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Title: Background Blitz: Mountains (Results)
Post by: Kastchey on 12 Sep 2019, 22:16
Hi everyone,

As there has been way over a year since the last Background Blitz (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=56030.0), with Gilbert's blessing I took it upon myself to attempt to revive the competition.
The theme for the current edition of the Background Blitz is...

MOUNTAINS
x1 x2 x4 x8


Make a background featuring a mountain range of any type and at any distance. The mountains can, but do not need to be the most prominent feature of your background, but they need to be visible somewhere.

Deadline: the 2nd of October
Voting until: the 6th of October
Winner: lorenzo
Second: Deabriel / Flugeldufel
Third: Creamy

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?

Don't let the Blitz die, get an entry started today! :)

Oct 6th:
Below are all the submitted entries. Thank you everyone for the great turnout!
Spoiler: ShowHide
lorenzo

DBoyWheeler

cat

Flugeldufel

VampireWombat

Cassiebsg

Creamy:

Deabriel:



Trophies:
(https://i.ibb.co/dKnqV7x/trophy-mountains-1910-gold.png)(https://i.ibb.co/Z8gpzfy/trophy-mountains-1910-silver.png)(https://i.ibb.co/60QYHdk/trophy-mountains-1910-bronze.png)
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 26th of Sept)
Post by: lorenzo on 13 Sep 2019, 18:49
Great idea, Kastchey, and a lovely theme!
I hope I'll be able to make an entry.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 26th of Sept)
Post by: Kastchey on 13 Sep 2019, 19:12
Awesome, looking forward to it!
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 26th of Sept)
Post by: VampireWombat on 13 Sep 2019, 19:32
I will see what I can do. This is a busy month for me.
But I might be able to either use some mountains in one of my games or work a few minutes at a time to make something specifically for this.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 26th of Sept)
Post by: Cassiebsg on 13 Sep 2019, 20:39
Thanks for bringing this back!  (nod)
I'm not sure I have the time to enter right now though.  :-[
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 26th of Sept)
Post by: cat on 13 Sep 2019, 20:54
I started to work on something but don't know if I will be able to finish it (or get distracted in the middle)
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 26th of Sept)
Post by: Kastchey on 14 Sep 2019, 19:55
Fingers crossed for your entries, guys. I can always do a small extension if needed.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 26th of Sept)
Post by: Flugeldufel on 14 Sep 2019, 21:01
Yeah! I'm in!
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 26th of Sept)
Post by: VampireWombat on 14 Sep 2019, 21:05
An extension until the 1st or 2nd would increase the likelihood of me being able to do something quite a bit.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: Kastchey on 15 Sep 2019, 08:08
Okay then... It's longer than an average BB would last but let's make an exception as it's the first one since over a year ago ;)
I have changed it now so that everyone has a fair chance.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: VampireWombat on 15 Sep 2019, 14:30
Awesome, thanks. Unless some major unexpected event happens, I should be able to make something no problem.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: lorenzo on 19 Sep 2019, 18:48
My entry:

(https://i.imgur.com/GezQkKX.png)
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: Durq on 19 Sep 2019, 19:28
Very nice entry, lorenzo! It's inspiring me to try my own even though my art skills are nonexistent.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: lorenzo on 19 Sep 2019, 20:03
Thank you, Durq!
You should definitely give it a try! (nod)
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: Kastchey on 19 Sep 2019, 20:09
It's beautiful, lorenzo. Love the colours you used, especially for the mountain range in the distance.

Durq, do try it! Getting inspired to create a piece of art regardless of your skill level is what this competition is all about, in my view.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: Mandle on 21 Sep 2019, 00:22
Lorenzo knocking it out of the park as always!!!

I can imagine Tin Tin arriving at that trailer on his motorbike to investigate!
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: lorenzo on 21 Sep 2019, 09:55
Kastchey: Your comment makes me really happy because I often struggle to find the right colours!

