An Amazing Gift From Alvaro Bravo

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Alvaro Stuardo Bravo has been impressing us for almost two years with his amazing sculptures. Since those first sculptures, his talent has continued to grow and he is quickly becoming a world class artist. Alvaro recently surprised us with a beautiful sculpture based on the Gears of War: Judgment Reaper. I carried it around the studio and people were so amazed at the detail. It will soon find it’s home hanging on the Epic walls.

Epic Gamer and artist Tim Fangon chats with Alvaro about sculpting and other mediums he enjoys.

966372_331802133613500_473553535_oTim F: How did you get started sculpting?

Alvaro B: I started sculpting 2 years ago with a lot of questions about materials and techniques, learning from YouTube and after all the research now I feel more confident about my sculptures.

I started after I saw “Inside the Wicked Workshop” on YouTube from Chris Perna, to me was very inspiring.

TF: Who is your favorite Gears of War Character to sculpt?

AB: Definitely Marcus Fenix, I believe Marcus is the most awesome Character in the game. 

TF: Could you describe the process for the sculpture?999059_10151843181449230_2052617188_n

AB: I start with an armature made of metal, then I cover the armature with aluminum foil. Then I start modeling the clay over the aluminum foil with rough shapes until I feel comfortable with the results. I bake the clay and the statue is ready for the paint job!

TF: What kind of clay do you use?

AB: I use Super Sculpey and Sculpey Firm which is a type of polymer clay that can be molded and put into a conventional oven to harden.

TF: How did you make it look like bronze?

AB: That was the paint job made it by my Girlfriend Carla, she painted several layers of different colors to get that finish and then she added some clear coats to bring some shine. 

964503_342751579185222_34180249_oTF: Did you know the sculpture will be on display at Epic Headquarters?

AB: That’s gonna be Fantastic! And makes me feel very happy because you guys likes what I do, to me is an honor.

TF: When did you start sketching?

AB: I been sketching all my life, I love to make drawings and When I saw Gears of War I knew that I wanted to keep improving my sketches. I loved to make drawings using just a regular ball pen and maybe some polychromes!

TF: How long have you been drawing?

AB: All my life! Since I was 4 years old.

TF: Do you create any art on PC?

AB: Yes. I make drawings using Photoshop and recently I started using Z-Brush which is pretty awesome. 

TF: Which do you like to do more, sketch or sculpt?

AB: I don’t know which is better but I try to do both things because one helps to improve the other and because both makes me happy.

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Essential Gaming: Top 15 Original Soundtracks of the Generation

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OSTCover_FINAL4The website videogamewriters.com recently posted the top 15 video game soundtracks. Two titles from Epic Games made it to the list. They decided to list only original soundtracks, not ones created as compilations. Gears of War by Kevin Riepl comes in as number twelve on the list.

Jen Bosier says, ” It’s easy to forget how revolutionary Gears was when it first released, with every aspect of the game feeling like a grand experiment. This extends to Riepl’s soundtrack which effortlessly blends strong, militaristic themes with foreboding sounds typically reserved for horror offerings.”

At number seven is The Bulletstorm Soundtrack by Michael Cielecki and Krzysztof Wierzynkiewicz. “Cielecki’s mix of chorals and brass plays as a homage to epic action set pieces and thrilling, tense adventures. There isn’t a weak track on the album and chances are you’ll find yourself remembering your favorite skill shots.”

You can get a track from each of the soundtracks for free from the Epic 20th Anniversary Original Soundtrack. You can also download the complete Bulletstorm soundtrack for free, from FilePlanet.

 

 

New Reapers!

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6sept_reaperbodyv5final_lo_by_arukun14-d6l8mjzWe’ve added three new Reapers this week for the Reaper Festival! If you’re looking to earn your Reaper Medal and Weapon Skin this is the event for you!

The Reaper Festival is every Saturday at 12 PM PST / 3 PM EST / 8 PM GMT and usually last a few hours. The group usually plays Team Deathmatch and Free-For-All. If you want to join in on the action just visit the forum thread and send a message to the lobby hosts.

The Xbox live links to hosts are available on the thread. All of the reaper action will be streamed live on EV0L0NE’sTwitch.tv channel and you can watch the matches while you wait for an invite.

