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[WIP] - Chuckwagon: On The Lone Prairie.

JoyhypeJoyhype Posts: 40
edited May 2015 in VR Jam 2015

Hi, everyone.

My name is Matthew and I'm making a game called Chuckwagon: On The Lone Prairie with the help of my two friends Mark DeNardo from Pixeljam Games (Robot Unicorn / Glorkian Warrior) and Chris from Fru for Xbox One. We run an indie game collective called Joyhype which is based in New York and The Netherlands. Mark does sound & game design, Chris handles the mobile implementation and stabilizes the build, I code and do the world set dressing, art/modeling.

I'd like to create this thread to do a little devblog to update the progress and share with you images of the dev pre-production cycle.

I will also stream development on Twitch.tv at http://www.twitch.tv/joyhype of me building the game. Since I'm not in school this week, I decided to try making my first ever VR game.



What is Chuckwagon?: Chuckwagon : On The Lone Prairie is a frontier game where survival is paramount, and your only ally is your gun, your wits, and a bit of luck. The end user will be able to explore rich landscapes, avoid being stampeded by bison, and trade with a quest-keeper. Players will unravel the mysteries of the frontier through emergent storytelling, encounter a wide variety of animals, and see how long they can survive.

How does it work with Gear VR? Players can move, and can shoot, but cannot do them simultaneously. Players will be able to shoot using the touchpad, and interact with the quest-keepers quest UI via gaze interactions. Using a series of smart gestures, and recognizing whether or not the player is in the active move state, or shoot state, players will be able to move around the world, and interact with objects using just the gear vr and not having to pair to a controller. Chuckwagon is not a gaze shooter.



Here are some images of what the game is starting to look like:





Images hosted on Imgur.
    Image 1: Meet Chuckwagons Frontier-esque landscape:
https://i.imgur.com/rcSPVDg.png

Image 2: VR Bugs are Funny (GIF): http://i.imgur.com/fMx7F5r.gifv

Updated: April 15

Image 3: Updated Scene. Wagon area implemented: http://i.imgur.com/KpvBzXR.jpg

Image 4: VR capture: http://i.imgur.com/vcop17G.png

Image 5: Night time cycle: http://i.imgur.com/X5Pq3iq.jpg

Updated: April 16

Image 6: http://giphy.com/gifs/3d-fire-oculus-3o ... HaVxu?tc=1 Night time mode.

Video Logs :

Video 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C4U0lZ5P1w


* Notes: Some of the coloring is off because some are taken straight from Unity and the others from the Build. The higher contrast ones are the build versions. The game only has around 5,000 tri's right now.

Update log: April 15 1AM: Added Wagon. Lighting changed. Location text shows in the sky "Westword Spires" and then fades away drifting into the distance. Clouds in the back move slowly. More cactus and grass added. Ray casting is coming soon and collectible weapon boxes floating around the land. Invisible border walls keep player contained in the land. Fog lighting altered for mobile.

Update log: April 15 8PM: Polished lighting. You can shoot Bison and they rotate when they fall over. Now I want to make the Bison blink. Card game assets are implemented but functionality is missing.

Update log: April 15 10PM: Recorded video. Bison blood added.

Update log: April 15 10:44PM: Quest system implemented. Location UI added. LOD operations optimized.

Update log: April 16 3AM: Night time cycle added. Bison now have different movement states. Blood spawns and the bullet has a new trail renderer attached to the end. Players can only move forward. And or only shoot. Aiming is done by positioning of the head.

Update log: April 16 10AM: Firepit added. Bison moan. They Drop little packages when you shoot them. Shop keeper is designed but not implemented. Game is running around 100,000 tris right now. Hopefully I can optimize some things. The game runs smoothly at 50-60fps per eye on my Macbook.

Update log; April 16 12PM: Players can starve to death. They also get thirsty, and hungry over time.

Update log: April 17 10Pm: Fire pit colors tweaked. Took a day break to work on another game project that is due for testing soon and homework :/

Update log: April 18 2PM: Gaze functionality is in for the quest cards! We're working on our pitch video right now. And updating the of the graphics. Dynamic lighting is added in, and the sun now fully rotates around the world. We're at a 150k with good performance 60fps and very few draw calls.

