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Relay Replay: Sep 11 - 15 Written Sunday 17th of September 2017 at 12:00am by Erris

This week on the Replay...

It's a little late, but that's better than never, and we've still got all sorts of news!

  • Last week ended with 76 total must fix issues: 10 blockers, 50 criticals, 14 highs, 2 moderates and no trivials. This week ended with 26.

  • Most recent bug where the quantum drive is concerned is traveling way too slow in the system

  • A big challenge is to fill the universe with interesting content and things to do

  • Designers will use the Mission System and other tools to create interesting and reusable content

  • The system can look into the universe and adapt missions to the location to make the universe feel more alive

  • Subsumption allows complex systems to be broken down into components that can be quickly and easily combined

  • Many of these Subsumption base components can be customized at runtime to respond to a given situation

  • Subsumption has now completely replaced FlowGraph for creating missions

  • Subsumption is still a visual scripting system but allows things to be build in a more modular way and reused

  • An ongoing challenge is developing critical "endpoint systems" (underlying tech like pathfinding, Useables, etc.) sufficiently

  • Subsumption Visualiser was developed because the on-screen debugging of activities was inadequate

  • The Visualiser evolved to include mission debugging, editing variables at runtime, on-demand conversations

  • Subsumption can access the Mission System, activities and reputation: it's basically the core flow of the game

  • Subsumption and the game code are being built up feature by feature to give designers a massive toolkit to build content

  • There are two types of missions: more story focussed missions from mission givers and more "random encounters in space"

  • Designers can use timers and different logical triggers to affect mission flow

  • Tony prefers using procedural tech to create a canvas for more handcrafted content over purely procedural content

  • Content should feel reactive rather than strictly scripted, the occasional bizarre occurrence isn't out of the question

  • Mission templates are designed to be open to "narrative dressing" to keep them interesting

  • Designers work very closely, and productively, with the writers with a lot of back and forth



Erris is Canadian. He does some random things for Relay, no-one really knows what, but still they're stuck with him. He’s also written one Young Adult novel that he can’t stand, which can be found here.

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