Devblog 7 – Building structures

Hi there,
today we will present you another feature of our Floatlands game – BUILDING STRUCTURES. Players will be able to build their own structures to protect themselves from threats and store their possessions. This feature is closely tied with the resource gathering aspect of the game. It’s simple really, to build any kind of structure you need materials. That is why we first thought out a material scheme.

material scheme floatlands

Disclaimer: information provided in this document is intended for informational purposes only and may be changed or updated.

Elements/materials differentiate between themselves in rarity and later on in tier usability (rare materials are needed for more fortified structures). From basic natural resources and animals that were already incorporated, we now had to convert this into usable materials for construction. Certain materials need to be processed and smelted in order to be used. This is where a FURNACE comes into play:

furnace lowpoly floatlands

PLACING STRUCTURES
So, now that we have the materials sorted out, we get to play with construction. Constructing is based on one structure/element (foundation, floor, wall, stairs…) that you’ll be able to rotate and snap to another element-thus creating a building according to your wishes. In order for this snapping system to work, our 3d artist and programmer had to create all the elements and assign them locators and snap points. The positioning of these elements works through raycasting.

build mode preview floatlands

BUILDING TIERS
For now we designed elements for 3 building tiers: WOOD, STONE, REINFORCED STONE.

wood base render floatlands

WOOD BASE

stone base render floatlands

STONE BASE

reinforced base render floatlands

REINFORCED STONE BASE

That’s all for this week. We will update you with our next developments soon!

3 Comments

  1. C.J.Geringer says:

    Why is the second tier called “Reinforced Stone” It looks like just stone. What is it reinforced with?

    Why not call it Wood > Stone > Reinforced stone(The last tier looks like stone reinforced with iron)

    • admin says:

      You’re right, that definitely makes sense. We’ll correct it.

      • C.J.Geringer says:

        Glad to be of help, I should say that I really d
        id like the materials’ visual. I like the graphics of this project a lot, they are simple but have personality and are very readable.

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