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General Discussion / Re: the blender 3D thread
« on: 18 Aug 2018, 17:20 »
I'd say this thread is the perfect place for paying tutorials for blender.

Congrats Dave and team on crossing the finish line!

Completed Games Thread

Looks so good. That cutscene where he pulled the pistol from the water was so reminiscent of Flashback I swore it was 1991 for a moment! Best of luck on the release.

AGS Games in Production / Re: Private Detective
« on: 20 Jul 2018, 16:29 »
Stressful but quite an accomplishment!

Congrats on the release and good luck!

So is this game no longer in production?

Please review the forum rules and update your post accordingly!


I only know Ghost through these forums. He left here (quite awhile ago) by choice for personal reasons (which I won't share). Haven't heard from him since but, for what it's worth, the leaving was by choice and I got no sense of anything nefarious or worrisome. Just a fella who was moving on to other things.

Welcome to AGS!

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Thanks and good luck!

CatPunter - it's been over 8 months since this thread was posted to. Please review the forum rules before digging up any more threads! Thanks.

Gurok - are you interested in posting an update? Let me know!

Please update with two in-game screenshots.

I'd say just stick w/ the hi-res! It suits your style better anyway (nod)

I have never liked the "retro" modes that are just reduced quality backgrounds because I don't consider them "pixel art" as each pixel wasn't placed by hand.

I may be a tad more discerning than most but to use photoshop (or something like it) to reduce images just feels like a gimmick to me. I don't dislike it (I'm all about that retro feel) but I think if you want to achieve something magical with this concept I would, personally, take the time to re-pixel-ize the backgrounds individually. So the transition from hi to low-res would be striking and really show the love!

Just my thoughts!


I have wondered for some time... The squiggly pixel outlines on the characters? Do you draw the animations without them and then just randomly add/remove some pixels from each frame to achieve this effect? Or do you just draw the outlines for each frame (not concerned w/ consistency) and let them workout naturally that way? It's a nice effect that isn't too over-the-top. Sometimes this squiggly animation style goes way too far and it's jarring on the eyes but this just has character.

General Discussion / Re: the blender 3D thread
« on: 04 May 2018, 18:05 »
I'm torn on this...

Blender's native Mantaflow does use, as I understand it, the FLIP model but this add-on is supposed to be much better (faster and easier to use).

I'm just not sure it's nearly $100 better!

Critics' Lounge / Re: Nature scene + character sprite
« on: 03 May 2018, 13:17 »

I think it's off to a great start.

The first thing that stood out to me was that the number of color shifts in the foreground (the green ground) coupled w/ the sizing of the trees further back, suggests to me that it goes back quite a ways and isn't just a hill to the character's left. I think, if that's the case, the colors are too saturated and don't convey that distance as well! I'd suggest desaturating a bit more (not to the extent that the background elements are, of course, but just a bit to convey the distance a tad better).

Sad to hear. Let me know (PM) if you get it sorted and we can reopen the thread!

Dainipponjin - please review the forum rules before posting!

KiraHaraReturns - send me a PM if you want to post an update and I'll unlock it until you're ready!

General Discussion / Re: the blender 3D thread
« on: 31 Mar 2018, 14:14 »
this is great stuff Darth. Such a fluffy towel! Is the NES Controller rendered in blender render or cycles?

Definitely cycles! I don't remember the sample count but it's probably around 600. I find little difference in render quality between 600 and 1000. Just takes longer.

...But I never seem to create any finished scenes.

I am all too familiar with that! Still impressive in its unfinished state. The metals are particularly pretty!

While I'm nowhere near your levels, I did learn how to use Blender purely to render...

Still pretty impressive! Did you have fun making it?

It's a pleasing style to look at.

I have three things:

First; there are some consistency issues between the two provided images that I think should be hammered out before going into production with the game though! The first image has a "border" of sorts (the white circle) and the ground sort of "falls" out of the circle. It's quite pleasant (nothing wrong with it) but the next screen doesn't have that. Personally I find the second more appealing but I think, unless the first is a cut-scene style and the second is gameplay, I think it would be jarring to have the style bounce back and forth like that while playing the game. It could be done well if only certain screens, that have something in common, use the border style and the rest don't. Like maybe if part of the game takes place in a dream-state... then the BGs could have that border effect and the non-dream states would be the other style. That could be quite neat if done correctly.

Next; the "speckles" or noise in the images... I'm not sure it helps. This is totally subjective of course but it pulls my eyes off the beauty of the colors/composition and kind of makes it hard to focus.

Lastly; this is just nit-picky but the reflection (of the dock and land on the water) is completely inaccurate! I'd highly recommend taking a few extra minutes to address that. Most probably wouldn't notice it but it jumped out to me and kind of ruins an otherwise beautiful piece of work!

With some polish I think this style would be really great in a game! Good luck!

General Discussion / Re: the blender 3D thread
« on: 30 Mar 2018, 13:10 »
I am quite smitten w/ Blender myself.

I still cannot understand how it's free but I'm not complaining.

I mentioned it in another thread here (can't seem to find it) but once you get over the interface hurdle, which is substantial, it's an amazing and powerful program.

Here are a few examples of things I was able to do really quickly:

(still very WIP)

Hi Puddin'!

This might be a record. Almost 12 years between posts.

cheeba you haven't logged in to the forums in almost 11 years but if you want to post an update do let me know!

Arcangel pretty please check the dates on threads before posting to them, k thanks!

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