All is Dust Thesis Game – Week_1_Work:Level Night 1 Design and Narrative Work

This is a fictional book called “Witches’ Feast” in the player’s house. Player could read some part of this book and also found some broken pages in the farm.

Book “Witches’ Feast”

Pages Player could read from the book.

Page 38:

Witches’ Sabbath is the feast of witches. European records indicate case of persons being accused or tried for taking part in Sabbat gatherings. According to Hans Baldung Grien, the Sabbats that many Wiccans and Neo-Pagans follow are: Beltane (May 1), Litha (Summer Solstice) and Lammas (August 1). The salt, bread and oil were prohibited during the Sabbath because Devil hated them. And human flesh, especially… (The page is broken)


Page 122:

Witch trials were a period of witch hunts that took place across early modern Europe and the European colonies in North America between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries. Over these three centuries, an estimated total of 40,000 people were executed, usually by burning.


Page 156:

After 1750, it was very rare for an accused witch to undergo a judicial process and be threatened with execution, but there was still a danger from popular justice and lynch mobs.


Page: 158

During 1750 to 1920, there were 569 recorded lynchings of witches in Southern United States, including Georgia, Texas, Oklahoman, Mississippi and Alabama.


Newspaper: Old woman arrested for abusing child

May 1, 1928

A woman from Oklahoma was arrested on child abuse charges after a 9-year-old girl told authorities she had been burned and tortured while the woman was dressed in a witch costume.


Time: Senator Joseph Robinson

June 25, 1928

The cover is the photo of the senator Joseph Robinson,


Pages Player could find in the farm.

Page 39:

Human bones and children would be stewed in a special way during the Sabbath.

Page 216:

In order to go to hell after death, witches hold Witches’ Sabbath more frequently to please the Devil.

It was believed that the end of the world would soon come, and the Devil began to develop into a more threatening form, more souls of the witches were back to the world as the servant of the Devil.

Some pictures providing inspiration:

 Night One Design


All is Dust Thesis Game – Week_14_Work: Before the EAE Open House

Final Gameplay Process

1. Player awakes in the first room of the house, and two of the doors are closed, only the one that leads to the outside is opened.

2. After the player moves out of the house, the ghost will lead the player to the position of the lantern.

3. It is fine if the player could not find the lantern, but he has to face the dark corn field without any light except the lighting in the sky.

4. Player will go through two scarecrows wave attack. And if he could find three items of four in the game level and return to the house, then he will survive.

Game End Scene Bug fixed

When we built the game, we found that the game could not enter the end scene as it worked well in Unity Editor.  This bug took us a long time to fix and finally we found that after player’s health point is below 0, the Application.LoadLevel function had not been executed. So we changed the level load condition, and when the player health point is below 0.3f, execute the level load function. This time, the end scene could be loaded well for the build version of our game.

Game Player Height Adjust and Scarecrow Size Adjust

As some players gave us feedback before about the problem of the player’s height. This time I changed the player’s height to make it more comfortable. Relatively I also adjust the size of the scarecrows as we found why the scarecrow is not creepy enough is because it is too small.


Now you can see the height of the player is reasonable.



Category Archives: All is Dust Thesis Game – Week_13_Work:

Lighting Effect Improvement

John has achieved the lighting script and we added the glow effect to the camera. So when the lighting comes, the script would enable the glow effect script, which makes the lighting more sacred.



Lantern Light Redesign

After I analyzed the night scene of the horror game “The Forest”, I found that the light of the lantern should not be point light. And also the light effect of the current game is not so good.Here is “The Forest” light effect:


So I adjust the setting of our lantern and here is the final result:


Scarecrow Wave Attack Process Design

1. The fog begins, enable the fog of the game scene.


2. Rain stops falling down and all sounds would be mute.

3. The siren begins to ring.

4. Scarecrows appear and begin to attack.


5. After a certain of time, scarecrows disappear in the form of dust.

Thesis Game – Week_12_Work: New game level map built and hanged scarecrows trigger

This week we have the new game map level and also I added the hanged scarecrow trigger to the new map:

1. New game map level





1. House

  • Function: A warm and safe place. Player will get the information and clues here.

2. Barn

  • Function: Creepy and weird place. Current design is that barn contains a machine which player needs to interact with.

3. Silo

Function: Not decided yet.


  • Function: A place with a puzzle. Probably it will be a hidden place for player in the last level of the game.

