Game Design, Programming and running a one-man games business…

Democracy 3’s Minister portraits

Here are a bunch of close-to-final randomly generated minister portraits for Democracy 3. They are made up from a large number of layers, with a different image for each jacket, shirt, tie, eyes, glasses, hair, skin and so on… it makes for quite a complex image, but means I can vary the color of someones tie and shirt independently so I get tons and tons of variety. It really bugged me that I had such a limited choice of minister portraits for Democracy 2, because it made it really obvious how limited the game was in that area. I know it’s an indie game, but your chancellor shouldn’t use the same character sprite as you law and order minister right? :D

I know I have gone totally overboard on the complexity of this part of the game. I bet 95% of the players will assume I got 50 portraits done and picked them randomly, which may have made more sense from a code POV, and an art-asset integration POV. Coding the layering system, and splitting up and processing all the art has taken probably 2 days, and I still have 7 more varieties of male minister suits to add… Obviously that’s plus the artist time, and admin of dealing with that.


I do think they look pretty cool though, and I love randomly generated stuff, it has the rare ability to surprise the creator. The closeness to the original source artwork amuses me too. Occasionally I spot louise mench’s jawbone or george osbornes eyes here and there :D.


Evolution of democracy menu screens…

Just putting the final touches to the menu screen for Democracy 3, and thought it would be interesting to compare how it’s changed over time. I think the new one is the best :D




Democracy 3 new artwork starting to appear

I haven’t implemented any final GUI stuff yet, although the placeholder stuff I already have is looking soooo much better than before, but one thing I do have is the graphics for the voter types. Most of the groups have not actually changed since the last game, but that’s no excuse not to refresh things with some new graphics. It is a new game, after all. Here are some of the new voters you are going to have to please…