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#93675 New version of ROCK RAIDERS - update

Posted by StewartG on 20 August 2013 - 09:17 AM

I thought I would share some good news on the remake of Lego Rock Raiders, we were going to call it Block Raiders (due to Lego trademark on the RR name, however the good news is that the trademark has expired and also the extra time they have to renew it, and we have just registered the 'Rock Raiders' trademark ourselves. The name will live on.


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#77322 DDI looking for help for BLOCK RAIDERS (Rock Raiders inspired title)

Posted by StewartG on 27 August 2012 - 05:09 AM

We have been impressed and encouraged with the dedication of our Rock Raiders fans, and after years of requests we are looking at creating a new Rock Raiders. We are considering combining a mine craft style world, so you can build and dig in more ways, please tell us what you think?
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#93466 I am the real Infomaniac

Posted by wesinfomaniac on 14 August 2013 - 09:44 AM

Ha! a friend sent me a sample where the infomaniac was used...I am sincerely am honored..Why? because I wrote, designed and was the creative director of LEGO Island and designed the infomanic- many people and the staff said he looks like you...I didn't intend that but well....The product started in 1995 and realeased in 1997.the software abd development was pretty antiqye compared what was it was capable of doing then...but all and all- cool for seeing this...I gotta tell you- it was quite a maze to figure out how to register and I hope one can read this...Cheers all.

 


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#105646 New version of ROCK RAIDERS - update

Posted by Polaris on 19 August 2014 - 01:04 PM

I've got some things to say. This little rant is meant to be read by both the developers of the new Rock Raiders game and the fans and forum posters alike.

 

So this is going to be a long post - I apologize in advance - but it is only because I feel very passionately about this issue. The final word count clocks in at 2,100+ words, but good words, I believe. I encourage you to read through what I have to offer because I think it is some of the most CONSTRUCTIVE advice you're going to receive.

 

Also included in this post are several illustrations I made trying to convey the concepts I have in my head. I'm sorry if they are confusing or difficult to read - I'm not the greatest artist, but I'm also not a tech guru, and I felt that a pencil and paper would better represent the thoughts and suggestions I had.

 

Okay, let's dive in!

 

First things first. There is great concern for the whole "Minecraft" thing being a large part of this game's inspiration. Though I too share this concern, I want to explain and possibly defend the developers stance on this. Minecraft is a game which is so deceptively simple to learn and universal in its approach that it has won the world over. What developer wouldn't want to make a game like this? Also, the obvious connection between mining in Minecraft and mining in Rock Raiders is valid and an understandable conclusion to make. In addition to this, there are many great features of minecraft that would serve a Rock Raiders game well - like a large sandbox to explore and mine in! I remember being a kid and playing the mission "Frozen Frenzy", (one of my personal favorites). I knew darn well where the Tunnel Transport was, (it was in the only spot of the map that when you scrolled over it, the screen dipped down because of the hidden waterfall!) but I would play the level just to collect resources and build my base as big as possible, just like a sandbox game.

 

And that's where the similarities end, and honestly, should end.

 

Someone once told me that Minecraft is the Pac Man of our generation. I wholeheartedly agree. 20 years from now, people will remember the cultural legacy that this game has created and any game that follows too closely in its footsteps will be forgotten in its wake, just like all those Pac Man clones of yesteryear.

 

I'll get back to the Minecraft thing in a bit, but for now I'll move on.

 

So from the looks of this discussion, it seems the developers have come to conclusion that there are two ways to approach the mining in this new Rock Raiders game - I'll lump them into two categories titled "Freeform" and "Grid". Here's a picture comparing them both:

 

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In a previous post, there was concern for "Freeform" mining because it would be tricky to fit vehicles into tunnels you create and I 100% agree. "Freeform" is not the way to go.

 

Well that leaves us with "Grid" mining like Minecraft right?

 

Wrong.

