The boss work continues! Fred has worked hard with the new epic Solem boss, who gets an epic laser attack through a mystical gem, oh my!!



Previously we said all Solems will have the laser attack, but we then changed our minds and decided that it would simply make them a bit too crazy for regular enemies. Saving the attack for a boss is totally OK though!

No ancient ruin is complete without its own sets of traps, of course, and since we all grew up watching the #1 adventurer of all time running away in panic from a rock, it's time for you to do just that in Grindea!

In order to have a cool rock to run away from Fred started making a bunch of 'em, to see which one we liked the most:

And here we have it, in all its glory, chasing our unsuspecting heroes as they steal an ancient treasure totally mind their own business, how unfair!



The second portrait features a guy lying on the beach getting an intense sunburn. Do not do this at home kids, this is not very healthy for your skin! The character is based on this sprite made by Fred:


WIP video (also featuring the creation of the final sprite this time, woohoo):


...and the finished thing:


This week's first portrait features a girl walking around in the desert town! I call her a beach girl even though she will probably be walking around in the market, as she is dressed like someone strolling along the beach! She's probably visiting the town as a tourist, having a relaxing vacation.

WIP video:

Finished sprite:


Next up we have a random house that will be right next to the market! We don't really have any fixed plans for this house yet, so I'm just whipping together a quick basic house that can be inhabited by pretty much any of the NPCs already made:

 

Maybe in the future we'll have a more specific idea of who lives here and what kind of person they are, in order to make the place more personal. Until then, it's just another example of the desert style housing~



The next desert interior we'll take a look at is the house boat in the harbor area! In this version the door is centered while the exterior has it more to the left, so I'll move that around later to suit the outside version.

Other than that the interior is slightly different compared to the regular houses, with different kinds of windows and another type of bed. There's also some slight color variations and edits of some of the props!

WIP & finished version below:




So obviously Fred keeps busy doing desert things as well! Not only does he continue making NPCs, he has also started working on one of the bosses you will face in this area. Below you can see the work in progress and final version of the boss you'll fight inside the temple mentioned earlier:



Basically it's a more advanced version of the Solems which will appear in the desert as regular enemies, powered by a mysterious crystal, oh my!

Fred has also been working on this NPC whose portrait was posted before, who I think might be Master Ji's graduated pupil:


And here's some of the work in progress versions of this guy before the final version was decided upon:




So the NEXT one this week ( did you know there are 14 more after this to be precise? Oh my)! I'm not sure exactly what this guy's backstory will be but I believe Fred intended for him to be one of Master Ji's graduated students (it is based off a NPC sprite he made). The WIP:

Finished portrait:


The first portrait this week (yeah, I'll probably start posting at least two per week to keep up with Fred's output and be able to post them all before we're done with the town, haha) belongs a character made by Fred quite a while ago, a guy who fell asleep on the beach while reading. Here's a reminder of what he looks like:


I don't know whether he will wake up later or not, for now though I opted to make his portrait asleep as well. Most likely his dialogue will simply be 'zzz' or some sleep talking for now. If he were to wake up he would need a new animation, so I'll save making an expression for him when he's awake until then :) 


Finished sprite for now:



Before I can do any work on the ghost ship, I need to finish up this church, among other things! Using the clock tower as a base, I create this random holy space in the middle of the port town. Who might you find here? You might be able to guess!


Finished interior, for now:


After having gone many weeks now without having any meetings (we've all been busy doing our parts for the Arcadia rework and desert) it was finally time for us to have another discussion about future events in the game!

Very soon we hope that Teddy will have rid Arcade Mode of the more severe bugs, and as such be ready to move on to the desert. Story wise, there are a couple of important things happening here before the player is ready to move on to the fourth 'dungeon'. One such thing is a boss fight inside a small temple we have yet to make - which is what we discussed today.

So, in this temple we plan on having one special puzzle where you have to use a translation of an ancient language to move blocks (or something similar) to specific places in order to unlock a secret doorway. This doorway leads to an open room with a long staircase (exactly how long, we'll have to test). At the top of the staircase is a treasure which the player needs. As you take the treasure something horrible will happen that causes you to run down the stairs, only to have your way blocked and a boss fight to ensue - more on what boss will appear later this week... :)


Above you have a very finished (not) sketch of the area inside the secret door.

Next, you need to get to the final 'dungeon'. As we have mentioned before, this will be a ghost ship, and as such, you will need to get there by boat (a very small one, to be precise). We've had some ideas on how to go about getting the player there - we of course knew it had to be by boat, but how to actually get inside the ship, and what the scenery would look like from outside. Today we talked and made some sketches that deal with that as well!

Basically you'll approach the ghost ship from the side, and the camera will scroll up once you get to an entry point, to show the ship as a whole along with the zone title. We hope this will serve as a semi-dramatic introduction to the area!


Then, the camera will scroll back down to your little boat which now has a pair of boards connecting it to the bigger ship so you can enter it:


11/10 sketches I know, haha.. Well, as soon as I've completed my part of the desert graphics I'll start working on this ship and its interiors for real. Already looking forward to it! :)

The next part is adding the smaller details. It's a slightly shorter video since the base for several of these items already exists!



And here's the finished house:



Now it's time for the next interior, the one belonging to the author I just made! As with the previous interior, in this first video I'll add and create all the basics, with details to be added in a later part:




...and as we draw ever closer to completing the desert, there are more NPCs and more portraits needed! Hence another one this week. This one is an author who lives in the desert town while working on her latest novel. Perhaps you can help her with some ideas?




Next up, a portrait - there's still a bunch left before all of the desert NPCs have their portraits, whew! This one belongs to the character sitting in the harbor, made by Fred last week :)

And the finished sprite:

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