Devblog #15: Design Philosophy

Hi, it’s TJWhale here.

Thrive has a great team. There’s a lot of talent working on this game and there’s also a lot of commitment, people really care. Recently I have been promoted to Microbe Stage Design Lead, which is a role that used to exist but had lapsed. As a team we decided it is important to have a way to finalise decisions and having a Design Lead for this stage gives us this.

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Mini Update #6: Gameplay Updates Pt. 1

Hey guys, Nick here, and welcome back to another Mini Update. It’s time for us to cover some of the upcoming gameplay changes that are going to be included with the next release. We’ve got a lot to cover, so we’ll split this into several parts. Today’s update will mostly cover gameplay changes to the compound system and features associated with it.

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Mini Update #5: Planetary Evolution

Hey guys, Nick here, and welcome back to another Mini Update. Today we’ve got a longer update as it’s a post from one of our recent discussions on the Microbe Stage that we felt would be interesting to share. Instead of talking about any technical aspects of the development this time, we’re instead going to focus on some of the science behind the game’s design. What’s the topic? Planetary evolution.

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Mini Update #4: Future Plans

Hey guys, Nick here, and welcome back to another Mini Update. As mentioned in the latest devblog, today we’re going to talk a bit about the short term plans and goals for the project. However, I’m also going to throw in a part at the end to talk about our new forum and some of the interesting discussions on the Microbe Stage we’ve been having recently. Let’s begin!

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Devblog #14: Punctuated Equilibrium

If you were to graph Thrive’s progress since its inception, you’d probably have a slow but steady background rate of development with occasional spikes in activity. This is quite similar to the evolutionary concept called punctuated equilibrium, where species remain static for millions of years then change dramatically over short time periods in response to rapid ecosystem change.

Nowhere is this demonstrated better than the last few months of the project. As I write (hello, this is Oliveriver by the way, which will become important later) we’re about to break this website’s record for number of visits in one day after several months of comparative nothingness. Why? What’s happened? What do we do next? Read on to find out…

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Mini Update #2: Underwater Sensation Pt. 1

Hey guys, Nick here, and welcome to today’s Mini Update. This time we’re going to be talking about blur, and more specifically how making what you’re looking at harder to see will make it look nicer. Hopefully this isn’t saying anything about our artistic ability.

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Mini Update #1: Engine Switch and Compound Balancing

Hey guys, Nick here, and welcome to the first in our new series of mini updates!

For a while we’ve been discussing the idea of having smaller development updates like this. The idea is to have them between the devblogs for a chance to keep you guys up to date with what’s going on in the project in the very rare (okay maybe not that rare) periods where there is no big news. We’re going to try it out, and if all goes well we’ll stick with it.

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Devblog #13: The Engine Dilemma

From outside the project, it might appear as if things have moved slowly over the summer. But we’re still going. The trouble with this period is a lot of work has gone into under-the-hood changes – that is, the Thrive game engine.

Before we delve into the issues with the engine, we should tell you about a few visible features that have been added. New programmer zyad137 gave us the suicide button, a handy device for offing yourself if you run out of ATP or want a change of scenery. He’s also provided notifications for organelle pickups and improved AI, and is working on a hints system to help players understand what they should do next. Developer crodnu also added improved camera zooming ability.

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