Development Update: February 19th, 2018

Good news, comrades!

The Equinox Facility scripting is completed

The Long-range Telemetry Facility scripting is completed

The Lower Sector 15 sub-quest is completed

Amazingly, I got all of that done in a week. This includes two transformation sequences, several cutscenes, and a bunch of map layouts.

With this done, I have another project I need to work on for a while. I will try to get my first balancing pass done this week so we can start that testing. MarioneTTe has already edited one of the TF sequences to make it excellent, and the art is inked and awaiting coloring for that sequence.

Depending on how much extra time we have, I should be able to get done 1-2 of the extra content requests in the poll a few weeks back. I also have to polish up the cutscenes and get their timings down (some make extensive use of sound and music for effect) and polish up the minigames and work-credits system, which has some bugs. Otherwise, everything is going fantastically well.

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Development Update: Feb 12th, 2018

Right, not as much work got done this week due to my illness. Oh well.

I’m still closer to the prototype than I was before. I hit a brick wall during the development of a cutscene in the LRT facility and basically scrapped the whole thing. Luckily Mario and I rewrote the scene from the ground up and it’s a lot better now.

I’ve also started working on the parts of the map that lead to the Equinox facility. I’ll be finishing that up this week, hopefully, and then it’s time for balance testing.

I’m frustrated with myself for a lack of general progress due to the illness. The only cure is to work on the project, right? Rawr!

Development Update: Tuesday, February 6th

Sorry about the late update. There’s a flu going around and guess what? Turns out I’m not invincible.

The Long Range Telemetry building is now mapped out and is currently being bug tested for mapping errors. I’m not going to be balancing the chapter until much later, so right now there are no enemies. I need to write three cutscenes for this area, and then the prototype becomes playable start to finish. After that I will be working on the Equinox Facility.

Our artists are making very good progress. Chicken only has a few major designs left for Chapter 5 and the spriting and inkwork are quality as always. I am confident we will make the End of March target for Prototype 1.

Chapter 1 v1.04 Release and Poll Results!

Hey look, Chapter 1 v1.04 has been released! This version contains some fixes for longstanding annoying bugs, the much-requested compass functionality, new portraits for important characters and NPCs, a lo-res mode for older machines, and the ability to put notes on save files so you don’t forget which one is which.

You can download it here or go to the downloads page if you’re weird like that.

Mac Users: This is the first release I compiled on High Sierra. There may be bugs. In fact there probably are bugs. Let me know if you encounter any.

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But wait, there’s more. Last week I asked the Patrons to vote on which optional content they wanted to see in the first prototype of Chapter 5.

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So it looks like Equinox Labs will be going into the prototype, and if we have spare time, Serenity Crater Observatory. As a development update, I’ve finished the scenario work for Regulus City (polish and editing are still needed) and will be starting on the Long Range Telemetry facility next. I just need some tiles from Urimas first.

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These questions were meant as a rough gauge of interest in each of the optional areas. I provided spoiler-free area descriptions with the bare-minimum detail necessary, and somehow managed to net at least a 6 for all areas. That makes me feel pretty good.

We also got one long-form series of questions from a respondent who shall remain anonymous. The questions are listed here:

Is there a partner [in Chapter 5] like in Chapter 1?

Yes. Chapter 1 and Chapter 5 are the only chapters which have one teammate. Chapters 2, 3, and 4 actually have two partners.

Do any of these quests relate to them?

Without spoiling anything, half of the quests relate a great deal to Christine’s partner. All of them relate to Christine’s themes.

I enjoyed the pie quest because it meant more time chilling with Breanne, I enjoyed the bee quest because it meant helping out the bees and getting a better idea of what was happening the forest, I enjoyed the cultist dungeon because it involved working with the Alraunes and putting the beat down on the cultists.

You’re going to love Regulus City.

The quests as presented don’t tell me much about the characters involved, or what will happen to our main character.

Just because I want to keep it spoiler-free. There are twists and turns, and things will happen that you certainly didn’t expect unless you hacked the game files.

So that’s it for this update. We’re making good progress on Chapter 5 and I definitely think we’ll make the end-of-March time frame. Chapter 5 will likely be finished sometime in the summer at this rate, possibly earlier. Get psyched!

Development Update: January 22nd, 2018

Almost everything is in place for v1.04 to be released next week. I’ve fixed the bugs in question and we got some new art for some of the characters who wound up being way more important than I had originally planned out.

v1.04 will also allow you to add notes to your savefiles.

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This feature is retroactive with old saves and can be done at both the main loading screen and in-game from the save menu.

This was probably the second most requested feature. The most requested one was a way to detect Catalysts. In each chapter there will be an object you can find (Usually called the Platinum Compass or a derivative name) that will play a tone when you enter a room with a Catalyst in it. For Chapter 1, it can be purchased in the far southwestern corner of the map.

In other news, there will be a Patron Pal Poll going up today to decide which optional content we should prioritize for Chapter 5’s prototype. We’re doing an internal prototype soon for testing purposes before I move on to the next major section of Chapter 5.

Development Update: January 15th, 2018

This week, I’ve completed about 90% of the work on Regulus City’s scripting. I need to finish putting together a few events, and then allow you to actually get on the monorail (as opposed to just looking at it longingly) and then I can move on to the Long Range Telemetry facility.

We had a team meeting and decided to set our target for Prototype 1 as End of March. I think the art should have no problem hitting the target, but scenario work I’m not as sure. There’s a lot of optional content I want in the first prototype, so we’ll see what makes it in.

There will be a Patron Poll next week to set my priorities for the optional content for Prototype 1. Everything on the poll will make it into Chapter 5, but I’d like to know what you want to see first.

We have also set our target for v1.04 as End of January. The art is most of the way done, and I just need to get around to fixing the outstanding bugs and properly integrating low-res mode.

Development Update: January 8th, 2018

So we are back to full production mode here at Pandemonium Headquarters (which is my basement). I’ve started writing the scripting for Regulus City and should probably have its baseline done this week, depending on how the testing goes.

Chicken has completed around 1/3rd of the concepts needed for Chapter 5, and the sprites and inkwork are up to date.

Patrons this week get to see some previews of the minigames present in Chapter 5. The rest of you will have to wait until a public prototype goes out, which is going to be quite a while. I’ve called a team meeting this week to set targets for Patron prototypes, so that will all be announced next week.

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