The Awesome Game Project is the endeavour of three students Maren, Malte and me to make a 4 player FPS game. Unlike normal shooters it is set in one, very large room. A room that can be rotated by the players. The main challenge for us right now is getting multi-player to run and creating a smooth gaming experience.
This project was started by three of my fellow students in March 2012 but for various reasons never came to lift off properly. I joined the team in October 2012, when one team member had to leave for his practical semester.
One of the first things I did was writing down brief character descriptions upon which we then based our visual character design. Here’s two of them:
Doctor Invisible was one of the leading neuro-psychologists. One day, during a session with an extremely irritating patient he found out how he could become invisible by concentrating really hard. He usually uses this ability to avoid his wife at home.
Special Abilities: Can become invisible for short periods of time. Lately this hasn’t been working that well, possibly due to his wife’s new vacuum cleaner. His wife finds that to be a good thing, Doc Invisible doesn’t.
Fartman is one of the few super heroes whose abilities manifested themselves only at a high age. A complication during a colonoscopy operation gave him his ‘special gift’. His colleagues at the office were happy to throw him an early retirement party. No Mexican food was served.
Abilites: His internal blowback system enables him to ‘jump’ extremely high. This works best after dinner at the taco bar on the corner.
The Robot was built as a fighting machine by the military in the 1920s with an advanced A.I. it soon developed a conscience, left the military and successfully sued his ex-employers. The Robot now lives in San Francisco and enjoys watching dolphins. The military started developing ‘semi-intelligent’ drones and robots that don’t think that much.
Special Abilities: His steel body protects the robot from most attacks. However, time has left its marks, and the ‘guaranteed stainless steel’ by a Chinese quality manufacturer has started to rust.
Each of our team now set about creating one actual characters. I did the robot. What I tried to achieve here was a 20s feeling. The robot’s strength is obvious,but it still has a kind of utilitarian beauty.