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MocOlympics round 2, Gabriel Thomson vs. T.K. : 8-bit computer game scene
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The catagory that T.K and I were given was:
8 bit Computer Game Scene: Build a scene from an old 8 bit computer game (those were the ones in 2D, look it up if youre not sure). But dont do it as a mosaic, build it in 3D as a little dio or vig.

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Link to the entry of my esteemed opponent, T.K. Go check it out! :)

I found this a very difficult catagory to build for. I am not much of a gamer, and certainly wasn't in the 80's as my mother didn't approve of such frivolities as television, let alone gaming platforms. :/ However, I was a mad keen D&Der in primary school, so when reviewing the 8-bit games of the 80's, I thought of Final Fantasy 1 as a game that I certainly would have played back then, had I the chance to.

For those who don't know, Final Fantasy was a game created by Hironobu Sakaguchi and developed by Square in the mid to late 80's. It was released in 1987 and was pretty much the last roll of the dice for Sakaguchi to break into the gaming industry. Had it flopped, he would have quit Square and returned to uni. However, it became a roaring success that spawned a long line of Final Fantasy games (they are up to 14 now), many of which have different charecters and plotlines, something that makes it rather hard for the gaming novice (that's me) to work out what is going on.

As I had never played Final Fantasy 1 before, I relied on screencaps to get the hang of the visual forms and ideas. I also came across the web comic 8-bit theatre during my research, and read the whole thing whilst i was building my entry. As a result, my build became probably more influnced by the comic than anything else, for which I humbly apologise to all the purists out there! ;)

Ok, enough preface and onto the build proper!

In my diorama, the four main characters in the game are Black Mage, Thief, Fighter and White Mage. They have entered a cavern/dungeon, expecting to find thier arch-enemy Garland (such a rubbish evil name! Almost as bad as Lloyd..), but have instead awoken a sleeping red dragon! As per the rules of combat, each character must take thier turn to attack the monster, so Fighter bravely steps forward to do battle....







"I call you out to face the wrath of my sword!" shouts out Fighter bravely (but stupidly).



"Sure thing, why not?" replies the dragon, casually spitting a jet of flame towards our unfortunate hero.



"Ah, that feels better," says the dragon reflectively. "much less gassy."
Fighter tries his best to catch White Mage's eye whilst his head rolls across the floor; "Uh, White Mage? A little help here please. And once you've healed me up, perhaps i might suggest we go somewhere less lethal to level up for a while?"



Now for some pics of the various build elements. First, the background. I decided to give the floor a tiered look to attempt to replicate the hierarchical perspective on the screen, and also show a decent amount of each character in the diorama. I would have raked the stands even further, but I was limited by the amount of black bricks i had free.



The dragon: I was quite proud of this beastie, I wanted to create a boss that was equal parts intimidating and cute, and I'm pretty happy with the result. I don't know if such a creature actually existed in FF1, but since I never played it, I was more concerned with remaining true to the spirit of my research sources. I leave it to you to judge how successful I have been...







The characters: First is Black Mage..



Thief...



Fighter...



and lastly White Mage. She is my favourite, I think, mainly because of the cheesy fringe on her robe! :)





And lastly, the obligitory reference screenshot for the game:



I enjoyed this build immensely, although as I said before I found it very challenging. It certainly pushed me to build out of my comfort zone, which really is what this comp is all about. Thankyou, dear viewer, for looking at my entry, and best of luck to all the other competitors in round 2! :)




