Design Notes

3D Motion Capture Test

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Beleen is so silly :-)

Happy Friday everyone! To kick off all of tonight's new AQWorlds, EpicDuel, DragonFable, MechQuest and other game releases, we have the (very special) video footage from our motion capture test for the 3D game that is in development that I promised you. Haha, things went about as well as expected... we hope you enjoy!

This test was a lot of fun. We had two cameras, but one of them broke so the computer was not able to see when Beleen put her arms behind her back causing... unpredictable arm breaking disjointing. (No pain, no game!) The final result was um... well, LOL, let us just say we will be animating the characters the old fashioned way - by hand! As I was writing this post, Yergen just sent me the finished male and female character models! We are creating a new, matching set of "starter armor" for them now. Check back on Monday for news on the game engine's development and any sneak peek or concept pictures I can put up for you!

American Cancer Society Relay for Life tonight!

Tonight, the team and I will be participating in the local American Cancer Sociey Relay for Life. We will be walking/running/gaming around a track ALL NIGHT alongside many, many other teams helping to raise funds, awareness and morale for people battling cancer. If you live in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, please come out and see us -- we will be selling super discounted HeroMart stuff and 100% proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. The relay event is taking on the sports track at the Charles S Rushe Middle School (18654 Mentmore Blvd, Land O'Lakes, FL, 34638) from 6pm until 10am the next morning. Do you live far away, but still want to get involved? Look up when there will be a Relay for Life in your area.

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rysox
rysox: OMG this is amazing
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jaxun
jaxun: MMMM nothings better than a hot fresh cup of beleen
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SoulAllyHanna
SoulAllyHanna: Ah, motion cap. cams. lol One messes up. so do they all.
Must admit, that was good dancing, Beleen :D
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Ejacand
Ejacand: Fun video! Maybe you could use motion capture for some emotes and slower interactions (like opening doors and handing things to NPCs).
The flailing arm dance was pretty fun, too. :)
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Lone Hero
Lone Hero: That was awesome! I am amazed on how good aq3d is being developed! Keep it up guys =D
I'm excited about it!!!!!!!!!!
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Lone Hero
Lone Hero: XD It was funny, I can't stop laughing bout her arm XDDDDDD


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GriffinFire
GriffinFire: The female character still looks much too thin to me. Look at Beleen - she's incredibly attractive, and next to her the character looks like a stick figure. And everything from the collarbone up is too large for the rest of the body. There's something very odd going on with the shoulders, as well: They seem to be too far down (or maybe the base of the neck is too high) and too close to the body. Hopefully, that at least will be fixed when it's animated by hand.

Kudos on a good try, especially to Beleen!
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KoraAoiru
KoraAoiru: I think the arms are way too thinner compared to the body, head, and legs size.
Maybe make the arms be at least a little fatter?
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Shinseiji
Shinseiji: Ohhhhh I like Ejacand's idea about using motion capture for the Emotes :3 Please do it! And please let us see more of such preview videos, its so amazing *O* Plus I absolutely love the background and the lighteffects there <33 Can we see more areas that'll be in the game? Pretty please <3
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dooooooom lord
dooooooom lord: OMG Great Video! I'm taking part in the Relay for Life in my school too!
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redpanda2016
redpanda2016: awesome! i hope you decide to do more motion capture in the future when you are able to fix and get both cameras to work properly. :)
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Branwyn
Branwyn: Great video, and even greater mo-cap test! It would've been much more hilarious if one of the guys did a female character c:
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Athysin
Athysin: Well that video looked like a lot of fun XD
Man, I wish I worked for you guys

Despite all the broken (really, REALLY broken >.>) limbs and other... "mishaps", the animation was better than I thought it would :D
Someone mentioned motion captured emotes. I think that sounds great :D
You guys should totally have a macarena emote in the game :3

