Rise of Winterchill | Blog https://riseofwinterchill.com/blog.xml en Piercing through Fog https://riseofwinterchill.com/blog/piercing-through-fog Piercing through Fog<span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/profile/softmints" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Softmints</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 04/23/2019 - 00:00</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img alt="Icon for the 'Piercing Eye' ability, depicting a red beastial eye peering from the shadows." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7020042a-8a91-4882-8dd1-779b67d212ac" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Spell_Piercing_Eye_2.jpg" width="200" class="align-right" />It has been a quiet month of work on the game, so I'll stick to some simple informative updates.</p> <p>The main feature we've added recently is fog of war, which enables more gameplay-oriented testing as testers can now outmaneuver and surprise each-other. The two-lane map <em>Merrilane</em> is starting to feel a little cramped!</p> <p>One design decision I'll share is that each team's troops will be permanently visible to both teams. This is in contrast to most lane-pushing games: which tend to conceal troop positions.</p> <p>Since information about spawn timings and troop paths is easily researched, I am inclined to keep things accessible and show everyone where the troops are at all times. (This does not include any extra units that come from mercenary camps; those will stay hidden until they first enter vision. Some secrecy is important!)</p> <p>Speaking of permanently visible, you may like to check out the <a href="https://lanepushinggames.com/game/rise-of-winterchill-2018/hero/rasputin">completed hero kit for Rasputin</a>, who is getting all the attention as usual...</p> <p>We are currently working on a mixture of more content (always nice) and various quality-of-life features like improving pathfinding and making abilities more responsive. Alpha is still being kept small as we have our hands full with development; we will ease the gates open a little further in May.</p> <p>Thanks for staying tuned!<br /><em>Softmints</em></p></div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title">Comments</h2> <a id="comment-136"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/136" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Lanang</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Tue, 04/23/2019 - 05:40" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Tue, 04/23/2019 - 08:20"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/136#comment-136" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1556007651"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Is this going to release on steam or will it have its own launcher?</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=136&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="J5QKFwMlDaAkCR5hXmLTuK5lSidVbArlGC8VIoZFvhE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-138"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="5" about="/comment/138" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/11.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/profile/softmints" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Softmints</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/136#comment-136" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Is this going to release on…</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Lanang</span></p> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Tue, 04/23/2019 - 10:47" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Tue, 04/23/2019 - 10:47"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/138#comment-138" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1556016467"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Hi Lanang – while we do have our own one at the moment, we haven't settled on any particular launchers for release yet. What are your opinions on them?</p></div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=138&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="KqtVDNEhLMZRGVo5g-hle9Fk2u4T1lxaJNot8o1-GK8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-139"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/139" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Umang Sharma</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/138#comment-138" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Hi Lanang – while we do have…</a> by <span lang="" about="/user/profile/softmints" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Softmints</span></p> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Tue, 04/23/2019 - 17:42" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Tue, 04/23/2019 - 21:50"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/139#comment-139" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1556056254"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Where can I test this game?</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=139&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="9dR6oWoSu8xGDsrLwTZ5lPaUpvRXPC1RgJEa1kOzHDY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-140"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="5" about="/comment/140" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/11.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/profile/softmints" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Softmints</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/139#comment-139" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Where can I test this game?</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Umang Sharma</span></p> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Tue, 04/23/2019 - 21:54" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Tue, 04/23/2019 - 21:54"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/140#comment-140" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1556056449"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Well, you're on the right website :)</p> <p>Sign up for alpha testing is available on the home page. Then you have to sit tight until we need more testers! If you have any other questions in the meantime, the <a href="https://discord.gg/EtgrsrE">discord</a> is a good place to hang out.</p></div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=140&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="Rjy-N9uxq07v6YQmltVk8RngNMIRE2bBZlfnHbwmIpA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div></div></div><a id="comment-141"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/141" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Nihdogg</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Wed, 04/24/2019 - 17:28" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Wed, 04/24/2019 - 17:33"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/141#comment-141" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1556127201"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Hi !<br /> I wonder what is your thought about the lane management ?<br /> This is one of the most important mechanics of a lane-pushing game and it usually comes with vision. But I think it could be interesting to split up the two by removing the vision contribution of minions: it would become both grouping or spliting team interesting and a lane pushed could acts like an embush.<br /> Is that an option you have looked into ? Can you explain it ? You made insteresting articles I want more now :)</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=141&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="wTkuUVxE6PK783smr54z34nWnLT88ODApdyZvENTQm4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-142"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="5" about="/comment/142" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/11.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/profile/softmints" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Softmints</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/141#comment-141" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Hi ! I wonder what is your…</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Nihdogg</span></p> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Wed, 04/24/2019 - 17:38" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Wed, 04/24/2019 - 17:38"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/142#comment-142" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1556127511"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Hi Nihdogg,</p> <p>I think it is important that lane troops contribute vision. The reason is that in a strategy game, we want players to be making interesting decisions, and to do that they need to have <em>some</em> amount of reliable information. Lane troop vision provides a basic and reliable level of information about the enemy team. If we remove it, I think there needs to be a well-considered replacement, and I don't know what that would look like yet!