This week, I completed the baseline scenario work for the first section of Chapter 5. There are approximately 6 major sections, so the chapter is now about 1/6th complete. Handy.
I have not started work on balancing the chapter, abilities, enemies, or anything like that. Instead I’m going to finish the scenario work for the whole thing and then go back and place enemies and items. This is a departure from the development technique I used for Chapter 1, so we’ll see if this winds up being better or worse.
The Lighting Engine
So here’s a screenshot showing off a bit of the lighting engine. I wound up having to do this using shaders, because doing it with additive blending proved very restrictive. Shaders should hopefully be compatible with everyone’s machines going forward, as I didn’t do anything particularly complex with them.
The lighting system uses simple distance computations with an attenuation function. It supports colored lighting and the lights can be modified via scripts, meaning there will be light-based puzzles later on. Lights can also move to follow a source, so Christine will be getting a lantern at one point.
Lighting allows me to focus your eye on certain points on the screen, and allows for ambushes and an increase in tension. Enemies can see just fine in the dark, but you can’t see their vision cones until you’re practically on top of them.
Urimas has gotten me most of the tiles I need for the cryogenics facility and surrounding areas. Chicken continues to be sick, but has completed half of the basic design work for the chapter. None of the named characters have been concepted yet. Hund has been keeping up with inking.
Me? Scriptwork. I’ve completed most of the maps for the first part of the chapter, and now I’m going to be writing the scenario scripts, adding enemies, and balancing the whole thing.
Right, another short update this week. I’ve spent most of the past week working on other projects (I happen to be the lead coder for two other projects in addition to Pandemonium) but that’s all finished up now and it’s back to work.
Next week I’ll be showing off some of the new gameplay features of Chapter 5. Each chapter is going to have gameplay mechanics introduced, and Chapter 5 has a lighting engine and electricity puzzles (the puzzles may get their own post at some point).
Not much to say this week. As you might expect, starting out a new chapter means you’re short on things to show off.
Urimas has completed the initial spritework for Chris and Christine, as well as getting me a lot of tiles I’ll be needing for the Cryogenics Facility. Chicken has got us a concept out for one of the enemies and Hund is inking stuff. I’ve mapped out most of the first part of Chapter 5 but haven’t put it together or started all the scripting work.
All right, we put up the info and the Patrons have voted. Now we know what we’re going to be working on for the next few months. Let’s get to the results.
God damn it.
So we somehow wound up with a tie for first place. I then proceeded to do what every project lead does when there’s a tie and flip a coin. It was tails. Christine wins. Congratulations, Christine.
The next chapter of Pandemonium: The Adventure will be Chapter 5!
What the hell is wrong with you people?
Why can’t you just give me a straight answer here? Why does everything have to be a tie? So I flipped another coin. Goat wins. Sanya’s beloved pet is Zeke the Goat.
Okay, so here we got a straight answer. When Chapter 2 begins development, Raptor and Snow Bunny girl will definitely be on the list, with Penguin as a ‘possible’ if we have spare time.
Diving Spiders really stole the lead on Chapter 3. It’s a very big chapter, so I don’t know how many extra monsters will make it in. I’ll leave it to Chicken’s discretion if we have spare time.
No surprise here, Lamia swept this one. I was kind of surprised to see Fennec Fox take second though.
And, well, you know.
So, looks like Dark Matter Girl and Eldritch Dream Girl are a 100% lock. I think Steam Droid will make it in as well, as Chapter 5 had the fewest required monsters. Unagi may or may not, as they perform the same role as the Raiju does, but it sure would be cool to have some swimming through coolant tanks or something.
So, development of Chapter 5 begins immediately. I will be sending off assignments to the artists post-haste and will be getting to work on the mapping and scriptwork ASAP.
That’s right, the time has come to select the next chapter to undergo development. If you’re a 5$ patron or higher, go here and fill out the survey. The poll closes next week, at which point I will release the results and the team will begin working on whichever chapter won.
The bug reports from Chapter 1 have largely slowed down, so I’ll be doing some promotion work this week. If you have any bug reports in v1.03, please let me know on the forums.
Chicken, Urimas, and I also have a secret bit of bonus content, but it’s still under development. Expect more on that as it comes closer to fruition.
Today, we have a bugfix release. Click here to get it, or check out the downloads page.
There may or may not be another round of bugfixes next week, depending on if there are any bugs remaining in 1.03. Otherwise, it’s straight onto development of the next chapter.
Speaking of, Chickenwhite is currently finishing up the character redesign work. I will be releasing that as soon as it’s done. We will be doing a Patron Poll next Monday to vote on the next chapter. 5/10 dollar patrons get to vote, so if you’re considering it, this is your last chance as Patreon will begin charging on November 1st.
Huge thanks to all the forumcreatures who posted bug reports and suggestions. A full changelog is below the break.
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