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Your job is to create a background set at nighttime. It can be anything you want: a starry night in the countryside, a futuristic city at night, a dark alley, or something else entirely! Even a rock concert, as long as it takes place at night.

Deadline: 18th 25th of May 2018

Voting:

Concept: your background should tell us something about the place you have depicted.
Playability: does it have clearly defined walkable areas, things to interact with, etc?
Artistic Execution: does the image convey the wanted atmosphere? What's the feeling of the place?

Good luck!
« Last Edit: 03 Jun 2018, 18:20 by lorenzo »

Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #1 on: 04 May 2018, 23:26 »
Great theme! Here's a little something I whipped up :)

« Last Edit: 05 May 2018, 00:10 by Mouth for war »
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Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #2 on: 05 May 2018, 17:50 »
I like your background, Mouth for war!
It has a lovely atmosphere, it makes you feel like you're under the moonlight. And the light creates some nice contrast.

Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #3 on: 05 May 2018, 21:55 »
Thank you very much! I'm a sucker for doing landscape backgrounds haha :D
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Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #4 on: 09 May 2018, 22:25 »
Isn't anyone else gonna join this comp.? Come on people! night time is awesome!!!!! :D
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Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #5 on: 10 May 2018, 13:10 »
Since the deadline isn't until next Friday, I plan to to make my background this weekend.

Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #6 on: 15 May 2018, 09:05 »
A quick reminder: the deadline is Friday. If anyone is working on his entry and need more time, let me know, and I can add a few days to the competition!

Come on, don't let Mouth for war win by default! ;)

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Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #7 on: 15 May 2018, 10:45 »
I could submit an all-black rectangle, if that helps.

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Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #8 on: 15 May 2018, 13:23 »
If you want more than a generic sky with a low detail moon then I probably do need an extension until like Sunday.
Unfortunately, Friday is also the due day for the GameJam and I'm still attempting to finish something for it.

Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #9 on: 15 May 2018, 21:15 »
I could submit an all-black rectangle, if that helps.
That would be a very minimalist background! (laugh)

Unfortunately, Friday is also the due day for the GameJam and I'm still attempting to finish something for it.
Sorry, I didn't know about the Game Jam, I would've chosen another day otherwise.
I'll extend the competition for another week. The new deadline is the 25th of May!

Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #10 on: 15 May 2018, 22:47 »
Maybe you should lure some MAGS participants to join the blitz. Someone might have already drawn a night scene for their MAGS game or perhaps is planning to.

I could submit an all-black rectangle, if that helps.
If you'd add a pair of eyes, it could actually pass as a fairly functional background :)

Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #11 on: 17 May 2018, 22:40 »
And here's my entry:


Nighttime sounded like a good excuse to try out a limited palette :)

Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #12 on: 18 May 2018, 09:01 »
I'm always impressed with what people can create with a few pixels and a limited palette. That's a really cool background, Kastchey, very atmospheric! It's detailed enough to make you understand what's going on, but it leaves enough room to the imagination.

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Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #13 on: 20 May 2018, 10:19 »
I just made a sequence for my MAGS game, and thought it could fit well in the theme (or as well as a tangent can be (roll) ).

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Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #14 on: 20 May 2018, 16:33 »
Amazing entries! Inspired me to do a quick one myself - this is a bit of a photobash experiment, some "dirty tools" too.

Rock into the night!


Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #15 on: 20 May 2018, 22:41 »
Ah nice to see more entries here. Great work everyone :D
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Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #16 on: 21 May 2018, 13:33 »
Cassiebsg: as long as the background is set at night, it's fine. (laugh) Best of luck with your MAGS game!

Pinback: great background, I love the lighting and the sense of scale.

Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #17 on: 24 May 2018, 06:35 »
A work in progress. Won't have it finished by the deadline but still wanted to submit something ;-D


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Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #18 on: 24 May 2018, 06:37 »
Looks really good, regularryan! Nice silhouettes in the distance.

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Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #19 on: 24 May 2018, 21:36 »
Alright, here's my entry.
Not too creative, but it's what I was inspired to make.

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Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #20 on: 25 May 2018, 08:56 »
I just made a sequence for my MAGS game, and thought it could fit well in the theme (or as well as a tangent can be (roll) ).



Alright, here's my entry.
Not too creative, but it's what I was inspired to make.


On my screen, these might almost be the same entry: an almost entirely black square (give or take a bite in the top right corner). To actually see the content I had to do this:

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Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #21 on: 25 May 2018, 12:32 »
Ack. At that brightness mine looks horrible. I can see at the left where the previous version of the background was (the moon looked horrible after I cropped it).
And the sky looks horrible being brighter...

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Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #22 on: 25 May 2018, 14:25 »
There are flaws, but at this brightness it looks like something, rather than just darkness.

Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #23 on: 25 May 2018, 15:36 »
There are flaws, but at this brightness it looks like something, rather than just darkness.
It really depends on the screen settings, both entires looked fine enough for me, maybe a little bit too dark, but after your edit, Cassiebsg's pic doesn't actually look like a night scene to me anymore.

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Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #24 on: 25 May 2018, 18:39 »
Thanks Snarky. On my phone, I couldn't see anything either.
 

