To be honest I felt like a failure this time around. I wanted to make a good game, as good as some other Marrend's games. Added that it's a fan game, I wanted it to really shine. I still want it and I'm afraid, that I'm not able to deliver it. I'm really slow and got detached from the rest of the team (It's completely my fault) and keep on working with an outdated version of the project and haven't got to play the demo yet.
I'm sorry, guys.
Let's talk about the positive. Kloe, Tunger and Marrend are all really cool people to work with. I love the music, we got from the Man, and I'm glad that I'm not in charge of it. It's far better than a cheesy soundtrack I would put together
Marrend is our mace wielding god of everything nice and good and together with Kloe they're working on dialogues, which are witty and on spot. Kloe is also our cheerful archer.
But I'm not here to write about real persons. I'm to write few lines about characters. I promise, it's gonna be a different insight than the previous 'Might be Heroes' blog.
|The cheerful bunch contains jawless Thief, Marrend from Kentonia, Intellectual Kloe, No-neck Harold, Fake-beard Wilhelm and IDK Wizzage.|
The game's cast contains characters which are based on us to some extent. They all have their own tunes, which are superb, and are more than archetypes, or a contradiction of these. We had classes first. They're six original classes from the very first of Might and Magic games (although we call robber thief all the time). And it's interesting how they fit our four characters plus protagonist and Harold.
Pictures used are my first ever drawn on computer. I don't have a proper pad, just a touch sensitive display. Also original hand-drawn sketches can be found here
|This choice was the most obvious.Marrendis just so cleric. It really fits his character around the site. He got his own polite humour, which stands consistent. He's a pillar of the community and I wouldn't have dared to experiment with genres, if he hadn't been on the team. Heck, he helped me with my first accepted description back when I joined RMN in 2014.
I wanted to add some coolness to the design, by making him look sharp (sideburns). The armor was stolen from artworks in the manual of Might and Magic 3.
The final design is far from the cool artwork. Due to my lacking skills, his cheeks got chubby. Thanks to the chosen form, armour is not displayed.
|Kloebeing an archer is more on spot than I thought at first. I like the class and could be little jelly about Kloe getting it at first. I like it because it sounds ordinary. Others are fancy names fanciers. You can't beat the simplicity of the name. Swordsman is too specific and warrior too broad. The class itself is usually fun to play as it has bows or crossbows and can shoot.
Kloe, i know from forums, is stronk. She's witty and friendly and energetic. Just like an archer, who needs to get quickly in an advantageous position before the battle starts. Her personality resonates with motives of a bow and an arrow.
My approach was to make her both a dreamer and a skilled warrior. She's not really as eccentric and loud as she may seem to be. I think glasses (I took them from her avatar) and practical clothes shows this well. Her affection towards Harold is a significant manner too.
|I thinkHaroldis the simple member of the group. We needed a sixth character and Kloe came up with Harold. He's a date with a twist. It's easy to make him inspired and to find a way under his chest plate.
Drawing him was more of a challenge. Everyone knows him from MV and my drawing skills are nowhere close to the original design. I knew, I needed to keep the iron bandana and red overgrown spiky hair. Marrend chose the weapon. In battles they create 'The Dynamic Duo' with
RobinKloe. He again wears natural colors of iron and leather and pink cloth. He's slightly darker than Kloe. They both wear capes. His chin is wide.
I feel, that he was mild as a character, when I was drawing him. I'm sure, Marrend and Kloe gave him the needed structure in dialogues.
|Tunger's character is an interesting one.Wilhelmis not your usual goofy knight, who solves everything through power (like Jeremy Clarkson). He's a philanthropist. He doesn't talk a lot, just like Tunger. Also, I like him as a date. I'm usually against younger woman/older man tropes. But that's from a male point of view. Recently, I found out how much does it make sense from a woman's perspective. Wilhelm wants to be more of a mentor, almost a father and he wants to share his wisdom. Thief should be the active one here, making first steps, while being charmed. And Wilhelm slowly falls for her.
I really like his quest for knowledge. It's somehow presumable that Marrend is a pieceful character and Wizzage is probably an aggressive one, cuz 'who cares about peasants.' It's nice to have Wilhelm among them, the guy has the biggest sword around and is hesitant to use it. His shield is more important to him. He can sit on it while reading or playing lute.
He wears an armour, which is directly taken from the Isles of Terra manual. Actually it combines knight's and druid's pictures. The Color scheme is simple. It mostly keeps natural colors with red/pink being his his signature color. It's dominant color of his leggins and he has his shoulders painted with it.
|Wizzageis avatar, which represents me in the game. I hope she doesn't use Engrish. It is only natural, that I put the most energy in her. Designing her was easy. I wanted her to look like me, if I were a 40 years old female elf. I even gave her the same varsity jacket I wear. And she got a big sword and sexy Xena-like dress beneath. She is sexy but bitter and resents males. She's cool and powerful, tongue-in-cheek when necessary. Frankly, I made her much cooler than my actual self. To balance her raddity, I made her really broken. She may seem to be only little bitter and annoying at first, but as you got further with her, you will discover her heart full of holes and emptiness, lack of motivation, even a personality crisis.
Again, she ought to be an interesting date. She is heart-broken and it's hard to make her act differently than a jealous stepmother. No, it's hard to make her care enough to be jealous. And she got nothing visible to live for. No simple goal like Marrend or Wilhelm got. You need to change her personality completely to find a way. You need to give her goals and help her to fulfill them. Eventually, she'll be happy again.
|It's you. I almost succeeded with this one. I recommend to check on original sketches here, cuz they can tell you much more about her and my intentions. She is strong and has a power. The power to inspire others. However she's weak too. Fragile, I would say and the appearance makes the player care about her the same way he cares about the protagonist of Oneshot and through her he cares about the world around and romances happening it it. Also, I made her really plain. The player knows nothing about her. She wars a short plain dress. It almost looks like a large t-shirt. No belt. She has a backpack with her daggers in it. The good thing about the backpack is, that there is probably something more hidden in it. Her haircut is innocent and It should remind us of cute actresses like Mia Farrow and Goldie Hawn in the 60s.
In the end, she became my favorite character to work on. Most of the time, she is cheerful, but may become more serious later on. The most important about her is that she never stops giving us second chances.
That's it. As I stated before, my perception may differ from the actual game. It's totally ok.
Next time, We will travel around the land of Morn. We will visit all major locations and I'll try to bring up, what is behind them.