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Dan Violet Sagmiller

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What makes a City Builder fun?

07 October 2015 - 12:14 PM

What makes a city builder fun?


I'm working on a City Builder concept, and I'd love to get why people find them fun.  What are the features of a City Builder that really make or break the game?  I've got my own list already, but I wanted to get outside opinions, and not pre-influence this with my perspectives.

why should human textures not come from photos?

29 September 2015 - 11:37 AM

I was reading the Reference Guide for Beginning Artists, and found this paragraph under Texture Types:


"Another point to remember is that while textures sourced from photographs tend to work very well in 3D environment work, it is often frowned upon to use such 'photosourced textures' for humans. Human diffuse textures are usually hand-painted."


I'm curious of what the concern is.  Why do human based textures not work well?  Or do they?  I'm new to this and just wanting to understand the reasons.


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Sections for an Art Bible?

20 September 2015 - 07:07 AM

I read through the Game Design Process article, and saw its section on Graphic Bible.  I feel like mood boards should also be in there.  I was wondering what other sections designers/artists like to have.  


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Term for a collage of art to set the tone/feel of the game.

19 September 2015 - 10:16 PM

I was working with another designer a while back, who brought up the use of a collage of images to help set the mood or tone of the game.  I can't recall what on earth the term was, but if felt helpful.  And I'm readdressing my GDD designs now and I want to review this as an option.  I just don't know what to search for and my attempts have been futile.  


Anyone here know what I'm talking about?  I certainly don't.  :D

Term for a collage of game photos to set the tone of a game

19 September 2015 - 10:07 PM

I remember talking to another designer a while back who recommended something that I can't recall the word for.  


A collage of photos, typically taken from different game screen shots/cutouts, that shows the feel of the game. 


It seems useful, but I haven't been able to figure out what to search for and I'm pulling up nothing useful in results.  


Any idea what I'm talking about, because I don't.  :D


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