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Dev Blog | Muadib

Postby muadib » Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:06 am

Hey all,

I will be posting my notes as I progress here. Even before I saw the themes I knew I wanted to do an RPG. That is the kind of game I enjoy the most and play the most.

As for the themes, I will actually try to include all 3 of them. I have a long commute to work and thought of a good framework story that incorporates them. I had a chance to write it down and think I now have the high-level plot drafted with some good plot items too.

Unity3d will be my game engine of choice. For the past couple months I've been working on a 2D RPG and plan on reusing some of the scripts. I will be pulling my assets from http://opengameart.org so I don't have to create anything myself. Actually, I dislike doing art myself. I will use the LPC sprites there for my characters and tilesets. There are also some UI elements and music and SFX that are pretty good too.

I also started listening to S. M. Lockridge sermons, so I will probably be including some of his stuff as dialogue in the game. Overall, I am excited to get this going. Especially, since this will be my first entry into the Speedgame. Since it is my first speedgame, if anyone sees something in my blog that looks like it might be breaking the rules or something please let me know. It is probably because I just don't know.

Peace,
~Kris
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Re: Dev Blog | Muadib

Postby achild » Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:09 am

Wouldn't worry too much about rule breaking. The rules aren't super-restricting. It'll be my second time in the last 5 years. Good luck! Can't wait to see the fruits of your work!
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Postby muadib » Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:10 am

Design Phase - Day 2

The story idea will be set in present day, with a few twists. For Ephesians 6:12, the battle with the powers of the spiritual realm will be done using a turn-based combat system. The player will actually battle demons and such with spiritual weapons and armor, which actually encompass the context of the theme verse from ephesians (Armor of God). I think using the fruits of the Spirit make sense for player attributes. So I will need to tie those to attributes (like love to hit chance and joy to damage). Then equipping the Armor of God will provide bonus to your fruit of the Spirit stats.

When the player starts out. They will be dead, literally... hehe. For Romans 10:9, they will need to get to church to learn how to become alive by their confession and belief. The story itself and NPC dialogue will revolve around doing things "for" God just to do them versus keeping God as the focus and keeping what God wants in focus. For example, "Well, it's Sunday... gotta go do the Church thing" versus "Let's go worship God today!". That is how I plan to weave Hosea 6:6 into the game.
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Postby muadib » Thu Jul 03, 2014 10:26 pm

Design Phase - Day 3

With my story settled I also did some UI mockups for the Title screen, main game view, pray menu (for getting items), and stats menu (for viewing stats and equipping items). I've gone through the various open source artwork from the site listed above and have a good idea which ones I will use. I found a nice tile sheet for roads and outdoor in general. I also got the skeleton LPC sprite sheet. I also found a pretty good UI sprite sheet. I'm also doing some more work on my RPG engine I will be re-using, there are still a couple bugs in it though.
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Re: Dev Blog | Muadib

Postby bugala » Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:34 pm

Its real funny idea to use fruits of the spirit as your stats. Will be interesting to see how well working system you are going to get from that.

It is also nice that you chose present day, especially as it seems there are others this year too making an rpg, and especially since I am using RPG maker this year and so far been using its default graphics, so it forces it to be somewhat in fantasy realm then. I do have some extra graphics and music resources that came with humble bundle, but i havent checked them yet wether to use them or not. Shoudl take a look soon now, or it might be late.
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Re: Dev Blog | Muadib

Postby muadib » Fri Jul 04, 2014 4:51 pm

Development Phase - Day 1

I got the project in Unity all setup and organized. I also got all my assets picked out and copied into their respective folders. I kept track of who I got the art/music/etc from with the URL in a credits text file so I can put it in a credits scene in the game later.

Basic title screen is up and functional. I also was able to build a very basic room and house and animated a body LPC sprite. Reusing my scripts I can move the guy around with the walking animation (I know, I need to give him some clothes! Won't be having naked people running around in my game :D). I also was able to get doors to open from my existing script and do area transitions when the player walks out the door.

