Sorry for the Lack of Updates

Yikes, it has been too long since I’ve updated! This is partly due to a series of illnesses in my family but also something I need to improve upon. I feel like I owe it to the two or three fans watching my progress to be better than this. I haven’t had as much time to work on the game as I would like but I have gotten a few things done since my last update. Mostly minor bug fixes, and code refactoring. One major change was how the attack works in the game. The difference is subtle but I like it a lot better, and the code is nicer. See if you can notice! I have also been working on replacing all the art assets in the game, which for me is going to be a pretty big undertaking. I’m not a very experienced artist, but so far I’ve been pretty pleased with myself with what I’ve been producing. It is time consuming for me, but I know I’ll get faster and the quality will improve with time. Here is the new orc I’m working on. I’m still tweaking it and I only have the side walking animation. I feel that it is coming along pretty nicely though.

Orc or Ork?

After reading my last blog post, my wife asked me what was up with my spelling of ork. I really hadn’t actually thought about it. I’m not sure why I chose the ork spelling, I just needed to type out that word and it is the first that came to mind. It got me curious though, had I actually misspelled a simple 3 letter word like that?

Based on my 3 minutes of research, no, ork is a valid spelling. Although, it could easily be argued, and I wouldn’t put up a fight, that orc is more appropriate. Ork is most commonly used in the Warhammer 40k game for their sci-fi version of the orc. Orc is most commonly used everywhere else with only some exception. While there is no official convention, ork, is generally used in science fiction and orc for fantasy. Ork is also used in several european language spellings.

Because it is bothering me now, I’ll be switching to the use of orc as the spelling in my game code and everywhere else. The only place you’ll see ork from now on is in this and the previous blog post where I used it.