PARPG - isometric 2d RPG looking for Blender 3d artists

[b]Team name:
PARPG development team.

Project name:
PARPG - post-apocalyptic roleplaying game. It’s just a working title at the moment and we can reconsider it later.

Brief description:
I had plans for such a project for quite some time but it was more of a vague idea than anything else. In late January 2009 I started to flesh out the concept at our project wiki. PARPG will be an old school 2d isometric roleplaying game, inspired by genre classics such as Fallout, Arcanum and Planescape: Torment.

As the project is in early production stage; the team has agreed upon the following key elements:

  • Singleplayer RPG. No plans for multiplayer or coop support
  • Post-apocalyptic setting. Story and game mechanics details are still getting fleshed at the moment
  • Written in Python (2.5.x / 2.6.x branch). Utilizing the FIFE game engine
  • Isometric 2d perspective instead of going for full 3d engine complexity
  • Open source code and asset licensing
  • Open development philosophy. Public development wiki and forums. Anonymous SVN checkout
  • Meaningful choices and consequences. Multiple paths to complete quests, including non-violent ways
  • Tactical, turnbased combat
  • Emphasis on well-written detailed branching tree dialogue

More information about agreed upon setting aspects as well as about the story and the game mechanics can be found here:

Target aim:
Open source & non profit. GPL 3.0 for code, GPL 3.0 & CC 3.0 BY-SA dual licensing for media assets (audio, graphics, text).

Compensation:
Although there are no intentions to make monetary profit with the project, there are a bunch of potential reasons for developers to get involved:

  • Improving your personal portfolio with the demo version of the game to land a job in the industry. The demo will be a one town / location version of the game. Creating such a demo will be an already quite challenging task and it gives us the chance to test concepts in a smaller scale undertaking first before trying to tackle a full game. A more detailed description of the demo concept can be found at the project wiki.
  • Love for old school isometric 2d RPGs.
  • Enthusiasm for open source game development.
  • Gaining game development experience by working on a team project.

Technology:
Targeted platforms: Linux, Win32. Mac OS X support would be a plus but it all depends on if we’ll find a Mac developer for maintaining the PARPG version for this platform.

Programming language: Python 2.5.x & 2.6.x; not all important Python libraries have been ported to Py3k yet so we’ll stick to the 2.5 & 2.6 branches for now. Time-critical code can be written in C++. C++ <> Python bindings are supported by FIFE via SWIG.

Engine: FIFE. I was personally involved in the FIFE project for three years and although the engine is not feature-complete and development is currently going slow, it turned out to be the best basis for a project like PARPG.

IDE: No IDE preference from my side. There are a bunch of good free as well as commercial Python IDEs available. I can’t see a good reason at the moment to agree on a single IDE that needs to be used by all programmers; so freedom of choice for you.

Talent needed:
Graphics artist
We’re trying to find artists who would like to contribute in one of the following possible fields of work:

  • 3d modeling: creating either organic or inorganic 3d models e.g. (non) player characters, items, weapons, etc. No preference concerning the modeling package to use. At the moment we got artists involved who use Blender, 3dsMax & XSI Softimage. A rendering setup for Blender can be found in our SVN repository
  • Concept art: visualizing characters or GUI concepts as 2d art
  • GUI art: creating 2d graphics for the user interface of PARPG

Team structure:
barra - public relations, developer recruitment, infrastructure maintenance, project management
bretzel - programmer
Dave Matney - composer & writer
kaydeth - programmer
meggie - programmer
MeinMartinity - composer
NineOfHearts - writer
qubodup - on and off contributor in a bunch of different fields (e.g. legal advice concerning licenses)
Sirren - 3d artist
tZee - programmer
zeli - concept artist
zenbitz - game mechanics designer & writer

A listing of my prior game development experience, skills and the specific tasks I’ll take over in the development of PARPG can be found at my personal user page at the project wiki.

Website:
Blog with a lot of fancy pictures, screenshots, concept art
Forums
IRC logs
Subversion repository
Trac - task tracker
Wiki

Contact:
The prefered way of getting in contact with each other is to post a little introduction about yourself at the Introduce yourself board of our forums. Post some bits and pieces about yourself (age, location, occupation, something along these lines) and in which department you would like to work. Providing examples of previous work / projects would be a great plus; post some screenshots or a link to the website of a project that you’ve contributed to.

Our developers will get back to you there and provide some pointers how you can contribute to the project and how to get started.

In case you can’t get in contact with us via forums for whatever reason there may be, you can still shot me an email: martin DOT vohland AT googlemail DOT com

Previous Work by Team:
I was one of the founders of the game engine project FIFE and worked on it for three full years from 2005-2008. My main tasks were recruitment of new developers, public relations (posting news at the blog, staying in contact with the community), infrastructure maintenance (wiki, SVN, trac) as well as maintaining the FIFE Win32 compile SDK - an easy to use all-in-one package to build FIFE from source on Windows systems.

More information about FIFE can be obtained from one of the old help wanted postings I posted here at gamedev.net. Furthermore the FIFE wiki is a great starting point as well.

Additional Info:
Here are some pieces of concept art and work in progress models that our artists have created over the course of the last weeks:

Concept art by Gaspard:

Raider sketches by JustinOperable:

Female raider colorized sketch by JustinOperable:
http://wiki.parpg.net/images/8/8d/Justing_ca2.jpg

Work in progress female raider model by Sirren:
http://wiki.parpg.net/images/9/93/Female_raider_III.png

Improvised weapons by Zeli:
http://wiki.parpg.net/images/thumb/9/98/Improvised_weapons_2.jpg/500px-Improvised_weapons_2.jpg

Icy cavern by Kingston:

Feedback:
Any kind of feedback is appreciated. We’re more than willing to learn from any mistake so shoot, we can take it :slight_smile:
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