November 18, 2017
Archives  News  The Broken Hourglass: Modding With WeiNGINE  


Monday, October 23, 2006
 

Click to enlarge
The Broken Hourglass: Modding With WeiNGINE
7:57 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Planewalker Games has posted new information about The Broken Hourglass, its upcoming 2D isometric RPG. This time Planewalker focuses on the game's mod friendly design with an overview of the WeiNGINE CRPG gamecode which powers The Broken Hourglass. By making extensive use of XML datafiles Planewalker Games has eliminated the need for a toolset.

One of the major design goals of WeiNGINE was to make it easy for developers to create playable material with a minimum of fuss, and without the need for several specialized "editors" to create game content. Instead, almost everything which represents on-screen or behind-the-scenes gamecode is stored in a plaintext XML data file. For Planewalker Games itself, it means that we do not have to spend valuable development time creating and then maintaining a raft of individual file editors, and our designers can create Broken Hourglass material on virtually any computer with access to a common text editor.

This is also of particular interest to modders because it eliminates what in the past has been a learning curve that can take years to overcome. Most game engines optimize their data files for compactness and speed in processing, rendering them machine-readable only. To understand the contents of the data files, one either needed access to development documentation (which many developers are reluctant to provide), or to reverse-engineer the data files and develop browser and editor programs specially suited to translating the game bytecode into human-readable text.

The full article is available at the link below.

The Broken Hourglass: WeiNGINE Article
The Broken Hourglass


Other Mac Games News for Monday, October 23, 2006

Macgamestore: Robin Hood Digital Download3:00 PM
Arcadrome Reviewed7:57 AM
Armado Video, Company Seeks Beta Testers7:57 AM
Battling Bubbles In Pop-A-Tronic7:57 AM
Diablo: The Sin War Trilogy Q&A Tonight7:57 AM
• The Broken Hourglass: Modding With WeiNGINE7:57 AM
 
View all of the Mac games news for Monday, October 23, 2006 on one page

Mac Games News for Friday, October 20, 2006

Macgamestore: Solitaire Antics Ultimate, Music Challenge6:20 PM
Airline Tycoon Universal Binary Patch Released3:21 PM
IMG Interviews Postal's Steve Wik1:47 PM
Heretic Kingdoms Released for Mac OS X1:28 PM
Civ IV: Warlords Reviewed8:10 AM
Custer Sees Red8:10 AM
Diner Dash: Flo on the Go Released for Mac8:10 AM
Hammering Down Details on Burning Crusade8:10 AM
HoMM V Mac Screenshot Posted8:10 AM
Postal III Officially Announced; Windows-Only8:10 AM
Ultima V: Lazarus Post Mortem8:10 AM
 
View all of the Mac games news for Friday, October 20, 2006 on one page


Recent Mac Games News

Thursday, October 19, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006


Search for other Mac games news stories or browse our Mac Games News Archive.



Archives  News  The Broken Hourglass: Modding With WeiNGINE