Apologies for the short weekly review here, I am in crunch mode for the book for the next few weeks.

Official GameGuru News:

Looks like more updates are happening with the PBR quality improvement passes. 
Unfortunately the issues log continues to grow.  Here's to hoping Lee and team can get some of those big ticket items knocked off the list.

What's Good in the Store: 

Looks like Graphix put up a nice looking radio and BSP added his first new weapon pack in a while.  I love the Pancor Jackhammer aesthetically, so I'm looking forward to picking this pack up myself and testing it out!

Free Stuff:

Graphix put out an amazing looking light-sword (cough not a saber, more like a rapier, honest).  Make sure you get a copy here: https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/217932?page=13#msg2610448

Third Party Tutorials and Tools:

Nothing new here, sorry kids.

Random Acts of Creativity (WIPS):

I'm getting absolutely bombarded with everyone's post-new years works - so apologies if I missed anything pertinent.

Currently the big news is Synchromesh put out a new copy of Protascope and it looks great!

I'm really looking forward to this one as it presents interesting game mechanics for the GameGuru genre of games.  The menu alone looks much better than previous iterations so definitely keep your eyes open!

I'm also happy to report Bonesy is still working on his yet unnamed project.

Ramiro put a new demo video up for Psalm of Salem.  Here's a link for those interested:

It looks pretty nice and doesn't appear to be having framerate issues so that's a huge boon for a Forest map.  He's definitely gotten my attention, at least.

Guns of Solo got a demo video uploaded as well.  Check out the information on the post here: https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/219402?page=3#msg2610773

3com is putting up a new project. His take is different but the texturing is definitely going to hold him back unless he can find a way to improve the graphical fidelity.  Still, it's a solid effort in a new direction.  https://forum.game-guru.com/thread/218230?page=1#msg2610719

In My Own Works:

I've gotten a TREMENDOUS amount of work done over the past week.  I literally added another 5000 words to the book by simply updating the appendixes that I have added.  I have to say if you had no other reason to buy the book - this would do it.  I've torn apart code, read internal documentation, tested, verified with others and a host of other things just to answer questions that simply are assumed by most of the coders involved.  My personal editor continues his trek into my book and while there's been some very large cleanups overall feedback has been really positive.

I'm looking forward to being done with this phase, though this week it's all about taking pictures for the book.

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).