 

"Blocks" are the devil. Remember that. It's important. If you make a game world out of blocks, you are making Minecraft. Simple as that. I could stop now honestly. Minecraft's influence over culture is so strong that simply making your game world consist of blocks that are breakable and buildable, you are creating a game that can and will be seen in the public eye as a Minecraft clone. Same with making an objective-less open world sandbox game with an emphasis on mining - you are making Minecraft. Simply put, do not make Minecraft.

 

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But let's get real. There is money in Minecraft. And money is important! It should be! You, as a game designer, have every right to make money off of your product. Hopefully, a lot of money! But I have to explain something that is vitally important to this  new game's success - as it stands, there is literally NO market for this game in its current direction. Let me explain. You have two fundamental fan bases you are targeting: fans of the original Rock Raiders and fans of Minecraft. Original Rock Raider fans aren't actually that hard to please! They understand that legal limitations restrict certain things and mainly just want a game that plays much in the same way and recaptures the spirit of the first game. For the most part, they don't care that it's not Lego, or that you can't reuse music or textures or whatever. They just want something faithful to the original. Not really a tall order if you ask me.

 

Then you've got the other targeted fan base: Minecraft fans. This is where the real money is. It's important that you get these people to buy your game! But here's the truth:

 

Minecraft fans don't want this game. At all.

 

I'll try to explain why by using an example. I'm a big guitar guy. I have many electric guitars and one of my favorites that I own is my Gibson Les Paul. If you're not familiar with guitars, think of the first guitar shape that pops into your head. Then think of another - it's that one. Anyways, say there is a new guitar company coming out, and for the sake of this comparison, let's call them "Raider" guitars. So Raider guitars come up to me and tell me that they've made a guitar they think I'll like. So I take a look at it - and it looks just like the Gibson Les Paul I own and love! Not only that, but they've got new features like and 3rd pick up and a whammy bar - things I don't have on my guitar! For intents and purposes, this guitar could sound even better than the one I have right now!

 

But I hate it.

 

I can't explain it, but for some reason I hate it! Logically speaking, it meets every criteria I look for in a guitar so I should naturally like it, right? Well, there's a little part of my brain that shouts "it's nice and all, but they just copied my Gibson! They just emulated the Gibson and added fancy features. They didn't innovate on an original idea".

 

This is so important to understand. The Raider guitar didn't fail because it was a bad guitar, or because it was competing against an already well established guitar - it failed because it tried to take on a powerful BRAND. It's stupid, I know, but we are but animals and brand loyalty is a powerful, sometimes unbeatable force. I'm somewhat partial towards Gibson guitars, so I passed up the opportunity to play that Raider guitar. I gave up the chance to play a better guitar.

 

And now, more to the point. Minecraft is the Gibson of gaming. No matter how great your product is, if it specifically emulates Minecraft features to reach that audience, they will hate it. If you try to take on the brand of Minecraft, you will lose.

 

So how do we fix this?

 

We hide our influences.

 

Right off the hop, "blocks" are a dead giveaway, so we can't do that. Also, marketing your game as Lego + Minecraft isn't doing anyone a favor as you own the rights to neither, so what are we left with?

 

Rock Raiders.

 

Of course! The answer was there all along! So let's look at the original Rock Raiders and what it did right.

 

IMPORTANT: Now is the time to really tune in, because this is where things get CONSTRUCTIVE!

 

So here's the basic layout of an RTS game, like the original Rock Raiders:

 

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It's awesome! Keep it.

 

So let's look at the basics that made the game great. The game was based on a single flat plane in which a grid system dictated where you could build, mine, and move. Mining was done in the form of breaking down rock "walls" that allowed passage to new areas previously unseen.

 

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I have to stop for a second to point out that this is brilliant. This format of mining based solely on "walls" is so brilliant, creative, and easy to understand, it baffles me why you would look anywhere else for inspiration. Game designers should be copying your system of mining, not the other way around.

 

So this is my proposition for the direction you should take with this new game. It should be a grid based RTS mining game set on a flat plane that utilizes the "walls" mechanic from its predecessor, with the option to play the traditional "mission" styled gameplay, or a sandbox mode.

