Summer Update 2017 - Aeon of Sands

The Aeon of Sands team is on vacation until end of august, to regenerate for the final crunch to game completion.

The game is basically done: everything structural has been integrated, 90% of the mazes are in alpha state with all dialogues and graphics.

Combat finetuning against some Rogues 
We want to use the next couple of months, starting from mid august, to do additional cleaning, and most of all, to add all sorts of stuff that is not core game or story, and work on mechanics we did not anticipate. But that's the fun part, right?

Starting from September / October, we’ll then handle the external proofreading of the story as well as marketing matters, but we will keep polishing the game until the last minute before the release.

Playtesting, Debugging of the final Dungeons
So, enjoy your summer (or winter, if you are on the other side of the planet)! If everything goes as it should, this is the last “have a good summer(/winter)” post before the game goes gold!

Spring Update - 2017

Hey world,

We are still among you :) and work diligently at Aeon of Sands.

We now arrived in the internal Alpha. Horay !!!

Here is a small excerpt of our activities (my activities).

development activities - Aeon of Sands
Unfortunately, writing blogs is not our strength. Last year we almost exclusively posted updates from the game on our social accounts.

If you would like to receive the latest information, follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

We will bring our new website with trailer and community forum online next month. If you want to be informed, please log on to our mailing list.

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We will be looking for users who have registered for a wide range of delicacies ;-).

If you missed our social activities last year, I will summarize them below.











Have fun. TwoBitKid^Florian

Autumn Update - 2016

And that seemed like a quiet spot! Damn birds!


As you can see, we're not very active on socials in this leg of the year: between working on the dungeon crawler's parts of the game and creating a 2.0 site and forum from scratch (more about it soon-ish), we do what we can.

One could argue that, marketing being most important, you're never too late to do it properly.
Personally, I embrace our anti-hero philosophy of non-achieving, and made peace with things I cannot handle at the moment.

So, THANK YOU for keep checking this page and our other online caves and huts, with a frankly encouraging patience, to see if we are getting somewhere :)

One thing we do handle on the development front, though, is bringing Aeon of Sands to the finish line with each day' work!

We aim to have the whole game playable, from start to finish, between the holiday season and early 2017, and after that, polish it  and test it extensively!

And maybe, just maybe, learn how to market it in the meantime, so that we don't end like the guy in the animation here, devoured by large crows, while trying to sustain himself with not-edible mushrooms in the wilderness...



Marco Pedrana, a target for hungry crows in the post-marketing wilderness.





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Aeon of Sands - NPC creation process, updated

This summer I will still be sludging through the opponents creation, trying to get a sense of what misses yet, or is out of place, in the growing and roaring sea of game assets.

Here below, a 3 minutes video in which I illustrate the creation process of a creature, from the puppet sketch to the final frames of animation in game.


As I mention on passing in there, the dirty puppet underlying the animation, and the time it requires to be cleaned out, are a necessity for my keeping together the creature, to be able to give it consistency with all its frames and all the other creatures; this imposed constraint is actually boring to keep with, but effective in avoiding me going away in 100 different directions at the same time.

When I do not care for consistency, but only for expression, I would normally keep the puppet sketch - that encompass my understanding of the object - on one side, as a shorthand note, and do something only slightly related to it on a new page.

What I found is that in game design, that almost never happen, sadly.

As a result, this is the face of my dizzyness, that's amazingly similar to the result of hitting yourself with a magic in game.





Marco Pedrana, graphic slave of Two Bits Kid, artist. I don't really have blue sparkles on my face.




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