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State of the Game #275: Experimenting

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Running a one man development team can be very freeing, but the one problem that I am always trying to tackle is how to do things better and faster. I need to be able to create content and features at the same pace and quality of as a team of 50! Recently, I have been running some experiments with content …

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State of the Game #274 : Skar she blows!

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It’s Update time, and this one is going to be BIG! And by big, I am referring to the new heavy cockpit, the Skar! Look at the size of that beast! This cockpit, available at level 1, is the biggest, most durable cockpit in the game. With a starting durability of 2248 and variants going up to 3628, this cockpit …

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State of the Game #273: Full Throttle Ahead!

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Wow, these weeks just keep coming faster and faster! I suppose that’s a good thing, but it gets hard to keep up all the time! Hey, did you know M.A.V. had a Kickstarter? It totally did! Well, it’s time to start cashing in some of those long awaited backer rewards! I have sent messages to all backers that are eligible to …

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State of the Game #272: Digging Deeper than a Europa Miner

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Hey everyone, sorry for the later State of the Game post, I have been in my own personal jail of debugging! 🙁 But really, it’s a good thing! The great thing about digging deeply into a set of code is that you can fix things you might have overlooked before, as well as all the monitoring that I have added …

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State of the Game #271: Safe and Secure

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Welcome to this weeks State of the Game! You may notice a little icon in your browser url bar this week. That’s right, Bombdog Studios has gone fully SSL! Previously, our login and checkout process were encrypted, but it was brought to our attention that people wanted to see a little more security while they browsed the site as well. …

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State of the Game #270: The March Update Has Arrived!

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It’s here! This month has been quite the whirlwind! The March update has been more than just in game work, that is for sure, and this trend will continue through out the coming months. You can see this out of game work in our newly announced Partnered Streamer program [Apply Here!], of which we currently have 5 partners, with many …

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State of the Game #269:

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I have been spending most of the month working on many secret projects. Some will be revealed soon, others will be more long term. I am VERY excited about each and every one of them! I don’t typically drive my own hype, but these projects are going to be BIG! For those that have been around here awhile, you are …

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State of the Game #268: PAX East Recap!

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WOW, what a whirl wind of a weekend! WARNING: This is going to be a VERY picture heavy post, and most of the are selfies 🙂   It all started at an incredibly busy Austin airport. Apparently flying during the SXSW festival is going to be a crowded affair. The best thing though was I was sitting around 3 awesome guys …

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State of the Game #267: Let’s Prep for PAX East!

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Wow, it seems like just yesterday that I was at PAX south! It’s that time again and I will be heading up to Boston this Friday to be attending PAX East! I have my stickers ready, my massive stack of business cards, my heavy coat, and my exclusive MAV brand sweatshirt! [Thanks to the Bombdog studios master of merch 🙂 …

State of the Game #266: A Face Lift!

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Did you notice anything different on the site today? That’s right, the website is getting some nice polishing touches through out. It started with a better experience when creating an account, has migrated to a completely new homepage, and will likely be touching the entire site before I am done. As exciting as web development can be, something more interesting …

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State of the Game #265: Post Release Bliss

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Oh, what a beautiful week! Last week saw the release of the February update and a quick hotfix for some minor issues. This week, I have been gathering a lot of data on the new heat system and working on more and more secretive projects! One of the most fun and interesting things I have added to the game has …

Hotfix 0.6.14.1

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Fixed overheating fireworks. Heat damage threshold is set to 85. Fixed Alpha 2 Silver camo not showing correctly in certain cases. Fixed Alpha Gold camo not showing correctly in certain cases. Fixed the M-RAD radiator collision issues.

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State of the Game #264: The February Update is Here!

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In January MAV brought in the Ice with No Mans Pass, but with February it’s bringing the heat! The heat system is in place and acts as it’s own damage type now. This means that Flamethrowers and ground fires will no longer do direct damage, but will instead add heat to the parts they touch! Each part has a few …

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State of the Game #263 : The Vice Article

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What an exciting week! I have been very busy, dealing with taxes, doing business type stuff, polishing up the February update, and get settled into a nice marketing groove. Suddenly, I get a message, telling me an article that was started way back in November would be going live. To be honest, I had forgotten about the article. So many …

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State of the Game #262: Pax South 2017 Recap

