We’re looking for your feedback on our first design.
Just in case you don’t know . . .
For the past few years, my brother Michael and I have been designing FUSION: Space Combat. FUSION is a tactical ship-to-ship combat game set in the 23rd century. Pilots fly massive starships for competing agencies by fusing their consciousness with the starships, issuing commands to travel, arm weapons and launch attack drones.
There’s a bit of a Japanese influence in the game world so the starships are named after Japanese weapons such as katana and shuriken.
The Graphic Design
The design needs to be user friendly, look cool and ‘deadly’, but convey some sense of the pilot’s interface with their starship. So each design looks like a user interface or HUD.
Looking for feedback
We’ve worked for some time on the graphic design and layout of the game and have decided to focus our efforts on the starship mat to help us pick a consistent style for all the graphic design. The starship mat is a real focus of the game because you manage skills, time and resources on the mat.
We feel if we can lock down the design of the starship mat this can influence the design of other collateral such as the cards, main combat board, and other pieces.
The artwork consists of pictures I’ve worked on or 3D models purchased with a commercial use license that I’ve lit and rendered in Maya.
Recently we showed the mat to a couple of friends and fellow gamers who have been generously lending their time to play-testing the game. Their feedback was invaluable in making us realise so many logical aspects of mat design that we hadn’t considered.
Now we’d like to see if you can help us too. We’re looking for feedback on various potential versions of the Starship Mat design I’ve sketched.
Is there a design here that makes you want to play the game? Perhaps you don’t like any of them, feel they’re bland, think the colour schemes are awful? Either way, we’d love to hear from you.
Are there some elements that work, and others that don’t? Maybe we need to combine parts of one with parts of another.
Without further ado, here is the five possible designs for the starship mats.
KATANA ONE: PINK
KATANA TWO: WIREFRAME
KATANA THREE: TRANSPARENT
KATANA FOUR: NETWORK LINES
KATANA FIVE: COMPACT
We look forward to your feedback in the comments below.