Monday, December 29, 2014

[UPDATED] The Art of Champions Tower Defense- Part 11 #Forest Environment

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Goodbye 2014!
As we wrap up the year, we take a look at the forest environment.

The forest is where the fantasy happens. The trees are home for all kinds of woodland creatures and not so wholesome ones, so beware the forest. Do not be fooled by it's charming appearance.


"In literature, an enchanted forest is a forest under, or containing, enchantments. Such forests are described in the oldest folklore from regions where forests are common, and occur throughout the centuries to modern works of fantasy. They represent places unknown to the characters, and situations of liminality and transformation.
The forest can feature as a place of threatening danger, or one of refuge, or a chance at adventure." -Wikipedia 
 I knew that 100% of the game would have a background of some kind, and that each level would have a unique angle or map background full of props and building sets, not to mention paths, lots of paths. So I set out to plan a grid system in which anyone could swap out tiles and recreate the maps any way they please. Thus the map grid was created. The forest would be the first to populate the game levels. Green, happy, sunny, this forest would embody the easy levels, for now.


"The forest. It’s in all the stories that kept you awake at night. The forest is mankind’s nightmare."
-The Doctor

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Monday, December 22, 2014

The Art of Champions Tower Defense- Part 10 #paladin class

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 Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!
As we wrap up the Hero classes, we take a look at the Paladin class.

Honored knights, the holy Light shines in their faces, the Paladins are going to battle. Pounding their shields with their heavy hammers. Here come the avengers!
"The class is loosely based on the Knight Templar paladins of medieval romance, as holy knights for good and virtue, and usually, but not always, imbued with angelic or godly powers." -Wikipedia 

Obviously, paladins are powerful and skilled in battle. Their heavy plate armor and their holy weapons can break through the enemy horde, and splinter them like lightning would a tree.
I wanted this to be present in the character, but I also wanted  the character to feel wiser, more than any brute warrior would. A leader by all rights, and of pure heart. This character, would heal, and strategize the most precise attack, like an experienced general of the Heavenly army of Light.
Modest color, would show that all though of noble birth, this character was humble. But clearly very confident in his stance.


"The way of the Paladin is to seek to know that which truly is."
-Rakeesh Sah Tarna
Quest for Glory II 


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Monday, December 15, 2014

The Art of Champions Tower Defense- Part 9 #warlock class

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 This week we take a look at the Warlock class.

Masters of the dark arts, these are not to be underestimated. If you do, they'll surely put a curse on you.


"Warlocks are masters of the demonic arts. Clothed in cloth, they excel in using curses, firing bolts of fire or shadow, and summoning demons to help them in combat." -wowhead.com 

Hued in reds and rich colors, these agents of evil are the anti-mages. By this time, I was very used to the design process and in order to go faster, a lot of re purposing began to happen. It was all about the colors with these cloth wearing characters. 

Later, the robe, did go through drastic changes, the goal of this game is that you'll be changing armor and weapons a lot, so these level 1 outfits were not going to be the ones you would be holding on to anyways. By the time you reached level 60, your character's armor would bloom into a master design. Consider this robe to be the seed form of these characters.

"Mirror mirror on the wall, 
who's the scaredest one of all?"
-Warlock
Warlock Movie (1989)


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Monday, December 8, 2014

The Art of Champions Tower Defense- Part 8 #hunter class

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This week we're being hunted, as we take a look at the Hunter class.

The hunter must be cunning, crafty and very patient. He must understand his prey, and be worthy of the hunt.


"Hunters are a unique ranged DPS class in World of Warcraft. They are the sole non-magical ranged damage-dealers, fighting with bows and guns." -wowhead.com 

The most difficult part of the design process was taking what is essentially a 3d world and squeezing it into a 2d micro world. Some ideas look great in our mind's eye (or even on paper), but once you see them on your devices you realize it just doesn't work. You have to find the balance.

That's how it was designing the hunter based on W.o.W.. His clothes were ugly, so I had to make it work for our purposes. Even after making the original game version of the character I just didn't like it. I tried a few things like giving him a bushy mustache and made him bald to give him some character. But he still looked so goofy. 

