Thursday, January 28, 2010

Whats Been Going On Lately:

Me personally:

The past week I have been working on my Houses and Furniture Collection for Blue Mars.  My goal is to sell those items to people who need them when Blue Mars starts to fill up with regular users, and I am using one corner of Tharsis Estates to set up those items  as a kind of "showroom".  There is still plenty of room for other people to build on there though. I may end up using perhaps 5% of the city for that at *most* (right now its more like 0.5%).When there are enough changes to Tharsis that it makes sense, I'll post an updated set of files for people to download and visit.

Blue Mars in general:

There was a bit of a flap the last few days when it appeared they had lowered the data package (3D model and textures) to 512kB per sellable item, which is *very* restrictive.  It turns out that is only an initial limit for wearable items, and for furniture it is 2MB.  That still means I have to pay attention to model complexity and texture size, but most of the items I have made so far, and which can be seen in the gallery, will fit.

The developer forums have been pretty active lately, with the Blue Mars staff trying to answer questions as they come up, and they are starting to make progress on the Wiki to document things.  There's still a long way to go on instructions and tutorials, but at least they are working on it.

They have updated the developer "MyPage", which is where you upload items, post blocks to rent, etc, so the business end of Blue Mars is getting closer to being ready. Last we heard, the next user software update is expected mid-Feb, which is only a couple of weeks away.  Hopefully we will see some new features for the user side of things.


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