Media Inc. puts you in the position of a news agency employee. You need to decide what kind of news to send out into the world, and will see the results of your decisions.
I made this game with Kai and Tatjana during the Global Game Jam 2018, January 25-27.
The theme of the Jam was Transmission and we used the diversifiers “A Bold Choice” (Audio) and “Hidden Depths” (Narrative).
I did the programming while Kai did design and writing, and Tatjana made the art assets. Kai and Tatjana also did the sound.
The Sonic City Map is a small sonic experience we did in a day. The player can move around a small part of a city and switch between modern and Victorian times to experience the changing soundscape.
This game was created for our Sound Design Task. Armand had the original idea which I joined in on, and Patrick made the unity prototype. I only adjusted some scripts for more varied audio file playback, and I did the sound design for the street performer (top left corner) and the market (bottom right corner) locations.
Objectives: 3D City Builder with item delivery system + Learn Unreal Engine
Engine / Languages: Unreal Engine / C++, Blueprints, UMG, XML
Team Size: Individual Project
Duration: 526 work hours (66 work days)
Warriors and Serfs is a 3D real-time city-building / strategy game for PC with a focus on building a settlement with a functioning economy, set in the medieval era.
Warriors and Serfs puts you in the place of a Count in the medieval times. Your king has given you the task to build a new settlement and defeat his enemies, so you set out with a few loyal servants and materials to do as he commands. Warriors and Serfs allows you to gather a multitude of different resources and refine them into food, building materials and weapons. Every item exists physically and can be transported by your ever-diligent Serfs to construction sites, the weapon smiths, or the warehouse. Therefore the placement of your buildings is a major factor in the effectiveness of your economy. The goal is to accumulate enough resources to construct the Palace Building.
This game was a solo project I made during my fifth semester at Cologne Game Lab, as part of the Exchange & Practice Semester. We had pretty much complete freedom of choice on what we would do for this Project, so I chose to make a game I had been wanting to make for the previous year or so, but knew I didn’t have enough time to really work on it otherwise.
In this first week, I completed the tutorial, preliminarily. I also introduced “lootboxes”, which produced a funny bug. Besides that, I tinkered around with UI / UX and tooltips. I went to the GGJ the weekend inbetween, and didn’t get a lot of sleep, on top of that I caught a cold. I did however get some playtesting for my new tutorial, which proved very successful! During the second week i implemented a few things based on that feedback, and some older things from my todo list. I also spent a good amount of time on the Final Presentation, which I held on Friday. Finally, I thought about the future of the game.
I spent most of the first week preparing for the playtest session on Friday 12th.
The playtesting showed me major flaws in aspects of the game, so I decided to forgo multiplayer entirely, in favor of polishing the singleplayer experience. At least until the final delivery date in February. Also, I worked 81 hours on the game total these two weeks, finally reaching the 40hr/week mark I wanted to for so long! Continue reading “The Learning Update (Weeks 15&16)”
The multiplayer I had achieved at the end of week 12 could be called “Co-op”, all players in the game controlled the same buildings and subjects. Week 13 was spent turning that into opposing players. The following week I decided to add some polish to the game, so I added some menu stuff and I finally introduced sound.
As was my plan, I spent these two weeks diving into multiplayer. Although I’d had many challenges along the way, and was about to give up on at least three occasions, I managed to pull through, and fully implemented multiplayer by the end of this phase.