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  2. haloman30

    1.4.x.x

    + Added menu bar for easier navigation and control + Redesigned about box * Configuration is no longer used by continuously re-reading the file, but now has several classes (NTConfigOption, NTConfigFile) * Globals is now a static class (rather than declaring 41 different instances of globals) * Changelog now relies on an online json file (tied to this new changelog system!) rather than having version changelogs hard-coded into the program * Changelog versions are now stored in special classes (NTVersion, NTVersionNuPkg, NTRemoteVersion) * Refactoring for changelog UI controls * Scrollbars will now show up for version Changelog and NuGet packages * Most user-end text is now stored in a String table, rather than being placed within each file induvidually - Disabled Play button functionality for old "predev" launcher UI
  3. haloman30

    1.3.6836.9919

    + Experimental support for user-defined color schemes + Added checkboxes to enable Snapshots, Beta versions, and Alpha versions of Project: Infinity * Replaced the spam of "Repeated" 'Done' messages in console with more detailed information * Improved spacing within Blamite Map Manager - Removed 'Players First.' button from Legal Documents flyout, as the page is hidden from the public (for now, kinda cringe for my liking)
  4. haloman30

    1.3.6644.42640

    + Officially introduced telemetry system (user can disable in settings) + Added the Blamite Map Manager (BETA) + Added a 'First Run' dialog, which now provides a very clear option to disable telemetry right out of the gate, as well as forces agreement to all the needed legal documents * Launcher message dialog contents now supports scrolling for longer messages - just in case. * Internal fix: much more flexible and reliable way to write config values * Config button in Console flyout now opens the Settings flyout instead of the old config window (you can still use old broken window via commands though, if you REALLY want to) * Fixed all the 'Done' messages in the log to now display the actual information - which was the loading of RSS items from the Elaztek website
  5. haloman30

    1.3.6624.29906

    + Fully redesigned UI + Added a redeem key page (wip) + Added login page (wip) + Added user dropdown menu, chat, friends, and something else in window title + Added new config option: Telemetry logging level + Implemented new system logging levels: None, Basic, Full. These levels display various levels of system software and hardware information in log files at startup. Default setting is BASIC, because we aren't Microsoft and this isn't Windows 10. More information on what exactly is collected can be found at: http://elaztek.com/products/launcher/launcher_telemetry + Added new config option: Allow maximize/restore + Added new config option: Allow free resizing * Console now has scrollbars, and no longer has text wrapping * Updated MahApps.Metro to 1.5.0 * Assembly renamed from launcher-wpf to NTlauncher * The old config window is officially deprecated. All updates have been placed into the new integrated page.
  6. haloman30

    1.2.999.999

    + Embedded all UI fonts into the application to fix font problems + Developer features can be accessed via a hidden config option + Clicking an announcement on the frontpage will open the topic in the default web browser + Added scrollbars to all tile lists + Added work-in-progress configurator for the Blamite Game Engine + Added new main screen + Project: Infinity downlaod button now displays a message + Added Infinity game options + Added new exit confirmation dialog * Fixed News & Updates title displaying * Fixed some layout issues with tiles on Infinity game tab (developer only) * Fixed layout issues with info panes in specific game tabs * Marked changelog UI as depreceated * Config values are loaded in a more flexible fashion (needs further testing) * .CNR files are now no longer supported * Migrated to JSON for version downloading/handling * Logging system migrated from junky textbox text appending to proper console binding
  7. haloman30

    1.2.6394.1733

    * Made certain features hidden unless devmode is enabled * Got basic functionality working with .CNR (Cached Network Resource) files
  8. haloman30

    1.2.6343.5378

    * Added icon to title bar * Disabled all-caps title + Added experimental Appx/UWP inspired msghandler dialog (see Developer flyout)
  9. haloman30

    1.2.6335.2217

    [HUGE MIGRATION TO WPF] + Added new experimental features in Project: Infinity tab +Added new themes added by MahApps.Metro * Ported core application to WPF, some windows continue to utilize Windows Forms (and WPF may be discontinued in favor of Forms * Configuration is now integrated into the main window * Developer Tab removed at runtime, can be accessed in developer versions from the title bar * Dark theme is now the default selection - Removed a few themes only applicable to MetroFramework - Removed Launcher Output tab, can be accessed in the main window via the title bar - Removed ability to maximize (because WPF is retarded >_
  10. haloman30

    1.1.6326.42056

    + Added WIP advanced configuration + Added experimental induivudal game tab layout + Added icon to main window
  11. haloman30

