Thursday, 28 February 2013

Linear and Alternative Path based Boards

Wanting to add a bit of choice and variety, after being tasked with creating the design of the board, I wanted to create a board with linear paths for the players and a board with multiple paths.

The linear path method was to basically carry on the tower and keep playing in the same game style. This not changing anything for the player, so they don't have to get used to 2 different game modes while playing 1 board game.

The multiple path based board was to create a new gaming style for the players to learn and play. This also created a randomization element to the game so players can play the game differently and choose which route they want to go.

These were my set goals in developing these base designs for the board.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Questions I've created

Board Game Questions
1) What is the record for the most balloon sculptures made in 1 minute?
A.      2
B.      9
C.      13
D.      25
The most modelling balloon sculptures made in one minute is 13 by John Cassidy (USA) in New York, USA on 21 November 2005. 
2) Which animal did it take 19.678 seconds to ride on a skateboard  for 100 m?
A.      Cat
B.      Dog
C.      Monkey
D.      Sheep
Tillman the English Bulldog covered a 100-m stretch of level car park in a time of 19.678 seconds during X Games XV in Los Angeles, California, USA, on 30 July 2009. 
3) What is the largest collection of gnomes and pixies to the nearest 10?
A.      700
B.      1,580
C.      2,050
D.      2,790
Ann Atkin (UK) has 2,042 gnomes and pixies, as of March 2011, all of which live in her 1.6-ha (4-acre) Gnome Reserve in West Putford, Devon, UK. 
4) From what country does the person who has the largest collection of Pokemon memorabilia come from?
A.      Japan
B.      USA
C.      Russia
D.      UK
The largest collection of Pokémon memorabilia belongs to Lisa Courtney (UK), with 14,410 different items as of 14 October 2010, which she has been collecting for over 14 years. Part of the collection (including her GWR certificate) has been displayed at the Museum of Hertford as part of an exhibition on popular culture.
5) From what country, does the person who holds the record for consuming the most Big Mac burgers come from?
A.      USA
B.      Russia
C.      Germany
D.      Slovakia
Donald Gorske of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA consumed his 23,000th McDonald's Big Mac on 17 August 2008.  He is now in his 37th consecutive year of eating Big Macs on a daily basis.

6) What number has set the record for the most amount of star jumps done by 1 person in a minute?
A.      40
B.      61
C.      85
D.      102
The most star jumps in one minute is 61 and was achieved by Ashrita Furman (USA) at the Panorama Café in Jamaica, New York, USA, on 17 May 2008.
7) What is the tallest dog ever in inches?
A.      10 inches
B.      23 inches
C.      35 inches
D.      43 inches
The tallest dog ever is Giant George, a Great Dane, who measured 1 m 9 cm (43 in) tall on 15 February 2010 and is owned by David Nasser of Tucson, Arizona, USA.
8) What is the largest collection of Rubber Ducks?
A.      5,600
B.      7,000
C.      10,370
D.      25,310
Charlotte Lee (USA) has 5,631 different rubber ducks, as of 10 April 2011, which she has been collecting since 1996.
9)  What body part has set a record for it being 8.8cm in length?
A.      Ear
B.      Finger
C.      Mouth
D.      Nose
The Longest nose on a living person measures 8.8 cm (3.46 in) long from the bridge to the tip and belongs to Mehmet Ozyurek (Turkey). It was measured on the set of Lo Show dei Record in Rome, Italy, on 18 March 2010.
10) What is the oldest vomit known?
A.      16 years old
B.      160 years old
C.      160,000 years old
D.      160,000,000 years old
On 12 February 2002, a team of palaeontologists, led by Prof. Peter Doyle (Greenwich University, UK) announced their discovery of the fossilised vomit of an ichthyosaur, a large, fish-like marine reptile. Discovered in a quarry in Peterborough, the 160 million-year-old vomit could provide an insight to the feeding habits of ichthyosaurs.

11) When was the oldest female bodybuilder ever known born?
A.      1935
B.      1947
C.      1969
D.      1981

The oldest competitive female bodybuilder is E. Wilma Conner (USA, b. 09 May 1935). She last competed in the 2011 NPC Armbrust Pro Gym Warrior Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Loveland, Colorado, USA, on 20 August 2011.

