Infiniminer Update

Game should be out either at the end of this week or sometime next week. I’m working with a friend of a friend, Chris, to get some awesome graphics into the game, like the Prospectron hand-held mineradar you can see below.

Getting back to the surface is often the hard part…

68 Comments to Infiniminer Update

  1. Nathan Mahon's Gravatar Nathan Mahon
    March 4, 2009 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    Looking forward to this one, like I do all of your games. 🙂 Anything about mining triggers my Dwarf Fortress feelings, so I’m really excited. 🙂

  2. Fish's Gravatar Fish
    March 4, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Really looking forward to this game, looks like it will be awesome. Keep up the good work!

  3. March 4, 2009 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    That looks like pure awesomeness. I don’t play many games any more due to time constraints, but I will definitely end up playing this! Also, you mentioned LAN playing. That wouldn’t involve going through a server? Can’t remember the last time that existed… Which is why I like it! aw… my shift key just fell off.

  4. Axoren's Gravatar Axoren
    March 8, 2009 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    This is gonna turn out amazing… I wasn’t this interested in Mining since Runescape 1! This is like 90 million times better, and from the looks of it, it’s turning out great.

  5. payjack's Gravatar payjack
    March 8, 2009 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    I can’t wait!
    I play a Mining Professional in Eve, and there is a major Add on scheduled for Tuesday, I hope IM is available by then 😛

  6. sam's Gravatar sam
    March 8, 2009 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    I want it :O…..
    The hand held thing reminds me of the tool gun of gmod…

  7. Chris's Gravatar Chris
    March 10, 2009 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Hey fellas, Chris here. Currently sitting in a computer lab between classes, playing with pixelating the construction gun. I can say from my somewhat limited playtesting that this game is a ton of fun. As Nathan was hoping, there’s a definite Dwarf Fortress feel to it, though with much more direct control. I’m a big fan of DF myself, which helped raise my interest in this project. You can dig/build some awesome things, and you get to do it multiplayer. Think DF mining and masonry in 3D multiplayer.
    At this point, Zach is mostly waiting on me to finish up the art assets, so feel free to direct any impatient remarks at me. 🙂
    If all goes well and my schedule stays open, I may be working with Zach on some future projects. Any feedback on my work is welcome and appreciated.

  8. compsciguy's Gravatar compsciguy
    March 10, 2009 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Just kidding. I’d rather you take your time if it means the games turns out that much more awesome. Looking forward to it!
    btw, will this remain Zachtronics Industries if Chris is working there too?

  9. payjack's Gravatar payjack
    March 10, 2009 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Slave, work harder! j/k
    Zachristronica Inc. anyone? 🙂

  10. marcus's Gravatar marcus
    March 11, 2009 at 5:23 am | Permalink

    Finaly some one that makes a free miningame in 3d hehe.
    i just can’t wait anymore:)

  11. Cael's Gravatar Cael
    March 11, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    This game is amazing. I won’t reveal anything, but I can guarantee that you’ll get a whole lot of enjoyment from it.

  12. payjack's Gravatar payjack
    March 11, 2009 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    then release it already!! >:-L

  13. compsciguy's Gravatar compsciguy
    March 12, 2009 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    Who is Cael? And how do you know what the game is like?!

  14. Cael's Gravatar Cael
    March 12, 2009 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    You’ll never catch me! Mwuahaha! *Runs.*

  15. payjack's Gravatar payjack
    March 12, 2009 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    compsciguy, cael is probably one of zach’s schoolmates and his beta tester.
    i want this so badly, i’d even sell my sister.

  16. Cael's Gravatar Cael
    March 12, 2009 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, Payjack, you’re wrong there.
    Why would you sell your sister for something that’s free? O_o

  17. payjack's Gravatar payjack
    March 13, 2009 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    because she’s a royal pain in the rear anyway XD

  18. AFK's Gravatar AFK
    March 13, 2009 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    Didn’t I see you in a Werewolf game or two, Cael? If so, small world is so small!
    I’d sell both of my sisters for Infiniminer.

  19. Chris's Gravatar Chris
    March 13, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    We’re gettin’ there. All of the major tool graphics are in and animated with the (glaring) exception of the pickaxe. Once that’s done, I just need to whip up a few improved block textures and fiddle with the player sprites, and we should be good to go on my end.
    Also, today marks the start of my Spring break, so I have loads of time now. So no excuses. =P

  20. marcus's Gravatar marcus
    March 13, 2009 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    YEY not long time to wait anymore and i realy can’t wait anymore:P

  21. Fish's Gravatar Fish
    March 13, 2009 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    While I’m really looking forward to this, don’t dangle the carrot if you can’t deliver! I would have had a happy surprise whenever its finished if I didn’t know it was supposedly a week away, rather than now waiting for something that is late.

