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Roll Up! Roll Up!

No, It’s not a suggestion for you to roll your own, it’s a call to our very own Splinter Ringmaster (AKA Kev McCann) to cheer along one of our fave clients; Liverpool Community Health.

LCH will be applauding loudly to the ‘amazing feats’ of its staff and services, at today’s Annual General Meeting.

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Life begins at battenberg…

It’s a happy day in Splinter today as we celebrate our lovely Print Manager Kev’s coming of age.

Apparently life begins at 40 (so says Chris anyway) but today it begins when we cut his 40th birthday battenberg decorated skillfully by Mr Jon “Cake Boss” Raffe.

Battenberg

Kev was heard to comment “Thanks, I don’t look a day over 60 after working here!” as he began reading his new Watchmen comic gift from the Splinter Posse.

Kev

Happy Birthday Fella!

BBC Famous People

Famous People

Splinter has recently created Famous People; a suite of Flash games aimed at a Primary school audience; for the BBC’s Primary History site.

The project had a fixed deadline, due to it needing to fit within the annual budgeting period for that department. The suite focused on 21 famous characters throughout history, with each person’s game containing 3 different mini-games. The total of 63 mini-games were created within 6 months. The team built game mechanic templates which could be reused multiple times. Parallel pipelines facilitated a structured process flow, gave the client a good overview of the whole process and also ensured we met the fixed deadline.

While the visual, educational authoring and audio work was in production, the game frameworks were being built which could be re-skinned and re-used across all the different characters. In total there were 6 completely distinct game mechanics, which got mixed and matched depending on the story we were trying to tell for each character. We’re really happy with how flexible they became and how different all the games still feel from each other.

To make sure we kept within the short production timescales, we started each batch of game by doing four fully worked up visuals for each character, consisting of the main scene and three embedded mini-games. Across the 21 characters there are 84 different environments, ranging from Seb Coe’s Olympic stadium through to a Shakespeare-themed quiz show!

Those initial visuals then allowed our storyboard artist to sketch out a full run-through of each character’s game. Each character’s storyboard ran to 20 pages, with 3 panels per page, resulting in an immense 1, 260 storyboard panels.

Within the timescales the games went through multiple debugging phases, as well as a structured user testing session.

To find out more about how we created the Famous People games please visit our blog.

If you wish to link to each individual games please visit the following page: http://www.splinter.co.uk/lovie/bbc-famous-people/.

BBC Bitesize KS1 Science

Splinter were commissioned to write, design and produce 11 Bitesize KS1 interactive science games for the BBC. Once the project commenced we were also commissioned to produce a further 7 titles focused on the Scottish Level 1 curriculum.

The games, launched in September 2011 feature the main characters, Max and Molly and a consistent illustrative style throughout. The games are built in Actionscript 2 with content updateable via XML. Educational techniques employed include multiple choice, process of elimination, remembering sequences and cloze sentences.

To find out more about how we created the Max & Molly games please visit our blog.

If you wish to link to each individual games please visit the following page: http://www.splinter.co.uk/lovie/bbc-bitesize/

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Splinter turn 15!

Splinter 15

Today, 1st June 2012, marks 15 years since Splinter Design first opened it’s doors back in 1997. Paul Musgrave has been quick to point out that he was running Splinter Graphics back in 1996, but it was 1997 that Paul and Chris formed the company as we know it today!

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