</p></div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=142&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="J_en8chlgE42aA5WS9CqJGKpH81mDf0-hnoxCGQvxl0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-145"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/145" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Nihdogg</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/142#comment-142" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Hi Nihdogg, I think it is…</a> by <span lang="" about="/user/profile/softmints" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Softmints</span></p> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Thu, 04/25/2019 - 12:26" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Thu, 04/25/2019 - 12:39"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/145#comment-145" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1556195969"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Adding well-placed permanent (neutral | team-in | toggle) wards could not be an alternative ? I mean vision could be bring by the maps rather than the minions whatever how it does. And it would allow different mechanics according to the map we are playing on, so different interesting decisions to make too.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=145&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="wNoL77iuLREHKS5D1G78RTm817QddmyGkEDQ3XIknRY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-146"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="5" about="/comment/146" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/11.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/profile/softmints" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Softmints</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/145#comment-145" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Adding well-placed permanent…</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Nihdogg</span></p> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Thu, 04/25/2019 - 12:51" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Thu, 04/25/2019 - 12:51"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/146#comment-146" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1556196718"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I think wards can work well to complement a baseline level of vision, such as that offered by troops. If teams rely 100% on wards and their own hero's vision, then the first team to secure a vision advantage will likely keep it for a long time. That may not produce good gameplay.</p> <p>Innovative vision mechanics can be very cool (<a href="https://lanepushinggames.com/moba/ninjas-on-battlenet">see NoB</a>), but I don't plan to invest much time exploring them right now. I'm satisfied with troop vision for the first map we're doing; later maps might be more experimental on that front ;)</p></div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=146&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="_RhtPiJZ7QBs_Qz_0KecQq-kDWRxEZ8Vq1S2xsZEqag"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-147"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/147" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Nihdogg</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/146#comment-146" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">I think wards can work well…</a> by <span lang="" about="/user/profile/softmints" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Softmints</span></p> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Thu, 04/25/2019 - 13:34" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Thu, 04/25/2019 - 13:34"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/147#comment-147" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1556199294"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Ok, thanks for your answers !</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=147&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="zsLq4Hoe7hV2m-X9oi28aJ-J0gkXBVZmlHUsxz3sIWg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div></div></div></div><a id="comment-143"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/143" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">KestreL</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Wed, 04/24/2019 - 21:48" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Wed, 04/24/2019 - 22:00"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/143#comment-143" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1556143242"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I would like the game to be on steam because I don&#039;t really like launcher only games.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=143&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="85bZtehIzN2j2sPdGtt9rI2PT7ljz4rLeBPk800mu4c"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-144"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="5" about="/comment/144" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/11.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/profile/softmints" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Softmints</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/143#comment-143" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">I would like the game to be…</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">KestreL</span></p> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Wed, 04/24/2019 - 22:03" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Sun, 05/05/2019 - 10:49"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/144#comment-144" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1557053363"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Hi KestreL,</p> <p>We know people have varied preferences about launchers, so we're keeping our options open for now and will make sure to do our research to pick suitable distribution partner(s) (if any). Hopefully we'll find a balance that suits most people's needs.</p></div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=144&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="U_6fSuywywVPshgqXCN4gI8-iKQ-bi2_n2h4OsRBOYM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div><a id="comment-148"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/148" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Flightdraid</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Mon, 05/06/2019 - 01:57" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Mon, 05/06/2019 - 10:20"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/148#comment-148" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1557138018"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Things are looking real good here! Rasputin&#039;s kit seems very interesting to me, and from what it looks like i&#039;ll prob be using him when i can. Can&#039;t wait to get my hands on this game, hopefully you need more testers soon!</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=148&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="9pO8XuJ0em3AXaemO1hPnxgCnShUFx1dFNaFegh3_8c"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=84&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="TY48bZaXHfK9b3vGwT4RfY_d7CDV_gVnCluZkMvLzN4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Image</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2019-04/Spell_Piercing_Eye_2_1.jpg" width="512" height="512" alt="Icon for the &#039;Piercing Eye&#039; ability, depicting a beastial eye peering from the shadows." typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Softmints 84 at https://riseofwinterchill.com Rush of Faith https://riseofwinterchill.com/blog/rush-faith Rush of Faith<span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/profile/softmints" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Softmints</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 03/16/2019 - 22:00</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img alt="Rush of Faith Icon" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0cb1b187-9a04-4aea-9357-fa5d7b4321fd" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Spell_Rush_of_Faith_3.jpg" width="200" class="align-right" />Hi folks,</p> <p>As those of you who have been following along know, we're currently in alpha testing for the game. Admittedly, it's been slow work.</p> <p>Among the reasons for that are us being a small team, and the need to take care of other business (legal, taxes, events, etc.). But maybe the worst offender is me as a hero designer.</p> <p>Having worked on hero designs for over 15 years, I've already played with most of the low-hanging fruit as far as mechanics go. New heroes tend to push limits to bring out exactly the kind of gameplay I want... and that usually means pushing our technical limits as well.</p> <h2>A Little Paradox</h2> <p>I will share an example from some hero design work that I was doing earlier this week. I was examining an ability that was overloaded, so I added more stuff and it became simpler(!).</p> <p>Here's how. One of <em>Rasputin's</em> abilities was as follows:</p> <div class="note-left"><img alt="Rush of Faith" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f7ee40b5-5256-45a9-a7a9-f77496be4f78" height="64" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Spell_Rush_of_Faith_3_0.jpg" width="64" /><div class="description"> <h2>Rush of Faith</h2> <p><em>Rasputin</em> pauses for 2 seconds, before running to the target ally at max speed, healing them on arrival. A second activation will swap the heal for a temporary offensive buff.</p> </div> </div> <p>Even though this ability is simple to describe, I felt it was overloaded.</p> <ul><li>The player must weigh <em>mobility</em> against <em>healing</em> against <em>damage</em>, which is a difficult three-way calculation.</li> <li>Giving the offensive buff to an ally adds complications. Can they make use of the buff? Are they a competent player? <ul><li>To enjoy any mobility, <em>Rasputin</em> has to target an ally: which means he doesn't get to be a play-maker with the offensive buff himself.