community Badgecrafting time! If you have a second, please go and vote
on name and illustration ideas for a round of Game of Books badges:
including an example "Evolution of a Badge" to inspire everyone to
submit creative illustration ideas, as well. Let's use an actual badge
example to show you what you can expect from the badgecrafting process.
First, we start by naming the badge, similar to today's poll.
In our example here, the two themes used to forge the badge are
"Academics & Education" and "War" - sort of the study of military
history, potentially; both themes have to be present for a book to earn
this particular badge.
Step 1: Vote on a Badge Name:
using a third party polling tool to collect votes for various badge
names. So, in this case you might have seen something like this:
looks to me like the "Professor of War" badge won in this vote, and the
user suggested a possible illustration. So, we then take that idea and
pass it to our artists, leaving out the ponies part. We'll quickly
come up with some line-art sketches, which we can put back to the
community for votes. It will look something like the following...
Step 2: Illustrating the Badge
the three sketches, we ended up liking A the most. Both B & C,
while cool, had too much of a Dr. Evil feel to him. We wanted more of a
friendlier Dr. Jones Senior-type, and so ended up selecting A because
it pulls off sturdy-but-not-evil professor. Looks pretty "Professor of
War"-esq to us. In most badges, you'll have a chance to vote on your
own favorites, just like the names. After the sketch is selected, the
artist takes that illustration and colors it. Ends up looking something
Step 3: Finalize the Badge:
finally, we select the final color and design for the badge, and *poof*
it's done. Once the game launches, books that contain both Academics
and War will have a chance to earn readers the Professor of War badge.
One of many to come. Now, go and vote on the next round of names, so we can pass them to our artists...