My new project for SMILE GAME BUILDER is entitled Confluction. This is a working title only at the moment, and it might change during the course of its development, but it’s kind of sticking!
Confluction is an obsolete word for "confluence", the "coming or flowing together, meeting, or gathering at one point".
Our destinies are fixed, but we forge our own paths. We might make choices that cause us to stray from the path of Destiny and deviate from its course, but we’ll always return to it at some point. And that’s the subtext for the game.
Many events in the game are loosely based on events in my own life; I’ve taken certain creative liberties with them. The choices you make in life do matter!
Custom ModelsMost of the models are being custom-made for this game.
I’m aiming for high-texture models and assets, so this is what will probably take the longest time to create since I create many of them by hand.
The focus will be on most of the models first, then the game itself. And then most likely at that point, I’ll work on character animations as and when they’re needed. This will be the biggest challenge for me; I’m not good at animation.
So when it comes to the perfectionist in me, I’d want to make sure all animations are smooth and fit well with the game!
I now have a Subscribestar account.
Patrons (subscribers) will start benefiting from additional perks, including tier-specific Discord roles/titles, and unique content, game dev insights, exclusive content, such as demos, and more.
If you would like to support me there, either as a patron or donator, it would be greatly appreciated. All moneys will go towards several goals and will give an extra incentive to continue with the project.
I will try and update this more regularly, with more regular content and some patron-only content soon!
What About Relationship Sim?
The project I was working on before Confluction is Relationship Sim.
However, I decided to continue on THIS project first, and then resume with "RSim" when the new SGB is officially released to take advantage of some of its new features! (At the time of this post, no, I can’t say what those new features are outside of what SmileBoom has already announced publicly!)
Jacob Mann has offered a comprehensive tutorial on using Mixamo with Smile Game Builder’s popular B-Style characters. And the best thing about this method is also compatible with Unity when exported with the Exporter for Unity DLC.
Support Tool for Making FBX Motions Files with Blender
There is a useful and necessary tool, called TimeSpanEndFixTool (provided by SmileBoom). It’s at the very bottom of the page.
What this tool does is fixes the end frame limit of 60fps so longer animations don’t play to the end.
It might come as no surprise that creating animated character models for SMILE GAME BUILDER is one of the commonest questions asked.
While this in itself isn’t as complicated as it may seem at first, there are a number of rules you need to follow to successfully create and import character models into SGB, notably with bones and armature.
Jacob Mann has produced a video that comprehensively explains the process from start to finish on YouTube. It’s well worth watching if you’re a relative beginner and wish to create your own 3D characters.
Although there is a plethora of tutorials on armatures, many are for more general creation and don’t take into account SGB’s especial bone structure and format, which may lead to some weird, undesired effects in SGB itself. Jacob’s video is tailored specifically to SGB and makes it easy to understand how animations are created and how they work in Smile Game Builder.
The bookshelf and its modular books models have been resized to match the size of the default bookshelf. The narrower models didn’t look or feel right.
This will be a part of the Hi-Tex Furniture Pack, which is scheduled for release later this year. It’s been set as Vol. 2 of the Furniture pack. However, I’m considering releasing this as Vol. 1 instead of Vol. 2, as I’d like to remake the chairs and tables, basically a few adjustments to size and form.
The bookshelf and its modular books Smile Game Builder models have been resized to match the size of the default bookshelf. The narrower models didn’t look or feel right.
This will be a part of the Hi-Tex Furniture Pack, which is scheduled for release later this year. It has been set as Vol. 2 of the Furniture pack. However, I’m considering releasing this as Vol. 1 instead of Vol. 2, as I’d like to remake the chairs and tables, basically a few adjustments to size and form.
I’m in the process of revising and restructuring all of my furniture models, including creating more modular content specifically for the bookcases and tables.
The House Pack Vol. 1 for SMILE GAME BUILDER has been withdrawn. I’m in the process of revising this entire pack and its contents, and separating it into different categories:
- House Wall Terrains Pack (including Lintels)
- Furniture Pack (chairs, tables and bookcases, including modular decorations)
- Pictures Pack (various pictures and frames)
Individual packs and the bundle pack will be available on Itch.io and the online store, as well as other places.
These will be bundled into the newly revised House Pack Vol. 1 and, as a thank you, anyone who already purchased the asset pack will receive the bundle for free.
Note: I’m still not sure that I trust Itch enough to sell through them, but we shall see what happens.
As it stands right now, the current totals in my SMILE GAME BUILDER Hi-Tex assets range stands at:
- 137 Ground Terrains, including variations.
- 284 House Wall Terrains (Stucco, Red Brick, Orange Brick and Stone).
- 3 Lintel Models, based on the House Wall Terrains.
- 42 Chair Normal and Cushioned Models (Mahogany, Oak and Pine).
- 3 Square Table Models (Mahogany, Oak and Pine).
During August, I will continue working on them, tweaking and improving them, before final release some time in September. And I’ll be adding more before release.
As I mentioned before, those who already purchased the House Pack Vol. 1 will receive the new house wall terrains and models for free as a thank you!
The SMILE GAME BUILDER Hi-Tex House Pack – Furniture: Chairs is in development. Textures from left to right are: Mahogany, Oak and Pine.
For each type, there will be 5 variations: Normal, Overturned (Backwards), Overturned (Forwards), and Ruined. And 5 cushioned versions as well.
I have no release date set yet. They will go on my online store. (If the problems at Itch can be resolved, there too.)
These are some models I’ve been working on for Smile Game Builder as part of the new Hi-Tex Furniture Pack. There will be matching chairs and cabinets too. This will then be released as a full pack some time in the near future.
These will NOT be available on Itch.io (especially after what they did). Instead, I’m working on an online store.