Assignment Idea

Professor Bond gave me the idea to use part of my final project as an idea for future DS106 assignments! So I wrote up a short set of instructions for an assignment and posted it here!

The assignment involves using Inform 7 to create a short game! In this case, the assignment asks that the participant aim to create at least 4 rooms and include 5-10 items. The program itself includes plentiful guides and walkthroughs, so taking time to become acquainted with it is definitely recommended.

 

Enjoy!

Weekly Summary 15 — The End.

Well, I can’t really say too much about this week other than goodbye to you all. It’s been a wonderful semester and I’ve truly learned a lot about the craft of digital storytelling!

If you want to see some of the work I’ve done this week (aka the final project), come check it out here!

A lot of time and effort went into this, particularly where the story and game are concerned. I’d like to continue polishing them over time, but I hope you enjoy them as they stand.

 

Until next time.

Week 15: The Final Spookening – Final Project INBOUND.

It’s here.

To give you an idea of what my final project’s all about it, it’s this: Victor’s past is being revealed! Throughout this semester he’s been a real hard one to pin down and interview. What makes it even more difficult is that he doesn’t seem to talk much about his life and we’ve no records of any actual relatives. However, the truth is now being made clear for those of you who’re interested.

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We begin with a bit of context about who Victor is. Because without that, what’s the point of any of this, right? Well, to detail that, I’ve created a Google Doc sheet that gives a summary of what we already know and don’t know about good old Victor. Followed is a brief list of his likes and dislikes.

VICTOR: THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE HOSTING LEGEND.

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Category; Writing

Next, we have an interactive fiction piece created using Inkle Writer. Without giving away too many spoilers, this story deals with a young man named Jonathan on his quest to reunite with his beloved and long-lost brother Victor.

HERE’S THE LINK TO IT!

>>>> Circumstance <<<<

The story then continues in the “game” I created using Inform 7.

Medium: Web/(game) Design

After our adventure with Jonathan has come to a close, we meet a new protagonist trapped in one of Victor’s old homes. In it, he discovers an old servant of Victor’s that still maintains the home. Why is he trapped there? Will he ever escape? This won’t be easy, but patience shall reward those that persevere!

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Category: Visual

A reporter has uncovered a stack of old wanted posters that bear a striking resemblance to someone familiar. Can you guess who that may be?
wantedposter1

This image was one of the first ever captured of Victor, way back in the 1890’s. He was a huge fan of designer sunglasses, it seems.

wantedposter2

 

 

 

 

This image was take in 1946. While the name reads ‘Ellis Maynard,’ we can clearly tell that this is still Victor. He was in hiding once again while using this name. But he wouldn’t be for long…

wantedposter3

 

 

 

Having eluded capture once again, Victor returns to using his actual name while slightly changing his old last name. At this point, no one’s really suspicious of him anymore as most people who would’ve been are mysteriously dying left and right.

 

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This most recent wanted poster, created in 1987, was commissioned by a special task force that reported directly to the president. It’s unclear how Ronald Reagan became aware of Victor’s crimes, but this wanted poster wound up lost for a reason…

 

 

 

A test post (for now).

I wanted to let you all know that your patience has been appreciated. While we’re all starting to wind ourselves up for that final stretch of exams, I wanted to give another update for my final project.

I’ve finished my InkleWriter story, which will count as a Writing component for this story, and the Inform 7 story/game, which I will count as a Web component!

In addition to those, I thought it’d be a good idea to take that Wanted Poster assignment from over in the Design section and make some cool additions.

Current progress: 80%

I’ll have more updates as the night goes on!

 

UPDATE: My final piece of the puzzle will be inspired by the Fanfiction Assignment list. Namely, the “Create Your Own Character” assignment!

My entire plan with this project was to give different perspectives to Victor’s past. Through the story, the game, the writing and the wanted posters, I would hope to accomplish that!

Progress: 99%

 

Week 13 Progress Report!

Hi guys, I’m really excited to make this post because I’m just overflowing with ideas right now. I’ve been keeping things a little low key this week and, as of right now, I won’t be showing what I’ve been working on. BUT! I will let everyone know a little about what they can/should reasonably expect!

So, we’ve got to tell a story using four mediums and I have a solid idea for three of them. The first two are based in and inspired by writing and web assignments and will utilize Inkle Writer and Inform 7. Now, for those who’re wondering what those are: Inkle Writer is a fairly easy way to create an interactive story that follows different paths that you create along the way. You can loop the story, create “game over” scenarios, include items as prizes, etc. With Inform, there’s much of the same. However, Inkle Writer is much more web-based, while Inform requires a bit of finesse with coding. It follows a technical language that’s a lot more lax than some others (http, Java, C++), but has a specific index of terms and instructions that it understands. Through that, you can create a world and a game, create plot, include items, achievements, goals, you name it. You’re only limited by your own understanding, basically.

The third idea is to take one of my older videos and brush it up a tad. Straightforward, right?

Anyways, so far, my progress has been limited to me starting on the Inform story and creating an outline for my Inkle Writer addition. If you want to see more, though, keep your eyes on my blog for the following week and I’ll surprise you with some cool treats!

 

Thanks, y’all. BYE!

WEEKLY SUMMARY #12

This week was filled with mixes and mashes and remixes galore. After another challenging set of tasks, I sit before you all having become a stronger man.

 

Please, enjoy the fruits of my labor.

My Mashups!

1. ) Emoji/Friend Mashup – Here.

2.) This Doesn’t Belong Here – Here.

3.) Inappropriate Laughter – Here (I’d like to add this to the weekly showcase!).

REMIXES:

WRITE A HAIKU >>> MAKE IT EMO

WRITE AN ACROSTIC POEM >>> MAKE IT A HORRIBLE POWERPOINT!

DAILY CREATES:

COMMENTS:

One.

Two

Three.

Four.

Five.

Six.

Seven.

Eight.

Nine.

TEN!

 

Metal Gear Solid (w/ Laugh Track)!

For this assignment, labeled Inappropriate Laughter, I downloaded a cutscene from Metal Gear Solid and decided to add some laughter to it. I watched/listened to the entire video more than a couple of times and tried to find the best moments to fit in the laughter. I’d like to believe I did a good job. I downloaded the YouTube video using a third party web application and then inserted it into Windows Movie Maker (WMM). After that, I found an audio clip of a laugh track on YouTube (freesound only had children’s laughs and coffee shop sounds), and inserted that as well. I copy/pasted the track at the appropriate times and had fun with it.

This assignment was worth 2.5 stars.

HEEEEEERE’S COLGATE!

What’s a remix without a little Jack Nicholson? Victor recently decided he was going to start his own company and, being an avid fan of dental hygiene, figured he’d try his hand at the toothpaste trade. With Jack Nicholson’s permission, he released an ad based on The Shining. He wanted it to be subtle, though. Thoughts?

im not gonna hurt ya im just gonna BRUSH YOUR TEETH

This was created for the This Doesn’t Belong Here assignment! It’s worth 4 stars.