Pamela Cavendish returns for another adventure! The famous anthropologist ventures into the northern reaches of Europe to rescue a friend who went missing while following the trail of Norse gods. Is this mere coincidence or is there something more behind the legend of Loki and Hodur?
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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

Pamela Cavendish returns for another adventure! The famous anthropologist ventures into the northern reaches of Europe to rescue a friend who went missing while following the trail of Norse gods. Is this mere coincidence or is there something more behind the legend of Loki and Hodur?

SPINE TINGLING MYSTERY IN THE NORTH!
A few months after solving the case of Minotaur, the anthropologist Pamela Cavendish finds herself at the threshold of another fascinating adventure.

40 LOCATIONS INSPIRED BY NORSE FOLKLORE!
Pamela receives a surprise letter from Sweden. The wife of her former colleague from the university, Peter, asks the protagonist for help in finding her husband, who was studying unusual traces of the Norse gods Hodur and Loki in the local mine.

MORE THAN 50 MINIGAMES AND HO SCENES!
Peter went missing and the only member of the expedition to emerge from the mine was his assistant, who went mad from the experience and cannot help.

LEARN THE LEGEND OF NORSE GODS!
What happened in the depths of the mine? What terrible secret did Peter discover and what does it have to do with Hodur and Loki? Will Pamela crack another mythology case?

Features

  • 40 locations from the picturesque north!
  • A story inspired by Scandinavian folklore!
  • More than 50 riddles and HO scenes!
  • Learn the legend of Loki and Hodur!
  • Stop the impending twilight of the gods!

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: 128 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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