Halfway through 2018!

Jul. 10, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Well, a little more so. I was going to write a halfway mark entry at the end of last month, but missed the mark by a bit.

I don't really have much to say this time, but I wanted to keep this page alive. Or, well, as alive as it can be.

I'm continuing to put health first, which feels great so far. I've lost the weight I wanted to lose, and have been focusing on general fitness. I've still got a long way to go, but I'm at least doing better now than I was.

I've got to rewrite my site at some point. I've learned some stuff and can probably do it better if I just start over and only keep some specific parts. If I do it properly, there won't be any noticeable change on the front, but I may update how it looks anyway.

Maybe I'll start posting images here? Who knows.

Halfway through January

Jan. 16, 2018 - 1:16 PM

It's been a bit of a ride these last few months, but I'm pretty content with how things have been turning out. Obviously, the biggest part of that was making it easier for me to post here. There's still a few things I have to finish, but that's all stuff I can have finished within the day if I focus on it.

I've been putting health first, this month. And hopefully will continue to do so in the future. It's been difficult watching what I eat and making sure to put in some extra activity when I need to, but I've been generally feeling better because of it. It's a little disappointing to not be able to eat as much of whatever I want, but that's what happens when you're trying to be conscious of that sort of thing.

Putting health first also, unfortunately, means some other stuff gets lower priority. As much as I'd love to work on some of that stuff, like Starbound mods, I have to take care of myself (and my animals) first. I should be able to balance this stuff eventually, but it might take a while to get into the swing of things.

Goals are actually kinda fun. I've been making a few of those over the last few months. They're fairly small, so I don't give myself some crazy goal I have no real way of accomplishing in the short timespan I have a habit of giving myself, but I've been completing them by the deadlines I set so far, so I might move onto bigger ones. I have a year-long one going as well, to get healthy. (And life-long: to stay healthy.)

I'll try not to post too many updates unless it's something I'm able to show, but one of the goals is also to post here more often whenever I do have something to show, so there's that.

I'm back!

Dec. 21, 2017 - 12:24 PM

Took quite a long break from updating here. I didn't have things done the way I wanted, and instead of finishing it, just left it alone. I could still post, but it was just a mess. Fumbling around trying to remember which page does what. Now, it's all organized! I don't have to go through any complicated process to find anything anymore! There's probably a few things left to do, but they're so small I don't even have them on my checklist. I'll probably find and fix them later, but for now, everything's good!


Sep. 15, 2016 - 10:07 AM ( Edited: Dec. 21, 2017 - 12:09 PM )

General Questions

Q: You patched one file and linked to a donation site? Really?

A: Few of my mods would match such a description, and some of the ones that do, are part of a much bigger mod. (Example: The character aura mods for TanzLO.) The donation line is a default description for all my mods, as I make many and wanted people to know that I'm accepting donations. (Not that many people care, obviously, by asking stuff like this.) Yes, this means the line is also on my smaller mods, but I'm not putting in some minimum effort and demand people purchase the result. I just thought it would be cool to maybe occasionally buy a sandwich with donations I've received for making mods. If you don't like that, nobody's forcing you to donate. I'm not making people pay for my mods, and most likely never will. I just leave the option available for the few that might want to help out.

Q: Will you add support for this other mod?

A: Generally, yes. If there is mod support to be added, I'll probably add it. At the moment, though, I have to get the rest of my mods updated and uploaded before I start thinking about mod support.

Q: Is this mod compatible with this other mod?

A: If the other mod changes the same thing as my mod, then no. For example, Frackin' Universe already gets rid of player aura, so my "No Player Aura" mod would be redundant. More often than not, though, I haven't tried whatever mod you're asking about, and don't know whether or not it's compatible.

Q: Is this mod compatible with the rest of yours?

A: Unless it's an alternate version, like Subtle Ore Glow and More Subtle Ore Glow, yes. As for other peoples' mods, I can't say. If it changes the same stuff, it's probably not compatible.

Q: Instead of this, can you do this other thing?

A: Probably not. I mainly make mods for myself, and upload them for others to install if they want. And while I will sometimes make exceptions to this, I generally won't make changes unless I see reason to.

Q: Will this work in a vanilla multiplayer server and/or is it just client-side?

A: If I haven't stated in the mod description whether or not it is, just assume it doesn't play nicely with vanilla servers.

Q: Will you upload your mods somewhere not on the Workshop?

A: Yes, once they're updated. If you don't see it here, it's probably coming soon.

Q: Your mod broke my character when I uninstalled it!

A: Mods that teach your character recipes, add blocks, add objects, or add statuseffects generally linger a little when uninstalled. Starbound doesn't load characters with stuff lingering behind. In order to combat this, make sure to trash any items, tiles, objects, and anything with modified statuseffects before uninstalling the mod, and that should probably help. If it doesn't, please don't complain to me. There's nothing I can do.

Q: Such-and-such a thing happened and something broke!

A: Please check the discussion section of each mod for existing bug reports before filing one. If the bug you've experienced is not reported, feel free to start a new thread. Please include a full copy of your Starbound.log from your storage folder, hosted on Pastebin. If you're able to grab a screenshot as well, please do that. Imgur is a host I'd prefer you use, but if you can't, just make sure the picture isn't removed before I'm able to help. If the issue is with other mods, I'll let you know, but there's nothing I can do about those.

Q: Something in general is broken and it's your mod!

