OverGem Dev Blog 3: well, it has Character(s)

The scope of OverGem was only meant to have 1 character. In hindsight, I probably should have prototyped with a stick man or something minimal, would have helped me stick with the scope.

But I didn't.

I used UnitedGames' Valiant Knight character (which looks excellent doesn't it) during my prototyping phase.

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The design of the game, from then on, lends itself to the addition of multiple characters, and I fell for that trap. Thats one for the post mortem.

In expanding my cast of characters, I will include warriors from cultures all over the world.

One culture I wanted to include was Nordic Viking. Vikings are usually depicted as ferocious warriors. But, I have read a few sources, and seen a few shows, depicting Vikings to have quite an extensive concept of 'honour in combat'. Even having a form of dueling to settle disputes (hólmganga).

Instead of going for a male Viking though, I opted for a Shield Maiden.

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Ok, so there's no shield. I ended up drawing a character wielding 2 hand axes, which I really liked, so I decided to keep that. The horned helmet was the distinguishing detail for this character to indicate a Nordic Viking culture, even though I believe this particular feature was just romanticised and not factual. Horns are nice though.

Not being much of an artist myself, I mimicked the animation of the Valiant Knight over to the Shield Maiden.

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I did receive feedback that the arms in the running animation looked too "still". I agreed. Hence, I changed them to swing back and forth whilst running.

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Looking better.

I also received feedback that the colour scheme was too "muddy". I initially didn't use any colour palette, just went for random colours, really showing I don't have much experience at art huh?

So, I went to look for a suitable palette. I really liked what I found!

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This palette is Pear36 . Not bad, not bad at all.

I really appreciate the indie dev community on twitter for giving me all this feedback! I will likely continue to refine the colour and animation a little more.

My next challenge is to add the attack animation for this character, which hopefully will be the topic of the next post. See you then!

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