Beneath the Cardboard















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Hey there! This is ""Beneath the Cardboards"", my 30-days Christmas project. It is mainly inspired by the sorrowful life of those children who live on the streets, especially the so called ""aurolacs"". They are the abandoned kids of Bucharest who live inside sewers, in parks, sometimes inside apartment buildings and around The Northern Train Station. They burn garbage and sleep underneath cardboards in search of warmth. The label ""aurolac"" comes from a gold-ish looking paint with hallucinogen effects which they pour inside plastic bags and inhale. You have to survive the most cruel of the holidays, the one when Santa only brings you frostbites and... perhaps a bottle of ""frost chimeras"" too if you were nice enough. Beware, death awaits at every corner. The weather gets colder and colder, the winds more and more fierce and your stomach... Empty as always.

The nights are chilling and you can't survive unless you build yourself a miserable shack out of the garbage you find or sleep in a more protective, enclosed area (and not in direct contact with the ground).
The main goal is to maintain your body temperature above 36 Celsius. The air temperature, contact surface and wind are the main factors which will drop your temperature. If your temperature tries to go below 36 degrees Celsius, you start converting Energy (which you gain through eating) to heat. You can conserve the heat by protecting yourself from the wind, staying out of the clear ground, keeping in contact with warmer surfaces (like cardboard, sewer caps, benches...) or staying in range of a fire.
You can set things on fire with matchsticks (which you find in the trash cans). Be careful, cardboards on fire can create a chain reaction, setting other cardboards on fire, so you don't want to burn your own shelter.
The mechanics will be further explained through pictures.
The goal is to survive 3 days, up until Christmas. If your temperature drops below 35 degrees Celsius, you die. The day is very short (5 minutes daylight, 5 minutes night) so you'll have to hurry.

The project has been started on 21st November (about 2 weeks ago) and this is what i've done so far.
I'm pushing really hard to get a first playable version up until 15th December, but it is really difficult as i'm a single guy and school is eating most of my day. There's still a lot of modelling to be done (for instance, the streets have to be populated with people wandering around, but i'll leave that for the last stage). As you can see, the hands are not properly textured yet either...

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