Market Pack Vol. 1 | SMILE GAME BUILDER
Posted in Assets News & Updates

Market Packs Update 2022

Many of you are no doubt aware of my Hi-Tex Market Pack assets. For those who aren’t, these are high-texture assets I created to implement a kind of hybrid medieval market in your games as part of my ongoing "Hi-Tex" range for Smile Game Builder (SGB).

Although first released in 2020, and updated in 2021, I decided to update them again in 2022. This means improved textures and meshes, as well as more varied content. And, as development continues, I plan on releasing several packs throughout the year to complete the set.

Deferred Release Dates

Previously planned releases of the Market Pack Volumes 1 and 2 (and its add-on packs) were deferred several times. The main reason for this may be due to the "perfectionist" in me. That’s a good thing or a bad thing depending on your perspective. I wanted to ensure that all packs are completely optimized and SGB-friendly.

The Market Pack Vol. 1, Market Pack Vol. 2 and Market Pack Signs Add-On are complete and are prizes for AmalgamAsh’s SGB Returners Game Jam 2022. That means their release dates right now are imminent, having satisfied my personal "quality control". Haha!

Various Changes

With expandability in mind, I also restructured the models’ naming conventions. In addition, each type will have its own category:

  • Market Stalls – The main market stall components.
  • Market Items – Decorative models, such as barrels and crates.
  • Stall Contents – Items that fit into or on the market stalls’ counters.
  • Container Liquids – The liquids (water, wine, etc.) that fill the containers.
  • Terrains – Various terrains befitting a market place.

I know this’ll mess things up for those who already purchased the original pack and installed the models in SGB and I apologize! I decided to do it this way primarily to make it easier when it comes to add-ons and expansions. However, everything is now more organized and easier to pick and choose the models.

Notes on Market Terrains

The Market Pack Vol. 1 contains several terrains (including matching stairs and slopes) from the original pack. I’m rather dissatisfied with them, but included them in the pack nevertheless.

Future terrain packs tailored to the market theme will be sold separately.

Future Packs and Add-Ons

As far as future packs and add-ons, I’ll continue creating them for awhile until I move onto other things and other projects proper.

Market Pack Vol. 1 | SMILE GAME BUILDER
Posted in Assets News & Updates

Market Pack Update to v1.2 Log #2

Market Pack Vol. 1 v1.2 — Release Date

Optimization on v1.2 of the Modular Market Pack Vol. 1 is nearing completion. I deferred its original November release because I’d like to make sure this pack is as optimized as possible, especially with expandability in mind (for future packs).

The purpose of this update – as mentioned in Log #1 – is to:

    • Optimize textures to fix any incongruities and make sure they’re less "rough around the edges".
    • Optimize and properly triangulate meshes (models) for better compatibility with Smile Game Builder, and possibly conversion to other engines, such as Unity and Unreal Engine.
    • Ensure that its overall theme – a kind of medieval hybrid – is consistent throughout.

And with expandability in mind, I also restructured the models’ naming conventions. In addition, each type will have its own category:

  • Market Stalls – The main market stall components.
  • Market Items – Decorative models, such as barrels and crates.
  • Stall Contents – Items that fit into or on the market stalls’ counters.
  • Container Liquids – The liquids (water, wine, etc.) that fill the containers.

I know this’ll mess things up for those who have already purchased the pack and installed the models in SGB and I apologize! I decided to do it this way primarily to make it easier when it comes to add-ons and expansions. Everything is more organized and easier to pick and choose the models.

Market Pack Vol. 1 — Add-On

The Market Pack Vol. 1 — Add-On is designed to expand the Market Pack Vol. 1 with additional models and variations on existing models. I have no set release date yet, as I’m still working on it.

I’d like to continue adding to the market until it’s as comprehensive as possible. This will continue well into 2022 before I retire from SGB and move onto other things.

Market Pack Vol. 1 | SMILE GAME BUILDER
Posted in Assets News & Updates

Market Pack Update to v1.2 Log #1

Market Pack Vol. 1 – Update v1.2

The Market Pack Vol. 1 is receiving a major update. I decided to do this before expanding the series further.

The main goal of this update is to optimize the models and textures, especially with consistency and proper alignment in mind.

Update v1.2 Release Date

I have no set release date in mind, although I’d ideally like to finish this before the end of November.

Other Expansion Packs

For the following expansions, I’m aiming for a December/Xmas release:

  • Market Pack Vol. 1 Add-On (further expanding Vol. 1)
  • Signs Vol. 1 (attaching to the front of the market stalls)

Over time, I’ll also start creating some stall "clutter" for each type of merchant.

Tutorials Extra: The Explorer's Guild - SMILE GAME BUILDER New Series
Posted in The Explorer's Guild Tutorials

The Explorer’s Guild – SMILE GAME BUILDER Tutorials Series

Welcome to The Explorer’s Guild

The Explorer’s Guild is a new series of tutorials for SMILE GAME BUILDER.

