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A game engine in (you've guessed it) C++. These too-many 6,000 LOC provide the (WIP) design of a somewhat backend-agnostic rendering pipeline (take a look at the render.hpp system), basic resource loading (.obj model files, textures in most reasonable image formats, fonts, shaders) and a message-passing system (hermes.hpp).

The 'logic' and 'render' steps happen concurrently, but work on different frames. While the logic thread is working on submitting draw calls an updating world state for frame N, the render thread is processing batched draw calls and resource commands from frame N-1. This avoids hairy concurrency issues insofar as logic-render interactions are concerned, and defines a very clear line separating concerns between engine systems. The built-in render backend implementation is OpenGL, because that's what I'm familiar with.

Project architecture: the engine compiles into a library, while apps link from it and design their own game states. We use CMake for cross-platform building; the engine itself should work on Linux and Windows at least (tested on Linux x64).

Design philosophy: a somewhat rambling write-up on the different parts of the engine can be found in the SCHEMA document. The bitsquid (later 'Stingray') engine was a major source of inspiration with regards to data-oriented patterns. Take a look at ROADMAP for a progress check-list.

Demo screenshot

Rendering an OBJ model textured by a MTL file. Interactive 3D camera (FPS-like).

Example of basic 3D rendering


  1. A core engine object is created.
  2. The message passing system is intialized.
  3. All systems are initialized (input, render--from render_config.json, resource loading).
  4. The resource loading system collects a database of resources from a JSON file (e.g. Base.json).
  5. An initial game state is added to the list of states (which might look something like main_screen.cpp).
  6. The core object starts looping; message queues are swapped at every frame.
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