This week in studio 3 we started to get more and more into the designing of the game we are creating. However we are doing something different in term of the design process this time, rather then creating a HCD (High Concept Document), then moving onto a GDD (Game Design Document, and from there move onto a technical design document and then get to creating the game or prototype or whatever it is.
So we having been doing story boarding as a process for designing the game and getting feed back on said designs without putting time into making them in unity. Storyboarding traditionally is used in the production of animations or motion pictures to pre-visualize a story scene by scene. In a similar vain we are using it to plan out our game, screen by screen.
Starting with the made in unity screen when then move onto a main menu, there from which we would draw the screens for when the player clicks on play, settings or credits.
In this case I had two other start at the same time so I cue cards for the other two ideas to start as well as I had know room for them to fit. (Though that may be hard to tell with the photo I took.)
From there the process continues going, down the line of paper as if playing the game. Showing the various interactions that can happen. Then moving onto win/lose states and beyond.
I found there as been a large benefit from doing story boarding, as it allows us to each work on a singular idea and then get feedback on it very quickly, as well as being able to make changes to our ideas based on our feedback once again very quickly. However it has been strange following this design process as it feels as though we are not making progress in terms of documentation and designing the game through the documentation as that is what I am used to. And as such there is this lingering feeling that we are falling behind where we need to be.
However after picking one idea from the team and working together to make it even better over the course of next week. We will then be starting on the prototype, but until then. See You Space Cowboy….