• Dialog Choice Menu

    No Place For Traitors Dialog

    We now have a complete Dialog-System working in Unity, entirely scriptable thru our online-Script-Editor. In the image you see Antonius talking to Rafael, the cook. Time to take some time off - it's weekend and the weather is great, so I am leaving the dark rooms of our monastery for a few hours...

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  • New Background: CrimeScene

    No Place For Traitors, Background, Art Work

    After the programming work yesterday I had some fun creating this background-scene for the game. It depicts the crime-scene the story of the game is revolving around, the corpse of the dead abbot and some misterious items on the altar. Click on the image to see a bigger version.

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  • New Features for the Editor

    Editor, No Place For Traitors

    So I have been working on some new features of our Script-Editor. It now supports Dialog-Trees with the typical Ingame-Dialog-Choice-Menu (Do you call it that?). The editor is bilingual and does some smart things like showing you missing translations, bringing the Dialog-Items in a readable and logical order and handling deleting Items, changing connections between Items and adding new Items. A general overhaul of the layout, combined with some customized filters has improved the overview over multiple Objects and Dialog-parts. Surely, this will not be the last update of the editor, but I think we are very close to be able to begin scripting the Prototype with our little HTML/MySQL-Tool.

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  • Teeth for the monks

    Character No Place For Traitors

    My monks have teeth now! They will be able to talk and eat... Yeehaw! 

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  • The Prototype-Cast

    Meet the Low-Poly-Cast of our prototype. I have been working on the low-poly-models for ingame-use and have finished all four character-models. Now there are a lot of animations to do, so I'm off to do some keyframe-work...

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  • Abbot Low-Poly Model

    Abbot, Character, No Place For Traitors

    Today I worked on the Low-Poly-Model of the Abbot, which, due to the beard, was not simply manipulating the Antonius-model. I always find it hard to do facial hair believable in Low-Poly-models. this time, though, I am quite happy with the result. So I thought I'd share the approach I used: 

    First, I modelled a simple beard-shape, still with the particlesystem (hair) of the high-res model visible. Then I created the beard-texture, using blender itself by simply rendering only the hairs of the high-polymodel from the side and from the front. After merging these two textures to one, I did the UV-Unwrapping and voila! The LowPoly Model has a nice-looking beard. 

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  • Rafael - Creation Process

    Rafael Creation Process

    Not a timelapse-video but a (I think) nevertheless instructive image, showing the steps of the character creation process of yesterdays model 'Rafael'. (click on the image to see it big)

    I do not do any scetches, I always work directly in 3D (i'm not too good painting). I have a clear idea of the character I want to model in my mind, though, having thought about it for quite some days. With some basic preparations like having a basemesh which fits your needs and knowing your tools, you can achieve results relativley fast. Rafael took me from start to end about 5 hours.

    Normally you would do a retopo of the head for the ingame-model. This would be quite time-consuming and so I use the NormalMap of the HighRes model, copy the model and set the MultiRes Modifier back to 1 (if you set it to 0, the face would not be recognizable). Like that, I have a nice looking model with about 2450 polygons instead of the HighRes with 2514944 polygons. True, you can optimize it more and could probably get a face model with less than 1000 Polygons. I think for a prototype, though, a 2500 poly-headmodel is ok, taking into account that we nearly have no other models in the scene except the characters. So I think unity can easily handle these not-optimized head models. For the final game I probably would do a retopo, though.

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  • And another character: The cook Rafael

    No Place For Traitors, Character Cook

    Today I dedicated myself to another character, the last character to be done for the prototype: Rafael, the cook. I wanted it to be (a little stereotype, I know) a slightly overweight monk, who can easily be identified as a gourmet and connaisseur of culinaric pleasures.  I am quite happy with the result.

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  • Meet Oswald - the Librarian

    No Place For Traitors - Oswald the Librarian

    One of the four characters of the Prototype will be the Librarian Oswald. This is the High-Res Model. Yeehaw.

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  • Talk 'n Take

    No Place For Traitors Dialogue

    After finishing the changes on the script-editor, I tested our xml-based scripting first time with Unity. What can I say - it works splendidly. Antonius can now officially give feedback when he looks or uses a hotspot. Yeehaw! Rando also added the funcionality of really taking an object and adding it to the inventory. We are going at a fast pace at the moment.

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