SITREP - Week 007

published Friday, 3 June 2011, 13:00 by Reese

SITREP is upon us! Reeeaaad more abooouuut it!! An offline SARA triggers a rogue level designer and Kenneth spawns the evil "Coder-Police".

SITREP is basically an ongoing progress report where we publicly display our current tasks, progress and focus areas. Primarily targeted at those of you who find game development and our Open Door Development methodology intriguing. - Read last weeks SITREP here

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Team debriefing

Kim
Kim (ZPSHicks)
Game Director

"Our production server is down for maintenance (mild understatement) and Heks and Tax is working hard to get 'SARA' fully operational again, asap. Since last Fridays AGM I've spent a bit of time updating Uncle Gert's "Support Medals Giveaway Program" article with new info (Premium members can read all the changes by clicking the link in the orange bar at the top of the website). Yesterday was a national holiday here in Denmark and today I'm at home playing boss of the house watching over the kids as Maria (My wife) is prepping for hard-core exams next week. My focus the next couple of weeks will be to nail a bit of polish in tune with our Deadlock Art Direction and get Anders prepped for getting his hands dirty working on level modules as well as finalizing more weapons for Deadlock.".

Kenneth
Kenneth
Lead Sound Designer / PR

"For Running Man I made quite a few audio-tools, and this week I refactored some of them to work in Deadlock. Running Man was made in Unity 2.6 and the underlying sound system in Unity has changed a bit since then (we're now using Unity 3.3). The great thing about 'going back in' was that I also had the chance to clean up some messy code.

Heh - here at ZPS we have something call 'The Coder-Police' who enforces 'The Law of Well-Structured Code', and I'm told that the punishment for breaking this law is just as painful as having your nails torn off... Well, that 'something' is actually Mikael (heks), and he usually is a nice man... But when he turns into his alter-ego..... Brrrrrrrh.... 8-)..."


Heks and Kenneth chilling and discussing pipelines
Heks and Kenneth chilling and discussing pipelines

heks
Mikael (heks)
Lead Programmer

"It's been a slow week production-wise as our production server is still down. As I'm writing now we're in the final phase of salvaging the file-system - hopefully it will go without any hiccups…

This is the part where we ask de_Monteynard for a prayer!


 

Jess
Jess (NecroSonic)
Level Designer

"Last I told you that I am working on three maps in parallel. Since then I have managed to patch up one of them and I think that it is in a state where you guys can have a first run on it.

As I am living a few hundred kilometers from the ZPS HQ (I think of myself as a forward base of some sort^^) I am quite dependent on the server that is offline to submit my updated map files. Usually I submit often to get feedback from Kim to align my work with his vision of IM. But with the server down I have gone rogue and have secretly begone working on a fourth map that is now well under way. This will be news to the other guys too, so let's see if it will spark off some comments from them:).

The new map is a bridge map where two parallel bridges each with multiple levels and interconnections connecting two bases. The map is designed to work for CTF, DM and TDM and should afford both sniping and close quarter combat
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Nicolai
Nicolai (Reese)
CEO & Composer

"Aaah.. Wasn't quite home safe business and admin wise after all, but I've managed to prep' (at home) for some upcoming music composing.. can't wait.

Stay tuned, still :)"

 

 

 



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2 years, 10 months ago

tip about the server: Dont ever push the big red button !!!

Hope you guys can get in full swing with production again real soon!

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2 years, 10 months ago

Sorry bout the server guys I know it can be a pain in the ass (no really):)

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2 years, 10 months ago

I'll lend you my hammer if you plan to make some more repairs on the server :-) Seriously it's a wonderful tool, I use it even in the kitchen, which already caused many raised eyebrows in the family. But how else can one split frozen meat chunks from each other? Owen is too slow and I have no welder here...

Thanks for the update folks, I can't wait to see those innovations implemented :-)

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2 years, 10 months ago

At least the website is still functional. ;)
Seriously, I wouldn't know what to do without these forums, although I don't post that often. :)

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2 years, 10 months ago

Amen to that Kosai, some people just open facebook and click F5 every couple of minutes in hopes of updates. Me I do the same with IM forums.

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2 years, 10 months ago

Lol. I used to press F5 on the forums every few minutes. Now I just check periodically. If I'm home with nothing to do, I'll look about ever 15 minutes :P

And someone's making a 4th map...you are a devious little man lol.

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2 years, 10 months ago

Ahh technology likes to break at the most awkward times. Hope that gets fixed soon! Its good to see progress is still being made though

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2 years, 10 months ago

Keep it going guys!
PS: I really like this sitrep thing)

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2 years, 10 months ago

"rogue level designer" - LOL, this is simply great :D

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2 years, 10 months ago

Best of luck getting them servers going again :>
And going rogue is sometimes good! ;)

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2 years, 10 months ago

...ahm Jess... Could you please give me your exact GPS position? I just need to program the Titan Walker for some... well, for a simple search-and-destroy-rogue-level-designers test routine... Don't worry, it's just a test... It probably won't fire live rounds... ;)

Best Regards,
The Autocratic Über Command

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2 years, 10 months ago

Kenneth please don't kill Jess before he finishes all his maps.

But i could give you my GPS position if you want. (I would be able to see a Titan Waler for real jea!!!)

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2 years, 10 months ago

Mmhmmmmm...... Wish my computer was 2005 tech that has no real graphics abilities.... *Sigh* But don't let us old school (poor) people hold you back! Good idea's all around.... if you need any music, I could probably give you some good rough idea's. (just tell me how, and i could do it)

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2 years, 10 months ago

Anyone else noticed the sharks???

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