Actually the implications of this text are fucking with me because as far as everyone thought only Tirion and Sylvanas knew about Bolvar but now Darion is just kind of casually telling everybody about it?
THIS IS MESSING WITH ME.
I think he’s making this statement in confidence as you, the hero (or one of the heroes/champions), are assumed to be one of the few who would know about it.
I suck at a lot of forms of drawing and sketching, especially sketching. Spitballing ideas and doing it quickly just evades me.
Except when doing pixel art of spaceships.
A while back I started a bunch of ship silhouettes, working at 2x magnification with just one color. I filled in the silhouettes I made with more detail in a SNES-level sort of style and found the silhouettes made it easier to come up with designs, as I was just filling them in, and had different ways to fill in each silhouette.
That top image is all of the results of my original silhouettes being filled in. The parts at the bottom go on the sides of the “body” parts at the top to make complete player ships. These parts are able to be mixed and matched and recolored, as seen in the middle image.
But what about enemies? Those will use some of the player parts, with “elites” looking like player ships and most others using the body parts without sides added. But that’s not enough. I wanted more variety.
I got to work doing more silhouettes, but not working based on the pattern of the originals, which were meant to be mixed together. These could be anything. The result is the bottom image, which has enemy designs with tons of variations, especially in size.
I had so much fun working on them, and filling them out is going to be a blast. I could make these all day.
The trick here, though, is these ships will actually be 3D. Simple blocky-modelled ships that closely follow the original pixel art, but add depth to the appearance, especially in differences in height, allowing me to keep the SNES feel but do some interesting things with it. Hopefully I can show that off soon.
After the revealfest that was last week, things have calmed down, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything new. We saw new gear, new graphics, and new developments as well as some announcements for content in Warlords.
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Solar energy that doesn’t block the view
A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface. And, according to Richard Lunt of MSU’s College of Engineering, the key word is “transparent.”
Today we have our first impressions of some of the gameplay in Warlords of Draenor as we take a look at how questing is changing and how it works in one of the new zones coming in the expansion, the center of rampant growth that is Gorgrond.
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So in basically one sitting with Unity I figured out about half of the pieces I needed to make a simple character customization method.
I started with a 3D pixel tank. Made of several boxes, it’s made around simple pixel art that is modeling to the scale of the pixels themselves. If the art is 14x8 pixels, the model is 14x8 units to keep a uniform appearance. This created the brown and gray tank.
I then made two new versions of the base texture that took the brown parts and instead alpha’d out the gray metal parts, creating two textures: A grayscale instead of brown texture, the “paint” texture, and the gray “metal” texture.
Then, in Unity, every part of the model was given an additional material so that it instead had two. Unity innately supports stacking materials, and if they use alpha, the other materials are layered underneath it. It also supports tinting a material.
This lead to the simple scripting to allow for the simplest and most important pieces of character customization.
By layering materials with alpha, any combination of effects and appearances can be accomplished, and by targeting any of these materials in a script, it can change dynamically to player choices or even things like a character’s expression. The applications there are immense.
And by using the color attribute with a simple grayscale texture I can recolor any material. By combining that with the ability to layer materials, using a material that alphas out any portion that it doesn’t want colored, I can recolor the tank cannon and treads separately from the rest of the tank.
The code to accomplish this? Thanks to Unity’s robust internal tools to change colors on the fly (removing the need to do so in the code) and deep settings for applying materials, the code to change colors dynamically takes up barely ten lines.
This is just the beginning.
Catch up on everything new this week for August 18 2014 including all of the maybe’s and hopefully’s we heard at Gamescom and new details to crop up in beta including transmog storage, garrison upgrades, the adventurer’s guide and other possible patch content.
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