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1  Feedback / DevLogs / Re: Trudy's Mechanicals (3D Tactics Game) on: January 07, 2015, 10:03:07 AM
Back from our break with more concept art!

The four-armed, pantsless version of the Bulter Bot, and the finished base one in a tuxedo.

The electrified ram structure at the front of the ship.

Ravagers, the deranged cousins of the Homunculi.

Bridge overpass concepts for the sewer-like bottom of the ship.

Various plants and coral that has sprouted in the above sewers.
2  Feedback / DevLogs / Re: Honey Rose: Underdog Fighter Extraordinaire on: December 16, 2014, 11:54:54 AM
Cool concept, and very good idea on the background cameos -- perfect for a fighting game stage!
3  Feedback / DevLogs / Re: Negspace on: December 16, 2014, 11:39:18 AM
Top-down world rotation! Cool, haven't seen that since Take No Prisoners and the map-views of older FPS games.
4  Feedback / DevLogs / Re: Love You to Bits [A crazy point & click space quest] on: December 16, 2014, 11:29:42 AM
Looks really cool; how much later do you think the PC version will be? I know you guys brought Tiny Thief onto Steam not that long after its iOS debut.
5  Feedback / DevLogs / Re: Trudy's Mechanicals (3D Tactics Game) on: December 11, 2014, 12:33:13 PM
Our editor got some colour-coding!

Any selected area can be applied a single colour. This is not actually for in-game purposes, but rather an initial step for further level processing. Blue indicates standard walkable areas, dark blue impassable fences, yellow interactive elements, purple automated props, orange destructible objects, green doorways, and the rest are mostly for aesthetic cues, e.g., what sort of prop/texture should appear there in the final version.

Here are a couple snapshots from our maps:

The Forge Arena -- the purple bits represent floor grates and mounted pipes through which fire and/or steam can shoot out.

The Aerie's Lyceum. The bottom-left part will be a cable-car station.

The sprawling, ramshackle Warrens. Lots of verticality in these stages.
6  Feedback / DevLogs / Re: Trudy's Mechanicals (3D Tactics Game) on: December 03, 2014, 10:56:18 AM
Another batch of concepts.

More feathered outfits (on account of the game taking place on an airship).

Scrap-bot sketch, and a more insidious sentinel automaton.

Rotating cannon-mace and a statue concept that serves as a lamp.

Crumbled level sketch with houses dotting the faces of the pillar.

Mechanized walls of the Clockwork Labyrinth.

7  Feedback / DevLogs / Re: The Curious Expedition on: November 30, 2014, 09:18:25 AM
Hope the RPS/PC Gamer coverage helps out with the early sales.
8  Feedback / DevLogs / Re: Children of Morta on: November 28, 2014, 03:10:09 PM
Not sure exactly how you're going about making a narrative-driven roguelike, but it certainly looks pretty.
9  Feedback / DevLogs / Re: Owlboy Development on: November 28, 2014, 02:53:01 PM
Cool, glad to hear you guys are still tinkering away on it.
10  Feedback / DevLogs / Re: Trudy's Mechanicals (3D Tactics Game) on: November 19, 2014, 05:13:36 PM
Gorgeous concept art.

I noticed from your company's website you have unity experience.  Why did you choose to create your own 3D engine?  Are you building it on top of SDL, or was that only for the tech demo?

Networked multiplayer is a huge amount of work - are you guys using any middleware?  Although being a strategy/tactics game, you will probably avoid some of the headaches around latency.  Is it turn based?

Thanks for the detailed updates, it was a fun read.

Glad you're enjoying the devlog so far!

Yup, we're still building on top of SDL for porting purposes. One of the reasons we went with a custom engine was just the fun of developing the tech itself, but there were practical considerations as well.  Being able to scale and implement whatever middleware we want is a big plus, as are potential costs. Unity might be great, but outfitting the whole team and keeping it up to date can get quite pricey in the long run.

We've also actually worked on both real-time and turn-based multiplayer games in the past, so we have some tech we can use here. For Trudy, it's more an issue of keeping things deterministic enough to prevent cheating. Granted multiplayer is much more of a wish list item at this point, but we're trying not to shoot ourselves in the foot.
11  Feedback / DevLogs / Re: Trudy's Mechanicals (3D Tactics Game) on: November 17, 2014, 09:30:34 PM
Thanks, soon enough I'll be able to model those for in-game using our editor!
12  Feedback / DevLogs / Re: Slain! The 7 towers. Pixel side scrolling Gothic adventure. on: November 17, 2014, 11:15:15 AM
Looks very good, if a bit busy, but the contrast is clear between the background and the foreground. Those scraggly trees from the earlier concepts are awesome too; remind me so much of the mood in Sleepy Hollow.
13  Feedback / DevLogs / Re: I Want To Be Human - (PC game) on: November 17, 2014, 09:42:25 AM
It might be the YouTube video FPS, but one note I'd make about the boss is that he seems to go invisible when hit for a little too long. Perhaps that 1/60th of a second blinking typical to older console games would work a bit better?

