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Music, Sound, and Art
« on: January 16, 2014, 11:37:09 am »
Note: Most of this is talking about V1/V2 and how systems could be improved for v5.

Music/Ambiance: As far as I know, no RPGWO server has had music. I don't think the code would even support it. Maybe if you made a .wav and forced it to run as an ambient loop, but ... eh. Many people simply turn the music off, but for me at least, the silence is glaring. I think it should at least be considered for V5. If not music, then improved/extended ambiance. Birds, leaves rustling, frogs, and yes .. crickets. Maybe they could even be more dynamic so that you hear more bird sounds when there's lots of trees around. I think it would be a very creative way to add a lot to the environment.

Sounds: As it stands, sounds are fairly lacking. Many actions in V1/V2 don't even produce sound and the ones that do are usually kind of hard on the ears. I don't think too much needs to be done other than finding higher quality sounds and making sure more actions use them. Adding soft footsteps might be considered too, although it would be a bit more involved to ensure it's not annoying as hell.
I don't know anything about what you're using to code the game, but it might also be possible to make sound positional if it is being emitted from a source. The further away it is, the quieter it is (probably if it's 1 screen width's distance from the player, you can't hear it). Possibly tweaked to make it sound like it's coming from left/right/up/down of the player too. Just a thought.

Art: There's a lot to be said about the style of RPGWO. I feel the style should not be changed. However, some aspects could absolutely be improved upon. For as long as I can remember, the players.bmp has held the oddest assortment of characters spanning several different styles. Some actually look pretty good, others look like stuff someone jokingly made in mspaint. I think the general solution for this is to revamp the artwork, keeping the style but cleaning and improving. Easier said but ..

We can help! If you're dead set on producing the code yourself, we can at least help create the assets. I propose we have a subforum for these assets where we can upload art, sound, music, ambiance.. whatever. Maybe include polls so we can vote. The idea would be a collaborative effort to create assets that work together. Obviously you would need to approve of them. Anything uploaded in this way would have to be original work, and uploading it would relinquish any claim the uploader had to it.

I know so far you've seemed to generally oppose others helping in this way but .. hoping you'll at least consider it.

Offline Mickey Kudlo

Re: Music, Sound, and Art
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2014, 05:45:24 pm »
I am not opposed to this idea of others helping with content but you realize V1 was all about this idea. I got all sorts of stuff from whomever and had no idea where it came from and if they did it or ripped it off someplace. My only requirement was.... represent it.

Music wise, there are some sites to get free stuff but I would be more interested in ambient loops like each sector terrain has a few different loops. Plus a day and night loop. Combat loops too.

Sound effects are available for purchase from TGC which I plan to get someday. I guess as more start to really play, I will be more inclined to do it sooner.

Art is a bigger deal of course. I have been trying to figure something out all along. Since an artist won't stick around for year and years, I need a style I can do myself. So I have a simple, cartoon-like style going on. I am trying to make it consistent and original in that nothing is ripped off or copied from some other game. So the V1/V2 stuff you see in V5 is all stuff I made that I know is safe to use.

Some ideas I had...crayon, construction paper (like South Park), claymation, 3D generated images like with Poser.

But I am totally open to player submitted content. One of the things I should do is have a place for me to post what I need. That would be a good place for an artist to start. Not sure if this forum has a way to make a list that can be checked off or something. Maybe I can make a "V5 Artwork" sub-folder and post for each item I need.
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