Well another winter solstice passes and another new year dawns, and again I find myself being ever hopeful that this year is the one where the next release of War of the Solstice makes it out…
2014 saw some good steps on the engine side, and the framework was laid down for a completely new audio environment within the game…
There is still much to do before I’m ready for the next release, so I really hope that you can show continued patience, for which I am very grateful. I know that it has been a long while coming already…
One thing is clear, Midnight will be advancing in a couple of special unique ways 😉
For the moment, I’ve posted a couple of updated demos to get a feel for the progress
In order to expand the audio possibilities of the engine I have now integrated it with the FMOD Sound System which is free for non-commercial use.
The FMOD Studio Interface and Application Programmer’s API make it much easier to manage the integration of sound effects and music to the engine which is an area that I wish to expand in the near future…
Did you ever lose something only to stumble across it again after many many years ? Well that happened to me this week.
Around 10 years ago, I mislaid what was an important item in my midnight collection – a copy of the Computer & Video Games magazine from 1985 which had in it a news item about Doomdark’s Revenge.
The images in that news item were the gateway to the icemark for me, they weren’t the traditional loading screenshot that you see in many articles about DDR, they were different scenes taken during the day and night unusually, and fired up the expanse of the icemark in my imagination.
I kept a very close eye on the magazine for many years, but then when I pulled it down from the loft one day, after a few weeks it went missing, probably thrown out with the trash as the cover had become detached 🙂
With todays internet archives, I have many times scanned back for the magazine and article which for some reason I remembered being in a xmas issue of a crash magazine. But of course I could never find such article as it was in C&VG! I don’t know why, but this week it suddenly dawned on me that perhaps it wasn’t in the Crash collection after all. C&VG came to my mind as the next possible contender. And lo and behold, after about 10 mins searching, there it was in the Feb 1985 issue on P.17, and although I struggled to remember the exact format and content of the article, I knew immediately once I saw those pictures that it was the one.
So one of those lost items is now resolved in my mind…
This is an uncompleted project from the 16-bit era of the early 90’s, where I set about attempting to make the 3rd part of the trilogy. It was the mid ground between my very early work on the ZX Spectrum midnight map editor in the mid 80’s, and the current WOTS development work on the PC platform in the 00’s and 10’s.
Whilst tidying up the loft recently, I came across the 20 year old 3.5″ disks from my Amiga A500+, and thought it would be good to get some details of what I had got up to onto the site along with the more recent developments. You can read below for some of the difficulties I had in getting the details onto here !
The frozen empire website has been moved to the WordPress format to make it look a bit more presentable and also to take advantage of some of the convenient features offered with the format (blog entries, comments, gallery handling etc)… I plan to post some updates showing the more recent advancements that have been developed (very slowly!) in the background over the last few years…
“The Lords of Midnight” and “Doomdark’s Revenge” have been a massive part of my homebrew coding hobby over the years.
I have many fond memories of playing the games, times which don’t seem to be 28 years ago at all. Since those early days I attempted to produce an updated version of Lords on the ZXSpectrum, then AtariST, then Amiga500, and then PC, which finally resulted (with some help from Chris Wild and Wayne Britcliffe) in the production of my remake “War of the Solstice”.
A memorable highlight for me was when an email from Mike appeared from nowhere in my Inbox whilst he was working in California some years ago. It was only brief to say that he liked the look of my remake and would have a closer look when he got a bit more time. I was touched by the fact that he had bothered to make contact with me like that.
The current work on the iOS version and the prospect of Eye of the Moon actually happening was something that I was very much looking forward to.
On 10th October 2012, the gaming industry indeed lost a true legend.