August 22, 2019

Undo!

At a users request (thanks Edmond!), I added Undo to the editor last night. When you’re working on your parcel, all your edits are stored in an undo buffer, and if you make a mistake, just hit ctrl-z (or command-z on mac) to undo your edits. You can press undo multiple times. There is no redo button yet though, so be careful you don’t go back too far.

August 20, 2019

Creator Competition

I keep putting off having a proper builders competition in Cryptovoxels, because we don’t have public build areas (yet!), so you’d have to be a land owner before you could submit something in the competition. But the prize is to win some land in Origin City - so it’s a catch 22.

August 19, 2019

Performance work

I want Cryptovoxels to be buttery smooth. So fast and smooth that you don’t even think of it as a game. It’s just a really fast 3d webpage. No stutter, no lag, no waiting while big pieces of geometry page into the world. I want Cryptovoxels to be faster than google maps and load quicker than twitter. It’s a long term goal, but I think it’s doable. Here are the steps I’ve been taking to work towards it.

August 15, 2019

Mobile

I’ve been working on the Cryptovoxels mobile app (for android and iOS) and I thought I’d discuss some of the upcoming features and some of the design decisions.

August 08, 2019

Throwing away 3 weeks of work

So just before I went away on holiday, I started working on porting the main engine from Babylon 3.3 to Babylon 4.0. Babylon.js is the game engine I use for Cryptovoxels, and it’s been awesome to use - so I was super keen to get on the latest and greatest version.

June 28, 2019

Van Day and Layer 2 Networks

On Thursday I took the Cryptovan down to the beach in Wellington and parked up. I had to go forward and reverse a few times until I found a nice flat park, with the back of the van facing north so the sun streamed in. It’s a few days after the winter solstice here, and the temperature is about 13°, but it’s lovely sitting in the van and getting out of the house.

June 23, 2019

Oculus Quest Support

This is pretty exciting news, Oculus Quest support just dropped. It’s very beta, but it works. Put your Quest on, load cryptovoxels.com, then click enter in vr.

June 11, 2019

Animated .GIF support!

This one has been a long time coming, and was blocked on me working out how to convert a gif into a sprite sheet.

June 10, 2019

Roadmap

The Cryptovoxels roadmap exists mostly in my head, and in a bunch of github issues on the issue tracker. While I’m sitting at this cafe, I thought I’d try and put a braindump down of everything in my head for the next few major versions of Cryptovoxels. This post is the approximate road map over the next few versions (we’re on version 1.0 now, hoping to release 2.0 in July and 3.0 in October).

May 31, 2019

Low Power Mode

The 12” Macbook pro is a super cool laptop, but it has two things that make Cryptovoxels run really slow:

May 23, 2019

Press M to Move Features

In cryptovoxels, anything that’s not a voxel or an avatar is called a feature. The images on the wall, the big 3d text, the push buttons, particle effects. And the tool for editing features was really creaky. It was designed for laying 2d things on the walls, and until now, it hadn’t really worked properly for the 3d features. After todays release, it now works amazingly well for editing 2d and 3d features, and I added the M key.

May 22, 2019

Time Travel

In the tradition of adding awesome features in half an hour, this morning I added time travel to Cryptovoxels. If you go to your parcel settings page, you can see all the previous versions of your parcel, so you can review your build progress.

May 16, 2019

Heatmap of Activity

In early February, I lost track of Cryptovoxels. Prior to February, I had visited every build after it was done, and I was pretty sure I’d seen 99% of what was in the city.

May 15, 2019

Ding, you have a caller

Rolled out a tiny feature that’s been niggling me in the back of my mind for a while, call bells. (Could probably do with a better name - any suggestions?).

May 13, 2019

Buying NFTs in a Virtual world

Non fungible tokens (NFTs or NFTies) are cryptocollectibles, limited edition digital goods that you can own on the Ethereum blockchain.

May 12, 2019

First Post

I’ve just set up a new blog for cryptovoxels using github pages and jekyll (and based off my old bennolan.com blog). The goal is that you can subscribe to this feed to get a list of changes and improvements to Cryptovoxels, instead of having to trawl through hundreds of messages per day in the Discord.