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Wow, what an amazing weekend! Lets start with the mission goal. To start off the trip, I arrived at the entry gate at exactly 7:30am on Friday morning. It was at exactly 7:32am that I realized that I had completely forgotten to bring my PAX badge on the trip with me. Crap. After about 45 mins of frantically talking from …

State of the Game #261: Rubber Duck Programming

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Rubber duck programming is awesome. Oh, yes, that is a real thing. Don’t believe me, check it out for yourself. I do have to admit, I don’t own a rubber duck. But, I do have a very effective method for not only debugging but also for solving general design questions as well. I call this revolutionary method the ‘Explain it …

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State of the Game #260: Looking at the Data

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Welcome back for this weeks State of the Game! While I have been very hard at work on the next update for MAV, I wanted to take a look back at the January update to see how it went. So, part of why I like to track data and look at data is because I not only use it to …

January Hotfix 0.6.13.1 Released!

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This is a hot fix build to address some minor issues. * Fixed Heavy armor names having duplicated LP prefixes. They are back to the LP-RP prefixes. * Added more randomization to the AI build selection, specifically when allowing them to choose builds at a level below theirs. * Multiplayer servers will now receive AI information from the Skynet system. …

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State of the Game #259: The January Update has Landed!

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After a long wait of just 4 weeks, I present to you the January update! I am very excited about this update as it brings several really big changes to the game! It’s not a trick, it’s finally here. No Man’s Pass returns, with newly created level art, but the same great layout! In this new level you will find …

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State of the Game #258: The Great Balancing Act

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Hello everyone! This week, I want to spend a bit of time talking about balance! As with many things in game development, it’s very easy to make a post about ‘balancing is hard, hur dur’ and move on. Instead, I want to talk about what tools I have and how I approach that very hard problem of ‘game balance’. First, …

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State of the Game #257: Prepping for the Chromehounds Memorial!

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Hey everyone! I hope you all had a happy holiday! I am still recovering from all the sugar I ate! Speaking of holiday’s, there is not 1 but 2 MAV holiday events going on! For just logging in and playing MAV between now and New Years Day you can gain 2 new holiday themed camo patterns. Shown above you can …

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0.6.12.3 Released!

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*Fixed the mouse being visible in the middle of the screen. Again. [please don’t let this become a meme] *Fixed a performance issue that would cause a massive drop in frame rate do to AI trying to place a deployable and getting caught in a loop. *Added ‘Time to Kill’ metric to automated logs to help guide balance changes.   …

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0.6.12.2 Hotfix released!

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Very simple hotfix to address the issue of the mouse being stuck in the middle of the screen

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State of the Game #256: AI design in MAV

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Hey everyone! I thought I would try something a little more interesting this week and dive a bit deeper into how the AI systems in MAV work. Before I start talking about how I ‘solved’ Ai in MAV, lets talk about what the actual requirements for the AI are. There are 390 parts in MAV and with the most conservative …

0.6.12.1 Hotfix Released!

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It’s a midnight release party! Minor changes: *Made fixes for Railgun shots not colliding. *Reduced impact force for Screamer rockets *Extended Spike weapon fixes to both the VLAD and VLAD-160. They were currently only on the VLAD-HD *Fixed bug that would ask you to update to the same version game you already had *Added some logging metrics to help debug …

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Results of the December part contest

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  Everyone that entered, won! But, it’s more than just that. You see, there are actually 6 different rocket parts and some are more common than others. Every winner was assigned a randomly generated key. You might have a common type of rocket, or an ultra rare one! In addition to this, you won a key for EVERY ENTRY you …

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State of the Game #255: The December Update!

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The December content update is here! And with it, it brings, a bag of goodies and cheer; For which you can enjoy all through the year! All rhyming aside, lets see what’s in this update!   This experimental part by Northernlight manufacturing is the pinnacle of wanting to reach out and touch someone with holiday cheer! With a range of 2000 …

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State of the Game #254: Celebration Time!

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December is upon us and I can not think of a better time for a celebration! And what better way to celebrate than an exclusive part giveaway in MAV!   But what are we celebrating in MAV? There are quite a few major milestones that are happening this time of year! While the state of the game posts didn’t start …

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State of the Game #253: Multiplayer bug bashing

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Bugs are no fun. They are the opposite of fun. They literally take fun, bite into it, and infect it with rage. So, in the great words of ‘Starship Troopers’, Kill them All! I have been making it my personal mission to track down and eradicate every single multiplayer related bug I can find. I have been pulling logs from …