I might well be the first real post here. If so – this is the sort of thing you can do on this dev journal page, I hope! Anyway, on to the formal announcement.
Llantern was first revealed for exploring at the end of last year, but after waning interest in D’ni I dedicated time outside of Uru and 3d modelling in general to other matters. With Open Source, however, the inspiration is back and the age’s development properly going again.
The next version of Llantern – Alpha v003 – will be released next Friday, the 29th of April. It features a whole raft of changes to the age, including significant changes to the modelling and texturing, additions of notably missing interactivity, and decent audio! Please keep an eye out for the release, which will be announced both here and on the Llantern thread on the Guild of Writers forum.
Simultaneously to the release, Llantern’s development doors will also open to interested developers in the community. More details will be given on the 29th, but for interested people – it will be genuinely open. You’ll be free to modify Llantern as you wish, to learn and/or pinch from it. Certain things (the trees, for example) will not be with the release for copyright reasons, but otherwise it will be complete. In terms of core development, I’m hoping that coders and other artists will step forward to help out. Llantern’s a lot bigger than just a beach, and to get it to that state of quality I’ll need help!