Collecting Resources For Creating A Game

The plan is to collect all the media we need to create "a spooky game-like experience". 

I say game, but this won't be an all singing, all dancing game of any sorts, but it will have characters, and scenes and interactivity.

The objective is to just collect lots of "stuff" that we can piece together.

Later, we will explore tools like Livecode, or Twine, maybe p5js, and animation tools to bring all these media resources together.

 






Resources

Using the materials listed below I am going to use the excelllent map generators to create my home page. I will have between 5 or 10 other pages linked from the home page.

I will browse Project Gutenberg texts collection to find some stories that I might want to remix, or use as inspiration. I'm not going to use these stories word for word, but I may use some ideas from them.

I will use the Character Generator to help me create a character or two.

I will use the Reedsy prompts in association with TalkToTransformer to help me get started with a story. As someone who has never written a story this going to be a big ask.

I will use the pngimg site to get isolated images I can use for my characters.

Using the Mansion Generator I will create some destinations.

Using image sites I will collect pictures of interiors that I can maybe link together. Using Photopea I will make sure they are the right size (1024 x 768)

I will find background sounds and sound effects (in .wav format). I might need to use Audacity to trim them.

 

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PixelMob

https://pixelmob.co
Site that searches other resources

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Mixamo

https://www.mixamo.com
Download 3D characters and animations

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New York Library Digital Collections

https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/

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British Library Map Collection

https://www.bl.uk/maps
A variety of maps to explore

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Royalty Free Soundtracks

https://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/full_list.php
Great list of Creative Commons audio files

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Public Domain Review

https://publicdomainreview.org/
Curated sources of images, books and more

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BBC Sound Effects

http://bbcsfx.acropolis.org.uk/

16,000 BBC sound effects for personal, educational or research purposes.

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Animated Images

https://www.animatedimages.org/
Lots of animated gifs

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pngimg

http://pngimg.com/
Large collection of isolated PNGs, great for making montages.

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Scan The World

https://www.myminifactory.com/
Brilliant collection of downloadable models for 3D printing

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Free Vectors

https://all-free-download.com/free-vectors/

Fabulous collection of SVG or .ai graphics files that you can edit with tools like Inkscape, Janvas or Gravit Designer. 

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Project Gutenberg

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?sort_order=downloads

A collection of thousands of free to read and use texts, from Trump's inaugural speech to Alice in Wonderland.

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YouTube Audio Library

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCht8qITGkBvXKsR1Byln-wA

YouTube has bots that check your videos to make sure you haven't used a copyrighted music track in your video. All these tracks are free to use on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram & Twitch without copyright issues.

This guide shows you how to download tracks from the Audio Library.

There are also lots of sound effects to download too.

Pay special attention to attribution requirements, with any audio user ever.

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Free Music Archive

https://freemusicarchive.org/

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Europeana Archives

https://www.europeana.eu/en

Europeana provides access to millions of books, music, artworks and more – with sophisticated search and filter tools to help you find what you’re looking for.

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Animation Frames

https://www.freepik.com/free-photos-vectors/animation-frames

A collection of sprite sheets that you could use to help you with your animation.

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Royalty Free Video Clips

https://www.pexels.com/videos/

Lots of royalty-free videos to use. Can you tell a story with these sorts of videos?

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Royalty Free Video Clips

https://pixabay.com/videos/

Another place to find free video clips to use.

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Public Domain Vectors

https://publicdomainvectors.org/

Large collection of downloadable .svg files 



Tools

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Osmosis Drone Generator

https://mynoise.net/NoiseMachines/osmosisDroneGenerator.php

Create pleasant background sounds

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Audacity

https://www.audacityteam.org/

Audio editor with loads of effects.

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Village Generator

https://watabou.itch.io/village-generator

Generates maps of fictional villages.

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Mansion Generator

https://watabou.itch.io/procgen-mansion

Generates animated 3D mansions... really unusual.

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Evoke AI

https://evokemusic.ai/direct/A4n66W7pQ5Ohz

Choose the genre and mood and let AI generate a two minute track. 3 downloads with free use. Quite interesting. Could be used for a promo video.

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The Dungeon Maker

https://watabou.itch.io/one-page-dungeon

Reload the page and a new map of a dungeon is created for you. Amazing.

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AIVA - AI Music Generation

https://www.aiva.ai/

This tool generates music (based on parameters) in lots of different genres and you get three free downloads. You can get a mixed .mp3 or midi file. Very impressive.

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Ambient Mixer

https://www.ambient-mixer.com/

Create background soundscapes

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Talk To Transformer

https://talktotransformer.com/
See how a modern neural network completes your text. Type a custom snippet and see what is generated

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Reedsy

https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/
Thousands of writing prompts. Try one.

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Photopea

https://www.photopea.com/
Exactly like Photoshop of old, but in the browser.

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Character Generator

https://www.character-generator.org.uk/quick/
Creates characters, with characteristics you may use somehow.