Clarisse from the Ares cabin was one of my least favorite people. She was a mean, ungrateful bully. Her dad, the war god, wanted to kill me. She tried to beat me to a pulp on a regular basis. Other than that, she was just great.
Located on a heavily wooded site in rural Connecticut, Burr Street Elementary School integrates nature with the day-to-day experiences of its students. By cutting a series of courtyards into the building plan, SOM’s design allowed existing trees to remain in place, while bringing natural light and air into the center of the school. More than just a source of greenery, these courtyard spaces function as outdoor classrooms within the building volume. This presentation model opens up to reveal the arrangement of spaces inside. Kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms line the glass-walled east and west edges, each side providing woodland views that reinforce the sense of connection to nature. Learn more
HARVEST MOON: SEEDS OF MEMORIES DEVELOPER DIARY #3!
Harvest Moon fans! Taka here again with more great news! For those that don’t
know me, I’m the producer of Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories, which will be
coming out for Wii U, PC, iOS, and Android. I wanted to talk a little about
another fundamental aspect of Harvest Moon…relationships.
Harvest Moon has always
been about building a successful life, which means running a successful farm,
and also building a meaningful life with friends and family. Marriage has
always been an important part of the franchise, and in Harvest Moon: Seeds of
Memories, we wanted to be careful to balance it against other gameplay aspects.
We also want to make sure that wooing your favorite bachelor or bachelorette
isn’t so time consuming that you can’t get to the other parts of the game you
love. Therefore, we’ve put a lot of thought into how to balance dating,
marriage, and family in Seeds of Memories.
First, we’ve made it so
affection meters are visible on each text box. Raising your affection with all
of the villagers – not just the bachelors and bachelorettes – will be a key
part to restoring the memories of the villagers in Chestnut Town. Second, we’re
bringing back foraging and gift giving. We know for some fans, their absence
was felt in The Lost Valley, and it makes sense for Seeds of Memories to
include them. Just like classic Harvest
Moon games, each villager has their own tastes, and may like or dislike certain
items, including those foraged in the nearby mountains.
We’ve also increased the
number of bachelors and bachelorettes. You may remember April, Catherine, and
Emily, as well as Gilbert, Hunter, and Tony from Harvest Moon: The Lost
Valley. These characters will be
returning as marriage candidates, along with Luke and Andrea, who will be part
of the Seeds of Memories cast!
We’re also excited to
announce that, due to fan demand, we’re adding two additional marriage
candidates: Tabitha, the witch extraordinaire, and Gareth, the logical wizard! Both
of these magical characters give fans a chance to add a dash of the mystical to
their romantic relationships!
And getting married isn’t
just window dressing…it’s a big part of restoring the Seeds of Memories in
the game! But we’ll be discussing that
more in a future Development Diary!