</li> </ul></li> </ul><p>Here's a better version of this ability:</p> <div class="note-left"><img alt="Rush of Faith" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2a3cf339-2951-4806-9796-c7848bd98ce8" height="64" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Spell_Rush_of_Faith_3_1.jpg" width="64" /><div class="description"> <h2>Rush of Faith</h2> <p><em>Rasputin</em> pauses for 2 seconds, before running to the target ally at max speed, healing them on arrival. Extra activations will cost influence, and add +60% healing, a cleanse, and an AoE cleanse.</p> </div> </div> <p>This ability has <strong>three</strong> extra activations, which is definitely 'more stuff'. However, without an offensive component our player can weigh <em>mobility</em> against <em>healing:</em> a much cleaner comparison that demands less cognitive load. Having multiple tiers of healing makes this a <mark><em>gradient ability</em></mark>, which is exactly what we want to enable player expression.</p> <p>All this sounds great, but it means we have to add support for having more-than-one extra activations. This involves new code and bugs, and delays progress on other stuff.</p> <p>That's kind of how the story has been going. We do cut corners when we need to, but it is a big advantage if players are alpha-testing heroes 'as intended'.</p> <h2>Descent of Winterchill</h2> <p>Earlier I mentioned 'other business', and on that topic we will soon be retiring the name <em>Rise of Winterchill!</em></p> <p>Whenever I introduce someone to the project, questions about that name are a given. It served well for a <em>Warcraft III</em> map, but is less accessible to a general audience, and routinely gets confused with a certain location in <em>Game of Thrones</em>.</p> <p>The new name is not yet announced, but we will be very excited to share it with you all when we rebrand.</p> <p>Thanks for your continued interest in the game; we are still working hard to make it happen!</p> <p>Until next time,<br /><em>Softmints</em></p> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title">Comments</h2> <a id="comment-133"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/133" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Lanang</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Tue, 03/19/2019 - 22:42" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Tue, 03/26/2019 - 12:25"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/133#comment-133" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1553603159"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Finally after 2 months a blog post</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=133&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="w2cn2KemNXbKcbluYKDf4AYeksbKx43Mch6xxCgT4c4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-134"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="5" about="/comment/134" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/11.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/profile/softmints" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Softmints</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/133#comment-133" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Finally after 2 months a…</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Lanang</span></p> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Tue, 03/26/2019 - 18:07" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Tue, 03/26/2019 - 18:07"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/134#comment-134" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1553623648"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>It can be hard to keep up sometimes :(</p></div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=134&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="b8Gdy_Xu6C-VHVNbAGigBASjYnCZ5UfRMAMIkeeUsFg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div><a id="comment-135"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/135" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">NakaoYumiFan92</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Mon, 04/08/2019 - 02:56" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Thu, 04/11/2019 - 09:10"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/135#comment-135" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1554973842"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I expected the name of RoW to be changed. Not for the reasons mentioned, but because I assume that &quot;Winterchill&quot; is trademarked by Blizzard.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=135&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="N3iXUxAWv2EvsepKLEuDJz6p9Oa5MKeBkEZO86AAYCg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=79&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="y6aSz7f79W3ef0kVx6rk1cOYe5C7yd5fSswe1ijNpr0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Image</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2019-04/Spell_Rush_of_Faith_3.jpg" width="512" height="512" alt="Rush of Faith Icon" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> Sat, 16 Mar 2019 22:00:00 +0000 Softmints 79 at https://riseofwinterchill.com Alpha Begins https://riseofwinterchill.com/blog/alpha-begins Alpha Begins<span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/profile/softmints" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Softmints</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:25</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img alt="Grandmaster Capture" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="84df5f99-b9e2-4c3c-9a55-a22025c876c7" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Talent_Grandmaster_Capture_Alt_1.jpg" width="200" class="align-right" />Hi all,</p> <p>The alpha has officially begun, which marks a new era for the game and a new phase of development.</p> <p>For those who haven't been invited yet: we will be tricking more people in over the coming weeks as the game stabilises.</p> <p>We already have more than enough bugs on our list to keep busy, and appreciate your patience! This is very much about getting the engine functional; the fun parts will come later.</p> <p>Please note and respect that we are operating under NDA for the time being, and information about testing, including who is testing, isn't public.</p> <p>If you are not in the alpha yet:</p> <ul><li>You can <a href="https://riseofwinterchill.com/#modal-mailing-list">sign up</a> for it, and then</li> <li>Wait until we need more testers</li> </ul><p>We hope to be in a position to have more of you playing soon!</p> <p><em>Softmints</em></p></div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title">Comments</h2> <a id="comment-96"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/96" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Amy Ehlert</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:50" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Wed, 01/16/2019 - 20:06"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/96#comment-96" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1547669163"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>How exciting!!! :D</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=96&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="uioC_j2NrmmUdDySdm89lsoQVT5yCJBDLQ5-nwiV8ko"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-97"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/97" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">BigLex</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:53" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Wed, 01/16/2019 - 20:06"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/97#comment-97" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1547669163"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Hyped!</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=97&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="kdhERFD-_mC0u9uYzEP7UBG0oqViyAFp2felWvlsXR0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-99"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/99" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Rincewindl</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Wed, 01/16/2019 - 20:16" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Wed, 01/16/2019 - 20:42"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/99#comment-99" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1547671321"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Hope I get a Alpha key sooner rather than later, really looking forward to trying this</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=99&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="tu6wLhZ-Ma8EjJoR_ZfinWjwqLpCtBg3_WasaLL7trc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-100"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/100" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Miferius</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Wed, 01/16/2019 - 20:32" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Wed, 01/16/2019 - 20:42"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/100#comment-100" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1547671324"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>i just want to play :O</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=100&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="OKuJvzWViMtDf3QSFFVn9OD3Hay6CR_ATONG1v-4IRw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-104"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/104" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Fisto</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/100#comment-100" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">i just want to play :O</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Miferius</span></p> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:13" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:50"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/104#comment-104" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1547722209"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Me too !!!!!