View Full Version : Fantasy Friday VIII - The Art of Level Design

Alex Walz
01-08-2010, 08:17 PM
Welcome! In our second installment of Developer Diary, we’ll be taking a sort of behind-the-scenes tour of the level design process. <a href="http://reverieworld.com/screenshots/ff8/gelmeerim1.jpg"><img src="http://reverieworld.com/screenshots/ff8/gelmeerim1small.jpg" width="260" align="right"></a>We’re here with Joseph Visscher, Dawn of Fantasy’s Lead Level Designer, to tell us more and to provide some fascinating insight based on his experiences over the last couple of years.

Our level design team, past and present, involves the talented Lead Level Designer Joseph Visscher, Senior Mappers Eric Zimmer and Doug Bonds, and Junior Mappers Patrick Flynn, Caleb Bergh, Bryan Oakley, Dylan Bales, Dennis Agodzo, and Chris Watkins. You’ll see their magnificent work in every screenshot and at every step in-game, from the might stronghold of Makkada to the regions you’re be starting your MMORTS empires at.

Hopefully this may build up some interest for our massive scenario editor, and give amateur designers a chance to hear tips and processes from industry devs.

Without further ado, here's the interview (http://blog.reverieworld.com/index.php)!

Readers also have a choice to pick out the next NPC town we showcase in-depth. We probably won't have enough showcases to get through every town, so pick carefully! Check the blog for more information and leave a comment with your vote.

Henry Martin
01-08-2010, 08:54 PM
I am always a fan of hearing from the level designers on how the environments are made. After reading the interview I can't wait to use the editor. Its going to be interest as I have not really used an RTS editor.

01-08-2010, 09:03 PM
nice thats great design

01-08-2010, 09:19 PM
Wow that was a terrific read. I love project that develop skill in the person rather then a machine.

01-08-2010, 11:55 PM
Interesting read, got me enthused to really get into the editor when the game comes out.

I have no idea which city I would rather be showcased.

01-09-2010, 05:33 AM
I can't wait for the editor! It really looks great.:eek:

Working with it will be a great exercise for the level design lessons I'll be having next year.

And thanks to the people at reverie who are willing to give us a look into the game every Friday! I can't think of any other game studios that are doing this on a weekly basis.

01-09-2010, 06:22 AM
Nice showcase, i wish i would have the knowledge to work with the editor since the design of nature and strongholds are very beautiful. The only maps that i designed were the ones of aoe1 and 2 and some fail attempts to learn warcraft 3 and c&c generals one =P.
And btw =P ..... this is not fantasy friday but its fantasy saturday.

01-09-2010, 06:33 AM
I really have the feeling that this editor will be great for beginning level designers, as wel for the more advanced users.

I also read somewhere that dof source would have some tutorials so don't give up on it before you tried it!

01-09-2010, 07:36 AM
I agree, was a good read.:)

this is not fantasy friday but its fantasy saturday.

Even more special!

01-09-2010, 08:20 AM
Sounds like really well put together editor great job all :D

Alex Walz
01-09-2010, 09:39 AM
It's a... very late Fantasy Friday. ;)

The Witch King of Angmar
01-09-2010, 10:48 AM
Fantastic interview guys! I really found the whole process of mapping interesting though I don't know much about it. Keep up the good work!

Joseph Visscher
01-09-2010, 12:01 PM
Fantastic interview guys! I really found the whole process of mapping interesting though I don't know much about it. Keep up the good work!

When you reach for your optimal potential, a good design process is in your head whether you like it or not. :)

01-09-2010, 12:45 PM
Wow, awesome! I love this media update, thanks.

Josh Warner
01-09-2010, 09:28 PM
Great job with the blog so far alex/interviewees, even as part of the team I've found both to be interesting reads.

01-10-2010, 12:22 AM
Good information i say :D i expected a video though lol

01-10-2010, 05:01 AM
What I forgot to add in my previous post: I want to vote for Uttal Atras. Looks like a cool city to do a showcase about I think.

edit: or were we just supposed to comment our vote in the dev's blog? I just saw already 2 people did that. I'll also do that

01-11-2010, 10:43 AM
Was a good read! now its making me think of changing my carrer minds of going into the royal marines to become one!

01-12-2010, 02:50 PM
Good stuff maybe I'll make my first map with this game. Always have wanted to try in other games just never got around to it. To much fun playing them.