    1.1.6322.32277

    - Removed Hell Reborn from game selection list + Added Vista to game selection list
  12. haloman30

    1.1.6321.2714

    + Experimental Metro Interface (within seperate launcher project file, as it lacks support for disabling said styles) + Added application Icon
  13. haloman30

    1.1.6319.41309

    + Added config option to switch between CEFSharp and Visual Studio's standard web browser (nonfunctional) + Some testing in the Developer tab, a UWP-style button design as well as a textbox with the current build as well as a button to copy to clipboard(because fuck typing that shit out) * Fixed refresh button console logger: Changed initialization log output from 'browser' to 'chromeBrowser' * Fixed refresh button functionality: Changed method from chromeBrowser.Refresh(); to chromeBrowser.Reload();
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  15. haloman30

    GItlab Changes regarding Unity

    Last night, Unity Technologies (Creator of Unity) made changes to their Terms of Service that are alarming for the game industry in general. However the catalyst of the uproar and this post is from improbable (The Creator of SpatialOS). Last night, the licenses for the development team of SpatialOS and some games using SpatialOS are having their licenses pulled for a breach of the ToS. Earlier today we received word to remove two repositories containing SpatialOS, to which we did. Additionally, we were advised to remove all code relating to Unity from our custom server solution Raven Server. Those two things today made my team, Halo and I both look into this and decide what direction we are going to go. It was unanimous that we would put some restrictions in place in order to make sure that we do not get into legally issues with Unity or jeopardize our relationship with the company. There are still many questions regarding the ambiguous writing of the ToS and we unfortunately do not have all the answers. As of result we are implementing the following changes. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY SpatialOS projects and servers using the Unity Runtime are no longer allowed on the Elaztek/ Errite Gitlab. Until we get more information from Unity itself, we are implementing these current procedures. - SpatialOS Projects using the Unity Engine are not allowed (Though SpatialOS projects using other engines are allowed) - Game Server Technology that use the Unity Runtime are not allowed. - Any Apps that stream the Unity Runtime from a cloud servers hardware to a computer are no longer allowed. It must be running the Unity Runtime locally. What this means for Elaztek and Errite: - All current projects using the Unity Engine are currently temporarily ceasing development. - RavenRunner which was scheduled to go into testing the next couple of months will be put on hold. - We will not be endorsing any community developed apps that break Unity’s TOS on our download section. - Any apps that break Unity’s TOS on the Download section will be removed. What does this mean for Errite and Elaztek Internally? - While Errite does provide resources to Elaztek and Chaotic United, Errite was setup in a way that made it where if Raven Runner was to be a failure, it would not put the company in debt. This means if this goes unresolved, Errite will continue along with Elaztek and CU. - If this goes unresolved this means that Elaztek and Errite pull all support of Unity Technologies and will divert to another engine on current or future projects. However, this will only be used as a last resort. If we can still publish Raven Runner, we will do it and then refrain from using Unity’s engine in the future. What do I think? I have defended Unity in the past, but this time I will not do so. Seeing them pull this apple like tactics is absolutely unacceptable how they are ruining titles that are out and in development just so they can stifle the competition and gain market share. The same day that this happened they announced a competitor to SpacialOS. I used to praise Unity for providing Plus License users with tools to make their vision a reality and more tools then they did for jumpstarting a game then UE4. But the fact that they pulled this stunt makes it all for nothing. I’ve heard stories of many different game developers that are using Unity right now getting fucked over, resulting in either disappointment for fans or great financial losses. While I am not sure what route we will be taking with Raven Runner, I will not be tolerating the behavior of someone using their own influence to make a potential competitor bow down to a ransom fee. It could be Unity’s Legal Division fucking this up, who knows? But as far as I know, Unity better not fuck this up or I will be pulling my support faster then they can say “Wait come back” and I wont tolerate this behavior. Absolutely pathetic. For more information go to the links below https://improbable.io/company/news/2019/01/10/unity-blocks-spatialos https://forum.fracturedmmo.com/topic/7716/unity-has-blocked-spatialos-what-s-up-and-what-it-m https://forum.unity.com/threads/recent-tos-update-blocks-the-use-of-spatialos-to-make-games-in-unity.610447
