Developing Tutoria for Live-Streams

Smile Game Builder - Tutoria: Developing A Live-Stream Game
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What Is Tutoria?

As many of you already know, I started live-streaming SMILE GAME BUILDER on YouTube, specifically for developing Tutoria, the lands in which the game takes place.

Tutoria Basic Map - SMILE GAME BUILDER
Tutoria Basic Map – SMILE GAME BUILDER

Tutoria is a vast land mass sitting in the centre of the Primeval Ocean (a bit like Pangea before it shifted into the continents we know today).

It’s divided into two supercontenents: Aetios, the frigid ice-bound tundra in the north, and Kryuth, comprising more temperate climates in the south and the sweltering desert regions farther south and east.

Connecting them is a man-made bridge in the east, referred to simply as the Crossing, and an isthmus in the west known as the Dragon’s Causeway. The capital of Kryuth is Ancieryth and Aetios’s capital city is Cloverleaf.

The above image provides a very basic layout of what Tutoria is meant to look like. Details will inevitably change as development continues throughout the live-streams and the map itself might change over time. (The map was created on Inkarnate, an online map creator. You do need an account to use it, but you can still make some useful maps even with the Free version; the Pro version isn’t that badly priced either.)

The Purpose of Tutoria

The basic idea behind Tutoria – and the purpose of the live-streams on YouTube – is to create a game from start to finish (however long it takes) and then to post-process it in Unity so that it can then be downloaded and played by all.

It isn’t a serious attempt at game making! It’s simply to create a game over the course of one- or two-hour streams for others to watch. And that’s it!

As I develop Tutoria during the live-streams, I’ll also revisit some of my older video tutorials and bring them more up-to-date. Plus I’ll demonstrate how to create some of the graphics for the game, including icons, effects, and so on. This essentially makes it a tutorial live-stream with the end-goal of a completed game.

Incidentally, Sana of SmileBoom suggested the name "Tutoria" some time ago because I initially wanted to create a series of videos dedicated to creating a short game in SMILE GAME BUILDER based on my tutorials. And it stuck! Hence why it’s so named now.

Giveaways!

During live-streams I’ll be giving away free stuff! Everyone likes free stuff, right?

This could be anything from Title screens to Game Over screens to assets that I create. In last week’s stream, I gave away a Title screen of a nice fairy sitting on a toadstool in a fairy ring.

In the beginning, these giveaways will be sporadic, pretty much as and when I feel like it, but over time, they’ll become a regular feature for all the Tutoria streams. I’ll usually announce this on Twitter and Facebook.

The rules for receiving these freebies (as they become available) are:

  • You must say "Hi!" during the live-stream (even if you say nothing else).
  • After the live-stream, you must contact me on Twitter or Facebook, or in Discord, with the name you used during the stream.
  • You must NOT use them in anything but SMILE GAME BUILDER.
  • You must NOT share them with anyone else or on any other website. (Of course, you can still use them in your games if you want to.)

That’s it!

A final note about the giveaways: In time, these free assets will make their way in packs on the Gnome Treasure online store and Itch.io. So if you want free copies you can collect them in the live-streams only!

Tutoria Live-Streaming Schedule

Live-streams for Tutoria were initially scheduled for Fridays. I had to fit this into my shifts at work. Now that they’ve changed slightly to Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, however, it makes it easier to work with as far as game development as a whole is concerned.

Starting this weekend, I’m rescheduling these live-streams for Sundays because, being the weekend, and based on the feedback I’ve also received, this seems to be a more convenient slot for a people to attend.

Smile Game Builder Monthly Digest – November 2017

Smile Game Builder Monthly Digest November 2017
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This is the first in a new series of videos, the Monthly Digest, which showcases various Smile Game Builder related things – from assets to websites to games.

