Day 33 – 37 Almost There!

2 more weeks left before we return back to Singapore. The project is coming into life, with what we envision! We did hit a problem with our level generator, a miscommunication with the Japanese students which required us to revisit on the level generator. Textures are slowly being applied and most animation is done. Effects on skill are major done, with only the boss effects left. Next up are the UI effects, audio and couple of other stuff left. Hope we can finish everything up before the last week!

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Day 32 – Osaka (Lock City Final)

Today is one of my craziest plans. To travel to Osaka by train for an event in Osaka called Lock City Final. I left as early as 7am to catch the train towards Osaka. The trip from Nagoya to Osaka is around 3 hour and 30mintures. I brought myself a Kintetsu Pass that cost 3.8K yen. Which allows me to take unlimited train rides that are owned by Kintetsu with an exception of the limited express train. Those train you have to buy a seat and the price range different base on the distance and the train your taking.

Before Lock City, I decide to see Osaka castle and Dōtonbori. Two of Osaka most popular spot and I can see why it is so popular with locals and tourist after being here myself. Of course, when coming to Osaka, it a die must try their takoyaki and it is the best takoyaki I have ever eaten! HANDS DOWN!

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Lock City was crazy with a total of 16 cities involved each having their own judge and champion from that city. I went down to meet with the Singapore group and also to support the Singapore champion! The place was as small as a classroom but there like around 150 people or more in the location. The finals were between 2 Japanese and they are really good.

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I decide to paid extra 1.9k yen for the limited express train to travel back cause I am super tired. The seat spacing is great and I don’t even need to change train in between the stops unlike the none limited express ones. I guess you have the pay for the convenience and time!

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Day 31 – Inuyama Castle

Today is the day where the school planned a trip for us! As the title stated, it is Inuyama Castle! So what makes this castle so special compared to the others that I went? This is one of the only few castles that is not reconstructed therefore all the internal structure is still the same. The stair is so tall that you to do a 90 degree up to climb it.

 

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Stairs Height

You are allowed to climb all the way up to the top. Around 6 levels and you will reach the top where the view is awesome. Careful as that the railing is super short and it possible to fall over.

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Next, they reserve a pottery session for us to experience from a pottery master. This man has been doing pottery for over 50 years. He can make over 200 rice bowl in a day when we are struggling to do even one. It was a great experience, it felt very calming and relaxing. We are allowed to bring one back! Can’t wait to see the finished product like the one we did is just the 3rd step which is the molding. We should see the final product in two 2 weeks time can’t wait!

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Day 26 – 30 Alpha Develpoment

Will be today weekly report for weekdays for now! Not much interesting thing to report for this week.

Project wise we have entered the alpha stage and proceeding with implementing more core mechanics and features with the feedbacks in mind. The game is coming together as time flys but we still doing trial and error on the game balancing and making sure the game is fun.

This week the Japanese student brought us to a Japanese KTV. Totally different from Singapore KTV. The equipment and the interface on the karaoke is god tier. Highly recommend people to try KTV when you visit Japan. Also, it is super cheap compared to Singapore.

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Day 16 – Developemt Day and Japanese Class

Today not much to report on as it is the standard working cycle.

  • 0730 – Wake Up
  • 0745 – Breakfast
  • 0830 – Headout
  • 0915 – Start Project Work
  • 1230 – Lunch
  • 1315 – Back to Work
  • 1800 – End Work
  • 1900-2000 – Dinner
  • 2100 – Shower
  • 0030 – Sleep

Regular Schedule for weekdays! Tomorrow is Nagoya festival! We going to see the parade and a lot of attraction are free to visit! Stay tuned!

Day 15 – GIFU! GIFU CASTLE!

Today is a crazy day! After school, we decided to head to give since the school was half day. We took the JR line there from Nagoya station toward Gifu station, it took around 15 – 20 mins to reach there depending on what train you take. There are normal, limited express and new express. Normal drops at every stop where express skip stops. Somehow for this journey to Gifu. Both express train only takes 2 stops, the cost is 420 yen. Ouch…

When we reach Gifu, first we have to rent a locker to put our laptops. Luckily in Japan, almost every train station has lockers. After that, we went to rent a bike. It only cost 100 yen for the whole day (till 1850). This bike renting/sharing system is initialed by Gifu to promote traveling with bikes as Gifu has no subway. (Base on my knowledge) This also marks the first time I rode a bike in Japan!

 

After that, we cycled for 20-30min to Gifu Park, the base of the Mount Kinkazan where lias Gifu Castle on its peak. We decide to take the cable car up, worried that if we hike up we will miss the Castle and the squirrel village as they close at 1630.

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They Squeeze you into a cable car.

First, we enter the squirrel village, it only cost 200 yen to see all the fluffy small creatures running about. The staff will give you feed for the squirrels and they will swarm you. They even will climb on your hand just to eat, one of them even climb on my body and accidentally scratch me on my neck DX. I highly recommend coming to visiting this place, cheap and fun!

Then we went into the main attraction, Gifu Castle. To get to Gifu Castle we still have to walk up steep and unstable rocky stairs for the cable car exit. To enter Gifu Castle, you have to pay 200 yen but it is well worth it! The view is spectacular! You have to see it for yourself to understand how great the view it is. I have recorded it on my GoPro but I can still say, seeing it live yourself is 10 times different in the video. To add on Gifu Castle also showcase historic objects and figures. Such as Oda Nobunaga, Weapons and Armor for the past.

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After that, we have this crazy idea to descend Mount Kinkazan! There are 4 routes up and down. We took the 2km route and it took us around 50min to descent. The route is steep and very unstable. One wrong step you could slip and injured yourself but the descent was worth it. Nature and the view you get you to see was awesome. While descent we see this granny coming up. OMG no wonder Japanese lives long.

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Group photo before descend
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NICE VIEW at 1800m

After that, we decide to head back as it was getting late! We also stop by at the riverbank for the awesome sunset and view. So far, I highly recommend heading to Gifu for the awesome experience you can get for going to just one location but do head there early if you want to slowly roam about. We went there around 2pm which is pretty late. That’s all for today! Back to work tomorrow, today adventure are fun! MORE TO COME!

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Day 14 – SLIMES ARE GETTING HOT

Development day once again! Today we managed to merge our system with the Japanese system. Interesting the management way or technique they are using for source tree is the git-flow. So I have to rewrite some stuff to be able to correctly link us up, that took a bit time.

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LOOK AT THOSE BRANCHES

After that, I move on to working the environment stuff? Effects, Interaction Objects, Break Objects and so on. Here a particle effect for the fire slime/trial that I been working on.

 

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FIREE!!!!

 

Tomorrow is HALF DAY! We are heading to Gifu Castle, it going be a crazy day. We going to bike the park (35min?). Hike the mountain (40min). Explore the Castle and FEED SOME Squirrel!