 

That should be the basics. Forget "blocks", (they're the devil, remember?) "walls" are where it's at, brother.

 

So now I'll give you some ideas expanding on this premise that may inspire you! First off, I understand the need for verticality. You want to mine deeper and deeper for new materials - I get that! I do too. But the flat plane is essential to make the "walls" format work, so here's my solution: Multiple planes. This diagram will show it better:

 

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So let's say you start on Level 1, (LV1). There are some materials and resources for you to gather, limited monsters, and that's about it. You don't have access to the better materials you need to make better buildings and vehicles. So you need to dig deeper. The deeper and deeper you go, the more difficult the game becomes, with more monsters, landslides, and other hazards. In addition to this, this allows for interesting color schemes and level features as you progress to deeper layers, greatly expanding the creativity you can pool into your project. Now, either at predetermined spaces or at viable spaces based on what's underneath them on the lower level, you will have the ability to build "ramps", allowing you to travel into a deeper level, in this case LV2. These pictures will show it better:

 

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Now you may be thinking, "how will I keep track of all these different levels during gameplay?". Well to be frank, that's your job as game developers, but here's one way I think would work great - basically, only one level will be "active" on your HUD at a time, the others will move to the top or bottom of the screen and become greyed and translucent, moving them effectively out of the way, while still keeping them "within reach", so to say, so each separate level doesn't feel like a whole new map. Then you simply could scroll the mouse wheel up and down to switch between levels quickly. In this instance you'd scroll up to move to LV1 and down to LV3. On the Wii, all it'd take is a quick upward or downward sweep of the hand. Simple. Effective. Awesome.

 

Beyond that, please continue with some of your great ideas - the vehicles, (and possibly buildings) based on parts is also brilliant! This would work flawlessly in the format I have suggested. Basically, make this game an expansion on the direction you originally took with the first Rock Raiders and you'll please everyone. The original fans will love it because it gives them what they already love. The Minecraft fans will like it because it is DIFFERENT enough not to offend them and offers things that Minecraft doesn't have. This makes it appealing to everybody - the true thing that made Minecraft so successful.

 

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If you've managed to read this far... thank you. I am very passionate about this matter and it made it very easy for me to go on forever about this, so I apologize again for the lengthy read.

 

And if the developers of the original game actually are reading this, I only have one more thing to say to you.

 

Thank you.

 

I cannot express in words how much your original game meant to me in my childhood. It was basically my first step into the world of gaming. I spent countless hours playing and replaying missions, (never could beat that last one though! And I love the Rocky Horror Picture Show reference there!) and even had to get my dad to buy me the Lego sets from the game, which he later told me was very tough to do, as they had discontinued the Rock Raiders line before I had played the game. I tell you honestly that the Rock Raiders series is still my favorite Lego series that they have ever released, no matter how short lived it was - largely due to the awesome game that you produced. Me and my brother still say words like "Dirt!" and "Tool Store!" like the characters from that game time to time. And when it comes down to it, even if you screw up this next installment, I'll always have the original to play. I hope you don't, mind you, but if "blocks" are in any way a fundamental part of this games structure, you can consider it DOA.

 

Finally, I'd LOVE to hear feedback on my points made, as I feel all are constructive and supportive. We all want to see the best final product possible.

 

Thanks for reading.


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#90005 Rock Raiders montage

Posted by zimonitrome on 26 May 2013 - 07:38 PM

I made somthing you might enjoy


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#80629 LEGO Racers HD (mod project, WIP)

Posted by Kenney on 05 December 2012 - 03:28 AM

LEGO Racers HD will focus on replacing the low resolution textures of LEGO Racers with new higher resolution ones.

Screenshots:
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LEGO Racers HD design philosophy:
  • Keep the original LEGO Racers drawing style (no photo realistic textures)
  • LEGO-fy textures (add studs)
  • Most textures drawn in vector
Tools being used while creating LEGO Racers HD:
  • LEGO.jam File Extractor by JrMasterModelBuilder
  • LR Textures thread by Cyrem

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#105148 LEGO Racers Online

Posted by Hoithebest on 09 August 2014 - 12:49 AM

It's been a dream for all of us for a very, very long time...