12) What is the record for the largest collection of thimbles to the nearest hundredth?
A.      3,000
B.      4,900
C.      7,500
D.      10,700
The largest collection of thimbles belongs to Donna Decator (USA), with 4,930 different thimbles as of 15 October 2008, which she has been collecting since 1986.
13) The record for being hit by a car is 8. The record entails a time limit . What was the time limit for this to be completed?
A.      2 minutes
B.      5 minutes
C.      10 minutes
D.      20 minutes
The most times hit by a car in two minutes is eight, by Dietmar Loeffler (Germany) on the set of Guinness World Records - Die Grössten Weltrekorde in Cologne, Germany, on 23 November 2007.
14)What is the fastest eating mammal on the planet recorded?
A.      Monkey
B.      Dolphin
C.      Mole
D.      Humans
The fastest eater amongst mammals is the star-nosed mole (Condylura cristata). Research published in February 2005 by Dr Kenneth Catania (USA) at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, USA, recorded an average ‘handling time´ of 230 milliseconds with the fastest time being 120 milliseconds.

14)Who is the most portrayed detective according to the Guinness Book of Records on television and film?
A.      Hercule Poirot
B.      Miss Marple
C.      Jessica Fletcher
D.      Sherlock Holmes

Unsurprisingly consulting detective Sherlock Holmes has been portrayed the most times on TV worldwide. From his earliest small-screen appearance on NBC experimental programming in 1937 to the present day more than 30 actors have essayed the role.
15)An RPG (Role-Playing Game) based product cost over £50 in the UK and $100 IN USA. What type of product do you think this was?

A.      Book
B.      Clothes
C.      Interactive Digital Game
D.      Interactive Non-Digital Game
In August 2004, Alderac Entertainment Group released World's Largest Dungeon, a-1,000 page Role Playing Game (RPG) book with nearly 1 million words and 100 maps. It retailed for a record $99.95 (£51.88) – the most expensive RPG product ever!
16)Who is the most portrayed super-hero on television and films?

A.      Spiderman
B.      Batman
C.      Superman
D.      Wonder-Woman
The character of Superman has featured in four live-action TV series and been played by five different US actors
17) Who is the most prolific game character ever made?

A.      Master Chief
B.      Mario
C.      Sonic the Hedgehog
D.      Rayman
The character who has appeared in the largest number of video games is Mario, created by Shigeru Miyamoto of Nintendo, in Kyoto, Japan, in 1981. Mario has appeared in 207 distinct titles including remakes and re-releases.

18) First video game to feature a high-profile female character?

A.      Pac-Man
B.      Halo
C.      Metroid
D.      Street Fighter
When players completed the first Metroid within a certain time it was revealed that Samus Aran, the armoured hero they had been playing, was actually a woman. At the time of release it was extremely unusual to feature a woman in a lead video game role. Prior to the release of Metroid, the most high profile female game character was Ms PAC-Man. Jennifer Hale has voiced the character since 2002.

19) How many years did the oldest person live approximately?

A.      102
B.      112
C.      122
D.      132
The greatest fully authenticated age to which any human has ever lived is 122 years 164 days by Jeanne Louise Calment (France). Born on 21 February 1875 to Nicolas (1837 - 1931) and Marguerite (neé Gilles 1838 - 1924), Jeanne died at a nursing home in Arles, southern France on 4 August 1997.
20) What is the largest animal sculpture made in the world?

A.      Giraffe
B.      Elephant
C.      Cow
D.      Mouse
The largest animal sculpture in the shape of a cow was created by Milka (Germany) measuring 14.18 m (46 ft 6 in) tall, 11.77 m (38 ft 7 in) wide and 21.24 m (69 ft 8 in) long in Berlin, Germany on 11 November 2007.
21) What type of "fountain", at its largest, is 26ft?