Comments

 I like it 
  January 16, 2012
THIS IS SO AWESOME!
 I like it 
  October 13, 2011
That's excellent, and very well realized! Keep on the good work, Dude!
 I like it 
  October 13, 2011
Just a bang up job on this. The dragon is really nice and the 2D effect in a 3D model is excellent. A well deserved win and good luck in R3!
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  October 13, 2011
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor Absolutely fantastic! Brilliant build! My favorite character will always be the black mage, and you've done the whole cast absolute justice. Well done on you win!
Thanks mate! Black mage has just about survived my build for round 3 actually, and is now gracing my bedside table. He is just too cute to pull apart... for now! ;)
 I made it 
  October 13, 2011
Quoting Uspez Morbo This is amazing. I want a copy of this on a shelf somewhere in my house, that's how much I like it!
Haha, thanks, that's such a lovely compliment! :)
 I made it 
  October 13, 2011
Quoting Thoy Bradley Only 30 ILI?? Thats an understatement! I must have missed this in the final mad rush of people posting entries. A fatastic build man, that dragon is really something - sure glad I didnt get this category against you. Like everyone else has said - the 2D - 3D - 2D is flipping cool. My eyes will need perspective correction after looking at this :P Great Build! ~Thoy
Thanks Thoy, i'm glad that the build works for you. I never really understood the "ILI" numbers thing, but i am always so chuffed to get c&c from accomplished and respected builders like yourself. :)
 I like it 
  October 13, 2011
Only 30 ILI?? Thats an understatement! I must have missed this in the final mad rush of people posting entries. A fatastic build man, that dragon is really something - sure glad I didnt get this category against you. Like everyone else has said - the 2D - 3D - 2D is flipping cool. My eyes will need perspective correction after looking at this :P Great Build! ~Thoy
 I like it 
  October 6, 2011
This is amazing. I want a copy of this on a shelf somewhere in my house, that's how much I like it!
 I like it 
  October 5, 2011
Absolutely fantastic! Brilliant build! My favorite character will always be the black mage, and you've done the whole cast absolute justice. Well done on you win!
 I made it 
  October 5, 2011
Quoting Mihai Marius Mihu Very nice, love the 8-bit look that you gave it. Those columns are so great. Good job!
Thankyou very much for yr kind words! Congrats to you also for advancing to the 3rd round. :)
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Nice dragon!
Cheers! Glad you like it. You are in the 3rd round too, right? Best of luck! :)
Quoting Alex Fojtik For not being a gamer, you certainly gave those of us who are a real treat of a MOC. It is very true to the source material and the techniques you worked into the sprites are quite advanced. Congrats on your win!
Aw, thanks mate! Thats just what I was hoping for, that ppl who knew the game would feel that Id done justice to it. Congrats yourself too on moving through to the next round. :)
Quoting Spark Industries That dragon is amazing! Love the figures too.
Thanks!
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J As already mentioned, a 3D that looks like 2d! Most excellent!
Thankyou! I cant wait to find out what Ill be building next in this crazy comp. :))
 I like it 
  October 4, 2011
Nice dragon!
 I like it 
  October 3, 2011
For not being a gamer, you certainly gave those of us who are a real treat of a MOC. It is very true to the source material and the techniques you worked into the sprites are quite advanced. Congrats on your win!
 I like it 
  October 3, 2011
That dragon is amazing! Love the figures too.
 I like it 
  October 2, 2011
As already mentioned, a 3D that looks like 2d! Most excellent!
 I made it 
  October 2, 2011
Quoting Antnio Silva Excellent work here man!
Thanks mate. Congrats on your progressing to round 3 as well btw! :)
Quoting Mark Kelso Both of you guys did a terrific job with this category. To complete the judging - though you're already moving on - you've got my vote as well. Congrats on the sweep, and great job!
Thankyou Mr. Kelso! I'm stoked to get the nod from all three judges, and i'm very much looking forward to the next round already. Now, back to sorting for me! ;)
Quoting Hans Dendauw NPD Conrats on moving to the next round. They are all well sculpted, fitting the 8-bit look perfectly! Well done.~H
Thanks! I'm really happy to be progressing after a difficult round. Although i don't think it will get any easier for sure. :o
Quoting Connor Simpson Absolutely inspired. Every character is spot on. Excellent work!
Thankyou! :)
 I like it 
  October 2, 2011
Excellent work here man!
 I like it 
  October 2, 2011
Both of you guys did a terrific job with this category. To complete the judging - though you're already moving on - you've got my vote as well. Congrats on the sweep, and great job!
 I like it 
  October 2, 2011
Conrats on moving to the next round. They are all well sculpted, fitting the 8-bit look perfectly! Well done.~H
 I like it 
  October 1, 2011
Absolutely inspired. Every character is spot on. Excellent work!
 I made it 
  October 1, 2011
Quoting The Timinater ! brilliant design! good luck!
Thanks! I made it through, hooray! :D
Quoting Dave Kaleta Mr. Thomson, The scale you chose to build in and the techniques you utilized have a wonderful 8-bit feel. I particularly love the columns. You earned my vote. ~Dave
Thankyou for yr vote Dave K., I'm glad you like my build. I look forward to getting another stimulating build topic for round 3! :)