 

I'm proud to announce: LEGO Racers Online!

 

Me and my brother have been working on this very hard for the last couple of days and the result is amazing.

Please note that I'm not posting anything yet but a little teasing screenshot, but we are working REALLY hard to make something that we can all use and enjoy this game like when we we're kids!

 

02/08/2014: New video added. Scroll to the bottom of this post to watch it!

04/08/2014: New status update added.

20/08/2014: New status update and video added.

05/10/2014: New status update added.

12/10/2014: New status update added.

20/10/2014: New status update added.

 

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Current status:

Currently, the following functions are implemented and working properly:

  • Play online with two players real-time (1 VS 1) - INCLUDING POWER-UPS!
  • Patch the game automatically.

However, we do have all the required information to drive all the opponent from within the software (tested and working). We are working on an implementation of playing against eachother with up to five other players right now. We can't say when this is finished, but we don't expect a very long time.

 

Added 20/08/2014:

  • Power-Ups are now working properly. This means, whenever someone uses Power-Ups, this is getting fired on your client too!
  • Although it is now possible to patch the game automatically, this is not a perfect solution and we are working on something that makes it possible to play online "on demand".

Added 05/10/2014:

Although I have not been developing actively on game functions, I am now working on and completing a critical step to split the software accepting both TCP and UDP network traffic which is required for some functions, for example connecting to a game server.

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT I AM CURRENTLY BUSY WITH SCHOOL AND I DO NOT ALWAYS HAVE TIME TO DEVELOP ON THIS PROJECT! I HOPE YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THIS!

 

The following things must be completed and working before release:

  • Full implementation of TCP and UDP traffic;
  • Starting a new Race;
  • A chat function, if people are interested in this function.

 

ATTENTION TO DEVELOPERS

I am also planning to create an API of the game controller library that will be released as a public (and open source) API so other developers can build mods based on this API too. This API will be capable of doing the following things:

  • Automatically obtain the game process (the API will determine the game edition);
  • Read/write driver information (coordinates, vectors, Power-Ups);

  • Trigger Power-Ups on drivers.

This API will be discussed in a seperate thread in the (near) future and will be released open source.

 

Added 12/10/2014:

Last week I have not been developing very much and this will continue for a few more weeks due to school. The good news is that Grappigegovert has proven his immensive skills again and developed and gave me the code to disable the loading of AI paths so patching the game can be removed from the software now. Also, he created functions to start a Race from the software so the Server can tell the Clients to start a specific Race. All credits go to Grappigegovert for his massive research and developing.

 

Added 20/10/2014:

Due to school, I have not been developing actively on the online functionality again, but Grappigegovert and me made some nice improvement with the API. This API will be released in the open source (near) future and will give developers the opportunity to create mods very easy.

 

Please note the following things:

  • It's not guaranteed that this mod will be ever online for public since this project has still needs many, many development hours;
  • The Server and Client are both only in alpha stage at this moment. We are working really hard to create something that just works and anyone would understand;
  • It is very hard to find all the addresses and the correct pointers, so this takes a lot of time;
  • Currently our main goal is to make everything work on a basic game copy. This means that mods are NOT SUPPORTED (YET) and will likely crash the game when used!

On the bright side:

We currently do have something that works and we are working so hard to make it possible for everyone to enjoy this with us. It was our dream for many years and finally we took the step to actually create something, and not just for ourselves but for everyone who just loves LEGO Racers.

 

I will keep you guys regularly informed. Make sure you check this post at least once a week as the project is under heavy development. :)

 

Special thanks:

We would like to thank Grappigegovert for his great help which resulted in massive improvement of the software. Thanks to this guy, a lot of things are now working (like using Power-Ups).

