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Colony Ship update #38 - Demo update #5

Discussion in 'Iron Tower Studio' started by Vault Dweller, Jun 8, 2019.

  1. Vault Dweller Commissar, Red Star Studio Developer

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    News from the front:

    - Progress on the portraits and animations is still slow. Meet generic combat NPC 05 and 06:

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    The helmets and goggles reflect the in-game headgear models. Ivan finished tweaking the rifles animations, going over the pistol animations now (over 200 animations).

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    - Programming and design are right on schedule, which is a lot more important as I'd rather wait for portraits and animations than for the programming tasks to be completed.

    - Scott and I are working on dialogues for the side quests; I hope to have all the quests and dialogues for the Pit ready by the end of the month. Random snippets:

    * * *

    “What can I get you?” The bartender has spotted you looking over the assortment of unlabeled, plastic gallon jugs, each with its own unappealing liquid in some shade of brown. “We got Gutwarmer, Rat Poison, High Voltage, Firewater, and Absolution. Special on the Rat Poison right now, every third round is free for as long as you're able to drink it.”

    * * *
    Three men stand silently about a portable heater, the Ship equivalent of the frontier campfire, minus the good cheer.

    “Do you have it?” the man in charge says in a voice hoarse and low. The left side of his face is disfigured with gruesome, saucer-sized scars, like vicious sucker marks. From one of these rippled craters, the angry orange light of an ocular implant is doing duty for a missing eye. You suppress a shudder thinking about the tentacle that must have delivered that kiss. Everyone’s heard the stories, of course, but you felt better telling yourself they were exaggerated.

    1. Continue.

    Chance hurriedly yanks a dusty old control module from his belt bag and passes it to Scarface. The Granger glances down at it, no more than a quick take, then tosses it to ground.

    “What’s the deal?” asks Chance, his righteous indignation more than slightly overplayed. “You wanted a tower control module, I brought you a tower control module. Now where’s my money? I got shit to do.” He cuts his eyes at you, both in a naked appeal for support and to give himself a break from looking at his mark.

    Scarface isn’t looking at Chance anymore, though. His implant is giving you a hard stare, and you’re guessing it’s not interested in your haircut. Judging by the design, it’s military hardware, already locked in and analyzing its target.

    1. “The money, like he said. Best if you don't make us ask again.”
    2. “What if I can get this module for you?”

    * * *

    Finally some screens to illustrate the latest playthrough, feats, and grenades:

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    ^ hit for 11 points, only 3 got past through the energy shield and armor despite the rifle's 20% penetration due to the length of the barrel

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    ^ the shield is all but spent, only 2 points left, the next shot disabled it for good; also you can see the detailed tooltips when you select an attack type (aimed: center mass in this case)

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    ^ the interface is temporary but the functionality is there; 27 feats (for now) by type: general, party, defense, melee, guns, critical strike, on kill, etc.

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    ^ poison cloud

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    ^ the effect; poor Billy, time to get a replacement

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    ^ Mason likes combat up close and personal but let's move him out of the way for now

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    ^ stasis field
     
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  2. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    Grab the Codex by the pussy Dead State Divinity: Original Sin Project: Eternity Torment: Tides of Numenera Wasteland 2 Shadorwun: Hong Kong Divinity: Original Sin 2 A Beautifully Desolate Campaign Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Pathfinder: Kingmaker Pathfinder: Kingmaker
    New portraits for the avatar gallery! (why JPGs though?)
     
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  3. Vault Dweller Commissar, Red Star Studio Developer

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    No idea, that's how Mazin sends them.
     
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  4. Ibn Sina Learned

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    I am digging everything so far, but I still wish you would remove those red squares on the ground. They make the screen look so clustered and ugly. You have beautiful environment design. Do not ruin the it with those squares appearing during combat.
     
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  5. Kyl Von Kull The Night Tripper Patron

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    Liking the white trash names. My dad tried to name me Clayton after his uncle, but my mom thought Clate sounded too much like the kind of building material you’d use if you were planning an expansion to your mobile home.

    Maybe a toggle?
     
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  6. Neanderthal Arcane

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    It's looking damn good, don't mind squares in combat particularly.
     
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  7. Vault Dweller Commissar, Red Star Studio Developer

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    We didn't have a chance to improve the GUI yet and the list of things I want to change is very long but I suspect it will be done last. Overall, the red squares represent your attack range which is kinda important. The text messages do tell you if the target is out of your range but it would be nice to have a visual indication as well.
     
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  8. ironmask Learned

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    More excited for this Sci-Fi RPG game, than cyberpunk 2077.
     
