A Look Inside: The Druid's Reckoning
Level of Education of Students Involved
Arts and Sciences
Biancardi ORCID: 0009-0001-2047-1091; Brown ORCID: 0009-0005-9216-9763; Moran ORCID: 0009-0007-5990-4687; Aponbiede ORCID: 0009-0003-1489-3022
This project is the development of a video game based on the written narrative provided by our clients, who engaged in a semester-long design process through the ENGL 280: Writing RPGs (Role Playing Games) course. Using an agile development approach and in close partnership with the storytelling team, a fully 3D and immersive game experience was produced that brings the story to life, incorporating genre-specific language and user decision making. The playable environment was built with Unreal Engine 5 (UE5) and existing visual asset libraries, which enabled the team to quickly build prototypes and extend previously created work. The decision to leverage those tools enabled the team to both rapidly prototype and reach a higher quality deliverable by avoiding unnecessary detail creation. This created a tradeoff in time utilization because additional effort was needed to master the platform and ecosystem. Once this was accomplished we were able to maintain regular dialogue with the storytelling team in order to capture the mood and narrative fully. The constraints of the timeframe placed some limits on reworking aspects as the collaboration developed, but a full demo that is interesting and visually appealing was created.
Aponbiede, Martha; Biancardi, Travis; Brown, Nicole; and Moran, Aiden, "A Look Inside: The Druid's Reckoning" (2023). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 1175.