A.      Chocolate
B.      Wine
C.      Water
D.      Pen
The largest chocolate fountain measures 8 m (26 ft 3 in) tall and circulates 2 tons (4,409 lb) of chocolate at a rate of 120 quarts per minute.
22)What is the most successful horror film series?
A.      The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
B.      Nightmare on Elm Street
C.      Final Destination
D.      SAW
The most successful horror film series is SAW with a total gross of $733,271,976 (₤481,525,920.92) throughout its 6 installments.
23) What game series has inspired the most expensive film based on a video game?
A.      Tekken
B.      Tomb Raider
C.      Final Fantasy
D.      Resident Evil

At a cost of $130 million (including marketing costs) Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within was the most expensive video game-inspired movie ever made. Released in 2001 by Columbia Pictures, it recouped just $32 million at the US box office.

24) What is the first film to be re-mastered into 3D?
A.      Lion King
B.      Toy Story
C.      Texas Chainsaw Massacre
D.      Monsters Inc
Toy Story 3D (USA, 2009) was a double feature of the first two movies re-mastered to be a 3D experience.
25) What food type has the record of 258, for being eaten in 5 minutes?
A.      Baked Beans
B.      Peas
C.      Sweet-corn
D.      Pickles
The most baked beans eaten with a cocktail stick in five minutes is 258 and was achieved by Gary Eccles (UK) at Sainsbury's Support Centre in Coventry, UK, on 18 March 2011.
26) What does Harvard university in America, have the record for?
A.      Being the oldest
B.      Being the wealthiest
C.      Being the largest
D.      Being the youngest
Harvard, America's oldest university (established 1636) is also the world's wealthiest. When assessed in June 2009, Harvard University's endowment was $26 billion (£15.85 billion), down from $36.9 billion (22.4 billion) the previous year.
27) What world landmark was visited by a person at 89 years of age and set the record for being the oldest person to visit this landmark?
A.      Top of Eiffel Tower
B.      Top of the Himalayas
C.      Top of Big Ben
D.      Tip of the North Pole
The oldest person to visit the North Pole is Dorothy Davenhill Hirsch (USA; born 11 May 1915) who reached the North Pole aboard the Russian nuclear icebreaker Yamal on 28 August 2004, aged 89 years and 109 days.
28) What type of liquor has set the record for being the oldest at its creation between 1951 & 1958?
A.      Rum
B.      Vodka
C.      Cognac
D.      Whisky
The oldest whisky is the Glenavon Special Liqueur Whisky, believed to have been bottled by the the Glenavon Distillery in Ballindalloch, Scotland, UK, between 1851 and 1858.

29)  What price was the most expensive hair cut known in records?
A.      £500
B.      £4,500
C.      £8,000
D.      £14,000
The most expensive hair cut cost £8,000 ($16,420) and was made by Stuart Phillips at the Stuart Phillips Salon in Covent Garden, London, UK, on 29 October 2007.
30)  By which British organization did the quietest hit music single be created?
A.      RSPCA
B.      The British Heart Foundation
C.      The Samaritans
D.      Royal British Legion
On 20 November 2010, a completely silent single, aptly-titled “2 Minute Silence”, which was credited to the Royal British Legion (UK), entered the UK Top 20. It was released to tie in with Remembrance Day.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Character Designs for Ishtar and the Descendant to the Underworld Art Work

These are the character designs for the Ishtar and the Descendant to the Underworld Art Work. The Top being the Underworld Goddess and the bottom being Ishtar, the Goddess. I prefer the Ishtar design as a rule but I think i'll grow to like the Underworld Goddess art better when it comes to the final art work.

Character Designs for The Creation Art Work

I did basic concept art for The Creation Art Work as I wanted to get the base character designs on paper so I can work on them with my final piece. I might go an edit these further into the project to make them better but for now, I like these designs and these work for my final pieces.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Idea Dev Week Onwards

Developing the ideas we created last week, we started thinking outside the box and trying to develop concepts which work well coherently. After the play through we all came back with ideas, my own being:

-Some type of settings and different achievements for questions when players answer them. Instead of just having multiple choice, we make the questions be something similar to Cranium. Where for different questions, the player will answer in different forms and manners.

