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Dev Log

Posted by Jon Wood on Feb 21, 2006  | Comments

Dev Log -

Flying Lab Software, the developers of Pirates of the Burning Sea, have released another Dev log. This one comes from the keyboard of Mat Staltman, an animator of Flying Lab. He talks about creating emotes for the game. As always, we have provided a sample below, follow the link at the bottom for the whole thing.


Hello, my name is Mat Staltman and I am an animator here at Flying Lab Software. In our continuing effort to give you an inside look into the process of making Pirates of the Burning Sea I've been asked to tell you about our emotes and how they get into the game.

Like most of the FLS staff, I play MMO’s. I have played most of them out there and I, like many of you, use emotes a lot when I play them. Emotes are an extension of the smiley; being able to express yourself with actions instead of words can be pretty powerful and a lot of fun :)

I've done some number crunching in order to give you an idea of how important emotes can be in our game. Currently we have 240 animations in the game. Of those 240 animations, 90 of them are emotes – and this number will grow as we get closer to launch. While emotes are a great way to help people communicate in the game world, it is interesting to note that once we make an emote animation, ConCo is then able to spread them around and make our NPC’s more lively in the world. If you look closely at the crew members on the ships, you can even see some of the emotes there!

So how do we come up with these emotes and how do we make them? Well, we certainly draw on our experiences with other MMO’s, giving us an idea of what emotes are popular and which ones are most commonly used. Of course common emotes like waving, laughing and dancing made the list, but in our case we are building a pirate game set in the age of sail, so it was important that we added some emotes that fit with our theme. That means regal bows and curtsies, salutes, and of course, the jig. Our list of emotes will continue to grow as we gather feedback from our community.

To read the whole Log, click here.

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