 

Videos:

The following videos show a demonstration of the system in action:

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=U1MHIPDOhwA (1 / 3)

https://www.youtube....h?v=p-K4xIA5-dA (2 / 3)

https://www.youtube....h?v=wzUIVFWM07E (3 / 3)


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#96128 Really early LEGO Racers alpha/beta screenshots

Posted by jamesster on 01 November 2013 - 02:53 PM

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http://bill.bzaar.ne...ots/legorac.htm

Holy crud.
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#93828 A new addition to the moderating team

Posted by Cirevam on 25 August 2013 - 12:39 PM

Every once in a yellow brick moon we gather as a community to view the ascension of a worthy individual to the circle known as the Moderating Staff of RRU.  Few have braved the trials and succeeded, whether failure was delivered within the magma depths of Planet U, on the racetrack next to the legendary Rocket Racer, or at the hands of a nit-picky park evaluator.  One among you has come through the fires unscathed and we humble ourselves before his task.


It is with utmost pleasure that we welcome and introduce Jamesster as the newest moderator of Rock Raiders United.  Jamesster has been an extremely active member of the community – on top of his work on many other LEGO sites – and we look forward to him increasing his formal role on RRU.

 

Congratulations!


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#85704 Insane Raiders [Comic] [Last Update: 2014-08-22]

Posted by Arthuriel on 02 March 2013 - 08:06 AM

Note: Can take some time (in my case ~25s) to load every comic.

 

Hi,

this is a thread, where I will try to continue a comic series every or every second week (note: replace week with month).

Usually they are based on my experiences with the Rock Raider PC game and the behavior of the Rock Raiders (including a good portion of insanity and exaggaration).

 

Number 1. Dynamite

Spoiler

 

Number 2. Lava and Pathfinding are evil

Spoiler

 

Number 3. Reinforment is for Losers

Spoiler

 

Number 4. The Pain of Pictures Show

Spoiler

 

Number 5. Badly needed Professions and Items

Spoiler

 

Number 6. Job Oppurtunities

Spoiler

 

Number 7. Secrets

Spoiler

 

Number 8. An unnormal Day

Spoiler

 

Number 9. Randompunk-Raiders

Spoiler

 

Number 10. Alternative Ending

Spoiler

 

Number 11. Mindless in Space

Spoiler

 

Number 12. Traffic

Spoiler

 

Number 13. Lazor-Madness

Spoiler

 

Number 14. Lazor-Madness II

Spoiler

 

Number 15. The Dark Side of the Vector

Spoiler

 

Number 16. Meet the Bandit.

Spoiler

 

Number 17. Dynamite Madness.

Spoiler

 

Number 18. The Ultimate Punishment.

I think, that Chief mixed something up. (The comic is ~1,6MB big and has the original size. Why? Well, when I uploaded the smaller versions (and therfore lower quality), they took almost the same amount of space up after I uploaded them).

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#80904 Global Forum Rules

Posted by Cyrem on 09 December 2012 - 01:01 AM

Rock Raiders United is a discussion community. This allows many people of many backgrounds to come together to discuss all things LEGO. To keep this community in a healthy working order, forum rules do apply to protect both the website and its members. By registering an account you agree to follow the rules below.

These rules apply to all sections of Rock Raiders United including the Personal Message System, Gallery and Blogs unless specified elsewhere.

Rules: Posting 
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Also read the topic on Posting Etiquette.

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Respect Members
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Respect Moderators
The moderators not only spend time on the community as a normal member, they also having taken on extra responsibility to ensure members are following the rules. They 'keep the streets clean' as it were.

 

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If your actions (e.g post destruction, DDOS, spam etc) and attitude (e.g disrespect for moderators, members or the forum itself) and posts show or imply that you are trying to destroy the website or the community atmosphere causing the driving away of other members, you may be subject to a warning/restrictions or account ban.

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My Little Pony Fandom
This fandom has become a large part of the internet as of recent, however, again be thoughtful of the other viewers of RRU. Not all members like (and some dislike) the MLP fandom. All topics should remain clean of "Pony posts" except for the "Offtopic" category where they are permitted.

