Hi everyone here is another update on how the map is going, currently I have created multiple assets to populate the scene with, the major parts being Huge pipes which i guess would be used to transport sewage,water or house electrical cables for connection between the higher and lower part of the city, Below is a gif of a brief fly over.

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Mostly i have been working on trying to make sure the pipes phase in and out from top to bottom using either fog or at the top of the level a massive block, which is meant to represent part of the unfinished city, Originally i was going to use a volumetric fog to cut off both the top and bottom, however currently their is no such tool in UE4 to allow me to do this eventually i will try and create a fog particle effect to try and block out the upper sections.

I also had help from one of the lecturers who helped me improve some of my already completed assets and i plan on creating some basic textures for the level so that we have something more tangible to show off for a presentation that is coming up soon on the project.

As well as all this both myself and another class mate have begun designing what the HUD will look like, below you can see the most current design for the HUD, it has to show all three placeable towers, the players crossbow as well as a wave counter and a bolt counter for the player, We decided to position it at the top center of the screen instead of the bottom as having the HUD and the crossbow in the same section of screen space would be to confusing for some players.

HUD

Aside from all that i haven’t been doing much else, i look forward to mocking up some textures for the level and seeing how that goes as i always enjoy creating assets, anyway hope you’ve all enjoyed the read and ill see you next time.

This new triemester

Hi everyone so I’ve become incredibly inconsistent with posting and we all know that!, I’ve finally stopped lying to myself about it to!

I’ve just started this new trimester and have been told that yet again i have to do a blog on it, following the end of today’s class i have decided to just get it over with and start it now.

Today was mostly just a meet and catch up, talk about what well be doing and such however! we did have a small have a small project today were we had to try and monetize an existing game that we’ve played, Recently (last night) i started playing Dying light which is essentially dead island at its core but with parkour elements introduced and a partially revamped leveling system.

I did not want to harm the games core mechanics by trying to add pay walls within the game but instead attempted to add a monetization system into it by adding a secondary currency.

This secondary currency “ZomBucks” can either be earned or purchased within the game, To earn you must simply play the game (killing zombies/finishing missions), this will earn the money at a smaller rate than the actual in game currency, For instance you earn money at a rate of 100% and ZomBucks at a rate of 25% for instance if you kill a zombie it will drop $35 and roughly 8 – 9 ZomBucks, however during nighttime this rate will increase to 75% (as the game is harder during nighttime) and you will earn 26 – 27 ZomBuck (This needs balancing i am using fudged numbers at the moment) .

ZomBucks are essentially the same as normal money within Dying Light however items that you can buy in stores are cheaper with Zombucks instead of normal money, I have done this to try and make the game feel as unaffected as possible by the integration of real world money.

This being said earning ZomBucks takes far more time than earning normal money, this is to try and make it not noticeable to players and also make them want to purchase it with their real world money instead, i have still not found a solution to stopping players from just “grinding” for said money, perhaps the longer you play a session of Dying Light the percentage of ZomBucks decreases?.

Now apart from this excersize we also have to come up with a prototype being it a design document or something playable for this trimesters project as we will all be working in one group on the same project, Currently my idea for this trimester is to create a first person or third person arena brawler, this is mostly inspired from my old work (Nox Brain, have a look if you haven’t its one of my earlier works) and also my enjoyment of games like Zeno clash and Binding of Isaac.

I want to attempt to merge to two styles of game play being brawler and rogue like and combine them within an arena style level with possibly some randomly generated style enemies as well as weapons in an arena that changes form depending on the wave.

Now apart from that i haven’t put to much thought into it but expect posts in the future as apparently i have to do one a week now! and hopefully you’ll see my idea evolve, I’m trying not to get to stuck into it as theirs a possibility that it will not even get chosen which I’m cool with.

Bye for now thank you for reading!

Addo

Addo

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(Visualization of concept, no play ability in current example)

So last week i started my fourth trimester at college, my first class of the new trimester involved us each having to design a mechanic based around an emotion, i came up with Addo, Addo is designed to invoke a sense of motherhood over the player through the use of minimal input and watching how your “people” change and react to you leaving “Markers”  around the world.

These markers may or may not lead your “people” towards objects that they will respond well to and will change the way they react towards you this will be shown through the use of audio, Currently in the background you can hear a Cello playing, depending on what happens the Cello will change, which will ultimately decide how the game will end.

Aesthetically the game is designed to be as minimalist as possible with visuals, audio and input, Addo is based of games such as From Dust, Goddus and Black and White.

Anyway I hope you have enjoyed reading this and I apologies for not posting anything in a long time, I hope people start reading these again and that you come back in the future as i am going to try and do these more regularly.

Jobs Done!