Reaper Festival Thread

EV0L0NE’S Live Stream

You will still also be able to find some of the developers from Epic Games playing as the Reaper as well as Raczilla, Cher, Zap, DarkAp89 and Fl4k, and the Reaper Festival Reapers, I EV0L 0NE I, Alex Brand LE and LeMansFahrer.

Gears of War: Judgment Reapers and Reaper Anniversary Party!

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September 19th 2013 – September 30th 2013
5sep_cartoonreaper_by_arukun14-d6l8ojeReapers Worldwide are celebrating 6 Months Gears of War: Judgment’s release and the community Reaper program with a Reaper Anniversary Party. The Reaper Festival is a community event where you can play against the Community Epic Reapers that Epic Games selects every week.

If you’re looking to earn your Reaper Medal and Weapon Skin this is the event for you!

The Reaper Festival is every Saturday at 12 PM PST / 3 PM EST / 8 PM GMT and usually last a few hours. The group usually plays Team Deathmatch and Free-For-All. If you want to join in on the action just visit the forum thread and send a message to the lobby hosts.

The Xbox live links to hosts are available on the thread.

All of the reaper action will be streamed live on EV0L0NE’sTwitch.tv channel and you can watch the matches while you wait for an invite.

Reaper Festival Thread

EV0L0NE’S Live Stream

You will still also be able to find some of the developers from Epic Games playing as the Reaper as well as Raczilla, Cher, Zap, DarkAp89 and Fl4k, and the Reaper Festival Reapers, I EV0L 0NE I, Alex Brand LE and LeMansFahrer.

We’re bringing back some of our former Reapers to join in the fun and our new Reapers have been chosen! !

Brad – UK – Gamertag: SHiIfT N DRiiFT
Kyle – US – Gamertag: FellBluedodger
Neil – US – Gamertag: MVViking71
Cody – Canada – Gamertag: CptSharppz
Lance – USA – Gamertag: DreadfulRaven
Scott – USA – Gamertag: xXx TacComm xXx
Nick – US – Gamertag:  NickKrause
Frank  – Australia – Gamertag: lordwestie
Chris – US – Gamertag: Gorgon Freeman
Mel – Australia – Gamertag: M3LBBY
Marcus – UK – Gamertag: BRODIEMAN
Simon – UK – Gamertag: Slays
Engin – Turkey – Gamertag: Ashes2Gnashers
Linda – US – Gamertag: saaaaaaaammm
Julio – Brazil – Gamertag: JPK l P4L4D1N0
Max – Brazil – Gamertag: Morocoto
Idris – UK – Gamertag: ImDzombieLegend
Wendy – UK – Gamertag: Mad Bad Vixen 
Alex – US – Gamertag: ElJibaro25
Stefano – Italy – Gamertag: STEPLATONE

Follow the Reaper_Tracker for hints where they will be. Thanks to Gnashes and Bizkitdoh for the feed and good luck slaying the Reaper!

Gears of War: Judgment Reapers and New Arukun14 Artwork!

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September 10th 2013 – September 17th 2013
6sept_reaperbodyv5final_lo_by_arukun14-d6l8mjzEach week, members from the Gears of War community will be chosen to be the Epic Reaper. Members will be chosen based on their contributions to the community. We also wanted to showcase some artwork recently created by Tim Fangon of Team Epic Gamers. “Arukun14” has been creating art based on all of Epic’s IPs for a few years now, and he never fails to surprise us with his work. Over the next few weeks we’ll be showcasing some more amazing Gears of War: Judgment Reaper art, so keep watching!

You can follow Tim on the following sites and social media. You can find the original Reaper post HERE.

Facebook: https://facebook.com/arukun14
Instagram: https://instagram.com/arukun14
Twitter: https://twitter.com/arukun14

Our new group has been chosen! We’re still waiting to hear back from some more reapers so stay tuned.

5sep_cartoonreaper_by_arukun14-d6l8ojeEach will receive a custom Gears of War: Judgment dog tag.

You will still also be able to find some of the developers from Epic Games playing as the Reaper as well as Raczilla, Cher, Zap, DarkAp89 and Fl4k, and the Reaper Festival Reapers, I EV0L 0NE I, Alex Brand LE and LeMansFahrer.

Be sure to join them this week, because rumor has it that @Petenub has doubled the XP in Gears of War: Judgment!