Also, the Cerebral Bore was awesome in Turok 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEKLa373SIw
14  Feedback / DevLogs / Re: Project Rain World on: November 17, 2014, 09:06:05 AM
The new water effects are impressive; fit right in and help make the world feel alive, just like the bat-snacks!

Also, the lizard tongue-fighting seems like a promising gameplay element. Are you experimenting with anything along the lines of luring/poisoning the enemies?
15  Feedback / DevLogs / Re: VHS Story [strategy/tycoon/streetfighter manager] on: November 17, 2014, 08:41:31 AM
Couldn't help but think of:

Love the art; hopefully doing all those movie references won't be too big a task for the artist!
16  Feedback / DevLogs / Re: Trudy's Mechanicals (3D Tactics Game) on: November 16, 2014, 10:21:44 PM
Even more concepts!

The feathered gentry of Trudy.

Forgotten machines.

Marketplace concepts.

Map layout for the Aerie's Lyceum.

A few UI concepts.

17  Feedback / DevLogs / Re: Trudy's Mechanicals (3D Tactics Game) on: November 08, 2014, 12:49:48 PM
Appreciate it! We're definitely going for a more kinetic, interactive vibe. The idea is to make the battles feel a something like a turn-based moba rather than an abstract board game.
18  Feedback / DevLogs / Re: Trudy's Mechanicals (The Forge Arena) on: November 05, 2014, 04:23:03 PM

Initial mockup of the forge arena.

One of the first gameplay elements we'd like to iterate on is the concept of an arena battle where the crowd and/or a "battle master" can have an impact on the fight itself. These modifiers range from items being tossed down by the crowd in the rafters, to the layout of the map itself changing based on in-battle events.

To prototype this gameplay, we've decided to mock up an arena in Trudy's "Sleepless Forge" district.

Destructible barrels can cause a fiery explosion or shower units in oil making them more vulnerable to heat-based attacks.

The arena battlefield is asymmetric with a giant furnace leaning against one wall. In the center rests a rough hill of terminals and crates, while the opposite end of the furnace is used as storage for various carts and hazardous materials.

The mine carts can be pushed to knock around enemies, while the terminals activate the conveyors leading up to the furnace.

Various pipework and heat grates also present dangerous areas that can be activated based on each team's performance. There's no real safe spot in the arena, but plenty of points of interest that can either provide an advantage or backfire in spectacular fashion.

Conveyors above the arena can be activated to feed the giant furnace.

The furnace itself was designed to look demonic with twisted metal at its top forming downcast eyes illuminated by the inner heat, and a front-side grill tapering into jagged teeth. The whole front plate can be raised and lowered with a pair of chains to imitate biting and chewing.

As the furnace is fed, molten metal drips from the sides of its mouth.

It's possible to stay at the edges of the arena, blowing up barrels from afar and pushing carts into oncoming foes. However, reaching the center allows the activation of the terminals that feed the beastly furnace causing fire and steam to explode from the pipework spread throughout the arena.

Furthermore, feeding the furnace will eventually cause molten metal to drip out and cover the lower sections of the map making the central hill the only spot where units can survive.

3D mockup of the forge arena.

Hopefully this variety of options will encourage players to explore various strategies, including shoving their enemies -- and perhaps even allies? -- into the gaping maw of the furnace in order to gain instant favour of the forge. 
19  Feedback / DevLogs / Re: Trudy's Mechanicals (3D Tactics Game) on: October 27, 2014, 03:21:23 AM
More concepts:

A mood piece for the Sleepless Forge.

Level sketch of the Aerie's Lyceum. Inside are housed various punchcard-libraries and technology blueprints of yore.

Miscellaneous prop sketches. Yeah, we couldn't resist putting in an explosive barrel.

Concepts for the creepy, diminutive, and artificial Homunculi.

Coloured variations of a Homunculus.
20  Feedback / DevLogs / Re: Trudy's Mechanicals (3D Tactics Game) on: October 24, 2014, 01:58:36 PM
Looks great. I love tactics games.
I hope it's going to have a comprehensive single player campaign.  Toast Left

Yup, we're definitely aiming for one. It's a lot more resource-intensive than making a multiplayer-only title, but creating a (hopefully) cool campaign in a cool setting was always one of the driving points.
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