My name is Chris and I am the director, producer and lead designer at Team Craft Games Ltd. Leaving a career in high street banking Chris enrolled at Salford University to pursue a passion for video game design. Chris graduated with a first class honours B.Sc. in Computer and Video Game Design, it was during the last year of this process that the TCGames development team was established. Chris now leads the team currently producing their first title Velisia: A Traitors Legacy, the. As well as managing the daily operations at the TCGames studio situated at the Sharp Complex Manchester, he is also deeply involved with the design and development cycle of the games produced by the team.

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ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Jan 25 2012, 10:43am replied:

In laymans terms theres a number of ways to build an engine but they all generally do involve coding if you want it to do anything exciting or differant.

You can use engines like Unity that have alot of the work on the engine/editor already done for you, but its still extremely editable and can be used to make practically any game or you can create your own engine from the ground up which is what we have done. Engines around 10,000 lines of code and the editors a little more I am told, in hind sight it was a massive project for a team with one programmer.

+1 vote     game: Velisia
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Jan 17 2012, 7:14am replied:

I'd have to check with my programmer to be 100% certain but i'm pretty sure localized versions of the client are quite achieveable with some time and effort.

+1 vote     game: Velisia
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Jan 12 2012, 9:42am replied:

We'd love to see this also, however scope and time frames of the project will mean this is quite a bit beyond our capabilitys at this time.

+3 votes     game: Velisia
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Jan 12 2012, 9:41am says:

So who is going to be our 100th Watcher!

+2 votes     game: Velisia
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Dec 9 2011, 9:58pm replied:

Going to have to admit, I don't really follow hehe.

All the Main Game Map Sprites and Combat Animation Sprites are pre-rendered, the only none pre-rendered art for the characters is in the UI.

The backgrounds for both gameplay screens (map and combat) are all 2d hand drawn (or well thats a lie some are 3d models rendered out) but the majority are 2d. Is this what you mean by making it all 3d models?

I'm not really sure what benefit it would have to be honest, by the time the 2d artist has textured them they look like they have been drawn in 2d anyway. The only perk of us using a 3d model is so that we can swing it around and render it from lots of angles for items we reuse several times.

Or I could be completely missing what your trying to tell me :-)

+2 votes     article: Enemy Faction Preview - The Grunts
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Dec 9 2011, 9:45pm replied:

Seems I missed this comment completely so firstly appolgises for the late reply and the UI isn't great I know. James and Andy our artists are working on a new one I believe and the text is tempory until we decide on one that we want to purchase.

I do like the idea of lowering the opacity however, will probably give that a whirl and see what it looks like. Cheers

+1 vote     media: Screenshots of New Combat Engine
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Dec 9 2011, 6:49pm replied:

Thanks Mike, the models are used to make the sprite sheets for the 2d stuff but unfortunately as we don't have a 3D game engine thats about the best we can do. For a future project we will perhaps look at something like Unity ect, as the prospect of writing a full 3d engine with a single programmer just isn't viable for a game of any real scope.

+2 votes     article: Enemy Faction Preview - The Grunts
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Dec 1 2011, 9:28am replied:

Not free, but not overly pricey either!

+4 votes     game: Velisia
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Nov 30 2011, 5:21pm says:

This time it really is the Riflemans Video! appolgises for the mix up last time around. Comments and Feedback as always most welcome and encouraged.

+2 votes     article: Rifleman - Ability Spotlight
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Nov 28 2011, 10:34am replied:

News now fixed with correct text with correct video, what a novel idea ehy? :-)

+1 vote     article: Healer Ability Spotlight
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Nov 18 2011, 5:57am says:

Somewhat of an error on my part, uploaded the wrong video! this one would be for Lilah Brightmore the Healer appolgises! the Rifleman Video will be released shortly along with a full description of the Healers abilities. Sorry for the mix up but for now just enjoy this video!

+2 votes     article: Healer Ability Spotlight
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Nov 7 2011, 6:59am says:

Love the concept, its something i'd hoped a big studio would sink their teeth into for a long time. You said the management side is abit like X-COM, will it have the long/grand campaign feel also? Is recapturing a city a big project? they are quite large or just a few of those gameplay screens you've shown?

+1 vote     game: Rise of the Infected
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Nov 1 2011, 6:40am says:

Feedback on both the new combat engine and the duelist character or his abilities would be most welcome!

+2 votes     article: Video Preview: Duelist Character & Combat Engine Revamp
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Oct 2 2011, 8:02pm replied:

"Im sorry, i was a loyal fan when this was free, you guys turned around made this cost money for a product that should by all means be free."

Why... should it be free exactly? because you want it to be free or because of some real reason? The guys who developed this game have poured months (years?) of their time into it and god forbid they want some reward for it. This sort of "Mods" should be free nonsence is what ensures that all mods remain bug ridden monsters, rather than develop into full products (Counterstrike/TFC etc).

+1 vote     game: Nuclear Dawn
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Sep 30 2011, 10:47am replied:

Thanks for the feedback Boogie, we have indeed made efforts to blend the map assets with the actors and buildings that are placed on top. The bottom image of the characters on the road is quite an old image from the University course build of the game, about six months ago now.

