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A true warrior's story

16 July 2014 - 12:39 PM

This is an interesting short read on a guy that I would say exemplifies the term "warrior".

There are days when I read something about real people and real sacrifice revolving around something that I use as entertainment, and to generate income from and wonder to myself.... Is it right. Today is one of those days. Ground Branch has always been one of those units you hear about but never get any direct information about. I know the unit and men that serve in it are real, but it is still somehow "magical" and feels like something fictional. You never hear about actual operations or those that die during their service for that unit.

So it is both surprising and thought provoking to read about an individual who died while involved in an actual CIA Ground Branch mission.

Here is to Maj. Douglas A. Zembiec and his family.

Friends of BlackFoot Studios

11 July 2014 - 05:43 AM

We are proud of the community that we have built here at BlackFoot Studios. We have people from all over the world contributing and being active on a regular basis. Many types of personalities and backgrounds come together and are generally pretty civilized. :)

I have had the pleasure of personally meeting some of these people over the years and have become good friends outside of just BFS and game development. One of those is our very own MONOLITH and his family..... Tom Reinhart is an exceptionally talented individual who, much like myself, has decided to follow a dream. His dream is writing and as it turns out he is damn good at it. Not only is he good at it, but he is a true creative. By that I mean that he doesn't write just to write, but he writes and develops stories and characters from the heart. Every word he puts on paper has meaning. They just are not stories, but honest feelings.


I'll admit, I am not a big reader. But Tom's stories are engaging and keep me going until the end. They are easy reads but full of depth and complexity. Take a minute and check out what my friend Tom has been up to.... you won't be disappointed. I sure haven't been!


- John

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Extended video footage

03 July 2014 - 02:03 PM

Some may be aware that the Rain/Effects video from last week was actually cut short by about 5 minutes due to some audio synch issues. I had to cut out a section that demonstrated a few more effects:
  • Flashbang

  • Smoke Grenade

  • Secondary Sights
After many painstaking steepness nights (not really Posted Image ), I have since been able to compile that cut footage into a new video for your enjoyment!

Please be aware(I mention it a lot) that everything you see is in progress stuff and really just first iterations of things that will get a lot of attention as time goes on.

There are 2 things of particular note with this video though...... 1) There is no weapon recoil as it was disabled while fixing up some shooting mechanics. So don't panic! 2) The flashbang emits a high pitched ringing when it goes off. So please adjust your volume accordingly when watching (there is an on screen message in the video about it).

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Rain down on me

27 June 2014 - 05:54 AM

While we were sorting out some programming/middleware issues I thought I'd start working out some of the weather systems for Ground Branch. We are starting off with rain but will will also be adding in snow as well.

Of course, it goes without saying, but this is all early work that will definitely get better as we go. The most exciting thing to me is everything in our game effects gameplay. It might be subtle at times, but nothing is in there just for "fluff". Playing in a heavy rain map will alter your strategy from a bright sunny day version. Its just not for show.

At the moment this is all settings inside the map, but I would like to transition it to more of a realtime solution. We'll see how that goes........

We know development can be slow, but hang in there. It will all be worth it eventually. Posted Image


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New wallpaper

26 May 2014 - 09:22 PM

We have a new wallpaper available courtesy of DetCord, a friend of BFS. Feel free to download, use, pass around or whatever you feel like. :)


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