Polyslash has been invited to Digital Entertainment Cluster which is a development initiative of Polish companies in films, art, video games and other areas of digital entertainment and is coordinated by Kraków Technology Park (KPT). Read more
We’ve made it! After 48 hours (almost) without sleep we’ve finished our game for #krakjam, which was a part of #GlobalGameJam 2016. The theme this year was “Ritual”, which gave us some very cool thoughts to work on.
We started a planning around 17:30 P.M. and for next two hours we were thinking about what to do. Suddenly we’ve come up with a vague idea – “Player can posses any item in the house”. And yeah, that was that. But wait! I don’t want to talk about the game in this post, there will be a moment for that. Now I want to describe what was great and where we failed.
### THINGS THAT WERE GREAT ###
- Finished almost everything
We have done almost everything we’ve planned to do. It’s really awesome because normally things go very bad (in most of the projects) in this. We modeled and set up a whole nine room house, complete with environment; scripted a small quest line and most of game mechanics. Also one of us did the voice-overs.
It’s surprising how much we managed to accomplish. I personally think that we’ve made it because we were not wasting time. We’ve swiftly developed the unclear idea for the game into a design we could work on. Of course there were some technical shortcuts we’ve used. For example, our models did not have textures – only baked shadows and ambient occlusion. This also gave us a distinct, simplistic yet pleasing look.
- Communcation and task management
Our speed of work was incredible because of good communcation within the team. Everyone knowed what to do and which task was most important at the time. That was essential for the project.
Of course we didn’t use any special software to manage the team: simply discussing ideas and exchanging notes was enough.
Despite our depleting energy we tried to stay calm and funny. Of course we had some arguments (especially before making the final build…) but after all we had fun. I think it was related to good communication within the team, because we understood each other. Anyway… if your team is lazy and/or on a verge of breaking, just youtube a silly song 😛
### BAD STUFF ###
- All beer has gone 🙁
That’s all, guys. Next time I will tell you something about the game itself.
Polyslash is officially starting in the new office in “Małopolski Park Technologii Informacyjnej”, or shortly: MPTI. Although we moved in a few days ago, the whole crew met for the first time just today. Anyway, this is the end of teleworking and working after hours. Everything is in one place. Now we are on our own and we are making our own project full time. Polyslash is growing stronger so we consider this day as Day 1: the beginning of big changes and better standards.
The office is a bit small (23^m) and has 5-6 workplaces: big, comfortable desks connected to each other and awesome, very comfy chairs. And the view? The view is amazing – large meadows and forests with hills in the distance. Admiring the nature is easier thanks to large windows. It’s really inspiring and relaxing when, after work, you can turn your head and watch the horizon through the wall of glass. Here are some photos so you don’t have to read to long descriptions (who would ever want to read it?)
As you can see, the office is modern and pretty cosy. What’s more, we are slowly giving it a gamedev look with posters, figurines and some random gadgets. After all, we are going to sit there for some time. How much time? I can’t say yet, because I might say too much (and you would have to die) but, I promise, I will on some day in the future.
It’s the time to speak about what we are doing here. Basically, we are making a survival horror game: ‘Phantaruk’ which was being created before as a small, indie project after hours by a few people. The situation now is different: the concept of the game won’t change but we want to upgrade ‘Phantaruk’ to create a horrifying experience for everyone.
There are going to be about 9 persons working on the project but it will be covered in the next entry. For now I’ll write that we gathered a really positive crew with great skills. We are motivated, ready for hard work and we will do everything to make ‘Phantaruk’ a great, scary game.