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voxeling

See INSTALL.md for installation instructions.

The Latest News

Refactoring into ES Modules is done. Current branch is "main", check "master" for the old code.

We have a new set of textures that I'm free to distribute. Some were created by a graphic designer (the good ones), others were created by me to finish the job (the not-so-good ones). Previously I recommended some bdcraft textures which I wasn't free to distribute.

If you want to see what I'm working on, I occasionally make videos at Relaxing With Code on YouTube. Specifically in the Voxeling playlist.

Introduction

Inspired by voxel-engine and voxel.js, this is a multiplayer sandbox (like Minecraft creative mode) implemented in WebGL with very few dependencies. Very much a work in progress.

Demo: https://voxeling.greaterscope.com. Use Google Chrome (not Chromium) as it provides the smoothest experience, expecially on Linux.

Project blog: https://blog.alanszlosek.com/tags/voxeling/

Player skins from:

Gameplay Features

  • Multiplayer, with maxogden, substack and viking skins
  • Block creation and destruction (batch operations via click-and-drag)
  • Jumping and flying
  • First-person, third person camera views
  • Building materials and material picker dialog
  • Gamepad support (90% complete)
  • Adjustable draw distance (change it according to your GPU speed and memory)
  • World state can be saved to files, mysql or mongodb

What I'm working on

Currently

  • Dragon model
  • Physics+collision detection re-work in preparation for NPC animals
  • Optimizations, always and forever

Perhaps in the Future

  • Point light sources and shadow mapping

Technical Features

  • Client and Server architecture
  • Simple physics engine for player movements
  • My own "rectangle merge" meshing algorithm
  • Sample world generators
  • Websocket connection for chat messages, player positions, world changes
  • Chunk data is stored and transferred with gzip compression
  • Relatively flat architecture means it's easy to get a WebGL handle and the inverse camera matrix for drawing
  • All IO and chunk meshing is done in a web worker, which keeps the framerate very high
  • Directional lighting
  • Day and night cycle (still needs some love)

See it in action in the demo (Google Chrome or Firefox): https://voxeling.greaterscope.com

Or follow the installation instructions below to run it locally.

Installation

See INSTALL.md.

Contributing

See the CONTRIBUTING file

License

MIT License

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Creative mode WebGL voxel game. Runs in Chrome, with multiplayer functionality and very few dependencies

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