  16. Last night, Unity Technologies (Creator of Unity) made changes to their Terms of Service that are alarming for the game industry in general. However the catalyst of the uproar and this post is from improbable (The Creator of SpatialOS). Last night, the licenses for the development team of SpatialOS and some games using SpatialOS are having their licenses pulled for a breach of the ToS. Earlier today we received word to remove two repositories containing SpatialOS, to which we did. Additionally, we were advised to remove all code relating to Unity from our custom server solution Raven Server. Those two things today made my team, Halo and I both look into this and decide what direction we are going to go. It was unanimous that we would put some restrictions in place in order to make sure that we do not get into legally issues with Unity or jeopardize our relationship with the company. There are still many questions regarding the ambiguous writing of the ToS and we unfortunately do not have all the answers. As of result we are implementing the following changes. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY SpatialOS projects and servers using the Unity Runtime are no longer allowed on the Elaztek/ Errite Gitlab. Until we get more information from Unity itself, we are implementing these current procedures. - SpatialOS Projects using the Unity Engine are not allowed (Though SpatialOS projects using other engines are allowed) - Game Server Technology that use the Unity Runtime are not allowed. - Any Apps that stream the Unity Runtime from a cloud servers hardware to a computer are no longer allowed. It must be running the Unity Runtime locally. What this means for Elaztek and Errite: - All current projects using the Unity Engine are currently temporarily ceasing development. - RavenRunner which was scheduled to go into testing the next couple of months will be put on hold. - We will not be endorsing any community developed apps that break Unity’s TOS on our download section. - Any apps that break Unity’s TOS on the Download section will be removed. What does this mean for Errite and Elaztek Internally? - While Errite does provide resources to Elaztek and Chaotic United, Errite was setup in a way that made it where if Raven Runner was to be a failure, it would not put the company in debt. This means if this goes unresolved, Errite will continue along with Elaztek and CU. - If this goes unresolved this means that Elaztek and Errite pull all support of Unity Technologies and will divert to another engine on current or future projects. However, this will only be used as a last resort. If we can still publish Raven Runner, we will do it and then refrain from using Unity’s engine in the future. What do I think? I have defended Unity in the past, but this time I will not do so. Seeing them pull this apple like tactics is absolutely unacceptable how they are ruining titles that are out and in development just so they can stifle the competition and gain market share. The same day that this happened they announced a competitor to SpacialOS. I used to praise Unity for providing Plus License users with tools to make their vision a reality and more tools then they did for jumpstarting a game then UE4. But the fact that they pulled this stunt makes it all for nothing. I’ve heard stories of many different game developers that are using Unity right now getting fucked over, resulting in either disappointment for fans or great financial losses. While I am not sure what route we will be taking with Raven Runner, I will not be tolerating the behavior of someone using their own influence to make a potential competitor bow down to a ransom fee. It could be Unity’s Legal Division fucking this up, who knows? But as far as I know, Unity better not fuck this up or I will be pulling my support faster then they can say “Wait come back” and I wont tolerate this behavior. Absolutely pathetic. For more information go to the links below https://improbable.io/company/news/2019/01/10/unity-blocks-spatialos https://forum.fracturedmmo.com/topic/7716/unity-has-blocked-spatialos-what-s-up-and-what-it-m https://forum.unity.com/threads/recent-tos-update-blocks-the-use-of-spatialos-to-make-games-in-unity.610447
  17. haloman30

