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[Dev Log] Tourney: The medieval tournament sim
« on: April 13, 2018, 10:23:10 AM »
Build the ultimate medieval tournament - and lead your house to glory

Tourney is a tycoon or "life simulator" game for PC aiming for completion in 2019. In Tourney you will need to build up a medieval tournament or "tourney" ground, attracting peasants, nobility and knights to compete. You will take on the role of one of 13 noble houses, and will be responsible for selecting your champions and making sure that they have all the best equipment and skills.

Gameplay features for Tourney:

* Build areas for jousting, melee and archery. Build feast tables, blacksmiths, stands, stables and decorations
* 13 playable houses with unique heraldry, traits and heroes
* Send knights from your house to compete in the tourney. Build their skills and give them the best gear from your vendors
* Take direct control of your champions in their events to give them the edge
* Keep the peasants and nobility happy so they keep coming back to witness your triumphs.
* Hire jesters, troubadours, falconers, guards and more.



The project has been in development since late 2017 - so there is still plenty to do, and as I finish bits off I'll keep this thread updated!

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Re: [New Project] Medieval sim - Dev Log
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2018, 10:27:32 AM »
So I've been moving forward with making some 3d assets for the new project.

Most recently I've been making a series of medieval peasants that will form a dynamically created crowd. Here's a (fairly long) image showing the creation of the latest lady (was thinking of making this into an animated GIF slideshow but not sure it would work in the forum?).
Anyway it begins with initial sketches, then a drawn profile, then that is used in blender to create the 3d model. Once that's created I move on to texturing (or "colouring in" as I call it).



You might notice that the pallette is only black & white. That works like a mask, so several colour schemes can be made for the same model.

She's not in extreme fine detail like some of the exciting sculpts you might get on poly count. That is intentional since the game will be "top down", meaning you will only see the models from a distance and I'm aiming for a certain style as well. 

Here's a screen shot of how the new lady pezzy looks with the other 3 (having a good time drinking in a field.)

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Re: [New Project] Medieval sim - Dev Log
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2018, 05:57:34 PM »
Nice! I really like the art style :)
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Re: [New Project] Medieval sim - Dev Log
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2018, 11:50:01 AM »
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Re: [New Project] Medieval sim - Dev Log
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2018, 11:00:05 PM »
Any news on this? :)
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Re: [Dev Log] Tourney: The medieval tournament sim
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2018, 08:23:51 AM »
Nice! I really like the art style :)

Thanks Jubal! :)

Any news on this? :)

Yes, I suppose there is. I've been working on textures so long it almost feels like I've done nothing else  ;D.

Setting

I have been giving a lot of thought to the setting for the new project. I didn't know whether to make it part of the real world, complete fantasy, or not address it. There are pros and cons to any of those approaches. Broadly, the main benefit of a fantasy setting is that it allows for using anything you want: monsters, potions etc. You can also make your own lore which is fun. However the project I am working on is concerned specifically with the medieval tournament, and I felt lent itself far more to existing in the real world somewhat.
I thought I would cheat a little bit, and have it set in a fantasy location that is thought to be on Earth, such as Avalon or Atlantis. Then you could have visitors from real nations but at the same time know that to an extent it is not a completely historically accurate recreation.

Knight Model

I had made a knight before, but I wasn't happy with it so redid the entire thing. There will be 3 upgrade-able armour metals, and 3 different armour models. Below is a pic of the steel armour crusader model:



Houses

I have come up with 13 playable houses, based on suggestions from this thread. In the previous post I mention how I created a range of textures (or "atlas") for one peasant. Well I've done the same thing for the knight, and made 13 variants for each house. I'll do that for any related models too (e.g. horse, shield etc) so you will be able to spot your champions at a distance. I am hoping it will serve the same purpose in the game as it used to on the medieval battlefield, allowing commanders to be easily recognised amongst large armies.

Well I completed that process for the knight. Here is a swatch to show you the results (in bronzed armour this time).



Horses

With my confirmed houses I also am going back over the other models to create 13 textures for each house. I am almost complete with the work on the long coated horse:



So once that is done I also need to do 13 accommodation tent textures and then maybe I can get back to actually doing some development on the game mechanics, which seems like a distant memory at the moment.

