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Hellooo everyone!

 

I'm going to be posting screenshots, gifs, and other fun tidbits from our new project in this here thread. I know some of you might be interested in game design, so I'll also post some details about our process. 

 

Please note that everything I'm going to post is very much a work-in-progress. That means stuff is not in it's final form and may look different when we launch. 

 

The brainstorming phase

-brainstorm a theme that we like to make the whole world have a sense of consistency and depth

-we researched a ton of real life examples to draw from, like funky playgrounds, interesting geometric shapes, and cool architecture

-illustrate examples of common objects, like chairs, benches, lightposts, houses, etc that fit the theme

-bring the illustrations to a big meeting with the team, discuss what we like and don't like about them 

-repeat this process a bunch of times until we settle on designs we like and solidify the theme we're going for

 

The 2D illustration phase

-illustrate locations, such as a shop, a library, or a town, using the style and designs we'd brainstormed

-bring them to a meeting and have a discussion about it, decide what we like and don't like

-repeat THAT a bunch of times

 

The 3D modeling phase

-3D model the locations we're happy about

-Have a meeting and decide if we like how the 2D illustration translated into a 3D model, because often it will look different than we imagined once it's in full 3D

-Repeat that and tweak areas that we aren't happy with

 

The coloring phase

-Way back in the brainstorming phase we came up with a color palette we liked, so we now take the 3D models and color them using that palette 

-What a surprise: have another meeting showing off examples of the colored models and decide if the colors work or not, we color each model in a variety of ways so we can decide what we like best

 

That's a bit about our design process!

 

-Becky B

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This is an example of how areas are designed in chunks. On one hand we have this giant tree that we've already colored and are happy with. On the other hand we have a dance floor that we haven't decided on the perfect colors for yet. The whole world has to tie together cohesively, but we also want each different little area to have a unique feel. It's a challenge sometimes to balance that!

 

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Neato! First *wears a Becky's number one fan hat*

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*sits down and starts trying to figure out what the project is* My current guess is that it is a city were formers can chat with each other

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If only I could 3D model like that.

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wow this is amazing! I have an idea! You could do a 3D model of greenhaven castle!?

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This here is a room we haven't quite decided the colors for yet. This is what the whole world we're making looks like before we bring in the coloring phase.

 

Making sure that the traversible space of a 3D modeled room works is really important. By that I mean: making sure it isn't too cluttered or too empty now that it's got a z-axis. Will your character be able to walk around it comfortably? Do they bump into or get stuck behind objects? 

 

It's also important to make sure that the 3D models depict the 2D illustrations in a way you're happy with. In the transition from 2D to 3D some things can look very different than how you expected. 2D art can be more stylized and complex, while 3D models often end up simplified due to polygon limits and hardware limitations.

 

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@Mod Becky- I hear ya! There was an OC I created when I was younger that had so many little details on her, and she looked - well, honestly, rather busy. I recently tried to rig her up as a 3D model, and it ended up HILARIOUSLY different than the initial drawing! I can say from experience though, once you bring in the voice actors (if the game offers dialogue) the characters will feel a whole lot more alive.

 

I don't do many games, so maybe this is different; but once I gave my OCs voices, they just felt more complete. You'll love that satisfied feeling, trust me! :)

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Is it just me, or does it feel like this game is going to be a Schoolastic Club Penguin?

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You're not alone! I'm starting to agree! XD

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Now for something completely different! What's this....? A Town Square....? I was actually inspired by this to create the Forum Town Square! I knew I needed to make some kind of announcement/question answering post, but it was just going to be a boring ol' announcements sticky post until I realized a text-based Town Square could be cool. At the time I had no idea what the Town Square would look like in-game but it's coming together very nicely.

 

@Shion That's awesome you rigged her up in 3D! What do you use to model? I completely agree that adding voice acting, or even just little bleeps and bloops of some sort (think Animal Crossing) can totally give life to a character. It's not something we're able to do yet/have planned for launch but at some point it would be nice to add some voice SFX however simple. 

 

 

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There's. A. Library. *runs around shrieking* WHOOOOOHOOO!!! AAAHHHHH!!! 

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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! AWESOME!

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That is amazing Brrrr cky B!

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Interesting.

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a masterpiece :D

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QUICK QUESTION: Is that the Tomb Quest character model? O-O!!

 

(What is this game again..?)

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This is awesome!

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Cool

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That would be so cool!!!

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I dunno- but this is just a idea- what if we could,kae parties of people, or groups? Like, idk what it would be useful for but, just a idea.

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i do think I should leave early. But besides that- I think everyone should still be happy and to move on even If it hurts. Best of luck.

 

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I've got some new screenshots for you, hot off the press!

 

I've also got a much larger update post I'm working on that will give more details as to, well, everything. I'm sure it will answer many of your questions so stay tuned for that.

 

In the meantime, here are a few more insider shots-

 

HB_theater

 

Another one-

 

HB_selfie

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Chessnose1? That's a new one.

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Wait... those look like Wii Miis!