    11/21/2018 Update

    + Added Issue Tracker + Added Issue Tracker category: Blamite Game Engine (BLAM) + Added Issue Tracker category: Elaztek Launcher (NTL) + Added Issue Tracker category: Project: Infinity (HALO) * Disabled Bug Tracker category: Elaztek Launcher * Disabled Bug Tracker category: Blamite Game Engine - Removed Killerteddy
  18. haloman30

    11/20/2018 Bugfix

    * Fixed the Homepage News Manager page showing to regular users * Fixed Team dropdown menu being visible to regular users * Fixed featured calendar events not displaying to regular users on homepage
  19. Hey everyone! Another announcement so soon? Why, yes. Lots of stuff happening nowadays - isn't it exciting? First off, we've got the basics of the Galactiminer: Evolved website up! You can check it out live at http://galactiminer.com! There currently isn't a whole lot to it as of yet besides some links and a couple pages - but you can expect to see it continue to grow and evolve as time goes on and Galactiminer continues to make progress. Speaking of progress, yesterday we introduced a new member to the Elaztek team - @Verblendet! I'll leave it up to him when/if he wants to reveal any information about himself, but here's what I can tell you - he will be the man behind the music of Galactiminer. We hope to have some juicy tunes to fill your ears here relatively soon - but you must not rush the creative process. Music composition is a long and tedious process. Lastly, we've introduced a cool new feature for those of you who are coming over (or who formerly came over) from Chaotic United - the ability to sign in with your Chaotic United account on Elaztek - and vice versa. You can now sign up, login, and sync information between the two. If you have an account on CU already and want to quickly get signed up here, you can just click 'Sign in with Chaotic United' on the login screen. Alternatively, if you have an account here but not on CU, you can sign into CU with your Elaztek account. That's all for now, folks! Stay tuned for any upcoming progress and development on Galactiminer! And don't forget to spread our Kickstarter campaign around: kck.st/2N6bpPv
  20. Hey everyone! Another announcement so soon? Why, yes. Lots of stuff happening nowadays - isn't it exciting? First off, we've got the basics of the Galactiminer: Evolved website up! You can check it out live at http://galactiminer.com! There currently isn't a whole lot to it as of yet besides some links and a couple pages - but you can expect to see it continue to grow and evolve as time goes on and Galactiminer continues to make progress. Speaking of progress, yesterday we introduced a new member to the Elaztek team - @Verblendet! I'll leave it up to him when/if he wants to reveal any information about himself, but here's what I can tell you - he will be the man behind the music of Galactiminer. We hope to have some juicy tunes to fill your ears here relatively soon - but you must not rush the creative process. Music composition is a long and tedious process. Lastly, we've introduced a cool new feature for those of you who are coming over (or who formerly came over) from Chaotic United - the ability to sign in with your Chaotic United account on Elaztek - and vice versa. You can now sign up, login, and sync information between the two. If you have an account on CU already and want to quickly get signed up here, you can just click 'Sign in with Chaotic United' on the login screen. Alternatively, if you have an account here but not on CU, you can sign into CU with your Elaztek account. That's all for now, folks! Stay tuned for any upcoming progress and development on Galactiminer! And don't forget to spread our Kickstarter campaign around: kck.st/2N6bpPv
  21. Hey, folks! We're throwing a curveball at you - a development progress update! "What? You mean to say that you're actually getting tangible work done?" Yes! Yes we are! It's a Christmas miracle! We've posted this update on our Kickstarter as well, though there's a couple other things we're going to get into here as well, mainly with future plans and such. But enough babble, let's get into what you came here for - to see our progress. Now I know, it doesn't look like much, but do keep in mind that this is all just basic functionality. First up - blocks. Blocks, blocks, and more blocks. What blocks are available? Let's take a look at each of them. First up, let's show a total mess of various blocks that was shown on the Kickstarter (and on the homepage image) to give a brief overview. Now, this gives a good idea of what blocks are in the game, but this doesn't make it entirely clear what these blocks are, does it? Let's remedy that. For those interested, each and every block (as of the time of making this post) can be found in the spoiler below. We plan to setup a wiki for all of Galactiminer's content, sort of like the Minecraft Wiki - except official and not broken as of recently for unknown reasons. (also the images below will probably look like crap because I was lazy and gyazo'd all of them) Next up, the inventory. This was a real fight. See, we decided to (kind of) get lazy and actually purchased a resource on the Unreal Engine Marketplace. That resource contained the core block building functionality you see, but we had to modify it a great deal to not suck. There was no inventory system. The hotbar was very weakly coded - it's the kind of programming nightmare you never want to see, several variables all manually bound to the hotbar. There were about 2-3 variables for the hotbar slots. No easy expandability, even the active slot was done by having 9 textures of the hotbar with the slot overlay appearing in different locations. It was pretty crap. The process for adding a block involved making changes in about 30 locations and was in general just really tacky to deal with. All of this - the hotbar, inventory, and blocks were completely restructured to be easily expandable. Adding a basic block takes no more than a couple minutes (minus the whole texturing stuff, but I'm just talking about getting it into the game and usable). So, what does it look like? Like this: Don't mind some of those broken-seeming textures and other weirdness - those are, as I said, textures. The block building system doesn't do a cool 3D render in the slot like Minecraft would, but instead uses a 2D texture - this includes those ones that look like cubes. So, we just threw on some leftover textures from Project: Infinity that were already in the project temporarily. Also, tooltips! As you can see, they aren't your typical generic tooltip of just the item name. The tooltip shows the block slot texture, the name, and the item classification. That and the blue background color will change depending on what item/block it is. Weapons would be, well, weapons. Stone, Grass, and Dirt (and related) will be Natural Materials, ores and crystals will be Minerals, and so on. Also, notice the additional space that just says Debug Item Details. That would show other stats dependent on the block or item as well. Weapons would show stuff like accuracy, rate of fire, damage, and so on. Blocks would show the minimum tool required to break it as well as the