So, last time I left you, I told you about my ideas for new projects to pursue now that I’ve ceased development on Life’s Impetus. Now, I’ll be telling you a bit more about the first game I plan to work on, the Narrative Project, and explain how I plan to organize my development from now on.
Hey! Since I don’t have much to say about what I’m currently working on (I will for the next devblog, though!), this weekend I’ll be talking about my story writing process, which is divided into 3 phases (in case you couldn’t guess from the title).
Before Life’s Impetus was called “Life’s Impetus”, it was called Fountain of Life.
I changed it for many reasons, but the Fountain of Life is still an important element of the game. In this devblog, I’ll be talking about what makes this fountain so important, and the difficulties I’ll face in making it.
I’ve mentioned it a few times before, but I’ve never really got into the details of the process behind animation in Life’s Impetus. It’s what I’ve been working on for this past week, so now’s a good time to talk about! Besides describing the nitty-gritty stuff, I’ll be showing a lot of in-process pictures.
Art of Movement
Before I can get into the actual description, I need to define the main technique on which my process is based: rotoscoping. I’ve used this comparison too many times, but it works; rotoscoping is basically the 2D equivalent of mocap. You record the action you want to animate, and then print and trace it. My process is not exactly the same though, so let’s start with the explanation!
I’ve probably mentioned it before, but Life’s Impetus takes place in a shopping district. Normally, I would say “not any shopping district!” to sound dramatic and stuff, but it’s not really true; the game’s shopping district is supposed to be nothing out of the ordinary. That said though, I will be sure to make it looks as attractive as possible, and that’s what I’ll be talking about this devblog.