Meeting:2009/06/22

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This article contains a list of topics for as well as the results of the July developer IRC meeting.

Contents

Date

Monday, 22th of June, 5-7PM GMT. If you're unsure the time difference between the timezone you're residing in and GMT, check out this useful website: http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/

Type of meeting

First official developer meeting at the IRC channel. Developers from all departments and interested community members are encouraged to take part in the meeting. As it's hard to find a common for all interested developers, we should try to establish department-specific meetings to ensure that all departments meet at least twice a month at IRC. This might not be needed for departments that already have informal semi-meetings on the IRC channel on a quite regular basis (e.g. the programming department).

List of topics

The basic idea is to have a speaker for every subject who introduces the topic and also leads the discussion for this specific point.

Meeting workflow

Programming

  • General programming department status report
    • Introduced by maximinus
  • Splitting up of tasks for the tech demo.
    • How to make the GUI better.
    • Are we happy with the current framework?
    • Suggestions for the dialog code.
    • Object-Orientation in the code
    • Interfaces to separate work to reduce merging/conflict solving overhead

Audio

Graphics

Game mechanics

  • Recent progress, current state
  • Are there possible ways to implement abstract structures on the programming side, at this point?

Writing

  • Where are we at with the writing department ?
    • Finding a starting point. NineOfHearts' and Dave's story idea?
  • How to get things moving ?
    • Propose (Gaspard) concentrating on a single greater location (with some quests and active NPCs) including a larger map and 1 or 2 smaller maps for quests and/or showing off FIFE and PARPG to get the Tech Demo Story going. Back story and main Game Story could be worked on in parallel.

Project management

  • Introducing department specific IRC meetings?
    • Topic introduced by: mvBarracuda
    • How do the different departments feel about having department meetings about twice a month?
    • Does it address the problems of assymmetric IRC attendance (some departments are underrepresented at the IRC channel)?
  • Restructuring the wiki starting page
    • Topic introduced by: mvBarracuda
    • Focusing on the wiki pages that are shared by all development departments
    • The department-specific pages should be structured according to the preferences of the developers of the department, though help by the project management department is possible if wanted
    • Plan: work out a proposal for a new wiki starting page structuring, post link to the forums, discuss it, apply changes based on feedback, replace old starting page with new one

Results

The agreed upon decisions are listed here. This way it's easier for developers and community members who missed the meeting to get an idea of the general results. Wording of the results for a specific topic should be taken care of by the speaker who introduces the topic.

Programming

General status report

  • Speaker: maximinus

Proposal for better collaboration

  • Speaker: tZee

We agreed on working on a general design first. Based on this design we can (more or less) easily divide tasks and reduce areas where we interfere with each others code. With defined tasks the coming and going of developers will, too, be less of a problem.

Audio

Graphics

Game mechanics

Writing

We agreed to wait for NineOfHeart's written outline of hers and Dave's story idea and then use it as a base to start working from.

Project management

Log

As the IRC logging bot is currently down, we've uploaded a separate meeting log here: http://wiki.parpg.net/images/3/30/Meetinglog_2009_06_22.txt

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