[project1dev] Re: The tail end of milestone 1

  • From: Alan Wolfe <alan.wolfe@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: project1dev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 20 May 2009 12:50:54 -0700

lol about dracula eating ice cream

this might be a really gay idea (and i dont mean in the olde english way
haha) but...

back when we were thinking more of an open world, i was thinking it would be
rad if there was like, a monster party w/ vampires and warewolves and
skeletons and stuff.

if you went in there as something like that it'd be a chill palce to hang
out and stuff

but if you went in there as a normal dude or a paladin or something they'd
rip you up

if something at all fits like that in our game (maybe you can wear a costume
or maybe if you go in with someone undead in your party they are cool to
you) we could have dracula eating ice cream there maybe lol
On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 12:44 PM, eric drewes <figarus@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> definitely lots or weird hidden mini things everywhere!
>
>
> On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 3:38 PM, Kent Petersen <kentkmp@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>
>> Speaking of that are we going to have weird hidden mini bonuses?
>>
>> Alan, you still owe me dracula eating ice cream!
>>
>>
>> On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 12:37 PM, Alan Wolfe <alan.wolfe@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:
>>
>>> lol that's awesome (:
>>>
>>> are you thinking of using billboarded sprites for all the art or
>>> something?
>>>
>>>
>>> On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 12:35 PM, eric drewes <figarus@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>
>>>> secretly, wurmz and i are planning a mini level where you get thrown
>>>> into a land w/ pixel art and 8 bit music, etc. but dont tell alan shhhh
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 3:20 PM, Nick Klotz <roracsenshi@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> I agree; 8-bit is awesome.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 1:39 PM, Chris Sherman <
>>>>> cshermandesign@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> I think we should make an epic game that roxors in the graphic and
>>>>>> coding department but the sound is all 8bit old school!!!! Sorry had a 
>>>>>> lot
>>>>>> of sugar for lunch :p
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Sent from my BlackBerry
>>>>>>
>>>>>> ------------------------------
>>>>>> *From*: figarus@xxxxxxxxx
>>>>>> *Date*: Wed, 20 May 2009 18:33:34 +0000
>>>>>>
>>>>>> *To*: <project1dev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>>>>> *Subject*: [project1dev] Re: The tail end of milestone 1
>>>>>>  Not just games... When you paint a picture, you don't just focus on
>>>>>> the nose till its perfect then move onto the eyes. We'll build the 
>>>>>> structure
>>>>>> of the game first but it'll take 2 or 3 coats of paint before its done. 
>>>>>> Even
>>>>>> while the milestone 1 is "done" - it will likely be drastically altered
>>>>>> visually and mechanically (sound etc) by the time the game is ready for
>>>>>> release.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Baby steps :)
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile
>>>>>>
>>>>>> ------------------------------
>>>>>> *From*: Alan Wolfe
>>>>>> *Date*: Wed, 20 May 2009 11:11:24 -0700
>>>>>> *To*: <project1dev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>>>>> *Subject*: [project1dev] Re: The tail end of milestone 1
>>>>>> oh and yeah, hopefully sound will be coming in either this milestone
>>>>>> or next (depending on what we have time for!)
>>>>>>
>>>>>> another thing about the milestones is we want to balance the amount of
>>>>>> tech work needed and the amount of art work needed so that one side isn't
>>>>>> waiting on the other too much.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> like if the cave is prettied up 100% but there's no sound, you artists
>>>>>> shouldnt have to wait while i code in sound support.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> You could move onto the next milestone but keeping everyone focused on
>>>>>> the same area and keeping us all on the same page (at least for now in 
>>>>>> the
>>>>>> beginning while we are still hammering things out) is worth more than 
>>>>>> being
>>>>>> fully feature complete right away.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> This is a pretty common thing for games too
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Like, games work towards alpha while making their content (maps, art,
>>>>>> etc).
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Alpha means the game is fully playable from start to finish.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Beta means that it's feature complete (note that it isnt feature
>>>>>> complete until AFTER it's fully playable)
>>>>>>
>>>>>> then from beta to release, it's just bug fixes and final spit and
>>>>>> pollish (:
>>>>>> On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 11:07 AM, Alan Wolfe <alan.wolfe@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Yeah exactly
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> we don't want to sit around in one area and wait on the entire game
