We have brought a new composer on the project to complete the Elden
soundtrack. Ox Tung is a incredibly talented composer skilled in most forms of music and composition, and childhood friend of Dylan. The first pieces of music completed exceed all expectation. You can listen to some of his person tracks at the link below.
Dylan has recently moved into an collaborative studio space for indie game
development in Melbourne named The Arcade.. Currently he's the officeless developer in the corner of the Studio Mountains space. Thanks to Ken Wong.
We're in the middle of closed playtesting as I write. Five testers are playing and
deconstructing the game and the feedback has been invaluable! Play testing is far too often over looked by many developers. But it's one of the best ways to measure how well you are succeeding in your design goals.
If you're like me and tend to have a vision for the whole of your game, you might think that you don't need the opinions of random testers, but you are one person and being able to see how others interpret your design can be the determining factor between a hit and a miss.
Elden is now known as Elden - Path of the Forgotten. You might be thinking "Why rename the game this far into development?" Well, there's a pretty simple reason. As an indie developer marketing and releasing your game, no matter how big or small your budget may be the name of your game is the most important marketing tool you will ever have.
A name can say a lot about a game and make a person want to play by the name alone, a bad name can't a bad name gives no context. Your name needs to sell itself.
Onerat is returning to PAX Australia. We will be in the indie section of the main expo hall. Booth number 38. If you are able to attend we are more then happy to discuss shop, and if you are a member of the press contact us at either the contact page or @oneratdylan on twitter.
Our Game Jam Jamingtons is returning is a few days for version 3.0.
48 Hours and open to all engines and teams with a max of 5.
see here for past winners and runners up.
Jamingtons 2.0 is almost here! For those who dont know, Jamingtons is a public game jam hosted by OneratGames. After the great submissions we had in the v1.0 jamingtons we have decided to return. It will be hosted both online and in person at LAN-slide Melbourne.
Region One / Dev Milestone One COMPLETED!
Region one has been completed and along with our first Film Vic funding development milestone! We have the 1st boss in game and terrorizing the player,
and the combat is almost at a final level of base polish.
Start of a new web series
I (Dylan) started a weekly vlog. Highlighting my everyday life as a indie trying to start up a company from the ground up along with everyday life. The series is still undergoing a lot of changes from week to week as i try and develop a style.
Starting on region Two, The Desert.
With the completion of region one there was only one thing to do, start the core work on region two! Seen above in the mock up scene iv been using to develop the look and colours of the desert.
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Dylan J. Walker
Ceo / Director at Onerat Games Pty Ltd
Dealing with legacy software systems is simply a reality for most developers.
It is a rare occasion when a profit-centre project is rationally, completely and deliberately designed from scratch by someone who has experience in software architecture. The vast majority of the time, the core projects that make value in an organization grow organically - starting out as a quick hack to solve a problem and growing in scope and importance as it starts to save or bring in money.
This is true for game projects as much as any other software. And it applies to Elden.
The industry's response to this trend is to embrace change and agility -- using planning approaches that are lighter weight and iterate towards an efficient solution by doing evaluations at every stage. When these two approaches clash, however, things can get nasty.
A common approach to having a large and old code base with lots of bugs and awkwardly written workarounds is to try and clear it and start from scratch. This is incredibly common, but among veteran developers it is a poorly regarded approach. It reliably results in regressions and in many cases perpetuates the very cycle it purports to solve.
The most effective way to handle this kind of transition that I've found does not use any gimmicks or fancy new organizational concepts. It is a simple and direct application of classic, old-fashioned object-oriented programming techniques. This is something that almost gets taken for granted nowadays -- OOP is such a given that very few people would profess to specialize in it. Yet this kind of transition seems to be virtually unheard of in most real-world environments.
The core concept here is to do incremental replacements of functionality using small, individual, well-thought-out modules. Rather than rewriting the codebase from scratch, you simply duplicate its functionality, a page of code at a time. Unity is fantastic for this, as it allows you to instantiate and duplicate modular components with very little effort.
In the case of game development, and Elden specifically, this means taking the large, ungainly components (primarily the player and enemy controllers) and incrementally replacing individual functions of them with smaller modules. It is 100% possible to replace the entire codebase with a faster, more stable, neater, tidier, better-factored and better-documented version -- without breaking intermediary builds or causing any other short-term pain.
In this month's preview we are having a look at the starting zone from Elden, Elden's house is the point all journeys will begin, but where will they end?
We have been quite busy these past four weeks, we have implemented a new Damage system shared between the player and AI, along with implementing the first boss in game with around half of its final functionality to mention just a few.
We also attended our second LAN-Slide, LAN-Slide is a 24 hour public LAN event ran four times a year, We hosted Jamingtons along side the event and made our submission amongst all the cheering gamers playing CSGO and Overwatch, which was quite the change of working environment but quite a fun night.
for those who dont know Jamingtons a public game jam we hosted on itch. We had over 40 people join the event and 14 games submitted! The winners and link to full page can be found in the link above.
Along with showing Elden at LAN-Slide we also had a booth at CON-Quest the following weekend, not the largest event but the crowd was lovely and gave some great feedback, I'm always taken aback when watching people playing and enjoying our game, when your working on a project day in day out. i don't know if there much more rewarding then seeing other enjoy your game.
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Figured may as well start putting some text in these posts.
For those who don't know we are Onerat Games, a newly formed studio from Melbourne, Australia, currenly consisting of a team of SAE Qantm Graduates. Recently we have been developing a new art pipeline for our current project Elden with the help of Powerhoof (Creators of Crawl), the lighting shader (seen above), and the 1st boss you'll be likely to encounter.
Development has been going quite smoothly and we are looking to do a second public testing period soon (limited places available), if you are interested come have a chat on our discord (https://discord.gg/dJDjuRH).
Along with all this we are also hosting a public Game Jam, Jammingtons
Prizes for the top 3 awards ($50 USD to the 1st place submission).
We are very thankful to have you reading our blog and will be doubling the amount of content in the coming weeks.
Onerat Director & CEO, Dylan J. Walker.