Fleshing out the UI
Ah, so I am back from winter holiday. Here's a summary of the new stuff that I managed to put in the game.
The main goal of the milestone was making the UI look nicer. I made the buttons more round-ish, and reorganized the bottom parts of the screen. One of the major changes was moving the weapon overload warning from the bottom to the top of the screen, and making it more exposed:
The overheating mechanism (that I described in one of my previous entries) turned out to be working just fine, so I decided to keep it. I am planning to dedicate one whole milestone just for fleshing it out in the future.
Also, I was experimenting with making sure that actions are displayed in a distinguishable way, depending on the amount of action points they consume. Tried coloring their backrounds, or changing the color of icons; in the end I simply colored outlines of action buttons.
So free actions are green; blue ones take 1 AP and orange ones: 2 APs. Also, to make the coloring consistent, the movement range is blue for moves that consume a single AP.
I've also added some tooltips for the inventory part.
And that will basically be all the UI stuff that I plan to change right now. I mean I could spend days doing this - but that's a recipe for disaster (i.e. never finishing the game).
Now, in order to make the development process more diverse, I started to do some pixel art myself. Started with this Empire logo:
Now, the Empire owns the city in which the game action takes place. I won't be writing too much stuff about the lore yet - time will come for that.
Additionaly, I've made a reskin of the rogue character - so now there are two models available for this character class:
First of all, there's a lot of minor issues that need to be addressed (their number never seems to go down...). However, the main focus of the current milestone is to incorporate a bunch of quality of life changes (adding some more gameplay messages, making the enemy pod generation system more fair, etc. etc.). Also - maybe I'll be able to put some new graphics into the game. We'll see.
Ah, yes! It was my birthday recently! I mean... almost. I was born on 29th of February, so you get the idea ;) But - I managed to create this cheering rogue animation when practicing my pixel art drawing skills :)
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