Throughout the series, we’ll create a system to include:

  • Guild Ranks
  • Jobs
  • Recruitment
  • Crafting
  • Battles
  • Skills
  • House Building
  • Bounty Hunting

And much more!

Eventually, it’ll be a complete, comprehensive and unique system for your games.

Tutorial Schedule

Tutorials in the series are scheduled for a weekly release, with each one following directly on from the previous one. The series is available on:

SubscribeStar Patrons

Monthly $10+ Tier patrons on my SubscribeStar will be able to watch the videos a week earlier than their public release dates.

In addition, any models I create for the series will be freely available for download.

SMILE GAME BUILDER Wonder World Model Pack
Posted in Assets

SMILE GAME BUILDER Wonder World Model Pack

A new SMILE GAME BUILDER assets pack, the Wonder World Model Pack, has been released for $20.

"SMILE GAME BUILDER Wonder World Model Pack" is a resource pack of 3D models and terrain textures created by one of SMILE GAME BUILDER’s users, "onecon", for the development of their own "Wonder World" inspired works. These various resources, created in unique colors, will add a unique essence to your story.

Terrain Textures: 190
Map Objects: 56
Character: 1

Major Changes to the SGB Athenaeum
Posted in News & Updates

Major Changes to the Athenaeum!

Regular visitors to the SGB Athenaeum will have noticed some significant changes to the site, noticeably its new layout. Over time, I’ll change its theme (once I’ve settled on something that works).

Menu Changes

While most of the main navigation menu will remain intact, the SGB Tutorials and SGB Assets pages will be tweaked.

Site Updates

Updates to the site have definitely been lacking.

I definitely aim to change that, especially with regular new Smile Game Builder content being produced by Amalgamash and others.

As an additional note: Many of the posts do not have thumbnails. That means that, with this new theme, they’ll appear as a gray box. If I find the time I’ll update them, but will create them for each post from now on.

Posted in News & Updates

Odysee: New Video Platform for My Videos

I’m excited to announce my presence on Odysee to host my videos.

What Is Odysee?

Subscribe to My Odysee

You can subscribe to my Odysee to watch any videos and tutorials I create.

Odysee is a video hosting platform similar to YouTube and, perhaps, a viable alternative to YouTube.

In fact, it acts as a mirror for your YouTube account, but you can also upload your own videos. Additionally, you can create multiple channels more easily than YouTube instead of having one channel and several playlists.

That means that if anything happens to my YouTube Channel, there will be a backup available.

Plans for Odysee

I plan on still uploading to my YouTube account, which is syncronised with Odysee so new videos should also update there.

Additionally, I’m going to upload Odysee exclusive videos, including tutorials and game update videos, starting some time this month!

Smile Game Builder Games
Posted in Game Development SGB Games

Update on the SGB Games I’m Working On

Some time ago, I conducted a poll on Facebook, on Twitter and in Discord on which game I should continue developing after the game jams they were created for.

What Were the Choices?

The choice was between:

The unanimous consensus across the board was "both". I had considered alternating development on the two games. However, it’s proving to be very time-consuming and difficult to achieve.

What Are the Plans Then?

I’m only going to focus on one, Otherworld: Through the Veil, therefore, because its entire storyline is already written and mapped out.

Both games will eventually also have their own official websites for updates.

Posted in Assets

Assets Smile Game Builder Has Shut Its Doors

Jackson Meira has decided to close his Assets Smile Game Builder Facebook page. He made the following announcement:

I read the news with a heavy heart, but wish him well in his future endeavours. Thank you, buddy, for all your dedication and hard work, and your sponsorship.

You can still download his free assets and purchase his Infinity Pack.

Posted in Assets Resource Pack

Jackson Meira’s Infinity Pack #43 – Modular Skills Rune Tree for SMILE GAME BUILDER

Jackson Meira’s SMILE GAME BUILDER Infinity Pack #43: Modular Skills Rune Tree
Jackson Meira has continued expansion of his meritorius Infinity Pack. It’s certainly grown since its inception, with something for everyone, from trees to a full hospital.

The latest addition to this excellent pack is the Modular Skills Rune Tree, which allows you to create a fully functional skills tree similar to those you see in many RPGs and MMOs.

You can purchase the complete pack from Jackson’s Itch.io page for $40.

Showcase Video

And for a demo on how it works, Jackson has provided a video showcase:

An example map demonstrating how to set the skill tree system is included in the ZIP file for your convenience.

Highly Recommended!

I would highly recommend this pack to anyone who wants to create a game in SMILE GAME BUILDER, so head on over to Jackson’s page and purchase the pack. You won’t regret it!