In an effort to keep content appearing on here regularly I will start doing these weekly updates. These posts will be on top of any other, more detailed, posts I make regarding the various project I’m working on. So let’s get on with the update!
The final documentation for this part of my honours project will be in the form of one sheet posters giving the viewer all the key information they need. So this past week has been spent messing around with Adobe Illustrator and teaching myself the basics of it. This week has also been spent making titles and headers for the various sections the posters will cover. Here’s a few samples of them in their basic form:
It the font looks familiar, it should! I have managed to find the font, Atomic Wedgie, which bares a close resemblance to the Action Comics font used by DC Comics. The very comic that is a major influence on the design of the game!
These titles are images taken from a web based preview application for the font. So all that needs doing now is a bit of light editing and they should be ready for use on the posters! While this might not seem like a big step in most game designs, for this one it is. Mainly because it is a very visual way of showing the documentation for the game. The titles and overall presentation are all part of the final design so every element has to fit in with the style and tone of the game.
In other Project Superman related stuff, this week also saw me looking at Factor 5’s now cancelled Superman game and giving my thoughts.
Time Travel Game:
So this past week saw me make a start on what will eventually be the prototype level for the game in UDK. You can see that by heading here. I also finally received my copy of The Time Traveler’s Pocket Guide and read though it. (The website for the book can be found by heading to timetravelbureau.com) It is a great quick and funny read that fits in with the lighthearted tone of the game perfectly. So I expect it to be featured quite a bit in the final design.
This week also saw me make a start on the documentation side of the Time Travel Game, the online Wiki. It is very bare at the moment as I get to grips with wiki editing but expect more content to appear there rapidly over the coming weeks. You can get to the Time Travel Game Wiki by heading here.
Hunters of The New Dawn:
After a successful IP Presentation (which I will upload soon) I have taken that presentation and turned it into a very rough draft of my IP Statement. I have also ordered and am now eagerly waiting for a Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition Starter Set to arrive in the post.
There are multiple reasons for getting this starter set:
- After much soul searching, lack of information and Bethesda being slow, it has become to unrealistic to prototype the game in the still yet to be released Skyrim Toolset. I could use other RPG toolsets such as Neverwinter Nights and Dragon Age’s (this is still a possibility) but this is next easiest and funnest way to do it! I can quickly modify the game and it’s rules to suite my design and get people testing it ASAP. Which is essential for the timeframe I have for the project.
- Lots of articles I have read recently and advice given to me by both my tutor and people in the games industry is to play more games like Dungeons and Dragons. DnD is at the heart of many of today’s games and it’s stat system the basis for how many seemingly unrelated games work. The general consensus is to mess around and have fun with DnD as an easy way to bounce ideas off a small group of players quickly, with the minimum of fuss.
- I haven’t played DnD in years! The last time I played it was around 7-8 years ago! So a small part of me is looking forward to getting back into it after such a long time away from the game.
Also it has things like 20 sided dice and d20s are awesome!
Games I Have Been Playing:
I have returned to my Insanity Mode playthrough of Mass Effect 2 because I am determined to finish it 100% by the time Mass Effect 3 comes out in March. I have also been playing Star Wars: The Old Republic in one or two day bursts. Then to play something not made by BioWare I have been jumping in and out of the odd bit of Halo: Reach/CE:HD multiplayer. On the go this week I have mainly been playing Infinity Blade on my iPad when it decided to work (I keep getting persistent crashing).
That’s it for this week and the first of these regular updates!