Day 3

The only thing I’d planned to do today was to make a plan. It’s 11pm now, so I guess I’ll just have to leave that till tomorrow.

All I did today was think about the game’s story. There’s a lot I haven’t decided on yet, and a lot of background that I haven’t thought about at all. So today I did a little to change that. I got a clear idea in my head about what’s actually going on in the game. I thought a bit about the characters and who they were, and why there were in this situation. I thought about the game’s villain.

As it turns out, it was pretty productive. Naturally I don’t want to post any plot details here – after all, I could change everything before I actually do any real work. And anyway, I don’t want to spoil the story… Oh, and I’ve named the characters! I’ve called the passive male Gladius, the active male Virga, the passive female Stella, and the active female Crystalus. This balance of personalities is my attempt to reflect that they’re based off the Minor Arcana. In fact, the names are simply approximate Latin words for the relevant suits – Gladius means Swords, Virga means Wands, Stella means Star (closest I could get to pentacles without calling her “Orbis” or something dreadful like that), while Crystalus means “Chalice” – or something close enough to it. It’s a little nerdy, and very cumbersome, but as I’ve already gotten used to them I won’t be able to change them, heh.

I think I’m going to try and draw the main character graphics as soon as possible. I hired an artist a couple of weeks ago to create a template for some sprites for the Project Distraction engine. The idea was that I was going to make a new feature demo, seeing as I’m so sick of the old one. I probably won’t be doing that now, but his graphics will still definitely come in useful. Here’s what he came up with:

It’s a perfect base for my own character graphics. Not what I was originally intending to do with them, but I think things have worked out better for it.

Tomorrow I’ve got music practice so I probably won’t get a lot done. I’ll try to at least make a plan for the next month though.

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6 Comments so far

  1. MRK on February 4th, 2007

    That picture is dreadful, and I don’t mean in a gothic sense. You should have asked me to help you. (It’s too late now, all my books have arrived for this year.)

  2. Terry on February 4th, 2007

    Meh. It’s just a template.

  3. MRK on February 5th, 2007

    Well at least fix his arms, they’re too short.

  4. Terry on February 5th, 2007

    I’m not sure that’s true… if they are, it isn’t by more than a pixel or two.

  5. MRK on February 6th, 2007

    Do you have arms up to your waist? 🙂

  6. Terry on February 6th, 2007

    Hmm… ok 🙂 I just hate having to do extra work when I basically spent all day using this template to create my hero character. Guess it’ll be worth it once it’s fixed though.

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