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#102661 LEGO Island Information Center MOC WIP

Posted by Brigs on 17 May 2014 - 01:23 AM

Welcome! Velcommen, konichiwa, aloha! How ya doin? Yo! And in any language, welcome to LEGO Island the Information Center!

 

Ever since I discovered my own copy of LEGO Island (recounted here,) I wanted to build my own, tangible, Information Center. I started in LEGO Digital Designer with the "i" logo on the floor, continued with the Big blue Brick Book, and the big "i" in front of my desk. Brick by brick, tock by tick I began to construct the model in reality, from flowers to cups and red to blue to the elevator, to oh my yes, your score cube; Whoops, I forgot the radio!

 

There's still so much to do, things like racing and jet-skiing getting a few parts in the right colors, building up the walls, and obstructing that ugly framework.

 

Recreation

 

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Ingame Comparison

 

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See you later, Brickulator!
 

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#96825 Saracen 2 engine and world editor, Drome Racers source

Posted by jamesster on 27 November 2013 - 09:01 AM

(OP updated 11/27/13 to more clearly present what we're talking about)

I've got a nice little collection of stuff containing the following:
  • Most of the source code for ATD's Saracen 2 game engine, which was used in LEGO Racers 2 and Drome Racers (LEGO Racers 3) and probably other ATD games,
  • Saracen 2's world editor (and its source code, not sure if it's complete though),
  • Most of the source code specific to Drome Racers (which builds on the Saracen 2 engine),
  • Environment 3D models and their textures for Drome Racers, in formats different from those you can get from unpacking the released game's GTC.
More details in the following posts. Sorry, but this stuff can not and will not be released to the general public. The source is incomplete, so there's no way to compile new versions of the game. It's really only useful for decoding more file formats and gaining a better understanding of how the game works so we can expand our modding capabilities. The same applies to the world editor; unfortunately it struggles to load most world files aside from simple test areas, and crashes very easily, so it's really only helpful for figuring out how things work and I honestly think it'd be easier to create our own world editor.
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#93869 New version of ROCK RAIDERS - update

Posted by Cirevam on 26 August 2013 - 05:56 AM

At the time, the Press didn't think family friendly, simple to pick up and use games would be popular, and they slated our games for being too easy, and simple. The whole games market has since learnt that simple online games and phone games have captured the majority of the market, this type of game is exactly what the public wanted!

 

The problem is that this is exactly what the Rock Raiders United community doesn't want, or at the very least that is the general attitude that many people have around here. Rock Raiders is a very casual game already up until a few levels near the end and many of the mods that RRU has made try to make the game more challenging. The core demographic for the original game was children, so that is understandable. Now, we have grown up and the majority of us are 15 to 25 years old. We can take a challenge.

 

 

After saying all that, the New Rock Raiders is not a budget game, it is a BIG project, we can do many styles, and this is a Major quality title for us.

 

This makes me feel a little bit better about the situation. In my eyes, Rock Raiders was one of your best games and I have hope that you are willing to show us a game that's even better than the original Rock Raiders. Of course, when I say "you" I'm addressing all of DDI -- the programmers, the artists, the musicians, the engineers, and the leaders.

 

 

We are looking to impliment new formats in our engine, and add in new online multiplayer playability, Rock Raiders/ Block Raiders is planned as the launch title for this. We will obviously be on PC, but with online support, we support Wii and Wii-U - as we like the idea of using the Wii-remotes  for hacking, chopping away at the screeen (we also support wii-remotes on the PC) and the gamepad for crafting would be great, we want support for Android (OUYA) and iOS iPad and finally I would love to get a version on FACEBOOK.

