Gaming

When I was in High School I happened to take a course in drafting and eventually Computer Aided Design. I even landed a job for a while learning and doing 3D CAD. Over the years I’ve dabbled in 3D from time to time whether it was creating something for a video intro for my kids theater performances I burned to DVD or for building a simple game. I’ve decided it was time to dust off my skills again. Especially with the project I’m working on my boys to create a digital game.

Wow the world has and hasn’t changed much.

The tools I’m using at this time range from Blender (Free) to ZBrush Core (Paid). I’m trying to focus on Blender which is a crazy tool that can do more than one trick. It can be a 3D Modeling tool or a Sculpting tool or even a game engine.

Blender

Blender 2.79b

Blender can scare people off really quickly. You need to come to it understanding it is in “Expert Mode” out of the gate. The tool is full of keyboard shortcuts you really need to memorize to improve your speed. The mouse will feel backwards off the bat but if you get used to it you will understand the thoughts behind it.

I’m going to start to make screencasts over the next few weeks covering everything from the basics to stuff I’m just playing around with. My goal is to force myself to learn the tool to share with others what you can do with it and how. Just like doing a presentation if I don’t have a deadline it won’t happen. So starting today I’m going to be posting a video 2-3 times a week. My first video will land by Wednesday this week.

See you again soon.

The Beginning

I have decided to start a project with my two younger boys Camron and Curtis. The journey we are going to go on is to create a digital game from ideation to completion. We will be doing this all while live streaming the experience. I am currently working on a schedule in which we will stream the different parts of the process.

This will be quite an experience. I just recently starting streaming on Twitch under my handle CorvusNite. I’ve already learned a lot and will continue to evolve my Twitch content between gaming myself and building the game my sons come up with.

The Game – Episode 0

What do I expect my boys to want to build? Well based on the fact that they love to play Minecraft I have a gut feeling that is where their ideas are going to start. I’m going to push them though to create something completely unique instead. My first session will be myself, and my boys sitting around a table and literally drawing up ideas on paper. We will have open discussion of our ideas and between the three of us we will land on the game concept. From there is where the creative process will really get going. We will have to do everything from game mechanics to design aesthetics. If the game has characters we will have to work through character design principles. Next we will have to discuss our strategy of how we attack building our first MVP.

Development Begins – Episode 1

The next step for us will probably be starting the rough game development. I’m not sure at this point where we will start. It will either be jumping right into a game development platform and starting basic game concepts in code, or it could be starting on the development of graphics for the game either way this will be more of a screencast. I’ll do commentary as I go. I will discuss the decisions I’m making and why. Occasionally I will have to consult with the game designers (My sons).

Crowd Participation

I am hoping to get a community around this project and they will have input as we move forward through the design of the game. This will come in the way of polls as well as just people contributing through chat in Twitch or commenting on the archived YouTube videos I post. If people would like to directly contribute we would find a way for them to join us. The goal though is that majority of the development of this project is streamed to show the process and the work that goes into building software.

Conclusion

I hope this project will be a success and that others will enjoy watching the process. Please feel free to give some suggestions if you have them as well as feedback.