Profiles: Saymund & The Reskk
Saymund of Ayon 9
A mysterious entity who wanders the moon, eternally observing, eternally studying. He aids the player by providing wisdom and insight. His identity and motives are unclear, but he is nonetheless a fountain of knowledge, eager to impart wisdom and tell stories of the history of Lorian V.
Saymund is one of the central NPCs in the game. Among other things, he is the vehicle from which backstory and lore are delivered. He frequently tells tales remotely via his droid companion, a small floating droid named Dizzy.
Encounter a curious artifact, or see something unusual in the environment? If Dizzy is with you, Saymund is never far, and he's more than willing to tell you all about it.
Reskk, The Devil Stalkers
The Reskk are fearsome warriors, the corporeal arm of the Gornah. Their origin is a mystery, but they tend to show up wherever there is any threat to the local Gornah. You will come across several during your travels on Lorian IV, usually alone, traveling the caves and tunnels, looking for the Construct. They are not interested in you and will ignore you unless aggravated, in which case they respond with deadly force.
Speaking generally, using a save room will cause common enemies to respawn in the game world, as well as roll dice to determine certain chance based occurrences in the game world. Make no mistake, this is not, generally speaking, a "random" focused game, but there are a few occurrences or appearances that are based on chance that help to enrich the experience.
One type of chance based encounter are Devil Stalkers. There are a number of locations on the map where there is a small chance one can appear, this dice being rolled any time you use a save room.
Devil Stalkers are among the most powerful entities in the game. Fortunately, they are not interested in you and will ignore you unless provoked. Once spotted, they will go about their way, traveling the map, until they make their eventual exit.
It is technically possible, however unlikely, to defeat a Devil Stalker, but doing so will require the most powerful weaponry and defenses available.
- As I usually say, the Paypal store remains open to anyone who is interesting in lending their support.
- I know some of you probably wanted to see new screenshots or animations, but I am going to be a bit stingy on new game assets for the time being, I want something a bit more polished and interesting to unveil -- Which will be at the soonest possible time. I don't want to oversell, but I think you guys will be happy once you see the game.
- I'm considering options as far as promotional ideas for early next year, especially if we go forward on Greenlight. I've stayed out of Greenlight so far because I thought it was too risky -- The idea being, if you list on Greenlight, your hands are tied and you'll have no route onto Steam until you become greenlit, which could take a long time if it even happens at all. We have had many inquiries and offers from various publishers (publishers who can provide Steam access) -- But this is an important decision with pros and cons all around. Suffice it to say, I'm less nervous about the idea of Greenlight than I once was, with my confidence in the quality of the game growing as well as confidence in our supporters.
Which leads me back to my previous thought: Would any of you be interested in participating in a game jam hosted by Ghost Song? It's something I'm considering for early next year. There'd be an appropriate theme, prizes, and other contests/fun to go along with it as well. This could potentially be a nice way to build some community as well as have a lot of fun with like minded people. (Incidentally, if you would like to be a sponsor and throw a prize onto the pile, get in touch with me directly. My direct email address is listed in my twitter profile.)
About to sign off for now -- One quick last thing. A friend of mine launched his own Kickstarter a while ago and he could really use some support. He's been working on this thing for a long time. It's kind of an interesting, Scrabble-like spin on Puzzle Quest. It's called Apexicon. If it looks like something you might enjoy, consider giving it a back or two.
P.S. So who's getting a PS4 and who's getting an Xbox One? :) I don't know a lot about PS4 yet as it pertains to Unity fees, but I've learned Xbox One will cover the Unity fees to those accepted into their Indie program. Combine that with every console being its own dev kit, and this is very interesting indeed...