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Bird’s view of Atlantis

Update: You can now click the image to inspect it for more details.

Wait, I lied. This is just a major city of that civilization because Atlantis itself supposed to be consisting of ring islands.
But this is a good city nonetheless. Enjoy!

Zeus/Poseidon
Bird’s view of China and Egypt

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Bird’s view of Atlantis

Update: You can now click the image to inspect it for more details.

Wait, I lied. This is just a major city of that civilization because Atlantis itself supposed to be consisting of ring islands.
But this is a good city nonetheless. Enjoy!

Zeus/Poseidon
Bird’s view of China and Egypt

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Program: Game Design

Bird’s view of China and Egypt

Update: You can now click the images to inspect them for more details.

I got too invested in my Emperor city and decided to make a picture of the whole thing. It turned out great. And in theory, if you can figure out how to zoom in dramatically you should see the streets in details. Enjoy!

A humblebrag about the level of harmony in my city.

Also, Egypt!

And in the short future – Greece!

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Bird’s view of China and Egypt

Update: You can now click the images to inspect them for more details.

I got too invested in my Emperor city and decided to make a picture of the whole thing. It turned out great. And in theory, if you can figure out how to zoom in dramatically you should see the streets in details. Enjoy!

A humblebrag about the level of harmony in my city.

Also, Egypt!

And in the short future – Greece!

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City builders: Emperor

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Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom (2002) is the last game in the city building series made by Impressions Games and BreakAway Games (Apparently BreakAway Games were also involved in developing the addon Cleopatra: Queen of the Nile for the game Pharaoh), and published by Sierra Entertainment. Emperor lets us build cities in the setting of Ancient China.

A fair criticism […]

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City builders: Emperor

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Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom (2002) is the last game in the city building series made by Impressions Games and BreakAway Games (Apparently BreakAway Games were also involved in developing the addon Cleopatra: Queen of the Nile for the game Pharaoh), and published by Sierra Entertainment. Emperor lets us build cities in the setting of Ancient China.

A fair criticism […]

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Program: Game Design

City builders: Pharaoh/Cleopatra

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Next stop on our journey through time is Pharaoh from 1999. In this game, you become the administrator of various cities in ancient Egypt. This is the 4th game in the series made by Impression Games and published by Sierra Entertainment. This game also has an expansion called Cleopatra: Queen of the Nile that brought in some interesting monument projects […]

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City builders: Pharaoh/Cleopatra

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Next stop on our journey through time is Pharaoh from 1999. In this game, you become the administrator of various cities in ancient Egypt. This is the 4th game in the series made by Impression Games and published by Sierra Entertainment. This game also has an expansion called Cleopatra: Queen of the Nile that brought in some interesting monument projects […]

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How my rulebook for a board game would look like.

The latest assignment that we have been working on in our course was to create a board game. This task, naturally, included the production of some sort of manual for the players to be able to play without an instructor.
Now, when it comes to writing the rules, I remember this part as being the weakest point of our blitz-workshops during the first year. And after I checked some manuals written by other groups for our current project, I felt happy […]

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How my rulebook for a board game would look like.

The latest assignment that we have been working on in our course was to create a board game. This task, naturally, included the production of some sort of manual for the players to be able to play without an instructor.
Now, when it comes to writing the rules, I remember this part as being the weakest point of our blitz-workshops during the first year. And after I checked some manuals written by other groups for our current project, I felt happy […]

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Lighting for Health Revision

During the development of Four Days Before School I worked on using lighting to represent the amount of health the player had. The decision to use lighting for health was made because we had one programmer and two artists, so since we would have more man hours for graphics work, we wanted to focus on the aesthetic and atmosphere of the game and chose a concept based on that. Since the game depicted a child dreaming, the idea of using […]

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Lighting for Health Revision

During the development of Four Days Before School I worked on using lighting to represent the amount of health the player had. The decision to use lighting for health was made because we had one programmer and two artists, so since we would have more man hours for graphics work, we wanted to focus on the aesthetic and atmosphere of the game and chose a concept based on that. Since the game depicted a child dreaming, the idea of using […]

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City builders: Zeus/Poseidon

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During this summer I only had the access to my laptop for most of the time. Unfortunately, it’s too much of a toaster to play any serious games for too long, so instead, I played some of my guilty pleasure games from the days bygone. Since the guilty pleasure I picked for my summer activity were old city building games, […]

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City builders: Zeus/Poseidon

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During this summer I only had the access to my laptop for most of the time. Unfortunately, it’s too much of a toaster to play any serious games for too long, so instead, I played some of my guilty pleasure games from the days bygone. Since the guilty pleasure I picked for my summer activity were old city building games, […]

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What Knytt Stories taught me.