  22. Cael's Gravatar Cael
    March 13, 2009 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    No, AFK, I don’t believe that was me. I’ve never played any game called Werewolf, to be honest.
    The name is actually derived from a very obscure, low quality PS2 game. I basically hijacked the name from that, and only twice in my life have I seen the full name (Last name Cyndar.) being used on a forum or site of any kind. I really should come up with something better, but, this is what I’m known as. I guess my identifier could be that the middle name, which I made up, is Astros, but that’s not really often going to come up in a conversation. If you want to really be sure it’s me, just ask for my middle name. 😛

  23. tp1212's Gravatar tp1212
    March 15, 2009 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    its not done yet? *refresh* … 🙁

  24. payjack's Gravatar payjack
    March 15, 2009 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    F5…F5…F5… Man, I’m bored.

  25. marcus's Gravatar marcus
    March 15, 2009 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    no one knows the FINAL date yet? im going crazy off waiting. and isnt this a week late now?

  26. payjack's Gravatar payjack
    March 15, 2009 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    we could start playing infinifrag online…

  27. marcus's Gravatar marcus
    March 16, 2009 at 2:44 am | Permalink

    umm… i dont think thats the same at all….. exept the game engine.

  28. LWK's Gravatar LWK
    March 16, 2009 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    It’s always amusing to see how impatient people can get. It’s like there’s nothing else to do and no other online games to play while waiting for this. I’m sure it’ll be great, and it’ll done when it’s ready, and no amount of stressing over the release will change that. Of course, if DID influence the release, then I’d be disappointed anyways, since it meant that Zach and Chris hurried through the end. Let them take their time, get it right and deliver a good product. Until then, everyone, show some maturity and go find one of the other dozen new games that come out every day.

  29. compsciguy's Gravatar compsciguy
    March 16, 2009 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    Zach, is this a Flash game? Or is it written in some other language?

  30. payjack's Gravatar payjack
    March 16, 2009 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    compsci its probably an improved version of infinifrag

  31. Zach's Gravatar Zach
    March 17, 2009 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    compsciguy: It’s written in C# using XNA.
    payjack: Infinifrag was written in Python using OpenGL; the only thing they have in common is the block building mechanic.

  32. payjack's Gravatar payjack
    March 17, 2009 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for clearing it up.
    What’s the new ETA?

  33. marcus's Gravatar marcus
    March 17, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Hey Zach or Chris any of you know how many % the game is finished?

  34. tp1212's Gravatar tp1212
    March 17, 2009 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    C#? OHH! thats my language :D!
    And what language is ruckingenur?

  35. compsciguy's Gravatar compsciguy
    March 17, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    tp1212: I’m pretty sure that both Ruckingenur games were written with the .NET framework.

  36. Crossley's Gravatar Crossley
    March 17, 2009 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Oh the suspense is DEAFENING

  37. Tudrum's Gravatar Tudrum
    March 20, 2009 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Some ETA?

  38. marcus's Gravatar marcus
    March 22, 2009 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    waiting=tourture=pain=you know where it ends

  39. Crossley's Gravatar Crossley
    March 26, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Don’t think your clever soviet electronics game has distracted us. We know what you’re up to 😉

  40. Chris's Gravatar Chris
    March 26, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Sorry about the wait, fellas. My spring break turned out to be extremely busy (with un-fun personal affairs) so I wasn’t able to commit myself to Infiniminer as I had planned. We are close though. We’re at least up to build 0.90 now, and there’s only a handful of things left to do. My schedule is opening up again, so you can probably expect a release soon.
    Thankfully, Zach is fully capable of making games like KOHCTPYKTOP all by himself, so things should keep on rolling anyway.

  41. Ty's Gravatar Ty
    March 26, 2009 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    Zach, I’m not sure if this is a big favor or a little one, but I’ll ask it none the less. I have a 1024X600 monitor at max since selling my old desktop to purchase a laptop, and sadly have been unable to play so many of you games that I love so much. I really want this game to be able to be played in a resolution that I could use it in, maybe have an option for 900X600 or something. Thank you for reading.

  42. Badgerlock's Gravatar Badgerlock
    March 27, 2009 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    I would ask the same thing but i think 1680×1050 is a bit big to ask for.

  43. Zach's Gravatar Zach
    March 27, 2009 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    The resolution is configurable to whatever you want, but all of the interface graphics were designed for 1024×768 and up. I’ll try to add a mode that will make it work for resolutions below 1024×768.

  44. Ty's Gravatar Ty
    March 29, 2009 at 1:57 am | Permalink


  45. Nathan Mahon's Gravatar Nathan Mahon
    March 30, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Ty: what laptop do you have that can only do 1024×600? That’s extremely low, as if it were a widescreen version of an old 800×600 monitor, literally a quarter of the resolution i was using in 1996. 🙂

  46. The North's Gravatar The North
    March 30, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    I want this game so hard.

  47. Ty's Gravatar Ty
    March 30, 2009 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    I’m using an HP Mini. Got it for schoolwork, but use it for everything now.

  48. Zach's Gravatar Zach
    March 30, 2009 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    Ty: It’s unlikely that Infiniminer will run on your HP Mini, as it’s a fairly CPU and GPU intensive game. While the graphics look primitive, the game does a lot of processing to render the environment with an infinite view distance.

  49. Ty's Gravatar Ty
    March 31, 2009 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    Oh well, I can always leech off of my friends computer.

