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Character Customization in Project: Omni

If Artix Entertainment was a Halmark-style Greetings Card company... we would definately be putting these adorable new characters on all of our cards. Their highly customizable face, eyes, hair, mouth and expression are perfect for "Happy Birthday", "Get Well Soon", "Happy Anniversary", and "Sorry you fell through a time Vortex and were eaten by a T-Rex."  Maybe we should make that part of the game... "Dear player, we are not one of those lame games that tries to get you to post something to your Facebook wall every 10 seconds, but.... we were browsing your friends profiles and saw that your dear Aunt Sally is sick! Would you like to wear this silly hat and pose with a Necromancer's undead army to make her a get well soon or else picture? We recommend posting it to her wall every 10 seconds."
 

"Hue" do you want to be?

When you are not playing the game, the our male hero character does a lots of situps. Just look at that 4-pack! Yesterday, we worked on making the skin tone color customizable. Back in Flash, we actually broke every color into it's own layer, then put some code on it to change the color. (It is a lot of work to make a color customizable armor in AQWorlds.) It got even trickier in Project Omni. We want players to be able to pick any skin color they want from tan to Homestuck Blue to Hulk green. After playing with some options we found we could change the Hue, Saturation and Brightness levels to do this pretty effectively. But a closer examination of the picture below and you will see that changing the brightness is causing the hair and shorts to change color too! (Ack! The evil wash fairy washed my shorts too many times and now they are all faded!!!!!)

 
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So Minimal did something really cool. He created a custom Hue/Sat/Bright filter than only changes areas that are in color (no whites, grays or black are changed.) So now we can set your skin color, hair color, eye color, etc to any color we want without messing up the outlines or underpants. Your armor will be drawn on top of the character and then the weapon will be placed in your hand. Whether you are a future game maker, an established game maker, or just love seeing what we are doign behind the scenes I hope you have been finding these posts interesting.
 
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Archae
Archae: This info was interesting. Thanks for the update. Almost makes you wish you had infinite free time so you could totally break out of the box to see what you could do with the coding, aye?
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Necrosis
Necrosis: What is game play going to be like?
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SAWimagi
SAWimagi: what is the program that AE use in this project?
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Colossus
Colossus: Hey, Artix. I absolutely enjoy these Behind The Scenes posts. It's great to see a simplified version of what constitutes the game and how the cogs come together. :) Also, it's really nice for us players to get the inside look and it makes us feel involved in the process of the development of the games. I hope these posts keep coming! Battle On!
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Djole25
Djole25: Artix please new alpha test for aq3d
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velc
velc: They have to squash bugs and create new things did you even read the project omni note?
raveolot86
raveolot86: it looking good keep up the good work AE
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Djole25
Djole25: when you go out a3d will it be for the Member or all ljude.please and answer me quickly.
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Hurricane150
Hurricane150: Too awesome T_T
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velc
velc: Wait artix I had no idea your dear aunt sally is sick shall I send her the hallmark card "Sorry you fell through a time Vortex and were eaten by a T-Rex" They're all the rage
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Zerad
Zerad: Interesting.
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velc
velc: TYYPPPPOOO OMGBBQ!!! any who project omni sounds pretty epic
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Clergy
Clergy: Hopefully Project Omni makes up for what the other AE games didn't have enough of: Dinosaurs.
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Mechajin
Mechajin: Artix is a Homestuck :o This makes me pretty darn happy :)
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haha1599
haha1599: this game qwill be a best game , it's good.
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descending
descending: Did I just see 'Homestuck'?
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RavenRose
RavenRose: This looks really cool! I can't wait to play. (I'm so getting an tablet just for this!)
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optional geek
optional geek: That is awesome. I never even thought of making the colors all a different layer, and the hue/sat idea was GENIUS...Give Minimal a high-five from me. When I get started into this, you should expect to hear a lot from me.
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Damian_N.
Damian_N.: How do you know when you play too many video games? WHEN YOU START THINKING ABOUT FIGHTING THE UNDEAD IN ART CLASS!!! I was in art class yesterday, and we were supposed to draw what we want our dream vacation to be and I couldn't stop thinking of fighting Sepuchure's undead skeletal army the whole time. That's when you know you play to many video games.
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Damian_N.
Damian_N.: Now off to play AdventureQuest Worlds! Question: do you think I have a problem?
gabz
gabz: I can't wait to play this game!!! XD
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captaindoom
captaindoom: can a link or something to play it or is it a game that is comeing out:/
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Dragos
Dragos: i heard that this is a mobile game. is this going to be for the kindle fire
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undeadarti
undeadarti: Yes Dragons I'm doing this on the the kindle fire right now
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undeadarti
undeadarti: *dragos
The Zev
The Zev: I've read Homestuck, but I don't know what Homestuck blue is... John's/Jane's chat color? Teal, cerulean or indigo (Troll blood colors)? No idea...
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