Name

I decided to call the game "Tourney", which I think sums up what it will be about!
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Re: [Dev Log] Tourney: The medieval tournament sim
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2018, 12:02:50 PM »
Ooh this looks neat. I like the use of color pairs rather than just straight colorizations for each of the 13 houses, so they don't look too similar. Do you have 13 flags / logos ready that you can show us?

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Re: [Dev Log] Tourney: The medieval tournament sim
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2018, 02:22:11 PM »
Lovely stuff!

I think Avalon is indeed a really good starting point location, as it has the classic Arthurian vibes. You could have two or three other tourney locations - maybe as unlockables, each one basically giving you a reskin of the tournament field? Atlantis could be a blue/classical themed one, and you could add Prester John's court (mythical medieval Christian monarch in central Asia who the crusaders kept hoping was going to turn up and save them all) as a more Byzantine/Orthodox themed option. If you want to expand even further, you could add Gulansharo, the City of Flowers, which is a far off and mysterious realm in medieval Georgian myth and could be more medieval east/south Asian themed (or anything else themed - it's not made at all clear where Gulansharo is in the poems).
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Re: [Dev Log] Tourney: The medieval tournament sim
« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2018, 05:50:59 PM »
Ooh this looks neat. I like the use of color pairs rather than just straight colorizations for each of the 13 houses, so they don't look too similar. Do you have 13 flags / logos ready that you can show us?

Thank you! Yes I have a big old list for each of the houses colours, crest logo/s and pattern to keep them consistent. It's a surprisingly involved challenge actually.
I don't have the crests themselves yet. I'll be working on those next - since I just finished the last horse! I'll pop them on here once done so you can see.

I think Avalon is indeed a really good starting point location, as it has the classic Arthurian vibes. You could have two or three other tourney locations - maybe as unlockables, each one basically giving you a reskin of the tournament field? Atlantis could be a blue/classical themed one, and you could add Prester John's court (mythical medieval Christian monarch in central Asia who the crusaders kept hoping was going to turn up and save them all) as a more Byzantine/Orthodox themed option. If you want to expand even further, you could add Gulansharo, the City of Flowers, which is a far off and mysterious realm in medieval Georgian myth and could be more medieval east/south Asian themed (or anything else themed - it's not made at all clear where Gulansharo is in the poems).

Awesome suggestions! Thanks... Yes I will probably have a few different starting locations for level progression, so may have to remember these :)
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Re: [Dev Log] Tourney: The medieval tournament sim
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2018, 08:13:08 PM »
So these are the final crests and house names. I tweaked them a little bit from the other thread

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Re: [Dev Log] Tourney: The medieval tournament sim
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2018, 09:31:00 PM »
Aw, but Warless and Haughtyville were such good puns.

I do like the shields though, great work :)
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Re: [Dev Log] Tourney: The medieval tournament sim
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2018, 11:16:07 PM »
Oooh, neat! I especially like Ronceveaux, except that the squares at the bottom just barely don't line up.

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Re: [Dev Log] Tourney: The medieval tournament sim
« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2018, 11:29:35 PM »
That looks really cool!!! Great work!
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Re: [Dev Log] Tourney: The medieval tournament sim
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2018, 01:43:50 PM »
Yay thanks all :)

I especially like Ronceveaux, except that the squares at the bottom just barely don't line up.

Waagh! I'll definitely need to go back and fix that now. It's going to annoy me too

Aw, but Warless and Haughtyville were such good puns.

Yea I didn't like those two, although I can't put my finger on why! Maybe I'll put those back in then  ;D
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Re: [Dev Log] Tourney: The medieval tournament sim
« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2018, 10:46:18 AM »
So I noticed those cheeky copycats at Taleworlds  pinched my idea for using distinctive heraldry in bannerlord. Looks like Vlandia will share almost the same icon as house Pomproar - Von Lichenstone isn't far off from Empire either  ;D

I'm not really annoyed by the way, I think I got the hype for that game as soon as they announced it! In fact it makes me wonder: They've been working on that game for aaages (was announced in 2012) and I imagine I'll be working on tourney for 1.5 / 2 years so maybe I'll still beat their release?!?
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