Ludum Dare #36 – Why Am I In The Past? Who Cares! Shoot The Romans.

Yes – you read that correctly. We finished our Ludum Dare #36 game and the end result was “Why Am I In The Past? Who Cares! Shoot The Romans.“, affectionately known as #WAIITPWCSTR for short (videos included within this post).

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Ancient vs. Technology comes to a head in “Why am I in the past? Who cares! Shoot the Romans” (or WAIITPWCSTR for short).

You’re in the past for some reason. How long can you survive against hordes of aggressive ancient Romans?

Pick up your gun and blast your way through history in this endless wave survival first person shooter.

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Check out the Ludum Dare link and let us know what you think. The premise is, pretty much, as it is in the title!

We had an absolute blast making this, it really confirmed we had made the right decision in setting up Whitepot Studios, and more importantly, gave us a bit of validation that we actually can throw something together in 72 hours and have it be playable and downloadable.

We made the 2D menu graphics/logo/HUD assets made from scratch, and the sounds & 3D assets were free online – most available in Unity Assets Store or FreeSound, although some texturing was done to them.

  1. Set-Up
  2. Models
  3. Sounds
  4. Textures

In terms of learning, getting to grips with 3D Modelling software and manipulating 3D objects was really important – and I was pleased with my attempts at re-texturing free assets available online.

Well, nearly got the hang of it.

While I did a lot of asset hunting and making things look nice, Adam did 90% of the wiring up. He did a fantastic job getting the models working, interacting, shooting, dying, and all that good stuff.

Something which we hadn’t done before, which was a bit baptism-of-fire-esque was send the link to some Twitch streamers to see them play it live once we had submitted to the Ludum Dare website.

It was really nervewracking, and felt like presenting a university project all over again, except this time to anonymous strangers on the internet with little way to immediately interact with them the second something goes wrong.

Anyway, 10/10 would do again. Yes, there were bugs, and yes, people found exploits – which was great! It meant people were playing it long enough to come across these issues and report them back to us.

Big thanks to WeFiends for being the first for us to watch streaming it.

But, of course, it didn’t take him long to find a way to break it.

However, it was really great to see him picking up on our arena layout!

Because we did think really carefully about this and the obstacles, breaking up the line of sight for the player.

Also, we would like to thank TechValleyGameSpace who gave us a lot of good and detailed feedback, even though he had been planning on going to bed when we turned up minutes before closing time asking if he’d play our game. (Much like I do in real life. But when getting food. At a sit-in restaurant.)

He also broke the game, but at least had fun doing it. I hope.

So, after begging all our friends to try it out, at my time of writing this, we have 50 downloads! 50!

Just kidding, we don’t have 50 friends (haha), but we do have 50 downloads according to itch.io, which we discovered is a really nice way to host downloadable game files and get analytics also.

What’s Next?

We are definitely doing a post-compo patch, taking into account the feedback we have received and comments we received on the Ludum Dare entry itself, which includes:

  • Remove jump
    • Stop jumping on dodgy assets
    • Don’t get knocked flying into the air
    • Use slippery colliders
  • Use Unity Standard Assets effects
    • Bloom
    • Ambient occlusion
  • Player speed vs. enemy speed balance
  • Add stamina – or else why not sprint forever?
  • Arena well designed to help the enemies
  • Where was the crowd?
  • Shooting feedback
    • Gun needs to be more juicy as it feels like water pistol
    • Screen shakes dangerous in FPS – go for flashes
    • More apparent someone is being hit
    • Blood effect not convincing
  • Graphics well put together – well composed and well thought-out
  • Clean up dead models
  • Serious Sam levels of inherently silly
  • Items too big/too tall
  • Grenade to decimate big crowds
  • High/low settings and shadows
  • Enemy hit capsule collider – bone iteration – find the nearest bone

One great thing about Ludum Dare is the feedback system, which encourages you to leave feedback on other games so people leave feedback on yours. It doesn’t feel like a chore at all if you genuinely enjoy playing the games, giving constructive feedback, and getting new inspiration.

My next post will be a round up with some of the best other ancient FPS and colosseum setting games we found. Can’t wait for the next jam, and, for now, finishing up the post-compo improved version.

Written by Vicky Potts

Hi, I’m Vicky. I helped co-found Whitepot Studios along with Adam, and I love being creative – with Whitepot I get to do just that! My favourite things are cats, Domo, Pusheen, and pro wrestling (seriously). If I am not tweeting, I’m being awkward.

One Comments on “Ludum Dare #36 – Why Am I In The Past? Who Cares! Shoot The Romans.”

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