The Blocks and Prefabs
Saturday, October 06, 2012
If you missed yesterday's article on "The Blocks in Blockade Runner", check it out here!
Laser Blaster Prefabs
Some clarification on the blocks; we will not be removing angles or prefabs altogether. Our basic analogy is LEGO© pieces, and thus where appropriate, some types of blocks that wouldn't ordinarily be stackable would still be using a prefab. Such as an X-Wing styled laser blaster. Or a cockpit.
Update: Added additional info below to further describe the prefab vs blocks:
For larger objects like starship turrets, engines or power generators we'd like to put a lot more focus on the use of blocks so you can be a little more creative in your designs, as well as have an immediate understanding of how the parts will likely work. Below is an example of a turret made of blocks, and a turret made with a prefab.
So angles and prefabs will still be in, with prefabs taking more of the role of "unique" collectable objects (i.e. a detailed Tie Fighter looking cockpit that's only a couple meters in size) or simply to add a touch of detail to a single meter block (like the missile blocks above). We want to make sure you can get about the game making functional objects with blocks alone if you like.
A good example of progression would be how with LEGO©'s an initiate using the same pieces can make something like this and be proud of their creation:
With a little practice, they start making things out of the prefabs and angles to get something a little neater:
Then finally the real pros make something enormous and full of detail.
Turrets and Swivels
Larger turrets are an example of how we'd want to use individual 1 meter blocks to allow a bit of creativity. Using a swivel piece similar to how you might with LEGO©'s would provide the turning motion for the turret, everything built on top being rotated.
So for example you could use some basic blocks for the base of the turret, and then add on some laser blaster prefab pieces to make a swively-rotating X-Wing turret blaster.
Tomorrow's segment will be regarding the aforementioned character and humanoid character design! Please let us know your thoughts here on the blog, on Twitter, Facebook, in the IRC or on the forums!
2 comment(s) so far...
By Dwarven_astroHunter on
Sunday, October 07, 2012
Re: The Blocks and Prefabs
oh my..... those weapons look sexy
cant wait to build roating turrents.... maybe it be even possible to make ball turents with a few swivel blocks :D
By Megarith747 on
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Re: The Blocks and Prefabs
I would like swivel blocks which are bigger than one block for making turrets worthy a capital ship.