Saturday, November 21, 2009

Area design part 1

I've been pretty silent about NWN2 lately. As everybody else I've been busy playing DA:O and besides that working my shiny butt off starting up a new office for our server hosting guys in the southern parts of our elongated country. But I've been doing good and interesting stuff too as I got the chance to help Wyrin creating two new areas for his upcoming White Plume Mountain module. It's nothing fancy but it had it's share of complicated walkmeshes and making a 16x16 area feel a lot larger without eating your computers performance as snack. Here's a few shots from the Serpent Hills area complete with a poor mans re-textured petrified serpent. I think it looks okay and the colorful soil/rock of that area matches those wind-swept, misty mountains. The serpents is really huge and it's mid-part crosses a slow cold stream while it's tail has some strange building carved out. I'm sure that Wyrin will fill this area with nasty encounters and action-packed fun for all that dare to explore it. I had a really good time creating it as it's so relaxing to do.

Thanks for reading


Jason said...

EXCELLENT work. The area may not be huge, but I can tell that it has a lot of character packed into it. The retextured serpent is very nice.


Jclef said...

The shot with the Tower in the distance looks Awesome! Love the lighting too!

Starwars said...

Very impressive. Looking forward to seeing this in action.

Josh said...

Awesome work. I like the first screenshot :)

Amraphael said...

Thanks guys!
I could have spent 20 more hours on details but I try to realize that the player would not recognize such things as he is focused on the quest. I saw a black triangle in one of the shots. That's a thing a really hates as it is so unnatural. It's very hard to monitor every part of the area from all angles in all sorts of ligthing.

Josh said...

Sunset and Sunrise typically bring the worst shadows out in your area. Especially with mountains and what not.

Wyrin said...

Yeah, Amraphael did a great job on this - just the kind of area I wanted his creativity on. The tower is very cleverly put together and comes off really well.

Thanks again!

E.C.Patterson said...

More nice shots! It's cool you and Wyrin hooked up on this project.

Lance Botelle (Bard of Althéa) said...

They are good!

So atmospheric and attractive.

Oh to be an artist. :(


Amraphael said...

@Thanks E.C and Lance
It's not like I'm hooked up in this project. More like helping a fellow builder a tiny little bit.

I have a secret motive... If I can help, me and my NWN2-group will have a new MP-module to play soon. Moahaha!