Friday Facts #109 - The team photo

Posted by kovarex on 2015-10-23


0.12.13 release

The 0.12.13 was released today and it still isn't the stable candidate. We would love to work on 0.13 features full time already, but as always, the last 10% of polishing takes more time than expected. Once we have the last 14 bugs solved and the last 11 technology icons done we could probably close the 0.12 chapter. I hope it to happen next week.

Everything is more complicated than expected

One of the bug fixes for 0.12.13 covered that blueprint didn't ignore gate ghost with the same orientation properly like it should:
Someone wondered how can such a simple thing go wrong. The buildability checks seems to be simple, but it actually grew to be pretty complicated. Every buildability check has four different modes:
  • Manual building
    • The player can't build when it collides with other things unless fast replace can be used.
    • Fast replace works only when it makes a change. (Can be used to change direction or type of transport belt for example)
    • It Doesn't collide with ghost buildings, these will be automatically removed when they collide.
  • Script building
    • Entities can collide with other entities or terrain
    • Can't break special rules: two rails/transport belts/walls/pipes on the same tile.
  • Ghost building
    • Mainly used for blueprint building.
    • Collides with both ghosts and normal entities
    • Ignores some specific entities like player, enemies or vehicles, as they will probably be standing elsewhere later.
    • The buildability check can return special value "ignored" when it is exactly the same (type, orientation etc.) as the entity in the blueprint.
  • Ghost revive
    • Used when the ghost is being replaced by the real entity by the construction robot.
    • Similar as manual building, but fast-replace is not applicable.
Apart that, a lot of entities have special rules. The gate needs to take into account building on rails or rail ghosts, gate is never buildable on wall or other gate (unless fast replacing). The rules also change when dealing with enemy gates or ghosts or the entities setup as not minable from the script. Well, our automated tests of buildability checks are 820 lines long and it probably doesn't even cover everything.

The team photo

We feel that proper game studio should have some team photo, so we made ours in an old abandoned railway station to add the Factorio feeling to it. It will be used on our (soon to be updated) team page.

From left to right: slpwnd, Cube, Albert, HanziQ(Martin), Twinsen, kovarex, Václav, Michal and Oxyd(Ondra). The girl is Bětka, obviously :)

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