Step 1: Print Keyboard shortcuts
These are not essential, but may save you some mouse clicks and your Carpal Tunnel (don't ever say we don't care about you). Note, we do plan to update the UI before launch.Step 2: Building a Titan base
Loosely, a Titan consists of a core surrounded by structural pieces, weapons, and decorations. To completely eliminate a Titan, you have to destroy its core, but you first have to pick off its extremities to get there. When you're designing one, your goal is to make that as challenging (and as fun!) as possible. First, pick a core (shown above) based on your vision for the Titan. Experiment away, and check out the Steam Workshop for inspiration based on what other people are doing.Step 3: Add to the base
Select a mount point on the core and hit "A" to see available pieces (you can also click on the button at the top of the "Mounts" tab, but keyboard shortcuts are faster). Set a piece's health (you'll see the option when you select a piece and click on the "Pieces" button — protip: you can shift-select multiple pieces). A Titan's extremities will be easier to destroy than the inner ones — that is, until you destroy the extremities.Watch Amy and Elliot describe how this works:Step 4: Arming your Titan
Weapons are part of the piece they're attached to (the "parent" piece), and can’t be destroyed individually, though they do contribute to how difficult it is to destroy the parent.
If you're using weapon and shield banks (see below), we generally advise that you have the Titan stop firing while shields are up. From a gameplay standpoint, shields work best when an arena is built around their presence — if a Titan's shielded for 10 seconds, make sure there are things strewn about for the player to collect during that period. More on this in the videos on Arena building:Watch Elliot talk about weapons:Step 5: Giving Your Titan Personality
Step 6: Animate that Titan
- When making complex, sexy, Titans, use multiple pieces (and types of pieces). More pieces = more explosions!
- Think outside the pieces: just because it's called "shoulder" doesn't mean it has to be a shoulder, nor does a "leg" only work as a leg – English is soooo one-dimensional.
- Some of the smallest pieces are the most versatile — spine, X-fork, joint, etc.
- Use reference images (Google image search FTW) for inspiration.
- Use shapes to convey personality: for instance, edgy, spiky things look menacing.
- Colors: You can color your entire Titan or individual pieces. Experiment with reflectivity and glow.
- Jaunty Attire — because why not!
Give your Titan some extra life through movement. Check out this video:
That's it for today. If you've built a Titan, show it off by posting it in the Steam Workshop!