time to break, and anything else noteworthy about it. We will likely add a setting to show the debug details for you nerds out there. Maybe we'll even have an option for more simplistic tooltips, because why not? Anyways, that's about all we've got for now! Just a few clarifications before we go: You may have noticed the Halo-esque HUD, as well as the fact that most of the inventory stuff looks very much like that of Minecraft. Both of these elements will be changing as we get further in. The Halo HUD is stuff that we were testing for Project: Infinity from back when we were going to develop that in Unreal Engine, most of which is pulled from Halo 3. Except that weird motion tracker placeholder, that was a weird thing I made a while back. As for the Minecraft-looking inventory and hotbar, you can expect that to change and evolve as we go on. We are mainly focused on functionality, and I think most of you can get that but some people like to critique early alpha concepts And, remember - Project: Infinity is not cancelled - nor is Blamite. We will be keeping the applications for both of those open so that, if there are people willing and able to develop them (mainly Blamite since Project: Infinity is dependent on Blamite being complete), we can effectively develop both. If we do get enough people for Blamite to be developed alongside Galactiminer, we'll be sure to announce it. As for those looking to join Galactiminer's team, we will have applications open soon - so be on the lookout for that. Well, that's the past week or two of progress since our announcement. We hope to get these going semi-regularly as progress happens and the game continues to grow and evolve. Don't forget, we still are running a Kickstarter campaign and we have 21 more days to go - let's make it count, folks! You can check out the Kickstarter page for Galactiminer here.
  22. Hey, folks! We're throwing a curveball at you - a development progress update! "What? You mean to say that you're actually getting tangible work done?" Yes! Yes we are! It's a Christmas miracle! We've posted this update on our Kickstarter as well, though there's a couple other things we're going to get into here as well, mainly with future plans and such. But enough babble, let's get into what you came here for - to see our progress. Now I know, it doesn't look like much, but do keep in mind that this is all just basic functionality. First up - blocks. Blocks, blocks, and more blocks. What blocks are available? Let's take a look at each of them. First up, let's show a total mess of various blocks that was shown on the Kickstarter (and on the homepage image) to give a brief overview. Now, this gives a good idea of what blocks are in the game, but this doesn't make it entirely clear what these blocks are, does it? Let's remedy that. For those interested, each and every block (as of the time of making this post) can be found in the spoiler below. We plan to setup a wiki for all of Galactiminer's content, sort of like the Minecraft Wiki - except official and not broken as of recently for unknown reasons. (also the images below will probably look like crap because I was lazy and gyazo'd all of them) Next up, the inventory. This was a real fight. See, we decided to (kind of) get lazy and actually purchased a resource on the Unreal Engine Marketplace. That resource contained the core block building functionality you see, but we had to modify it a great deal to not suck. There was no inventory system. The hotbar was very weakly coded - it's the kind of programming nightmare you never want to see, several variables all manually bound to the hotbar. There were about 2-3 variables for the hotbar slots. No easy expandability, even the active slot was done by having 9 textures of the hotbar with the slot overlay appearing in different locations. It was pretty crap. The process for adding a block involved making changes in about 30 locations and was in general just really tacky to deal with. All of this - the hotbar, inventory, and blocks were completely restructured to be easily expandable. Adding a basic block takes no more than a couple minutes (minus the whole texturing stuff, but I'm just talking about getting it into the game and usable). So, what does it look like? Like this: Don't mind some of those broken-seeming textures and other weirdness - those are, as I said, textures. The block building system doesn't do a cool 3D render in the slot like Minecraft would, but instead uses a 2D texture - this includes those ones that look like cubes. So, we just threw on some leftover textures from Project: Infinity that were already in the project temporarily. Also, tooltips! As you can see, they aren't your typical generic tooltip of just the item name. The tooltip shows the block slot texture, the name, and the item classification. That and the blue background color will change depending on what item/block it is. Weapons would be, well, weapons. Stone, Grass, and Dirt (and related) will be Natural Materials, ores and crystals will be Minerals, and so on. Also, notice the additional space that just says Debug Item Details. That would show other stats dependent on the block or item as well. Weapons would show stuff like accuracy, rate of fire, damage, and so on. Blocks would show the minimum tool required to break it as well as the time to break, and anything else noteworthy about it. We will likely add a setting to show the debug details for you nerds out there. Maybe we'll even have an option for more simplistic tooltips, because why not? Anyways, that's about all we've got for now! Just a few clarifications before we go: You may have noticed the Halo-esque HUD, as well as the fact that most of the inventory stuff looks very much like that of Minecraft. Both of these elements will be changing as we get further in. The Halo HUD is stuff that we were testing for Project: Infinity from back when we were going to develop that in Unreal Engine, most of which is pulled from Halo 3. Except that weird motion tracker placeholder, that was a weird thing I made a while back. As for the Minecraft-looking inventory and hotbar, you can expect that to change and evolve as we go on. We are mainly focused on functionality, and I think most of you can get that but some people like to critique early alpha concepts And, remember - Project: Infinity is not cancelled - nor is Blamite. We will be keeping the applications for both of those open so that, if there are people willing and able to develop them (mainly Blamite since Project: Infinity is dependent on Blamite being complete), we can effectively develop both. If we do get enough people for Blamite to be developed alongside Galactiminer, we'll be sure to announce it. As for those looking to join Galactiminer's team, we will have applications open soon - so be on the lookout for that. Well, that's the past week or two of progress since our announcement. We hope to get these going semi-regularly as progress happens and the game continues to grow and evolve. Don't forget, we still are running a Kickstarter campaign and we have 21 more days to go - let's make it count, folks! You can check out the Kickstarter page for Galactiminer here.
  23. haloman30

