Wow! The weeks sure pass by in a jiffy when you’re having fun, and by fun I mean devving!
So far at least one hour per day with some days being closer to eight and most at around five to six hours.
December 14thJ Despite my fever haze I managed to read up on advanced facial rigging and create/steal some nice scripts. These will increase the speed of future rigs, super exciting!
I know that I, in the end, will be creating a lot of morph targets to bring the characters to life in game. To avoid a lot of work, I’m going to expand my facial rig to the level of a last gen AAA character. Create all animations for one character then using a hopefully, relatively simple retargeting system, to fit the same animations to all other characters.
Wish me luck… This is unexplored territory for me.
K During the days I work as a teacher, I teach game developemt at LBS Stockholm in Stockholm (surprise surprise) and this week is the last week before all the students leave for their holiday break, needless to say there is a lot on my schedule right now. Enough with the excuses, I managed to scramble together some time and researched some tools that might cmoe handy later in the development, biggest concern right now is how to handle the procedural dungeons, roll my own solution or buy one?
December 15thJ You know those pesky helmets and hairdos where your ears and/or nose clip through, but you know the design works better if you don’t have to make it thinker and longer? After all, wouldn’t the helmet just push the ears in?
Well, considering that I may at one point want a character to scratch its nose or flip an ear, I decided to add three more bones to my rig. This brings the added benefit of allowing us a simple animation state where we can fold ears and nose into for example a helmet or bandana!
K More teacher stuff happening today besides my baby brothers birthday, well at least I had the time to record a instructional video for my students on how time works in Unity, so if you understand Swedish you can enjoy that and several other game development related videos from here.
December 16thJ You’re probably getting sick of this guy’s face, the fact is however that for new characters to be made, this rig needs to be finalized first.
I think that enough of the rig is done now for me to start creating some animations for out little friend.
K I have begun work on cleaning up and abstracting some systems to release on Asset Store for others to use or learn from.
December 17thJ Created most of the controllers I will use to create base animations and future blend shapes.
K Today I finished work on the settings system and prepared it for the asset store where it will be available for free for you to use or learn from.
It is a basic XML based system with a in Unity editor and easily extendable.
December 18thJ Made a few expression tests, neutral, happy, shocked and angry which are now driven by a single float value, it’s working quite well.
K This was the last day before the break for the holiday at work, and according to traditions we finish with a big LAN party, now I took the time to work on continuing the work from the day before but know my brains is mush from lack of sleep so I will return tomorrow hopefully with some more work.
December 19thJ Today I skinned some clothes onto the fat man, this is going to be incredibly annoying to fit into a game ready equipment system.
K Having visitors over for the weekend did not leave much time for work so I am squeezing in some thinking and reflection time thinking about how the different systems will work together.
December 20thJ We’ve just bought a domain and registered a Facebook page name, here’s an idea for the Facebook group profile picture, it’s way too grey though, that’s sure as sure.
K We have done a lot these past weeks and it is time to start thinking more about the story and aesthetics of the game as its definition will affect a lot of the game itself so now with the holidays quickly arriving there is less time for coding work so I have begun looking into possible themes and settings of the game, looking into folklore.