</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=104&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="Hi0vDbW9YLQBsq24HB9m3StO776yQ05F1sYedZo5310"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div><a id="comment-101"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/101" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">BettersonMcgee</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Wed, 01/16/2019 - 20:35" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Wed, 01/16/2019 - 20:42"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/101#comment-101" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1547671328"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Pog</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=101&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="JQ4JYDQ9Zr2uLWCPdaHYYUaoSVeLJvPcRFwImDdLvk4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-105"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/105" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Lanang</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:04" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:13"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/105#comment-105" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1547723637"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Now the real question is </p> <p>Minimun Spec?</p> <p>Cause i use laptop with 4gb of ram and quadcore CPU<br /> and will there be a future plan for linux support?</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=105&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="ppj_YZblhyLltgcZyL4yIqyhBe4Bxv6BEhjhRUtuGmU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-106"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="5" about="/comment/106" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/11.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/profile/softmints" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Softmints</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/105#comment-105" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Now the real question is …</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Lanang</span></p> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:18" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:18"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/106#comment-106" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1547723928"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Both questions addressed in the <a href="/faq">faq</a>! We can't offer integrated linux support until at least such time as <a href="https://aws.amazon.com/lumberyard/">Amazon Lumberyard</a> does; feel free to poke them about it.</p></div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=106&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="XMZCqI1e2uxFzIBNe34ps97hw_BEkZdD2ziihGJFPcE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-108"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/108" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Lanang</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/106#comment-106" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Both questions addressed in…</a> by <span lang="" about="/user/profile/softmints" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Softmints</span></p> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Fri, 01/18/2019 - 07:56" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Fri, 01/18/2019 - 17:06"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/108#comment-108" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1547831206"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>How about the anti cheat? </p> <p>You can actually run windows app on linux via Wine</p> <p><a href="https://www.winehq.org">https://www.winehq.org</a></p> <p>There even a dx9 support patch<br /> <a href="https://wiki.ixit.cz/d3d9">https://wiki.ixit.cz/d3d9</a></p> <p>But in order to working properly the anti-cheat is the source of problem for running it on wine<br /> <a href="https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.reddit.com/r/SteamPlay/comments/99uws4/many_games_are_failing_to_run_because_of_easy/#ampf=undefined">https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.reddit.com/r/SteamPlay/comments/99uws4…</a></p> <p>My suggestion is if this thing will run on linux is via Wine and with custom anti-cheat that can detect Wine</p> <p>This is just an info and take this to consideration for custom anti cheat</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=108&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="a7ykSXX8lLd1GYCcw2Zav464xbzOSJ0VJRxmh8j1wB4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-111"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="5" about="/comment/111" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/11.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/profile/softmints" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Softmints</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/108#comment-108" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">How about the anti cheat? …</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Lanang</span></p> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Fri, 01/18/2019 - 17:07" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Fri, 01/18/2019 - 17:07"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/111#comment-111" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1547831258"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Hi Lanang,</p> <p>Thanks for letting us know; we'll keep that in mind!</p></div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=111&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="faw2A-HUFMXvAFDog7wU-NpaYq8WU9cJi77ffH2EnHw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div></div></div><a id="comment-107"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/107" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ZeroTheCat</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Thu, 01/17/2019 - 23:14" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Thu, 01/17/2019 - 23:19"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/107#comment-107" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1547767143"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Finally nice to see fresh moba in this battle royale ridden time =) Can&#039;t wait to see how described game design philosophy will hold.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=107&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="pc58SuPlL1cyFmEt5f6veN6PvB2IkTk_FO1GhL2Yo3Y"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-112"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/112" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Eyrin</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Sat, 01/19/2019 - 00:40" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Mon, 01/21/2019 - 13:05"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/112#comment-112" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1548075939"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I can&#039;t wait to play this, been testing games in the past but I&#039;m much more excited to test this than I was for heroes of the storm. They didn&#039;t listen to us and their game died. I have high hopes for this one. Make it good. &lt;3</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=112&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="mNcMXK5vWPTjgP_L_JCJm012WO5WcqKkGDyqgWdyCtY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-131"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/131" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Ghototkotch</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Sun, 02/03/2019 - 16:48" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Sun, 02/03/2019 - 17:04"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/131#comment-131" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1549213459"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>goodluck with Alpha , hoping to sneak into alpha somehow</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=131&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="rzWYGK9c2bt-N90b1_5W-aa44VhSEW9bMqrNPcRzIUw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=65&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="CjAkHiB13vKN1b_bf665Z85l9BLJbHaNxdAz1gFUm_U"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Image</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2019-01/Talent_Grandmaster_Capture_Alt_1.jpg" width="512" height="512" alt="Grandmaster Capture" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:25:00 +0000 Softmints 65 at https://riseofwinterchill.com The Starting Line https://riseofwinterchill.com/blog/starting-line The Starting Line<span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/profile/softmints" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Softmints</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 12/31/2018 - 16:40</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img alt="Icon for Counsel Limber" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2778f71f-bb76-4eba-a93b-ba2c3b709b25" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Counsel_Limber_1.jpg" width="200" class="align-right" />Friends,</p> <p>We've been asked a lot about when alpha testing will start over the last year, and our answer has consistently been "this year". Sadly, a few days ago it became apparent that this not might be the case, for the unglamorous reason that I caught a cold.