Monk Simulator

Monk Simulator is a game created for LudemDare47 with the theme "Loop".  Monk Simulator immerses you in the daily task of a monk such as watering plants, meditating, brewing beer. This game focuses on mindfulness and finding joy and peace in cyclicality. 

The player is given a daily checklist of chores that they are to complete.  When each task is completed a new chant is added to the background soundtrack. At the end of the day, the game resets, and you can do it all over again. 

CREDITS

Trento von Lindenberg: Producer, Programmer, Sound Designer

Amy Huo: Programmer, Composer

Sydney Ayers: VFX Artist,  3D Artist

Austin Garcia: 3D Artist

Special Thanks to Ian Craig, Jack Phillips, Nick Pacitto, and Carter Ayers for Gregorian Chanting.

Props

I was extremely excited doing prop creation for this game because this was the first time I used Maya for a game jam!  Turns out, I like Maya a TON more than blender. The work flow intuitively makes much more sense to me.  I am proud of my watering can and my pretzel models.  I also learned some Substance Painter for this game.  It took a little bit of time, but I figured out how to use blackmasks and smartmaterials to my advantage so I could really churn out textures.  

VFX

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Foliage

 Although most games just use programs like SpeedTree, sometimes it is still important to be able to create your own trees in a pinch.  I am proud that I created a tree that was pretty optimized!  Although most of this tree's creation went pretty smoothly, I did learn one quirk about Maya through this process.  Apparently, copy-paste and duplicate are very different in Maya.  Copy-paste creates a new texture for every copy.... this created quite a problem when I realized I had about 1,300 duplicate textures.  Lesson learned!

Candle

This candle was a fun little effect I did. I wanted it to look just slightly cartoon-y, but also fairly realistic.  The candle flickers just slightly, and has the different zones of a flame, including the little bit of blue at the bottom.  The monk had to put out the candle at the end of each day, so I needed a satisfying poof of smoke to appear.  I made it go fairly quickly out, yet also had it billowing upwards.  For both of these, I sat and watched videos of flames to dissect the parts of each effect.

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