Update log: April 19 3PM: Polished some of the games mechanics / design. Grass patches added. LOD operations tweaked. Working on submission pitch.



Follow us on Twitter :3

Follow me on Twitter! http://www.twitter.com/MattStenquist

Mark on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/MarkDenardo

Chris on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Chrusb


Feedback is welcomed! :)

- Thanks,
Matt, Chris, and Mark.
SaaS and Fullstack developer. Hobby Game developer.
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  • mallmagicianmallmagician Posts: 297 Oculus Start Member
    I love the low poly artwork.

    The only thing that jumped out at me is the gun. My concern is that it is another gaze shooter (look to shoot).

    John Carmack said in his recent gdc talk (it's on youtube) that we don't really need more gaze Shooters.

    However, I only have the screenshots to go on. The screens look lovely, but if you have a gaze shooter in the works, I'd respectfully suggest you try to make it different from all of the ones already out for gearvr. Not just a different setting.

    However, I may be wrong. And maybe the gun is there for another reason or just makes uP a small part of the game. Or maybe it isn't shoot to kill, but shoot to herd or something that would make it unique.

    Anyway. I've tried to be honest with my feedback. Hope it helps. Best of luck.
  • JoyhypeJoyhype Posts: 40
    I love the low poly artwork.

    The only thing that jumped out at me is the gun. My concern is that it is another gaze shooter (look to shoot).

    John Carmack said in his recent gdc talk (it's on youtube) that we don't really need more gaze Shooters.

    Thanks for your feedback! It's not a gaze shooter. The player can walk, and or choose to shoot, but can't do both at the same time.
    SaaS and Fullstack developer. Hobby Game developer.
  • mallmagicianmallmagician Posts: 297 Oculus Start Member
    Awesome. Sounds great. Sounds like a bit of a sandbox. I love the art style. I'm a fan of low poly in vr. Looking forward to further updates.
  • JoyhypeJoyhype Posts: 40
    edited April 2015
    Awesome. Sounds great. Sounds like a bit of a sandbox. I love the art style. I'm a fan of low poly in vr. Looking forward to further updates.

    Thanks!

    An image that shows the skybox cycle, gun sway / breathing, and bullet fire.



    Here's an updated image of the wagon and color enhancements / more Bison.

    http://i.imgur.com/KpvBzXR.jpg

    But yeah, the game is sandboxy. It's a frontier-esque survival rouge like that encourages players to explore, manage resources, and develop their own emergent stories through environmental storytelling. There's lots of hidden goodies scattered around the lands that players can find. Just watch out for the rattlesnakes.
    SaaS and Fullstack developer. Hobby Game developer.
  • cyberealitycybereality Posts: 26,156 Oculus Staff
    Looks great.
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  • drashdrash Posts: 2,849
    Neo
    I am digging those clouds. :) Can't wait to play this one.
  • JoyhypeJoyhype Posts: 40
    drash wrote:
    I am digging those clouds. :) Can't wait to play this one.
    Looks great.

    Thanks! :D
    SaaS and Fullstack developer. Hobby Game developer.
  • JoyhypeJoyhype Posts: 40
    Bump :P

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C4U0lZ5P1w

    Here' is a video showing off what Chuckwagon looks like.
    SaaS and Fullstack developer. Hobby Game developer.
  • Hey. I'm working on Game Design/Music/SFX for Chuckwagon w joyhype.
    We're really excited about how the #VRJam is going so far! Stay updated. 8-)
  • JoyhypeJoyhype Posts: 40
    edited April 2015
    ^^ hi mark :P

    Hey guys here's a look at the night time fire pit in the game.

    http://giphy.com/gifs/3d-fire-oculus-3o ... HaVxu?tc=1

    This is a gif showing off the fireplace, the night time stars, and moon. I'm now working on some night specific only events both visually and mechanic wise. Shooting stars, wolves, etc.
    SaaS and Fullstack developer. Hobby Game developer.
  • Nice progress! Cant wait to see updates.

