Legend of the Greasepole

The Legend of the Greasepole is a multimedia tribute to the inexplicable Engineering traditions at Queen’s University in Canada. Over 50 students contributed to the project.

Legend of the Greasepole Title Screen

What’s Cool About This

There’s a significant AI component to Greasepole – the autonomous frosh characters have models for learning and communicating with one another. More information used to be on the Queens Engineering Society site. [actually, I’m now hosting this locally, as the Queen’s EngSoc site is being moved. If you’re from Queen’s and you have this back online, could you let me know? ]

Legend of the Greasepole was originally built as a PC game using DirectX. It was subsequently ported to XNA so it would work on the XBox 360, and then to Silverlight so that it would work on the web.

A quick explanation of how to play isĀ here on the LegendWeb, hosted on the Queens EngSoc server. [currently hosted locally]

I was Producer and Lead Developer of Legend of the Greasepole, and Craig Calvert was the project’s Artistic Director and Lead Artist.

The Storied History of Greasepole:

First Release 1998 for PC in C++.
Re-released in 2007 for PC and XBox 360 with XNA. (about the 2007 release).
Re-released in 2008 for the Web with Silverlight 2 (please see below).
Re-released in 2010 for the Web with Silverlight 4 (tech notes about the Silverlight release).

PC and XBox360 versions

The XNA and original C++ versions are available for download at the Queen’s University Engineering Society website.

Silverlight version

As part of a demo, I ported Legend of the Greasepole to Silverlight, so now it can be enjoyed from the comfort of the web. With the release of Silverlight 4 in 2010, it is now also hardware-accelerated, so it performs pretty well (with a couple of foibles – the full PC version is a labour of love and definitely more polished).

You can play the Silverlight version on a Mac or PC at http://robburke.net/greasepole/silverlight.

The Legend of the Greasepole is a multimedia tribute to the inexplicable Engineering traditions at Queens University in Canada.  Over 50 students contributed to the project.

The Legend of the Greasepole – CD Back Cover Art