I think we've managed to blend them alittle better now so i've remade (to the best I could what the changes to the game levels) that scene to see what you think. Moddb.com

+1 vote     article: Hero Spotlight: Tyrus Rathbourne
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Sep 30 2011, 6:35am says:

Content Out of Date - For up to date material on the duelist please check out the Hero Spotlight: Marcus Stannard news article.

+1 vote     article: Meet the Duelist
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Sep 30 2011, 6:24am says:

That's should read www.teamcraftgames.com not sure who these teamgraft guys are but they are definitely not making Velisia.

While we are at it, what do you think of the new art style and the direction we are taking Velisia? some feedback would be well received!

Chris

+2 votes     article: Hero Spotlight: Tyrus Rathbourne
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Aug 30 2011, 12:30pm replied:

Not the most exciting release ever I must admit, but for completion value I thought the poor town folk of Velisia should get their moment of fame.

The next major update will have a full set of Marcus's animations compiled into a video to show the new combat engine and a more details on hero customisation, starting with a full breakdown of how you can specialise Marcus's archtype the duelist into four new pathes.

+2 votes     media: Velisian Citizen
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Aug 27 2011, 8:59pm says:

Any questions or issues with use please post them here and we will do our best to get back to you asap.

Alternative e-mail us at contact@teamcraftgames.com for a more prompt reply.

+3 votes     download: Sprite Sheet Stitcher v3
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Aug 27 2011, 9:41am says:

When I last posted here TCGames was a collection of students finishing their last year at University and Velisia was the main submission for that degree course. Since TCGames and the Velisia project has been picked up by a publisher Merge Games, with the added investment of an established indie game developer SmashMouthGames assisting in the completion of the project.

We are now aiming to have the product ready for release in Q4 2011 in its new and improved format.

+3 votes     game: Velisia
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Aug 26 2011, 6:55am says:

Looks pretty cool, nice retro title

+1 vote     article: First Gameplay Video!
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson May 17 2011, 12:43pm says:

That kind of is up in the air at the moment, that date was originally laid out when we had no expectations for Velisia. During development and production we have found outside interest in the project we never expected or dreamed off and it may push the development into a direction of full retail release.

This may push back the release date, i'll naturally keep people as informed as possible, but as I say its all abit up in the air at the moment as we discuss things with several differant parties.

Chris

+1 vote     article: Velisia - Closed Beta and Progress Report 6
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson May 7 2011, 11:23am says:

Yes appolgises for the delays on getting a beta released for testing, this was partly due to a change in what we where going to release. The beta we put out for testing will be much more polished and playable, it should offer a better insight to the game and be far more enjoyable. Plus the information gathered from it will be far more useful in terms of game balance/fixing final bugs towards the final game build.

Stick with us, in the next day or so you should see a full game trailer and perhaps some other gameplay clips, followed very shortly by a closed beta.

Chris

+2 votes     article: Velisia - Progress Report 5 featuring Game Intro Cutscene
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Apr 29 2011, 5:37pm says:

Cheers, a few issues still such as all the guards doing their idle animation at exactly the same time (like above). We've made them a number of differant idle animations each and will randomise when/which they use them to make them as less clonely as possible.

+1 vote     media: Velisia Gameplay Images
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Apr 26 2011, 9:13pm says:

A paper GDD indeed, naturally the working document for the final build is a digital one, but I'm affaird UK Universities have yet to adept to the modern age of digital and a hard copy submission is required for all documentation. That said we put quite abit of effort into making them look pritty and read well, so they are all nice portfolio peices going forward.

+2 votes     media: Velisia Design Documents
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Apr 19 2011, 8:48am replied:

A Unique Voice! well better than a borring one then I guess :-)

Just had a look at Fire Emblem as I must confess i'd never played it, I can see where your coming from in terms of the "action" in the way they hit each other and stuff. We originally where going to have the sprites fighting on the game map but made the choice to go for the comic styled animation clips to push away from the likes of Final Fantasy Tactics.

Being judged aginst Nintendo Kyoto will do me though! I'll inform Mike he needs to shape up his animations if hes going to bring the Nintendo empire crashing down.

Cheers for the Feedback

+4 votes     game: Velisia
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Apr 14 2011, 3:11pm says:

Looks nice, how long did this take?

+1 vote     media: Examples of work
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Apr 12 2011, 7:02pm replied:

Hey Andy, theres some what of a gameplay video up now, although its not the greatest, we kinda killed the AI when trying to fix the turn system.

As for the presentations, I think they will be on the 9th of May, but can't say that with 100% authority yet, i'll let you know when I know for sure.

+3 votes     game: Velisia
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Mar 28 2011, 6:40pm says:

Played this today during a focus testing session. Its really good fun, at the moment it is tuned for perhaps the more hardcore players, but I really think thats where these game fits. There was talk about making it easyer for players, and sure you may attract more casual players but you also alienate those who want a game to be challanging, making a hard but functional game is an awful lot more difficult than making something thats easy, brainless and unrewarding to complete.

I love it as it is, I strongly urge you to not tweak it too much just because half of that focus group clearly hadn't put in there hours on Mario as kids :-).

Chris Wilson

+1 vote     game: Wade: Lost and Confused
ChrisWilson
ChrisWilson Mar 27 2011, 10:14pm says:

Wahay! About time :-)

Do like the werewolf model, certainly not generic which isn't a bad thing far too many copy and paste werewolfs around. Lets see some more content!

Chris

+1 vote     mod: Operation Wolfheart
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