Before I became part of the development team for this private server, I was just a simple gamer addicted to this game. I started playing since February 2011 in Bandmaster PH server until the official server shut down on October 2013. I couldn’t let go of this game since I only played it for 2 years.. the gameplay was awesome and I wanted this game to continue so I tried to join a group of Thai players discussing to bring this game back and I became part of the developers group for a private server. Lead by DJ Pop, a Thai programmer and 3 other Thai gamers who are experienced in their own fields, I became in charge of the logo, launcher, UI design, forum and images used for announcements and advertisements.
Launcher design. Rushed. It was not requested until it’s less than a week before the server opens so I only managed to submit 2. Majority voted for the full pic with a band. That is the current launcher up to date. Credits to the image owners.
I wanted to use my own artwork for the launcher but there was not enough time. >__<
Forum design was somewhat a fun part… Check: BANDMASTER.BOARDS.NET
and did I mention I also worked on the website? Except for the coding part… we had to do it from scratch. Coded by Hynn and a rush concept by me. We didn’t bother to fix this anymore since we’re not using it often. But check it out the website HERE.
So all those production state is done… we did the alpha and beta test from December 2013- February 2014. The game now is fully running since March 2014. I became in charge of moderating the community particularly international players. Majority of the updates posted in the facebook page is in Thai because everyone in the dev team is Thai except for me but this game is international so I made the forum for player’s source of information and sometimes host events.
Graphic Design. I create majority of the images for announcements in page and event postings. I love this part. My role is not done and I enjoy making pics like these:
All images used are from the game itself. I love editing! See more edits HERE.
So that’s pretty much it for the production part.
Moving on to the gaming part, even now I play from time to time when I have time.
IGN: gummie (my active account) or Reirei (my game master account)
This is not just an ordinary 6-keys rhythm game because accuracy is a big deal. Every key you press will have a sound so you must press it on the right time to produce a good music… but it takes a lot of practice and feelings. This game offers to play different instruments for each song and has different patterns (note chart) corresponding to the sound of the instrument. Another thing I like with this game is you can control the sound especially when playing the piano or guitar, if you hold the keys, the sound will be held too and when playing drums, you can press extra keys and do a remix. ^_^ Sometimes you just feel like it should have a note to press there and in fact, you can edit the chart or create your own pattern for each instrument. I tried it and it takes a lot of patience especially if the song is hard. Good thing we have dedicated note charters.
This is a good example of an easy song..
The instrument is only playing the lead piano part and all notes are rightfully placed according to the sound. Good job to my friend for doing the chart for this song. ^_^
Now this is an example of a hard song with a chart that includes all instruments.
See how the chart has notes for the sound of piano and drums. Even though I’m playing in practice mode (no game over if I can’t press correctly) I didn’t finish the song coz I know I’ll mess it up. LOL…
Song level and difficulty varies. I’ve seen some low level songs that has easy bass and drums but has a crazy guitar. And sometimes BPM or speed of the song is a factor.
In the end, it takes a lot of practice to play it right and get used to pressing the keys in a specific pattern on the right time. The best thing with this game is… unlike any other games, rhythm games cannot be cheated. It’s all about hand skill. I used this game as an excuse to warm up my hands before drawing and before I know it, I’ve been playing a lot and enjoying the other songs and community.
Community…… a great feature of this game with its wide selection of items in the shop. From instruments to accessories, clothes, wings and even pets that grow every hour so this is why I leave my laptop on even while I’m sleeping so when I wake up I’ll see my pet bigger than my character.. but if I got disconnected, it goes back to that tiny pinky size.. pets give extra bonus in multiplay and a great display in the community hahaha.
I really enjoy dressing up my character. Look at my collection from the old server in PH~
I think I spent more than a thousand canadian dollars for those sets hahaha… I just didn’t notice because everything was cheap until I put all my expenses together… omg.. but I enjoyed it well. Overall, the gaming experience is satisfying if you’re looking for a rhythm game that also features community for social purposes.
Check out this video of my bandmaster days in the PH server. ^___^
Meanwhile, here’s a video I found to help you understand what this game is about:
Download link and more information are posted here: http://bandmaster.boards.net/