 

I was talking to a few people about this and we're actually concerned about you developing this game on multiple formats at once. Having multiple formats means that you need multiple teams to work on each version, which splits your time and energy. If you're planning on PC, Wii, WiiU, Android, iOS, and Facebook... you're spreading your effort way too thin and the main product (PC) will suffer. And honestly, the game will end up being completely different for each format. The PC has mouse and keyboard controls which are superior to a controller (WiiU) or pointer (Wii), and far superior to a touchscreen (Android, iOS). The general attitude towards Facebook games for many people around here is negative, and I feel that you will receive either backlash or apathy towards a Facebook version of the game.

We do not want Farmville Raiders. We do not want to waggle a Wiimote at a screen in order to drill a wall. Please understand this. Your trending analysts may say that Facebook games are hot right now and the casual market is something you need to capture, but RRU in general is not in that market. I don't want to speak for everyone, but I think we are looking for a game that makes us think and plan ahead.


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#103735 LEGO Minifigures Online Open Beta + Review

Posted by jamesster on 18 June 2014 - 01:28 AM

http://www.playminifigures.com/en

And now that the NDA is gone, here's my thoughts on the game:

LEGO Minifigures Online is as deep as an ice cube tray, as complex as a paperweight. The gameplay consists of running along a linear road, and spamming clicks along the way, like Diablo mixed with LEGO Star Wars, minus the arcade-y silliness that made LEGO Star Wars enjoyable in the first place. The combat requires little actual strategy while playing alone, and practically none at all when in a group. In an attempt to make a game accessible to kids, Funcom has stripped the gameplay down so much that it is nothing more than an annoying roadblock between you and the pretty environments you want to see more of.

The game has lovely aesthetics, and really looks and feels like a LEGO world come to life, but while beautiful, the modular nature of its worlds has led to environments where memorable and unique locations are relatively few and far between. The "story" (Each world has its own story which you must complete in turn; at this point, the overarching story of the game is nothing but a text blurb on the website) is highly linear, and the themed worlds are longer than you might expect, so you'll be playing within the same theme for quite some time before being railroaded along to the next one. This isn't as much of a problem as you might initially think, as the worlds do usually contain quite a bit of variety, but the opening Pirate World doesn't introduce much variety until Volcano Island about half way through.

But if you can look past the mindless, repetitive gameplay and just enjoy the environments as they scroll by... You will likely get shot in the foot by microtransactions. The most severely detracting microtransaction system in the game is straight out of The War Z: Each minifigure you've collected has its own cooldown timer that kicks in after it's smashed, which gradually ramps up in severity as you die more. You'll either have to wait two, ten, twenty minutes before resuming play - or you can spend Diamonds, the game's microtransaction currency, to revive them instantly. There is also an optional membership subscription, which gives "benefits" such as being able to communicate with other players and respawning after only a minute of waiting (if you don't pay to revive instantly), and access to small mini-dungeons sprinkled throughout the worlds. And of course, there's always options to purchase more minifigures and health potions.

In the end, LMO is a game I found myself playing through only to see what pretty LEGO-themed environment was around the next corner. There's nothing to keep me around and interested in the game now that I've seen all there is to be seen, as there's nothing in the gameplay to master. While there are plans for competitive PvP minigames, which may provide some actually engaging gameplay and keep players around after completing what currently exists of the story quest and optional dungeons, as for what the game is today on the launch of open beta, I'm left with an overwhelming feeling of "meh".

Sources: LEGO Minifigures Online Website
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#101491 LL-947 Space Defender

Posted by Ayliffe on 11 April 2014 - 08:03 PM

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Built to replace the ageing fleet of LL-918 one-man spacecrafts, the LL-947 has 6 side mounted lasers on the wings to defend itself from the forces of Blacktron, which was a key problem with the old 918 class spacecrafts, who couldn't defend themselves if they ran into trouble. There are numerous reports that some of these have been modified by Blacktron to use against our forces, but so far there is no photographic evidence of these occurrences.

