30
May
2015
DevBlog

Looking for strong hands and a drink

by Mex

Is there a priest in this tavern? I want to confess! I’m a fucking sinner! Venal, mortal, carnal, major, minor – however you want to call it, Lord… I’m guilty.

Hunter S. Thompson

Ahoy there!

Last time we had a brief tour around Nantucket, now it’s time to take a closer look to what the town has to offer. The inevitable first stop has to be at the tavern, where you will be able to hire some helpful hands during your adventures.

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Nantucket features five different character classes, each one specialized in a different seafaring area.

  • Sailors are valiant explorers who spend their lives at sea. No matter is a majestic vessel, a whaleboat or a simple board, they know how to keep it afloat, come rain or shine.
  • Hunters are men without fear, born to chase their preys. They can stand on a whaleboat’s bow sailing toward danger or face the wickedest pirate without hesitation.
  • Craftsmen are experts artisans, specialized in dealing with all the practical errands of a ship. Their hands are surely the dirtiest and most useful at sea.
  • Scientists are investigators of the natural world. Their curiosity and competence can unlock unknown knowledge about the sea and, above all, save lives on your ship.
  • Cabin boys are inexperienced young helpers. They are maybe the least specialized, but you can address their learning path and make them be the men you want them to be.

Each class (excluding cabin boys) has three different branches that define the character specialization. For example, hunters could have the Harpooner, Man-at-arms or Survivor branch, each one characterized by specific special ability to use during the game. We will speak about abilities in the next weeks, since it’s something that covers a lot of aspects of the game not yet discussed on these pages.

Apart from their working experience and specialization, each character has his own personality, defined by Traits. Character personalities aren’t something to ignore, since they will matter a lot at sea, affecting the relationship with your crew and social dynamics among them.

Finally, time to pay. Actually, not yet. Nantucket uses a waging system similar to the one historically used on whaling ships, based on a Lay system. Each hired character comes with a lay, so a share of the catch of your next travel. Higher is the character experience and higher will be his lay request, lowering yours. Don’t be greedy, you could regret it once facing the charge of a 60 foot whale.

Well, since we are here, time for a drink.

A whiskey for me, bartender!

Mex

16
May
2015
DevBlog

Sweet Home Nantucket

by Mex

Nantucket! Take out your map and look at it. See what a real corner of the world it occupies; how it stands there, away off shore, more lonely than the Eddystone lighthouse.

Herman Melville

Ahoy there!

As anticipated last week, starting with this post I’m going to present you the key features of Nantucket, and there is no better place than Nantucket itself to start this series of articles. Nantucket is not only one of the cities you can visit during your travels across the oceans, but it’s the place where the game starts, so the really first look at the game you will have.

You have survived the Pequod’s disaster and spent sleepless nights thinking about what happened that day, questioning the way fate and God operate, and in the end you’ve decided to stitch up that laceration from where it started. The Pequod is no more docked here, but her shadow is everywhere.

InGame_Harbor

A Newspaper Boy is waving the newest issue of The Sailor’s Post in a corner, just outside the Tavern, where sailors are waiting for a new job drinking away the boredom. Your pockets are full of gold, everything you have saved, but that gold is not going to be there for long time. You will need a ship to chase Moby Dick, and the Shipwright is just there, not far away from the Merchant, where you can find everything you need to set sail.

Welcome back home, Captain.

Next week we are gonna enter the tavern, and I’ll present you crew members and their attributes. Stay tuned!

4
May
2015
DevBlog

Land ahoy! A first look at Nantucket.

by Mex

But more wonderful than the lore of old men and the lore of books is the secret lore of ocean.

H.P Lovecraft

Ahoy, Picaros!

We’ve been quite silent for the last few weeks (cough cough months) and I’m sorry about it, but we were super busy coding, testing, breaking, fixing and breaking again features. Don’t worry, we are alive and kicking hard.