    Elaztek's New Direction

    Hey, everyone! We've got some exciting news! There is unfortunately some bad news, but it's not that bad. First off: the bad news - Project: Infinity and the Blamite Game Engine have been put on temporary hold - kind of - for a while. I say kind of because there will likely be some limited development on my end here and there, however neither of these will be our main focus for the time being. The reason for this is to introduce a new project. Ladies and gentlemen, Elaztek Studios is proud to announce the initiation of a new project: Some of you just might recognize this name, if you've been around since the Haloman Development days (or more likely, went around our website and found any of the old HMD stuff laying around). The original idea behind Galactiminer wasn't a whole lot beyond a clone of Murder Miners - but different. That was the idea my 13-year-old self had. Just a year later, the project was cancelled because my child self couldn't make games at all (shocking, I know). Long before that though, it was put on hold merely 12 days later. Yet again a week later, it was resumed again. From there, it continued to make no progress until Project: Infinity was announced - and since then, Galactiminer has sat, quietly untouched in the shadow of Project: Infinity. Until now. So what changed? What suddenly caused Project: Infinity and Blamite to be put on a sort-of hold in favor of Galactiminer? Entering the Workforce - A Mixed Bag The answer will likely come as a surprise as it's not something I ever talk about in relation to Elaztek or Chaotic United - income. As those of you on CU know, I recently (on August 23, 2018) started a job at Walmart. The work itself isn't too hard - however it does give me unbearable leg and foot pain by the end of the day every single day. But the pain isn't the main issue here - it's the time. For years, I had the assumption that a full-time job would take up roughly the same amount of time as a typical school day. This simply isn't the case. Combined with actually requiring a full night's sleep, an hour lunch built into the workday, and so on - and as a result, I have next to no time to myself during work days. As such, I'm making a dramatic shift that will prioritize income generation in a way that hasn't been done so before. Our focus will still be on making great games, of course, but we won't be ignoring the element of making money any longer. Crowdfunding We've actually launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund Galactiminer: Evolved's development and help accelerate it into the world. You may be wondering, accelerate it how? What's the benefit? Aren't your team members volunteers? Yes, yes they are. However, a Kickstarter campaign would change that. There would be both paid and volunteer employees - unless funds prove to be insufficient. The most important thing that the funds would do is allow me to quit my job and work on Galactiminer full time. A chance to truly learn more about what I want to do and how to do it better, and a chance to build a game without school or work or anything else interfering. A chance to truly bring Galactiminer to life, and to launch Elaztek for real. So, why the subtitle? Why is it called Galactiminer: Evolved, and not just Galactiminer? Well, there are two main reasons that both go hand in hand. First off, there's stuff from various corners of the Elaztek, Haloman Development, and other websites that describe Galactiminer in the context of the original idea. Which leads into the other main reason - this Galactiminer is drastically different from the Galactiminer idea as it was in 2013. I won't guarantee that the subtitle won't be dropped later, but for the time being - we're going to be sticking with the subtitle (even though you'll still probably see me and others refer to it as just Galactiminer). The Future of Project: Infinity and the Blamite Game Engine So, what of Blamite and Project: Infinity? Will they fall to the shadows, never to be touched again? Will they never see the light of day? Absolutely not - we have no plans to abandon either of these projects. It will take time, but when we make a promise - we keep it. We will be temporarily departing from Blamite and Infinity for a bit, but when the time is right, Blamite will come to life. It will be used to power all games under Elaztek once it's capable of making quality games. However, we want to develop a product that can actually be sold before that point first. What if the Kickstarter doesn't get funded? We've got some ideas, but we're going to wait and see how the Kickstarter goes before we announce any other plans. Wrap-Up If you have any questions regarding all things Galactiminer - be it joining our team, what the gameplay will be like, or even suggestions for anything along the road, or anything else - feel free to ask away on this topic! If you wish to help ensure this project comes to life, support and/or share our Kickstarter campaign: http://kck.st/2N6bpPv To visit the Galactiminer: Evolved website: <TBA> To read the Galactiminer FAQ: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2002163451/galactiminer-evolved/faqs
  24. haloman30

