V0.3 plan

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I’ve been really hesitant to start continue my work on Project Eldaris. I’ve been really busy lately and I’ve also been unsure of what direction I want the game to take.

Here’s a basic ‘to-do’ list for v0.3:

Quests:
These would bring the game to life, right now I’m thinking of allowing 3 – 5 quests per life. You might be asked to hunt down a murderer, join a convoy escorting a noble through dangerous lands etc.

Characters to talk to in every settlement:
You would meet NPCs randomly by living in a city a long time. You’re more likely to meet a blacksmith if you work as a blacksmith for a while, meet bandits/bards by hanging out at the inn etc.

Why bother with NPCs? Because they can offer valuable opportunities, quests, presents, and they make your hero happier. Some NPCs could become trusted friends, girlfriends, wives, enemies etc.

NPCs can catch diseases (which might prompt them to ask you for money), they can accidentally kill themselves, and go to jail/adventures/war/whatever. NPCs who dislike you can blackmail you if your reputation is known to be low, which you might want to fix by framing them for a crime, hiring assassins or killing them yourself. NPCs who like you can give you presents, offer for you to hang out at the local inn, and join you in adventures. Nobles would be unlikely to be known to you until you are a noble, but if you somehow do a huge favor for a noble they may be inclined to raise your status to become a noble as well. Girlfriends could cook you meals and Wives could give you a cut of her salary etc.There are many possibilities that arise when we add characters to interact with.

Travelling in between Settlements:
Traveling would take a few days depending on the distance between settlements, and would come with the risk of bandits and other dangers. Travelling on foot is slow, Traveling by horseback is faster but requires a horse to be bought, and Traveling as part of a convoy is especially slow but safer.

A new city:
A city called Lonbridge will be added. It will offer many different facilities than Aumroth.

Combat:
There will be 3 types of attacks. Defensive, Normal and Aggressive. There will be chances of missing attacks, dodging attacks, and if an opponent is wearing armor they might be able to deflect the damage. There will be 3 weapons: Fists, Daggers and Swords.

War:
Swearing an oath of fealty at the moment is an easy way to earn some quick gold, and working as a guard is a decent paying job that requires no prior skill building. However you will be asked sometimes to go on dangerous escort tasks or even go to war. Anyone who has sworn an oath of fealty is required to join the High King’s Army unless held rather not show up. (at the risk of going to jail or even execution.) The war could be brutal and long or easy and quick. You could be required to fight in many battles or be garrisoned in an remote outpost and see no action at all. War is a good way to make loyal friends (who will have a tendency to die) and improve your strength and respect greatly, and you could even go up the ranks and become a permanent officer, or even general in the army.

More random events:
These make day-to-day life more interesting in Project Eldaris.

Wilderness /w dungeons, monsters, etc:
The wilderness will provide an extremely hostile place for the player to risk it all and go exploring in the hopes of finding glory.

Finally fix the calendar:
It’s been broken for ages.

Disease:
Activities such as talking to the ladies and sleeping in the slums will carry the possibilities of catching diseases that can be treated for a price in the temple.

Weather system:
Some days will be sunny, rainy, stormy etc. Traveling around while in a storm will be a good way to catch a disease.

A better economy:
There are three materials to invest in; Iron, Coal and Gold. Eventually these resources will peak in price for you to sell for a profit, or drop in price for you to buy in mass amounts. Opportunities like this will happen throughout the game but you’re more likely to be faced with these opportunities if you keep an eye on the stock market or happen to be a member of the Merchant’s Guild.

Animations and a crappy game

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Here’s what happens when you get bored making a game and decide to ruin it: http://www.fastswf.com/WQ9J8rw

And here’s some animations I’ve been working on, I’m not announcing anything right now because I have a bad tendency to quit games halve way through (see above). The basic idea is that you’ll be a fire mage and the choices you make result in one of the multiple possible endings.

v0.11 – Mood and Thirst

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Access here.

Two new mechanics have been added, Mood and Thirst. Also mood and temperature are being displayed differently, rather than exact numbers there will be pictures depicting the state you are in. A green smiley face means your mood is high, and a freezing ice cube means your temperature is low.

Thirst is similar to hunger but depletes even faster, but it is easier to replenish as you can just use the Aumroth well to get a drink.

Mood will have effects on the game, such as temporarily lowering your charisma and strength. If your mood gets extremely low and you work in a high-end job (like a priest) you could be asked to take a few days off and be refused work. These are just ideas at the moment so they haven’t been added yet.

New game in the works

Money is quickly becoming a serious issue in my life, so rather than getting a job I’ve decided to put a few months of effort into a small beat-em-up arena style game. If all goes well it could be the first game I’ve ever got sponsored, and that makes income.

A castle and it’s surrounding lands belong to no lord after the death of it’s final heir and owner. High King Eldaris I has announced there will be a tournament to resolve the issue, the winner will be raised to lord status and the lands will be his. Highborners and common folk alike have traveled from afar to compete against each other, can you defeat all fifteen opponents and claim the prize for yourself?

Here’s a tiny demo where you can run around and hear your own footsteps.

http://www.fastswf.com/mjbqtWw

Also happy Christmas.

BattleQuest back in production!

This blog has been aloud to die until today. It’s only getting a few views every week but for anyone who’s curious, THE TEAM IS BACK. Kind of, it looks like Darkscanner’s role will be reduced to playtesting since he doesn’t want to work on the game because it’s using AS2 (an old old programming langauge).

I remember I used to really care about the ‘public image’ of this blog, not wanting to put out more posts until the previous post had got a few comments.

I guess at this point I’m not updating for views nor comments, but to keep a record of the progress of BattleQuest’s development. BattleQuest has been in development for 3 years and 5 months now, and I was dissapointed when I found out there was nothing to really show for this amount of work. So I’ll keep on gradually updating this blog so I can look back at it one day and embrace in some nostalgia.

BattleQuest is being remade under a new name, but for the sake of convenience lets just keep on calling it BattleQuest here.

Also unlike the previous version, I’m planning to constantly give out unfinished versions of the game for people to give feedback if they want to.

Here’s whats to show after about 6 or 7 hours of work on the remake:

http://www.fastswf.com/aiI8-mM

You can run around, and press X to attack. I guess all this is showing is that I’ve decided to shrink the graphics down so the characters and objects will be smaller and more action can fit on the screen.

It feels great to be back working on this game.