Mandle: Thank you! You can read the full the story on his unofficial comic book: Tintin and the Mystery of the Dirty Caravan, where the reporter will answer hot questions such as: "Who littered the mountains?" Is as exciting as it sounds!
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: DBoyWheeler on 21 Sep 2019, 21:35
I'll try it.  I made a simple mountain trail setting.  The person who might use this in a game can probably make up an inventory item the main character might pick up on the way, and perhaps the narrator could say what awaits higher up.

(http://d.facdn.net/art/maverickhunterdboy/1569098052/1569098052.maverickhunterdboy_backgroundblitzmountains2019.png)
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: Kastchey on 29 Sep 2019, 08:09
DBoy, thanks for the submission. I'm sure the background would seen a use especially if you added some more details to make it more interesting.

Three days left everyone!
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: Jack on 29 Sep 2019, 13:14
Cassie told me about this, and then I forgot. Lorenzo has set the bar high, but I will see if I think of something simple I can conjure up quickly. But next time: Definitely.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: VampireWombat on 29 Sep 2019, 14:16
Ah yes. Hopefully someone will post in this thread tomorrow so I won't forget to start working on a background...
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: cat on 30 Sep 2019, 08:28
Oh, I completely forgot about this! I started working on something, but then I got distracted. I hope I can finish in time. Otherwise, I'll post a WiP.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: VampireWombat on 30 Sep 2019, 13:15
Thanks for posting, cat. Good luck finishing in time.

I have now technically started mine, but I won't have time to work on it today since I need to finish my MAGS entry...
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: Kastchey on 30 Sep 2019, 16:24
Post a WiP then, VW. I'm curious what you have come up with.

cat, good luck with yours!
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: VampireWombat on 30 Sep 2019, 17:47
You want me to post a brown rectangle?
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: Kastchey on 30 Sep 2019, 18:54
If that's what you call "technically started" then maybe not...
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: cat on 30 Sep 2019, 20:58
Found some time to finish it up. I wanted to try something with a limited palette for a change:

x1 x2 x4 x8

Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: VampireWombat on 30 Sep 2019, 21:59
Nice, a Gameboy game.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: Kastchey on 01 Oct 2019, 15:33
cat, it's lovely! It does have that subtle Nintendo air as VW pointed out. So beautiful.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: cat on 01 Oct 2019, 19:52
Thanks! To be honest, I used the colors from this beautiful artwork:
http://www.supersmashland.com/imgs/screenshot1.png (http://www.supersmashland.com/imgs/screenshot1.png)
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: VampireWombat on 02 Oct 2019, 14:34
Ah oh. I just realized something. Is this open through the end of today or has it already technically ended?
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: Flugeldufel on 02 Oct 2019, 14:40
Ah oh. I just realized something. Is this open through the end of today or has it already technically ended?
I hope it's still open, here's my entry. I started a bit late, so it lacks some polish...

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Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: VampireWombat on 02 Oct 2019, 16:27
I wanted to do pure pixel art, but I lack the energy today.

x1 x2 x4 x8
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: Kastchey on 02 Oct 2019, 18:00
Still open indeed, thanks guys for your submissions. I was planning to keep this open until around midnight CST.

Flugeldufel, that looks awesome! It has a strong classic LucasArts vibe, super adventuregamey. And I love the texture you produced for the rocks.

VampireWombat, glad you managed to deliver your entry after all! Pure pixel art or not, that's one gloomy piece of art. Nice job with the foggy silhouettes in the background, it adds a really creepy feel to the picture.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: Cassiebsg on 02 Oct 2019, 18:50
Please don't close it yet... I'm fast pixeling...  :-D

Edit: Finished! (though I think it's a bit too noisy)

x1 x2 x4 x8
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: VampireWombat on 02 Oct 2019, 19:37
Cassie - You didn't have to rush that much. There's still almost 9 1/2 hours.

Kastchey - I always intended to. I just thought I'd be working on it at least some yesterday...
I wasn't sure how well the fog would work since it's a combination of stuff from Inkscape and GIMP.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: Cassiebsg on 02 Oct 2019, 19:43
I know, but I have other stuff to do... besides pixel art bores me to do, which is why I'll never be "good" at it anyway.  (laugh)
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: Kastchey on 02 Oct 2019, 20:59
Cassie doing pixel, cool! ;) Thanks for getting another entry in.
The noisy texture actually creates quite an interesting effect. Very nice!

