Heya Deep Rifter & Dario I will send you a reply to your PM too
It's easier to talk about the beta test in private, because the feedback can influence the other testers. But the test is over so no need for secrecy anymore
I will also reply to everyones PM personally since you have taken the time to give me such wonderful detailed feedback and kind comments (might take some time to reply but I've read all of them!) Let's do a summary of replies to some of your feedback here too!
- The mountains, ah I hoped I could get away with them
Guess I have to finish them up.
- The Grammaphone player will be animated. I probably broke the animation when I reimported the mesh.
- More clouds! CHECK!
- I will also add additional layering in the sky with thin clouds to maximize the depth.
- Candle will be polished as will the etiquettes on the bottles and ink bottle.
- The white block that can be seen in view 3 under the pile of chairs will eventually be replaced by a proper stack of chairs. The problem was that with the DK1 the resolution was too low so the lines of the chairs would cause horrible jagged edges in view 1 (which will be the view I will be showing at the festival). I guess the DK2 will fix that problem! This demo was developed with the dk2 in mind so you will be able to look next to over the back of your chair and farther to the front.
- I will also make sure you can follow the chairs all the way down!
- I actually still had to do the picture in the frame
Guess I won't have to anymore!
- The particles of the letters blowing away with the wind still needs proper animation and a memory pool to increse performance.
- There is one mystery view that will give the scene some backstory, which I kept out of the playtest to have some surprises for my fellow dimensionauts
. I will probably tackle the views one by one as I did with Blocked In. So I can change them up while I'm working on the Pigeon Man ( which will be a lot more complicated scope wise then the dioramas. Not to mention it will actually cost me money to make :/ Hey Facebook can you buy me too? just kidding!!!!!)
- Never heard of James Christensen, but wow he's amazing. I ordered his shakespeare sketchbook this afternoon
He reminds me of this wonderful dutch illustrator: http://www.antonpieck.eu/Zijn-werk-illustraties
He did some wonderful designs for a themepark in the Netherlands. And he did designs for the most beautiful diorama ever made, which is hidden in a building inside the themepark. I really enjoy those kind of illustrators, they can portray stories by subtle narrative hooks in the background. Also they have a magical macabre atmosphere to balance out the etherical fantasy which gives you a broader emotional scope. That's certainly something I aspire to achieve in my dioramas!
So back to work! Still got a ton of polishing to do
Thanks for the honest feedback, I will put every each and one of you in the special thanks!