Now I wish I lived in Florida D:
I will be there spiritually :3
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zuvizu
zuvizu: you should have a customizable starter armor one u can't just change later on and one that is not just one suit but numerous make it where you can make your character thick or thin tall or small young or old all of these concepts of character creation have been used before but if u can use them all together that would be awesome
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KV_kidd
KV_kidd: Paragraph 3, line 3, "Society" is spelled incorrectly.
Other than that, Epic beyond belief, Artix and Beleen!
...Also, sorry Korin.
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Khyst
Khyst: Awesome video, but now that we see the female character in motion I echo the sentiments that she's way too thin. You don't want to encourage younger players to have body image issues and eating disorders. Fantasy is fantasy but I think you should make the body more realistic than that. And I second the comparison to Beleen. You need some decent sized muscles to really wield that oversized sword. :-D Beleen is a real person and to make the character shaped more like her, or some other real woman, would be a good idea. And even if you don't do that, yeah, the shoulders need to be fixed for sure. :-P
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reallysillydude
reallysillydude: Um, I can't watch youtube videos because of Family Safety restrictions. Can you maybe do the same thing you did with the Artix Vs. Sepulchre video with this one so that I can view it with Windows Media Player or something?
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Shadowofgold
Shadowofgold: Everyday I'm shuffle-in~
Go Beleen, that was awesome.
Now if only we can get you ALL to dance...
AE rave party?
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IAP3TUS
IAP3TUS: When you guys get to the point of being able to take video of multiple people with the camera, can you guys PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do a Zumba session?!?!?!?!?!? That would make my life complete :D
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DeaththeAstral
DeaththeAstral: LOL The Arm regenerated
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Master_Yi
Master_Yi: AWESOME!!!!!!
Only problem I have is that the body is too thin, but I am guessing body size will be customizable (hopefully).

"Wuju Style"
Master Yi
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BladeMaster
BladeMaster: That was nice :p But what about the boy model? Maybe Artix himself should motion capture for the boys :o





LEERRRRRRRRRROOOOOYYYYYYYY JEEEEEENKIIIIIIIIIINSSSSSS
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Ironloss
Ironloss: lol
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L
L: I have an idea for you guys, I hope I'm not a little bit late on ideas.

I call it a looting system and a run course. (Loot n' run)
I'll start with the run course. Let me give you an example, let's say a dungeon...It has more than 10 rooms, the last room has the boss in it, in each room there are like 10-15 monsters you have to kill all the monsters in each room to get into the next room (Here is where the looting system starts) there are randoms chests in the dungeon that contains weapons, Armor, Gold or even gems that can be sold for gold. but you can only get 1 item in each chest, for example you found a chest and opened it, you got an axe, the rarity of the axe is Legendary. Let's go back to the Run, let's say you've defeated the boss you get EXP and Gold. (This Loot n' Run system needs a quest or it can be done if you find a random dungeon and just decide to farm gold and exp, it can be repeated)

Now let's say you're going alone in the dungeon but it's too hard for you, before starting a dungeon there is an option to pick easy, medium, hard. In easy mode you get common loot in chests and less EXP and Gold, in medium you get common/rare loot in chests average EXP and Gold, in hard you get common/rare loot in chests (higher chances for rare of course) high EXP and Gold.

Now let's say you're going with a party, the chest is open to everyone, let's say a player already got loot in that chest another player can get loot again. for the EXP and Gold it's still the same as going in with Single player.
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Tarish H.
Tarish H.: 1. Look @ Daimyo!
2. Nice cup Beleen. :-)
3. AWESOME!
4. Um...I forgot.
Anyway. That is awesome! Can't wait for more.
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Shonen Jump
Shonen Jump: You guys are epic!
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rob360
rob360: I laughed so hard my arm broke XD
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curvingmeteor1
curvingmeteor1: the characters arm was derping all over the place
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KJinx101
KJinx101: Yall should make a live game for X-box connect. the video was funny and cool. Good job with the donations.
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luxeon9
luxeon9: Nice and very fun too, you did a great job (and you have fun doing it :D !!) Battle on!!!
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andersbe
andersbe: I demand a motion capture dance party. With pirates
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Kodix 101
Kodix 101: Nice motion test!
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Dragonmaster Flynn
Dragonmaster Flynn: I loved that video! Nice job Beleen! I loved it when she tossed the sword to Artix: "No wait that's a bad idea!!!" lol, nice job again!
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Zhing
Zhing: AWESOMEE!!!!!!! go beleen!! Come back to AQW design notes pleeeze!!!!!!!! we miss you there :'(
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Zhing
Zhing: Great video!!!! awesome job XD
Whereas a lot of people are complaining on the character's body size, I kind of like it how skinny she is. A customizable one like the one on the Wii Mii thingy would be cool
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novagodslayer
novagodslayer: Character looks a little thin doesn't it? a little too spidery
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DageTheEvi7
DageTheEvi7: lol, when is the next test?
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Alithia
Alithia: The dog in the corner at the beginning's cute. Is that Daimyo?

Kids actually don't care that much about the size of game characters. They are more affected by those real-seeming photoshopped models and singers.

Yup, the arm is definitely broken. Were the hands supposed to move?
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Radicalisto
Radicalisto: Uhmmmm... dont forget about the character perspective, u forgot it at AQW ;-)
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_xX  tj451  Xx_
_xX tj451 Xx_: URRRGGGHHHHH ive been waiting FOREVER

when is it getting out to beta test
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WafflezGirl
WafflezGirl: anyone else see Daimyo at the begining of the vid?
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