In the end, when we went with the streamlined look, the short shorts, the funky belt and that vest [ugh], were all gone. I'm a lot happier for it.

Now give him or her (did I mention you can choose male or female for all the classes) a handy crossbow and watch the action.

"Clever girl." 
-Muldoon
[Just before he gets attacked by a raptor]
Jurassic Park 


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Monday, December 1, 2014

The Art of Champions Tower Defense- Part 7 #druid class

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This week we take a look at the Druid class.

Being one with nature just got turned on it's head. Nature is all around us, why not use it as a weapon? Tee hee.


"Druids are World of Warcraft's "jack of all trades" class -- that is, capable of performing in a variety of different roles and as such have one of the most varied play styles." -wowhead.com

Another special design for me, adding plant life to his costume was both a blessing and a challenge. These characters are only pixels wide, details get lost in translation very easily. So when it came to making the Druid, I had so many hopes of making a hermit, Yoda-esque, character. Alas, all those hopes had to be turned aside, for a cleaner look. The mud was hosed down and a formidable ally came forth, bye bye Swamp thing.


“When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good, you will not, hmmmm?”

- Yoda


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Monday, November 24, 2014

The Art of Champions Tower Defense- Part 6 #rogue class

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Happy Thanksgiving!
Is Wolverine considered a rogue? This week we'll take a look at the Rogue class.

Lurking in the shadows, the rogue is ready to pounce, just waiting for you to turn your back to him.


 " Thieves [rogue] are usually stealthy and dexterous characters able to disarm traps, pick locks, spy on foes, and perform back stabs from hiding." -Wikipedia

 Sam's main class in W.o.W., the rogue is one of the favorites in the popular mmorpg. The bad boy was very fun to make, trying to push the boundaries of Flash's vector art, I tried to implement subtle changes and details to make a more grim character. 

In the final look, the  dual wielding daggers really added danger to this bad-ass. He retained the main colors and added the leather sleeves. *Hood sold separately. 


"Uh, bud. I'm not one of your commandos. 
You can't order me around."
-Wolverine 


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Monday, November 17, 2014

The Art of Champions Tower Defense- Part 5 #shaman class

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 This week we'll take a look at the Shaman class.

Voodoo dolls and totems, the elemental magic is all around. Still and quiet your soul and you will absorb it's energy. (awkward!)


"Shamans are masters of elemental and nature magics with signature totems providing party buffs."  -wowhead.com

Shamans have to be one of the more unknown characters to me. Another robed character, I'm amazed these skilled fighters don't trip or step on their robes while charging into battle. 

The design's color scheme would be more earth tones and have more layers than the Mage's robe, but it would be more practical looking than the priest's robe. All of this got streamlined into a more modest look. The characters would all get a younger looking scalp as well. With more form fitting outfits. My original designs were beginning to suffer from Cartman syndrome.

Sorry, no Shaman quote. (yikes) 


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Monday, November 10, 2014

The Art of Champions Tower Defense- Part 4 #priest class

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 This week we'll take a look at the Priest class.

The holy ones, anointed children of The Light. The priests, in ancient times were tasked with serving in the holy temple. They would sacrifice, they would dedicate, they would proclaim the way of God.
The ministry of these saints would include healing the wounded and sick, but also engaging in holy warfare to bring peace to the land.

 "Priests are commonly considered one of the standard healing classes, as they have two talent specs that can be used to heal quite effectively. However, they are also formidable damage dealers with niche abilities." -wowhead.com

The priest costume needed to look significantly different from the others, so colors would contrast the mage's, warlock's and druid's significantly, not full white, but close enough to make sense that it had been worn in services, with two colors framing it this time. 

the original design was leaning towards a hippie (oops), then latter given more structure, more like a choir robe look. The idea of different hairstyles was always on our mind, but with the priest, I wanted to make him with a bald spot on top. Friar Tuck comes to mind as a memorable character that was part of the clergy and also a heroic fictional character.


