GameX: A Retrospective

26 10 2009

So today I got back from GameX, a combination game and game industry convention that was taking place in the Greater Philadelphia area. I did do a couple tweets on what I had done while I was there but clearly that was insufficent. Since my laptop was way too broken to be of much use I’m going to have to condense everything I did/saw/found interesting into a blog post right here. Of course since this is really the first convention of any kind that I’ve been to I probably didn’t do enough things that people would deem sufficient for a con-goer, but oh well. More after the jump
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More Mammoth Ministrations

15 10 2009

So I went back and further messed around with the Mass Production Mammoth model, as well as came up with a breif description.

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While the X-66 Mammoth Tank was a wildly successful battletank in the First Tiberium War, the costs involved in producing and maintaining such a gargantuan beast of a war machine kept the GDI from being able to field it in large numbers. The R&D Team behind the X-66 proposed a stripped down version, the M-66a Mammoth Tank (Mass-Production Type). The M-66a is roughly 3/4 the size of its predecessor and has only one 120mm cannon. In place of the other cannon is a mounted .50 caliber machine gun to protect the tank against infantry. The M-66a keeps the Mammoth Tusk missiles as well, although the launchers have now been angled back 15 degrees in order to intercept aircraft more effectively. With this new configuration, the M-66a could be fielded in battle at half the cost of the original Mammoth Tank, as well as being more maneuverable while only sacrificing a minor amount of armor protection. However the First Tiberium War ended before the tanks could be deployed to the front, and as such the M-66a became a relic, quickly handed down to second-line units and Special Forces teams around the globe. Many of these mass-production models were lost to time, some of them found their way into the hands of the Forgotten, and others were used by police forces in riots that occured as large portions of the Earth were evacuated as Tiberium’s hold increased on the planet.





Insomnia Creates Inspiration

14 10 2009

So I couldn’t sleep too well last night. The end result of that was I went back to something I had worked on for a friend and turned it into something entirely different.

Some people will note that it looks an awful lot like the X-66 Mammoth Tank from Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn. They would be right, since that’s what’s inspired this design. This is a conceptual rendition of what a theoretical “Mass Production” model of the Mammoth Tank would be like. A more cost-effective tank that sacrifices some firepower but still remains a viable force on the battlefield. I’ll probably texture this at about the same time I get the Yabusame done.

It's amazing what no sleep can do

It's amazing what no sleep can do





Tiny Warz: Big on Fun

8 10 2009

Recently I’ve gotten into looking at browser-based games that are either free or have an optional pay model. One such game is Tiny Warz, a Massively Multiplayer Turn-Based Strategy Game (or an MMTBSG if you like alphabet soup). The game is free to play but of course there are some restrictions that are only lifted if you do pay for what are called “TinyDays”. Still, even without paying to play the game is very open and accessible. Not to mention fun.
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Now in refreshing Lemon-Lime, it’s Yabusame!

8 10 2009

For the heck of it I did a quick color test of the Yabusame, just flat stuff, no texturing to speak of. Apart from it now looking like the spokesmecha for 7up, it’s also colored based on the design of the Prototype of the Zaku II from Mobile Suit Gundam, which as the mono-eye sensor clearly indicates, is one of the main design influences.

BEEP. MAKE 7 UP YOURS.

BEEP. MAKE 7 UP YOURS.

UV Texture mapping is going to be a big issue here, since I did a lot of transforming and shaping and such. But first I need to optimize the geometry as best I can, since this comes in at roughly 3000 polys, which I’m sure is fine but in theory you’d want lower-poly models in a game where you’d have a lot of units running about.





More than Half the Mech it Used to be

7 10 2009

The Yabusame is coming along nicely now. I still have some optimization work, not to mention UV texturing, but it at least looks…complete, of a sort.

Need...oil...

Need...oil...





In Which I Bemoan the Loss of Skill

6 10 2009

Mechwarrior 4 still has a steady multiplayer community, unfortunately that community is full of campers and cheap pilots who’s only idea of combat is to strap as many PPCs as they can onto a mech, then hit their enemies so that the electronic interference from said PPCs makes it impossible for return fire. Yes it’s essnetially become a sniper battle with giant robots. This is not, nor will ever be, how mech combat is supposed to go. Personally I partially blame MekTek for creating new weapons that have faster recycle times, but I also blame the players themselves, who have forgotten the tactical nature of Mechwarrior and instead reduce themselves to popping up from behind hills, taking a potshot, and then hiding again. It’s like fighting a submarine if the submarine was walking and had long distance weaponry. And it is cheap.

There’s no longer any balance, and I dread how this may flow into Mechwarrior 3015.





More Progress

4 10 2009

The Yabusame is coming along. Right now I’m almost done. Just need to finish making the hand, and make the foot, and then it’s just a matter of copying over one side and texturing it.

The handless wonder

The handless wonder





Work in Progress, for real

1 10 2009

Taking a break from mapping again (yeah I know). I’ve refocused myself on 3D modeling, and am starting to get the feeling back for it. With this new-found enthusiasm I’ve been hard at work on something that’s related to a game design idea I’ve had for 4 years now. All I’m going to say about the idea is that it’s a Mech Combat game mixing elements of Mechwarrior, Armored Core, and Battlefield, with some other stuff thrown in. That’s said, here’s a preview of what I’ve spent two days slowly building.

Don't ask me where the legs are, they ran away.

Don't ask me where the legs are, they ran away.

Before anybody starts crying “weeaboo anime bullcrap”, let me explain. “Yabusame” is a Japanese word that Samurai used to describe the act of archery from a moving horse. Since mecha are often described as futuristic armored calvalry, I figured that would be an apt name. It’s obviously very incomplete, mostly because I’ve been wrestling with ways to make the joints seem functional yet also protected, but I’m getting the hang of it now. Hope to have this done by the weekend.