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Festival of Magic is an original adventure role-playing game in which the players must fight and farm their way to glory. Join Amon, a desert scavenger and his reluctant companion Gnart, as they unravel the ancient mysteries of Umbra - a world divided by light and magic. The game combines turn-based combat and farming gameplay with exploration and puzzle-packed quests. Grow spuds, tend barnacles and use your harvest as powerful ammunition and spells; load your weapons, team up your companions and get ready for an epic adventure.

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Concept art from a work in progress area we're currently designing.

Posted by dCepT on Jan 7th, 2013

Hey everyone! Hope you all had a good holiday and a great New Year celebration!
We figured it was about time to get back into posting stuff again, so I'm going to show you guys some concept art for an area we're calling "Zenit". We've got people working on the gameplay and content design for this area as well, but I'll kick it off with some concept art and visual development sketches!

Without revealing any story around it, Amon and Gnart find themselves facing an unforgiving desert, the habitat of the Rock Crabler, Fire Beetle and Fire Djinn from previous posts.

As you guys are getting used to seeing from me, I start off by doing some rapid, rough sketches just to start generating some idea of what I'm doing. We wanted a crumbled entrance in an old temple partially hidden by the sand as a starting point, so that's what I focused on when I did these first sketches.

After some pointing and discussing with Frits I colored and refined this one:

From there we wanted to get a better feel for the environment as a whole, and I started out doing a color sketch of Amon and Gnart right after they've been dumped into the desert:

We originally thought a camera above the player and pretty far out would do it, but after some discussion and prototyping the camera in engine we felt it would be better to position the camera more behind the player considering the gameplay we want in this area.

There will of course be combat encounters in the desert as well, so I did a quick mockup of how that might look when Amon and Gnart face off against a Fire Djinn.

And another following the same camera rules as the start of the desert, showcasing ancient architecture of a city buried in sand.

That's it from me for this post! Hope you enjoyed the pictures!

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Emiya-Archer Jan 7 2013, 10:42am says:

Looks very nice :)

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dCepT Jan 11 2013, 3:49am replied:


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RedOwl Jan 9 2013, 5:54pm says:

Looking beautiful. Great work!

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dCepT Jan 11 2013, 3:49am replied:

Thank you!

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ShrikeGFX Jan 9 2013, 6:11pm says:

Looking good. Like the interface icons a lot, but the hp/energy bars go a lot in the pixel direction while the icons are really clean and vector like , same for the font.

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dCepT Jan 11 2013, 3:49am replied:

Thanks! Crits and kudos definitely noted :)

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