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Re: Development Update

Postby getter77 » Wed Mar 11, 2009 2:02 am

Great to hear that you are planning for extensive Q/A, testing, etc. So many PC games, often to tragic consequences, try to skip that step heading out of the starting gate and we've all seen what tends to happen to the unlucky ones. :(
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Re: Development Update

Postby BlueSalamander » Sun Mar 15, 2009 8:14 pm

Here's the latest update:

-added the new text font
-added the new sprite for braziers.
-added new land animations (bugs and butterflies)
-added a balor to one of the later encounters.
-added code for the AI to dispel Silence areas if this is to its advantage.
-added code so that archers/casters would rather shoot/cast damage spells on non-sleeping creatures (sleeping creatures wake up when hit)
-fixed a bug when an archer shoots a sleep arrow during a ready versus spell action
-played through the demo again, fixed a string of minor problems.

Over and getter77 - Are you guys interested in playtesting the game?

Meanwhile, I've got my hands on Neverwinter 2 Storm of Zehir, will try to write a review one of these days.
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Re: Development Update

Postby Over » Sun Mar 15, 2009 10:30 pm

What a coincidence. Today is my birthday and you're proposing to playtest the demo ;) I would be glad to help, playing the game and reporting any bugs or balance problems.
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Re: Development Update

Postby getter77 » Sun Mar 15, 2009 11:32 pm

I've never done any beta testing for a commerical project before, but I'd also be happy to help if you'd have me. I would hope to learn much from the experience as I do aim to break into the videogame industry once I've developed a proper skillset and experience. Unemployment tends to result in bouts of time to throw at one venture or another afterall. :(

Also good to see another bit of progress! Especially like the AI's decision weighing regarding sleep---bold move that puts you at odds with just about any other RPG I can think of.

Happy Birthday Over! :D
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Re: Development Update

Postby BlueSalamander » Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:32 pm

Great. Please hold on a few days so that I can at least put in the main title picture. Also, I will set up a private forum area for play testers so we can avoid revealing the game's entire plot on public forums.

Happy (belated) birthday Over, I also had my birthday earlier this month.
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Re: Development Update

Postby getter77 » Mon Mar 16, 2009 7:07 pm

Sounds like a good plan. We'll give it our best shot! 8-)
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Re: Development Update

Postby Over » Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:38 pm

I'm looking forward to it. :)
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Re: Development Update

Postby Lurking Grue » Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:19 pm

Been following your progress for quite some time and I got to say that I'm really impressed by the thought you've put into this game and I am very much looking forward to the eventual release. Also two thumbs up for your frequent development updates, any tidbit of info on the game is very much appreciated.

Good to hear you've changed the font, because that was one of my gripes (well, my only gripe, really) when looking at the screenshots. The old font was too blocky and, er, low res console game like, IMO. Hopefully you will not be using all caps with your new font - using only caps makes the text tiresome to read and it looks quite terrible, IMHO. Other than that, I have no other critisism towards the game's graphics, the game looks really, really good. Speaking of graphics, can the game be played in a window?

Keep up the good work! :)

P.S. If you need more beta testers, I'd be glad to help.
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Re: Development Update

Postby BlueSalamander » Fri Mar 20, 2009 2:02 pm

Hello and welcome to the forums, Lurking Grue.

Lurking Grue wrote:Hopefully you will not be using all caps with your new font

The new font is all capitals currently. It's not blocky, but it's still pixelated, as any graphic is when brought to a very low resolution.
I'm not against using lower case (most dialogues are already stored with lower case plus upper case in the scripts), but it's going to be additional work. I'll post some screenshots with the new font and we can discuss whether lower case is needed. Personally, I'm not bothered by the all-upper-case font when playing the old Gold Box games.

Lurking Grue wrote:can the game be played in a window?

Yes and there are two available window sizes. There's also a setting for the mouse cursor (whether it's bound to the window's edge or not).
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Re: Development Update

Postby Lurking Grue » Fri Mar 20, 2009 2:33 pm

BlueSalamander wrote:I'm not against using lower case (most dialogues are already stored with lower case plus upper case in the scripts), but it's going to be additional work. I'll post some screenshots with the new font and we can discuss whether lower case is needed. Personally, I'm not bothered by the all-upper-case font when playing the old Gold Box games.

Yeah, after posting I realized, that changing the text in the game to lower case might require too much additional work and that's not really worth it. It's not a big issue, really, and I don't want to see any delays due to that. Also, I might have written my opinion a bit clumsily in my previous post. Apologies, didn't mean to sound harsh. (Note: English is not my first language, so sometimes I inadvertly say/write things a bit too bluntly.)

BlueSalamander wrote:
Lurking Grue wrote:can the game be played in a window?

Yes and there are two available window sizes. There's also a setting for the mouse cursor (whether it's bound to the window's edge or not).

Excellent!
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