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July 21, 2014 in Uncategorized by bartwe

The last two weeks were focused on adding (part of) the world lighting to Staxel. It does this by doing two phases of raycasting, first it throws 24 length rays, if they hit something before being 16 long it doesn’t contribute light and if its longer than 24 it contributes full light to the source. The second phase casts 8 long rays which also takes into account the coloring of the blocks the light bounces against. It will need many more tweaks in the future but for now i think it looks fine :) Shadows

Concept Artwork

July 13, 2014 in Uncategorized by SteampunkStein

This is another piece of concept art done around the idea of the divot being pulled from the ground.

This piece was done by Lucy – @lucyamorris :)


July update

July 2, 2014 in Artwork, Concept by SteampunkStein

As we enter a new month we have a new focus.
Things have been moving forward quite quickly and a lot has been implemented engine-wise.

Now we have quite a good foundation to start adding some new stuff! During the course of this month we will be adding a lot more content to the game and implementing some ideas we’ve had in mind. There’s a lot to put in and hopefully as we move ahead you will all get a more solid idea of what Staxel is all about. :)

We’re going to be adding divot ideas, new materials (such as flooring, walls and roofing.) and a ton more.

As usual you can catch us on the streams as we work and chat to us there, we look forward to showing you all some awesome new content!

Before I finish, I’ll leave you with some work in progress screenshots of some new stuff you might see added. (Excuse the cut off walls/roofing, this is so you can see the flooring and walls.)

Farmroom1 Farmroom2

- SteampunkStein

Some more flower life

June 25, 2014 in Artwork, Concept by SteampunkStein

Hey all, I was supposed to update the blog last week but things got a bit busy with setting up the site and forums.

I want to share with you some flowers which aren’t in game yet and also explain a bit how flowers will work.

Firstly I want to show you some of my personal favourites, delphinium and allium.

Allium Delphinium

These flowers are a good example of the different colours each flower will have. I am trying to give each flower a variety of styles and hues so that once they grow in your world it will look really natural. For example, planting the same pink flower in a row will result in different sizes and hues of that particular colour. (At least, this is what I’m aiming for)


Stream Work

On another note, while I was streaming the other day I made some cacti mockups and a large flower heavily inspired by one of my favourite pokemon.
For all of you who missed the stream, I have some images here.

JurassicFlower1JurassicFlower2  Cacti

Thanks for reading!
I’ll be updating the blog with more soon!

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Moving on

June 23, 2014 in Uncategorized by bartwe

Development of Starbound has sped up significantly recently because of the team moving to London, for me and my family this was not an option.

After two wild years of spending our savings, having our second baby and working all hours every day to get the game on Steam it is time for me to switch gears and spend more time with the family.

Thankfully Starbound is in good hands with the team at the Chuckle offices including new members such as Metadept who has already improved many components I originally worked on.

Starbound has been a wild ride, thank you all for coming along :)

-  So long, and thanks for all the fish(axe)

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June 14, 2014 in Uncategorized by bartwe


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Spring is here :)

June 9, 2014 in Uncategorized by bartwe


Awesome things I worked on last week

June 7, 2014 in Artwork, Concept by SteampunkStein

So last week I managed to work on some stuff I’m quite proud of, and so I thought why not showcase some of it here?

The first is an abandoned golem concept I came up with and I thought it’d be pretty cool so I started building it and it came out amazingly!
I really don’t know what purpose this big chunk of lovable stone will have but, at the moment, he’s one pretty epic decoration.

Abandoned_Golem  Abandoned_Golem2Abandoned_Golem3

 (I have a slight obsession with the whole concept and idea behind golems)


The second object I wanted to show you is more of an add-on to my last post, after making the tiny fairy homes I just had to make some fairies to live in them.

This is how she came out:

 (She’s super tiny and cute, but she probably has enough magic to power that abandoned golem)

Thanks for reading, I’ll be updating the blog with some more artwork soon!


Playing around with biomes

May 25, 2014 in Artwork, Concept by SteampunkStein

Hey, it’s me again!

Today I decided to take a little break from designing flowers and work on something a bit different.
I’ve been playing around with creating some mock-up biomes and they came out pretty awesomely.

The thing about biomes is, where do I start? There’s so much possibility!
So I started with a basic fairy biome (Why fairy? Because I can.) and played around with some tree designs, little concepts (like tiny little fairy houses) , and “fairy style” flowers.


Heres a big chunk of the beautiful fairy land ~
Pretty, isn’t it?


I wanted to incorporate a small fairy village too and made these tiny little houses for them.
Each fairy house has a symbol painted on the walls which signifies their clan, it’s probably a bit too much but sometimes I do get carried away.

To give you a basic idea of how small they are, I’ve compared them to the player character below:


This was super fun to work on and hopefully I’ll be blogging some more mock-up biomes in the near future. :)

Thanks for reading!


Working with flower life

May 20, 2014 in Artwork by SteampunkStein

Recently I started working on flower and plant life for the world.

At the moment I’ve been focusing on basic flowers such as daisies and tulips, but there will be more variety at a later stage.

Flowers will each come in a variety of styles and colours to give the world a more unique and natural feel.

Chrysanthemum_Above Chrysanthemum_Front Chrysanthemum_Corner

Flowers I’m currently working on include:

  • Chrysanthemum
  • Daisies
  • Allium
  • Roses
  • Tulips
  • Orchids
  • Lilies

And many other variations, all in vivid colours


Senneti_Front Flowers

It’s very important to me to make the flowers look as lush and beautiful as possible so I will be putting a lot of effort and hard work into making them look the best I can.

- SteampunkStein