Finally, back to the blog after a scandalous amount of procrastinating…

Our first assignment of the year was to build a level in a game called Knytt Stories. It’s a platformer game with a minimum amount of mechanics that is easy to grasp and play. This game also has a very simple though limited level editor that the students were required to use for the construction of the level. The assignment itself stated that we had to convey a dramatic narrative […]

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What Knytt Stories taught me.

Finally, back to the blog after a scandalous amount of procrastinating…

Our first assignment of the year was to build a level in a game called Knytt Stories. It’s a platformer game with a minimum amount of mechanics that is easy to grasp and play. This game also has a very simple though limited level editor that the students were required to use for the construction of the level. The assignment itself stated that we had to convey a dramatic narrative […]

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1-year milestone. Finish line.

Since this blog series is supposed to be a map of things that I want to take away with me and perhaps refer to at a later point in life, I should tell about the most interesting thing that happened to me. What pushes a first-year student to write an extensive Post Mortem of a whole year of studies­? No, it’s not an iron discipline or a desire to be productive 24/7. I could be doing other things or not […]

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1-year milestone. Finish line.

Since this blog series is supposed to be a map of things that I want to take away with me and perhaps refer to at a later point in life, I should tell about the most interesting thing that happened to me. What pushes a first-year student to write an extensive Post Mortem of a whole year of studies­? No, it’s not an iron discipline or a desire to be productive 24/7. I could be doing other things or not […]

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1-year milestone. Part 3.5: My beef with artists/coders/producers

This is the second to last thing I want to write about. All the complaints I can think of about the other team members and their line of work.
My “head count” so far:
A luxurious number of artists: 5 different artists with their skills ranging from high to low.
2 Programmers who both were brilliant.
2 producers who together can be considered as much as 0,8 producers. It’s was a complicated situation. One of the producers hated this line of work, we were […]

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1-year milestone. Part 3.5: My beef with artists/coders/producers

This is the second to last thing I want to write about. All the complaints I can think of about the other team members and their line of work.
My “head count” so far:
A luxurious number of artists: 5 different artists with their skills ranging from high to low.
2 Programmers who both were brilliant.
2 producers who together can be considered as much as 0,8 producers. It’s was a complicated situation. One of the producers hated this line of work, we were […]

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1-year milestone. Part 3.4 How I thought MDA was useless to me.

MDA stands for Mechanics-Dynamic-Aesthetics. You can read a short paper that introduced MDA as a framework term here: http://www.cs.northwestern.edu/~hunicke/pubs/MDA.pdf.
It has been a year since I was first shown this picture and told about MDA.

And only during my summer of the reflecting bonanza have I started to come to some terms with it. Still, I have my own interpretation of MDA. And I can say that during the year of development I have never thought of MDA actively while developing. […]

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1-year milestone. Part 3.4 How I thought MDA was useless to me.

MDA stands for Mechanics-Dynamic-Aesthetics. You can read a short paper that introduced MDA as a framework term here: http://www.cs.northwestern.edu/~hunicke/pubs/MDA.pdf.
It has been a year since I was first shown this picture and told about MDA.

And only during my summer of the reflecting bonanza have I started to come to some terms with it. Still, I have my own interpretation of MDA. And I can say that during the year of development I have never thought of MDA actively while developing. […]

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1-year milestone. Part 3.3: my two cents on the topic of design.

In part 3.2 I tried to explain the role the game designer. But it is also true that while some of us are always game designers, while some of us are occasionally game designers, all of us are just designers at all times (in game development). If the sense of design is just the ability to recognize and create a pattern (my interpretation) then this is a common human trait and even more so in people who are artists. By […]

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1-year milestone. Part 3.3: my two cents on the topic of design.

In part 3.2 I tried to explain the role the game designer. But it is also true that while some of us are always game designers, while some of us are occasionally game designers, all of us are just designers at all times (in game development). If the sense of design is just the ability to recognize and create a pattern (my interpretation) then this is a common human trait and even more so in people who are artists. By […]

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