Manager is the energetic owner of the Cards and Comics shop off of downtown Main Street in the town of Nostol. He hosts TerraZone tournaments and sells merchandise and comic books.
Manager made his debut in the TerraZone "How to Play" Pilot episode of the comic series, which showcased an earlier version of the TerraZone card game gameplay. He will be returning in the second pilot being released in the near future on Webtoons, which will feature the more up to date game play of the card game.
Throughout the game, the player will periodically be visiting the Cards and Comics Shop, where a player can purchase starter decks, booster packs, and participate in card game tournaments that Manager will hold throughout the Calendar year.
We started with a top down blueprint of the shop itself, where we have the most important objects on the map. The Shop checkout desk, the tournament tables, as well as the bookcases and display shelves were added to start with.
From there, the assets were broken down into front and side view pictures in Procreate for translating into 3D assets in Blender.
We started modeling the basic shapes of the shop and approximately where these objects will be in the over world. Once everything is in place, that’s then when we take the room and import it into photoshop.
Inside Photoshop , we apply a modifier that only shows the line work of the objects, which then allows the objects to have a matching rendering style with the rest of the TerraZone universe. By rendering the objects this way, we still have the ability to move the camera for the visual novel backgrounds, which have more details applied.
This method of working was very much inspired by comic and Webtoons illustrations, where artists can render out 3D backgrounds and apply them with ease to a scene while showing as much detail as possible. As they say, work smarter not harder!
Next Session, we will be going over further details of the Visual Novel events as well as the screen itself which is a huge part of the story telling in the game. Please make sure to follow us on Twitter to get notified when the next one goes up! Have a happy 4th of July weekend and See you all next week!