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Hello ladies and gents! Our last update was kind of a downer in general considering all of the trouble we went through to get to this point. Let's see if we can turn that frown upside down! Wow, that sounded terrible. Not saying that again. Anyway, let's start with some new eye candy!
Magical Academy (currently unnamed)
In Dying Computers
Having a faulty computer from purchase is one thing, but it's a whole different ordeal when a computer you've used for so long has died. Computers seem to have the lifespan of a rat in this technologically evolving society. Nevertheless, when you do spend so much time with computer, you get attached to it and it's difficult to see it degrade into one that seems to have dementia.
Tegan, our sprite artist recently had her workhorse laptop die on her. For the past several weeks her laptop decided it no longer needed to register half of her keystrokes. Unless she had access to another computer, communication was relegated to broken english or leetspeak (l337$p34|< yo).
Tegan: "ill o a muh ok a i an a hool"
Tegan: "ILL JU ..... ALK 2 YOU @ hool"
Me: "Ah, alright talk to you later."
Tegan: "ok ju$7 ecidig be7ee ju$7 doi $oldier or 7empa7e"
In retrospect, it was kind of fun. For me, at least. Luckily all that has been taken care of and she's been upgraded to a new built-it-herself desktop. This time around, we have nobody to blame (*cough*wacom*cough*) but ourselves if something goes wrong! Yay!
Now that Tegan has her awesome new desktop that seems to do what she tells it to, she's been churning out sprites and items like a maniac. I suppose this is a good time to introduce a new support character:
At the peak of his military career, Gareth Lawton was a trusted first lieutenant of Leon Hightower within the Valian Army.
Everything has been business as usual for Darren our musician and Drew our lead programmer. We're looking to add another programmer to our team in an effort to speed up development. Vagrant now has a fully functioning Cintiq Companion, despite the ugly cord drilled from the back end of it to make things work. New environments are in production as we speak opening me up to work on other parts of the world.
Apart from fleshing out the rest of the world of Cielo'viv, I've been retouching Enemy AI (Guards within Port Nasbeth Jail) and working on puzzles and mechanics to finish off this segment of the main storyline. Although I scheduled polish to be applied at the end of development, I decided to do some within the jail and work on lighting and effects to see how it would turn out. Considering how dark the jail is, it looks great and adds a significant amount of depth to the visuals. Darkness and light will also play into some key moments of this segment in the game. I've also fixed some glaring issues with customer movement within the Run a Shop portion of the game.
There always seems to be some kind of 'woe' in these updates. This past week and a half I've had to deal with the forum suddenly breaking itself. Some of you who frequently check the forum have noticed that it was down for a number of days. If you've just tuned in, you'll also notice that it looks and functions quite differently.
This is due to the fact that I had to change forum software and convert/import the old database into this one to solve the problem. It didn't really solve the problem, we really just sidestepped it. The previous forum was SMF, and we've moved to phpBB.
You'll notice old posts may not be formatted properly and posting will be quite different. We've lost the WYSIWYG interface to preview the post while we edit it, but I believe the change is better overall. Private Messages are no longer per-message but in threads, so it's much easier to track what has been talked about. To see the latest posts, simply hover over the "Search" dropdown on the upper left and click on "View New Posts".
For anybody with active phpBB experience, if you could direct me to a nice WYSIWYG add-on for posts, it would be a great start.
Remember that you will have to reset your password, since passwords were not imported from the old forum!
Casting Call #3
Casting call #3 is up in the forum!
Port Nasbeth Jail
Nasbeth Jail is one of the largest prison systems in Cielo'viv. It was 'renovated' from an old Kobold dungeon system and built upon into a modern, mechanized jail with some advanced security measures. The more sinister criminals spend their time in the darker recesses of the dungeon. Port Nasbeth guards are known to treat everyone equally. That is, they treat all criminals and well-mannered citizens the same, so don't be surprised if you spend a couple nights in this jail.
"A young, selfish bounty hunter mistakenly endangers those he loves most while exploring the dark secrets of his own past." Another friend of ours has relaunched their Kickstarter campaign! Broeder: The Secrets of Ohr is being developed with a lot of love and attention to detail. Check it out!