    Elaztek's New Direction

    Hey, everyone! We've got some exciting news! There is unfortunately some bad news, but it's not that bad. First off: the bad news - Project: Infinity and the Blamite Game Engine have been put on temporary hold - kind of - for a while. I say kind of because there will likely be some limited development on my end here and there, however neither of these will be our main focus for the time being. The reason for this is to introduce a new project. Ladies and gentlemen, Elaztek Studios is proud to announce the initiation of a new project: Some of you just might recognize this name, if you've been around since the Haloman Development days (or more likely, went around our website and found any of the old HMD stuff laying around). The original idea behind Galactiminer wasn't a whole lot beyond a clone of Murder Miners - but different. That was the idea my 13-year-old self had. Just a year later, the project was cancelled because my child self couldn't make games at all (shocking, I know). Long before that though, it was put on hold merely 12 days later. Yet again a week later, it was resumed again. From there, it continued to make no progress until Project: Infinity was announced - and since then, Galactiminer has sat, quietly untouched in the shadow of Project: Infinity. Until now. So what changed? What suddenly caused Project: Infinity and Blamite to be put on a sort-of hold in favor of Galactiminer? Entering the Workforce - A Mixed Bag The answer will likely come as a surprise as it's not something I ever talk about in relation to Elaztek or Chaotic United - income. As those of you on CU know, I recently (on August 23, 2018) started a job at Walmart. The work itself isn't too hard - however it does give me unbearable leg and foot pain by the end of the day every single day. But the pain isn't the main issue here - it's the time. For years, I had the assumption that a full-time job would take up roughly the same amount of time as a typical school day. This simply isn't the case. Combined with actually requiring a full night's sleep, an hour lunch built into the workday, and so on - and as a result, I have next to no time to myself during work days. As such, I'm making a dramatic shift that will prioritize income generation in a way that hasn't been done so before. Our focus will still be on making great games, of course, but we won't be ignoring the element of making money any longer. Crowdfunding We've actually launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund Galactiminer: Evolved's development and help accelerate it into the world. You may be wondering, accelerate it how? What's the benefit? Aren't your team members volunteers? Yes, yes they are. However, a Kickstarter campaign would change that. There would be both paid and volunteer employees - unless funds prove to be insufficient. The most important thing that the funds would do is allow me to quit my job and work on Galactiminer full time. A chance to truly learn more about what I want to do and how to do it better, and a chance to build a game without school or work or anything else interfering. A chance to truly bring Galactiminer to life, and to launch Elaztek for real. So, why the subtitle? Why is it called Galactiminer: Evolved, and not just Galactiminer? Well, there are two main reasons that both go hand in hand. First off, there's stuff from various corners of the Elaztek, Haloman Development, and other websites that describe Galactiminer in the context of the original idea. Which leads into the other main reason - this Galactiminer is drastically different from the Galactiminer idea as it was in 2013. I won't guarantee that the subtitle won't be dropped later, but for the time being - we're going to be sticking with the subtitle (even though you'll still probably see me and others refer to it as just Galactiminer). The Future of Project: Infinity and the Blamite Game Engine So, what of Blamite and Project: Infinity? Will they fall to the shadows, never to be touched again? Will they never see the light of day? Absolutely not - we have no plans to abandon either of these projects. It will take time, but when we make a promise - we keep it. We will be temporarily departing from Blamite and Infinity for a bit, but when the time is right, Blamite will come to life. It will be used to power all games under Elaztek once it's capable of making quality games. However, we want to develop a product that can actually be sold before that point first. What if the Kickstarter doesn't get funded? We've got some ideas, but we're going to wait and see how the Kickstarter goes before we announce any other plans. Wrap-Up If you have any questions regarding all things Galactiminer - be it joining our team, what the gameplay will be like, or even suggestions for anything along the road, or anything else - feel free to ask away on this topic! If you wish to help ensure this project comes to life, support and/or share our Kickstarter campaign: http://kck.st/2N6bpPv To visit the Galactiminer: Evolved website: <TBA> To read the Galactiminer FAQ: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2002163451/galactiminer-evolved/faqs
  25. haloman30

