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Hello! I'm Tom. I designed a game called Gunpoint, about rewiring things and punching people, and now I'm working on a new one called Heat Signature, about sneaking aboard randomly generated spaceships. Here's some more info on all the games I've worked on, here's the podcast I do, here are the videos I make on YouTube, here are some of the articles I wrote for PC Gamer, and here are two short stories I wrote for the Machine of Death collections.

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A Day’s Experimentation With Heat Signature’s Nebula Generation

John recently did some new sprites for us to construct nebulae out of, and I couldn’t help tinkering with the way we randomly generate your galaxy to make use of them. The ‘galaxy’ is what I call the entire game world, and a single clump of gas clouds within that is a ‘region’. I started with generating a single region from these sprites, combining two colours, then tried generating a bunch of those to make a galaxy. The latter part turns out to look awful if you use more than a couple of colours, so for now they each have a definite theme.

The green blob in some of these is your ship’s heat signature: it’s visible at any zoom so that you know where you are on the map. At some point I decided to let you turn this off for screenshots. The faint white dot is the cursor.

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Crane: So... beautiful.
They should have sent a poet.

*weeps tears of crushing despair before the majestic splendor of the void*

George: Wow! I... Wow!

Turtle: So much yes.

Alec Downing: Having some sort of in game screenshot viewer would be nice considering the amount of beautiful screenshots we will all be taking.

Selwyn: Really digging the clouds with the more defined textures. The stars just totally complete the picture.

noffle: Pretty.

Considered writing about it? How you're doing generation, and maybe what the constituent sprites look like that you're composing together to create the final images.

Shaddap: This is brilliant Tom