I feel like I should write something.

so I do.
I had some pretty rough weeks, from a weekend at a “social convention” from my husband, to slipping on ice and hitting my head horribly :/ luckily it seems I only got some bumps from it, slight headache and well since then I have a bit concentration issues, which makes game development difficult. Then also my daughter couldn’t sleep very well (maybe because of teething and learning walking, who knows).

However, because of all this stress and my decision, that I want to start a company very probably this year, after I have finished my horror/survival/spore-like game, all my progress felt like it stalled.
I made myself extremely anxious…maybe still do, but I’m working on it. It helped though, that someone advised me to write a game document for the game, since I was also stuck with how I should progress, since it’s bigger than the ludum dare project, I just can’t get around having to plan it out properly.

And it does help! I did not only do it for “Phi”(the horror game), but also for Dragonlands and it helps me gain perspective to both of these projects and a certain confidence that mayyyybe I will be able to pull it off.
I still feel insecure though ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I want so badly to have procedural generation for “Phi” since it’s playing Underwater in a cave system and has no story in that sense, so it’s important for me that it has replayability through random generation of the Environment and enemies. Also since the game is about reaching the “exit” kinda, it wouldn’t be in my intention that players would just share playthroughs and ruin other players game experience with it (yeah, it’s THAT important)

So I’m hacking away at the procedural generation….I’m reading alot…alot of that is very technical and/or conceptual and I noticed that since they are so complex I need to understand them properly, so I can recreate them for my needs.
Specially since it seems, that there is not a single solution that I could find that would be exactly covering what I want. And I’m still pondering back and forth if I should work with voxels and then create a mesh over it with help of marching cubes or if I should directly generate every face by hand based on my own algorithm, based on an idea I have.
Last one is unknown territory and as far as I was thinking through it, it might turn out to be alot more complex than doing it with voxels, since I thought about using some kind of 3dimensional node system, that connects points in unity with cave meshes, interpolating the mesh sizes along splines and then double use those splines for the pathfinding aswell…O.o but meeeeeehhh
I need quiet time for that, quiet uninterrupted time, which I usually get in the evening/night, just not for 2-3 weeks now :/

Puh…it feels good to talk this off my chest now…

so for now, the only worthwhile progress I can show are those concepts ๐Ÿ™‚

so practically in this one I tried to integrate my game name into my main character.
Yeah it sounds a little weird, that I’m so obsessed with that game name. I chose it, because I was dreaming about it some years ago ๐Ÿ™‚ A dream about artificially created lifeforms, called Phi I and Phi II. It’s also seemingly fitting alot to the idea I have of that game in my head, that it’s somehow sounding artistic and foreign, but also is symbolizing some kind of beauty. I think ๐Ÿ™‚ Well that’s what I think it means for me.
For some reason I also had immediately an idea of an intro sequence for that game, so I really felt like I HAD TO translate it into reality ๐Ÿ™‚

Phi_playerandstory_s

these are mainly references I was drawing from google, images that I found were somehow showing, where I want to go with my creature designs and what purposes they fullfill in their Environment. Also to get a feeling for what makes creepy underwater creatures so creepy. I could say these images were drawn for the sake of getting more familiar with them ๐Ÿ™‚ The ingame Characters will vary alot from those.

creatures_sketches_refs_s

I had to somehow visualize my “node” idea I mentioned earlier and try to find out what I need to know mathematically to create what I want to have, in this case I thought about creating vertices along a curve that’s determined by an offset to a centerpoint, that can be aswell anywhere on the spline and then extrude the created vertices into one direction at first, to see if it would work that way. I still need to “relearn” Trigonometry for that, since the stuff from school didn’t really stick.
I’m already seeing some problems with this though, like as example how to connect tunnels/vertices on intersections. I should really go and just try this stuff out :O
The next thing you see here are sketches from how to create faces/vertices within unity from scratch, since it’s very hard to visualize it without actuallyย somehow seeing it.
No matter how this turns out though, I hope I can learn alot from this project, specially about procedural generation, so that I can use it in future projects aswell ๐Ÿ™‚

procgen_concepts_s

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3 thoughts on “I feel like I should write something.

  1. Ouch, that sounds rough.

    I’ve read that it’s better to prototype before making a game design document, it makes writing it easier when you’ve played around with your idea.

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    1. i have some stuff running already ๐Ÿ™‚ it’s just that for some things I had more than one solution and with the gam design document I just decide for one and go with it and if it’s not working out as I thought I can always change the game design document. I definitely noticed, that some things just needed to be written down, that I was not so aware of and clearer structures than what I could do with a trello board, so I wouldn’t get lost in unimportant details.

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