Filling the Scene

Today’s efforts have been all about filling the scene with smaller objects to build a sense of detail and realism.

A large part of what will make this experience feel real will be having objects that the player can associate with real world activities.

I’m using my whiteboard kanban board to keep track of what models to create and to keep a sense of progression and as such motivation.

Ollie

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So Long Seams

After some research and being pointed to a great forum post on the Epic forums I have pretty much solved my issues with a few bits here and there that can be covered.

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It required adding an additional lightmap UV channel in 3DS Max, which then is specified inside Unreal.

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After doing this for each modular piece, I then had to change the world lightmass settings to give a betrter quality of lighting. This all only looks acceptable with a production level light build.

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So I’m back on track and churning out 3D models quite quickly now, the scene is becoming filled.

Ollie

Whiteboard Kanban

Today I was hoping to get quite a few tasks done and get back on track with my HacknPlan.

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I should be modelling the elevator and the furniture, but because of my schedule upset because of the lightmap issues in Unreal I now only have a day to get on with the elevator and get stuck into the furniture.

The plan of action for today is to tie up the loose end jobs for the architecture and then get started making props for the reception room, which will give me a nice feel for how filled rooms need to be and it will give me a nice base of assets to spread across the other rooms.

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I have decided to use HacknPlan as my macro project management and a kanban whiteboard to focus on the micro tasks such as each individual assets, this also gives me a nice tangible sense of progression.

The kanban board is a slight variation on the standard technique, but I will try it out and see how effective it is for my productivity.

Ollie

Levelled out, but things ‘Seam’ off

This week the whole of the ground floor has finally been assembled, including all wall, floor and ceiling architecture. Though some major lighting issues have raised their heads.

As can be seen in the video, the use of modular wall sections in Unreal is not supported without a lot of extra work. This may mean i have to take each section of room and join it into singular walls. It’s not a lot of work and luckily I have a few days slack time before my next task completion in my hack n plan.

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I did try to find a work around for the issue by posting a picture of the issue on the Epic forums (https://forums.unrealengine.com/showthread.php?134472-Modular-Environment-Seams).

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I got a reply that directed me to the Unreal troubleshooting page about lighting (https://wiki.unrealengine.com/LightingTroubleshootingGuide#Shadow_Seams.2FShading_Differences_with_Indirect_Lighting).

Sadly this is a known issue and there is a work around but so farĀ it hasn’t helped much.

So some additional modelling on the architecture is therefore required, but since I have already made headway on my prop modelling it won’t put me too far out of schedule.

Ollie.

 

Construction can begin!

So this week I have been working on creating assets and now have the core pieces to construct a test layout of the level. This includes all structural models for the ground floor and a few other models such as tables and chairs.

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I’m so pleased with the walls, above you can see the basic models (not final textures) and below you can see the models normal mapped to give more detail.

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I’m very pleased with the results and it looks even better when lit nicely and of course some of the little blemishes can be hidden with other assets.

Using these rough untextured models I will construct a storyboard to really lock in the story progression and flow of the level as well as helping to decide on final positions of assets, lights and trigger events.

Ollie

Raptured Post-Christmas Update

A small update on progress of Raptured.

As you can see above I have now got a good foundation for the white box level and have started to move these boxes into 3DS Max to use as size guides to make the real models.

I used an average female human made in Make Human (http://www.makehuman.org/) as a guide for sizing along with the Unreal standard human.

I also made a start on one of the core parts of the game, the dialogue. The script itself isn’t very extensive but the amount of different voices and sound clips is going to be. Each piece of dialogue gives more hints toward the overall story and as such is quite vital they make sense, are short enough to hear all of of and are coherent with the rest to make a solid story.

In the coming week I hope to have the white box entirely populated and coloured to make it clearer and then to be well on the way to starting asset creation.

Ollie

White Boxes Galore

This week after getting a foundation into the basic mechanics of the game I’m moving into the prototyping stage of the level design. White boxing is a strange concept in my mind, but after doing previous projects and modelling the level out then bringing it into engine and it being 3x to big made me realise the benefit.

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Using the rough map layout I drew in Photoshop, I begin creating some modular building blocks that match the scale of a standard Unreal human.

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Ollie