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Nov 12 2018 Anchor

Suppose you have a multi player Game of two or three players. Each player gets their own turn. When a player get's their turn, I need to somehow alert him, or her that they need to make a decision by a designated period of time. For example if you have players, Jim, Dexter, and Sandra Komis, and it is Jims turn, and Jim does not respond by 10 seconds, I need to alert him that he has 20 more seconds to react. If he does not reply, control will be passed to the next player.


I could show a stop watch, and tick down the number of seconds remaining. But I want something more graceful and suttlel. Does anyone have anyy ideas on how to best aler the story?

Nov 13 2018 Anchor

If the game allows only limited time for each player, there should be timer or stopwatch shown on each player so it shouldn't be a problem.

As for alerting player, what about flashing the screen or at least the HUD when player's time is about to expire?

Nov 17 2018 Anchor
Ralphi wrote:

I could show a stop watch, and tick down the number of seconds remaining. But I want something more graceful and suttlel. Does anyone have anyy ideas on how to best aler the story?


Well, why do you think that a timer ticking down is not graceful und subtle? The task of a timer is to show how much time is left and I think the numbers passing by is the best way to achieve that. If you don't care about the exat seconds remaining, you could also alter the UI at, for example, 20 seconds remaining. Maybe some kind of particle effects around UI elements the player usually acts upon.

ardangn64
ardangn64 ReD kOaLa Pro 3D Artist & Possible Game Developer
Nov 27 2018 Anchor

I would add a ticking sound towards and the end and make the timer blink...


EduardoLopezComposer
EduardoLopezComposer Eduardo López | Composer & Sound Designer
Dec 3 2018 Anchor

I would most certainly would be of the idea of supporting on your voice actors, Sound Designers or Composer.

Perhaps a voice line or expressions, like a "hmm..." or "I wonder..." dialogue? possibly a "bell" or ticking sound!

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Dec 4 2018 Anchor

The best way to answer this is to know exactly what kind of game you are making if you want something unique and not a standard timer. If it is a game of chess that is chill and relaxed, a simple timer would do, preferably the kind used for chess tournaments to add realism to it. If you are making a quirky game, something going across the screen like, "JIM it's YOUR TURN!!! You better hurry up...", "Jim you there?" And with only a little time left, "GO GO GO GO GOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! could suffice. Or just have the timer music from Jeopardy. "I'm a little tea pot..." ^_^ Of course what ever you choose you do not want something annoying people will hate because it is obnoxious and or distracting, by being overly loud by noise or text, unless the whole concept of the game is in that style.

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