An Update about WNG's Point & Click Adventure!

So, it's been a little while since I've posted an update and thought I'd let everyone know that I wasn't MIA.  These last few months have been somewhat tempestuous.  As Josh posted awhile ago, we lost our Dad back in October and I've sort of buried myself in work in order to deal with that...whether that be my day job or with WNG; I've been plowing ahead with blinders on...just focusing on what's in front of me. What have I been focused on, you might ask?  Many, many things.

I've recently updated our Unity project over to the latest 4.6 codebase and have been overhauling our point & click UI interface to make our game a bit more "contemporary" when it comes to adventure games these days.  Originally, everything was based around a ray-cast from the mouse pointer that would basically just look for a "hotspot" within the world whenever the user would move the mouse around and would let you know if an interaction was available.  This was all fine and good, but I didn't really like the whole issue of "pixel hunting" that could plague some of the older Sierra On-Line point and clicks of the 90s.  I decided to switch the system over to be based on the player vicinity instead.  I created an invisible "sphere" around the player that basically "pings" the world around it to see what hotspots are available.  This means that you can explore the world and discover hotspots based off of the player location rather than simply passing your mouse around the screen to find things that the player may not be able to realistically see in the world.  It seems to be working pretty well.

In addition to that, I've been cranking out a lot of 3d model creation, geometry layout, texturing, character design, animation, lighting, and scripting.  Basically...everything under the sun.  I just finished a system that lets the player turn lights on in the world based off of items that they have in their inventory...so lighting candles, torches, fires in fireplaces, lanterns, etc...is now possible.  It's allowing for some pretty atmospheric/moody exploration.

Besides all of that, I also created a 3d avatar for our Dad in the game.  During our last visit, he and I sat down and wrote some lines of dialogue and I recorded his voice.  Now, we might not be able to afford a full VO budget for this project, but I do have several lines of dialogue that are very much "Dad" that I will be holding dear for the rest of my life.  If we're able to get budget together, I'd love to be able to let you all hear his smart-ass self and sort of "immortalize" him in my own way.

In the meantime, here's a screengrab of his 3d avatar: James

I guess that means I just posted the first screenshot from our first game.  It's appropriate that it's of our father.   :)

Love you, Dad!

 

Greetings from Winter Night Games!

Hi there!  This is the first official blog post from Winter Night Games!

"WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE?!"

This might be a question that has sprung to mind.  Glad you asked!  My name is Zack and my brother is Josh.  We are two brothers that decided that we wanted to make games together.  The initial idea for our flagship game sprang from a short story idea that I was kicking around a number of years ago...We would chat about it periodically and think of cool characters, locations, scenarios, etc...but I could never put it in a story format that I really liked.  I don't consider myself to be a traditional writer, but I do know how to tell stories in different formats.

There was a point in 2012 when I was playing through some of the old Sierra On-Line point & click adventure games again and I thought to myself, "Man...I want to do a game like this".  My old short story idea immediately sprang to mind.  I gave Josh a call and gave him a rough outline idea of what I was thinking and he was on board.  The next year or so consisted of writing the story, rewriting the story, prototyping systems within Unity, and basically just figuring out what the hell this game was going to be.  In 2014, we started official "production".

Over the course of our writing stage, we discussed a few additional ideas for our "world" that we were creating and came up with a pretty cool idea for a second project that doesn't live within the digital gaming realm, but IS a part of the mythology that we have created.  It's super exciting.

We aren't completely ready to talk about what those two projects specifically are just yet, but we are getting very close.  In the meantime, both Josh and myself will be blogging here from time to time about what we are up to.  My primary focus will be the point & click adventure whereas Josh will be focusing on the OTHER project (he types ominously, mhuaahauahahahahahaaa!!).

Anyway, we are excited to share what we've been up to, so keep your eyes on this space!

-Zack