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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