Monday, April 4, 2016

Some New Animations

Working on a lot of things at the moment and being somewhat lazy in posting about them on my dev blog. Tisk tisk. Well here's a few things, this is new simpler Todd who looks better in VR with some single arm +shield animations. Also threw the sword swing fx in there. It shows some smoothing is needed for the animation.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

New House Kit

Getting all materials/textures for the house on 1 texture atlas, getting each part in decent shape... its coming along. Starting to build houses, each one will be faster as each one makes more parts. This is different from the previous house kit in that the textures are not baked per asset part, and its simpler, less details, trying to get it more readable for VR. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Update is roofs and how I make them. You can see the old house and how the new roofs are simpler, less detailed more cartoony. This was a needed fix for VR, has to be easier to read in shape and silhouette.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

First Look VR re-design

This took a month to get "right" as in getting it to this level of blocking. I can't say how performant this is ATM, but I just found out I'm getting my Vive Pre Friday! Its going to be a bit tricky to manage Andrew and myself sharing one when we don't live within hand off range. But we'll have a DK2 to play back up.  
Ground is not textured, especially in "town". I don't mind the simple colors but the town needs a better ground texture. I experimented with actual modeled floor but thats probably not worth the 20k polys it took to look fair. So finally back to a good place. The gear switching from normal game to VR was not insignificant.

Definitely still learning what size is too small and how much detail feels good. This is just where I'm at right now. Hope to make a video of this area with walking character tonight

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Big Change: VR

Took a step back over the holidays to re-evaluate. Andrew and I agree that we'd be idiots not to make a game in/for VR. I work in VR everyday using Unreal with the Vive. Why would I NOT use that skill set to make something fun? We're scaling back the features that were going to be to give us more iteration time for menus and controls in VR. Dropping the complex inventory system, in favor of simplified one... as just a small example. The game is developing as we go. Andrew still needs a headset, and I only have the DK2 at home, so we're working on getting him one. We also need a Vive or Crescent bay to be able to test quality to performance ASAP. Its hard to know what level of detail is needed or can be obtained until we get one of those headsets.
Here a look into the blocking I'm working on this AM.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Weekend Update 12_7

Working on the soldier and skeleton with their armor combinations. Just designing and modeling them out right now. Soldier is pretty fleshed out, skeleton is still a WIP. Nothing is UV'ed or anything, also trying to keep their poly count low, as I'd like to have a lot of them on screen at once.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Todd Lo

Thinking about cutting "it" down to the bare essentials, going back a little to say what is this game really about. What is fun about it? I reduced Todd down to 1250 tri's and I think with the camera height we're thinking of using this will be more than enough.
Not saying we need to use this todd or even that I UV'ed and rigged him. Just that I'm thinking about things... yeah things, you know?