Quoting Quad ????? Great Dragon!
Cheers, i'm pretty fond of him! It's going to be hard to pull it apart. :)
Quoting Shannon Ocean Dude, that is amazing! You captured it perfectly, wowsers!
Cheers Shannon, i had a stack of fun building this one.
Quoting Alien Entity Very cool! I like how you built a 3D scene out of 2D characters. (Also, how do you know white mage is a girl? I thought it was a guy... O_o )
Thanks! I don't actually know if the computer game was specific about White Mage's gender, but i got the idea from the marvellous web-comic "8-Bit Theatre", which i highly recommend btw. In the comic, a reoccuring joke is Black Mage's futile attempts to crack onto White Mage, which usually resulted in her hitting him with a large hammer. Ah, good times... ;)
Quoting Ru Corder Ok, now I'll give a real comment. I love the 3D/2D effect and I love the dragon, the pillars, and all the little people. But what stood out to me the most, was the cheese slopes at the bottom of the red and white guy, really cool effect!
Thanks, i'm glad the effect worked for you. :) And thanks again for yr timely warning!
Quoting Stormbringer . Oh wow, and holy cow! This is brilliant work!
Cheers! I hope you approve of my puny little dragon, oh master dragon builder! ;)
Quoting El Barto ! Wow! You really went all out on this build. Great 3d to 2d effect, quite an achievement. You get my vote! Good luck with the other judges!
All out is the only way to build in this comp, when the competition is so close. Thanks for your vote! :)
 I like it 
  October 1, 2011
brilliant design! good luck!
 I like it 
  October 1, 2011
Mr. Thomson, The scale you chose to build in and the techniques you utilized have a wonderful 8-bit feel. I particularly love the columns. You earned my vote. ~Dave
 I like it 
  October 1, 2011
Great Dragon!
 I like it 
  October 1, 2011
Dude, that is amazing! You captured it perfectly, wowsers!
 I like it 
  October 1, 2011
Very cool! I like how you built a 3D scene out of 2D characters. (Also, how do you know white mage is a girl? I thought it was a guy... O_o )
 I like it 
  October 1, 2011
Ok, now I'll give a real comment. I love the 3D/2D effect and I love the dragon, the pillars, and all the little people. But what stood out to me the most, was the cheese slopes at the bottom of the red and white guy, really cool effect!
 I like it 
  October 1, 2011
Oh wow, and holy cow! This is brilliant work!
 I like it 
  October 1, 2011
Wow! You really went all out on this build. Great 3d to 2d effect, quite an achievement. You get my vote! Good luck with the other judges!
 I made it 
  October 1, 2011
Quoting JS Can Glad you included the screen cap of the game, because when I saw the characters, I wasn't game- so to speak. However, I understand better. Good job.
Haha yeah, if you don't know much about 8-bit graphics then they will look a bit simple for sure! Thanks for the comment. :)
Quoting Deus Otiosus Well done, I love the skull and the dragon, but my favourite part are the pillars. They look VERY 8-bit.
Cheers, i'm glad you can tell it's a skull on the ground there, i reworked it quite a few times and i'm still not 100% happy with the shape. :/ Glad to see the pillars getting some love too - thanks!
Quoting Leda Kat =^..^= Perfect. You've somehow managed to achieve 3D characters that actually look like they are 2D. I don't know how you did that. The dragon is the crowning glory here. Expertly made. Good luck!
Thanks Leda Kat! The 2D/3D effect was quite simple - i tried to model the characters so that the best way to look at them was on a corner. That way the photos show a coherent flat image with two point perspective, if that makes sense. Of course, this worked out better for some of the figures than others... :P Best of luck for you as well!
Quoting Elk Guard I love the way you built the characters, perfect 8-bit rendition!
Thanks! I'm glad you like them. :)
Quoting StoveTop Creator I think you caught the essence of these types of games! Figures especially retain the same feel although they are 3D. A job well done! :)
Cheers! They were pretty fun to make.
Quoting lego fan121 Wow.
I hope that's wow in a good way? ;)
 I like it 
  October 1, 2011
Glad you included the screen cap of the game, because when I saw the characters, I wasn't game- so to speak. However, I understand better. Good job.
 I like it 
  October 1, 2011
Well done, I love the skull and the dragon, but my favourite part are the pillars. They look VERY 8-bit.
 I like it 
  October 1, 2011
Perfect. You've somehow managed to achieve 3D characters that actually look like they are 2D. I don't know how you did that. The dragon is the crowning glory here. Expertly made. Good luck!
 I like it 
  October 1, 2011
I love the way you built the characters, perfect 8-bit rendition!
 I like it 
  October 1, 2011
I think you caught the essence of these types of games! Figures especially retain the same feel although they are 3D. A job well done! :)
Gabriel Thomson
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lego fan121
  September 30, 2011
Wow.
 I made it 
  September 30, 2011
Quoting Chris Roach good job! good luck!
Thankyou! Just glad to have got my entry in on time really. :)
 I made it 
  September 30, 2011
Quoting Ru Corder You have to have "You vs your oponant" in the title! Hurry!
Ooh, whups. Fixed it now, thanks for the heads up! :)
  September 30, 2011
You have to have "You vs your oponant" in the title! Hurry!
 I like it 
  September 30, 2011
good job! good luck!
 
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