"There exist only three beings worthy of respect: 
the priest, the soldier, the poet. 
To know, to kill, to create."

-Charles Baudelaire


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Monday, November 3, 2014

The Art of Champions Tower Defense- Part 3 #mage class

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This week we'll take a look at the Mage class. 

Mages and Wizards became very popular in the early 2000's with the Harry Potter series and The Lord of the Ring movies. I'm a big fan of Gandalf the grey and would want the mages in this game to be that awesome. I always found it very amusing whenever someone got sheep-ed in W.o.W. so I wouldn't be surprised if Sam puts that move in the game.




"Wizards, called mages, are spell-casting characters designed to deal damage, while also preventing monsters from dealing damage and providing utility for the rest of their party." -Wikipedia

 The Mage's costume was the first cloth armor item I made for the game, it was important that the cloth looked like it flowed much like a robe. The scale of the game graphics is small enough that no cloth simulation or animation was needed, but the look needed to be different than just a shirt and pants. 



Later in the process, Sam went with a more streamlined look, so a lot of the details were taken off. This would be a level 1 robe, so the details would probably come later with more elite tiers dropping.



“A wizard is never late, nor is he early, he arrives precisely when he means to.” 

-Gandalf (LOTR) 

 


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Monday, October 27, 2014

The Art of Champions Tower Defense- Part 2 #warrior class

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We start the game choosing our hero's class.


Classes are the different types of characters you can choose for your avatar, each come with different specialties and abilities (moves) used to vanquish enemies that exist in the game. 

When designing the different classes for Champions TD, I was given the task of making these characters look like they come straight from World of Warcraft, but maintain the simplicity of the games art style. The game's classes include Warrior, Mage, Priest, Shaman, Rogue, Druid, Hunter, Warlock and Paladin. Let's take a look at the warrior class.


"The Warrior is skilled in combat, and usually can make use of some of the most powerful heavy armor and weaponry in the game. As such, the warrior is a well-rounded physical combatant." 
-Wikipedia

This is the class that I'm most familiar with. From watching Conan the Barbarian and Madmartigan (I know I'm old). So I knew I wanted this character to stand tall and fearless above the rest.


 The warrior would function much like a tank would in W.o.W., so it would amass a large group of foes and allow your party to deal damage.


"Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, 
while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win." 
-Sun Tzu


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Doing Art for Champions Tower Defense part 1 #introduction


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The Introduction

Last summer, Sam & Dan games approached me with the chance to create the art of their next game Champions Tower Defense.

Sam explained to me that the setting of ChampionsTD would be inspired by World of Warcraft and the art style of Kingdom Rush, with the action taking place in all kinds of environments. The protagonist would have to make choices that would drastically change his or her destiny. The player would choose between light and dark, while also recruiting an awesome group of characters and creatures you could easily find in W.O.W. The sense of nostalgia would be present for W.O.W fans like Sam, but also be a great new experience for people like me, that haven't played W.O.W.



Sam also explained, that in order to deliver an epic game on a schedule that works, the art would have to be in a style that can be generated quickly, but also be beautifully alive, crisp and full of the moods and tones of World of Warcraft.


He suggested a game that we both love and are big fans of to be the inspiration of the game's art style. Kingdom Rush became the look of the game. Making small people that have armor and color to some degree of detail, but not so complicated that it becomes impossible to create 100 pieces of armor to swap out. I would say that the art style is very similar to Kingdom Rush, but there's no way we could be that good. So I did the best I could to come close to it. Each week I'll showcase some of that art which I enjoyed making, some of my favorites and some of my least favorites as well.



Champions Tower Defense will hit release real soon, you can play a demo of the game on Sam & Dan Games site.


Working on this Week:



  • What is my next film?
  • Still writing Script for "The Strong Man" movie
  • What's my next video?
  • PTD 2 Model & Animation Test
  • What's my next game?
  • Still working on a platformer to kickoff 2015 with a series of platformer games.
  • What's my next comic? 
  • One Shot Samurai Toad