Sunday, August 30, 2015

Information bars, a second one for Quests

I created an information bar that scales up and after a few seconds scales down once more in the bottom middle of the game screen. I use this to give information out to the player about specific things that are a bit hidden. For example if you receive an item into your inventory, it will tell you. It tells you other useful things as well, and as I have been expanding it's info, I realized it was getting a bit much.

Especially when I completed a quest and received an item from the and yet I could only show a single message. Yeah, I could combine them, and I have done that, but I really wanted the game to be informative in a subliminal way. Here is an image of the infobar.

So my answer to the plethora of info being displayed was to give some separation to certain types of elements. Namely I created a second info bar, this one for the Quests. so anything to do with gaining or completing or dropping a quest is displayed within this new info bar, which happens to match color wise and location with the Quest log Icon in the top right of the game screen. Check it out here
You can see what I just collected. This is the first incarnation of this new feature, but I like it a lot and now I can display multiple things at once when they happen that way, which is actually quite common in this game.

Even if a player does not get to read the whole line of text, they know that the info bar popped up and can go look at it at some point when they want to see what changed.

Ok, time to go add more messages to the info bars :)

Da Voodoochief

Friday, August 28, 2015

Web Addresses bought

I realized yesterday that I did not yet own the web address. DOH!

After all it takes a lot of time and effort to get some brand recognition and momentum. If that site had been unavailable I would have had to change the name, and the name makes me smile. It says so much about the game and yet is mysterious in meaning... after all it doesn't make a whole load of sense.

Still, I grabbed the and .net web addresses along with the address. I believe that name to be the first mistype or misname that can happen with this name. Now I have them I will have to figure out just what to do with them in the short term, as in the end I hope to have fully functioning and enjoyable samples of the game alongside images, videos and more. Perhaps I can point them to my Blog? hmmmm, now there's a thought.

Da Voodoochief

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Very Bunny Haha Coming Together

It's true, the game is actually starting to feel more like a sum of its parts than it is a bunch of parts hanging barely connected to one another. I fya don't understand that, then I won't explain, as you probably don't care anyway.

The main thing is that I am now working on the Story overlays, and setting up the game for the first time player. My Mum flys out to us in just over a week and I am very excited for me and my Daughter to show off the game to her (it is cute after all).

Oh yeah, back to the game. Last night I put in the welcome screen!! Yup, finally. I also removed all the money and items from your starting inventory. So now you can see I am serious about the playing part of the game. Next up is to add more gameplay elements, such as more quests, and start to get the cost of items in the game about right, or at least heading in the correct direction. More quests is where it is at for now, so gotta get busy :)

Da Voodoochief

Sunday, August 9, 2015

VBHH wonderful artwork - the Mayor

I am really enjoying working with my daughter in this project. She is no professional artist, or game designer, however she is talented and enthusiastic.

We are using her water color artwork for the current game, and although the game is growing all over the place she is able to keep producing artwork for me. Oddly enough she produces more artwork than I can use at the moment.

Yes, we still have to get better at animations, and even cutting up some of the characters for said animation, but it is a fun learning curve for us. We are getting better as well.

Here is a partial screenshot of the Mayor, who lives in his Mansion.

She has a style and charm to her artwork that I love, and I believe that people playing this game will love it as well.

Hope ya liked it :)

Da Voodoochief