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Designing the Pig Wizards

In 'Egg!' players have more than just the company of their eggs and creatures. The four pig wizards—Mr. Peeg, Javelin, Wortimer, and Borlog—may swing by now and then to help them out, reward them, or just stir things up a bit.

Finalizing the designs of the pig wizards was my very first assignment when I came on board at Nix Hydra. I started out by going over what one of our game designers, Nik, had written up about each pig's character and role in 'Egg!', as well as his rough concept sketches for them. This really helped me get a good idea of their personalities so I could hit the ground running.

Game designer Nik's early concepts for Javelin, Mr. Peeg, and Wortimer.

Game designer Nik's early concepts for Javelin, Mr. Peeg, and Wortimer.

I tackled Mr. Peeg's design first and spent the most time on him, making sure to get everything just right. He's the player's first introduction into the world of 'Egg!' and is present all throughout the game, so perfecting his design was a priority. We wanted to make him friendly and approachable using lots of soft, rounded shapes.

My model sheet and design notes for Mr. Peeg.

My model sheet and design notes for Mr. Peeg.

Next came the other three. By using different shape language (such as sharper shapes for mischievous Javelin), color schemes, etc. my goal was to communicate each pig wizard's unique personality through their design alone. They should leave a strong impression, and give you an idea of who they are before you even talk to them.

My model sheet for Javelin.

My model sheet for Javelin.

When they all come together, I think you can definitely see all their different personalities shine through!

Left to right: Borlog, Wortimer, Javelin, and Mr. Peeg.

I'm excited for you all to meet these guys in 'Egg!'

- Dana