic STAR system that I developed for my pen/paper RPG I was creating.

Some main aspects that I'm taking from Asheron's Call, are an easy and intuitive interface.  Most of the information is contained within the Right-hand panel.  There will be a Message Box Area that will be useful for diagnostic information and special commands, I'm thinking.  After all, eventually, I'm planning on this being a LAN based game, so you're going to to want to have the ability to communicate within the game!

I also want the game to be slightly educational.  I'm going to be adding in the various bits of mythological lore, herbology, and technology construction that I'm fairly comfortable with.  But as for right now, I don't have a clear definition about where I want this game to go, just that I know I want to build it.  I know that it's going to probably be set in the Near Future time setting, but I'll probably place it on the mythical island of Ogygia.  Kind of a blend between past and future.  I want the ability to leisurely create your "city", which may actually be a the internals of a computer system.  I'm not quite sure how I'm going to pull that off yet.  Time will tell.

Let me hear some of your ideas, what do you think would be cool to have in a small indie game like this?
AniMyth / Progress Log
Last post by Senkusha - Friday, July 12, 2024, 22:18
Here we are, another Progress Log!  Day one:

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General Discussion Topics / The Heritage Foundation Hackin...
Last post by Senkusha - Thursday, July 11, 2024, 22:00
So in a plot that sounds like it came straight out of a movie, let me see if I got the current events timeline correct.  The Heritage Foundation, gets hacked by a group of Gay Furries, leaked the data to the world, turns out some of the connections to the above mentioned Foundation have IP addresses originating from China, and now the FBI is involved because of foreign political influence?
General Discussion Topics / Dragons
Last post by Senkusha - Thursday, July 11, 2024, 09:35
I've been thinking about the mythology of Dragons recently, and we are told that the typical Dragon was a fire-breathing beast that would fly though the lands, hording riches and gold, and had a hide as impenetrable as plate armor.  Furthermore that these creatures were wise and seemed to be immortal.

Dragons never left the world.  The term dragon is nothing more than a metaphor to describe the wealthy elite,  noble class.  Let's talk about it:

Dragons horde wealth, sleep within their caves upon piles and piles of gold.  Rich people do the same thing.  In fact, their only love, much like that of dragons is only for gold.  Dragons were also seen as merciless, and horrible uncompassionate creatures that terrorized the common people.  In today's society, wealthy men are doing just that.  And they have a mentality to live by Rules for Thee, not for Me, full of arrogance.  Dragons flew, allowing passage to places far and wide without any inconvenience.  Wealthy people today enjoy that same type of lifestyle.  With a little money, they can buy passage upon a private jet, and not have to deal with the common people, soaring alone in the sky, far above the rest of us.

The fire-breath weapon of the dragon is nothing more than propaganda.  False news, to stir up drama and gossip among the common people.  To keep us divided.  They make up many narratives, that are completely believable, and then use them as tools to drive the common people apart... much like spouting fire from the air, people would flee and scatter to avoid getting burned.  Modern day propaganda keeps people from joining together in unison, because we're all too worried about skin color, gender identity, and political affiliation.

The tough skin of a dragon represents how untouchable they are by the weapons of the Law.  In fact the Law IS their hide.  Laws are crafted to protect them, the wealthy elite, from harm, loss of property, and allows these entities to do anything they want.  The Law is only meant to keep the common people under control.  Just take a look at how many redundant laws we have here in the United States of America.  And we have a group of monsters that are aiming to take away the Rights of the People, that are supposedly guaranteed to us by the Constitution.

In myth, apparently, the only way to kill a dragon is to pierce it though it's heart, along the delicate underbelly.  Unfortunately, this I fear truly is only a myth, because bastards who are wealthy beyond what they, and the next five generations of all their family members could possibly spend during their entire life times, don't have any sort of heart.  They are cold, uncompassionate, and completely lack empathy.  Truly beasts.  If I were to take a guess, I'd say the wallet is the heart of a dragon.  We must injure that. Take away the ability to generate more wealth.  But how?  What weapon do We the People have, and whom among us is strong enough to wield it?

Strategic Sanctuary / Re: Development Log
Last post by Senkusha - Tuesday, July 09, 2024, 13:47

I got my project back! YAY!  And I fixed Microsoft Visual Studio to the Recommended settings Epic Studios suggests.  Apparently, there is a problem with the VRM4U plugin, the add-on that allows you to import VRoid Studio models directly into Unreal Engine.  Now that I have that, hopefully resolved, I can continue with my project.

I'm dealing with a couple of problems right now with getting access to the Construction Timer.  I want to display a progress bar, and I think I'm going about it the wrong way.

I may take a step back and reevaluate what it is exactly that I'm looking to build, because right now, I seem like I'm just floating in space with no definite direction.

Oh, and I managed to get Source Control using GitHub activated.  Unfortunately, I think my project is too big right now to fully utilize it.  *sigh*
Strategic Sanctuary / Re: Development Log
Last post by Senkusha - Monday, July 08, 2024, 08:09
Well, that didn't last long.  LOL

I attempted to write a C++ module and corrupted something in my project, so now it won't even open.  I have to "recompile from source", whatever that means.  So, the worst case scenario is that I've lost a few months worth of work, but not the experience!  Worse case, I simply rebuild the game concept into something better, using the experience that I've learned, it'll be a quick process, and probably more optimized too!

Seeing that the Tutorial author hasn't updated his YouTube in over two months, I'm suspecting that the tutorial I was following was defunct anyway.  So, saying that, I've learned some things:

1.  When engaging in any tutorial, especially if you are just learning from the beginning, try to find completed tutorials to learn from!