    M.
    Maxim Miheyenko,
    VR Production.

    House of Languages: viewtopic.php?f=77&t=22268&start=40
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  • ElvinaElvina Posts: 54
    Joyhype wrote:
    Bump :P
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C4U0lZ5P1w
    Here' is a video showing off what Chuckwagon looks like.

    I like western style and your angular art, looks good!
    Background music in video is fun, will it be the same in game?

    Wish you good luck with game developing.
  • ricard2798ricard2798 Posts: 432
    Hiro Protagonist
    Like the original clean look, i would even call it retro :)
    now, where is the pot with CHILI :)
  • JoyhypeJoyhype Posts: 40
    Nice progress! Cant wait to see updates.

    M.
    ricard2798 wrote:
    Like the original clean look, i would even call it retro :)
    now, where is the pot with CHILI :)
    Elvina wrote:
    Joyhype wrote:
    Bump :P
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C4U0lZ5P1w
    Here' is a video showing off what Chuckwagon looks like.

    I like western style and your angular art, looks good!
    Background music in video is fun, will it be the same in game?

    Wish you good luck with game developing.

    Thanks for the kind words guys.(Ricard, Elvina, Maxim) :3

    - Elvina Yes, the music in the video was made specifically for the game, and it'll be the same. It might be a little different but that's pretty much the style we're going for.

    - Ricard As for the pot of chili, I was thinking of actually modeling one of those bbq-pits that would go over the fire pit.
    SaaS and Fullstack developer. Hobby Game developer.
  • Looks good Matt! Really dig the style :)

    Curious how this project is going to evolve!

    P.S. Add some vultures
  • JoyhypeJoyhype Posts: 40
    edited April 2015
    Thanks, Chris!

    I'll make sure to add in some birds that are flying high near the big spire cliffs and also a lens flare when you look at the sun to give it that cliche western feeling.
    SaaS and Fullstack developer. Hobby Game developer.
  • JoyhypeJoyhype Posts: 40


    Here's a new image with the sun. The sun creates dynamic lighting affecting all the shadows in the game world. The sun also has a script that now alters the day/night cycle in the game, turning on the fire pit, spawning stars, and vice versa. Pretty neat stuff ._.

    -> http://i.imgur.com/MnVHhzW.png (sun hosted on imgur)
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    SaaS and Fullstack developer. Hobby Game developer.
  • Hi.

    Mark here with some thoughts on the game design of Chuckwagon, a game I'm making with Joyhype, and the use of playing cards in the questing system and interface design:

    Games are like most technology in that it references past innovations, and creates our identity though our perceptions of that past.

    What's particularly interesting about Chuckwagon is how through game design we reveal a window to a moment in the past, and create an interface using game elements from that era; specifically card games.

    There is a resurgence in board games design/card games in the indie community, I think because of the same reason vinyl albums are still selling: attractive interface design.

    Holding something well designed in a person's hand still has an intrinsic value that is, for most people, still higher than having everything digitally composed in a streamlined user interface. In the past, people used to stare at many things that did not have their complexity of smartphones, but still had good aesthetic interface. Things like books, drinking glasses, tables, keys, etc. are still more complex than the tools crows make, and keep us pretty occupied. Because they are pretty.

    Album covers are pretty and immersive objects. Listening to an album, staring at an album cover can create a completely immersive experience because of one main factor that has not changed: the witness of this is still the human mind.

    Card games as well have this aspect, and because of the quantity of the individual 2D objects you can reference, it is essentially a paper container that has 52 screens. 52 possibilities aren't as many as the probably billions of images we all look at, but it does contain sufficient for a game making experience, and in fact it is a longer standing interface design that has been refined over much more time than laptops or smartphones.

    In fact I think what makes laptops and smartphones effective is that there is a direct linkage in user interface going from physical 2D media like pictures, playing cards, and album covers to the screens of smartphones, laptops, and movie theaters.We are still making a mnemonic language.

    Mobile games like Threes, Card Crawl, and Hearthstone take directly from the card vocabulary though, creating a postmodern experience, where you don't need to physically carry cards to play a card game, so you get to have your cake and eat it too.