As VW said, there's still a few hours left if anyone else is working on an entry.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: Creamy on 02 Oct 2019, 23:53
Please wait for me!

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Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (open until the 2nd of Oct)
Post by: Kastchey on 03 Oct 2019, 07:41
Looks sweet, Creamy! It's so consistently unreal that it looks like a snapshot from an uncanny dream.

Big THANK YOU to everyone who submitted the entries! Background Blitz is now officially alive again :)

The voting phase is open until the 6th of October.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (voting - until the 6th of Oct)
Post by: Deabriel on 03 Oct 2019, 07:56
There's still a chance that I can enter? Because I made a background today in the morning, but I had to went out urgently for personal problems and I didn't had time to go to my house yet, I will be in my house in 30 min or less
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (voting - until the 6th of Oct)
Post by: Kastchey on 03 Oct 2019, 08:55
Sure, bring it in. I'll pretend I forgot to close it ;)
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (voting - until the 6th of Oct)
Post by: Deabriel on 03 Oct 2019, 09:41
Thanks!!
Here's my entry (Sorry again for being late)
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Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (voting - until the 6th of Oct)
Post by: Kastchey on 03 Oct 2019, 12:06
No problem! It's a great entry, very DOTT-esque.


A HUGE thank you to everyone who submitted an entry! Happy to see such a great turnout, especially that it is the first Blitz since over a year.
Picking a favourite may be really difficult this time...

Entry galore below:

lorenzo
x1 x2 x4 x8

DBoyWheeler
x1 x2 x4 x8

cat
x1 x2 x4 x8

Flugeldufel
x1 x2 x4 x8

VampireWombat
x1 x2 x4 x8

Cassiebsg
x1 x2 x4 x8

Creamy:
x1 x2 x4 x8

Deabriel:
x1 x2 x4 x8


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?

Voting closes on the 6th of October.

Trophies coming soon!
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (voting - until the 6th of Oct)
Post by: cat on 03 Oct 2019, 12:16
Only three categories for so many great entries - this is going to be a hard decision!

Can you maybe link all entries in the first post? That would make it easier to decide.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (voting - until the 6th of Oct)
Post by: Kastchey on 03 Oct 2019, 12:44
Sure, I was going to as soon as I get back home.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (voting - until the 6th of Oct)
Post by: Kastchey on 03 Oct 2019, 19:15
I have now updated the original post and the one where I closed the competition with the list of entries for easier voting.

Let's get those votes in!
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (voting - until the 6th of Oct)
Post by: lorenzo on 03 Oct 2019, 19:23
So many great entries! I want to think about, before voting.
In the meantime, my comments on each entry.
All in all, a fantastic Bg Blitz! Thanks Kastchey for hosting it after the long hiatus.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (voting - until the 6th of Oct)
Post by: Jack on 03 Oct 2019, 19:43
I am voting lorenzo for all three. Fantastic background.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (voting - until the 6th of Oct)
Post by: Creamy on 03 Oct 2019, 21:02
Artistic execution: lorenzo. It looks like a panel extracted from a good comic book.

Playability: Flugeldufel. Any background here is playable. I just like this one very much too.

Concept: Deabriel. I don't see any real "concept" here. So I reward another scenery that I like.

The other pictures aren't bad. I just feel like these 3 stand out.

Quote from: Flugeldufel
It lacks some polish
Are you kidding? It's more polished than most people can do.
I was inspired to "continue" it even if I figured out that I had neither the skill nor the time to match it:
Spoiler: ShowHide

Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (voting - until the 6th of Oct)
Post by: JudasFm on 04 Oct 2019, 15:32
I was wondering if this would ever make a comeback! I'm not much good at art myself, but I really love looking at everybody else's entries :-D
So, here are my votes!