The mist around Nantucket is getting thinner and now that the coast is on sight, we would like to start sharing the view with you all. If you still don’t know anything about Nantucket, I can tell you it’s a seafaring strategy game set after the events narrated by Herman Melville in his masterpiece, Moby Dick. Playing as Ishamel, the sole survivor of the Pequod’s disaster,  you will have to make your mark as a whaling ship’s captain in order to fulfill Ahab’s revenge on the White Whale. In December we released a teaser trailer (if you have missed it, you can find it here), showing some art and hinting about the story behind the game, but in the next weeks we are going to present you the key features, so that you can get super excited about it and start throwing money at your screen.

I’ll start sharing with you the first gameplay screenshot, it’s a work in progress, so things could change before the release of the game. Any feedback is more than welcome. Enjoy it and stay tuned for more updates!

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15
Jan
2015
DevBlog

The music of Nantucket

by Capt_Eatbones

Hello everyone,

in the last weeks we had many things going on. We introduced you our voice actors and launched our debut trailer for the game Nantucket. Pretty busy, uh?

Today, I want to introduce the composer of the music of our game Nantucket: Carlos Sánchez de Medina. He’s a polyhedral  Spanish musician from Madrid. He worked with several known Spanish artists whilst collaborating with jazz, blues and rocks music bands. Carlos also worked for theater musicals, television shows and composed soundtracks for several shorts and advertisement.

CarlosMusic

I know him since long time, almost 8 years. We met when I was working on my animation short, “Bowling Peludo“, as final project for a 3D animation master I attended. The instructor gave me Carlos email and I agreed with him that he would compose the soundtrack. The result was great! It gave a soul to the short.

Years later, when we already founded Picaresque Studio, we were looking for a composer. I thought immediately about him and proposed the idea to my project mates. I contacted him, not sure if he would have remembered me. He answered me immediately telling me he would love to help us. He also told me that it was the right time for him since he was trying to start working on music composition for games! Again…what a wonderful sign!

After some time of discussion, we decided he would have been our “music man”. You had a first taste of his music in our debut trailer.

Working with Carlos is quite simple. He gets almost instantly what you need and it’s lightning fast in composing. We’re glad to be able to collaborate with him.

Well, it’s time to come back to work!

Stay tuned for more!

22
Dec
2014
News

So this is Xmas!

by picaresque

Hi there!

The Picaresque Studio team would like to thank you all for the support during the past month.

Actually, you know what? A few words would be nice…oh wait! There’s someone who’d die to personally give you a speech:

Christmas

We’re going to spend sometime with our families and friends but don’t worry, we’ll still be here to keep you up to date!

Cheers!

11
Dec
2014
News

NANTUCKET – TEASER TRAILER

by picaresque

We are pleased to give you a first look at our upcoming game ‘Nantucket‘ in a new teaser trailer.

The teaser shows a portion of the Nantucket’s opening cinematic and it features the work of amazing people who are working with us on the game: Giorgio Palombi (art), Carlos Sanchéz de Medina (music) and Jeff Espinoza (voice).

Check it out and enjoy it!

Keep following us on Facebook and Twitter for more news about the project as well as our DevBlog for development updates.

4
Dec
2014
DevBlog

What about…Voices!

by Capt_Eatbones

Hi there!

we’re back with our travel’s log (in my case, the Captain’s Log)!

Today I want to share with you our first day of recording: the game’s voices. Oh yeah, we got some nice ones for you in the game! Most importantly, we had the honor to meet Jeff Espinoza who’ll be dubbing actor for Nantucket! We knew him thanks to Carlos Sanchéz de Medina, our musics composer. Carlos gently offered his house to record our voice overs and voice effects (the prove in the photo below).

 

Capt_Eatbones and Jeff Espinoza

Jeff is a blues singer, songwriter, voice over, dubber and actor. He’s mostly known for being part of the Red House music band but he also worked on the Deadlight videogame.

Here is an anecdote: when Carlos spoke to him about us and about the game we’re making he said “What a coincidence! I’m reading Moby Dick right now!” This is what I call “a sign”. Really, he’s a great person and a great professional. He helped me a lot during the recording, suggesting what would have been better to do and…correcting some English mistake!

Do you want to hear something? Are you curious of what to expect?

Stay tuned! Very soon you’ll get a grasp of what’s coming!