5. Windmill

  • Function: A place surrounded with the crows. Also it could be the alarm for the dust storm.

6. Dry Lake

  • Function: Create the atmosphere of the death.

7. Sheds

  • Function: Player could get the item (some useful tools ).

8. Corn

  • Function: Create the obstacle for player’s vision; it is also the place where the scarecrows could hide.

9. Animals Platform

  • Functions: Full of dead animals body, gross and dirty.

2. Hanged Scarecrows Trigger

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When the player triggers the hanged scarecrow trigger, the scarecrow will fall down ( from the tree, the roof…). This is inspired from the SH3 ghost house  design and we want to create the jump scare for the player.


Thesis Game – Week_11_Work: Game’s New Map and New Structure

Design of the game’s structure


Game has three game levels, each level use the same game map. The transitions between each level is triggered by the events. And each game level represents one time at a day.


Each game level, the brief process of the player is:

Get out of the house — Experience event — Finish Level’s goal (Trigger the transition) — Dust bowl comes – Come back to the house (or die outside)

About the events

The events structure is not linear. Here is a brief explanation:


Basic event is the event that player must finish. It is the goal of the each level.

Additional event is the event that player could miss or he could still interact with, but the result will affects the next level’s event.

For example, in game’s level one, player must finish event A to get to the level 2. He might miss the event 1 or event2, but it is OK as he could still move to the level2. What will happen next is that he will find next game level will change due to his behavior.

So no matter what player does with the additional events, the game still moves on, which is a linear process. But the additional events would affect the following events. Now the whole process is kind of nonlinear. It gives player more freedom to interact with the game, and also this could fix the problem of the open space with a linear gameplay experience.


About the transition

After player complete the basic events (goal) of the level, the transition timer would be triggered. That means player will still have some time to hang around in the game level. And when the time is out, the dust bowl comes (or scarecrow wave attack). Before the dust bowl comes immediately, the player will be informed by sirens or alarm alert.

Now the player could choose to come back and stay alive or he will die because of the dust bowl. When the player comes back to the house, current level ends.

Temporary Level 1 Design

Before the level 1 goal is to get the lantern, and this would not change. What’s different here is that in level 1 player needs to get the lantern to explore the farm. The goal of the first level is to let player be familiar with the farm and create the anxiety for him.

When level 1 begins, player is informed to check the farm as usual (no explanation for why the character is back in this farm again). In order to explore the farm at night, player needs the lantern.

After the player gets the lantern, the transition will be triggered (about 5 minutes).  Before the dust bowl, player could explore the farm. Here are what he might encounter:

Game Level Elements:

Gross animal pen, with bones and blood on the ground, everything is broken.

Barn is locked, and noise could be heard from inside (could be machine noise, human cry or scarecrow howl).

The first introduction for the scarecrow, as it is on the cross.

Crows fly around or land on the ground.

Empty well full of sand.

Basic Event

Get the lantern and explore the farm. Player does not know the lantern will trigger the transition. He only knows that he needs to get the lantern and explore the farm. This could discourage him from immediately going back to the house once he gets the lantern if he know the lantern is the level goal.

When the transition time is out, the dust bowl comes and player needs to get back to the house.

Additional Event

Doll hanged on the tree and player could not get it without a tool. (Doll is the goal of the level 2)

  • Player could find a tool in the sheds and get the doll.
  • Player could ignore that and keep moving.

If player does not get the doll in the level 1, when it moves to the level 2, player would find the rope that hangs the doll has been cut and the doll is on the ground, broken. When the player gets close, the hanged scarecrow will fall down. (Player might get hurt because the scarecrow fell down).

If player gets the doll in the level 1, when it moves to the level 2, the hanged scarecrow is already there. And player just moves on.

Because the doll is important for character’s daughter, so the player’s attitude towards it will affect the gameplay experience and the end of the game (good end, or bad end).

Scarecrow disappearance. When player meets the first scarecrow on the cross, when the scarecrow is triggered to disappear, then there will be a blood trail from the cross to the barn.

  • Player could follow the trail to the barn and might think about the potential danger in level2.
  • Player could just ignore that.

Because in level2, barn is an important place for game events. Player needs to go to the barn to fix the machine (temporary) and then meets with the scarecrow that is able to attack


Thesis Game – Week_10_Work: New Design and Solution for our game

Part 1: Scarecrow

The reason why we need to still work on the scarecrow is that the scarecrow is not creepy enough. As the scarecrow is the main horror element in our game, once it is not scared for the player, no matter how many new features have been added, our game is still not creepy enough. So keeping working on the scarecrow is one of the main tasks we need to do for this month.

