Game Rigger/Animator

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Posted
September 10, 2021
Full Time
Anywhere
Remote

Twin Drums is a hybrid-remote indie game studio with employees in Europe & Africa (primary work timezones). We are growing our team and are looking for a Game Rigger/Animator to work with us on The Wagadu Chronicles, an African-inspired indie MMO built from the ground up for role-playing.

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We are a small team, so the work that you contribute will have a large impact on the outcome of the project. Often in cases, team members take on multiple roles within the project, especially if this role is within their expertise or there is a personal interest.

The Wagadu Chronicles is an ambitious project, developed by a group of experienced game designers, artists and engineers who are very passionate about the project. At Twin Drums we acknowledge and highly encourage learning and growth as we go along, come and grow with us.

Your Profile:

  • Self-organized
  • Interested in growing and learning new things.
  • Open to giving and receiving constructive feedback.
  • Has a regard and respect for the project as a whole.
  • Open-minded.

Art in The Wagadu Chronicles

TWC is a top-down sandbox MMORPG focused on roleplaying. Thanks to our Afrofantasy setting, we are the first game in the genre to be entirely based on African and black diasporic cultures. Our game is colourful and bright - we are creating a stylized, hand-painted style with visible brush strokes and patterns that makes our game visually unique and contributes to the cosy & pleasant feeling. Our characters and animals though are semi-realistic, while spirits can depict various almost-abstract forms.

The Role:

  • Create a reusable rig for our character customization
  • Create rigs for ancestors, spirits and animals
  • Create custom rigs and solutions for hair, clothes and other accessories
  • Create 3D animations
  • Contribute to the creation and maintenance of the character pipeline

Qualifications:

  • Previous experience with rigging and animating for games
  • Excellent problem solving and communication skills - working closely with other team members, communicating the issues, actively finding solutions
  • Experience with Blender since our character pipeline is built on it
  • Experience with Unity animation systems
  • Possesses strong technical skills in rigging and animation
  • Strong artistic eye, understanding of both human and creature anatomy
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Solid time and project management skills

Nice to have:

  • Coding or scripting experience for tools and automations

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About us: 

Twin Drums was founded not just with the goal of making great, innovative games but also with the goal of challenging many of the issues of the gaming industry such as lack of representation and endemic overwork. We believe not only that our industry needs to see more changes, but also our society; making inclusive games is a small contribution to a better world. Twin Drums strives to be a safe anti-racist, feminist, non-ableist, queer positive and anti-colonialist space.

We want to create an inclusive and flexible workspace and as a default offer remote work with a part-time (4-day week) structure.  We believe that the magic lies more in good production schedules and clever time management.

We encourage applications particularly from women/non-binary, people with disabilities, people of colour, and other groups that are underrepresented throughout the game industry. We see you and you are more than welcome here at Twin Drums!

For more information check out our Kickstarter and our website.

How to apply:

If you are interested in applying for this role, please send us a short email with a link to your portfolio, a few words on your background and why you are interested in working with us to jobs@twindrums.com.

We're also hiring a Game Design Intern. You can view (and share) all of our open roles here.

About The Wagadu Chronicles

Have you ever wondered what real roleplaying looks in an MMO? A place where to leave the real world behind and to fully immerse yourself into a fantasy setting in which everybody, from sorcerer to sailor, cares about their character and acts according to it.

Imagine playing a wonderful African inspired RPG where all the interesting NPCs are... actual other players! And their quests are true emergent stories that you can be part of! Imagine skill trees, village management, craft systems and countless other features, all built so that you can create rich characters full of memories and quirks.

This is The Wagadu Chronicles - the Role-Play-first Afrofantasy MMORPG: we are bringing back the "role-play" into the MMORPG genre!

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