2.  Don't mess with C++, unless you know it.  I'll be learning how to work with C++ within Unreal Engine, but on completely blank, throw-away projects until I'm competent at working with C++.

3.  Find a Source Control, preferably one that's free.  Online would be nice, because of hardware redundancy, but isn't a prerequisite.

4.  Probably the most important thing I've learned so far:  Actually plan out and write down the ideas for the game design instead of just winging it off the top of my head.  Hmm, I wonder if there are any software tools that have been created specifically for this?  Word Templates maybe?
General Discussion Topics / Employment is like Dating
Last post by Senkusha - Sunday, July 07, 2024, 07:23
Have you ever noticed that interviewing for a job is a lot like dating a potential romantic partner?  And it usually turns out that the Employer is that narcissistic boyfriend/husband we hear about in the news, beating and subjecting his partner to cruelty?
General Discussion Topics / Political Philosophies
Last post by Senkusha - Sunday, July 07, 2024, 07:21
I had some thoughts while I was in the shower this morning about philosophy.  What's really the difference between Right versus Left?  I mean, beyond the simplistic political perspectives.  And we also have to divorce the idea that only Right-wing politics can be authoritarian.  Left-wing politics can also be authoritarian, but I haven't had coffee yet, and need some time to give some examples.

From what I've observed, Right-wing politics is Conservative in nature.  That is, anti-change.  These people don't like change, probably because these types of people tend to be more selfish in nature.  It's easier to gain (manipulate) the system and people toward their own benefit (usually monetarily or politically/power).

Meanwhile, Left-wing politics is Progressive in nature.  Pro-change.  These people embrace how they can make life better for everybody.  Progressively minded people tend to be more generous in nature.  However, I've also noticed that while altruistic, some of the proposals that are produced can be outlandish and lack critical solutions to questions.

I've noticed that as I've gotten older wiser I am becoming more Progressive.  I am tired to being oppressed by people who use fear as weapon to control everybody around and under them.
Memes & Junk / New Pledge of Allegiance!
Last post by Senkusha - Thursday, July 04, 2024, 17:20
Be sure to take some notes!

General Discussion Topics / July 4, 1776
Last post by Senkusha - Thursday, July 04, 2024, 08:46
Two-hundred-forty-eight years ago, the Forefathers of the current United States of America declared their Independence from a tyrannical government, Great Britain.  In this document, The Declaration of Independence, the Founders of this country outlined a list of atrocities that their current leader, the Crown of Great Britain, has committed over a length of time.  Today, we still honor this document, but it is the second paragraph that is often remembered most, it is in fact the most relevant portion of this famous document in modern times.

QuoteWe hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

"unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness ", is the most common referred phrase of this document.  It's what most if not all Veterans  have running through their minds while on the battlefield, defending our freedoms, these three Rights.  At least, I know I did while I served.  And while I feel that I should be celebrating today, I am feeling more as though I am mourning instead.

I look around at the current state of the Country, the United States of America, and the last few years, and specifically the last couple of months, the few days, and I see an atrocity.  I see, instead of the greatest, wealthiest nation the Earth has ever witnessed, the truth that more people live in poverty, living paycheck to paycheck, just to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads.  These are basic necessities that the majority of people are struggling with.  Meanwhile we have wealthy politicians and Chief Executive Officers of multinational corporations raking in massive compensation packages year after year, gaining the ability to not only purchase private jet-liners, yachts, but even one-way trips to visit the Titanic.  These same people can spend seventy-thousand dollars on a ticket to wear ridiculous costumes and mock the rest of us, saying "Let them eat cake"'.  No, this is most certainly not the greatest, nor the wealthiest nation the world has ever seen, and it is not worthy of celebration.

We have a group of wealthy old men who are aggressively stripping the Rights of Americans daily.  A Supreme Court that passes judgements stating that there are, indeed, people whom are above the law, however with strings attached, if's, buts, ands, but really does it matter?  A Court that has stripped women the ability to best choose how to care for their own physical bodies.  MEN, what the hell do they know about a WOMAN's body?  Really? Sure they can read in books, they can talk to women about it, but they will NEVER know the true feelings that come with living such a life.  And we have States that are deciding what people can do to their own ADULT bodies, and not.  Whom we can choose to live with, if we even choose to have offspring or not.

We have a choice to make between an old man who supports a genocide by spending hard earned tax dollars that are supposed to go towards roads, schools, and infrastructure, instead goes towards weapons manufactures and foreign nations to bomb people.  And another old man who is a convicted felon, among other things and spouts nothing but lies and propaganda who's only true interest is in himself.  And this is the best we, the greatest nation on Earth can come up with to represent us, as leaders of the free world?  No, the truth is, the Corporations  who pay the various institutions have given us these choices.  These are the choices we are allowed.  Doesn't sound very free-like to me.

At the rate this Nation is declining, it won't be long before we've lost ALL of our Bill of Rights.  Censorship is rampant on all social media platforms, our privacy is gone, sold to the highest bidder, sometimes outright stolen from right under our noses.  A court system that is so backlogged with cases  that jury-trials are often avoided, and plea deals are recommended--don't forget about Congress that has strangled Judges ability to give fair judgements because of Sentencing Guidelines.  Finally, we have religious zealots declaring what is God's will, denying even the enumerated rights of individual choices people have.

So instead of celebrating today, I'll be reflecting on what we've lost, and will most likely lose in the coming months, if not weeks, and I will mentally prepare myself for the fight of my life, to once again defend [the] freedom [not to harm], to all.

QuoteAmendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

QuoteAmendment II

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

QuoteAmendment III

No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

QuoteAmendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

QuoteAmendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

QuoteAmendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

QuoteAmendment VII

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

QuoteAmendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

QuoteAmendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

QuoteAmendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.