A: In the event that it is indeed my mod that's broken, incomplete, or outdated, I'll get around to it. As of Dec. 21, 2017, I just got back from a bit of a hiatus and have been focusing more on my health than Starbound mods. I found I put a bit too much time into those, and let my health slip. So they're lower on the priority list than they used to be, but health is higher.

Tanz Hunger Overhaul

Q: Can you make it so hunger doesn't drain in such-and-such a place?

A: No. Otherwise, you could just spend most of the game at that place and never face hunger. I can slow it in certain places, but won't totally remove it from anywhere.

Q: Can you remove death by starvation?

A: No. What would be the point in having hunger if you were just going to ignore it?

Q: I don't like the slow hunger regen, or the food nerf, and the drain is too slow.

A: So don't use this mod?

Q: Does this mod remove some statuseffects from foods?

A: No. It shouldn't, anyway. I made sure to patch foods with existing statuseffects so that those would stay as well.

Q: Will you remove rotting?

A: No. This mod is to overhaul hunger, not remove things like death by starvation and the rotting mechanic.

Tanz Lighting Overhaul

Q: How does this mod affect performance?

A: Some users may experience minor to major performance decreases after installing Tanz Lighting Overhaul. This is because almost every light in the game will now be trying to cast shadows, and that's a rather heavy task.

Q: Is there anything you can do about the negative effect on performance?

A: No. You can either have every light cast shadows, or have good performance. Unless you have one of those magical machines that can do both.

Q: But I have a good machine, and I still get low FPS.

A: Sorry, man. There's nothing I can do.

Q: This object flashes occasionally, or this object doesn't cast shadows.

A: Read the section on bug reporting, please.

Rock On

Q: Will you make colored dirt collectable like these rocks?

A: If I am able, yes. But at the moment, I haven't been able to figure out how to do that. Chucklefish has kind of remedied this problem in the 1.0.3 update, where dirt now takes the color of the surrounding dirt.

Q: Can you add these rocks to a store?

A: Probably. While I want to have as many ways to gather these as possible, I don't want it to seem too crazy.

Playable Fenerox

Q: Where's this specific thing? (Armor, ship, whatever.)

A: Probably on its way. This is a work-in-progress, and most things are missing if not using placeholder art. This includes the ship, armor, colors, hair, ship objects, inspection lines, etc. Most likely all using placeholder art at the time of writing.

Clearing some things up

Jul. 12, 2016 - 9:32 PM

This entry was bound to happen at one point or another, but recently I've found myself wanting to write it more and more. In the few online communities I'm a part of, I find myself trying to explain that my blunt way of typing, or when I don't understand something simple, or when I don't get a joke that's super easy to get, it's because of my brain.

I have ASD, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (Wiki Link). Well, specifically Aspergers Syndrome (Wiki Link), but that was merged with Autism Spectrum Disorder several years ago, as far as I know. It affects different people in different ways, but that's what this entry is for. To help people understand how it affects me. Reading the Wikipedia articles I linked would probably help with the basic stuff, and this entry should help with the stuff more specific to me.

In my case, a lot of social stuff is incredibly draining. Even if I'm out just having a sandwich with my best friend, my social energy drains very fast. At the end of hanging out for a few hours, I just need to rest. Half the time, a nap works best. My social interactions are also relatively limited. I've been getting better with that stuff in general, but for the most part, I let others do the talking. It's just easier to keep to myself than to expend energy trying to seem normal.

One of the biggest problems I face, is processing issues. Some days go by without any processing issues, but other days can sometimes be mostly processing issues. There's no warning when I start having issues, but when they hit, I try my best to let people know what's going on. Processing issues happen when I'm trying to read or listen or watch something, but on top of everything else, it's too much information for my brain to process. Instead of managing that information like your average person would, my brain gets overloaded and starts being able to process less and less. I usually get pretty frustrated when this happens, and need to take a break from whatever I'm doing, until I can process information at a reasonable rate.

The second biggest issue I face, is sensory overload. This is similar to processing issues, I think. When there's too much sensory information, everything just kind of shuts down. I'm unable to tune things out like your average person, so when there's a lot going on, it's really difficult to manage all that input. At times like this, I even feel the watch on my wrist, or the clothes on my body. Everything feels bad. If I'm sitting, I need to stand. If there's sound, it needs to stop. I can't block everything out. If it's raining, I can't tune out the rain, or the increased volume of cars on the wet road, or the wind in the trees. Even closing the window doesn't help, because there's loads of different sound inside as well. It just vaguely muffles the outside sounds. This is slightly different from processing issues, because instead of not being able to process things, I'm just generally overloaded.

In both cases, I end up unable to hear myself think. I can't make decisions, I get frustrated, I can potentially snap at people even though I don't mean to, etc. It's not fun, but I try to let people know when I'm having issues. There's nothing anyone can really do to help in these situations, but I will usually need to take a break or nap or shower or something to try and help manage the information I'm being bombarded with.

Most of the time, reading large blocks of text is difficult. So whenever I'm trying to read an article, or a wiki, or whatever else, I try asking people I know if they can shorten or summarize it. This usually helps me understand whatever I was trying to read, but the majority of the time, the large block of text is too much. So if this entry isn't well-proofread, it's because of that.

I hope that clears some things up. Of course, if you still have questions, you can ask me on Twitter (@TanzNukeTerror) or in my Subreddit (/r/TanzNukeTerror).