by Mike

D.’s Sandbox 1-30-2016 Release – Modern City Builder Edition

January 31, 2016 in Free Game Maker News, Highlight, Make A Game by Mike

D.’s Sandbox Modern City Builder Edition has been released!  D.’s Sandbox is a free open source game inspired by sandbox games such as Terraria, Minecraft and Infiniminer and based on the Minetest engine. This release adds the Modern City Builder subgame so that users can create their own cities. A big thanks to the awesome Minetest developers and Modders for helping make this release possible!

IMPORTANT: The /docsmike folder has links to tutorials for the different mods. Please post any comments or feedback in the forum! I’m very interested in your input and what you like, don’t like, and what you’d like to see added!  These images below are only the tip of the iceberg of what can be created now.  If you create any great screens please feel free to submit them and they may be posted on the site.

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Key Features Of This Release Are In The Modern City Builder Gametype which includes:
* Asphalt, Road signs, traffic lights, etc
* Fishing
* Cars
* Carts and rails
* Wiring and the ability to generate electricity (Referred to as Mesecons)
* Pipes and chutes and the ability to move liquids and solids
* Farming with lots of new fruits and vegetables
* Skin changing (/m to access it)
* Minecarts and some different rails
* New inventory featuring a craft guide and lots more ( aka the Unified Inventory Mod) – I would love feedback on it especially vs the minetest default
* Hunger and Thirst System can be added to a world via the “configure” button
* WorldEdit Mod – A very power world editing tool added to a world via the “configure” button.
* Currency and Shops

Future Goals (some for a non school version):
* Animals such as cows, horses, sheep, etc. Horses will be rideable 🙂
* NPC Traders
* Monsters
* Generated villages and villagers
* Wandering adventuring NPCs that you can hire and/or interact with
* Aviation

Download D.’s Sandbox 1-30-2016 Modern City Builder Edition

by Mike

D.’s Sandbox Alpha 12-30-2015 Edition Released

December 31, 2015 in Free Game Maker News, Highlight by Mike

D.’s Sandbox is an open source game based off of Minetest which is similar to Minecraft and Infiniminer.  The goal is for the project to be school friendly but also provide a wealth of fun and creative activities such as Rollercoasters, Fishing, Creative Building, Boating, Race Car Racing, Exploring, Under Water Adventures, Land and Water Life, and much more!

Right now the project will closely resemble Minetest but just like how Sandbox started out I will be slowly adding my own changes. There are lots of things that I think the above games are missing that I plan to add.  Some people may wonder why I am releasing it in such an early state but this way my students can download it at home too.  Minetest is not kid or school friendly which is a problem.  Hopefully others find it useful too!  I also plan to use D.’s Sandbox as the base for D. The Atom Shifter which feature combat, a story, quests, monsters, spells, experience and skills, and lots more!

Enjoy and please let me know what you think in the Sandbox Forums!  Also it should be compatible with all Minetest Mods!  Head over to the Download Page to grab a copy!

Key features:
– New menu logo and gametype logo for D.
– Cleaned up Minetest base to be school friendly
– Mods Mesacar (with a default value that enables it to climb trees and high walls)
– Boost_cart so that carts and rollercoasters can be created
– Minetest skins (/m to bring up the menu to change skins, D. still needs to be added)
– Streets Mod to make realistic roads and racecourses
– Added the Click Me To Start.bat and server.bat (in Bin) to make loading easier
– Currently windows binary only (32 bit)
– Removed the tick box to enable public servers to be viewed (adults can change it but it’d be bad for school kids to go on public servers) Private/school servers can still be hosted.

Over the next few days I will be posting more information about my plans for D.’s Sandbox and hopefully a video too about why I’ve picked it and its differences with Sandbox and all that good stuff.

Take care and I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

by Mike

Massive Changes To Platinum Arts Sandbox Game Maker

October 11, 2014 in Free Game Maker News, Highlight, Make A Game by Mike

This may be an unpopular announcement but I’m going to be getting back to the basics of Cube 2. Hirato is too busy to help with his new job and I’m not that great at coding so I need to do things in a way I understand. What this means is that I am going to be simplifying things greatly. Instead of having all of the different modes I will be having one main codebase which will be the FPS. I will be starting with a very basic version of Cube 2 and then adding in the features from 2.7.x that I like since I am not fond of the 2.8.x menus. I will also be having my kids at school helping out and also I will be removing a lot of content so that the project will be much more lightweight. The focus will be on ease of use for level design, Unity compatibility and support, and some fun features like tag mode and I’m hoping a grappling hook and freeze tag mode that I found in the Cube 2 repository. I hope you understand and will support me. I would be happy to have any help that people would like to offer. You can see the new barebones repo that I have started to put together. It is as basic as you can get but I have a todo list in the documents folder. Thank you for your time! Take care.

If you would like to comment on this post please do so here.

Platinum Arts Sandbox Reloaded Github

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Local Downloads Have Returned!

August 16, 2014 in Free Game Maker News, Highlight by Mike

I’m excited to announce that the downloads page for Sandbox is fully working again! My host finally let me put the downloads back up so there they are! I’m hoping I can have the SVNs hosted again too. Have a wonderful weekend!

by Mike

Platinum Arts Sandbox Free Game Maker Projects On Github

June 7, 2014 in Free Game Maker News, Highlight, Make A Game by Mike

I have moved the codebases of our projects to Github.  As a note you can use both SVN and Git with Github which is a cool feature.  Here are the links 🙂

Platinum Arts Sandbox Free Game Maker 2.8.X

Master Chef Ogro 2.0

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