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Game devblog 003

The crew

Ah the crew. Tropes, everywhere tropes… Lolwut?! No. Awesomeness, everywhere awesomeness 😀

I started playing with some pixel art concepts for the crew complement designs, setup character looks – and at one point I recon I got enough to run with. The first pass on the crew design concept.

I got the captain, 1st officer, pilot (the redhead in the black “jelek” vest), engineer, doctor, sensor array operator, defense array operator and, of course, the muscle. Sailor shirt guy.

So far I only did walk cycles for the captain, but it’s totes gonna be copy/paste to make the other ones.

Onward!

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The ship

And now for some art.

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.

Here’s a sneak peek of the current status:

Game devblog 001

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.