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We've been quite busy these past few days and I haven't been able to spend as much time here on the forums as I'd like!

That pre-holiday CRUNCH!

 

Here are some screenshots of Keith goofing around while we were QA-testing today. (QA means "quality assurance" aka finding bugs and writing bug reports to send the developers.) 

 

I've been collecting a lot of fun gifs today, so will have more to share next week. 

 

Would you be interested in learning more about the game development QA process?

 

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That Mii of King Keith is awesome. Wait, is it okay if I call it a Mii? It just looks like one.

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So, you’re interested in learning more about QA huh? This is the first post in a series of posts about the Quality Assurance process. Basically, what we do to make sure the game is playable when we finally launch it! 


QA is the process of testing a game or application to make sure when it’s released it has as few bugs as possible.


This first post will be about manual QA. Future posts will get into automated QA, test cases, and more. I know some folks here have stated interest in coding and others may have made games before, or at least are interested in it, so we can get more technical if you're interested in that!


What is manual QA?

This is manually playing a game and running into bugs or issues yourself. Can you fall off any platforms into an endless void? When multiple players join a room, do they all look the same and do they all see the same things? When you buy an item, does it appear correctly in your inventory? A game should run as you expect it to, QA testing is making sure that's really the case.


Example of something terrifying we ran into recently, The Face-Chin Man:

 HB_chinface

It can be exhausting sometimes. I remember when I was QA testing for the Spirit Animals game way back when, I spent hours running into invisible walls trying to find areas where I could break through all because I found one instance once where I ended up in a void.


Manual QA not only helps to find bugs, but also areas where the game’s design or UI (user interface) isn’t working as you expected. This is an area where automatic QA doesn’t really help. A QA tester might be playing the game and realize they always accidentally click on their character while trying to run, which brings up the “emotes” menu. Maybe the “Quit” button is placed really close to the “Save” button so you sometimes accidentally quit the game when you’re trying to save. These are not a “bugs” per se, but they are annoying and negatively affect the player's experience. A QA tester might play a game where the goal is to pick up a dog and carry it to a doghouse. They discover they can still dance emote while holding them which makes everything look nuts...


What is even happening here my dudes:

 

HB_dogdance


One of the most important mindsets to have while manual QA testing is a desire to break games. It can be pretty fun thinking of all the crazy things players might do, though it’s impossible to think of everything. I worked on a game once where we tested for months and months, and in the first few days of launch someone had already discovered a small area of one specific map where their character could jump up and stand on an invisible platform in the corner.


We have to test on all the different browsers and mobile devices we expect our players to use. This is why when you submit a bug report to us, it’s really helpful if you tell us whether you’re playing on web or mobile, the browser (Firefox, Chrome, etc) or OS (Operating System: like Windows, Mac, Apple, Android) of your device, and even what version of iOS or Android it is. It helps us find the bug if we know that something is a global issue and affecting everyone, or affecting only certain users on a specific browser.


When you find a bug what do you do with it?


Well, you need to inform the developers since they’re the ones who can actually fix it! This means you have to “open a ticket” on some sort of bug tracking application. A “ticket” is simply a description of the bug, how game-breaking it is, what system/device you’re using, and steps to reproduce it. Sometimes it includes more information, like images, videos, what version of the game it affected, etc. The goal of a ticket is to make it as easy as possible for a developer to figure out the exact cause of a bug so we include as much information as possible.


Here’s an example ticket:

HB_ticket


Reproducing a bug is often the most difficult part of QA testing. Figuring out the exact steps needed to reproduce it is a lot trickier than you’d think. It can feel like a putting the pieces of a puzzle together which is cool - when you successfully figure it out. When you can’t figure it out it’s one of the most frustrating things ever. For example, maybe a bug only happens if you have a certain item equipped or have just completed a specific action, like talking to an NPC. 

 

I hope this has given you a nice overview of the manual QA process! Stay tuned for future installments where we get more in-depth and technical about automated QA (and share more examples of the wonky bugs we’ve found in our game.) Plus, very soon I'll have a big announcement for you all that will answer many of your questions about what we're working on. Woo!

 

-Becky B & Queen Andrea (QA)

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Darmidnight

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 With..BlackWing, Willin,Amber Eye, and..ugh my flipside Midnight

I play

Soccer

Tennis

Football

Fencing

Archery

My dream

pro soccer player

to go to west point

an author

If you believe, you can do it!

 

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amberdolphin1210

Awesome sauce.

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Amber.

 

Miraculer

Whovian!

I'm from the 39 clues website!

Forum Twins: Fiona and Jaiden

I'm A Jehovah's Witness.

Check out my RPs! the 39 clues, Vespers RP. Children of Bigfoot RP, Limited Spots

leave a message at the beep, unless it's bad news BEEP

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tsunamininja5

The Face-Chin Man . . . -shudder-

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- Lahash -

Also known as Samurai

Est. January 2014

 

Author of the Path of Legends series - coming 2020!

 

"Fear not in this Time of Chaos, this War of Darkness. For on the horizon, there shines a light, a light brighter than any before . . ."

 

 

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