November 2017 Monthly Digest Video

Featured In This Video

This showcases a number of useful websites, assets and tutorials for you to utilize in your own projects:

Links Mentioned

Jackson Meira

Facebook
Modular Package Collection
Patreon
Free Assets SGB Website
Jackson’s YouTube Channel

Halloween Horror/Pumpkin Hunt Mini-Game

Demo Download
Video Walkthough

SorynStream’s Time System

Time System Overview
Soryn’s Time System Tutorial

3D-Dimensional Shop Models

3-Dimensional Shop
Soryn’s Simple Tutorial for Making 3D Models SGB Ready

December 2017 Monthly Digest

From next month, future Monthly Digests will be uploaded on the last Sunday/Monday of the month or, in case of holidays or work, some time during the last week of the month.

In next month’s Digest, I’ll be featuring some more of Jackson’s amazing assets, SorynStream’s new mini-game, and several other things. The topics may change, of course, but I’m trying for a variety of different SGB related subjects every month.

Skyrim Styled Book Reading Experiment

Skyrim Styled Books - Events Test
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This is just a short post to show an experimental technique I’ve been working on, a Skyrim styled book-reading routine I recently put on Facebook.

The idea is to flip through the pages using the LEFT and RIGHT arrows to read the book’s contents, and then close the book with the CANCEL key.

There are two styles you can use:

  • Single Book – Read a single book and flip through its pages.
  • Multiple Books – Select the book you want to read and cycle through the pages of each.

The tutorial for this will be uploaded some time this month!

Smile Game Builder Tutorial #31: Battle System

Smile Game Builder Tutorial 031: Battle System
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This is an overview tutorial on Smile Game Builder‘s Battle System. Much of this is straightforward, but I’ve also included some of my own thoughts and insights on battles as a whole and how everything is put together.

Tutorial Video

The topics covered are:

Otherworld SGB: Through the Veil

As mentioned in the video, this is the first look at my project Otherworld: Through the Veil for SGB. This will only be a short game before I move onto the next project I have in mind.

Jacob’s 3D Art

Also shown in the video are Jacob Mann’s Alien and Drone characters, so I’d like to give him a shout here. He’s currently working on a modular dungeon for Smile Game Builder, which looks absolutely awesome!

Next Tutorials

The next tutorials will go through some of the older ones and update them with better techniques, such as doors, and finishing the multi-part ones I did. I’m not sure the order yet, but there are at least three. That said, this may change depending on suggestions and inspiration.

Smile Game Builder Assets Roundup (January 2017)

SGB Assets - Thumbnail
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Now that Smile Game Builder has been out for a while, a number of modelers have been busy creating assets. I thought I’d showcase some of them, so here are a few of the more recent assets for January 2017:

House Builder PackChinese New Year PackComical Cowboy Pack

House Builder Pack

Jackson Meira is a talented modeler who has been producing some incredible free assets for SGB. One of these is the House Builder Pack, which enables to build your own stylized houses from precreated "template" models.

The pack contains three parts, each one jam-packed with models, which can be downloaded from his website. And check out his other models while you’re there. One of my favorites is the Balloon!

To keep up-to-date with Jackson’s works, including his upcoming SCI-FI Pack, you can subscribe to the Free Assets SGB page on Facebook.

Be sure to support him on his Patreon page as well. He creates these amazing models for free and, in my opinion, deserves some support for his dedication.

Chinese New Year Pack

Created by Cdaz, this free pack was created to celebrate the Chinese New Year and contains 8 Chinese dishes and 4 furniture models.

For more details, including the download link, visit its Steam page.

Comical Cowboy Pack

Also by Cdaz is this Western styled asset pack and it contains plenty of assets for you to use.

This pack contains:

  • 11 outdoor building assets
  • 8 interior furniture assets
  • 13 decoration assets
  • 3 doors assets
  • 3 Food & Drink assets
  • 9 Weapon assets

And that’s not all! To see exactly what this pack contains, visit its Steam page, where you can download it.

Smile Game Builder Tutorial #11:
Controlling the Camera

Smile Game Builder Tutorial 011: Controlling the Camera
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Camera Control is a new function available for Smile Game Builder. With it, you’re able to use cameras to create some stunning effects, such as for cut scenes and map panning.

Also in this tutorial is a quick event setup to allow you to view conversations from the first-person perspective, switching between characters as they talk. Read More…