Prototyping with a designer

These days I’m lucky enough to spend time with a great artist: Jean-Baptiste Dessaux (Jb for short). He is going to work on the graphic side of Artillery Royale.

I’m very happy that this part of the project is moving forward!
We are going to try to answer some critical gameplay questions; for example the proportion of the character versus the map or the style of the game.


In classic artillery games, players often move military tanks (or in the particular case of the Worms series: worms). These characters are slow, which gives artillery all its meaning.

In Artillery Royale, the characters are not intended to move slowly, they are humanoids. This could be a gameplay problem. Indeed if the player can quickly move his characters close to those of the other player, why would he use artillery rather than nearby weapons?

That’s partly why we have another gameplay mechanism: distance limits per character. For example, the bishop can move a certain distance, the knight a bit more, etc (it’s because the game has some chess board game roots). But even for me, it seems a little bit odd.

We will see how it goes!

Image with test for different sizes
Size tests. Concept art by Jean-Baptiste Dessaux

By working with Jb I came to realize that doing a map generator is probably too early for the game. I’ll go for a pre-built map so the gameplay can be tested in advance. It’s always sad to remove features from the codebase but that’s how programs/projects dev work.

Learn more about the map generator here.

First results

Jb is now iterating on concept arts, some for the map, and some for the main character: the queen.

Image with 9 objects
Concept art for map objects by Jean-Baptiste Dessaux
Image with 4 tests for the Queen character
Concept art for the Queen character by Jean-Baptiste Dessaux

I paused a bit some dev things to focus on helping him deliver. And then I could integrate his work into the game to see everything came to life.

Exciting times!