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Development Info Copper Dreams Kickstarter Update #24: Alpha Progress Report

Discussion in 'RPG News & Content' started by Infinitron, Apr 5, 2019.

  1. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    Tags: Copper Dreams; Whalenought Studios

    Copper Dreams has been in alpha since November, but still appears to be drifting in what seems like perpetual pre-production. The latest Kickstarter update details the significant changes that have been made to the game over the past few months, which include UI tweaks, new tiling implementations, and most importantly, the addition of fully controllable companions. The game's injury system has also been modified. I'll quote that part of the update here:

    The Life of the Party

    Our intention was always to remove the idea of Hit Points and replace them with wounds that individually reduce stats of a character. Getting that into a simple system that both feels organic during gameplay, and allows players to reasonably survive and enemies to be killed in predictable ways has been a challenge. With the newest tweaks in the last month of alpha testing, we think we've found a solution.

    Characters accrue wounds specific to body parts. Different damage rolls do 3 tiers of wounds — lesser, greater, and mortal. In the alpha, we've introduced the SHOCK stat to make sure they all work together nicely, which acts sort of like a negative armor modifier.
    • Light wounds still just deter some stat points somewhere on your character, respective of body part. The higher end rolls of these can cause SHOCK.
    • Medium wounds deter stats respective of body part as well and always cause SHOCK.
    • Mortal wounds destroy/disable whatever limb they happen on.
    • If a character's torso or head is destroyed, they're dead.
    So that's easy enough — destroying legs make enemies unable to move, arms reducing any ability to fight, and the vital parts are the torso and head (or non-humanoid equivalent, for you to find out). Rolling mortal wounds is required to do that, and that's where SHOCK comes in. Every SHOCK point a character has, regardless of what body part it was on, adds those points to any incoming damage rolls. This would allow rolls to be either more potent within their tier or jump from light to medium, or up to Mortal.

    This allows a few gameplay features we struggled to design for with previous iterations:
    • Characters can be 1-hit killed.
    • No matter how armored a character is, they can we chipped away at with SHOCK.
    • Aiming for mechanical parts of the body (arms/legs types) is still viable toward reducing character abilities as well as helping towards finishing them off.
    As we mention below, you can now automatically aim for body parts with any action, so you can always have some agency on what you're going for.

    Bringing the Pain

    The wounds your players accrue are now visibly seen on their person. Giant nails, gore blobs, embers, bone fragments — the locational damage of the wounds you get can be seen appropriately on your characters body parts.

    Now those blood decals or arrows that stick into characters have some actual importance — check out enemy damage locations to see what to focus on or what's currently damaged.​

    There's plenty more stuff in the update that I didn't mention, not to mention tons of images and animated GIFs, so check it out. Whalenought plan to release a gameplay video next week to demonstrate some of these new features.
     
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    I think they need to start experimenting with the games look. Take some chances. You don't have to keep the same visual style throughout development, switch things up every now and then.
     
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  3. frajaq Learned

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    Can we pour one out for the original 3D-retro-looks like a PS1 game style that this game once had
     
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    Today when I woke up I had a though about what they have been up to. Probability is a fun thing.
     
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  5. HeatEXTEND Liturgist

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    Honestly though, wtf happened? Still, gameplay stuff sounds interesting, reminds me of NEOScavenger.
     
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  6. grimace Savant

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    Let us formally present Whalenought with a list of questions we have concerning Copper Dreams.

    I will gather the questions and present them to Joseph and Hannah.
     
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  7. luj1 Magister

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    This game should be a reminder of how stupid it is to change the art direction mid-development.
     
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    You Sir, deserve more dancing parrot for this!

     
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    I feel like Whalenought have really matured this game's style & color palette, taken it in a direction that's both distinctive and more likely to be successful than their earlier iterations.

    And the wound-based combat system sounds like it's coming together well. Much to look forward to.

    :shittydog:
     
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    Independent developers decided they didn't want to be judged by their stylistic direction anymore.
     
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    Right.
     
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    Jesus, is this what, a 7th visual iteration?
    [​IMG] From this to >>>>

    [​IMG] and then to this>>>[​IMG]

    Meth. Not even once.

    (I know I skipped a few styles along the way)


    Also:
    Original KS campaign:
    The latest update:
    Granted, these are not mutually exclusive, but makes you think.
     
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    Last art style is miles better than those previous two.
     
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    Beauty is in the eye of the goatman, but I don't think the latest style captures the feeling of a sleek cyberpunk world at all. Looks more like some inbred swampfolks on a roll, modern Poland perhaps?
     
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    Didn't they do that and everyone hated it?
     
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    I once heard that game development is a lot like this:

    Show Spoiler


     
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    They've failed so badly with the latest 'artistic' direction. It looks like it'll give people seizures.

    Who is the project lead for this? They need to be fired.
     
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    Off with her hair!

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    New artstyle look good
     
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    Better swamp graphics than 90s 3d in 201921
     
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