</p> <p>Instead, we'll be starting on <strong>16th January 2019</strong>.</p> <p>The focus of this testing will be to:</p> <ul><li>Resolve any basic issues with the installer, patcher, and client.</li> <li>Gather feedback on "game feel" and how the netcode performs.</li> <li>Make sure we're able to deploy servers and new updates efficiently.</li> <li>Test the new laning mechanics, as we're moving away from last-hits and trying some new ideas.</li> </ul><p>The initial invites will be a small group, and we will expand that group and the focus of our testing as we go.</p> <p>It feels strange to be going "back to square one" again, because last time I did that (in 2007 when transitioning from <em>Dota Outland</em>), I remember it being a hard slog before we had enough heroes and balance tuning for the game to be enjoyable again. Since then, standards have skyrocketed and we've become responsible for a lot more of our own infrastructure, so I don't anticipate this time being any easier.</p> <p>But hey, that's what we signed up for. Thanks in advance to the testers who will be sharing this journey with us! RoW wouldn't be anywhere near where it is today without the feedback of its players, and that will hold true in 2019 and beyond as well.</p> <p><em>Softmints</em></p> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title">Comments</h2> <a id="comment-56"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/56" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Alex</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Mon, 12/31/2018 - 16:40" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Mon, 12/31/2018 - 16:40"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/56#comment-56" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1546274420"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>WOHOO!</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=56&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="V1Qu_29upv6yDqy15gnEIfgDsb3NNBTcwTZyVhh4JBc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-57"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/57" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Lanang</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Tue, 01/01/2019 - 01:46" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Tue, 01/01/2019 - 16:22"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/57#comment-57" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1546359771"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Minimum Spec?</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=57&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="nhMgW_p7cR60MEw8b5uJ3D6MKaBUD7XdDDjml7LxTVY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-59"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="5" about="/comment/59" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/11.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/profile/softmints" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Softmints</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/57#comment-57" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Minimum Spec?</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Lanang</span></p> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Tue, 01/01/2019 - 16:27" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Tue, 01/01/2019 - 16:27"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/59#comment-59" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1546360051"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Hi Lanang,</p> <p>We haven't figured out an exact minimum spec yet, but here's the information I do have:</p> <p>I recently upgraded my PC to an 12-core i7. With the integrated GPU, I was getting 30fps. After I added my graphics card (mid tier, AMD with 3GB VRAM) my fps went up to 100.</p> <p>The requirements will probably be a bit higher than this as there will be more stuff running around in-game during live tests. We haven't done any real performance tuning yet, so these requirements will hopefully come way down when we have the time to invest in that.</p> <p>Hope that helps.</p> <p><em>Softmints</em></p></div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=59&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="i2V59LhAwBCCKtV6XLNpFjcBefEbgbr6fzCE4KQCX1g"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div><a id="comment-58"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/58" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Caspar</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Tue, 01/01/2019 - 16:18" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Tue, 01/01/2019 - 16:22"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/58#comment-58" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1546359771"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>HYPEDDD</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=58&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="1XJ0DWK56YlZ__6zCeU6M3K1jr60PWmSNkzkl4SjXrw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-89"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/89" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Naturejoe</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Sun, 01/13/2019 - 15:09" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Wed, 01/16/2019 - 20:06"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/89#comment-89" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1547669163"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>FINALLY!!</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=89&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="SwWSCyDRrp2IXwN_Ly_JZPoLEWRa4JERvaXDAtZzbGU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=64&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="M_QFmT1OqU4bEU_bRDOh6PlOlCNXhkhzRNYo8Y0GqcQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Image</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2018-12/Counsel_Limber_1.jpg" width="512" height="512" alt="Icon for Counsel Limber" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> Mon, 31 Dec 2018 16:40:00 +0000 Softmints 64 at https://riseofwinterchill.com Dublin Games Festival https://riseofwinterchill.com/blog/dublin-games-festival Dublin Games Festival<span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/profile/softmints" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Softmints</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 11/26/2018 - 22:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img alt="Dublin Games Festival Stylised Logo" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="22d4649e-930b-4884-8631-8f708a4c28c1" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Dublin_Games_Festival_3.jpg" width="200" class="align-right" />Hey everyone,</p> <p>Last Saturday, we brought <em>Rise of Winterchill</em> to <a href="https://dublingamesfestival.ie/">Dublin Games Festival</a> for its first ever public showcase. This is the first time I've exhibited at an event, and it turned out to be a lot of fun!</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <img alt="Kybolt's stand at DGF" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e543c5c2-abbe-4e78-9f53-d1c13c5eb8e2" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/001.jpg" class="align-center" /><p>Most of my day was spent talking about the game and its mechanics. It is nice to see that (at least on the surface) there is plenty of appetite for solving toxicity, and some of the solutions we're proposing held up to scrutiny – from people who were asking good questions.</p> <p>Having a zoomed-out view of the map on a big screen was <em>super</em> helpful for explaining how the game worked in a very visual way. I would definitely do this again!</p> <img alt="Kybolt's stand at DGF" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c07bb919-67fb-4fc9-b62b-2b37423b70f0" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/002.jpg" class="align-center" /><p>I was surprised to see younger kids rush over to engage with the game. Some of them hadn't previous experience with the genre, so their way of interacting with it was interesting to observe. In its alpha state there isn't much "violence", but I think we'd want to be more conscious of alerting parents to the game's rating in future.</p> <p>One of the best things about having an event deadline like this was it really helped us focus on playability, and we made huge progress in that area. It makes December alpha feel that much more realistic (though I emphasise: it is going to be small batches at a time getting in).</p> <img alt="Kybolt's stand at DGF" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e8212b8e-93f7-45d1-8a7b-c129959aa73c" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/003_0.jpg" class="align-center" /><p>There are some things I would do differently next time: such as spawning heroes next to a lane, being generous with resources/cooldowns, and simplifying the abilities. We tried having a hero with some more nuanced abilities to show off the engine, but the UI to support those inputs wasn't polished so people got confused. Letting players get straight to the lanes and experience success hitting things deserved higher priority.</p> <p>For those of you who have been following along, yes the map on display is <em>Merrilane</em>, and the second lane was added to provide more depth in 3v3. It will continue to evolve over the coming weeks.