Monday, June 11, 2012
Freesound and Endless Space
Started work on doing sound for areas (eg there isn't any sound right now) with a lot of blueprint work on my sound project. If you need a custom sound effect, perhaps best place you can go is freesound.org. They have a huge collection. And best of all for the modder, it's all creative commons licensed.
A while back I'd downloaded a lot of sound from there, and spent time converting things to a NWN2 usable format. The blueprint work could have been done quickly by someone with some actual programming skills, but no one ever stepped forward for my request. I'd reached the point where I really needed to start adding sound, so I can get a feel for how things sound ingame during playthroughs, so I just started plowing ahead and making blueprints. Lots and lots of blueprints, roughly 2200. Anyway I'll be releasing all the custom sound work to the community for others to benefit from, just like I release all my loadscreens, areas etc. Total size of everything is a bit under a gig if you used everything. I don't see why anyone would need it all, but perhaps it will form a common sound hak like the common tile haks or common monster haks. I got the file size down to under a gig thanks to converting to mp3, then nwn2 usable wav. NWN2 gameworlds are going to be able to sound a whole lot better, and you won't have to listen to the same three bird sounds over and over again (I have multiple ten minute forest birds recordings in the pack...).
You can find the bioware social thread for it here http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/163/index/12546943 with links to download.
I've also been playing a lot of Endless Space, a 4X style game (think Civilization) set in space. It was released for purchase as an alpha on Steam. Even as an alpha, it's in good shape I think. I bought it after it was recommended on the NWN2 irc channel. Good fun for fans of 4X games. Anyone interested can see more at their Steam Store site http://store.steampowered.com/app/208140/ or their website http://endless-space.amplitude-studios.com/ .