Friday, 31 May 2013


Mystical Wings will be the name of our entry for the 'Off the Map' competition.  We would like to be able to make a third person game so we can include a character of our own.

We have decided to incorporate a sense of scale into our design.  Stonehenge will be a vast landscape in comparison to the character who is a mere 6" tall.  

The chosen concept emerged from conversations with other students on the programme, inspired by fairy tales and some of the folklore behind Stonehenge, the main character,  a faerie named Liliana, is tasked to discover the details behind a deep rooted corruption that has befallen Stonehenge.  We have written a full design document so that all team members know what the goal of the project is.

The design was built upon further through group discussion, refining and finalising the use of scale and perspective, turning it into the game we are currently working towards.

The most important part of the design is the map.  It will be used to create parts of the level, as well as other visual aspects of the game like any HUD elements that we make.  The concept art has given a further inspiration, particularly for the visual aesthetic.  They can be viewed on our project page.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

British Library Maps

The whole point of the competition is to create something in CryEngine 3 using the maps provided by the British Library.  These ranged from maps based on London in 1667 to those based on the Pyramids.

We considered various maps and scenarios but eventually settled on Stonehenge.  Particularly the 'Stonehenge Restored by Inigo Jones' map, which provided measurements of various elements we could use.

(Above is the map we have decided to use for our entry)

Though the competition doesn't state what the entry needs to be, we have decided to make a game and use the map in as many ways as possible, not just for the environmental layout.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Faery Fire

Welcome to our development blog for team Faery Fire!

We are a group of five students from Newport University participating in the exciting, and most likely challenging 'Off the Map' competition being held by Crytek and The British Library.

Though this first entry  may seem late in terms of the overall time-scale of the competition, we have been keeping a detailed record of everything we've worked on thus far, so lots of entries will follow shortly.

You can also visit our CryDev team page.