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Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #25 on: 25 May 2018, 18:59 »
Hey, blame Babar. I asked him if it was too dark and he said no. :P
I'll add some night light then (and no, mine isn't a decided night scene... it's just a room with no light (roll) )

Edit:
Is this better? :) I added a window and a "moon". ;)
« Last Edit: 25 May 2018, 21:24 by Cassiebsg »
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Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #26 on: 27 May 2018, 07:40 »
@cassiebsg Looking MUCH better! (nod)

Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #27 on: 27 May 2018, 08:50 »
Time to vote!

Entries:

1. Mouth for war


2. Kastchey


3. Cassiebsg


4. Pinback


5. regularryan


6. VampireWombat

Voting categories:

Concept: your background should tell us something about the place you have depicted.
Playability: does it have clearly defined walkable areas, things to interact with, etc?
Artistic Execution: does the image convey the wanted atmosphere? What's the feeling of the place?

Voting ends on the 2nd of June 2018.

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Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #28 on: 27 May 2018, 09:37 »
Concept: Kastchey because dark cellars/dungeons are cool? (laugh)
Playability: Mouth for war (there is a lot to play with and investigate in this BG (nod) ).
Artistic Execution: Pinback with runners up Kastchey (very different styles, but they are both very good! I place Pinback 1st for the "wow" effect. :) )
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Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #29 on: 27 May 2018, 10:14 »
Concept: Pinback
Playability: Kastchey
Artistic execution: Pinback

Honorable mention: Cassiebsg, I really like your bg. It looks awesome!
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Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #30 on: 27 May 2018, 11:12 »
Concept: Cassiebsg
Playability: Mouth for war
Artistic execution: Kastchey

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Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #31 on: 27 May 2018, 13:14 »
Concept: Kastchey
Playability: Mouth for war
Artistic Execution:  Pinback

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Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #32 on: 27 May 2018, 15:24 »
concept: Pinback
playability: Mouth For War
artistic execution: Kastchey

Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #33 on: 27 May 2018, 17:37 »
concept:Pinback - at first I thought I was looking through smoke rings on a space station, but that's solid rock, right?! Nontheless, stunning place
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Concept: Kastchey - The concept of this place as a background for an adventure game is great - gothic fullmoon castle ruins romance, plenty of possiblitities for characters and interactions; are there vampires lurking, is their a cult meeting, werelords, traps, artifacts -  no matter what, the tension is conveyed perfectly with the limited use of colour and the inspiring design, just a little more work on the blank grey parts and maybe an animation of bats flying past and boom - a background ready for a game
Playability: regularryann - nice and simple, countless ways to interact with a phone
Artistic execution: Pinback - heavy metal; I wonder when you discover the colour blue, though :P

honorable mention: Kastchey - impressive atmosphere, bold stairs and overall great piece of art. That pit immediately gave me prince of persia chills :)

edit: I gave Kastchey my vote for best concept, so no need for an honorable mention anymore ;)

PS: Congrats to Lorenzo for a great Blitz, the theme got me inspired to open a painting program again after 10 years or so, this is what I came up with after far too much experimenting with good old MS Paint: https://imgur.com/a/rJCDfZM
« Last Edit: 29 May 2018, 12:30 by Pling! »

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Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #34 on: 27 May 2018, 18:43 »
Concept: Mouth for war
Playability: Kastchey
Artistic Execution: Pinback

Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #35 on: 28 May 2018, 09:58 »
PS: Congrats to Lorenzo for a great Blitz, the theme got me inspired to open a painting program again after 10 years or so, this is what I came up with after far too much experimenting with good old MS Paint: https://imgur.com/a/rJCDfZM
Thanks! That's great, I'm glad you liked the theme! And that's a cool background, I wish I could include it in this competition. :(
Hope to see you in future background blitzes!

Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #36 on: 28 May 2018, 23:37 »
Concept: Pinback - Love the outworldly dystopian feel. regularryan as a close second, this background looks just like a lonesome, slightly creepy roadside should.
Playability: Cassiebsg - Very nicely detailed, I can easily imagine playing a rat in this location and interacting with the bars, the straw, the water dispenser, the cage door etc. Would love some additional details hinting what kind of a room the cages are in (a pet shop? a lab? a home rat farm?).
Artistic execution: VampireWombat - If lightened up a little so you could actually see what is in the picture, it is an enchanting and slightly melancholic view. This would work beautifully as a background for an abstract, fairytale-ish game.

And I second what Pling! said, it was a great theme lorenzo and I'm glad it ended with an equally great turnout.

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Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #37 on: 29 May 2018, 00:21 »
Concept:  Cassiebsg
Playability:  Mouth for war
Artistic Execution:  Pinback

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Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime
« Reply #38 on: 29 May 2018, 13:26 »
Concept: Kastchey
Playability: Mouth for war
Artistic Execution:  Pinback

Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime - WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
« Reply #39 on: 03 Jun 2018, 18:20 »
RESULTS

On 1st place we have... Pinback! Your background rocks!

On 2nd place we have... Kastchey's beautiful but scary cellar!

On 3rd place we have... Mouth for war's lovely moonlight background!

Thanks everybody for participating! It has been really great to see all these different interpretations of the theme! :cheesy:

Unfortunately, I have been having some problems with my computer lately and I couldn't make any trophies. Sorry :(
« Last Edit: 03 Jun 2018, 18:22 by lorenzo »

Re: BACKGROUND BLITZ: Nighttime - WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
« Reply #40 on: 03 Jun 2018, 21:40 »
Awesome theme and lots of great entries! Congratz to Pinback and Kastchey :D
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