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I've been busy adding all sorts of new items, blocks, and entities. This update includes flaming chickens and new biomes.

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I have been powering away at new content and item changes lately. I added the humble chicken as the first passive mob to the game. Chickens will be a pretty early game mob you will find in the plains and forest biomes.

As I was working on adding the chicken to the game I started thinking about the spell system, as I frequently do, and I thought this would be perfect as a mutator for spell projectiles. So you can now change your spell projectiles into chicken projectiles.

fire chicken logo

One of the other big changes is the official addition of new biomes. The first new biome is a winter biome.

winter trees logo

The second biome i’ve been working on is the crystal desolation. The Crystal desolation is an area of the world that has been transformed by the meteors that hit the world and infected its landscape and animals. It’s still at a very early stage and still needs a lot of content.

crystal desolation logo

During this cycle I also made a change to how the background “Wall” is rendered. The edges can now be “rough” if they are next to air blocks. I’m toying around with allowing each block’s edges have a different pattern. This has had a bit of a frame rate hit since it makes those tiles transparent which takes more rendering power. I still have a few strategies to offset that I want to try.

wall edge noise logo

Inside the engine I distinguish between blocks such as cobblestone from blocks that have 3d models attached to them such as a table or chair. This works out great until you start getting into areas that require the models to know what's around them such as when you have two fence posts next to each other and you want them to join together. So I added what I call contextually aware models into the engine. This lets me check to see what is around the model and substitute different models. This allows me to do something like below.

wood fence logo

I’ve also been adding lots of new blocks to use in different areas. You can see a few of those in the screenshot above to the right of the avatar. Most of these will popup in some of the ruins of human cities you can find on the surface.

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BlackseaOdyssey
BlackseaOdyssey

I like that its 3d but the gameplay seems very similar to terraria.

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Jedic Author
Jedic

There will certainly be some areas that Spoxel will feel very similar considering they are both side scrolling block building games. One of the big areas where Spoxel is unique is the crafting and item system. Spoxel's crafting system is much more in depth and lets you customize and change your weapons, items, and spells to suit your play style. You can craft spells to create jump pads, throw your enemies into the air so they plummet to their deaths, or even launch exploding chickens at them. Maybe you craft your sword using Corrupted Ingots which gives it a life steal ability.

It already feels different than Terraria but that will only increase as I flesh out the item system more. You will get a better idea of that once I start posting videos of the game in the coming months and hopefully it will feel unique enough for you to give it a shot. Thanks for the interest!

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Spellbound
Spellbound

I wonder, will Spoxel have mod support of any kind? I'm asking mostly for things like swapping out meshes for different ones (like if someone wants to have more realistic graphics), but also for things like adding different 'ingredients' to the crafting system (like maybe a new spell type?). Yknow, mods.

Other than that, looking pretty good.

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Jedic Author
Jedic

Spoxel has been built in such a way to allow modding. Right now the mod API for items, mobs, blocks, and spells is probably the most well defined. The mod API will most likely ship around the time Spoxel is in Beta.

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taintedpyro813
taintedpyro813

nice update

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