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  1. Gezu

    Meow Motors: Kart-Racer fun with cats

    Looks nice!
  2. 1-2 years before I would have agreed that small teams don't need producers at all. I'm working on an indie title along with 3 friends and we also have some other contractors/volunteers from time to time. We all like to do what we are doing, we spend our work time working on the game. We don't need someone to make us work yet sometimes I believe we could definitely profit from someone who can help organizing stuffs. There are just too many works to do and when you are doing a specific part and focus on how to solve that it's not easy to see the full production and not just your current problem. So if a producer is someone who knows what everyone is doing, knows what we planned what we achieved, what task of A member should be done so that B member can work with it, what deadlines we should keep, what is important and what is not then a producer is needed even for a small team. On the other hand being a small team and all we couldn't afford to pay many people so we try to do things on our own. The first hard part is to realize that yes, we need management and marketing even if it doesn't look like game development at all.
  3. Thank you for the answer! 2D style scrolling was a base idea we can't really change at this stage. But adding exploration and non-linear gameplay is definitely something we would like to achieve. We tried to add a bit more compared to traditional side-scrollers (as for exploration). In Warriorb the player goes on splines. So yes, there are only 4 local directions on predefined paths, but using these splines you can go and explore the 3d space. There are many places you see as background which can be visited after or where you already walked. Our trailer is a bit outdated, now we are preparing one which presents more the actual gameplay and spline/exploration mechanics.
  4. Hi, I'm working on Warriorb for about 2,5 years now and recently we made a playable version of the first part of the game. There are still some elements missing (mostly vfx and sfx) but most of it is close to final. I would love to hear what do you think about our game so far. Any critique, feedback, idea or tip is appreciated. If you are interested send me a pm and I will give you a steam key for the game. I'm eager to receive your feedback: Gézu
  5. Wow I never thought that anything worse can happen than 0 interest in your game. But now as I read your comments I realize there is always a worse possible outcome. Yeah if noone hears about it I can still say 'It's a good game with bad marketing.'
  6. Thank you all I'm back at learning some new music pieces. That's absolutely ok for me I don't want to earn money with composing. I don't even want to be extremely good I just enjoy the process of playing music and sometimes I wonder what is it like to create one. If I start it months or years later it doesn't really matter for me.
  7. Thank you for the answers. I think I will follow your advice and start with a free app to see what happens. i definitely don't want to pay much on fancy tools at this stage. I don't know if one must be born to a musician to be one. I like to think that music has its own logic that you can learn and understand. Maybe I wasn't clear enough with my first post, but I still have my original question. Right now I'm looking for materials or lectures on how to build up music. I've started here today, but I just picked the site randomly and I do wonder what can be the best place to start. Basically I want to learn the theory behind chords, notes and harmonies. On the other hand I'm still not sure if it is the right time to start. Would it benefit me more if I practiced playing music on piano more or it doesn't make any difference and it's ok to start learning how to compose without much experience on playing instruments?
  8. I'm a 3D artist with basically no music knowledge at all. I do love musics like some video games and films have. I have a Yamaha DGX-205 which wasn't used by anyone for a decade and I don't know why but this January I started to learn how to play some of the musics I like. I didn't know how to start and I ended up with trying to learn Trine Dragon Graveyard. It took me 5 month to be able to play this from the beginning to the end but I really enjoyed every second of the learning process. Since I was not satisfied with the piano sound of my DGX-205 I tried to connect it to my PC. It took me some time to figure out how I can make it work. The app which is mentioned in the manual is not supported anymore. I did some search and installed LMMS which absolutely did what I wanted (I mean now I have nice piano sound from my PC's speakers when I press the keys :D). After installing a program designed to make music I started to wonder if it is possible for me to create music? Right now I'm learning a track from Child of Light but the idea of learning how to compose is still in my mind. I know there are many experienced composer around here and I would like to ask for advice. How shall I start learning? Shall I wait and learn to play more music or is it a good idea to start right now? Where can I get good info on how to learn composing? I have no particular plan with composing I only want to do it for fun.
  9. Gezu


    Album for Warriorb
  10. Gezu


    Being summoned to another world and forced into a physical body is never a pleasant experience. The fact that you find yourself imprisoned inside a ball does not help the situation, either. Using your enthralling powers you manage to shape the body into a better form – having two limbs is better than having none after all, right? You also create a pair of eyes to have a better look at your situation – it is even worse than you expected. Not remembering anything from your previous life might be a blessing at this point. Are you ready to face whatever stands between you and your freedom? Spline based side-scroller in a full 3D environment Deadly traps to challenge your skills and reflexes Puzzles to give you some time to think between traps Friendly fellows to have a chat with on how the World will end Not so friendly fellows to have some more serious conversation with on how the World will end Traders, collectible items, weapons, clothes A fabulous story about a Wizard trying to get his daughter back, a World falling apart, and a spirit trapped inside a ball-body
  11. Gezu

    Vote for your favorite

    I vote for the first one. All look nice btw.
  12. Wow man this looks really cool.
  13. Gezu

    Help on how to paint tiles in realtime?

