Cairn’s Music

Hey everybody,

We have decided to showcase some of the music that will be included in Cairn. When we started talking about which way to go with the music, lots of different ideas and concepts were brought up. We wanted the music to have the epic and catchy elements of a soundtracks like Warcraft 2, but we also wanted it to have a more aggressive, militaristic, feeling like Command and Conquer.

After some arguing, brain storming and a few sound tests we decided to go for an orchestral score with a heavy dose of metal guitar. Here are a few tracks and I hope you enjoy them!

Embalming War Z

image source: PC World.

Recently the developers of the videogame War Z marketed their game on Steam with a bunch of false attributes that the game just plain doesn’t have. Among these claims there’s the boasting that the games areas are around 100 to 400 square kms (areas?, plural?, there is only 1 map that is only 72 square kms), that their servers allowed for a larger amount of people than it did at launch and that the game included gameplay mechanics that never existed in the game.  Including a hardcore mode and having skill purchasing mechanics, both of these exist in many other games, just not War Z.

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Enjoy a little combat

I finally got around to upload some work in progress videos.

First off is our grunt combat. These are a few of our finished sprites smashing each other to bits and just showing our combat engine off. I walk through our different stances that a unit can be placed into also. Youtube thought it would be a good idea to add some extra light to this video so it’s a little bright.

The second video shows off the special attacks of two of our Slayers. They are not finished sprites, but the special abilities are fully functional. We have some buffing abilities, a summoning ability, a charge attack, a ranged area of effect, an instant area of effect, and one that adds special damage to the slayers weapon.

Hope you enjoy!

Meet the team! – José Mora Jiménez, music and sound

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, my name is José Mora-Jiménez and I’m the one in charge of making the music and sounds for Cairn.

I’ve been writing modern classical music for about ten years and I since more recent times I’ve been also writing music for games and other media. You can check my works and bio here: http://www.musicvortex.nl/ and here http://www.josemorajimenez.com/

I started working in the game since last April. When I first had contact with the team and we discussed about the musical direction of the project, I was very pleased to hear that I was going to be able to freely mix two of my all time favorite music styles: Orchestral Music and Metal!

I hope to be sharing some of the music I’ve made for the game very soon, I would also be telling you more about the process of writing the music.

Keeping Inspired

Last night I spent 6 hours coding the layout of buttons and the logic associated with level ups, ability points, and managing them, and then decided that the path I was taking needs to be thrown away completely and re-factor the rest.  This isn’t the first time something seems brilliant on paper, but begins to fall apart when it’s out of the gate.  This one was especially annoying though and it really made me think about whether all the sacrifice is worth it.  All the late nights, frustrating bugs, and slow progress adds up.

Today thoughts of condensed unit descriptions and more detailed special abilities dance in my head as the advantages of my gut wrenching decision settles in.  We have been working on Cairn for just over a year, we have hopes for beta testing this month, and we have almost another year of development ahead of us.  Sometimes it feels like trying to empty a lake with a spoon.  Yet here I am editing descriptions, writing pseudo code, and preparing to get back in and knock it out.

I want the game to succeed and I want to make money, but I know that both of those things may not be in our future.  All I know for sure is that we are going to release an amazing strategy game and it will stand as a love letter to all the real time strategy games of old.  The idea of having a game that can stand along side Myth: The Fallen Lords, Warcraft 2 and 3, and so many other great RTS games that have kept me entertained when I was young and keep me inspired today.

I think that’s enough rant for one day.

Terrain concept art!

 

Hey everyone, Petunio here for another Art Update on Cairn.

So one thing is the units we are making for the game, another is the tiling that will go under the units. Originally we were working with another artist on the tiles, and for the most part his tiling skills were pretty good, but the contrast between what he did and the units in the game was a bit lacking, partially because he was working the terrain tiles without knowing how the units would look like.

I offered to do the tiles since I thought I could do a much better worklooking for the right contrast between units and terrain since they would both be developed by the same person (The Petunio, that is).

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Embalmit plays “Victoria 1 Complete”

A modern lady, Vicky sure knows where it’s at.

Before Victoria was complete she used to be just “Victoria: Empire Under the Sun“. The Complete part is just that game and the expansion pack (Revolutions). This is part of the many, many Paradox Grand Strategy game titles. This one takes place within the years 1836 to 1920, and allows you to take control of any of the countries of the era and go though all of the main events of the time. The micromanagement intensive gameplay, though hard to learn, becomes very addictive in no time.

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