Block sizes and materials

Hey everyone, it’s been a while since my last update, sorry about that!  For a long time I’ve wanted a better (& larger) selection of materials for the block / plate parts, as well as to allow their colour to be changed.  I realised however, to facilitate this I need to redesign the part inventory system (otherwise the huge increase in parts would become unmanageable), and also to implement some kind of paint tool to change colours.  I’m also thinking it might be better to have resizeable blocks / plates (and perhaps other parts where possible) to give more flexibility and reduce the number of parts cluttering up the inventory.  This would be a fairly big change to implement, and has some awkward design implications for features I was hoping to add later on, so I want to be sure before I decide to go ahead with it.

So over the last few weeks I have been working on designing how this is all going to work.  I have a way to go but I think I’m getting there.  It has rather thrown my project plan off track though, so I need to try and get back on track.

Over the coming weeks I’ll be prototyping resizeable blocks, continuing with the design work, and hopefully making some progress on implementing the new systems.  So things might continue to be a bit quiet while I work on this!  In the meantime however, I have just released a new demo build with some improvements and bug fixes, details coming shortly…