Category Archives: Interactive Narratives YR2

My Plot, characters, environments and objectives.

Hero- Richard knight a knight who is wrongly in prison for the kidnapping of the princess

villain- the evil wizard that is jealous of Richard so kidnaps the princess to force her to marry him

prize- the princess who is in love with Richard

owner of prize- the king who is lead to believe that Richard kidnapped the princess

helper-the village hunch back who knows the evil of the wizard and helps Richard get his princess back

 

my story is about a knight named Richard Knight who is deeply in love with the princess of the kingdom everything is happy till one day a jealous wizard finds a way to frame Richard making the kingdom that once loved him now hates him and wants him dead the king however believes keeping him alive means finding the princess sooner

the hunch back once was partners with the evil wizard helping him with all his evil plans, now that the wizard finally has what he wants he kicks the hunch back out in fear that he will tell the kingdom what happened, the sad lonely hunch back had the idea of helping Richard to get the princess so he can get his master the evil wizard to take him in again.

the hunchback gives Richard a lock pick in hopes that he knows how to use it. lucky Richard does and he breaks free, Richard now has to find away out of the castle without any seeing him he has an idea of dressing as kitchen staff to sneak his way through the kitchen and through the ball room keeping out of sight from the king

once Richard reaches outside he has to sneak his way through the town to the woods where the wizards evil tower is buying new armour and weapons along the way once he reaches the woods he has to find the secrets to finding the tower

after finding the tower Richard will have to enter it and climb to the top to ether turn the wizard in and leave the hunch back masterless or take the princess home and leaving the hunch back in her place.

 

environments

the kingdom

the kingdom is called snowcliffton this is because it snows 10 months a year and as the kingdom was build in the middle of a natural bottle neck it is surrounded by cliffs and mountains this means the people that live there are big and plumpy to keep them warm. farming is also hard to do in these parts so most meals are meat.

the castle

The castle sapphire was built in to the cliffs this makes it bigger on the inside than what it looks on the outside being the 2nd tallest building in the kingdom this castle can be seen from miles.

the dungeon

the dungeon is hidden deep under the castle in the biggest mountain this cause it all to be misshaped and wet due to the snow melting and leaking through the cracks being so far and cut off from the kingdom above the dungeons are great homes for creatures that arent wanted anywhere else.

the woods

the woods and a mix of white brown and green being so large and dense right outside the kingdom if you was to go of the beaten track you will no doubt get lost.

the wizards tower

the wizards tower is the tallest building in the kingdom how ever it is hidden deep in the woods and will only reveal itself to those who know the ways of the dark magic.

objective and goals

the object and over all goal is for you to get out of the castle and to the evils wizards tower to save the princess and clear your name. how ever on the way you’ll need to find the keys uniforms and foods to satisfy the needs of the village doing so will not only make live easy for you but will unlock useful rewards to use when facing the evil wizard.

 

this is what i hope to achieve for my graphic narrative how ever i believe i will have to shorten this due to time.

 

The coding and evaluation

i used the unreal engine 4.14.1 to make my game, cinema 4d to make characters and assets, photoshop to make the textures and logic for the sounds

in my game i had an objective system with was a verbal that was binded to a text box in the top left corner of the screen.

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here is how i changed the objective i placed the verbal in the topdown character so i had to reference that each time i wanted to change the text this was ok as mostly the pick ups changed the text so it was always referencing to the top down character to change the text it was as simple as adding new text in to the verbal.

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for my game i made a 5 space inventory this was made up of 5 slots using widgets each time you would pick up an item this blue print above will check each slot to see if its empty if slot 1 isnt empty it will check slot 2 if thats not empty it will check slot 3 and so on and on if the slot is free the slot will change to an image of the item.

Openning door after key.png this blue print detects if the player has the right key this is done with boolean then ran through a true or false node is true the door will open and the player will be teleported outside i had to use a teleport because when the door opens it spawns new collisions and the player cant step through once the player has been teleported a little loading screen will play to cover it up then the objective will change.

opening level door.png much like the other door this door opens when the player has the right key if the player does not have the key a message will pop up to say so once the player has the key another loading screen will pop up and open a new level and change the objective.

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to make my sounds i used stuff i recored and edited in logic i then moved them in and used random, delay and looping nodes to make the sounds feel organic.

 

to make the knights ai i copied the player pawn and changed the mesh i then deleted all the input nodes so they don’t follow my character when i click. i added a pawn sensing

Screen Shot 2017-02-07 at 19.11.17.pngi then added in the blue print for capturing the player when the knight hits the player a sound will play and the level will start again

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then to make the knights move from point to point i ha to make a custom event and the begin of the game the event will play

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this event goes in to a true false node that determines if the player is in view if the player is the knight will chase him if he isn’t the knight will move from point to point which are target points in the world.

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if the player is in view the knight will run after them until captured or the player isn’t in view once any of these events or done the knight will go back to patrolling.

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with level 2 i had to cast each overlap event to the character so the knights wouldn’t trigger the camera begin of the game the camera is switched to the 1st camera and opens up the player hud.

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to enter the kitchen you need to find the chefs hat which is basically a key however this hat makes the chef talk in the way of widgets if you don’t have the hat he tells you to go away if you do you get teleported to the kitchen

when you reach the end of the level you get a message then sent back to the main menu.Screen Shot 2017-02-07 at 19.27.01.png

 

evaluation

i enjoyed making this game and making the narrative to go with it i had lots of ideas for making this a fun game to play however due to illness i missed a few weeks i had to shorten my project to make it easier for the deadline. during this project i learnt a lot of new things such as using the top down, camera changing, key system and building AI can spot you. i would of liked to make more levels but due to time and my time off i couldn’t i managed to make 2 levels but then game doesn’t really have much of an ending. if i was to do this again i would hopefully not have so much time off as well as making levels shorter adding speak and dialog to move the story along as well i had to rush the last few parts to reach the deadline if i was to do it again i would of made a list of jobs that needed to be done and ticked them off as i went along.