Wednesday, March 29, 2006

If you look through the blog history, you'll see I once posted a target for the end of April. That target is unlikely. Hideously unlikely.

In fact, things are going scarily slowly and that needs resolved. Unfortunately, I've to go away again for a week and a half which only serves to disrupt things further, but hopefully I'll get to squeeze in a little work during that time.

So, the game's current situation isn't far on. It's hard enough anyway to think of updates for monotonous tasks. A little post saying "Well, now the editor has different screens" is just... shit. A load of crap. Pisses me off, that's what it does. But it's essential to get this working before I get to work on the fun stuff. That's what I keep telling myself. Will it work? It'd be nice.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

I really don't update often enough.

Well, competition qualifications is almost sorted in theory. None of it's coded yet but the coding is the easy part. The design is almost finalised and it's very flexible, able to handle varying numbers of teams and making sure that qualifications don't override each other (stuff like the double winners entering the UEFA Cup instead of the Champions League would be a bit shit).

I've only got to design an exclusion system (so that teams can be excluded from playing in a competition, for example Germany from the World Cup Qualifying just finished) and then start tweaking things and entering them into the code.

Having everything data driven like this is a real godsend. It's taken me a long time but there's no way I'd be able to support 250 nations accurately without it. Once this database has finally been written, the long journey of data entry (and inevitable bug fixing) can begin.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Holidays are clearly a disguised evil. Not only do you miss a week of working because you're busy... um, well, in my case standing in 50cm of snow, but you then miss days either side through preparation and then general lethargy. Not good.

I've made precisely null progress on the game since I've got back. Instead I've played some Killzone (it's ok), got my new computer (it's great) and spent some time at home seeing the family.

So I've got to kick myself in the arse tonight and get back into it. And then I can update some more.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Just a little note. I wandered off to Munich for a week which was excellent as always. Upon my return I find my new PC has been delivered to my folks' house so I'll have that set up this weekend, meaning a lot more time to work (no nagging girlfriend demanding internet access).

All good.