Feb 6, 2012
alchymy

Meet the Heroes

Character Illustrations for the three classes in Dungeon Fodder. The Warrior which eventually becomes a Champion, the Wizard that becomes an Archmage and the Thief which becomes an Assassin. This project has taken ages and gone through tons of rework but I hope to have a more refined prototype to test soon.

Aug 7, 2011
alchymy

Specky! Mark of the Year!

Check out 5 Minute Siesta’s upcoming game Specky! Mark of the Year! which is soon to be out on the App Store with visuals & animations all done  by the boys in the Lab. We’ll be putting up more visuals as soon as the game is proper launched but in the meantime do drop over there and show them your support by LIKE-ing their page!

Also those that sign-up for their newsletter get an instant 50% the game once its launched!

Jul 27, 2011
alchymy

MGDC Logo

Another little thing that I neglected to post up,…  The Logo represents a G and a D entwined in a never-ending loop. The G of course is for Games and the D is for the Developers out there. The colours was initially drawn from our national flag but since that got too corny, it’s primary reason is because of the lovely contrast it gives the logo. And of course the thick set heavy outlines are something I love to foist upon any Logo I get my hands on. And lastly, it is meant to convey a sense of dynamism kind of like something a Superhero would use on their spandex outfits. Something that stands out and yells, LOOKIT’ ME!…

Do visit the forum and contribute at http://www.mgdc.com.my/forum/ . Til’ next week on THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF LOGOS!

Jul 21, 2011
alchymy

Boxed Ammunition

A minor commission by the chaps at Ammobox Studios who are working on an amazing RTS/FPS Hybrid called Project Combine which you can check out here. The bullets were supposed to look like people standing together to represent the ‘team’ while also emphasizing the Ammo portion of their identity.

May 30, 2011
alchymy

Zaid’s Menagerie

Characters are fleshing out nicely thanks to my partner’s designs.

May 19, 2011
alchymy

Battle of Sarawak Logo

Reillustration of a student project logo entitled Battle of Sarawak.

Its looking to be a really impressive multi-player game developed using the Unreal Development Kit and should be ready-to-play by August. The logo needed some minor touch-ups to give it that little more pizazz…  Perhaps a tutorial is due one day.

May 14, 2011
alchymy

IGDA May Meet-Up

13 May 2011 – IGDA Malaysian Chapter Gathering courtesy of the lovely people at  MindValley, Bangsar.

Pretty informative and stimulating, as we were treated to three talks; one by the team of Kayangan Saga, followed by Liquid Rock Games showing off the tech behind their very own I.P., Aftershock. Really impressive made even more so by the fact that it was done by a two-man team. Lastly Buzz closed up with a talk of his own highlighting the grim situation behind our local games industry.

Also highlighted was the rebirth of the Malaysia Games Developers Community (MGDC) Forum which would hopefully bring together the scattered segments of the industry under one roof which is a monumental task in itself. So whether you’re a student, in academics, an indie outfit or a professional, all comers are welcome to participate and push the community further.

May 12, 2011
alchymy

The Hungry Hordes

Currently in the conceptualization phase for an Action Survival Horror set in a post-zombocalpytic city. I’ve been reading too much of Max Brook’s Z-Wars, playing too much of Sarah Northway’s Rebuild and watching too much of The Walking Dead…

Like many have said before, zombies are ethically the best enemy to pit your players against. The moral constrictions of killing an already dead human being is absent and typically they allow for an escalating level of difficulty. Typical zombies are slow as depicted in movies (cept for 28 days later) making them ideal cannon fodder.

Will keep updated on the progress…

May 11, 2011
alchymy

Looking at Oxeye

Here is a studio I stumbled across while reading Notch’s blog. Its another indie studio all the way on that side of the world. I love the way they work. Their art quality is excellent, their audio, gameplay is top notch. I’m really impressed by the way people can come together and just work on something. That’s something that is pretty hard to achieve here where everyone is constantly striving just to make ends meet on a daily basis. Making things for fun just seems incredibly hard and you get funny looks when you suggest such a thing. Its all about commercialization here which is quite against the whole spirit of creating games that you yourself would like to play.

I still believe it can be done, just with quite a lot more blood and sweat.

Oh and also, I forgot to add they’re located on top of a cafe! Aaah.. the dream.

May 11, 2011
alchymy

Dicey Odds

In Dungeon Fodder, there are numerous actions which are guided by chance. Success rates for combat, success rates for opening a trapped treasure chest, success rates for everything! Being a fan of pen & paper tabletop gaming, I’m biased towards the dice as a means of simulating random events.

Even after coming to the conclusion that using dice would be the most accessible method of determining random events in the game, the number of die was another issue that had to be looked into. A colleague brought into my attention that the odds are radically different when using different numbers of dice.

For example, a single die roll is pretty simple to think about and calculate your probabilities. On a regular 6 sided die, you have a 1/6 chance of getting a certain number.  Thats about a 17% chance which ain’t bad.

Using two dice however ups the odds somewhat.

This is a simple table of all probably outcomes of rolling two dice simultaneously. There are 36 different combinations possible but that does not mean your odds of getting a certain combination is 1/36 (about 3%).

Here is the same table but now, it is based on total outcome of both dice.

Now, to count the odds.

  • You have 1/36 (2.8%) chance of getting a 2 or a 12
  • 1/18 (5.6%) chance of getting a 3 or an 11
  • 1/12 (8.3%) chance of getting a 4 or a 10
  • 1/9 (11%) chance of a 5 or a 9
  • 5/36 (13.8%) chance of a 6 or an 8
  • 1/6 (17%) chance of a 7

Not that this is really important but its interesting to know. If rolling items from a specific table, common items should definately be placed on the Higher Odds portion of the table, (probably a 7) while overpowering items are placed on the lowest odds portion (maybe on a roll of a 2 or 12).

Majority of the results in Dungeon Fodder relies on a the results of a single die. I find this to be more straightforward and improves upon the pacing of the game. Some feedback has stated that there might be too many die rolls therefore that has to be looked into as well.

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