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  9. rusty_shackleford Arcane

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    where are the waifus
     
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  10. Mr. Hiver Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck

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    At a risk of being seen as negative nancy and nitpicker,...

    Do i really have to?

    I guess Chance is a low Int character?

    Switch that to Chlorine (*easy to manufacture from common table salt) and other simple to makeshift chemical weapons of the kind. Its not a fantasy game.
    Sarin, Mustard, CS tear gas with added crap to make it even worse, and some rare higher quality nerve agents.

    The cover boxes look too conveniently placed.
    Therefore the area looks fake.
     
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  11. Morgoth Arcane Patron

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    Damn these portraits look slick. And on what game engine is this running again?
     
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  12. Efe Arbiter

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    from the looks of it you better put red squares on where you cant shoot.
    its not any intelligible information when %99 of the map has them
     
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  13. Mr. Hiver Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck

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    That can be changed to a tool tip of the targeting reticule/mouse pointer. Just like Fallouts had. Clears up the visual space and enhances the sense of playing in that specific environment, place, location.
     
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  14. Morgoth Arcane Patron

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    In the grim future, only dudebros are allowed to board the Safe Haven Colony Ship and conquer the new virgin worlds.
     
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  15. Vault Dweller Commissar, Red Star Studio Developer

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    That was Scott's line. Personally, I prefer not to assign any reaction/emotions to the PC, letting the player decide if his/her character "suppressed a shudder" or marveled at the damage, so I'll tone it down.

    He is.

    It's not a name used in-game.

    It's an arena not a 'natural' environment.
     
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  16. Vault Dweller Commissar, Red Star Studio Developer

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    Unreal 4.

    Depends on the weapon. A rifle would cover most screen but a pistol or shotgun won't. Either way, we'll change it.
     
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  17. frajaq Arbiter

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    this combat encounter in the crates is looking to be the most refined one in history by how much the devs are having to go through with it
     
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  18. Mr. Hiver Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck

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    Personally i would prefer some kind of calm, factual "noting the scars and the eye", without suppressing shudders or marveling. After all, pretty much everyone on the ship should be used to such things by now.
    That does not mean my character wouldnt understand its a "bad motherfucker better not messed with" but that can be understood without such inappropriate childish emotions, best assigned to other specific characters with personalities that would react that way.

    Well then take those examples as suggestions that seem like they would fit with the setting and the story.
    The names can be slightly twisted to represent the futuristic regressed society and technology/knowledge but still recognizable - and still represent the amount and type of damage, or how advanced each such gas bomb is.
    (in case you have a few different ones)

    Very good. Then ill trust youll be sure to make natural environments actually more natural. After all, thats one of the most obvious faults of all cover based games we all know too well.
     
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  19. Vault Dweller Commissar, Red Star Studio Developer

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    Ironman-style as Nick is just finishing up the save/load system.

    Seeing that it's an arena where 'judges' kill criminals and other undesirables for the amusement of the crowd, the number of women participating in such trials is very low. Here's one though:

    “Mags Burke and her good-for-nothing offspring. Mags and her kin got booted from the Habitat a few years back and been nothing but a thorn in the Court’s backside ever since. Three times they been brought in and three times they were acquitted, and not without cost. We lost one Prosecutor, and two others were– well, I think I’ll just leave it at that.”

    1. “What were they brought in for?”

    “All kinds of crimes, both attempted and seen through to completion. Manslaughter, robbery, assault. Easier to tell you what they ain’t tried, if I could think of anything. Randall’s got a really short fuse, which accounts for most of the Burke family’s problems. Once he starts swinging that hammer, Daryll can’t resist joining in. Then when the two of them are in so deep every direction looks black, Mags grabs her rifle and bails them out. It’s the same story every goddamn time and I’m getting tired of it. Let’s see you put it, and them, to rest for good.”
     
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  20. rusty_shackleford Arcane

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    I expect full bioware-style romances
     
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  21. fixed
     
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  22. Damn. Scott is so heavily involved in this game.
     
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  23. Elhoim Iron Tower Studio Developer

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    Yeah, it's in our to-do list. Same for the movement, blue ones. We want to make them a "blob", in which only the outer edges of the area are drawn. Maybe a very subtle grid around mouse cursor for movement, but it's all very low priority right now.
     
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  24. Black Angel Arcane

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    Why not do it like AoD and have overlapping squares for movement and attacks/actions?
    Courtesy of Goral
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  25. Vault Dweller Commissar, Red Star Studio Developer

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    Too disco floor.
     
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