    Galactiminer

    You are a soldier on the UNSD Testament. Your ship was sent to explore a disturbance on this new and unexplored world. You’re preparing to gear up for a reconnaissance mission when suddenly - all the lights go out. The emergency lights kick on, the sirens start blaring. The ship is under attack. The Captain gives orders to abandon ship. You and your fellow soldiers board an escape pod and are launched towards the planet. Your escape pod has a rough landing. Most of the passengers die on the impact, but you and a few marines survive. You and your squadmates climb out of the pod and watch as the ship you escaped from is bombarded and slowly crashes onto the planet. You’re on your own now, you only have your armor, your squadmates, and the world around you. What you do from here is up to you. Welcome to Galactiminer, soldier.
  26. haloman30

    The End of Elaztek Gameservers

    This is a change that actually happened a while back, but apparently everybody just plain forgot to announce it to the public. Better late than never, though, right? So, we don't have any gameservers anymore. Just Cause 2, Ark, Don't Starve Together, CSGO, and Unturned servers are now offline. All their files have been copied over to Chaotic United's dedicated server, so that should we want they can be reintroduced. Michael wrote a "Closing FAQ" a while back, to attach to the official announcement. That FAQ is at the bottom of this announcement in the spoiler. Most of that pertains to Raven Runner, however, so allow me to go into more details on the non-Raven Runer side of things. First of all, if these servers ever come back, you will find them over on Chaotic United. Here at Elaztek, we make games - and the only reason these servers were ever branded as Elaztek is a result of some of our team being unhappy with the direction of Chaotic United at that point in time. People didn't want to be involved in CU anymore, and thus the servers were kept up under the Elaztek name. As time passed, things changed at CU and the feelings of the people here did as well - hence why the files for these servers are back in CU's hands. Any effort that was formerly put into maintaining these servers is now going to be put towards the primary goal of Elaztek Studios: game and software development. If you do wish for these servers to return, you'll have to ask over on Chaotic United. The server IP's have been removed from the services block on forums page, and all the subforums have been archived. On an unrelated note, incase you didn't see the previous announcement addendum, we updated all the banners of our own screenshots - with the exception of a select few. Despite the joking blurb on that announcement, these screenshots are entirely allowed under the Microsoft Game Content Usage Rules. We hope to have more to share soon! @JTKreates has been making some good progress with the Eon Game Engine - it's not quite ready to show off publicly yet, but it's coming along nicely. That's a wrap on today's announcement, keep an eye out for more down the road! Closing FAQ by Michael:
  27. This is a change that actually happened a while back, but apparently everybody just plain forgot to announce it to the public. Better late than never, though, right? So, we don't have any gameservers anymore. Just Cause 2, Ark, Don't Starve Together, CSGO, and Unturned servers are now offline. All their files have been copied over to Chaotic United's dedicated server, so that should we want they can be reintroduced. Michael wrote a "Closing FAQ" a while back, to attach to the official announcement. That FAQ is at the bottom of this announcement in the spoiler. Most of that pertains to Raven Runner, however, so allow me to go into more details on the non-Raven Runer side of things. First of all, if these servers ever come back, you will find them over on Chaotic United. Here at Elaztek, we make games - and the only reason these servers were ever branded as Elaztek is a result of some of our team being unhappy with the direction of Chaotic United at that point in time. People didn't want to be involved in CU anymore, and thus the servers were kept up under the Elaztek name. As time passed, things changed at CU and the feelings of the people here did as well - hence why the files for these servers are back in CU's hands. Any effort that was formerly put into maintaining these servers is now going to be put towards the primary goal of Elaztek Studios: game and software development. If you do wish for these servers to return, you'll have to ask over on Chaotic United. The server IP's have been removed from the services block on forums page, and all the subforums have been archived. On an unrelated note, incase you didn't see the previous announcement addendum, we updated all the banners of our own screenshots - with the exception of a select few. Despite the joking blurb on that announcement, these screenshots are entirely allowed under the Microsoft Game Content Usage Rules. We hope to have more to share soon! @JTKreates has been making some good progress with the Eon Game Engine - it's not quite ready to show off publicly yet, but it's coming along nicely. That's a wrap on today's announcement, keep an eye out for more down the road! Closing FAQ by Michael:
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