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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.

 

wantedposter4

 

 

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%

 

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!

 

Emoji/Friend Mashup of the Week!

I thought it’d be fun to do this assignment as one of my Mashup/Remixes! And, of course, I was right. The hardest part was actually trying to find a picture of my good friend Carter that would actually fit an emoji. Then inspiration struck me and I remembered some old pictures from sophomore year.

I used MS paint to combine the two images and found an emoji sheet on google. The picture of Carter’s from Facebook.

Bon appetit!

finished ds106 thing

 

This assignment was worth 3.5 stars.

Tutorial: How to Create Your Own Lip-Sync Video!

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to give a quick, written tutorial on how to create video of yourself lip-syncing your favorite songs! Now, you may be wondering how you’re supposed to start on such a daunting task… well, no worries! That’s what I’m here for.

To begin, make sure you have some type of video recording software on hand. If not, Google something! I used Windows Movie Maker and it worked like a charm. Other than that, you may or may not have to record your audio separately. With Windows Movie Maker, my webcam and microphone worked in tandem to both record my background audio and capture my rugged charm.

If you’ve got that all squared away, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. If this is a song you’ve got completely memorized, feel free to ignore this step, but if not, it always (ALWAYS!) helps to have a lyric video pulled up on YouTube or have the lyrics otherwise in front of you. Because you’ll be looking into the camera anyways (or near it, at least), you can easily disguise the fact that you’re reading within a few takes.

Go ahead and record yourself with the music playing in the background or add it in manually later*, And once you’ve finished recording, save the file to your computer and then to a clearly marked folder. From there, you can either keep this treasure to yourself or upload it to YouTube for the world to appreciate!

* For those interested in manually adding in music later, the quickest and best way is to use some form of YouTube to MP3 conversion site (there are probably tens if not hundreds). Once you’ve shared the link to the video and downloaded the file, click and drag it into your video recording software and sync it up properly with your video! And there you have it, folks. Simple, easy, and effective.

 

For this assignment, I decided to put a little twist on it. Working with , we created a couple of pretty awesome haikus as told by our host characters. Here, you get a little bit of their personality through verse. (Victor sure loves his coffee, that’s for sure)

Cascade into night,

Denizens of almost dawn,

And bring some coffee

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Bitter words unbound,

Not unlike the taste when cold,

Glad to share this street.

Can you tell who wrote which part?

This assignment was worth 3 stars.

Whodunnit???

Have you ever seen those crime shows that organize a case using a suspect board? Like Scandal or Blacklist? Well, that’s exactly what this assignment is. You will create a suspect board (or a board that connects different characters) to show interaction between the people. Feel free to add text, objects, and locations that connect to the people/characters to develop the story even more. Make sure that the board clearly shows how the pieces are connected, and in your post, explain the story behind it.

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Those former cohorts of mine at Grade A Gruesome left me for dead. No mere horde of zombies would be enough to in Victor Berathean! Of course not… I filed a formal complaint with the local police department, and thanks to my influence they’ve been working the case quite thoroughly. However, they seem to have ignored me telling them who was responsible! So, instead, they created this suspect chart.

Maybe some day I’ll find justice! If not, I’ll gladly take it into my own hands!

(insert evil laugh here, if you want)

 

For this assignment, I used Kumu to create my character map. I was inspired by Nora’s post and decided to let Victor have a turn at the wheel with this one. This assignment is worth 3.5 stars.