Well… 6 months without touching any line of code in my game or the framework… Sometimes it happens. But i am back now ! And i hope that i will have something to show soon!
So what is a bitmap font?
Every game developer has face it during the development: Display a text in the game to show damages or a conversation between two characters. For performance reason, standard fonts (understand TTF ) are not used directly. The preferred way is to use a bitmap font: it is a big image containing all characters used to display a text for a predefined size. The image (a png file) is linked with a text file with the extension fnt describing where each character is located in the image and give all necessary information to display the text. (base height, interline, …).
Just do some sketches for 4 new heroes: the nurse, the reporter, the “mime” and the miner.
As i explained in my previous post, i am using now blender to have a 3d model for weapon in order to facilitate animation.
So now it just take me few minutes to produce 4 different walking animation with a shotgun:
just capture from different angle the weapon, resize it wit gimp to 25×25, then copy paste the weapon in a new layer and refine pixel rendering.
I am currently working on range attack system, but first i need some artworks for shotgun.
Before, when working on graphics and animation, i just draw some sketchs on a sheet of paper, then from these picture, i vectorize it in Inscape. I export this svg as PNG and produce images and animation from this image in PyxelEdit. But i always face difficulties when rendering objects in different position for animation, even if my pixel sheets is 32×32 or 64×64.
I will try for the shotgun another approach: i will still do sketchs on the paper but skip Inkscape to produce a 3d model in blender. I have followed some nice tutorials on youtube from BornCG. With this model i will be able to see my object from different angle and i think this will help me to produce animation.
Great news! I just get in my email box a free indie license from RoboVM team!
So i will be able to target IOS too for the game. Thanks RoboVM team!
To describe briefly what is RoboVM, it is a toolkit which allow running your game in both android and IOS platform without any code changes. What is great about RoboVM is that it is supported by LibGDX since years now.