The Echron Cruiser. This ship interior took freakin ages. Glad it's finished now, it's the largest ship so far (with an interior).
Recent updates on the Hyperventila front include not only this but more importantly the ability to dock any ship to ...anything really.
At first I had to program a script that allowed me to, let's say, mix and match "rooms" (levels, maps, whatever you wanna call it
) in Gamemaker to dock ships to stations. Unlike Unity on Unreal, Gamemaker Studio doesn't actually support pre-fabs or saving groups of objects so I had to get a little creative. The obvious solution here was to still be able to make ships in the room editor (GM's level editor basically
) and then somehow get that room mixed in with the actual room I wanted to load (a space station for example, or planet level
I did end up successfully using this script for a while but I actually ended up writing a new script that instead of loading the room into another room (which caused lots of duplicated instance-IDs and other problems
) I wrote a script instead that allowed me to simply press CTRL-C in game and copy every instance in the current room into the clipboard (properly formatted in Gamemaker language an all
) to paste into a separate script later which the game would use instead to load all the assets for a ship. This is not only more reliable but also saves me a lot of head-scratching every time it didn't load all the objects from the ship using the old method.
So now having the ability to load fully mapped out ships into rooms by just calling this simple script, these ships essentially being a small level in-of-themselves, the possibilities are endless.
So far the biggest setback is still the time it takes to make these assets that, while looking great in-game, do require me to model a lot of detail which no matter how fast I model still takes, sometimes up to a week in modelling time.
I tend to keep my interest in the project peaked by varying my workload and occasionally making fun things like this, a space moth: