Official GameGuru News
- This week there was an impromptu free weekend for GameGuru on Steam. Unfortunately, by the time you read this it'll have been closed. This infusion of fresh blood will likely give us a great deal more new users.
- Work continues on updating older packs to PBR. I've seen some of the newer results and it's looking pretty good thus far!
- Lastly on Github there are a significant amount of changes in motion. It appears some multiplayer code fixes and menu changes are in the works among other things. We'll know more as we approach release.
What's Good in the Store?
This week in the store we have some really excellent weapons by Mstockton - it's refreshing to see a modeller make the foray into weapons as they are such a tricky element to implement in GameGuru.
I'm particularly fond of how good the bottles look.
So far he's made a melee-based series of a broken bottle (reskinned into four variants) and a night-stick baton (also with 4 different weapon skins). The animations are decent and for the price ($3 USD!), you can't go wrong.
Also Mad Lobster is working on his first new pack in a long time, his film and photo pack continues his impressive use of PBR and modelling. It's well priced for the quality level you receive, and if his other pack is any indication it will easily be a top shelf item that will receive consistent updates and additions.
This is just a fraction of the assets you receive!
Tarkus added a new music pack with that 'abandoned city vibe' - https://www.tgcstore.net/pack/11098
Gtox added a boatload (pun intended) more fish - Tropical Reef Pack
If you ever want to build an aquarium, now's the time.
And lastly, I'm sure you had to guess if you know me - my first new works in nearly two years have been added to the store. I've gone and gotten fairly proficient with my new tools. Being bottled up creatively while writing a book for 10 months meant I had to run out and create something powerful - and I think I've done a fair job of that! I wanted to create the definitively highest quality space skies available for GameGuru.
What do you think ... did I hit the mark? I'll be putting the pack on sale by the time this post goes live for This week only. After that it'll go back up to its normal price.
Also, I am yet to include the 'pack exclusive sky'. That should be added later this week so people who already purchased it - you'll see that in your inventory soon!
You can pick up your copy of the 4k HD Space Skies pack here!
Third Party Tools and Tutorials
Weapon and segment autowelder received some updates here: https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/219806
Please note there are a lot of good links just past that for BOTR's 3rd party utils - make sure you grab them while you can!
I gave out a handful of my 'throwaway' 4k space skies. This is specifically for the ones I didn't feel met the level of quality I felt were worth selling. They still far exceed much of what's out there, in my opinion. Get your free copies here:
Lafette updated his free trees: https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/220474?page=2#msg2613161
Grobyken added a 'simple rusty ladder': https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/217711?page=5#msg2613343
And sadly it's official - Bod's mods are no longer available. Thanks again Bod for all the hard work and good luck in your future endeavors!
Random Acts of Creativity (WIPs)
So right out - Wolf is continuing his work on his latest project and I have to say I'm optimistic to see it possibly reach it's conclusion in the future. What's shocking is finding out he's only using a DNIS workflow for these screenshots!
Bonesy is working on his shooter some more. I've gotten additional screenshots but the reality is I'm limited on size so I'm running out of runway on this blog post. Likewise maiacombra has also started some work on a sci-fi Robinson Crusoe style game.
Lastly Tarkus is working on a great looking game called 'Urban Histories' which has a real interesting feel to it. Looks like he's widely using readily available models with good placement and the cartoon shader to give it a good look and feel.
In My Own Works
So, you may not have heard but the book is officially in the hands of the publisher, woo freaking hoo! I cannot tell you how weird it feels not having that as an ever-present companion to my work-week. I'm happy it's on its way.
I picked out the cover art this weekend and worked on some other various side aspects of it such as the back cover text for the publisher.
I have 3-6 months to prep all of the game-specific assets that will go with it and I want to thank everyone who helped me with it. It's been a long ride and I'm really looking forward to seeing this thing in print!
Michael Messina (AKA Bolt-Action Gaming) is a native of central Pennsylvania, currently residing near York. He is a Linux Systems Engineer, part-time author, part-time Indy game-dev and full-time father. He is currently working on authoring a start to finish guide for GameGuru via Taylor and Francis (via CRCPress).