So I mentioned a while back that I would share a bit more about the Space things I had been working on. So that is what I am going to do! First off Is a video showing off the entire demo. Since creating this video I have tweaked the mission layout and structure. As always this video is not representative of final product, it is still in pre-alpha phase, but I like sharing, so here we go! Space_Demo So Diving into this project, I did not keep myself in check, my scope blew out of control. The first concept for this game was to make something like the old Colony Wars games from the PlayStation 1 Era. While getting my ship controls together, I let my brain free, and started adding exploration into the mix. Now this is not a /bad/ thing from an idea perspective, but I had already put a lot on my plate, I was already running into issues with my enemy Ship AI and mechanics, and here I was putting new ideas into the project. I took some time to evaluate what I was doing, and after a few attempts to decided to make exploration the highlight of this project, yes out the door was my ‘ lets bring back an awesome old game’ and in was lets explore! So I set off on my adventure. Ship controls were Smooth especially after I switched from keyboard controls to an actual game pad. Other systems were coming along and then I had 1 week until Ludum Dare, I had to finish up my systems and level if I was even going to attempt Ludum. Thankfully I got to a good place, baring some visuals, I had a playable demo! While I don’t need to write out some giant Game Design Document, I do need to keep the scale and scope of my project in check, and digging into AI a bit more would be beneficial to future projects. Overall this project turned out nicely and while I need to step away from it for a while, I would like to come back to it in the near future!
Ok! so I am recovering a bit from participating for the first time in Ludum Dare, The 27th on its kind. With a theme being chosen of ’10 seconds’ I had 48 hours to make a game, with that theme. The first 3 hours were spent brainstorming and trying to figure out what I really wanted to try and show, that met the theme requirements, but I would be capable of pulling off in 2 days. What I ended up with was ‘Cast Out’ http://www.rekindlegames.com/Alpha/Cast_Out_LD_27.html
‘Cast Out’ is a 10 Second Exorcism game. YOu pick to play as 1 of 3 priests and you will combat a random demon with its own strengths. In the end its kind of like a Wario Ware Game meets a pokemon battle, fighting over the soul of an innocent!
Despite having things besides the Ludum to do during that 48 hours I felt good about what I was able to get accomplished. The game is playable, there are win/loss screens, The mechanics I used were within my ability and did not blow my scope out of whack. And honestly that is awesome. Obviously if you play the game you will notice a few things missing, some text next to the health bars for example. This was one of a few things I just ran out of time to complete.
Missing in ‘Cast Out’ would be Audio, and SFX, along with some witty banter from the demons to distract the player, all of these do not hinder the player from playing the game however and would only serve to enhance the experience. After submitting my entry into Ludum Dare I have been keeping my eyes on the comments I get, mostly for feed back on what I could have done better that perhaps I didn’t think of, The biggest thing I see is that a tutorial would have been nice instead of just dropping the player in, this is a good call, as I do need to take various types of players into account when making a game, be it for a Ludum or a full project.
Ludum Dare was great, It helped me not only test my abilities as a Game Designer but also showed me where I have areas to grow in this field. I am looking forward to the next ludum or Game Jam that I can participate in!
It is amazing having an artist in the home. It really is. I came home to a surprise asset for my little project. It was an Asteroid!!!! I mean I was using some silly plain cylinders for testing purposes but this is amazing! I was also honered with a new star field instead of that generic dark cloudy sky box I had been using. SO not as much progress has been made since my last post, but honestly that is ok.
I am really trying to dive in and tune up the keyboard controls, I’m shooting some something similar in control to the old Colony Wars game on the PS1. So while smaller advancements like reloading the level when all the asteroids are destroyed or being able to shoot the asteroids is nice, I am glad I am putting some extra time into the controls.
So there we have it still early assets (except for the asteroids, those are amazing XD) but we have space flight, asteroid shooting and a star field, we almost have a game!
Just the other day I said I would be back, this time with something possibly different from Kitsu-ga! Well today is going to be a little different. I love games, and as I am learning, should have spent more time in my younger days developing the skills I am trying to learn now. But that is neither here nor there at this point. the fact remains I love games.
So I’d like to show off something completely different this time.
This little project comes from another one of the things I love, space. When I first started on this project I was using a basic sphere and cube latched together as my ‘ship’, but the great thing about living with a 3D artist is that I came home the next day and I had a rough space ship to start using instead, the textures I pulled from some random Unity sample and viola.
It was a kick in my butt honestly, to keep going. and well I have. What started as a way to test out some more functions in playmaker has developed into something pretty neat. While I continue to fine tune the controls, this little space adventure might just be what I bring with me to PAX Dev this year.
In my last post I mentioned diving head first into a visual scripting tool for Unity 3D. THe tool is called Playmaker! and I am in love.
I continue to learn code(C#) to grow my skill set, but I keep returning to playmaker as a tool to prototype and visualize an idea withlittle code. During the Playmaker class I practiced on some assets my fiancee had made for a small project we had been talking about.
Kitsu-ga is the name of that title, the idea for this game, is a 3rd person stealth adventure game.
Some rough assets and a taste for the nostalgic, I set out to start creating the systems that would be needed to make Kitsu-ga feel awesome. As you can see in the pictures
there are a few things I am doing, a visual reference to a stealth mode able to be toggled on/off with a key press, intractable objects, and pickups.
So thats a little bit with what I have been up to, I’ll have more to show soon, it just might not be more on Kitsu-ga.
Until Next time!