Populous: Reincarnated is an online community for the game Populous: The Beginning. For this version I am working on multiple projects. Some of these projects I work on alone and for some I work with other community members. Populous Reincarnated is a game from 1998 that is still being updated by the community, recently they added a Beta version that allowed cooperative play and 8 player multiplayer. With this Beta version they also added LUA modding support which I am working with.
I am also volunteering as a “mappack admin” and as such am a member of staff. As a mappack admin I check mappacks made by community members that want to upload them into the map rotation for everyone. While checking I have to make sure the maps are bug free and playable.
I work on these projects and the volunteering work in my spare time almost weekly.
What I am working on:
- Level design
- Level implementation
- AI behaviour (LUA)
- Checking maps and scripts made by others
- Rebalancing the game
- A new game mode
Focus of the project:
- Working alone and with others on side projects
- Learning LUA
What I learned:
- How to code in LUA
- How the AI in Populous works
- Designing interesting dynamics with pre-written mechanics
- How to give feedback on others work
- Enhanced Shaman AI – Currently active
- Cooperative Campaign – On hold
- Game Rebalance – Currently active