28
Nov
2014
DevBlog

The art of Nantucket: which way to go

by Capt_Eatbones

Hello everyone,

this is the first post about the art of Nantucket and, of course, there will be more. Today I want to share with you some information about how we started thinking the artistic style of this game. I know…you haven’t seen anything properly yet but, don’t worry and be patient a little more ;D

First of all, this is our first attempt as indie developers. This has always a big impact when it comes to make decisions regarding what will affect the whole project. That happened especially when we started searching for references of what we’d like our game to be, visually.

Now, we’re Italians and, usually, means that some masterpiece from the past always comes to our minds (oh, my god xD) Here you have some of the references we’ve been chasing:

We wanted to be faithful about the age we’re telling our story. We also wanted to pay a tribute to the Picaresque art styles. And lastly – yes, here we comes – we wanted to pay a tribute to Italian illustrators. We love one in particular. He’s one of the great illustrators we had, who recently passed away: Sergio Toppi. We loved from the first moment his art, the stories, the energy, the contrasts of his techniques. We found in his works what we were looking for: something modern, yet with an old flavor. Here you find some of his works we’ve been so inspired by:

As you can see there’s lot of traditional arts that we considered. This is because we feel a strong bond with them. You got a taste with the Nantucket announcement image. Here you have a couple more images of the art of the game:

 

Sailing

 

Scream

Now, in the next posts about the Art of Nantucket, will be focusing more on specific elements of the world we’re going to introduce. So, keep in touch and don’t miss the next “chapter”!

See you soon!

Capt_Eatbones

20
Nov
2014
DevBlog

of picaresque and moby dick

by Mex

For Ithaca has given you the lovely trip.
Without her you would not have set your course.
There is no more that she can give.

Constantine Cavafy

It’ s been a really busy week, but we’ve finally undisclosed the destination for our first journey. Nantucket!

In the next weeks we will share with you more information about the game, its mechanics and art style, but I would like to step back a little today, briefly speaking about the reasons why we decided to make this game.

NantucketTradeCo

Nantucket Trading Company

I’ve been a huge Moby Dick‘s fan since the first time I’ve read the book, when I was seventeen. It was the Italian edition, translated by my fellow citizen Cesare Pavese (if you want to read the book in Italian, you HAVE to pick this version). What can you say about Moby Dick? I mean, it’s Moby Dick, there are too many things to say, but I will just focus on the picaresque aspects of it.

G.A. Harker: Don Quijote de la Mancha

G.A. Harker: Don Quijote de la Mancha

I know, Moby Dick is not a picaresque novel, but it shares with that genre the deconstruction of social and cultural boundaries of the time it’s speaking about. In picaresque novels was the feudal world collapsing under Enlightenment’s bell tolls, in Moby Dick it’s the industrial world falling in pieces.  On this Moby Dick was so ahead of its times to be considered an early postmodernist book.

And what about Ishmael? We choose to focus our game on the events after Moby Dick for two main reasons. First of all, because we wanted you to experience a new adventure in a well known setting, sailing the oceans not knowing what’s ahead. Then, because Ishmael is a true picaresque hero, a low class man living on the edge of society and so free to observe and criticize its mechanics and moral customs.

So, using Ishmael words: “Wonder ye then at the fiery hunt?”

Stay tuned.

Mex

18
Nov
2014
News

Picaresque Studio Announces ‘Nantucket’

by picaresque

Logo_Website

Grab Your Harpoon – Moby Dick is Back

We are proud to announce the name of the top-secret title in production since April 2014: ‘Nantucket.’

Set a few years after the story of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, Nantucket promises to thrust players into the tortured life of Ishmael as he comes to grips with being the sole survivor of both the wreck of the Pequod and the wrath of Ahab. Players – as Ishmael – will scrape what they can from the ocean by exploring, discovering, and harvesting marine life in a 19th century fashion.

“Our goal with Nantucket is to create a compelling seafaring strategy game set in the golden age of American whaling” says Designer and Co-Founder Marco Mantoan, “and Moby Dick embodies the epic and savage elements of that time.”

The game will be available on PC in 2015.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more news about the project as well as our DevBlog for development updates.