Conduct an investigation as shapeshifter!
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March 19

Creating dialogues in Irony Curtain



Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love is a game full of different characters talking to each other. In fact, some puzzles can be solved only by choosing the right dialogue option. That’s why in today’s episode of Behind the Irony Curtain we’d like to tell you more about the process of creating dialogues in our game.

Writing dialogues is just the beginning of the process. There are over 5471 lines of text in Irony Curtain and every one of them needs to be properly inserted into the game, to make sure all characters say exactly what Game Designer wants, in the exact time and place.



Here’s how it looks in Irony Curtain:

1. Every game character usually has more than one dialogue line. One of the ways to operate it is to use logical TRUE/FALSE flags. These flags helps us determine the state of knowledge of a specific character or whether an event of which the character speaks has already taken place.

2. Each dialogue is built in the editor as a separate “tree” consisting of successive “nodes” connected with each other by lines defining the order in which the dialogue of the character appears.

3. To be honest, “writing” dialogues is just filling the form fields. It looks more or less like this:

  • Create a new dialogue in the editor and give it a name. Then inform Level Designer about the circumstances in which it should be launched (eg. when Evans checks on the Prisoner);
  • Create the first Node (a red dot on the editor screen) and enter the necessary information (into the form on the right side of the screen):



    1. Who is talking
    2. The Dialogue text (or several dialogues if they should be drawn)
    3. (Optional) The Dialogue text when repeating the talk
    4. (Optional) If the dialogue happens not on the location but on zoom – whose head and on which side should it be displayed
    5. (Optional) Text display time (it’s useful when testing the game without recorded Voice Overs which determine the text display time in the finished game)
    6. Where the text should appear on the screen (e.g. over the character or over the radio speaker)
    7. (Optional) Actions to be made before or after the dialogue (e.g. acquiring an item or activating a logic flag “character X already knows about Y")

  • Create another dialogue node and fill it in
  • Connect the first node with the second one
  • Rinse & Repeat ;)

4. After creating the entire “tree” for all the dialogues we generate so-called “keys”. Keys consist of the location number, dialogue name, text position in the tree and the first letter specifying the character.



5. Thanks to this we can assign a specific Key to a Node, and not just the text. All texts with Keys can be saved to a shared Excel sheet with different languages. As a result, the different language versions of the game have the appropriate dialogues.



That is all in this episode of Behind the Irony Curtain. We hope you enjoyed it and don't forget to add Irony Curtain to wishlist!

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March 1

The making of stop-motion animation in Irony Curtain



Comrades!

Today we’d like to introduce you to our process of making a stop-motion animation. In one of the previous updates, we’ve explained what stop-motion animation is and why are we using it in our game.


This is how we prepare each asset:

1. The whole process starts with the Game Designer. They prepare a documentation with all animations needed for the specific part of the game. There are several types of animations for example: idle animation, talking, specific animation for beginning or end of the conversation and custom animation.



2. Then the animator prepares everything that was requested in the specification in an animation software (we use Toon Boom Harmony for that). First comes the rough sketch, then the more detailed lineart and some colors and shadows at the end.







3. When the animation is ready, the animator exports each frame as a separate file. Our animations have usually 80 frames on average, so it’s a lot of files to export! Those files are put into our inhouse tool that does all the magic – cropps them, sets the frame’s size and creates a file that manages animating all the cropped images.

4. Now it’s time for the Level Designer. They use the graph you see below (a kind of a state diagram) to control which animation should be used in which state (e.g., idle or end of the conversation) by referencing the files generated during step 3.



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About This Game

When the king asked a famous alchemist to look into the murder of his most trusted agent, the last thing the alchemist expected was to discover an intricate network of criminals working from the shadows to bring chaos to the land. Conduct the investigation as a shapeshifter and uncover a conspiracy that threatens to shake the foundations of the kingdom.

CONDUCT AN INVESTIGATION IN A FAIRYTALE KINGDOM!
When the ruler of the realm asks you to investigate a series of killings, a seemingly straightforward murder case turns out to be the tip of an iceberg as more and more secrets come to light!

MEET LEGENDARY HEROES IN 48 HAND-DRAWN SCENES!
During your detective adventure, you'll encounter many larger than life characters from myths and fairy tales. You'll help Little Red Riding Hood, come face to face with Robin Hood, and interact with many other legendary characters!

MASTER YOUR ALCHEMIC ABILITIES AND BECOME A SHAPESHIFTER!
Perfect your potion-making skills to prepare powerful elixirs that will allow you to change your physical form. Then use this ability to solve intricate riddles and crack the mysterious murder case.

DECIPHER 26 PUZZLES AND EXPLORE 25 HIDDEN OBJECT SCENES!
Test your wits and use your special abilities to tackle seemingly insurmountable obstacles in this epic adventure! Solve the murder and save the kingdom before it's too late!

Features

  • Use your investigative skills to thwart the conspirators!
  • Explore the kingdom as a shapeshifter!
  • Lend legendary fairytale characters a helping hand!
  • Solve numerous HO scenes to discover a shocking truth!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space

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