Concept: Deabriel. One look and I know the setting, what kind of NPCs I might find and the general style of the game (I agree with other posters that it's very DOTT-esque!)
Playability: lorenzo. Walkable areas are easy to spot, and there are all kinds of things I might be able to do with the trailer and the sign and the bottle and the glasses. Plus, it's a beautiful background.
Artistic Execution: This was hard, but I'm going with cassiebsg. While there's not much in the way of objects, something about this hut in the middle of green mountains really piques my interest. I get the feeling there could be an interesting story there.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (voting - until the 6th of Oct)
Post by: lorenzo on 04 Oct 2019, 20:22
My votes:

Concept: to me, the most evocative background is Creamy's. And the "full" image is so cool!
Playability: Flugeldufel. Lots of galleries to explore!
Artistic execution: I was undecided between Flugeldufel and Deabriel. At the end, I chose Deabriel.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (voting - until the 6th of Oct)
Post by: DBoyWheeler on 04 Oct 2019, 22:26
My votes

Concept: cat (I agree, the Game Boy aesthetic is a cool idea)
Playability: Creamy (the Asian setup could give plenty of possibilities--the dragon helping cross the lake; the Buddha statue maybe coming to life to give hints; and of course, the pagoda being a possible destination)
Artistic Execution: It was a hard choice, but I give it to Deabriel... feels like something from a Maniac Mansion series game, or perhaps one of the cartoony-style Sierra games.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (voting - until the 6th of Oct)
Post by: Flugeldufel on 05 Oct 2019, 13:04
My votes:
Concept: Creamy - it's kind of surreal like a weird dream - and I had to grin, when I saw the full picture. Very cool!  :-D
Artistic Execution: Deabriel - I like that background, it could be from a DOTT / Sam & Max game. (my second favourite style. My favourite's the old LucasArts/Indy style, but that's an easy guess I think  ;) )
Playability: lorenzo - this one could've won all other categories as well - a masterpiece!

I also like cat's Game Boy picture very much, but there are only three categories.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (voting - until the 6th of Oct)
Post by: cat on 05 Oct 2019, 15:01
lorenzo
Fantastic work! The linework is great and so are the colors. There is a lot to to interact with.

DBoyWheeler
A simple background with clear exits. Sadly, there is not much detail to look at or items to interact with.

Flugeldufel
Is this an unused background from IJ:FoA? You interpreted the style spot on. The wall texture on the left is amazing. Unless you zoom in, you wouldn't think this is pixel art with just a few colors.

VampireWombat
A very atmospheric background, it makes me want to take the boat and row over to that castle.

Cassiebsg
Maybe you don't like pixel art, but you should give it another try, your background is promising!

Creamy
I have a weak spot for Asian scenery and I really dig your composition. Extending the other background is an amazing idea.

Deabriel
This background screams DoTT/S&M all over! Great work!

Voting:
Concept: Creamy
Playability: A close one between Flugeldufel and lorenzo - Flugeldufel has more interesting walkable areas but lorenzo more stuff to interact with. I think I'll go with Flugeldufel for this.
Artistic Execution: Another close one. Flugeldufels pixel work is great but in some parts it's visible that it's not pixel art but shrinked/color reduced. It was tight between lorenzo and Deabriel, both fantastic works. I'll go with lorenzo here, because it looks like it has been taken out of a Belgian comic book.

Great work, everyone!
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (voting - until the 6th of Oct)
Post by: Deabriel on 06 Oct 2019, 09:30
My votes:

Concept: Cat, I really like the game boy aesthetic colors for a point & click game
Playability: Flugeldufel. The visual reminds me of Indiana Jones, and see it makes me want to play it right now
Artistic execution: In this I was undecided between Lorenzo and Creamy, but I will go with Lorenzo, I really love that comic cartoon aesthetic.

PD: I draw some characters for my background in my free time (them are not too much worked because it was a very fast thing just for fun):
Spoiler: ShowHide
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (voting - until the 6th of Oct)
Post by: Cassiebsg on 06 Oct 2019, 09:58
Very hard to decide, I agree.  (nod)

Concept: Creamy (very cool that you tried to continue the BG...  (laugh) )
Playability: Lorenzo (there's really lots to play with in this BG!)
Artistic execution: Flugeldufel (because it's just so beautiful!)
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (voting - until the 6th of Oct)
Post by: Kastchey on 06 Oct 2019, 14:45
Concept: I'm going to go with VampireWombat here, the creepy atmosphere really stands out.
Playability: A tough call between lorenzo (TONS of potentially interactive objects) and Flugeldufel (an abundance of paths and exits of various sorts). I finally decided to go ahead with Flugeldufel, because the entry just screams a point and click game.
Artistic execution: cat. I just love the limited palette usage and the "soft" feeling of the image.