-Having more abilities and setting restrictions for the abilities. Some of the abilities lacked and even though I didn't create any, I suggested we make some different ones. Then I posed the restriction of even though being able to stack cards in their hand (making it available to have cards which you can use on a prolonged game), players can only stack 2 in their hand and can't play more than 1 in a hand.

We also decided we wanted to make the game more interesting so we started adding descriptions to the questions so players can read up on specific records set and find some comedy and interest in them.

Next to do

-Design the Board in basic form
-Compiling the rule book together
-Developing the questions further and abilities to be refined.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Creating Space Assets - Hand Painting

After following the tutorial, the next task on this particular type of modelling was to hand paint are own textures based on a space ship and then import them into UDK to make a level. The picture above is the texture image I created to model my assets with in UDK. I liked the hand painting and enjoyed the speedy process of creating the assets in 3DS Max. After importing them though, in UDK, an error occurred where you couldnt clone SOME of the objects. It was odd and was a pain to have to work round this.

Overall though, enjoyable and easy process to creating quick buildings.

Modular Modelling Start and views

After not being in the for start of modular modelling, I was asked to follow the 3D motive tutorial online. By using the tutorial, I was able to produce the assets in 3DS max.

Defnitely find the method of approach much easier, especially building environments. For more complex shapes, this method couldn't be used, but for buildings with doors, walls, pillars etc, in my opinions, this is defnitely the approach to take as it tackles all that needs doing quickly and efficiently.

Own Work Dev

Starting the rule book, I needed to find out from the rest of the team what kind of rules we were going to have in the game.
Cooperatively working together, after deciding what base of game play were doing and how the questions worked, I started developing the rule book.

After developing game based rules which are primary, we worked on the specific rules of the game.

-Goal is to reach the space station after reaching the bottom of the tower.
-There are abilities in the game which change the game play ( not sure how yet).
-Only one question at a time per round per person. 
-Multiple-Choice based questions.
-Having the abilities arrive depending on the space the player is on.
-Players will have independent abilities in game.

With these ideas, we played a prototype game with these rules and settings, didn't go to plan and defnitely needed work because not just was it boring, it didn't make sense and had no real context to it.

Next week, develop the rules already created and carry on with the work we've set ourselves and hopefully get somewhere with the game next week.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Question Overload

After a think about it through the week, we defnitely needed to take some of the pressure of Beckie. To play the game properly, were going to need a lot of questions so as a majority, we decided to split the questions up and give me and Rob about 30 questions to do also.

We had the caution of having overlapping questions but Beckie was going to look through them and eliminate any overlaps.

Overall going well..

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Game Idea - Job Roles

After a discussion with Ben and an overall talk as a group, we generated the final idea for the game and basically what were going to be doing in the next 4-5 weeks.
Game Idea Basics:

2-4 Players
Based on World Record Space Jump
A 3D Structure and Board based Non-Digital Game.

Idea of the game is to work down the 3D structure, then reaching the board, players must travel to their individual space station and claim victory.

Players will move down the tower by answering multiple answered based questions which will be based on records set in the Guinnes Book of Records. The questions will have small descriptions at the end of the questions so players can read about that record and find out some interesting facts which can be both insightful and comedic. As an overall rulse, we wanted to make the question part more fun so it added some intrugue.

After this, we assigned job roles to each other on what were goin to be doing:

Me - Rule Nook
Sean - Art Work for board and anything else
Beckie - Questions and Question Cards
Robert - 3D Structure

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Generating ideas.

After a week of develop ideas based on our simplistic ideas, we came together to decide one idea that used all of our ideas put together and complimented well.

We wanted to use the Guinness Records in some form as the overall Space Jump was based on setting a record in the Guinness Book of Records.

We wanted to use some form of 3D structure in the game which can be a main feature in the game and make the a bit more interesting as a rule.

Also have some sort of game board as a piece as well which players can use to nvaigate through in the game.

We werent entirely sure on how the players would move yet as we werent sure whether to use dice rolls or the questions as a form of movement through the board and 3D structure.

With the basics in play, we could then go out and broaden the idea further....