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Monday, October 10, 2011

Week #003: High Heels and Hairstyles

This week I'll be talking more about HTD's starring female lead, codename "Cheryl".


There have been mixed reactions (from both the community and the higher ups) in regards to the human females sporting high heels. In the aftermath of last week I encouraged you to stay tuned for my solution, and I'll go ahead and kick things off with that.

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As you can see here, the presence of high heels in the base character sprite design allows for a lot of freedom when it comes to boot design. Along with the previously previewed high heel design, shorter, thicker heels are possible as well as boots with flat soles. Keep in mind that none of these designs are necessarily final. It should also be noted that the base design itself is still up in the air, for example, the thigh-high boots have recently been scrapped.

You might be wondering what we're going to do in the case of, say, an open-toe flat-sole boot design. While I didn't include an example of that above, I assure you that we've already thought of it and have solutions in the works.

Finally, as promised, this week will kick off the first of my Community Impact Polls (CIP), deciding on the girl's initially available hairstyles. Here are the nine potential designs, with some other notes below.

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The three top voted designs will be included for use in character customization at game launch, while runner-ups will be referred to for future design inclusions. You can only vote on one, so take your time and choose carefully! Community Impact Poll #001 (which will be found on the bar to the right) will remain open for the next two weeks.

See you next week!

33 comments:

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  2. I keep making the blog posts while Sam happens to be AFK, and I swear I'm not trying it.

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  3. I really like the hairstyle variety available. While of course some looks better for the base facial design, they are all good designs on their own. I have definitely made my choice and though this is for female characters and ultimately does not concern me, I am interested to see the winners by the end.

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  4. Well you know my prespective =) Hight heels rule FTW! =D

    Have to say miss Cheryl now looks much more elegant ;) gz mate. Still where's the skin between the skirt and the boots? ='(

    Time for the "anoying biological comment of the week" LOL the only thing that is not perfect is the belly mooving. Men inhale more with their belly while women breath almost exclusively with the chest. The rest is 5 stars =D

    About the hairs there are 2 I love, but since one will be on top 3 for sure my vote goes to the other one ;)

    ps: got to love the hairstyle names =P suck it games with #1, #2, #3 hairstyle noobs lol

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  5. @ Sly Kamaui - I wouldn't say it doesn't concern you, the chance of having an all-male party is pretty slim. :)

    @ Gon - Skin was originally covered with this armor set because of the thigh-high boots you can see in the base sprite there. Since we got rid of those skin could be an option now, but that's something I'd need to run by Sam and Dan first. We might be happy with the armor the way it is.

    I don't think the stomach thing is something that can be easily fixed. I'm still considering options but for the most part it's "too much work for very little difference" territory.

    The hairstyle names were really just to make voting easier. I went with colors first but I didn't want people to think they were voting on the colors themselves. I'll probably push for those names to be used in-game too, though.

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  6. @Kevin - about the "too much work for very little difference" territory, of course, I toss what I see can have a visual touch, just as a note for you to see if its worth looking at it or not ;)

    Lol "Accident" or not, I did like too see it like this instead of the typical "hairstyle #1" etc that we usually find in other games.

    And after 2 intense hours of sleep another day starts... bah! Laters

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  7. OMG !
    Heaven' Tail, Yesterday' s Breeze, Divinity and The Librarian are so awesoooooome !!!

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  8. i think the Heaven,s Tail awesome and Kevin the game look awesome your No.2fan Kevin make the game very fun :)

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  9. Haha oh yeah very true. Completely forgot about the additional units we'll be recruiting along the way. :)

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  10. So, I was just reading the posting over at S&D and looking at some more of the sketches they had posted up when it suddenly dawned on me: blades are awesome, but I like bows more. :P

    So then I made sure to run back over here to the artist himself to ask when we are going to see sketches or even fully rendered artwork of other weapons. Wouldn't have to be the fully equipped illustrations; maybe something like what it will look like in inventory or in a store's inventory. I don't know if that's on any sort of recent agenda, but I cannot wait for more weapons. :)

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  11. @ Boo Mariobroz - Number two?... Who's number one?

    @ Sly Kamaui - Both ranged and casting weapons are planned to be present in the first build of the game, but I can't really offer an ETA on when examples will be shown, since I haven't even started on them yet. :)

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  12. Then I'll keep posted for when I get to see some bows. :P

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  13. great art kevin looks great but how would you make the stuff kind of uh look good while moving i mean would you make it like the game in this link http://sprayerz.minitroopers.com

    but a bit more hand drawn style and sorry but you kind of have to make an account and have a battle to see it lol

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  14. hey kevin i see its rlly going great with female characther and as i see its a warrior, so i was wondering have you started drawing archers and mages etc.
    if so can we see it pls :) rlly interested in how you imagened it.

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  15. Yeah, I like it! but the eyes could be a bit smaller though...it's quite big

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  16. heaven's tail, the librarian and royal chain are my fav. Hope there's a poll on this. ;J

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  17. @ Sly Kamaui - Ranged will definitely be next, haven't seen much specific demand for casters...

    @ Anonymous (6:46 AM) - Hoping to have some more animations to show next week, although it might only be an idle update.

    @ Gon - Speaking of, totally just came up with a smoother idle animation, and am totally that excited about it to warrant making a comment about it. Should be posting that update next week...

    @ Anonymous (4:37 PM) - There is a poll, over there! -->

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  18. Hello Kevin...Nice work

    I've talked a lot with my wife and she tells me:

    "The Librarian style is THE female warrior hair style, because we (warrior ladies) don't have time to waste making hairbrush every morning and after each battle... so a quick topknot with some wild hairs is the best not to have them in front of the eyes"

    So my choice goes to Librarian.....(whatever ladies want, ladies get)

    Greating from Belgium,

    Valek

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  19. @ Valek - I actually just talked to a costume fanatic friend tonight who told me how much of a nightmare combination long hair and armor makes, and that anyone who's voted for it should try it for an afternoon to learn a thing or two.

    So I'm glad that, for the most part, the sensible styles are winning so far.

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  20. This looks really good Kevin, keep up the good work. I can't wait to play this game

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  21. how about you don't have to make a poll on the hair style because it's not fair for other people who wants a other hair style so when the game comes out the people will just have to pick the hair style and i think the winner is gonna be heaven's tail

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  22. Just out of curiosity, what are you gonna do if there's a tie for 3rd. I don't really see it happening, but my 2 favorites are in 3rd and 4th and there's not a HUGE difference between them.

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  23. @ Anonymous (9:48 AM), Anonymous (2:18 PM) - The runner ups will be the first in line when we decide it's time to add additional hairstyles later on. The poll is only to decide which will be added first.

    The only ones that might never get added are the ones getting votes in the single digits.

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  24. My favorite is The librarian!! awesome

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  25. YESTERDAY'S BREEZE!!!

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  26. hard choice thought I'm a boy my main person will be the girl probably. soooooooooooooo...yesterdays breeze OR heaven's tail ............. to hard really

    Lux

    P.S. I'm mental if your wondering... ;P

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  27. Deluxe Cheese PizzaOctober 17, 2011 at 7:49 AM

    Yesterday's Breeze

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  28. It just occurred to me that some of you might think posting your vote as a comment is the correct way to get it counted, which is simply untrue. The poll is just to the right of the blog posts, and this is where you should be voting.

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