It was a really difficult choice this time in each and every category, again - fantastic job everyone.
I plan to close the voting phase some time after midnight CST today, so let's get some more votes in!

Also, I have added trophies to the original thread.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (voting - until the 6th of Oct)
Post by: VampireWombat on 06 Oct 2019, 19:03
Concept: Deabriel - It makes me want to see you adapt it into a MAGS game.
Playability: lorenzo - Has the most interesting stuff to interact with.
Artistic execution: Flugeldufel -  It really looks like it could be from an Indiana Jones game.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (voting - until the 6th of Oct)
Post by: Stupot on 06 Oct 2019, 19:11
Concept - Creamy. I would love to play a game in this world.
Playability - Lorenzo. Lots to explore and interact with.
Artistic Expression - Lorenzo. Lots of beautifully crafted entries. But in the end this is the one that I would choose to hang on my wall, given the choice.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (voting - until the 6th of Oct)
Post by: imsomnia212 on 06 Oct 2019, 20:05
Concept: Cat (The limited palette gives nostalgic and (in this particular color palette) a warm cute scenery)
Playability: VampireWombat (That castle would have a lot of rooms and secrets to explore)
Artistic Execution: Deabriel (I really want to see it in a game, it gives me a lot of lucasarts games feeling)
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (voting - until the 6th of Oct)
Post by: Mandle on 06 Oct 2019, 23:15
Concept: lorenzo (I can tell so much about the hard-drinkin' slob that lives here, except how the hell he built that door after the trailer collapsed on its axle.)
Playability: Flugeldufel (So many places to explore. coming upon this screen would be exciting in-game and it's immediately clear how to get everywhere.)
Artistic Execution: lorenzo (It's just too beautiful so I had to double vote.)
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (voting - until the 6th of Oct)
Post by: Durq on 07 Oct 2019, 02:39
Concept: lorenzo
Playability: lorenzo
Artistic Execution: Deabriel

With so many good entries, voting was tough.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (results)
Post by: Kastchey on 07 Oct 2019, 07:31
Thank you for participating in the voting phase, everyone!
Results:

1st: lorenzo (16 votes)
(https://i.ibb.co/dKnqV7x/trophy-mountains-1910-gold.png)
2nd: a tie between Deabriel and Flugeldufel (8 votes)
(https://i.ibb.co/Z8gpzfy/trophy-mountains-1910-silver.png)
3rd: Creamy (6 votes)
(https://i.ibb.co/60QYHdk/trophy-mountains-1910-bronze.png)

Congratulations!


Thank you all once more for an awesome blitz.
Take it away, lorenzo!
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (Results)
Post by: cat on 07 Oct 2019, 08:24
Congratulations! Great work, everyone!

And thanks Kastchey, for bringing the competition back.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (Results)
Post by: Flugeldufel on 07 Oct 2019, 08:37
Congratulations to all the winners and thanks for your votes! Already looking forward to the next Background Blitz.

And thanks Kastchey, for bringing the competition back.
(nod)
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (Results)
Post by: Kastchey on 07 Oct 2019, 12:50
Well, it was you guys who really made it happen :) But I'm glad to see it was the right call to try and bring it back.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (Results)
Post by: lorenzo on 07 Oct 2019, 18:46
Thanks for the votes and the kind words!
I'll try to think of a good theme for the next bg blitz.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (Results)
Post by: Deabriel on 08 Oct 2019, 06:30
Congrats to everyone and thanks for your votes. This was interesting and funny, I'm excited to participate soon in the others.
Title: Re: Background Blitz: Mountains (Results)
Post by: DBoyWheeler on 09 Oct 2019, 23:12
Congrats to the winners.