Friday, June 26, 2015

Weekly Update 6.26

Disclaimer: This is being written about a project that is in progress and is an attempt to give you a glimpse in the process of making the game. Abilities, powers, and mechanics discussed in this blog my not work as described here in the final product.

Hello everyone! Anne is still recovering, so most of the writing and editing has fallen to John. They are still in the slow process of finishing blessings. They are working hard, they are continuing to make progress, but the ability to show that progress is difficult and continues to be slow; it consists mostly of debate, double checking, and fixing small errors.

I have spent a few blogs over the past couple months talking about the time involved with translating and transcribing Blessings. So this week, rather than just giving you a spoiler, I've got pictures documenting the process of creating a blessing.

First, it all starts with note cards. John and Anne go through a lot of note cards...

The idea for a blessing goes onto a note card. It usually looks something like this:

That's John initial idea handwriting in all its glory. When it's time for John and Anne to both talk through blessings there's a whiteboard discussion, you can see some of it on twitter this week. But here are some shots of Whiteboarding in action.

They go from simple...

To complex...

Note: these are not the whiteboards following the creation of the initial note card, but are examples of the discussions that have been had.

From that whiteboard meeting a new note card gets created with more clarity.

After that there's another, more structured, white board meeting. Following this meeting, Anne takes the previous notes and writes them up into a format closer to the final language.

Much later, when all the blessings for an area have been done, Anne and John go back to have a "final meeting". Old debates are rekindled, and sometimes placeholder words are still used.

Following that meeting the blessings are finished... they need to be revisited again.

It's a long, iterative process, but eventually it leads to an awesome finished project.

That's it for the week, have a great weekend!

1 comment:

  1. ¨That's some crows feet right there.