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Animating characters

The two last days I’ve been creating one of the characters for the Wacky Waves game,”Chuck Shackles” the ghost pirate. I’m creating the characters in Blender3D. My skills are limited, but I’m taking my time with the models, keeping the poly count low, and keeping everything flat shaded and polygons single colored! Here is an early render of the character: 

I also tried out Adobe’s mixamo autorigger and animations to take him for a spin!

Any thoughts on the style I’m going for? 

Wacky Waves

I’ve started focusing all my development energy on a game project named “Wacky Waves”. It’s going to be a fast paced action boating game with battles between players and the environment. I’ve put up a site www.wackywaves.com that will have some info on the game, and a twitter account @wackywavesgame that I’m sharing my progress on! I’ll be sharing my bigger progress posts on this blog mainly, to keep things in one place! Hopefully I’ll be able to share more regularly than I’ve been able to before! Here’s some very early screens from the game I’m working on!

Terrain generation

It’s been a while since my last update, but I’ve been working on terrain generation for some time now. I’ve built my own Marching tetrahedron implementation. Which has not been the simplest of tasks. But I’ve got it working OK for now. I’m going to keep working on it.., it still needs some tweaking. But I thought I wanted to share. Have a look!

I’ve also worked a little more on my poly water and movement along the waves, which isn’t perfect, but OK at the moment.

Low poly water shader:evolved

Hi, folks! I’ve continued working on my water shader! I’ve added transparency and today I added impact waves to the shader, which I’m quite happy with managing to do! It’s limited to 10 simultaneous “impact waves” at the same time at the moment. But adding more is not a problem. The collision points and impact force is sent to shader from script. And waves are calculated in shader.
Have a look at what it looks like in action:

Unity WP8 Shadow Problem

This weekend I recieved an update to Unity (v 4.5.4f1) and I decided to try out getting realtime shadows to work on the Windows Phone 8 Version of 3ounce. Since Unity actually claims “shadows on all platforms”, I still haven’t gotten shadows to work for my wp8 builds.. I’ve tried out every quality setting and tried building a simple scene just for testing purposes, but no go.. This really bothers me since I want my game to look the same for Android, iOS and Windows Phone.. What makes it worse is the fact that on the Windows phone Emulator it Works fine! So I’m guessing that some wp8-phone models could pull the shadows off just fine.. But some, including my Lumia 930 can’t handle shadows. What bugs me is the fact that when shadows isn’t working the entire light actually cast a gigantic shadow covering everything within the max shadow distance..

 

ShadowTest Editor

This is what the scene is supposed to look like (In editor)

ShadowTest wp8

This is what it looks like on my Lumia 930.

ShadowTest wp_emu

And on the Windows Phone Emulator….

I’m not sure if I want to disable shadows for all wp8 or have an option for switching shadows on/off in settings..

We’ll see what I end up With.. but the best thing would be for unity or Microsoft to fix whatever’s causing this..

Getting closer to release

I’ve spent alot of time since my last post working on 3ounce.. And I’m getting closer and closer to re-releasing the game. I don’t have much left on my todo-list. But I do have a little work left in the sound Department… Game sound is not something I’m really good at.. Up until now I’ve been using music and sounds that are Public domain and I’m probably just sticking with that for 3ounce, since I don’t have the money to get someone to make something good for me, and a lot of the Public domain stuff I’ve found online is great! Will be working on the audio this weekend and believe I can finish most of what I have in mind.. After that I think all that is left to do before release is fine tuning.. Will spend some time on making a good trailer for the game also.. Which is another area I’m not very good at… See you later!

3ounce all over the place

It’s been a while since my last post, but I’ve also got a lot of work done!

3ounce has changed radically since it was released for Windows Store. The Things I have changed is:

  • New Maze-generating code. Creates “better” Mazes now. Minor changes.
  • New player control. Before I rotated the entire maze at input, while the player was always falling down. This was quite heavy to process when the Mazes got bigger.. So I changed my code, so now you change the direction of gravity instead, which has improved performance very much!
  • New 3D models (Blender) added for levelcubes, pickups, goalmarker, obstacles ++
  • New particle effects upon pickups, Death, and goal.
  • New pickup and goal placement. Through the use of pathfinding algorithms (A*)
  • Added obstacles around the Maze, With the possability to “die” (Move 4 steps back).
  • Alot of other stuff

I’ve also tested my game on Android, and I’m working on testing it on iPhone (need to borrow a Mac).

Here running on PC, Nokia Lumia 930, Samsung Galaxy SIII and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.

Running on Android

Here’s some recent screenshots of the game (Some things has already changed from this version):

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The game design document

I’ve been looking into what to put into my game design document lately, since I’m doing one this time around.

Why even bother to do one,when you’re a one-man-team? Well.. I think it’s a good idea to put your thoughts on ‘paper’, to get a clearer sense of whether your ideas will work out or not!

What should a game design document contain then? I’ve been reading a little on the topic, and looked through some templates on the web, and found that your design document should contain some notes on these topics:

  • Game features
  • Target audience
  • Story/Game world
  • Characters, Main/NPC/Enemies
  • Gameplay and controls
  • Art direction
  • Level design
  • User Interface
  • Audio, SFX/music

The document needs to start out with a summary of the games focus points, and the philosophy of the project (what will you try to achieve with this game?)

I’ll probably use some time on the Battle maze GDD, to get a clear idea of what game I’ll be working on. But even if I put some work into the GDD, it needs to be a document open for changes, because there will always be changes.

Here are some of the pages I’ve checked out on the topic.

Wikipedia

Creating a game design document

The anatomy of a design document

Play with fire – Design document

Video game challenge – GDD

GDD template

Chris Taylor – GDD Template

The next week or so I probably won’t be posting anything, since I’m going to Greece on a holiday. Will be enjoying myself too much to bother with making games for a while. But I’ll be back with more, before you know it!

See ya!