Battle Maiden Monsters

I had an idea the other day that took the idea of giant loch-ness-like sea monsters could team up with a band of battle maidens of some sort to bring a different take to my game ideas. The alliance…


Special Dice

My Loch Maiden game has one special set of dice called the Mood dice which are rolled by a monster when trying to impress the maiden. There are four moods of different colours, so the normal caltrop…


Maiden of the Loch

I struggle mightily with staying focused on the development of this cute little game, getting distracted by other activities and projects each of which is cool - but that doesnt help this game come…


Loch Maiden Update

For some reason, the holiday season wasnt kind to me working on the Loch Maiden game and visualisations. It should really be the opposite, there are way more hours that arent eaten up by normal work,…


Maiden Simplicity

After the long post looking at theme in gaming one of the realisations I have had is around game complexity. One of the benefits that a strong theme can bring to a game (along with other benefits of…


Continuous Worker Placement

First up a few more concept sketches of monsters and maidens for the Loch Maiden game direct from my Galaxy Note 8. Now, lets see if I can explain quickly the concept of Continuous Worker…


Tabletop Theming

Theme on the tabletop has been the topic of discussion for me over the last few days and it is an interesting element that seems to be more complex than I first thought. Lets start with a quick look…


Monster Pieces

When I last set about remaking the Monster model it was with a sturdy eye on being able to rig it for animation and use in things like CryEngine. So the geometry was neater and the flow of the shape…


Mechanics, Mood and Paralysis

Here are a few more concept sketches for the monsters (Galaxy Note 8 using Sketchbook Pro) before we dive into mechanics and design etc. I have been working through a suite of specific little…


Sketch and Gamey Reference Sites

Here is last nights Loch Maiden sketch (Sketchbook Pro on the Galaxy Note 8), I like his grittier feel. Now, for reference purposes here are a set of websites that I have been using in exploring…


Sketching away on the Note 8

I have had my Galaxy Note 8 for a few weeks now I think (time flies) and one of the apps I use most is the Galaxy Note version of Sketchbook. The joy of having this light, portable and functional…


UV Monster dives into CryEngine

I set out today to UV unwrap the base mk3 Monsterpiece shape and bring that into CryEngine with a texture. It turns out I had a fair bit to brush up on, learn or look up again to complete all those…


Game Design Thinking

The ability to craft a gaming experience for a set of players that is fun in all the various facets of 'fun' is highly challenging. There is a reason we put a board game designers name front and…


Digital Sketchpad Testing

Time for a new set of experiments. Sketching is a great outlet, not only is it a nice way to explore visual ideas, but it an elegant way to keep the creative juices flowing without gearing up with a…


Game Design - Piece abstraction

As I have been working through the logic of the Loch Maiden game it is interesting to think through the process of game design and in this case the specifics of board game design. There are a host of…


Monster 3D Mk3

Today I recreated a base poly monster in 3ds Max and then did the first import test to CryEngine. I set out to do some more with the 3D model of the Loch Monster (or Loch Maiden) but found a suite of…


New Monster and a Mobile Sketching Experiment

Here is one of the more recent sketches of a Loch Maiden proudly sporting a huge stone necklace and a nicely uprooted tree. The pencil sketch was coloured in Photoshop over a treated screengrab from…


Lochy Monsters and Game Mechanics

I wish I had time or would make even more time to explore the incredible wealth of board games that exist now. We are at a real highlight in board gaming history with so many games and so many clever…


Loch Dreagan New Wallpaper

Taking a screenshot from the CryEngine loch level and a recent sketch, I coloured and manipulated until these two images came into being. Photoshop is where all the work was done after the assets…


Loch Dreagan cards, boards and concepts

Here is another compilation of sketches that illustrate some of the explorations for the Loch Dreagan game concepts. I am still having lots of fun throwing concept ideas for the Monsters or the Scots…