Alternate Reality X – Modifying the City

There are a number of challenges in the changes I’m working on for Alternate Reality X. Nothing too serious but I want to make it look right so I’m taking a bit of time to experiment with Unity and read up on the commonly used techniques that I think will be the best fit for bringing the game into full 3D. 
Overlooking the City now with 3D walls
The paper thin walls of the original maps have been replaced with walls that have some depth as can be seen in the picture below. The notches in the corners are due to the AR map walls having two sides and I’ve a number of methods for fixing this. 
Doors will likely be replaced with ones that you can open and close or that swing open as you approach them (unless they are barred obviously). I’ve experimented with these and the coding seems to work fine. I want to refine my door and wall models though so that they look more professional and are properly scaled. This will allow all the key object parts such as standard walls, doors and archways to fit together seamlessly making up the majority of the map and the basis for the expanded map I’d like to develop.
Not really sure how I am going to handle secret doors because of the two sided nature of many of these in the original game. The nature of secret doors may change slightly as a result of this.
As mentioned previously I would like to add a lot of variety to different parts of the City in terms of buildings and architecture with different wall heights and textures. The City walls will tower above the City keeping it well contained from the threats from the Wilderness outside. I’m also planning to add the three City gates as well as more striking versions of the Arena and Palace.
I’ve tried adding burning torches, tavern signs which swing in the wind and flags to hang from the Palace walls with the King’s Coat of Arms on them. Again it’s worth taking a bit of time to get these looking right and not just throwing them in at this stage because Unity makes it easy to implement them. I want to get the basics right first.
I’m also keen to get started on an example shop and some of the new interface elements.
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6 Comments on “Alternate Reality X – Modifying the City

  1. I think for the secret doors you should try to stick as closely to the original implementation as possible. Meaning, no visible hints !
    Maybe you could do something where, when you walk 'into' an invisible door, a semi transparent door becomes visible as you are passing through it ? So its only visible as you step through, but not while you are looking at it or even approaching it closely.

    1. Thanks for your post. I've thought of a few ways to implement secret doors. It's the one way secret doors that are the tricky ones regardless of whether the walls have a thickness or are paper thin like the original games. I'm confident I'll come up with something which works well after a bit of work 🙂

  2. Perhaps a small visual cue like a soft glow at the edges of the screen as you pass through? Or maybe a sound effect. Nothing as bombastic as opening a chest in Zelda, (Da da da DAAAAAA!) but something subdued. Anyway, you are doing a fantastic job on this so, well done:)

    1. In the Unity demo version you can already step left and right by using the A and D keys or left / right cursors (I think). I'm planning to add a few different control schemes so people can choose if they want more traditional AR controls using the cardinal directions only or the default which will be the now standard WSAD keys and mouse combination. Thanks for your post and support.

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