A Small Update. Also, Our team and some folks from LambdaGen have started a petition to bring Gunman Chronicles to Steam and an interview with Herb Flower, the creator of the original Gunman Chronicles. :D
Posted by NukeMind on Apr 10th, 2012
UPDATE ON DEVELOPMENT
The team is currently taking a short break. When I have time, I'm working on the Soundtrack and dialogue. We have a new mapper, but we need to get our maps planned out. I have personally started working on a few maps, only to find that they were too much to-scale with the original. It seems a bit if re-design is quite necessary, including expansion, etc. I'm planning to do this in paper first. When the team gets back, I think we're gonna follow Herb Flower's advice. From there a proper, organised schedule will be launched. I've been having trouble in Pro Tools, so I'm gonna need to do more trial and error stuff with the soundtrack. I'm constantly running into difficulties and all, so it's not gonna be as easy as I thought (It's a 25 Track Soundtrack). We've got a bit of media and models floating around, but I think most of us feel that we've got a long way to go before we have something we feel is perfect enough to have in the final thing, so for the time being we're going to refrain from posting stuff that is almost definitely subject to perpetual modification. So that's the bad news about major media updates for the time being, but you can count on me posting something now and then.
GUNMAN STEAM PETITION
Many of you may not be aware of the fact that upon the release of Gunman Chronicles, it's rights were immediately purchased by Valve. They have released their complete collection of back-catalog games on Steam, but for whatever reason have neglected to do the same for Gunman Chronicles, even after WON was shut down in 2005, dooming Gunman's multiplayer. Being out of print, obtaining a copy of Gunman Chronicles is quite difficult today. In a recent interview with Herbert Flower (Project lead of the original Gunman), even he found himself perplexed at what possible reason Valve could have to not release Gunman on Steam. For that very reason, our team and I, as well as some of the fine people from Lambda Generation, have set about creating a petition aimed at asking Valve to do just that; resurrect the legendary Gunman Chronicles on Steam. This cannot be done without YOUR help, so I appeal to all fellow Gunman fans to play your part in bringing this brilliant game from a dark abyss into the light. You can find the petition by searching on the Steam Community for; 'Petition: Bring Gunman Chronicles Back'. You can also find it in my group list (I'm 'Nuclear Mind' on Steam), or alternatively, and preferably, I'll just give you a link XD :
The Group acts as a petition. Please Join. Remember that by doing so, not only could we bring Gunman officially to Steam, we would get proper Gunman multiplayer and community back.
HERB FLOWER INTERVIEW
You may be wondering about this interview that I've mentioned, so i'll get right to it. Herb Flower was the project lead for the original Gunman Chronicles and the head of Rewolf, until it became defunct. He currently owns a videogame company called Mythyn Interactive, who are currently developing a game called LinkRealms. Anyway, I've recently contacted him in hopes of asking some questions for our Mod Project, and he happily agreed. Here's how it went:
In Gunman Chronicles, it is of note that the game shares quite a variety of different themes. Were there any major inspirations for the game, and if so, could you tell us about them?
Hehe, to be quite honest, most of our settings existed because we enjoyed making the different settings. At first there was no master plan, actually. We just wanted to see what could be done.
Throughout Gunman's development, how many people in total worked on the
I'm going to say about 12 people did important work on the game. 3 important programmers, 1 main 3D modeler, 2 texture people, 1 main soundguy, and from there it was a lot of mapping people, music etc.
Can you recommend any specific approach that would help us in developing our Mod?
That's a very good question. Hum. I have an idea. If I were doing what you are doing, I'd pick a favorite map and concentrate only on recreating it in the new engine. Upgrading terrain and monsters. That would give you an idea of your team's skill level and how much time it'll take. Of course skill level increases with practice. Most of my guys were freakin' awesome by the time the project was over.
One thing we could never decide about is whether Gunman was set in thedistant future, or a parallel reality. Could you help us settle this once and for all?
Future for sure.
Did Rewolf ever plan for a sequel to Gunman Chronicles? Was such apossibility ever discussed?
Yes it was discussed. We had considered a PVP-only project along the lines of Team Fortress/Counter-Strike also, using the new engine. We also had another game idea for an FPS of a ship that crashes on a very alien world. Of course, what I didnt expect was that all of the guys got their game developer creds from Gunman and decided to go get paycheck job instead of continuing on the entrepreneur path with me. So it all ended.
Could you tell us about any features, story-line, concepts, characters, enemies etc which were cut from the final game?
There were more xenomes planned. But to be honest, not much was actuallybuilt and then discarded. Just stuff we didn't have time to add.
Is there any specific Gunman Backstory you could elaborate on?
No back story that wasnt presented in the game. Obviously it haspotential: The story of how the AI got left on the rusty moon. More aboutthe General and the scientists.
Considering Valve currently owns Gunman Chronicles, why haven't theyreleased it on Steam?
Quite honestly I've wondered about that myself! It wouldn't be much work.I know I get a few crashes on my modern computer but I'm sure they couldwork those out. Probably already have.
That's about it. One more thing, a long-shot, we wanted to ask you about; is there any way you could show us some of the concept art or plot details or plans from the original game? We wanted to have a glimpse of how Gunman was originally designed, for we have very little to go from. Even some concept pictures would do. If this is not possible, don't worry about it, we were just wondering.
Okay, here's the big thing about Gunman's actual art: Almost all of the texturing was done by using sculpey clay, sculpting thetexture ( Rock, metal pipes, monster skins etc) and photographing it andthen making it wrap with photoshop etc. We always called it pizza-boxtechnology since at first the textures were built on cardboard (latermasonite). I airbrushed the color on them and used various paintingtechniques. Sometimes we'd drop some sand on the stone etc. I rarely usethat technique these days but I consider it great for certainapplications. I can tell you more about that later if you want.
*End of Interview*
Not bad, huh? Herb was very enthusiastic about this interview, personally I think his answers were interesting and honest.
We are currently in desperate need of:
BUT; If you feel you can help us in anyway, whether it be Mapping or Modelling or Coding or Concept Art or Writing or whatever, ANYTHING that you think could benefit our project, please feel free to email: email@example.com. For additional info on the project, please feel free to email: firstname.lastname@example.org
DON'T FORGET TO SIGN THE PETITION!! :D