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I hope everyone had a good week. Still having one hell of a time here, to be honest, but all I can do is keep one foot in front of the other and try not to let my anxiety rip me apart. Plus, I was sick halfway through the week as well. This whole last month has been hell on wheels.

I spent my whole entire weekend playing around with Unreal Engine. Holy hell, what an amazing tool it is.  I don’t think there’s any way I can go back to Unity after the time I’ve spent in  Unreal. The tools are incredible, and it was so easy to get going with a new project. I’ve been following these tutorials done by a dude called Virtus Learning. I posted some videos of my progress this weekend, so check it out on my video page.

The features in some of these engines just blow my mind. I remember learning how to develop games, and my first projects, absolutely everything had to be done by hand, so every single time I’m working on something and link something together, I can’t help but think about how I’d have to actually program this — the work I did this weekend would have taken a few months had I written every single line of code myself. What a timesaver.

The tutorials are pretty good so far, but the guy running it does make a lot of questionable decisions. But I think it’s because he’s teaching jujst kind of how to use the engine and make a basic RPG. For example, I have to redo my HUD work twice, because The Melee and Magic character both have their own HUD, but most items are identical. Instead of coming up with a solution that will gather the information from the current chosen class, I have to maintain two separate but identical HUDs and hardcode in all the skills and icons.

I’m still so thankful for the tutorials. Soon I’ll be able to show off some work from my own project, and I’m really damn excited. Our first model is pretty much done, and it just needs to get rigged up and animated by our animator now.

I know I owe you all tales of an adventure, but because life has been tough, it’s made me a bit of a shut-in. I promise I’ll get a couple of few good adventures in before it gets cold. Until then, take care and have a great week.


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