Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Lofi Epic - Dev Log #3 - Magic Portals

Here I've added MAGIC PORTALS!

The player can see through the portal into the other location, and they can also jump through themself.

I am still developing the actual ideas of what to do with my portals in the game.  Yet to be finalised!  But these are just test ones for now!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Lofi Epic - Dev Log #2 - Guards, Animals, Banners, Portals

Here I've added...
  • Some GUARDS with basic detection AI.  (They detect you based on whether you're standing in the light.)
  • Some ANIMALS with basic ecology AI (they get hungry and thirsty, and go to eat and drink as needed.  They flee from you if they detect you).
  • Added CLOTH BANNERS that blow in the wind.
  • A basic DAY/NIGHT CYCLE.
  • I wrote my own cross-platform CUSTOM PLAYER CONTROLLER.  I'm using InControl so I can support Windows, Xbox One, PS4, etc.  It has support for keyboard/mouse, or gamepad.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Lofi Epic - Dev Log #1 - Map Blockout

This is a prototype I'm building, which might become my next released game.

It's working project title is "Lofi Epic", because I want it to feel epic and meaningful, to have a resonant story with a good start, middle and end, but to be able top produce it as a lone developer, it has to be lofi!

Here I've blocked out the map for the game in very rough terms.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Lofi Epic - Dev Log #0 - Map Foundations

This is a glimpse of the first steps of putting together my Lofi Epic prototype.

I started by blocking out the map based on an old piece I did in high school in 1995!

I always intended this map to be fuel for a game, or a book (or even a movie or TV show).

So here goes!

My concept for this game is for it to be an "immersive adventure game", taking a lot from the immersive sim genre, but also from adventure games such as King's Quest 3!

Follow along to see the progress.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Werewolf in the Wild - Development Oddments

Werewolf in the Wild - Development Oddments

Here are some old screenshots I found from the time I spent developing Werewolf in the Wild in 2016.

I liked 'em, so here they are.  :D

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Ecology - Dev Video #2

Ecology - Dev Video #2

Here I've added a basic day-night cycle, and some more different types of animals.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Ecology - Dev Video #1 - Stags eating, drinking, resting, fleeing

Here's a new project I'm working on, developing some code skills, and ideas around an ecology simulation.

I think that some of the central elements of the type of games I like are simulation and immersion (hence why I like immersive sims!)...  :D

I've been thinking about a game with an ecology that runs on its own, such as a wilderness in nature, or a medieval town with people buzzing around and getting on with their lives.

I made a start on the weekend, and made a little island with stags milling around, eating, drinking, and fleeing if they detect the player.

I like the idea of building layers of complexity, where the entities in the world make sense and behave logically, and with enough different elements at play, they begin to show interesting emergent behaviours.



Sunday, July 16, 2017

Wilderness of Play: A place to discuss exploratory, experimental innovative games

Welcome to the Wilderness of Play forum!


I wanted to create a place where players and developers could get together and discuss innovative exploratory games...  games that are off the beaten track.  

Games like Proteus, RainWorld, Shadow of the Colossus, A Dark Room...  little games, big games, atmospheric mood pieces, unusual interactive fiction, etc!

I want to hear about more games!  I want to hear about games and whole genres that don't exist yet, but that people can imagine, or yearn for...

I've made a few prototypes and game jams in this area myself, such as Werewolf in the Wild, and Secrets of the Waves, quick ideas that I want to come back to and expand on.

I like procedural generation, and games that defy definition.  Games with interesting AI and procedural animation, worlds that keep growing when you turn your back on them!

I invite you to come and join the discussion, make some new friends, find some fellow enthusiasts and explorers!

See you in the wilderness.  :D

Your ol' pal Murray
from MUZBOZ Games

Monday, June 19, 2017

Steam VR - HTC Vive - Prototype Development - Thiefy Adventurer #012

Some progress on my VR project featuring an adventurous thief, visiting ancient lost places of the world, in search for loot, info, and of course adventure!

I want to build more atmosphere, and add some more physics based puzzles, as well as ignitable torches and candles.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Crafts: Leather Bag

A bit off topic, but I wanted to post a little craft project...  

I made a leather bag which fits my daily toys and tools, including my HP Spectre X2 laptop (which doesn't fit in my smaller leather bag), and an iPad Mini, A5 clipboard, wallet, keys, etc.  

I'm very happy with how it came out!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Working on a very b-grade trailer for B-Grade Renegade

I've been working on a trailer for B-Grade Renegade...

Having tons of fun making dodgy effects and over the top scenarios!

Here we see a guest-test-hero, Samulon of Earthulon, zooming across the wastelands in a stolen green auto.

A dread eyeball spots Foxy's hot-rod and gives chase, but Foxy is too fast for this freak of nature!