Julio – Brazil – Gamertag: JPK l P4L4D1N0
Max – Brazil – Gamertag: Morocoto
Idris – UK – Gamertag: ImDzombieLegend
Wendy – UK – Gamertag: Mad Bad Vixen 
Alex – US – Gamertag: ElJibaro25
Stefano – Italy – Gamertag: STEPLATONE

Follow the Reaper_Tracker for hints where they will be. Thanks to Gnashes and Bizkitdoh for the feed and good luck slaying the Reaper!

Gears of War: Judgment Reapers of the Week – Week 24

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September 3rd 2013 – September 10th 2013
Each week, members from the Gears of War community will be chosen to be the Epic Reaper. Members will be chosen based on their contributions to the community.

Our new group has been chosen! We’re still waiting to hear back from some more reapers so stay tuned.

Each will receive a custom Gears of War: Judgment dog tag.

You will still also be able to find some of the developers from Epic Games playing as the Reaper as well as Raczilla, Cher, Zap, DarkAp89 and Fl4k, and the Reaper Festival Reapers, I EV0L 0NE I, Alex Brand LE and LeMansFahrer. Be sure to join them this week, because rumor has it that @Petenub has doubled the XP in Gears of War: Judgment!

Deborah – USA – Gamertag: GearHeadMom
Scott – USA – Gamertag: xXx TacComm xXx
Francesco – Italy – Gamertag: xILx Fighter
Phillip – UK – Gamertag: XIX V3NGFUL XIX
Grant – UK– Gamertag: xSonoshee
Julio – Brazil – Gamertag: JPK l P4L4D1N0
Max – Brazil – Gamertag: Morocoto
Jeff – Netherlands – Gamertag: NL Grexoz

Follow the Reaper_Tracker for hints where they will be. Thanks to Gnashes and Bizkitdoh for the feed and good luck slaying the Reaper!

Gears of War: Judgment Reapers of the Week – Week 22

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August 20th 2013 – August 27th, 2013
Gears_Of_War__Judgment_13630997039071Each week, members from the Gears of War community will be chosen to be the Epic Reaper. Members will be chosen based on their contributions to the community.

Our new group has been chosen! We’re still waiting to hear back from some more reapers so stay tuned.

Each will receive a custom Gears of War: Judgment dog tag.

You will still also be able to find some of the developers from Epic Games playing as the Reaper as well as Raczilla, Cher, Zap, DarkAp89 and Fl4k, and the Reaper Festival Reapers, I EV0L 0NE I and LeMansFahrer.

Deborah – USA – Gamertag: GearHeadMom
Scott – USA – Gamertag: xXx TacComm xXx
Francesco – Italy – Gamertag: xILx Fighter
Phillip – UK – Gamertag: XIX V3NGFUL XIX
Carlos – Mexico – Gamertag: Alex Brand LE

Follow the Reaper_Tracker for hints where they will be. Thanks to Gnashes and Bizkitdoh for the feed and good luck slaying the Reaper!

And a Stain From a Coffee Cup…

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In the original script for Gears of War, the Brumak from Adam’s house chased the squad through the streets of Timgad,  trapped them inside a thrashball stadium, and ended with a vehicle vs. Brumak “boss battle”.   As we were running incredibly low on time, that entire level got cut and Delta squad just sort of magically appears at the Timgad train station after leaving Adam’s house without any real context or explanation.  After we shipped the game, we decided to do the Windows version, and felt like this this content was worth reviving.

timgadAs we sat and looked at the script, however, we knew that we wanted to do something a bit more extensive for the PC version, and something that tied more into the core combat loop of the game rather than another vehicle sequence.  So we went back to the drawing board and wrote a whole new script.  As we talked through what would happen during the sequence, we wanted to have a visual representation of what the city looked like so that everyone involved would have the same understanding of what we were building.

I started sketching together a Timgad neighborhood while we were talking, and attempted to incorporate all the different areas that people suggested.  An old Theater, a disabled drawbridge, a multi-story parking deck… I just started drawing as we talked, and we were able to work out the flow of the level before anything was ever built in the editor. If you’re familiar with the level you can pretty easily see how things were meant to flow from a top down perspective: Start at the central road in the direction of the arrow, jump across a fissure (blocking the path back) and end with the APC trapped at the open drawbridge. Travel under the bridge into the alleyway.  From there head into a park, followed by a co-op split in the theater.

