Here we go again

Its been awhile… sorry.
It’s funny, the idea of this blog was pretty exciting and I thought I’d commit to it but I guess not. Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging, so I’ll try to be a little more loving towards it 😉
But I’m not gonna lie, something did force me back on here, and that’s my Platform Evaluation module in my second year at uni. Yes, I am back with my old friend UDK, and actually we’re no where closer to being friends, but who knows, this could be the year? The year we join forces and take on evil! Modelling the salvation of this world!!! Importing justice!!! And at the end of it all, we’ll hold hands and walk towards the sunset…

Anyways, for this module we had the option to either work in a team or by ourselves. I chose to work in a team for reasons, good reasons, such as spreading out the work load, team mates helping out one another (which i need a lot) and just the opportunity to experience working in a team. And for our brief all we have to do is to design a level, a working prototype, which includes new things we learned (I’m still a noob to this so everything’s new to me…).

So, lets start with the Basics:
After a lengthy discussion (which took 4 weeks) we finally decided on an idea based around a mysterious island entwined with puzzles (no not Myst). The idea was born from the recent incident in Pakistan, where a little island emerged from the earthquake. And from there we branched out with a concept of the island being a mystical representation of the protagonists life. I suggested the protagonist to be a girl, just for something a little different, and so there’d be less for us to model!
Actually, when I think about it, its not just an island, its a collection of small islands…that float…in the sky (no not Bioshock Infinite), and google tells me that this would be called an archipelago, but I wonder if it’s still called that if they’re floating in the sky…
Moving on, There will be a center or starting point island which will be surrounded or branch out to four other islands. Theses islands will consist of puzzles that, once solved, grants the player a fragment of a story which ultimately tells the story of how this protagonist died. Yeah, the girl is actually dead.

Our group split up into major parts of the production of this level, though we still made decisions of the game together. One of my roles is to provide some concept work and puzzle ideas and because I focused on the puzzle more, i didn’t actually do any concepts of how the entire level would look. Unfortunately, the group is still constantly bringing up new proposals and ideas for the level, which would manipulate the islands appearance, so although having a lot of concept ideas would be great, time is of an essence and is ticking against us.

Puzzle Ideas:

We ended up coming up with the idea of thinking up a puzzle each.
I thought of two but of course went with one.

So here’s the first idea:



Ok i suck at planning out a lot of things, and worse at explaining too. So please bare with me as I try to explain, I mean its a pretty basic concept, nothing genius or incredible, but hopefully decent.
Basically, there will be a room with 3 wheels in it. The wheels will have four parts which will be slightly thing (but not really see through) and each section will have different shapes. From behind, a light will beam through the wheels creating a shadow on the opposite side.
When the shapes are aligned correctly, they will create an image, thus solving the puzzle.


The cog-like wheels and the shapes that create the image

The cog-like wheels and the shapes that create the image







Puzzle solving image

Puzzle solving image





I thought it would be cool to do the image of the girl falling as the puzzle solver.






I also came up with another idea, and although it would be a little challenging for me to do (and I chose not to go with it) its still something to consider for my plans:


So this idea takes up the whole island and takes place outside. Its the classic shine-the-light-mirror-to-mirror-to-hit-the-target puzzle… hah.



A few ideas for what the mirrors could look like.








And last but not least, the character herself. 1378472_10200690662371584_2008892891_n