To wave or not to wave….

Sitting here at the Revision and working on improvements and new stuff.

Things accomplished so far :

  1. Open water tile
  2. Fish
  3. Waves for all water tiles
  4. Removed the waves.
  5. Added some wavy stuff on the left and right side

Removed the tiles? Why? Because they look bad. See for yourself…


I drew some wavy stuff on the sides and also added a fish.



Sometimes you create something, take a look at it later again.. and discover that you messed it up. In this case, it was about tiles not matching. The different color areas need to be properly aligned. The picture below shows the outer tiles all having the darker area taking 14-15 Pixels and the lighter taking the rest. Do not ask me why I did not go for 16/16.


The middle tiles, however, have got bigger dark color areas ( up to 17 pixels ). This lead to the following:


Next point on my list was variety. Done that. Added top, bottom and corner tiles up from 26 to a total of  50 different tiles.


New cactus!

The old cactus is really bad. It does not match the perspective and in that way looks like it is just attached to the background like a fridge magnet to the .. fridge.  Furthermore, it does not use the new color palette.

The new one is on the left. If that is not obvious I might have done something wrong…


Colors and tiles

I mixed a lot of colors into my palette which made it harder to create harmonizing graphics. After reading a bit about the right connections within color palettes I came up with the following:


Next, it was time to go for the tileset. At the beginning of the project, my idea was to use the floor tiles, chests and barrels from Michele Bucelli’s cute dungeon tileset on   opengameart ( he is doing really neat stuff!)  and extend it to fit my needs. My saloon was already using the same palette and showed me that 16 by 16 pixels per tile might be too small for what I am up to. The base character made clear that it is too small.

The conclusion was… recreate the floor tiles at a bigger scale. 32 by 32 pixels. The result is far from perfect but a good start. A lot is missing: more tiles to bring in variation, skulls and bones, some plants – and I don’t mean the bad cactus  – and something like cart tracks, paths and crashed alien vessels … 😉