Sunday, November 29, 2015
The Gathering will open on December 1st. Please be sure to accept the dialogue box that says "do you accept being in Bryn Oh's experience?" or something like that because.. well.. it's more fun if you do. It simply allows the rolling balls to kill you and send you back to the start of the sim as well as give me access to your credit card information, your webcam, your Granny's phone number and your deepest secret.. ok not the latter bits but just the rolling ball thing. I quite understand automatically declining any box that pops up as I regularly do it myself. It is this irrational go away box! reaction
So this new build is kind of an experimental one where I have been testing out some ideas but still trying to keep it cohesive. In a notecard at the end I explain a bit where some of the ideas came from, and as you can see with these two images the Gathering story came from converting some pen and ink drawings that I did into 3D scenes. I had received a commission to do pen and ink illustrations for a coffee table book based on my paintings but I had actually barely did any pen and ink before. So I had to learn how to do it. I studied the works of John Tenniel, George Cruikshank, Van Gogh's lovely drawings and others including Edward Gorey. And these pen and ink illustrations were what I did to learn the techniques, but I really loved the final ones and wanted to do something with them.. so here it is. Pen and ink using a nib is a difficult yet very rewarding way to illustrate. You have an ink pot and dip your pen in to get a bit of india ink, then spend hours putting in little markings creating the sense of depth in light and dark. Then after two hours you drop a big blob of ink right in the middle by accident, swear like a sailor and then start over. Anyway I hope you will enjoy the machinima and build.
Monday, November 23, 2015
|An evening walk|
would have to accept and so on over and over down the hallway with each painting. With an experience you essentially give permission at the very start to always accept without needing to be asked repeatedly. Those dialogue boxes break the immersion in a work so experiences are great for removing those unfortunate barriers to becoming immersed in a virtual narrative or environment.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Last night I fell asleep on the couch with the lobby
cam channel on. I am a sentimental fool, I wanted to
see Fern one last time to say goodbye. I picked up the
TV remote to turn it off and there she was. She came in
and opened her mailbox. She peered inside, found nothing
as usual, then closed the door. I watched her look down
to her letters on the table and hesitate. With the
appearance of being defeated, Fern slowly picked up a
letter and I can see on her cheek a tear to match the one
I shed last night. She lifted the letter and for the first
time I could read the address on the envelope.
555 Gladstone Avenue,
and in big black letters ... MOVED
I watched her open the letter and the mystery that
eluded me for so long became clear.
"Oh dear Fern, you don't have anyone to talk to. You are so alone and live through the discarded letters of someone who has moved away. You hold the leftovers of a full life and pretend they are your own.
Well Fern is what I call you.
I know this letter is destined to fail, for how can it not?
It is addressed to a lady who has moved away, yet meant
for the girl who secretly reads her mail. I decided though,
wonder to myself what may have been.
What I am about to tell you must surely convince you
that I am crazy, or that you are the recipient of an elaborate joke. Either way I wouldn't blame you in the least should you throw this letter away never to respond.
Eyes you have never laid upon me, nor have we ever
spoken. In fact we are 3,000 kilometers apart.
Yet despite this, I think that I am in love with you.
Please let me explain...
And so ends the story for Lobby Cam. The toymaker has decided to write to Fern and try to explain everything that has happened. One side of him feels that he should just stop watching her and try to move on. That he has imagined a connection to Fern. Another, winning side, has convinced him that, though perhaps inappropriate, he would try to contact Fern and see what happens. He knows that she may well be alarmed and never respond and in fact he expects that. Placing himself in her position he is not sure that he would respond either, but he also knows that if he does not try then he will always wonder what may have happened.
The story ends here but for those who are persistent, then there is more. For those who have collected all the diary entries and also found five parts along the right side of the hud (with no explanation of their purpose whatsoever) then they can do one final thing. If, over the course of exploring, they have clicked on the pen and ink, paper, found a stamp and now Ruth's address. If they have those and have also found the blank envelope in the red toolbox... well they have all the parts to
At the end of the story he says "Please let me explain..." and this is where you continue from. It is as I said a very difficult letter to write. How do you not come across as creepy? I read one from a German fellow not long ago and he said essentially "I have been watching you secretly on a video camera in your lobby, I have been doing this for a long time and I have fallen in love with you. I want to marry you and spend our life together... I have decided to tell you this is person though so I have taken a train to where you live and once you have finished reading this letter turn to the door and you will see me there" now for this one I replied but there was no need to as Fern wouldn't have time to reply as he said he was in the lobby with her... but I did anyway and said that she was going to call the police and had a big can of mace with his name on it. I had to be ruthless haha. I was more gentle with people whose first language was not English. I think he felt he had written something romantic but the reality is that it would be extremely disturbing to be in that situation. So as I said it was a great challenge for the visitor to write something that made Fern want to reply and I will post a few letters to Fern in the next post.