The theater loops back to the parking decks, which were separated by a footbridge at the top.  The second parking deck leads back down to street level where there are some shops (and a piano for dramatic effect) before crossing over to the power station.  The power has been cut by a giant e-hole, but Jack works his magic in the control room and restores power to the bridge so that the squad can make it to the train station in time to intercept the Lightmass bomb.

Some changes that happened along the way through development:

  • The PC version of Timgad was supposed to be a series of Berserker fights instead of a Brumak.  But the idea of being stalked by – and eventually getting to fight – this giant dinosaur was just too appealing so we brought him back in from the original script.
  • The first Berserker fight was planned atop the parking garage, and you had to lure her to run off the edge in order to get away.  But with the Brumak in pursuit, the Therons entering the fray, the Troikas, and the Seeders… the ramp in difficulty (and overall chaos) was just too much.  It made sense to just focus on the Brumak as the main threat and push ahead.
  • The piano was supposed to have a much larger role in our original plans.  We wanted you to push it out into the street and use it as mobile cover during the fight toward the power station.  It was supposed to cover you from a Troika attack, and possibly even a Berserker roaming the streets.  We had some technical difficulties with networking and scripting, so in the end, the piano just falls into the fissure.
  • The final battle was supposed to be a sequence where you remotely controlled Jack as he was being pursued by a Berserker.  With the Berserker cut and the Brumak in place, we thought it would be much more exciting to actually fight the giant Brumak (you never got to do this in the original game) rather than play with a little RC Jackbot.  This also made much more sense from a co-op perspective since only one person could control Jack, and we didn’t want to cut anyone out of the action of the final battle.

Anyway, the map ended up crumpled and coffee stained as evidence that it went through a full development process, but it’s actually kind of amazing that it never really changed from that original meeting we had.  It was fun to find it all these years later, and reflect back on how far Delta went on their journey.

–          Jim Brown

Gears of War: Judgment Reapers of the Week – Week 21

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epicreaper August 13th 2013 – August 20th 2013
Each week, members from the Gears of War community will be chosen to be the Epic Reaper. Members will be chosen based on their contributions to the community.

Our new group has been chosen, and we’re keeping a few of the other Reapers an extra day since they were late being added!

Each will receive a custom Gears of War: Judgment dog tag.

You will still also be able to find some of the developers from Epic Games playing as the Reaper as well as Raczilla, Cher, Zap, DarkAp89 and Fl4k.

Lutfi – Spain – Gamertag: iLuh
Jalen – USA – Gamertag: Thrashballer
Skye – USA – Gamertag: CptTranquilSkye
Lance – USA – Gamertag: DreadfulRaven
Nuka – US – Gamertag: xReviveMeFoolx
Grant – UK– Gamertag: xSonoshee
Yahaira – Puerto Rico– Gamertag: YaryPR86
Monte – USA – Gamertag: I EV0L 0NE I
Giulia– Italy – Gamertag: Scric93
Liam– New Zealand – Gamertag: themainman21
Nick– USA – Gamertag: Bumble8eeTuna
Johnny – Caribbean – Gamertag: Yoninrod
Carlos – Mexico – Gamertag: Alex Brand LE

Follow the Reaper_Tracker for hints where they will be. Thanks to Gnashes and Bizkitdoh for the feed and good luck slaying the Reaper!

The Reaper Festival

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reaperthumbThe Reaper Festival is a community event where you can play against the Community Epic Reapers that Epic Games selects every week. If you’re looking to earn your Reaper Medal and Weapon Skin and you can’t seem to find an Epic Reaper, this is the event for you!

The Reaper Festival is every Saturday at 12 PM PST / 3 PM EST / 8 PM GMT and usually last a few hours. We usually play TDM and FFA. If you want to join in on the action just visit the forum thread and send a message to the lobby hosts. The Xbox live links to hosts are available on the thread.

All of the reaper action will be streamed live on EV0L0NE’sTwitch.tv channel and you can watch the matches while you wait for an invite.

Reaper Festival Thread

EV0L0NE’S Live Stream

Follow the Reaper_Tracker for hints where they will be. Thanks to Gnashes and Bizkitdoh for the feed and good luck slaying the Reaper!