Oh what 50 Dev-Diaries on this site go me! I have been doing this for over 2 years! (not to mention the monthly Dev-Diaries I have been doing on Newgrounds and DeviantArt).
So! What has happened lately? The primary project has been making progress; I’ve been assembling the main world which is taking time but going well! All the large models are done (minus finalising textures), and most of the collision set-up has been done as well. I’m also about half-way through setting up the overworld base-scripts. Getting there! However a combination of delays and other-things have forced my hand to delay the originally intended release date of this work. This came at a combination of maintaining my mental health, as I have been pushing myself way too hard, and not wanting to cut corners. When I originally undertook this project I wasn’t too sure what I was getting into, but it has really taken over me (in a good way!) and I want to do it justice. It deserves to be done right, so that everyone can share in the experience and enjoy it; the way it was originally meant to be enjoyed!
Side-note for those of you paying attention; the game-jam went well! I whipped up a little stress-filled resource-management game. I’m happy with how much I was able to achieve in such a short time! I want to touch back on it one week and upgrade it into a releasable version one day and just throw it out there, but we shall see how that goes!
Anyways, it is the end of the year almost! Hopefully I will be able to do my usual mid-month update as well, but considering how busy it is this time of year, who knows! But, to celebrate the 50th Dev-Diary on this website, I’ll leave you with not one, but TWO screenshots from the current build of the game. The world is still very empty, but at least you can see things coming together now. Till next time, all the best~! ^,,^
Oh snap it’s Dev-Diary time!
So far November has been pretty full-on; I took some time to chill after releasing ‘core_ailtt.exe’ and then jumped right back into working on the primary project. Been busying assembling the game world! Hopefully I can get *all* the modelling done by the end of this month, minus clutter, so that next month I can get working on all the world scripts and start setting up all the character scripts! Fingers crossed I stay on target! I have a deadline after-all… ^^”
Despite that, I am taking this weekend away from my main work to participate in a small local game-jam (that I am actually co-hosting) just to work on something different for a change so I can come back to my main work with fresh eyes, so hopefully that goes well!
As always, till next time all the best~!
So firstly, sorry for not posting mid-month in September like I usually do, the first couple of weeks for me were slow and tiresome with both work and personal stuff, and as such there wasn’t much to post about. I’ve definitely fallen behind (again) so I’m trying to get everything sorted out as best I can. It’s a pretty taxing project, but I am getting through it!
So instead, let’s focus on success and cool stuff! I did manage to get almost all the character models done! How awesome! The only thing they all lack are animations and final textures, but almost all the characters have models that have been rigged and unwrapped! Character modelling is definitely one of the most challenging things to do for this project so I wanted to get them done and out of the way, and now I have enough to work with so I can focus on environments instead! Yay!
Also bonus cool info; I participated in a panel at OZComicon Sydney the other day discussing ‘Video Games, Ethics, and Their Place In Our Society’. I hadn’t done public speaking for quite a long time, and definitely not to a more random crowd as the one found at a convention (I have previously spoken at lectures before a few years back), but despite being terrified I had a grand time and hope I get more opportunities to speak in the future!
I have a lot of background work to do this month for the project, and I will be very busy with that. Hopefully I can get the rest of the characters finished up and get the blueprints done for the environments so I can start modelling them, but it will be a bit of a juggle this month!
Fingers crossed for me! Gotta keep working hard!
Till next time, all the best~!
I am exhausted. This project is becoming super draining. I’m lucky that I now have some people helping out with a number of the assets, but it’s still very taxing.
While I didn’t manage to complete the first level as I had hoped, I did manage to get the base environment for it sorted out. I’ve got a texture artist doing materials and a 3D modeler helping out with the, well, models! Hopefully together we can smash through a good number of the base levels and assets before the end of September. Also need to make sure I find the balance between pushing myself and self-care. Along-side way too many social obligations, this month is going to be intense. Just need to get as much as I can done.
I need sleep. But before I leave you, have a snapshot of how the base environment looks with draft textures. Till next time, all the best~
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Hey! Sorry I’m a few days late on this one. This month has been a bit of a roller-coaster.
I’ve managed to complete a number of things, and I’ve finally started working on the player and animations. It’s just a rough little model for now before I start bringing in the real stars of the show, but it’s a good place-holder to tie up some of the final little details. I’ve also been talking to some people to help me out with some of the assets I can’t work-on myself.