  50. Tobari's Gravatar Tobari
    April 1, 2009 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    all I needed was that screenshot, and a comparison to Dwarf Fortress to get me excited about this

  51. Crossley's Gravatar Crossley
    April 4, 2009 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    One Month Later…

  52. compsciguy's Gravatar compsciguy
    April 5, 2009 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Infinite view distance? Wow! That is definitely impressive. And most DEFINITELY processing power intensive. This will probably be the lowest res game any of us play that still needs a high end graphics card to play without lagging.

  53. payjack's Gravatar payjack
    April 9, 2009 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    Zach, is this your Exam?

  54. compsciguy's Gravatar compsciguy
    April 11, 2009 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    I think he means “Is this your finals week at college?” or somesuch…
    Is it? And when is Infiniminer coming out?! The boredom is setting in! I need a new Zachtronics game!

  55. Zach's Gravatar Zach
    April 11, 2009 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    No, that’s not why the game is still not out. =P
    We’re putting together the last of the graphics; after they’re finished and integrated the game will be released. You all will be the first to hear about it!

  56. marcus's Gravatar marcus
    April 12, 2009 at 4:17 am | Permalink

    havent zach already said that its close to finishing too many times now?
    still hope its soon and grats if this is your final week

  57. Crossley's Gravatar Crossley
    April 12, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    I’m just looking forward to a game I can play without a Masters 😛

  58. Axoren's Gravatar Axoren
    April 19, 2009 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    LOL @Crossley
    That takes all the fun out of it…
    “My fellow classmates! I graduated at the top of my class just to play Zach Barth’s games. ”

  59. Xolroc's Gravatar Xolroc
    April 25, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Is this like the miniclip game Motherload?

  60. Chris's Gravatar Chris
    April 29, 2009 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    Xolroc – Heh, as a member of the official forums for an embarrassingly long time, I have to point out that Motherload is an XGenStudios game. They gave plenty of other sites permission to host it though, including Miniclip.
    Not that it matters… just couldn’t let that one go. 😛
    But to answer your question: A little bit. You’ll be digging massive tunnels and making surface runs. But you’ll be doing it in 3D with other players, and you’ll be trying to sabotage the other team’s tunnels at the same time.
    And no Mr. Natas, I’m afraid. 😉
    On another note, there’s a new feature that’s totally awesome and reminds me even more of Dwarf Fortress. But I’ll let Zach tell you about that.

  61. Axoren's Gravatar Axoren
    April 29, 2009 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    I can only imagine how orgasmic this game will be.

  62. Xolroc's Gravatar Xolroc
    April 29, 2009 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Chris – I only meant it was on

  63. That Guy's Gravatar That Guy
    May 9, 2009 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Played it today for first time, It was awesome! But its slightly lacking.
    Sorry but I have to do this IT NEEDS WEAPONZ!!!!0ne!1!
    This might just as well be called "3d motherload vs greifing enemy team".
    Give it at least 1 melee weapon and 1 ranged weapon then without a doubt this
    game will shit pixelated gold bricks all over world of warcraft.
    ps.suggestion: add ability to spawn normal dirt blocks that disappear on touch (potential for pit-traps
    😀 )

  64. Ricky's Gravatar Ricky
    May 10, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Hey, would it be possible to have an option to choose between having bases or returning to the surface? cause bases were cool 😛
    Oh, also – is there a way to edit the graphic files? so that we could make our own skins for the game?

  65. tons0phun's Gravatar tons0phun
    May 10, 2009 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Got the game and it’s a blast, though I do have 3 questions:
    1) Have you considered making any kind of device that could move/pump lava upwards towards the surface? Like a pump-block that can have pipe-pieces fitted to it for transporting the lava, and another type of pipe piece which dispenses it on any exposed sides?
    2) With the removal of the teleport-block, would you consider adding a block such as a “lift” block? I imagine it could be something where you add it on to a side of a ladder (since the ladder block looks more like a set of guide-rails or tracks). When you’re on the block, and you look up (more than 45

  66. LEO235's Gravatar LEO235
    May 16, 2009 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    There is one update that youll HAVE to do:
    Dirt block spawning: you might give the engineer a block that looks like dirt but can be walked through by both teams and/or make it so that blocks can be taken and deployed so we can take dirt blocks and close the way we came behind us.
    You might also want to think about more options for the prospector. let him also see the other teams members and the fake dirt blocks if you put those in.
    many others have also asked for water and I can see how that makes sense, though I would say dirt blocks are the priority
    you made a brilliant game. make it as customizable as possible, cause that will make it live long and prosperous.

  67. phaser's Gravatar phaser
    May 27, 2009 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    can you add like monsters to kill them and a make a server button to and some new equiment to

  68. compsciguy's Gravatar compsciguy
    May 27, 2009 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    phaser, monsters would require adding an AI to the game. That would take a LOT of code and coding. And why would it need a “make a server” button? It already has a seperate executable for a game server. That way you can play while you host. And in case you didn’t notice, Infiniminer is now open source. You can add the new equipment yourself! 😀