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  • Writer's pictureLucy Rodham

Final Major Project (Week 1)

Hello there! Welcome back to my blog, last week was the start of development on my Final Major Project for my Master's studies in Game Art. As I mentioned in my last post, I will be documenting the development process throughout the project for documentation reasons and to engage others with the project.

Rundown of the project:

My deadline for this module is the beginning of September, and I must present a proposal for the project mid-June. The brief is fairly open ended so I'm undertaking a passion project that has been in the back of my mind for a while. My intention is to make a game demo featuring a protagonist with Tourette’s syndrome, exploring the social and emotional impact it has on their day-to-day life through a visual novel style format.

Week 1:

This week has mostly been planning and preparing for development, which isn’t the most thrilling part of game dev, but it is an important part of the process. The image on the left shows a rough plan of the pacing of the game, with its key events. This allowed me to better visualize the flow of the game. I started with a Notion document, just writing down everything I could as I find it hard to begin with a blank page. In another document I began puling together some research I’d done with people in the Tourette’s community. Prior to starting the project I’d asked around and spoke to a few people to get an insight into their own personal experiences and what they would like to see in a game portraying Tourette’s. This is because I don’t want this project to just be my experiences and thoughts, I hope to show other people’s viewpoints too. Moreover, I have began pulling together art style references and even made a start on a rough version of the dialogue for the game.

This image is the first iteration of the game's protagonist. I was playing around with different expressions and how I wanted the characters personality to shine through. As seen in this image the coloring has been kept to grayscale, this is intentional as I'm currently looking onto making the game primarily monochromatic, only using hints of color to lead the player and show emotion.

I’m looking to conduct more “official” research for the project, both from those with Tourette’s and without. For my primary research I'm looking to interview a few volunteers, if you are willing to be interviewed please reach out to me at If you are interested in helping my research anonymously I have created a Google form (

Thanks for taking the time to read this development update! I Will hopefully have more visual work to share soon :)!

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