Mage Rage (Game) – University Assignment

Mage Rage Logo created by Ashleigh Barrett, Team Stallion Logo created by Tylah Heil.

Over the past 15 weeks I have been working along with three others on our final Game Project for our Degree. Throughout this Project I have worked on Level Art, Gameplay and Technical Programming, Audio Mixing, and recorded various dialogue for different characters.

Mage Rage is a First Person Puzzle Platformer set in a world of magic and mystery, where not even the fourth wall can protect you from the alcohol infused shenanigans of the College of Sandy-Crack and its intoxicated inhabitants.

A Gameplay Trailer and Screenshots can be found on the Team Stallion Facebook Page.

Mage Rage is available on Windows, Mac, and Linux, and it can be downloaded from here.

Awards:

I was also nominated, and won the award for ‘Most Outstanding Gameplay Achievement’ for our Year Group at an awards ceremony held after our Demo Evening on the 25th of November 2013.

Additional Credits:

Ashleigh Barrett (Portfolio Link TBA)

Nathan Jensen (Portfolio Link TBA)

Tim Horvat (Portfolio Link)

Dragonspawn (Game) – University Assignment

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Dragonspawn is a small game project that I created for my final Advanced Game Development Assignment at Griffith University during my second year.

Dragonspawn is a lighthearted parody on many modern games, and contains a fair bit of of crude humour, it should not be taken seriously and isn’t recommend for the faint of heart or serious of temperament.

Though largely inspired by the game Berserker Quest VI: Curse of the Onyx Medallion (http://armitagegames.com/), Dragonspawn borrows many technical design choices from the Borderlands, Call of Duty, Bioshock, Mass Effect, The Elder Scrolls franchises without directly trying to replicate any of those titles (except maybe in the area of the HUD). Early on the game just involved walking around shooting at a dragon that would fly through a large room breathing fire. As the game evolved through the production cycle many highly unnecessary game mechanics were violently cobbled on to ‘make it better’ (that was a joke).

This project was originally created for a University Assignment and all of the associated assets were created by one individual in an 8 week period.

Download Dragonspawn Here!

Created by Tylah Heil (http://www.tylahheil.com/).
Music by Kevin MacLeod (http://www.incompetech.com/).

Dragon – University Assignment

This Dragon was modelled for an assignment as a joke, I was working on a simple interactions demo in which I’d implemented the Crossbow and a simple archery target. One of my colleagues at Uni jokingly told me that it needed more Dragons, I felt up to the challenge, so that same evening I began modelling the head of the Dragon based off a terrible sketch I drew on the hour long train ride home.

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Within 3 days I had the full Dragon modelled and Textured and complete with a simple skeletal rig. By the next class (the following week) I had the Dragon traversing a simple path breathing fire every 7.5 seconds.

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This Dragon was modelled in Maya 2012, and textured in Photoshop CS5.

Additional Images:

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Pivotal Punishment (Game)

Play Pivotal Punishment Now!

Pivotal Punishment is the first iOS game I ever worked on prior to starting my Degree at University. It was, until recently available on the iTunes App Store, it has since been removed due to expiration of my App Store Developer Membership.

The concept of Pivotal Punishment was simple, rotate a giant ring with a weird little guy strapped to it around an axis and avoid various exploding objects all while collecting shiny gems. When I initially began production on Pivotal Punishment in 2010 I had very little games Programming knowledge, and wasn’t very good at 3D modelling, after about two months of learning Unity 3D’s interface and JavaScript/UnityScript I had built a bare bones version of the game and released it for testing among my Facebook contacts. After receiving feedback from several of them, I returned to working on it, amending bugs and implementing better graphics (they’re pretty awful when looking back). The game was finished in early 2011 and released soon after (despite many minor setbacks).

Despite no longer being available on the App Store, you can experience Pivotal Punishment’s one thousand pound metal ring and ten billion kilowatt incandescent quantum space hole here.

Created by Tylah Heil (http://www.tylahheil.com/).
Music by Kevin MacLeod (http://www.incompetech.com/).

Crossbow – University Assignment

During the end half of the second semester of 2012 everyone in my class group was tasked with creating playable games of some description. I had created numerous art assets for other projects during the first half of the semester among those was a crossbow.

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Without the bolts the crossbow alone came in at 2250 polygon tris which was the original target budget I’d set myself at the beginning. As the project grew in scope, and the crossbow’s purpose was slightly abstracted I knew I’d have to model a lower polygon version, or at least reduce the polygon count of the existing one.

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The lower polygon version was only 1000 polygon tris including one bolt (888 with no bolt), it was created using the original crossbow as a template, removing polygons in a way as not to impact greatly on the UV mapping of the model. In the end parts of the UV map were redone and laid out differently which required me to create a new diffuse map (though a lot of texture elements were pulled from the original diffuse map and recycled).

Sword and Crate – University Assignment

Early in 2012 I was tasked with modelling two assets from a pool of various concept art.

The models I chose were a rugged looking sword and a large wooden shipping crate, both had a polygon budget of around 1500 tris, and required diffuse maps to be created to match the art style of the concept art, consequently I never bothered to create a specular, or normal map as they were not part of the assignment criteria.

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This crate was modelled in Maya 2012, and textured in Photoshop CS5.

Sword_01Sword and Crate

This sword was modelled in Maya 2012, and textured in Photoshop CS5.

Additional Images:

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