Multiplayer, stealth mechanics and boids

Added multiplayer to the stealth game! This took way less time than I thought, though obv it’s not perfect yet. Didn’t build it with multiplayer in mind at all, but was able to make all my functions replicate properly and now you can run around with a mate messing with the guards. Everything pretty much works except fire propagation – I hadn’t done replication yet when I built that system, so I’ll probably go through and add it at some point and put an update out for the marketplace version. I’m pretty happy with that since I hadn’t dealt with replication at all until a few months ago, but it turns out it’s one of those things that’s conceptually super difficult until suddenly it’s not and you start to be able to manage it all pretty easily. Having said that, all the tutorials I’ve found on it, even Epic’s rather good video tutorial series, don’t explain it super well, I’ve found – they just point you in the right direction and you don’t truly figure it out until you’ve run into a bunch of common gotchas and spent hours figuring them out. Wondering if I could do a better Blueprint Replication For Rookies tute. Perhaps I will.

I also did a few new behaviours for the AI guards, which are pretty neat. A bunch of new mocap animations came out on the Unreal Marketplace. The super generic ones, like the gesture pack, are the best.

Guards now sheathe their swords when nothing’s going on:  

 

Guards now relight torches you’ve doused:

And they gesture when they talk to each other now: 

Also, I had a go at some bird flocking behaviour in Blueprint. Pretty reasonable results for a quick go I reckon. Based loosely on this old thing: http://www.red3d.com/cwr/boids/

Hypothesising Negative Effects of Ubiquitous Modular Mesh Based Level Design

This is kind of a Part 2 to my Level Editing In UE4 Kinda Needs To Catch Up To Quake 1 video. In it I discuss how I reckon the skill of level design has been undermined somewhat over the last couple decades or so. It’s just, like, my opinion, man. Not sure how succinct this one is compared to the other one.

I actually do a lot of my UE4 level editing in Hammer now. More on that in another video probably.

Here’s the first video again:

Cool NPC speech stuff with data tables

Today I used data tables in UE4 for the first time! I’m using it for NPC dialogue. Basically I keep a spreadsheet in Excel full of possible NPC lines and certain info relating to them and they get used in the game, if I wanna add more lines I just add more to the spreadsheet and it’s really easy to add a new type of line also.

As you can see, my dudes now
-randomly chat with a random statement/response system ala HL1/HL2/Dishonored when they’re not busy doin’ somethin’ else
-notice and remark upon torches I’ve doused with water arrows using different lines depending on whether they’re alone or not
-greet each other
-exclaim upon finding a corpse of a friendly, using different lines depending on whether they’re alone or not
-exclaim upon hearing a noise/seeing the player/losing sight of the player/catching fire using different lines depending on whether they’re alone or not.

P sick.

#UE4Jam game: Interstellar Bar Billiards

Did a game jam, which I never do! The theme was “Earth-Shattering Kaboom”. I made this!

Download link

Readme:

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Interstellar Bar Billiards v1.0 - Impromptu Games - 2015
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Hi! This is the readme for Interstellar Bar Billiards! It's a little game made with Unreal Engine 4 in a couple of days for the #UE4Jam of June 2015. It's by Joe Wintergreen. Enjoy the video game!

To win, destroy all the planets, either by sinking them into black holes or causing them to fall into the sun.

Interstellar Bar Billiards is, of course, based on the idea of Intergalactic Bar Billiards as mentioned in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Thanks, Douglas Adams.

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Stealth Gaming Good Times

Here is a cool thing I did the other day with AI for my stealth game. I made it so that if a guard hears a sound that he doesn’t know what it was, and can’t see the player, he’ll check for torches nearby and if there is one, he’ll go grab it, then investigate the noise (move to the location of the sound). They don’t bother with a torch if the torch has been doused, or if they already have fire arrows, because they can see by that light. The awesome thing is, this accidentally made it so that if a guard doesn’t have a torch, and hears a noise he wants to investigate, he can go steal a torch from a guard who has one. It is lol.

Also, check out this sweet placeholder HUD.

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