According to player’s feedback, the problem of the scarecrow is that they seem to be not connected with each other. From the view of game AI, it means the AI for one single crow is great right now, but for crowds of scarecrow, it is not enough. So our design team thinks we should focus on the crowd AI.

Here are several solutions we have come up with:

1.     Wave Attack at interval, indicated by signal

At the ordinary game time, all scarecrows are merely hanging around in the game map. However, when the time comes to a certain point, all the scarecrow will head for the area where player is in. The player will get this information by a signal, like alarm alert.

What we want to create for the player is to make they feel nervous when they hear the alert. Like in Silent Hill (movie)

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2.     Hanged Scarecrow Trigger with the tree


When the player gets to the tree, the dead scarecrow will suddenly fall down from the top of the tree and be hanged there.


3.     Different Type of the scarecrow’s behavior


Eg. 1) The scarecrow that always follows the player

2) Scarecrow that always tries to hide in some places to wait for player coming. You could take the example of the four types of the ghost in Pac-­‐man.



Part 2: Game Level Design

Before in our game level, the player seems to be easy to get lost. But once they could find the goal easily, there is no strategy for them to get the item, as they just need to go straight toward that.


So here we think the game level should like what Silent Hill 2 level’s like:



Thesis Game – Week_9_Work: Player’s Feedback

Design and Programming

  1. Easy to get lost and confused to get lost. I could not find the goal of the game level. (part 2)
  2. No feedback of the health point and I don’t know whether I am injured. Now I feel very safe even though I have been attacked before.
  3. The scarecrow’s behavior is not scared. There is no information to suggest its approach. And also I don’t feel they are around me when I was playing the game.
  4. The height of the player is too low and I don’t feel comfortable.
  5. The change after death is confusing. I thought it was another scene at first, and then I realized I am dead.
  6. Our game’s cost of the memory is too high.
  7. No inventory for the game item, making me confused after I have picked up the item, especially after I was dead.
  8. When I face backward to the picture on the table, I could still access to that.
  9. The way of crouch is weird.



  1. The texture of the scarecrow should be improved, and the model is not sacred enough.
  2. Could not understand the meaning of the picture on the table.
  3. Scarecrow needs the animation, even when it is frozen.
  4. Use more light to bake the scene to create a better game level.
  5. It is too dark for the outside level.
  6. The texture of the door is not good.
  7. Need a better shader. Now everything is too Unity style.



Thesis Game – Week_8_Work: Blood rain particle system and dying crows surrounding effect

This week is what I did for our game project is the following:

1. Blood Effect

  • Blood Trail on Ground


  • Blood Rain


2. Dying crows surrounding effect

When the player has been attacked by the scarecrow, several crows will be created. The number of the crows will be decided according to the health point that player still has.



When the player’s health point is lower than 4 ( the full health point is 5), there will be 10 crows. If the health point is lower than 2.0, there will be 20 crows. Last if the health point is lower than 1.0, all the surrounding crows will attack the player.

Thesis Game – Week_7_Work: New creepy design brainstorm again

First I will still talk about the programming work I have done last week:

1. The landing script seemed not to work because the terrain is over one more at the same time and the script could work only there is one active terrain in the scene. So it should disable
other terrains that the player is not on. Also the automatically generated landingspot does not work at all. Because the landingSpots have been wrongly added to the wrong LandingController object.

2. Fix the bug of the backward flying. What I did wrong is that I changed the flock position rather than the waypoint position. So the crows tend to fly back to the previous position and then fly to the new position, leading to the backward flying behavior.

3. The audio script still could not be played because I just simply enable and disable the script. I should play the audio
function when I enable the script.

Here is the new video of our game:

Here is the brainstorm of the current creepy resources we have in our game:


I think what we need to do are the following two things:

1. Create the concentration moment in our game to implement the bear horror, we should avoid the game play experience to turn out to be aimless walking. We need the player to focus and focus more! Just like the game scene in Silent Hill P.T. Only you focus on the door can you get be scared by the upcoming woman.


2. Make the sense to the horror element. We know there are so many ways to scare people, but those efficient ways must have a meaning behind. This is why I do some research about the horror culture to add more meanings in our game.