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Been fun so far! Next up I plan to build the rest of the scenes and be able to do a walk through. After that I'll start working on the main quest. Just stick to the basics I need for a functional game and add the cool frills and thrills when (...if?) I have extra time.

Peace,
~Kris
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Re: Dev Blog | Muadib

Postby muadib » Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:46 pm

Development Phase - Day 2

I got a basic street and church drafted, see below for the pix. As you can also see in the screenshot, I animated the skeleton sprite sheet and added some hair too.

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A lot of work for just showing in 3 screenshots. Will be working on the combat and battle system next. Will also need to get at least one enemy animated.
Blessings,
~Kris
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Re: Dev Blog | Muadib

Postby samw3 » Sun Jul 06, 2014 11:28 pm

Looking good so far! Keep it up. :)

God Bless!

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Re: Dev Blog | Muadib

Postby muadib » Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:20 am

Thanks Sam!

Development Phase - Day 3

Not a whole lot of time spent on the game today. But I did start working on the combat engine and connecting up the battle script I pulled from another project. My time was mostly spent creating necessary Game Objects like health bars and stuff with the new user interface sprites I chose. Hopefully, I can have a basic functional battle system by end of day tomorrow.
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Postby ExevaloN » Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:38 am

Interesting idea and its looking good too!
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Postby muadib » Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:36 pm

Development - Day 4

Got the basic battle system functional. Player can attack and use abilities, and the enemies can counter-attack. If player wins they get xp and kingdom points used to buy weapons. If the player is defeated they are tossed back to the title screen. May change that later. I also got the user interface layed out for the stats/equip windows and made some basic weapons.

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Next I need to get the item store working so you can upgrade your weapons and armor. After I finish that, I think I will be ready to go gungho on the story.

Blessings,
~Kris
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Re: Dev Blog | Muadib

Postby b-o » Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:10 pm

Is this a garden of Eden game? So far it looks like none of the characters in your game have clothes.
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Re: Dev Blog | Muadib

Postby muadib » Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:19 pm

>.>
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Re: Dev Blog | Muadib

Postby ExevaloN » Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:50 am

b-o wrote:Is this a garden of Eden game? So far it looks like none of the characters in your game have clothes.
lol
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Re: Dev Blog | Muadib

Postby muadib » Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:23 pm

Development Phase - Day 5

I got the store up and running and showing basic stat information as can be seen in the screenshot below. I'll need to tweak it so the text doesn't bleed over though. But you can click on the items to view their info. Also, you can "receive" the item in exchange for kingdom points and then see how it bumps up your stats.

And... for b-o... I added some clothes :P

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I also spent a bit of time on the story. I added an intro cut-scene and other dialogue with the female (clothed) skeleton shown on the screen. This will take the story onto the street where I will need to get the player to church... somehow :lol:

Blessings,
~Kris
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Re: Dev Blog | Muadib

Postby b-o » Tue Jul 08, 2014 4:27 pm

How about adding some rot to the clothes, like some holes and frayed edges?
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Re: Dev Blog | Muadib

Postby muadib » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:11 pm

Mmm... that won't fit with the story

But thanks for the suggestion :)
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Re: Dev Blog | Muadib

Postby ExevaloN » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:24 pm

John Dead...Im liking that name hehe. Nice progress you got going on here.
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Re: Dev Blog | Muadib

Postby muadib » Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:18 pm

Development Phase - Day 6

I got John to church! He is now alive in Christ and in the family of God. A good thing he met up with the good reverend Lock. But there's more to the story...

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I added some more functionality for my cut scenes, which was pretty fun for me to play through. Next I will be taking John over to the End Boss for the "Final Battle"! After that I will be adding in the details of what happens in-between.

Blessings,
~Kris
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Re: Dev Blog | Muadib

Postby achild » Thu Jul 10, 2014 12:10 pm

It's been a LONG time since I played any RGPs - looking forward to checking this out.

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