Animation and Implementation, Mark Hurley, PPJ 06

Task Completed:

Model Adjustments (4 hours)

Unit Animations (2 hours)

Unity work (4 hours)

Stat work (1 hours)

Playtesting work (1 hours)

Total hours: 12

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What Went Well?

Things went pretty well this week. We made a good number of adjustments from last week and included a number of features that were finished but not yet implemented. For my work, I did a number of unit animations and set up the animators in unity and in the scripts to play when appropriate. I also implemented a few other art assets as well as addressing some bugs regarding assigning unit materials or interfacing with new prefabs. I also did some playtesting and some stat work.

 

What Could Have Gone Better

I wasn’t able to do as much work as I wanted this week. Due to some bugs adjusting the models that added hours of troubleshooting to fix. I didn’t allocate as much time as was needed for other tasks like additional VFX or finishing stat/balance work. I also don’t like that I keep putting stat work off for the end of the week. This week I will attempt to complete that task early on, so we can have people playtest the new balance.

In addition, I need to just make a number of minor improvements to the game that I have noted but never got around to implementing.

Upcoming:

Unity work (balancing work, adding missing/unfinished features, visual/audio feedback)

Additional Asset Development if anything is missing or needs modification

Continue work on GDD

Models and Unity, Mark Hurley, PPJ 05

Task Completed:

Unit Model work (16 hours)

Sourcetree Push Shenanigans (4 hours)

Unity work (4 hours)

GDD work (2 hours)

Total hours: 26

 

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What Went Well?

After the feedback from last week I returned to the models and reduced the number of faces into nearly a third. From there, I gave each model the cloths, weapons, textures, and unique poses to make them distinct on the battlefield. One major success was the texture work. Since I knew I wanted flat colors on the models and didn’t need clean UVs, I was able to give all units the same texture map, simplifying the color assignment when spawning units.

After Sourcetree fought me on trying to push to the repository, I made a number of cosmetic changes to the game and troubleshooting other issues in the game. I also began working on GDD revisions based on balance work Kyle did back at the start of the project; however, this isn’t finished yet. The goal is to combine, Kyle’s sheet, the GDD, and the working game values consistent and balanced across all documents sot there isn’t any more balance inconsistences moving forward.

 

What Could Have Gone Better

I didn’t get to as much unity work as I would like. I spent 4 hours in one day trying to troubleshoot why I couldn’t push to our repository. It was eventually fixed, but I had to redo some work and couldn’t get to some tasks I initially planned.

In addition, I wish we were further along in development than we are. Certain features are not in the game and I’m concerned that we will not have enough time for polish if they aren’t finished soon.

 

Upcoming:

Unity work (balancing, adding missing/unfinished features, visual/audio feedback)

Additional Asset Development if anything is missing or needs modification

Continue work on GDD

GDD, Mark Hurley, Week 4 Journal

Task Completed:

Group Meeting (4 hours)

GDD Work (10 hours)

Total hours: 14

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What Went Well?

After the previous sell presentation and we failed to answer some simple questions on how the systems of our game were designed, I was promoted to Lead Designer and spent the week rewriting the GDD to be more thorough breakdowns of our systems and making sure our mechanics work well together. Nearly the entire document was rewritten and there are still some problematic elements of the design, but I believe it has made a significant amount of improvement.

The communication has also increased; but the biggest improvement is our delegation of task. More elements of design and management have been given to more people, taking the load off Jeff and allowing for faster iteration and output.

 

What Could Have Gone Better

There are some team members that appear to be falling behind, but that isn’t my major concern at the moment. I believe the team can finish our game by the end of the term. There are parts of our current design that still need to be reworked and require deliberate consideration.

I also fear that people are not consulting the GDD enough because of its hefty size. I need to stress in future the importance of the document for future development and to compartmentalize it’s information into more digestible chunks.

 

Upcoming:

Continue work on GDD

Begin unit asset development

More Concept Art, Mark Hurley, Week 3 Journal

Task Completed:

Group Meeting (4.5 hours)

Character Design and art (6 hours)

Document Work (2 hours)

Total hours: 12.5

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What Went Well?

In terms of art and concept art, things are going well. We created strong designs for the characters and towers. We have a few good pieces of concept art to show the mood and tone of the environment. It is far enough along that I feel confident moving onto asset development over the next week.

 

What Could Have Gone Better

There is a communication issue in the team on the meeting side. While many sides had legitimate excuses, having a significant portion of the team miss the Sunday meeting was very unfortunate and limited design discussion.

After receiving critique from a senior, it’s clear the GDD will need additional work to flesh sections out and structure it better. It is currently written in shorter abbreviated comments and lack the depth and detail necessary for a game project. Moving forward, we need clearer design leadership.

 

Upcoming:

Finalize game design

Work on GDD

Begin asset development

Concept Art and Pre-Production, Mark’s PPJ01

Task Completed:

  • Initial Group Meeting (3 hrs)
  • Character/Environment Art Sketches (4 hrs)
  • Digital Character Design/Style Test Art (3 hrs)

Total hours: 10 hours

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What Went Well?

Overall, everything is going well. The meeting successfully lead to a lot of productive conversation regarding general design and getting everyone on the same page in terms of project direction. Character design was interesting, trying to balance Egyptian authenticity with making each unit visibly distinct. There were multiple changes to the individual outfits until I settled on each one. The final digital renderings of the units were able to pull double duty for both demonstrating the different designs and showing a few aesthetics the team could pursue.

 

What Could Have Gone Better?

There weren’t many issues for this week, but a concrete art aesthetic should be established before the artists move further. Luckily, both I and the environmental concept artist (Meagan) followed similar directions after viewing the reference material provided by team lead (Jeff).

The team also needs to establish priority in terms of art assets. While jumping into concept art was the correct decision, we should try and understand what assets are critical and must be created first versus the assets that can wait for additional development next term or can be made with less polish and detail.

 

Upcoming

  • Helping create the GDD
  • Making aesthetic choices for the game (art style, color palette, etc.)
  • Additional concept art (maybe)
  • Rough asset development