The team consited of 5 students from RMIT University. The project was conducted over 24 weeks.
Andy Hatzistamatis - Lead Programmer Nick Kamphuis - Programmer Anthony Borell - Lead Level Designer, Lead Character and Environment Artist. Will Owen - 2d/3d Artist. - Joined half way through project. Ben Goodvach-Draffin - Lead Designer, character texturing, soundFX and production.
Canoneer: Your traditional and much loved pirate, rough, crude and violent. He is based off the likes of Jack Sparrow and, well, every other pirate in popular culture.
Monk: There is a rather popular reference to the current pope and his likeness to the Emperor from Start Wars. Enter the priest, apathetic, cold and very unpriestly. His main weapon is a repeating crossbow (stolen from the Chinese) .
Primary: Crossbow Melee: Big Bible Auxiliary: Chant Heal
Inquisitor: The Spanish Inquisitor is based off Monty Pythons sketch. He is larger than life, passionate and generally just wrong. The Inquisitor spawns as a random object from the environment such as a boulder, barrel, small tree, comfy chair. He may then move around the level in this disguise, when he chooses the optimal moment he may burst out with a puff of smoke and screams his line “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition”.
Primary: Pistols Melee: Torch
Powder Monkey: A young boy who’s job was traditionally to carry gunpowder to the cannon crew aboard a war ship. This particular unit has watched a few too many battles and has obtained a certain blood lust. Based off Warner Brothers’ Yosemite Sam and the helicopter gunner from Full Metal Jacket, he is excessively violent and excitable.
Primary: Gunpowder Grenade Auxiliary: RMB with grenade plants it as a mine Auxiliary 2: Supplies Canoneer with powder Melee: Gunpowder Canister
Sharpshooter: The sharpshooter is actually a Frenchman recruited by the Spanish. Based off the French in Monty Python’s Holy Grail. He is obnoxious, uncouth and just plain rude.
Primary: Sniper Rifle Melee: Grappling Hook
Catapulter: A gentle giant whom has been unwillingly pressed into the military. The Catapulter is a very remorseful lad who although will carry out his duty, is really quite sorry for the damage he causes. He has a catapult mounted on his back which he can use to lob around certain items scattered around the level.
Primary: Shoulder mounted catapult Melee: Big rock
Birdman: An Aztec lad who has a slight obsession with becoming air born. Based somewhat off the actor Jack Black the Birdman is a bit of an unknown comedian. Somewhat hindering his ability to make flight like a bird is an unfortunate weight problem, the best he can manage is a short glide from high places, still this has its uses.
Witch Doctor: The local Shaman is all knowing and wise. Inspiration is a mix from Bob Marley to the general crazy man that walks past you on the street. He appears a little lost to everybody but as far as he’s concerned everything is just fine.
Panther Warrior: Cool, calm and quick describes the Panther Warrior pretty succinctly. He is the scout of the Aztec’s and has the speed and agility to reflect as such. His attitude is similar to that of Terminator or Riddick. His good, and he knows it.