Kurt Deniz
Game Design

Ballistic Mystic: Hexes & Broomhandles

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Ballistic Mystic: Hexes & Broomhandles is an overhead 3D 3rd-person action adventure. Play as Melina Marten, a supernatural investigator and gunfighter. She and her mentor Thomas Webley, have been tasked to unravel the mystery of a cursed fog which has isolated the metropolitan city of Walpurgis Peak.

In their investigation they are confronted by headless gunmen with pumpkin heads bound in vines armed with heavy weaponry and deadly monstrous tanks known as "Battletreads". The investigators have stumbled into a war engaged between the local Walpurgis crime ring & the powerful Broomhandle Witches.

Led by their high matriarch the Grieving Witch, The Broomhandle Witches have raised the dead, awoken vengeful spirits and crafted warmachines dubbed "Witchcrafted" to enact their dark ritual.

Wielding her enchanted revolver and rifle, Melina must run, gun, jump, dodge and battle the Broomhandle Witches and dispel the evils that have consumed the city!

Documentation Excerpts


Battletread Concept and Behavior

Projectile Types

NES Game Design Project: Strike Tank Alpha

A good friend of mine requested me to develop design for a game that he can create in Assembly programming language for a NES rom hack.

That project came to be "Strike Tank Alpha", a Megaman-like platformer where the evil terrorist organization Poison Sting, led by the vile Venom Commander, have taken over the city with their insidious poisonous animal themed weaponry! Alpha Team of the experimental tank division are the only ones left to to save the day from the poisonous menace.

Below is an image of the full level designed for the project. For those interested provided is the in-depth documentation detailing player actions, enemies and a screen by screen explanation of the level, detailing design intentions and challenges meant for players.

Documentation and Screen Breakdown

Table-top Wargame: Death on Treads

Death On Treads is a custom-tank table-top wargame featuring novel and quite often humorous weapons technology; including beltfed tanks, break-action tanks, revolvers, breechloaders, muzzle-loaders, gatling and more!

Death on Treads Core Rules Version 10/29/2013

DoT Parts List Version 10/29/2013

Players can assemble a wide variety of tanks from a list of parts to build their tank battalion.

Balanced by point values and weight capacity, assemblying a tank requires:

    The hull, which determines the tank's armor and integrity
    The turret, the tank's primary weapon
    The engine, a modifier involved with speed and power
    The treads, the primary factor in weight capacity and speed, and may enable special movements like rolling or jumping
    And finally the tank crew, the wild card giving the tank special abilities which can dramatically modify the overall performance.

The Platformer Pocketbook

While attending the Art Institute of Orange County I explored ideas for a platformer game in my spare time.

The many pages are rough and unrefined, but I believe these notes communicate my process of developing and expressing ideas.

I hope you enjoy exploring my crazy doodles and notes.

The Platformer Pocketbook