Check out my photostream for more images! https://www.flickr.c...s/ayliffemakit/
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#94843 All bricks/chassis, all the time

Posted by jamesster on 25 September 2013 - 03:54 PM

A really simple but very useful mod that gives you access to every car chassis and piece in the builder at any given time (even ones you can't normally use):

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In GAME DATA\OBJECTS\BRICKS, there's a file called UNIQUEBRICKS.TXT, which contains "All the bricks that can go in the game ever". Now, see UNIQUEBRICKSGENERIC.TXT? It lists "The generic bricks - available in all worlds". Simply overwrite it with a copy of UNIQUEBRICKS.TXT, and boom, every chassis and piece is accessible everywhere.
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#85479 Cafeteria (0.7)

Posted by Cyrem on 25 February 2013 - 01:33 PM

Cafeteria

0.7

 
Cafeteria is a LRR Launcher that allows you to run LEGO Rock Raiders at any resolution your monitor supports as well as giving LRR background music like it should have. Gone are the days of 640x480 stretching and blurring.
 
Using
Place the Cafeteria files into the Rock Raiders installation directory.
 
LRR Setup (Required for Resolution Mod)
Open LEGO.CFG. Do a "Search and Replace" in your text editor for: "640x480" with the resolution you would like to run the game at. E.G: replace "640x480" with "1920x1080". Replace all occurances in the config file. This is required.
 
LRR Panels
At this time you will need to move LRR's panels yourself to fit your resolution. Look for a CFG block called "Panels<Your Replaced Resolution> (e.g "Panels1920x1070" ). This is where you will find the positioning of most of the panels in the game. You will not find positions for the Oxygen/Ore Bar, Crystal images or the message panel. The message panel can be moved by increasing the height of it's image. Oxygen/Ore bars cannot be moved at this time, by I am working on a solution. Until then, you can either leave them or delete it's image file to get rid of it.
 
Copy Protected Versions
Due to copy protected version having a disk checking period, you will not be able to use "Launch and Apply". You will need to start both Cafeteria and LRR. Make sure you select "Copy Protected" on the protection settings. When the "Mode Selection" window appears, click "Apply Only". This will apply the resolution changes needed. On LRR's mode selection window, leave "640x480 (16 Bit)" selected and press OK.
 
Non-Copy Protected
Start Cafeteria, then click "Launch and Apply". Cafeteria will attempt to start LRR, apply the changes then simulate pressing the enter key in order to skip the Mode Selection window. If the Mode Selection window appears but the game does not start after a moment, click OK to start the LRR manually.
 
Game Music
Cafeteria 0.6 has the ability to play game music on levels. Create a folder called "Music" in LRR installation directory. Add any MP3 files you want to this folder.
 
Notes
- Do not change anything on the Mode Selection window unless switching to window mode.
- You do not need to close Cafeteria after the application has been made, infact, don't close it. It needs to run while LRR is running.
- You can start LRR with you parameters by using you already made shortcut, and clicking "Apply Only" instead of "Launch and Apply"
- I recommend grabbing all the high poly models/enhanced textures as you can.
 
Future
It is still early days for this launcher and I plan on improving and adding some more features. The setup will become easier when either resolution packs are made or until I get this tool to make all these changes automatically. Thanks to everyone for participating in my tests.
 
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#101792 A game I'm working on: A 3D, multiplayer roguelike (Latest alpha release:...

Posted by Addictgamer on 20 April 2014 - 07:25 PM

Hey guys, I could use your help!

Last autumn, I joined a game dev team. Since then, I've been very busy working on this game: Barony, a 3D, multiplayer Roguelike:
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So far, we're probably 40-50% done with the code. There's still many features left to program, though, and a lot of content to throw in. We also need music, sound effects, and art on top of all that.

What we need is fans, a community! Here are the Official Barony forums. Right now they're sad and kind of empty. Let's fill it up!

Links:
Official Website
Latest alpha release always available here

News & Devblog

Thanks!
- Addictgamer


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#100271 Results Of 2014 Winter/Spring RRU Census

Posted by Yajmo on 10 March 2014 - 06:19 AM

 

Great list McStudz, someone should gather all the members' profile pictures and make some kind of display or something.

 

WIP

 

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I'm drawing them in the order they appear on the list. This takes forever though.


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