</p> <p>It was great to meet and see many other Irish indie devs there as well; hopefully there'll be more encounters at future shows both here and abroad!</p> <p><em>Softmints</em></p></div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title">Comments</h2> <a id="comment-132"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/132" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Fortune</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Mon, 02/18/2019 - 09:54" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Mon, 02/18/2019 - 09:55"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/132#comment-132" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1550483735"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Huh, hope i get into this sooner rather than later and see how it all pans out early on. Played league and dota from the beginning and hope this can do something different but be as successful as them. Try not to get too burnt out on solving toxicity, because i dont think that can happen honestly. Unless you find a way to solve a problem thats been present since the beginning of time. Good luck with everything though, game looks very interesting.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=132&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="4irAKkXaVkFikYlDghofOMPG7RSHFTU2cEuRItWu9sI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=63&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="I8U0H3dHC1kAnHhPauCiHJzjYWgMb3J-1wmN1K6PEZM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Image</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2018-11/Dublin_Games_Festival_3.jpg" width="512" height="512" alt="Dublin Games Festival Stylised Logo" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> Mon, 26 Nov 2018 22:15:00 +0000 Softmints 63 at https://riseofwinterchill.com Merrilane and Rosarian https://riseofwinterchill.com/blog/merrilane-and-rosarian Merrilane and Rosarian<span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/profile/softmints" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Softmints</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 10/03/2018 - 15:35</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img alt="Icon for Shared Glimpse" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="46a77cd9-a029-4f86-8068-50c4de0ad6fb" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Spell_Shared_Glimpse.jpg" width="200" class="align-right" />Hi all,</p> <p>The journey of getting <em>Rise of Winterchill</em> into alpha continues! Yes, we're still on track to let people play this year, though it'll be small batches getting in at a time.</p> <p>We're currently working on a 3v3 map as a tech demo, which I'm merrily calling <em>Merrilane</em>. Being a tech demo, the goal is to demonstrate that the "game feel" is good, multiplayer is smooth, and our scripting works. Once we have that, we'll experiment with heroes and kits, before expanding into 5v5.</p> <p>Making a 5v5 map was my original plan, but a few things got in the way:</p> <ul><li>Firstly 5v5 maps are <em>large</em> and take a lot of time to populate with trees and terrain.</li> <li>Secondly, I care a lot about aesthetics, so I want to make everything look good even when that's <em>not </em>a high priority right now &gt;_&lt;. (In fact, we've switched to sci-fi assets on a temporary basis, which has helped stop me trying to tweak things!)</li> <li>A third point would be that larger maps means more running to and fro when trying to test, which slows things down.</li> </ul><p><em>Merrilane</em> is nothing fancy: a single lane cuts its way through some trees, with creep camps surrounding and a single map objective. There's space for a "boss pit", though intuitively I don't think we're doing bosses. I won't rule it out though: we're doing alpha to discover "what kind of boss would work best in RoW?", and then decide whether that "best boss" is worth including somewhere. Remember: RoW has a different combat rhythm so we can't make assumptions about what will or won't work in practice.</p> <p>Much of the daily work has been hero scripting and map objectives. Pretty much every hero I design has some complicated thing that needs special scripting, so I've kept DarnYak busy! Also, if you haven't seen some of the live-game-design work, three of the heroes we introduced there are <a href="https://kybolt.com/live-game-design/emperor">Emperor</a>, <a href="https://kybolt.com/live-game-design/rasputin">Rasputin</a>, and <a href="https://kybolt.com/live-game-design/rosarian">Rosarian</a>. I'll do a video at some point about how Rosarian came about, she was something of a surprise even to me...</p> <p>Finally, we'll be at the <a href="https://dublingamesfestival.ie/">Dublin Games Festival</a> in November; feel free to drop by for a chat and poke around with the alpha with us!</p> <p><em>Softmints</em></p></div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=62&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="af7j6TpeV3MnyIMaRziipbnBGgAN-glM0orFAI2Zpvs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Image</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2018-10/Spell_Shared_Glimpse.jpg" width="512" height="512" alt="Icon for Shared Glimpse" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> Wed, 03 Oct 2018 15:35:12 +0000 Softmints 62 at https://riseofwinterchill.com Time Flies like a Yak https://riseofwinterchill.com/blog/time-flies-yak Time Flies like a Yak<span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/profile/softmints" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Softmints</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 07/09/2018 - 16:09</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img alt="DarnYak's avatar, in paddy mode" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ef4dbf9b-770c-4458-b77f-6fddccec043c" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Avatar_DarnYak_9_Sham.jpg" style="margin:0 0 0.5em 0.5em" width="200" class="align-right" />June was the busiest month I've had in recent memory.</p> <p>It kicked off with <em>Kybolt</em> co-founder <strong><mark>DarnYak</mark></strong> hopping on a plane from San Francisco to come visit Ireland! Long-term we want to set up an office here and transfer him over on a more permanent basis (right now we work remotely), so this was a nice trip for scoping out a few cities (yes, he got the tour) and generally hanging out. A well-deserved break given that we've been at this for over four years now...</p> <div class="image-sliced" style="display:flex;flex-direction:column;align-items:center;margin:0.5em auto;width:100%"><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3b09c67f-185b-4c06-bd53-ba2c89d03cd6" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/02_0.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="02a6ba17-57bb-489e-8472-c8bd5b34f59c" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/03_1.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="79a25f62-4b94-4858-9bd1-b94785dde91a" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/04_1.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c64e081a-fc8b-4629-8739-522be6f7eb02" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/05_0.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a0a7d1ca-6b53-42f2-923d-dfab45ce072e" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/06_0.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a001c4cb-9d0d-44dc-950b-6bc02f45203c" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/07_0.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="921200ee-5f65-4d98-9a28-f1cb2e612692" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/08_0.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9d43fc21-cc96-49d8-b2e0-2369324bc582" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/09_0.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="87ae877d-a79b-4cb7-afc5-0f0947afc682" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/10_0.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9ac6e377-ab28-464f-9ebf-58f5ab50c693" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/11_0.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="248ec183-6226-44a4-b2ed-4a4419778bda" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/12_0.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="5a0d12b7-d176-4a81-9ab7-955e86bb8dc2" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/13.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e09f8054-91ec-4723-b854-68c0d05c4265" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/14.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="87fccd28-5459-42d3-b9cd-0600545ad063" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/15.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8f6fd1de-e114-4364-8940-1dbc88ae3ebd" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/16.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9c49438d-ae28-4cb5-880b-48f9af2f9b5b" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/17.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="56681a08-0938-48f0-8abf-01b2bb740558" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/18.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="110089c9-1491-4d85-ab08-4267eeb92b69" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/19.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="fed6ef4b-79f7-41de-81be-617744de4c76" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/20.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ce5efa58-3085-4ecf-8ff9-a46fc732e301" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/21.