I still hope to have a rough of the first level finished by the end of the month, as well as a number of other things, so I’m just going to cram in as much work as I can! As a little bonus for being late, I’ll drop in a screenshot of the rough character standing around the developer level.
Till next time, all the best~!
Soo the past month let’s see. I’ve mostly been doing some training in Unity and Blender for personal projects, and doing work preparing meta-game and pre-release social work for T.H.E. game. A lot of social stuff is aiming for release at the end of the month so I’ve got a number of things to prepare. Because of the nature of the game, these are all hush hush secret stuff you’ll have to figure out yourself, but I’ll be putting up links to all of these at the end of the month! Yay! Progress! As for the personal projects; I’ve been playing a lot of VRChat lately because it’s hilarious and wonderful with the Oculus (as long as you stay away from the toxicity) and I’ve been doing some modelling and unity work for it (just simple avatar stuff, but everything is experience)! Below is a screenshot of my Bill Cipher (from Gravity Falls) test model. It needs to be re-weighted, shape keys for the eye, and some custom animations, but I’m pretty happy with it for something I was just working on on the side~
ALSO! So remember ages ago I did a super short animation bit for a reanimate collab? It’s out now! Check it out at the link below! It’s a hilarious and wonderful blend of so many different art styles, and I was so happy to be a part of it! Link: https://vimeo.com/252091266
Well that’s that! Till next time, all the best~!
Happy New Year 2018~!
Nothing like ringing in the new year by being a couple of days late for this post, but despite originally being on time a last-minute call-in for work messed up my schedule over the past few days. But fear not, I am still here~!
The last post was before Christmas, so I hope everyone has been wonderful! I’ve been hard at work, as well as enjoying a little time to myself. I spent a few weeks solidly working on a personal project (a map-mod for a game called Jedi Academy as a gift for my brother) which was both exhausting and amazing. Just for fun, I’ll drop a screen-shot at the bottom. If I’m bothered, I’ll also set-up a download link over at jkhub.org where all the fun Jedi Academy stuff hangs out.
Since then, I’ve jumped right back into work for T.H.E. game, grinding through the pre-production. Sticking hard to my schedule, I’ve managed to complete my base story structure on time! I now have a giant pile of notes and documents detailing the complicated story paths for the game. From here, I hope to finish some of the additional work for the game, get the rest of the concept art finished up, and begin work on a sample engine with Unity!
I’m also still practicing with some 3D modelling, including texturing and rigging! Maybe next post I’ll have some cool shots.
Oooh so many exciting things! I’m also still going to be working on my card games and the graphic novel this year. T.H.E. game takes priority, but I like working on everything!
2018, year of grinding to work hard. 2019, year of releases and success! Let’s do this!
Till next time, all the best!
Been quite hard at work lately, lots of 3D model practice, Unity practice, and heaps of writing! I think the modelling is coming along really well! I’ve added an image at the end to show some of my progress. I’ve been practicing getting ready to start making game-ready objects and I think I’m getting there! Once I’m a bit more comfortable with Unity I’ll start doing some samples and roughs! I’m very excited!
The writing is really taking shape, a handful of different characters and locations with rather complex and overlapping stories shared between them! I’m going to aim to get the base of the pre-production done before the end of the year; that means getting all the characters and their progress paths written up, a brief on all the areas, and general player progression. Hopefully some more concrete sketches as well (been doing a bundle of them as well~)!
I’m going to keep working hard, and hopefully try to post up a progress image every post now! Till next time, all the best~!
Blah I am super late sorry, I was away for a few days!
Very similar to last-time I’ve just been keeping up with trying to prepare my main project and keep working at learning 3D modelling. The story-structure for the game is taking form along with the character designs so hopefully I’ll be able to start working on the game’s mechanical structure soon and begin working up a super-early prototype in a month to a couple of months~!
Been busy with lots of random things these past couple of weeks, trying to progress with my 3D training and pre-production with T.H.E. Game. Not heaps to report, but because of the lack of unique news lately I thought I’d add a composition of some of my 3D models. They’re super rough because I’m still new to this, but compared to the poorly constructed boxes I was making a month ago I think I’ve come a long way. I’ve still got ways to go before I feel I will be game ready, but I’m getting there! Plus I need the time to refine all the pre-production fully and get more comfortable with Unity. Still lots of learning ahead of me!
Till next time, all the best~!