My group and I delivered this project mid-December. We’re now making the Game Treatment, but in the meantime, here: have the prototype for Sightless.
It’s very short and we had to strip down some of the features to deliver it on time (we had one week to make all of it). Writing and art are by me, coding was by my three colleagues!
So, for Game Design and Development, we had to submit a game idea of which the nine most voted by the entire class would be made into game prototypes. I subbed an idea I had based on a re-write of Sightless and it was the third(!) with more votes.So yeah, we’re making it! One tiny step towards one of my dreams, which is turning some of my own novels into games!
I’ve been doing concept art for the game. Here are a couple of screens of Aisling!
That aside… I’ve been working on fixing key plot points of Withering Spring as well as taking my Master’s degree classes. Busy busy busy!
Sorcha, from the amazing novel Daughter of the Forest. Still a WIP, which will, hopefully, be finished soon.
I also had the pleasure of meeting the author, Juliet Marillier in what were some of the happiest days of my life! She’s amazing and sweet and I can only hope to someday be half as good a writer as she is!
Working on finishing up my fantasy series for Young Adults. This would be the cover for Volume I: Withering Spring!
As some people know, I’m a Computer Engineering student at Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, one of the best Engineering colleges in Portugal. I chose my Master’s areas this year (Major: Multimedia Systems, Minor: Software Engineering) and I’m having a total blast.
So, when my Multimedia Content Production teacher, Professor Daniel Gonçalves, presented his thesis proposals, I fell in love with one of them and, seeing that the one teacher I’d initially wanted to supervise my thesis (I wanted to submit one about Emotional Involvement in Games) decided to go on sabbatical next year, I applied for Professor Daniel’s proposal instead.
Here’s what I’ll be doing next year (as well as finishing pending courses):
Thesis: Game Course
Objective: Create a structured, scalable, system for the support of gamified courses.
Description: Create a new version of a Gamification system that extends moodle to make the gamification of courses in general easier and more efficient. Extend the existing backend for gamification of courses and better integrate AvatarWorld into the game experience. Add customization possibilities, with adequate expressiveness. Identify possible game elements, and allow their instantiation for different courses.
A new version of the system that makes not only the configuration of a gamified course easier, but also makes the course activities easier to access and grade throughout the semester.
Needless to say, I’m super excited to start working on it. I’ve always loved the concept of using game-elements for school purposes and this is just awesome!
Create a structured, scalable, system for the support of gamified courses.
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New Short Story!
An Anthology of European Speculative Fiction was given for free to all the Eurocon 2013 attendees and guess who has a short story there? ME! :D
All other short-stories are of amazing quality as well. So go on and read it. It’s FREE!
Marianne reached a deal with the artist from the Australian covers – the amazing Jarek Kubicki – and now everyone has pretty covers!
The cover for the second volume of The Night Creatures trilogy! Angel Arias continues the story of Retra – now Naif and sheds some light and even more intrigue about Ixion, the land of ever-dark.
Please share! Marianne totall deserves it!