UWS Project – Imperial Crusade – Graded Pitch time

Alrite Guys.

So that’s us on week 11 of university which is our second last week of the first semester. Its time for our graded pitch on Tuesday in front of an audience.

I managed to update the GGD with a few things like in-game units , how the trading will work and fighting will happen within a province or against an army. I also had to fix the GUI of the map which I did and I feel it gives any artists the general idea of what we want and along with my document for it then the programmer can also know what we want to happen to.

The main thing on our mind though is obviously the graded pitch. This means hours of reading and a power point to be created and notes to be written. Al to be forgotten and doubted at the last minute and during the pitch its self.  My chores for the pitch were to come up with the games flavour text and a few slides on the story and empires with things like cultures , religions and general goals.  But the major problem is our pitch is only to be 15 minutes long and therefore we run the serious risk of having to much to say and to little a time.  And we will have until next week to find out.

But here is a small reflection on what I have achieved and contributed towards our project.

To begin with it was my core ideas when coming up with a game concept. This was helped by my inspiration from paradox’s series of Crusader kings and Europa Universalis. Along with a game which was not long out at the time Rome Total War 2. Then into further depth and many long chats later I explained that a good unique aspect would be for the player to not only control the units as a squad but a single unit like mount and blade or blade storm and fight in an epic battle.  Being able to switch between setting up tactics and formations to doing the actual fighting I fought would be very interesting.

After that day within a few hours I came up for the base of my vision which is to be a part of an organisation which talks all things gaming and designs and makes games and apps. This is where the concept of DNA Game Design Studios UK came from and DNA Game Reviews.  The name changes every other day due to me finding similar ones. And I have a major shout out and thanks to Christopher Haughey who designed the DNA Games Logo (first draft displayed) and who is willing and able to contribute more in the future with our projects. And also the lovely Lauren Wilson who created our mock up game cover and inspired our name of our game to be imperial crusade.

I also created many maps from being a few concepts to picking one and then making more. I created GUI’s for our project too and also pitched in with the mechanic systems. I am happy with what i could achieve in short time due to work and other commitments.

The goal from now on out with projects from University are to continue to plan and design games , As well as keep others informed with information and my opinion on games within my reviews.

Thanks for reading through this university chapter and hope to hear from yous in the next

Thanks for reading

” why be shy , when you can embrace”

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UWS Project – More Design info – Everything relates to Skyrim in the end.

Alrite Amegios

Last weeks task at hand was the creation of a map which our game is set and takes place.  And also for all members to come up with two playable alternate countries and say why they are at war.

As simple as a task it sounds there was so much of an explosion in terms of ideas and also a loss of how I would develop the concept map.

At first I was going to just take the map of Europe divide it up and move bits here and bits there .. end up with Italy putting the boot into Finland – “my moneys on the Fins”

But its hard to be creative that way so I looked around and found a few programmes in which to do it and used 1 of them . If the worst where to happen I was genuinely going to use Sid Miers Civilisation 5 editor . Like I said its just for a concept map and there are no rules for showing off an idea.

And as for the playable Nations at war. So many ideas which can be spun off this. Religious war/ holy land , succession to the throne in a joint union (moan the Scotland) , claiming land / resources . Even just different cultures creating alot of border friction.

The idea I have  is to have 1 country which gives of an Imperial  Empire Status like the Romans or who am I kidding for Skyrim terms the actual “Imperial Empire” . And  in the Red corner have the rebellious nation who is joined by smaller weasels. And yes I did revert to smaller countries as weasels. The rebellious nation I will try and base this off will be almost like the Barbaric Viking type . Or Nords for the Skyrim geeks .

I am so tempted just to blog about Skyrim now … starts off as a semi related joke ends up with me creating a new character and setting chickens on fire all day….

If you guys managed to get this far reading then thanks very much . Yous are awsome !

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The map will be posted next week at some point but al be back .. unless I take an arrow to the knee …

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DNA Games Studio UK – UWS Project – Team idea

(AA) – alrite amigos

The team has now came up with our idea . Finnnnnallly !!!

The idea is to design a Grand Strategy game.  After the endless hours of gibber gabber and unrelenting drool we did come up with some great , wacky and outlandish ideas but the overall opinions were swayed with a Strategy game.

This suits me and i am very happy to be able to work on our project when it comes to this genre. I love Strategy games like ….. Europa Universalis + Crusader kings series , Command and conquer series (not the 4th .. hell noo !) , ages of empires , Total war and the tycoon games . You get the picture i love these games and have burnt a very big hole in my eye ball playing them for countless days . ” just another hour “”just one more turn” … ( ayee right ! ( Scottish linguistics lesson 0.001) )

So our idea is to incorporate and merge ideas from 3 existing games which wee love in this genre and combine them into the master game. For this we have picked Europa Universalis 4 , Rome total war 2 , Crusader kings 2 and borrowed a feature from Mount and blade .

– Europa Universalis 4 – http://www.europauniversalis4.com/

This game inspired us in many ways . Firstly its an “Wowsome” game  but its game interfaces and its user interfaces are exceptional   So i plan to have similar features of there interfaces for my design. The map in which the campaigns take place is another great feature with being able to play any countries that is in existence at date of which you choose to start with.  The countries are made up of provinces i.e. Scotland have 5 .

-Crusader kings 2- www.crusaderkings.com

The game is very much like Europa universalis as its a paradox creation and is seen as a prequel. The feature that wee love in this game is that in a provinces there are 3 locations in which you have to take control of before fully taking the Provence in this case its usually a city , church/parish  and a fort/castle.

-Total war-http://www.totalwar.com/en_gb/

The battles in this game are epic at times . You set up your army the way you wish i.e. cavalry on the flanks , spearmen at the front etc.  And you pick what units to move and also there stance and special ability if they have one. The army is represented on the map as a single general and we like both of these ideas . As the general fights more battles the more traits they receive and skill they get at such things as fighting.

-Blade Storm- http://www.bladestorm.co.uk/

In this game you play as a mercenary and during game play you can battle with any unit taking control of it . i.e. walk up to archers and fight as an archers then a spearmen group etc. And basically control that group of  units whatever they maybe. So a feature we will incorporate will be the ability to choose which unit to fight with and become the commander of that unit .

well that’s alot to take in but to me it sound great . also website under construction ….. happy happy!!

thanks for reading like and share and if questions needed please comment or mail either way is fine !

al catch you guys next time as wee divulge more into DNA Games project.

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