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(Click image to play, Game only runs in IE, No clue why)

So me and Reign finally finished it, Our final submission for this class, Courage’s Gate a turn based exploration game, It’s a take on both Pokemon and final fantasy With our own distinct art style, drawn by Reign, Granted not everything was completed to the highest level that we wanted, we feel it is both a great piece of work and hope that you enjoy playing it.

Maybe I’ll revisit this project at a later date, it is pretty feature complete and we could do a lot more to it if we wanted, anyway i’m going to be guy’s sorry its such a short read but i hope you all enjoy it, please leave feedback below!.

 

 

 

 

The Final Prototype!

Hi everyone! So as I said the last time is that I am working in conjunction with another student at SAE Qantm by the name of Reign! on our final prototype for our rapid prototyping class, we decided on this so as to make sure that we can produce as high a quality product within four weeks as possible with myself as the programmer and Reign as the artist.

Now prepare yourself as currently none of the art assets being created have been implemented as were only at the start of the second week however, this is currently what I’ve got in terms of the programming side, you can also click on the image to open up the web player demo of what this actually does so far.

Prototype 3 map

 

So currently in the project the player is able to re-roll their characters statistics and then set them, currently this just re-rolls set random values which means you could potentially get a character with “OP” stats, I’m considering redoing this so that it takes stats points from a “pool” so that you never get an “OP” character however that is dependent on whether or not i have enough time for it.

You are also able to navigate around the level by moving your mouse, the camera is clamped so that you cannot fly off forever and potentially “lose” the level. What isn’t but is currently in the works of being implemented is the actual combat, what happens currently is the player clicks to move to a tile next to there current tile to move to it, Once they have moved to said tile it then does a random check to see if there is an enemy on this tile, if there is an enemy the combat phase starts.

What happens in the combat phase is that the characters team is the displayed on the right hand side of the screen (Or left, haven’t decided yet) and the enemy is then spawned on the opposite side, Then the player engages in a Pokemon/final fantasy style battle system were each side takes a turn selecting what to do.

I’d say this is my first real attempt into designing a “smart” AI as i usually don’t put that much thought into how i want to program them to do, But i’m feeling hopeful about it!.

Anyhow I’ve used up enough of everyone’s time here and i’ll write some more about this project either this week or the next, Enjoy!

Project 2!

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So here’s the next update, I’m now working on my second project for my scripting class, For this project i’ve decided to create a two player game were one player play’s as a Hunter and the other plays as the Seeker.

The seeker’s goal is to find all the orbs in the level and then escape with there life while the Hunter has to find the Seeker before they can collect all the orb’s, currently the game is two player split-screen like some of the older games that you’ll see on Nintendo 64, GameCube, PS1 and PS2, you control the characters with the use of an Xbox 360 controller as I’ve been wanting to try using one in one of my projects for a long time now and I’ve finally been able to purchase one.

Aesthetically speaking i’m trying to create a semi horror feeling within the game to try and make the Seeker feel as tense as possible while trying to find the orbs, The Hunter has the ability to scare the Seeker with use of a scream mechanic which startles the Seeker and causes his screen to shake, while the Seeker has the use of a torch which they can point at the Hunter to stun them for a short amount of time.

Everything currently within the game except for the character models has been created by myself as i cant be bothered to fully model, texture, rig and animate two separate characters as it would take to much time in the 4 week time span i have to create this prototype, Anyway hope you’ve all enjoyed reading this and ill see you later.

Lastly here’s a recording of what I’ve currently got

 

 

Update on stuff!

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Hey everyone so here’s a quick update on what I’ve been doing for the past two week’s seeing how i forgot to make a blog entry last week, being busy trying to get all my assignments done and everything so enjoy!

So this is the game I’ve been working on for the past two days because the other game i had planned to make ended up being a fair bit over scoped of what i initially wanted to build, So instead i made Star Lord a throw back to old style schmups,  it’s a bit hastily constructed but i feel that i managed to get it to a reasonably high level of polish and functionality, the controls are rather simple A and D to move, F to fire missiles and Space bar to shoot laser’s.

So the original game that i had planned for my first assessment was going to be a game in the style of Binding of Isaac which has randomly placed rooms enemies and item pickups, however i ended up finding that i’d over scoped it and ended with Star Lord, however i feel that i can continue work on the unfinished game for use with the second assessment hand in seeing how the brief asks for a 3D game which is what i have already designed it to be, so high hopes there for completing that and i hope i can post it next week in my update blog with possibly a web player of it for everyone interested to try out.

Anyway this is all I’ve really got to update you all on, i’ll probably make another blog post later today detailing what i’m doing with my design class with some screen shots of my map and some of the things im going to put into it, Bye for now!