Just wanted to let you all know that I am taking a short break from this project. The reason being is that my company has won a pretty big contract and it will require a few months of my undivided attention. After things settle down with the new contract, I will be back on this project. This project is not dead, it is just in cryo-stasis.
On Sunday I didn’t have much time to work with the remake, so I decided to do something that would be relatively easy to accomplish in a short amount of time. I created the Spemin Scout, Transport, and Warship models.
As I have done with all of the other ship models I have built to date, the first thing I did was pull up the original ship scan into 3D Studio Max. Then I created 3D models on top of that to match. I used various tools such as the FFD modifier to “sculpt” the parts of the model to match as closely to the original silhouette as possible.
After modeling, I proceeded to UV map the models and then created the textures for them using Filter Forge. I think it turned out nicely.
Also, using 3D Studio Max and Photoshop I rendered out and created the ship scan images. You can see one of them in the feature image at the top of this post. The feature image shows an encounter containing all 3 Spemin ship types.
Last weekend I decided to go ahead and implement one of the lesser used features of the original game… the ship’s log. In the original CGA and EGA version, the ship’s log was nothing more than a simple text editor that the player could use to put in notes. That’s it. Here is a screenshot of it.
It was just so much easier to use a pen and paper to write stuff down than to use the in-game ship’s log editor. It’s 2019 so I think we can come up with something slightly better.
Lo and behold, the ship’s log in this Starflight remake is an auto-logger. The player doesn’t type anything in at all. All Starport notices, all answers to questions from aliens, and all messages found on planets are automatically logged with the stardate and time. The player can quickly review all of these log entries using simple up and down navigation.