Mirage of Dragon: Opening video and new logo

 This month was active. Finished the opening video:

Also, I have started redesigning a lot of stuff (already...). New logo will be this:
It's much more fitting for the game's mood. 
More stuff to come in January (by the end of it I should have a micro demo).



Mirage of Dragon: New areas in progress

Since nobody cares I won't comment anything. Here's the proof I still exist (as well as my new project):

Here goes "page 2" (the resolution is smaller than original):

 I have some time left til 2017. I'll continue my work. 2016 was horrible.



Mirage of Dragon: Environmental battle system

I'm a super active blogger these days :). It won't become a habit, but these days it just happens that I have stuff to say.

I'll try to explain what this "environmental battle system" of Mirage of Dragon is.
See the picture below:

Have in mind: it's only a concept art!

The most basic example of a good environmental battle would be the Bowser fight in the very first Super Mario Bros on Nintendo. The key difference is: you don’t attack the enemy directly; instead you change the state of environment using a certain “switch” object. You don’t kill the enemy – you create a situation in which the enemy can die naturally.

As you can see on the picture there are several Prince of Persia style buttons on the ground – you activate these just standing on top of them. Each has a certain effect. It can be anything, but the standard “reactions” can be categorized as:




It’s like implementing your normal RPG-style menus directly in the environment. You don’t choose “fireball spell” in the menu – you run and jump to “attack button” on the ground, which creates a fireball for you. “Resist” type buttons can create various shields or walls even. “Move” type can create a teleport or extra platforms (this will be used often...). Some buttons can transform you or summon creatures. The number of all possible reactions is nearly infinite.

The “switches” can be anything too. In a science fiction game I would swap the buttons with some kind of energy fields. There are many ways to use it.

I think this system is perfect for puzzle platformers (or any other puzzle+action combos). Mirage of Dragon won’t be able to show you even half of its potential, but as an introduction to this battle style it should work well. (I got to leave something for the sequels :)).   

X-mas coming...


Mirage of Dragon: new cover art and story intro

First of all, I have a new cover art, which is this:


Mirage of Dragon. Second month in development. Probably a good time to start talking, even if there is no one to listen. I’m used to this more than anybody, so it’s OK. Besides, I need to prepare some text for the art book (I love art books).

*Story (I).

>Post-apocalyptic fantasy.
I wanted to tell a story about a period in between the so-called “high fantasy” and the so-called “low-fantasy”. A painful period of a dying fairy-tale… The time, when all the magical creatures become extinct naturally – like trilobites and dinosaurs on earth. 

 Meeting the last elf, fighting the last dragon, finding the last magical weapon… this “last”-ness (if that’s a word) makes everything much more significant and dramatic.

“...most people don’t even believe in these things anymore – just surviving is enough”.

...but of course there is one idiot left who believes. He (or she) is our perfect protagonist, chasing the mirages of the past. Supported by no one, crazy and noble as Don Quixote, saving nobody and changing nothing in his quest. Unwanted and unforgiven hero in the time of cowards and conformists.

This is what the Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy is all about. 
It’s about eternal frustration of a man who wasn’t given a chance to save a world from an ultimate evil.
Because of this natural frustration, video games became so popular I believe. Most of us would give everything to have a real 30-second fight with an actual dragon. But no… we are boring people, building some cheesy democracy stuff that never works.

 Arghh… the frustration.

To express this frustration I’ve started working on Mirage of Dragon, a video game set in a post-apocalyptic fantasy world.  

(To be continued…
(I hope now it’s easier to see why it’s called Mirage of Dragon…