It’s been more than seven months, since this project started and more than 3 months that you last heard of us.
This is due to the fact, that the Project’s official runtime terminated in the end of August and all teammembers have been rather busy with other projects since.
However, the results are to be displayed for one week at an exhibition, which got us to dust ours off and lay some final touches on it.
So we can not only display it to the local public but also keep our promise and publish it on this very website.
So, without further ado, I can finally speak the words, I’ve had in my Head for quite a while now: Continue reading →
First, I have to apologize.
It’s been awfully quiet on this site and I even missed to give you the obligatory updates on several Scrum-meetings. But we had our reasons. Also, for the lion’s share of our absence, there wasn’t much to talk about – so you hardly missed anything important.
Still, as we are actually past our deadline, i’ll try to explain what happened and let you catch up with us. There have been two major periods of time, that severely impacted the developement of Oaraph in the past months, so i’m going to tackle them one at a time. Ok, here we go … Continue reading →
Lend me your ears, my friends! The first draft of the story has been written! Let me shortly give you an impression of the story, but sorry, the more detailed one is what you have to experience in the game!
Oaraph, the most popular Pharao ever existing in Egypt has grown old, and can no longer reign the country. After his death, his son follows the throne. But his son, well…is actually a no- good. And that is exactly what the Romans thought. They took the chance to conquer the holy country of Egypt. But the Gods recognized this danger, and started to make a plan. They send back Oaraph to save the country!
Well…thats good, but not what Oaraph wants!
Curious for more? Well then stay tuned! Maybe we make some slight changes to this, but all in all this should be the story! Hopefully you like this!
In my first draft, I had a targeted ranged attack in mind.
Launching homing missiles at an object in range, when you point at it and fire.
While writing the script, that would mark the targetted enemy and handle the launching,
it occured to me, that basic ranged attacks are hardly ever targeted – nor homing.
They can be fired at any given time in any direction.
Mostly, because they are not only used against foes, but also to destroy certain objects.
So i decided to make the basic ranged attack a really simple one:
It now just fires a projectile at wherever the player is looking.
Any object hit by it will take damage (if it is supposed to be destroyed).
This still took me quite a while, beacuse frankly: 3rd Person is a bitch.
The local difference between the camera and the avatar requires quite a few tricks.
To indicate the players target, I also added a dynamic crosshair:
It swiches colors, when aiming at an enemy and varies in size, depending on how close the object is.
Also, the attack has a minimum range. If an object is too close, the crosshair will disappear, and shooting won’t be possible.
For the projectile I chose a green fireball.
I’m not certain this will make it into the final version – but for now it does the job … and it looks rather awesome.
The homing missile idea is not gone, though. It will be part of a higher rank of the basic attack.
I’m not fully decided, but it might be some chargeable homing attack.
However, this will be one of the features to tackle, if we have some spare time before the deadline.
Since our website wasn’t ready until two weeks ago,
I hit you with the update on our first sprint in retrospect.
Our updates are supposed to be on time with what we are actually doing right now.
So today I will talk about our plans for the second sprint, which we developed last week, as well as what happened since.
Again, we have a slight delay, but we’re catching up.
Here is a first impression of our Main Character, Oaraph. His modeling process is done in Autodesk Mudbox, based on the concept #1 from Nadine, with the overly muscular upper body and the cartoon-like short legs. This Model is still a work in progress. Yet to come are facial details and optimising for normal mapping.
In the following timelapse, i will show you guys how i modeled the basic mesh for our first enemy. The scarab!
I started with some simple spline modeling on the 2D image and with the help of some modfiers i created a 3D shape. Finally i sculpted a little bit with the FFD modifier. This little guy still needs his eyes, legs and a little personality. Stay tuned for more insight in the process of 3D character asset design!
Thedesignof theprototypes for our characters iscurrently in fullcourses.
Here are a few impressions of the first prototypes for our characters!
THE PHARAOH – MAIN CHARACTER
Prototype # 1
Prototype # 2
We decided to use Prototype # 1 – the depiction of muscular and short-legged pharaoh.
THE OPPONENTS – THE BUG
In addition we determined to use different kinds of opponents. A bug-like creature is considered to be one of our opponents.
So far, I created various kinds of a bug-like creature as for instance a scarab:
Prototype # 1 (Scarab)
Prototype # 2
Prototype # 3
Ultimately we agreed to use a mixture of this three prototypes.
Well, it’s quite simple, actually:
Our main character is an egyptian mummy. A pharaos mummy, to be precise.
In the beginning of the game, he is woken from what he expected to be his final rest.
But his gods have something more important planned for him.
In order to fulfill this noble task, he will have to get up,
dust off and find a way out of his pyramid.
Unfortunately, he had his tomb designed with a state of the art security system to keep anything from getting in – or out.
Leaving him with more than just a few obstacles on his way.
As you see, everything is going to be a little … backwards.
So, to avoid any further confusion, we decided to reflect the games attitude in its name.