    Hi, In krita you simply press 'w' and there you go. :) Like in this video (except that you don't need symmetry). Is this what you were asking for?
  14. This entry will be a bit more technical mostly about our game development experience so far. I was thinking on what I would advise me if I could send back a message in time to the point where I started game development. I've collected some of the major things I would do / do different now. Most of them are common mistakes. 1. Scope We are working on our game Warriorb for about 2,5 years now. The funny thing is that it started as a small 6 months project. Back then we were working on a more ambitious epic fantasy story driven action game focusing on melee combat and traps. When we realized how long that project could take we decided to start with a more easy to make game. We ended up at the concept of a side-scroller game where the player controls a funny ball character who has two limbs. Although the core idea was quite simple as it turned out we couldn't keep to it. We added more and more ideas. Like there should be a fight system, you know just a simple one. Or we should add dialogues, that really doesn't take much time. Maybe the most significant change was the idea of using splines defining the path of the character instead of straight lines. This way we ended up with a game where you need full 3D environment since many parts can be seen from different angles. Back there we couldn't estimate well enough how much work those changes mean. This is a sort list of some of these elements and what they did: - Dialogues: - Concept: just some text, maybe the less dev time consuming content - Cost: We ended up creating a dialogue plugin for UE4 which basically took about half year for one of our programmers. We decided that this plugin will also help others so we released it as open source and you can find it int the Unreal Engine marketplace or you can get it from the Git repository. We got negative feedback on dialogue UI so we remade it from scratch. It also took a ridiculous amount of time. (Maybe a month for our 2D artist and weeks from our programmer.) (Btw you can check the result here.) We still need to hire a writer to proofread our texts. - Spline based path instead of side-scroller - Concept: it's fun and unique - Cost: level design time multiplied. There are some smart area where we can make advantage of reusing environment elements for other puzzles or using them as background but it also means a ton lot of additional work we could have skipped if we stayed at the side-scroller concept. - Combat system: - Concept: nothing fancy but still fun - Cost: a hell lot. We need to create 3D enemy characters, design combat gameplay, write AI. Even if it looks really simple it is complicated. - Skill tree: - Concept: you can't make a game where the player can't level up - Cost: way too much and we couldn't really make it work with both the combat and puzzle system. We found out that we are trying to develop 2 games at the same time. We dropped this idea and instead focused more on items, weapons and clothes. As conclusion this is how I would start an easy project now: - focus on only a few gameplay elements and make those as good as possible - do the math! Search for games using similar elements as yours. Check how many people worked on it and how long did it take for them. - don't start to work on fresh ideas. Each idea looks super cool when you make it. Let yourself some time to decide if it is good or not. - ideas are hard to dismiss but you won't be able to complete all of them. Compare the new idea to the others. Does it work well with them? If you can choose only some of them which ones would you pick? 2. Working order Prototyping the ideas is crucial in a work which takes years to complete. In the beginning I always wanted to create parts to their final form. Later we needed to completely rework or delete these areas because they didn't work the way we expected. After events like this I had to accept that no matter how cool my idea is, it just won't work for the first time. I need to iterate and test the ideas before working on details. We had a year when I worked full time and our gameplay programmer could work next to his job and that made it even more complicated. I preferred to work on environment and 3D assets because there I could work on my own. Or I just used the existing features to build parts. This is something I want to avoid in the future. Everything is relevant to gameplay so that is what needs the most work in the beginning. 3. Player learning progression It is really easy to forget about the fact that I've been playing my game for 2,5 years now, I know exactly how the gameplay mechanism works and others won't know what is trivial to me. When we started testing I was quite desperate because players failed to complete what I thought was super easy. We realized that teaching the player how to play is not done when you give them hints on which button to press. We broke down the puzzles to smaller elements and made the environment so that it forces the player to do the expected solution. Using this method we started to create 'learning puzzles'. We also repeated these puzzles in a bit different form between more complex puzzles where the same move was needed just to refresh what the player learnt. My note on this that testing should be started as soon as possible and fresh testers are always needed. 4. Concept, story, time and motivation Warriorb started with almost no story content, based on a joke. Later it turned out that a joke can look funny for a week or even for months but it will definitely lose its charm with years. As time passed the story become more and more complex and serious but there were some elements I couldn't replace without breaking the overall concept. I'm happy with the final result of the story and mood, yet if I ever create a new idea I will definitely ask myself: 'Is this something you could work on for years?' I know it might sound odd but in some way you must be compensated for your work. There must be something what keeps you going on. If you are doing your own game it must be something you like even after years. This is it for now, see you next time! In the meantime I would love to hear what you would do different in you first game.
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