When I started playing with the idea of making a game again, I did some research with the engines out there ’cause I’m too lazy/stupid to go back into computer science and heavy duty coding… So, after doing the Unreal/Unity/All the rest of them gauntlet I found out about this small little über-powerful game little engine that does it all. And it was open source.
So, after checking things out I decided to join the Godot Engine fan club a while back. Why Godot? ‘Cause Godot is fokin awesome, that’s why. It’s the Blender & Gimp & Krita & all those cool and open source projects that are now totes on par with commercial multi-million and billion companies out there – only in the game engine world. To use the lingo of the advertising world – it’s a market disruptor. Whatever the fuck that means, the only disruptors I ever cared about are of Klingon Empire origin.
Godot Engine already has a massive user base, a super active discord, and an astounding amount of cool shit you can do in it – and it’s just getting better. And it’s like ~60-70Mb to install. It oozes demoscene vibe to how it’s doing it’s thing. Endless r3spect to the team behind it, for real. Super intuitive interface, super helpful community. Check.
What’s it gonna be this spaceship thingie? It will inform at least a faction design.
So… Hm… Let’s make a blueprint of it. Maybe give it a name. Oooh, I came up with a temp name “Oregon Trail”. Lewis & Clarke must’ve been into some shady shit on top of trailing a path into the unknown. I was sure our fam in Oregon would appreciate it, and it’s growing on me. We’ll see.
IMHO a personal name of a famous historical figure feels more like an army thing, and this crew… Is not… Some of them maybe ex-army, but definitely no fans. A path, a trail… A trek 😉 But let’s avoid names for now. Here’s the blueprints I did in a vector drawing software. Used Adobe Illustrator for this one, old habits die hard…
Of course this being a pixel art project, only the Flying Spaghetti Monster knows knew what it’s gonna look like in the end. I had to lose most of those curves and my pre-school kid level amount of weapons. It’s still gonna carry armaments, ’cause lawless universe = lot of opportunities to shoot and even more to get shot at. I’ll figure out where to stick them soon enough.
It’s been a bazillion years since I’ve worked on a game title. And just like I remember it, it all starts with a story. A trekkie is a trekkie, and there’s no help to me over there. It had to be a spaceship. Scrappy crew. Fearless captain.
Aaaaand… Hm… Come to think of it let’s make the story more like the shitshow 2020 has been.
Junkyard-bound spaceship. Crew with a shady past. Captain with a chip or two on his shoulder. A universe following a more realistic future based on current level of humanity. Corporations stronger than states, with fleets and vested interest in ever-expanding growth. Conflicts everywhere. Universe riddled with factions, no United Federation of Planets bs.
Just a big fucking wild west cosmos, a free for all – grab as much as you can – or die trying. And you’re a freelance smuggler/trader just trying to make a buck and survive the mess out there. That’s more like it. Sold.
Indie game development & digital art by Aleksandar Djordjevic