Slow Progress

     First here is a random image because I like posting images. This is from when I failed at baking an ambient occlusion map from a subdivided version of Yuu. I saved an image of it because well why not? xD
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     Progress on Chikara has been slow these past two weeks. First I had to learn how to drive, which went pretty well, since I passed the driving test and now own a temporary license. :] Other than driving I’ve had to prepare for college, which starts tomorrow. Yay! It’s pretty surprising how fast summer went by, but it was a very nice one, since I was able to learn a lot this summer. Although I’m still sad that I haven’t finished Chapter 2 before summer ended.

     Besides those setbacks I spent some time studying animation and now have a better understanding of the workflow of animation. My animations are still going to need a lot of work, but hopefully it should look like an improvement. ^.^ There is also one more thing that I forgot to mention, and that was that two of my friends bought me an Ouya for my birthday, so I’ve spent some time learning how to develop for that platform too. I probably won’t be able to make a game for it until next summer, because I want to focus on Chikara, but it still wouldn’t hurt learning how to port games to it. I probably won’t post anything for a while due to college, but I’ll be back with some actual progress on Chikara next time, so I’ll see you guys later.

Chikara Chapter 2 Update 3

     For today’s update I can show off the enemies for this chapter. First are the basic enemies you are going to fight, the wolves. I’ll be using this model with modified textures to create variants of the enemies that have different abilities. The current plan is to have at least three different types of wolves.
     Next is the boss of the chapter, a werewolf. I was thinking of stopping with the first werewolf model, but instantly changed my mind in favor creating a more menacing boss. :] After adding more fur making him look more awesome I modified the texture a lot, fixed up the model some more, and changed his color scheme grays to strong values of black and white, making him more satisfying to look at (at least for me).
     I also have Yuu textured. I even inverted the texture to see how it looked and he looks fabulous and quite evil. xD Unlike the original model he has twin swords, instead of the bow on his back. I plan on making it so he can combine them to create a bow through the power of magic. Hopefully I’ve learned enough about animation to make it look right.
     Sorry for the late update, I’m just really tired from all the work, plus the real life events that I have to accomplish right now. I really want to finish the chapter this week, but so many events are going on right now for me. I really don’t want to rush this chapter either, but at least all the characters I’ve shown here are rigged and ready to be animated, so now all I need to do now is animate and code the rest of the game. I will probably have to cut back some things such as the character portraits that I really wanted to have this chapter, but they can always be on the next chapter. Now that should be all for today, so I’ll be back with more information next week. ^^

Happy Birthday Tony Dang!

     Today is a special day. Today is a joyous day. Today is August 9th (Oh the post says today is August 10th… Well it’s August 9th in my timezone!). Today I’m officially 18 years old. :] Man time sure does pass by quick. Four years ago I started to learn how to program in my computer science class. Those were some good times, but sadly most of my friends didn’t go past computer science one with me.

     Two years after that I started learning Blender. I still remember one of the first things I tried to create in blender and I still have it today. Dragon That was my first attempt at creating a dragon and it was pretty bad, it had so many useless polygons and it looked like crap, but at least I’ve learned how to make a better dragon while working on Chikara. It is much more low poly and the anatomy makes a lot more sense than my first attempt.

     Then one year ago I stared learning Unity. Before I started creating games for One Game a Month, there was one project that I started right before the start of this year. It wasn’t exactly ambitious, but the game I was trying to make, a sidescroller with a Christmas theme, required so many skills and experience that I just hadn’t acquired yet. That is when I learned of how difficult game development really was. Here is a screen shot of this failed project of mine. Christmas
The story revolved around a werewolf fighting to save Santa Clause. It was a simple game, but I lacked the knowledge and skill to complete it so I ended up dropping it. This game was also my first attempt at creating a wolf and werewolf models, which were quite anatomically incorrect. xD I’ve made a new wolf and werewolf model for Chikara, but you guys won’t be able see that until Sunday.

     Then began this year I started off anew with smaller games starting with the game Hax, which I made for a friends birthday and because One Game a Month motivated me. It helped push me to learn and try to make more little games for my friends and I even made a game for a school project and of course I got an A for it even though it wasn’t much. P:

     Now finally I’m 18 and have made 7 games in total so far. I’ve learned a great deal of almost all aspects of game development , but I continue feel like a amateur that still needs more training. Well hopefully by the time I finish Chikara I’ll have enough experience to level up from amateur game developer to novice game developer. ^.^

Chikara Chapter 2 Update 2

     For today I’m going to introduce a friendly npc, Okina, a nature dragon. Okina is Yuu’s mentor and helps him by teaching him magic. Originally I wanted a bear or something for his mentor, but switched to a dragon because it’s just plain cooler and for story reasons. First I drew some art for him because well I don’t usually draw dragons and I thought it would be fun.

Dragon Concept
     Man my coloring skills are bad. xD Well at least it helped me get an idea of how I wanted to texture him, which I did after modeling him.

     It turned out pretty badly. I didn’t like the single color scheme very much, so I ended up re-texturing him into what he is now.

Dragon Stand
     With the addition of yellow to the color scheme it looks much better along with the additional tiling of the the seamless scales texture I made. After that I went and rigged him, even though he will just sit there the whole chapter, but it was an interesting experience since I don’t often rig four legged creatures in general. Now here is Okina relaxing in the forest.

Text Level
     For this image I basically randomly scattered around all the textures and objects I made for the environment. I do have a texture for the tree’s bark but I got really distracted by trying to make a variety of tree types. I ended up with six different variants that I liked, but I’m still not completely sure which trees I’m going to use. I might just end up experimenting some more until I get some more interesting looking trees. I rendered the above image in blender so I’m not sure how it’ll look in Unity, but with proper light mapping it will probably look better.

     Well that is pretty much it for today. I said I would show the colored character portraits today, but was sadly dragged way off track. I’m still hoping I finish the chapter this week, so I’ll be back with a finished chapter or another update. Goodbye and thanks for reading. ^^