Make Something Euflorious!

Dear Friends.

The latest release of the game has included some good bug fixes and features, but I want to highlight something I am especially excited about. We already have some pretty cool levels and mods made by fans popping up on the forum, which is great. Lua allows for some funky things to be done and quite a few people are rising to the challenge. (My thanks to those brave souls!)

Having said that, it can now get even better, as Alex has been kind enough to expose a number of graphical routines in the code to the general modding public. Specifically, you can draw your own graphics in-game through Lua! Here’s a quick flower pattern drawn at the centre of an asteroid from Lua:

Flower drawn in Lua

You can heavily modify the look as well as the logic of the game (have fun with those moving asteroids!), which in some ways scares me as much as delights me. I wonder when the first in-game errmmm PONY will appear. :-)

So, in practical terms, the modding potential for the game has now increased by an order of a magnitude. We can’t wait to see what people are going to do with this. Other than the features themselves we also decided to promote this in other ways, so we are giving you all heads-up that there is a modding competition in the planning. We are not announcing the date yet, but wanted to give you a heads-up so you can play a bit with the new modding features before really going mad. ;-)

Some initial info on how to mod the visuals has been posted on the forum in this thread, but this will be expanded on in the near future. Additionally, there is a very detailed and thorough modding guide that covers logic and level creation to be found here.

So, more on this in the near future, and please do make some funky Euflorious content!

Rudolf

5 Comments

  1. Rumpel
    Posted 28/03/2010 at 17:21 | Permalink

    Wanted to say hi and to give some critics.

    Eufloria has a nice idea behind it but a bad realization. The game is similar in many ways to A.I. War: Fleet Commander but the second is far more advance and offers a much better variety of units/buildings/AI/game modes/etc. Here you have no multiplayer, bad controls and incredibly bad A.I., which is one of the biggest flaws in Eufloria for it is a single-player-game therefore a good A.I is a MUST. The modding-part is nice but considering you sell this, you have to offer something more than the things a player has to build all by him-/herself (mods that is). The absence of enough controls over the battlefield is a pain in the butt. Every good strategy game has to offer good controls. Otherwise you can’t experience the full joy of playing the game.

    Cheers,
    Rumpel

  2. Posted 14/04/2010 at 00:23 | Permalink

    Mh… I for one enjoy the game, and the forum is full with other people seemingly also enjoying–and modding–it … the price is modest, I see no reason for this blame.

    Greetings, Tom

  3. ryan
    Posted 13/05/2010 at 04:53 | Permalink

    this was called Dyson over 3 years ago. i had it on my last computer. awesome game but when i played it, it was free.

    time to look for it again

  4. Posted 13/05/2010 at 07:29 | Permalink

    Dyson 1.20 is still available at http://www.dyson-game.com/files :)

  5. Daniel
    Posted 17/05/2010 at 02:20 | Permalink

    >this was called Dyson over 3 years ago. i had it on my last computer. awesome game but when i played it, it was free.

    Eufloria is better than Dyson in every way and costs very little. Plus you can support the devs so they can continue to make awesome games.

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