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="058fcfae-6544-43a6-beff-a72bbbffb0c5" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/22_0.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d4b13d7c-58c8-4285-9387-d3fc9ca169bd" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/23.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="25b934de-401c-40f0-9411-f12c10972c8b" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/24.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2e404fec-e233-45a8-8ffc-2fa15624a665" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/25.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="836cb64f-e2c4-427c-b9b6-74e38ccbb0ac" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/26.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b20ad9ca-b61f-42b3-aabf-6c06b7a7b000" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/27.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9bb63afb-b4fe-4050-b824-9c294f0e8d39" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/28.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9924cc77-0adb-4f6d-9195-58960d7e6806" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/29.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="70e4fe4d-f61e-44a1-8a4c-33cc763e632f" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/30.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="33112e0b-65e5-42f6-b413-637f43bc99c0" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/31.jpg" /><img alt="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="5219b25d-22d2-44bf-a717-d31abdecbc7d" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/32.jpg" /><div class="node__meta" style="display:block;margin:0.3em auto">Chattin' mobas at Sandymount Strand, Dublin.</div> </div> <p>That weekend, I headed to Estonia/Finland to catching up with some friends, before getting home and diving straight into <strong><mark>character design</mark></strong>. As the art guidelines might suggest, a lot of thinking has gone into visuals and we really want our characters to be memorable. The process didn't go as smoothly as I'd like; we have a great artist on board but it's taking a lot more research than expected to get satisfactory results.</p> <p>The following two weeks were filled with character design explorations, and welcoming a variety of friends as they visited Dublin (including long-time RoW player <em>Gahn!</em>). I managed to squeeze in some networking as well, including speaking at the <a href="https://www.igbl-conference.com/">Irish Game-based Learning Conference</a>.</p> <p>Days later, I learned to condense this entire project into a 10-minute business pitch, and delivered that to a panel from Enterprise Ireland's <a href="https://www.newfrontiers.ie/">New Frontiers</a> programme. (This comes after many long nights of preparing and passing a written application.)  We didn't manage to snag the funding+supports this time, but it was a valuable learning experience and sets the groundwork for approaching publishers and other sources of funding in the future.</p> <p>Yesterday we started a new community-involvement initiative called <strong><mark>live game development</mark></strong>, where we'll figure out actual design issues in a public channel on <a href="https://discord.gg/EtgrsrE">our discord</a>. Walk right into the conversation (our current topic is character design), or grab some popcorn and watch us go from the sidelines!</p> <p>In short: we're working hard: sorting out residual issues with Lumberyard so we can finally put all our tech to use, getting better at the business side of things, and hopefully doing an okay job of keeping people in the loop. If you got questions, comments, or other stuff in your pocket: reach out anytime.</p> <p><em>Softmints</em></p> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title">Comments</h2> <a id="comment-34"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/34" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Cokemonkey11</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Tue, 07/10/2018 - 18:39" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Tue, 07/10/2018 - 18:41"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/34#comment-34" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1531248113"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Ha! Cool to hear about the business side of things. Looking forward to more.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=34&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="5Ndj6-NY2Rp4CIlcOJ9Py-2-MLvBNF34yZ1q6Vjwifg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-35"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/35" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">IziLife</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Sat, 07/21/2018 - 22:34" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Sun, 07/22/2018 - 06:30"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/35#comment-35" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1532241044"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Hey! Any info about the closed beta date?</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=35&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="DSefK3-G_F6N4Jw_ugZ_GuGwCtN4o0iaHZNVxUJ16sM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-36"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="5" about="/comment/36" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/11.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/profile/softmints" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Softmints</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/35#comment-35" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Hey! Any info about the…</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">IziLife</span></p> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Sun, 07/22/2018 - 07:26" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Sun, 07/22/2018 - 07:26"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/36#comment-36" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1532244367"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Hi IziLife! We haven't released a date yet, but the mailing list is a good thing to be on if you want to be among the first to know.</p></div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=36&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="p5cbrQ-JXGqnV8y40KOWbSfElb2H2M3H6m4sKApSohQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=57&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="lJkWqkoM7mcoYHdFvZuxVBlMhaA6OaYncEp63bwX8uA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Image</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2018-07/Avatar_DarnYak_9_Sham.jpg" width="512" height="512" alt="DarnYak&#039;s avatar in paddy mode" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> Mon, 09 Jul 2018 16:09:51 +0000 Softmints 57 at https://riseofwinterchill.com Art Guidelines https://riseofwinterchill.com/blog/art-guidelines Art Guidelines<span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/profile/softmints" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Softmints</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 06/15/2018 - 23:20</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img alt="Paintbrush painting ink in the Kybolt brand colour" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e284b9bb-9fc1-4a01-867c-465931a74e42" height="192" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Blog_Paintbrush.jpg" width="192" class="align-right" /></p> <p>One of the tasks that I've been working on is art direction. Not being an "art person", it doesn't come naturally to me to describe what I want, so I've spent a heck of a lot of time trawling through <a href="https://artstation.com/">artstation</a> over the last two years trying to <em>figure out</em> what I want, and then finding the words to communicate it.</p> <p>Gradually my reference folder grew, and as I came to better understand the game's lore, needs/tensions, and how the heroes are constructed: there was finally enough material to assemble some art guidelines for the game.</p> <p>As any of you who hang out in the <a href="https://discord.gg/EtgrsrE">discord</a> would know, we were recently in the market for a character artist, and several of the artists we contacted remarked that they liked the guidelines, and appreciated seeing so much detail upfront. So we thought; okay, why not share that with the community?</p> <p>Here they are: <a href="https://kybolt.com/TdKS68jN">the Art Guidelines from May 2018</a>.</p> <p>Our internal version of these guidelines is still evolving, but the above is a pretty massive info-dump on what we've been up to as far as art direction goes! Hopefully some of you find it interesting, and maybe you have a favourite illustrator that might be a good match for the style? If so, let us know!</p> <p><em>Softmints</em></p></div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=55&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="mM0Cn9yvUzORtYKQR-rcHJlxl8KK8q6GLG5hTXT5ETQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 15 Jun 2018 23:20:34 +0000 Softmints 55 at https://riseofwinterchill.com Hero Planning: Tension and Needs https://riseofwinterchill.com/blog/hero-planning-tension-and-needs Hero Planning: Tension and Needs<span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/profile/softmints" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Softmints</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 05/06/2018 - 14:16</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img alt="A platter of ham" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="08628b5f-e325-4699-b752-ad8028b2086e" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Item_Ham_2.png" width="200" class="align-right" />Back in 2003 when I started on my first moba (<a href="https://lanepushinggames.com/moba/dota-outland">Dota Outland</a>), hero design really was a case of "anything goes". At the time my heroes had six abilities: the six coolest things I could come up with, or find graphics for, that fit the character model. That led to some funny heroes, but there wasn't much synergy or elegance.