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Citizens are like Sims

Today I want to point out how the simulation of citizens works. Each human like entity in the game is based on the same logic and parameters.

EndCiv is not just is a town simulation with random people. Furthermore you can be able to build a certain relationship to each individual citizen. For instance, the death of a living being is something that can take hours and days and is not just an unexpected switch from alive to dead.

Properties

Citizens have 6 needs which have to be satisfied constantly. Hydration, saturation and health are primary needs and are important to keep the unit alive. The secondary needs can affect satisfaction and productivity of a unit.

When Hydration is low a citizen dehydrates and finally dies.
When Saturation is low a citizen becomes

Details on map generation and ecosystem

Map generation and ecosystem

From now on I want to explain single features of the game in more detail.

Maps are generated procedurally by various parameters. The map is a flat wasteland with lots of scrap and ruins, but we can imagine adding different kind of map types later on which each tells another story of world destruction.

The location is at a small town but the surface is completely destroyed and perforated by meteors. The remaining ruins contain construction material as well as items such as canned food, weapons or rare materials. Rare materials are pieces of solar panels, chemicals, mechanical parts, surgery stuff and other things that help your citizens to survive.

The image above shows a small part of the map of the first generation test. The blue areas

Indiegogo – New update

Thanks to all the contributions!

5 days passed and just 5% reached. It could be better, but we still have time to make this campaign popular.

Unlike most indie and single developers I have started EndCiv from an Art-Director point of view, just because this is the part of game development I like the most. At the beginning I spent more time on the technical and artistic aspects of the game than coding and evolving basic mechanics.

As a team we only worked 4 months on the game and were able to implement many features and systems for the game. But to stitch them together for a nice gameplay experience we still need some time.

The average feedback and commentary for the concept is great and I still believe that we are

Crowdfunding launched!

Here it is, the crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Watch the video, read the description and pledge any amount so we can be able to realize this project. Most of the rewards are only available for the crowdfunding campaign, so don’t hesitate so get a copy of the game right now! Here is the link.

We would be happy about your feedback.

This is the trailer which will be part of our campaign video on Indiegogo.

The majority of the campaign is ready but we still want to take a bit of time to get the details right. At the very latest it will be ready in the middle of next week. Then you will have all the information to judge the concept by yourself and eventually help us to make it happen!

Indiegogo, instead

I hate to do that but at the current situation we cannot make use of Kickstarter and have to use Indiegogo instead. Details are written below.
I don’t say that Indiegogo is bad and I see certain advantages such as PayPal payments. But I have the feeling that Kickstarter has a major userbase. Hopefully we can attract enough people to pledge on our campaign.

Our studio is located in Germany and at this point it is not possible to start a Kickstarter campaign from here. We would have done it on behalf of one of our freelancers but the new guidelines of Kickstarter where unpleasant to him and we have to accept that.
Because this happens two weeks before we want to launch we see no other alternative to use Indiegogo.
But

Todays work: Gardens

Today we have implemented a garden.

The garden is a rectangular area and each tile of it can have one plant. Each plant must be planted by a citizen and there can only be one type of plant in each garden.

Each plant needs water to grow, without water it slowly dies. While a plant grows it generates food and can be harvested. The longer it grows the more food it holds, but once it is fully developed it only lasts for a given time.
The simulation works fine already, now we only have to tell the people how to use the garden.

Once we did that we will show you how it works.

Soon on Kickstarter

We have been pushing the Kickstarter campaign since September but the time has come to not hold back anymore. We will go live on Kickstarter on October.
The development plans are that we publish a basic version (1.0) in 2015. After that we will continue working on the project in subversions which each include new features and content.

To ensure the development of the basic version we need a pretty low funding goal of 15k USD. Stretch goals which we include to the campaign would represent the additional versions.
However the campaign turns out it does not change our plans. The only difference is that we can implement some features earlier if we reach a higher funding goal.

To show at least a little bit of gameplay, here is what we have

Core Gameplay enhanced

Hello everybody, the las update on this blog has been a while but we have done massive updates. We plan to show up a video within the next weeks showing all of those updates.
If you want to know about future plans and release dates then I can only tell you that we actually want to do a Kickstarter campaign in the next months, but we have to do some more progress still.

Most important is that the core gameplay is near completion. The game has a main menu with a few settings. Then the game loads data and generates a map procedurally. The algorithm currently includes rivers, mountains and resource piles such as scrap, plastic and rubble.
The bunker of the player is randomly placed in the world. The player

People management enhanced

A few days ago we started to work on the soundtrack and are currently about to refine the overall style.
Visually I refined the overall mood a bit and night time is not pitch black anymore but has a bluish tone.
But for now the aesthetics have to rest for a while, core features are important!

As you can see in the image above citizens now have some attributes and they already consume water and food.
You are able to define rations of how much food and water citizens consume in a day. This affects how hungry or thirsty they are which influences satisfaction.

Also the people can have jobs like a worker. Buildings now start as a construction site when you place them and workers are assigned automatically to the sites.

Terrain System Update

There has been a lot of progress behind the scenes for the last few weeks. The Art pipeline is set and consists of two concept artists and one 3D artist.
You can view their work here: (Click on continue reading to view links)
Michail – ConceptArt
Lorena – ConceptArt
Ozren – 3D Artist

A terrain system has been created with which it is possible to modify the environment by data such as humidity. Pumping stations will water the dry soil so the player can run agriculture on it.
Rivers and other elements will be generated when the game starts.

 

Also the terrain supports variable sea levels automatically. I can imagine that his has impact on the gameplay at a later stage. Shrinkin water level of small pools of water would be one thing. Those get

First feature by French website

PromoterApp notified me about an article posted by GameSphere. My little french was enought to find out that the article was quite full of information, that is especially nice because we published quite nothing so far :)

Anyhow this shows me that the game seems to be on the right direction.

Recent Updates: Energy distribution

The last days I spent for some art briefing and for the development of the energy system.
Currently it is possible to collect energy as you can see here:

More testing was done on the luminous features of the buildings. It still is a very early test and far from production, but it seems to work out fine. A few images have to be enough for now. I hope to present a second video which shows some of the construction and gathering of resources soon.

 

 

Update: Implementing citizens

  • Posted On March 10, 2014
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The last days I continued to setup the basic systems. I extended the user interface (NGUI) and implemented some icons. Because I like to have nice graphics all the time I used ones of another game and therefore they are blurred in the image – a tribute to copyrights.

On the lower left side is information of the current selected building which is marked by a white outline. The outline is done in Photoshop, but will look like this later. In the box you can see that each house has different residents.
As you can see there are some dummy citizens which are “walking” randomly in town. Each citizen belongs to a house and is spawned in it (later depending on where they come from). Here is a small explanation

Today: Working on basic economy system

After the website seems to work fine I started working on the very basic system for town and building features.

I will give you a short overview of how I manage the code. Nearly anything that is placeable (on the grid) is based on the GridItem class which is a MonoBehaviour. This has very basic properties that belong to grid placement such as grid-size. But basically it has some of methods that are called here and there and which can be overwritten by a class such as Building which inherits from GridItem.

In an earlier prototype I made basic classes like Plant, Producer, House and so on which all inherited from Building. Because some buildings can have various features I decided to do it in a more modular way. Therefore

Setting up this blog

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We are currently working on this website and are about to have a solid platform for communication.

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