>>>>>>> to be fleshed out, or we'd be waiting forever and be stuck on this cave 
>>>>>>> for
>>>>>>> months and months and months longer and meanwhile have nothing else 
>>>>>>> done.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> The purpose of the milestones is to break up creating the game into
>>>>>>> bitesized chunks that get us closer and closer to a full featureset and 
>>>>>>> a
>>>>>>> full game.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> We'll come back to it, but it's served it's purpose for now and is
>>>>>>> like 90% of the way there so as soon as we have more of a game world we 
>>>>>>> can
>>>>>>> hook it in and finish it up (:
>>>>>>>   On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 10:44 AM, Kent Petersen <kentkmp@xxxxxxxxx
>>>>>>> > wrote:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> I believe adding sound is a large task. We will revisit the cave
>>>>>>>> later once we know where it will fit into the world and we will be 
>>>>>>>> able to
>>>>>>>> add in all the new features we have created then.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 10:42 AM, Matthew Freeland <
>>>>>>>> mattthefiend@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> By the way I Think an important thing to work on some sound
>>>>>>>>> milestones before we move away from the mine. Just a thought.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 10:00 AM, Alan Wolfe <alan.wolfe@xxxxxxxxx
>>>>>>>>> > wrote:
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> Oh and Eric wants to do #5, and i will do #4 if no one else wants
>>>>>>>>>> to (but feel free if you want to!!).
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> And i'll be doin #6 for sure.
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> not sure how the rest of it falls! (:
>>>>>>>>>>  On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 8:40 AM, Alan Wolfe <
>>>>>>>>>> alan.wolfe@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> Hey Everyone,
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> This first milestone working on the cave has worked out a lot of
>>>>>>>>>>> issues with workflow and gotten us a basic set of features (enemy 
>>>>>>>>>>> pathing,
>>>>>>>>>>> AI and a basic level editor) and preformance upgrades.
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> These were some of the main goals of this first milestone so
>>>>>>>>>>> mission accomplished!
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> Since we don't know where exactly this cave is going to fit in
>>>>>>>>>>> with the rest of the world, Eric was thinking it would be best 
>>>>>>>>>>> (even for the
>>>>>>>>>>> sake of sanity because we've been working on this area for so long) 
>>>>>>>>>>> to forgo
>>>>>>>>>>> to pollish phase of this map and leave it at about 90% finished 
>>>>>>>>>>> until we do
>>>>>>>>>>> know the details of where it's going in the world and can finish it 
>>>>>>>>>>> up then,
>>>>>>>>>>> and I agree that is a good idea.
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> Here's the things he identified as wanting to finish up before we
>>>>>>>>>>> move on:
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> #1) Put the new boss art in
>>>>>>>>>>> #2) Animate the dog men
>>>>>>>>>>> #3) Replace the stationary miner art
>>>>>>>>>>> #4) Finish decorating the cave with the props we have (and any
>>>>>>>>>>> that anyone is working on)
>>>>>>>>>>> #5) Do a lighting pass
>>>>>>>>>>> #6) I want to do an optimization pass for the models cause i
>>>>>>>>>>> think a few models we can reduce the number of verts without losing 
>>>>>>>>>>> any
>>>>>>>>>>> major visual quality (and i'll run the simplified models by 
>>>>>>>>>>> everyone before
>>>>>>>>>>> i check them in to make sure I don't ugly things up too much).  
>>>>>>>>>>> This should
>>>>>>>>>>> boost overall performance which will let us place more objects while
>>>>>>>>>>> maintaining higher frame rates.
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> Anything else that anyone really wants to get in or does that
>>>>>>>>>>> sound ok to everyone?
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> There are some known issues that we are just going to leave for
>>>>>>>>>>> now (unless they are quick fixes and anyone wants to tackle any!), 
>>>>>>>>>>> that
>>>>>>>>>>> we'll deal with when we come back to the cave later on:
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> * the boss is too tall and clips through the bridge (might be
>>>>>>>>>>> fixed with new art but maybe not)
>>>>>>>>>>> * you can walk around and through the rocks that caved in
>>>>>>>>>>> * theres places in the map you can still fall through the ground
>>>>>>>>>>> into infinity
>>>>>>>>>>> * there's a few places where z fighting still happens
>>>>>>>>>>> * Others: we haven't gone through a QA pass or play tested it to
>>>>>>>>>>> find the bugs we don't know about.
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> Eric and I are finalizing the details of the 2nd milestone to
>>>>>>>>>>> make sure it makes sense from both a creative and technical POV and 
>>>>>>>>>>> the
>>>>>>>>>>> details will be released by the end of the week.
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> Great job everyone, we are really kicking ass and this is shaping
>>>>>>>>>>> up to be a great team! (:
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>
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