    Because this is a VR game, and we are creating in essence an immersive reality, it made sense to incorporate something like card games into the game mechanic. We are trying to send you back in time and make you think in a way similar to a frontier era, really anywhere in the world, not just the wild west. Just anywhere where people play cards as a pastime. There are people in Mali, right now, who use flintlock rifles to as tools of self defense, hunting, etc. It makes me think that everything we create in the past is actually about the past in the future, the future past, where we have awareness of more advanced technology but are enjoying the benefits of less options.

    Particularly in game design, this issue comes up a lot. The concept of choice. Do I make a game where I can do anything? Do I need to make every event programmatically possible, or make a system where glitching and modding by way of sandboxing? I think the question gets answered here by two things: the choice for immersive story based gameplay, and also the need to create game sessions that can be as long or short as needed that will not effect the quality of the game.

    Like with the Tarot, a card system invented as both a game and decision making tool, we are using a deck of cards as a means of making fun choices.

    When you pick a card, any card, in Chuckwagon, it allows you that freedom to roam in a VR world and see what there is to explore while still looking for items to acquire and trade to survive. It is a story that has an ending as well, for now. We really look forward to sharing this game with the community and seeing how people respond to the system, tweaking it, making it better. Thanks!
  • JoyhypeJoyhype Posts: 40
    Awesome post Mark^.



    Here's a link to Mark's Soundcloud with the first draft of Chuckwagon's ambient audio.
    https://soundcloud.com/markdenardo/chuc ... lay-sketch
    SaaS and Fullstack developer. Hobby Game developer.
  • DimaDima Posts: 95
    Hiro Protagonist
    Nice! But that poor bison, I don't wanna shoot them :-)
    The sun creates dynamic lighting affecting all the shadows in the game world.
    It's an expensive thing to do on Note 4 isn't it?
    Dmitry Kurilchenko

    [VR Jam 2015] Wendy
  • JoyhypeJoyhype Posts: 40
    Dima wrote:
    Nice! But that poor bison, I don't wanna shoot them :-)
    The sun creates dynamic lighting affecting all the shadows in the game world.
    It's an expensive thing to do on Note 4 isn't it?

    Yes, the shadow system is taxing on Note 4, but we're faking it sorta right now by plopping on a big gradient image thats a cookie and then attaching that to the sun, so when it rotates the cookie starts to cover a portion of the land creating the illusion that there's more dynamic shadowing going on. But since, we're not using any textured elements and only lambert, we can get away with taxing the system more.
    SaaS and Fullstack developer. Hobby Game developer.
  • Cute fresh style. Best of Luck!
  • JoyhypeJoyhype Posts: 40
    Cute fresh style. Best of Luck!

    Thanks :3 I've never done 3d Modeling or Low poly before so this is new territory for me.
    SaaS and Fullstack developer. Hobby Game developer.
  • NidaelNidael Posts: 2
    Looks awesome, can't wait to try it. Love the low poly environment, and the fact that it is procedurally generated.
  • JoyhypeJoyhype Posts: 40
    Nidael wrote:
    Looks awesome, can't wait to try it. Love the low poly environment, and the fact that it is procedurally generated.

    Thanks Nidael. We're working on getting procedurally generated landscapes in right now to work right.
    SaaS and Fullstack developer. Hobby Game developer.
  • AnticlericAnticleric Posts: 525 Oculus Start Member
  • JoyhypeJoyhype Posts: 40
    Anticleric wrote:
    Dig the art.

    Thanks :3

    I've revamped the art to have softer edges and update the color palette.
    SaaS and Fullstack developer. Hobby Game developer.
  • Jaycee900Jaycee900 Posts: 223
    This is coming along nicely! Reminds me of old games like Hunter in a way.
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  • NidaelNidael Posts: 2
    Joyhype wrote:
    Nidael wrote:
    Looks awesome, can't wait to try it. Love the low poly environment, and the fact that it is procedurally generated.

    Thanks Nidael. We're working on getting procedurally generated landscapes in right now to work right.

    Can't wait on seeing the final result, also some screens of the revamped art would be cool.
  • JoyhypeJoyhype Posts: 40


    Here's a look at the night - day cycle.

    http://giphy.com/gifs/3d-gamedev-oculus ... nX0IJsiOf6
    SaaS and Fullstack developer. Hobby Game developer.
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