</p> <p>Since then, my hero design theory has come a long way. I attribute that to spending seven years working on <em>RoW1</em> with complete freedom to try out whatever ideas I wanted, <strong>and</strong> being incredibly fortunate to have players who gave responsive, detailed feedback about what was working, and (more often) what wasn't.</p> <hr /><p>At this point, I'm comfortable with the general "structure" I want for heroes in <em>RoW2</em>. Structure is important: the hero is a player's way of interacting with the rest of the mechanics in the game, so a "good hero" should always be built mindfully of the game it's featuring in.</p> <p>I also know a lot of the ideas I'd like to include, both mechanical and thematic. Some of those are based on <em>RoW1</em> material, others are new.</p> <p>The challenging part will be slotting the ideas into the structure to assemble complete and compelling heroes. I need to do an <em>exceptionally </em>good job of that, for 30+ heroes at a minimum. I don't think there's any excuse for less; not in 2018 when everyone has had enough time to think about how kits should be constructed, and the competition is of such a high standard.</p> <p>Thus: <em><strong>Hero Planning!</strong></em> How do you plan a cast of 30+ heroes, without spending the time to crunch through them all? And how do you ensure heroes will be compelling and fascinating, rather than just good?</p> <p>Many of my <em>Dota Outland</em> and <em>RoW1</em> heroes had abilities that could do stuff, but you didn't play the heroes differently to any others. Show up, use your skills, build items, end the game. My better designs have <strong><em>tension</em></strong>: a potent strength, coupled with a serious weakness. The player has to contort themselves to leverage the strength and mitigate the weakness, which produces new kinds of play that are exciting and fresh.</p> <p>With this in mind we can plan out 30+ <strong><em>tensions</em></strong>, and then work on any subset of those without knowing specifics for the rest of the cast. Neat!</p> <hr /><p>So how do we produce a list of 30+ tensions that a player might find engaging? One option is to look at game mechanics, but today I want to talk about modelling tensions from <em><strong>human needs</strong></em>.</p> <p>Human needs are familiar to everybody: they're the natural tensions of being alive. If you have unmet needs (and almost everybody has at least some), you won't feel great about them. There's pressure to change, or to create change.</p> <p>The proposition I am working with is that "giving heroes a distinctive strength and weakness" can be evolved into something more compelling by having the weakness <em>negate </em>a human need, while the strength <em>pinpoints and satisfies</em> a human need.</p> <p>To give an example, one of RoW's heroes is <em><strong>Rasputin</strong></em>. He is unconditionally visible to the enemy team at all times. That negates the human need for <em>space</em>: he's not going to get any alone-time, is easily ganked, and is constantly responsible for any information his positioning leaks.</p> <p>At the same time he satisfies a need for <em>presence</em>: the enemy team will be constantly aware of him, and he has a moderately large threat radius. You can bet some players would have a lot of fun with that! With the right supporting abilities, this tension produces a compelling hero.</p> <p>So: that's what I'm exploring right now. You can check out this <a href="http://www.cnvc.org/Training/needs-inventory">needs inventory</a> for a full list of human needs. I won't necessarily work with all of them, but I think this approach is promising because it's rooted in humanity and psychology in a way that working from game mechanics isn't. I hope the resulting heroes might be experiences that will resonate with players.</p> <p>Feel free to leave thoughts, comments, or tell me I'm crazy!</p> <p><em>Softmints</em></p> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title">Comments</h2> <a id="comment-29"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/29" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Uğur</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Mon, 05/14/2018 - 11:58" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Tue, 05/15/2018 - 07:26"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/29#comment-29" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1526369184"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>When can we download a game?</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=29&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="4n4ptbBP0AliduNAuNHQiAPytAHPtuJgZKkRRToI18o"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-30"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="5" about="/comment/30" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-node-author"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/11.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" about="/user/profile/softmints" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Softmints</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <p class="parent visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/29#comment-29" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">When can we download a game?</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Uğur</span></p> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Tue, 05/15/2018 - 07:30" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Tue, 05/15/2018 - 07:30"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/30#comment-30" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1526369456"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Hi<span><span lang="" xml:lang="" xml:lang=""> Uğur,</span></span></p> <p>Not yet, and we haven't announced a date yet! If you want to keep tabs, the mailing list and the discord are good options.</p></div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=30&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="7KamS9md4nLnx4i124hsbdFI0Dngd3yFy624fpC9VIY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div><a id="comment-31"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/31" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">d</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Wed, 05/30/2018 - 14:28" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Mon, 06/04/2018 - 09:20"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/31#comment-31" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1528104003"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>You&#039;re crazy.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=31&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="TfcTym3RFCv7pWBG63bLKLLzNEB5pc2ByBwJiCZUDr4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-32"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/32" typeof="schema:Comment" class="comment js-comment by-anonymous"> <div class="user-picture-container"> <div class="taxonomy-avatar"> <div class="field field--name-field-avatar-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/avatars/3.png" width="256" height="256" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="content-container"> <div class="comment__topline"> <h3 class="comment__author"><span rel="schema:author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">oconnori</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Wed, 05/30/2018 - 18:57" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Mon, 06/04/2018 - 09:20"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/32#comment-32" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1528104012"></mark> </div> </div> <div class="content"> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>First of all i would make a list with the needs you want to use for your heros and figure out which need reprecents which ability.Then i would try to find for every need the opposite.<br /> After that i would give every need a number of maximum points you can spend on it. If you give one point to one need you loose one on the other need.</p> <p>For example: we have max. of 10 points per need; rasputin has the need of presence with 10 points, so he has -10 points on space.</p> <p>Next step would be to figure out a maximum number of points for all needs together. If you have 5 pairs of needs with a max. per need of 10 points i would give for example 20 points for spending for all needs under the condition that every need, need to have a min. of 1 or 2 points.</p> <p>for example:<br /> Need1/Need2 10/-10<br /> Need3/Need4 1/-1<br /> Need5/Need6 3/-3<br /> Need 7/Need8 5/-5<br /> Need9/Need10 1/-1</p> <p>If you make a map with 10 or 20 pairs of needs you can make a lot more than 30+ diffrent Heros.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=32&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="jq4Ec-y1qsP57EP-n5He1zEXIj34lMlEXe7GGeXB2RI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=54&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="sBCtaIY35j3VPLmaxdZ3CAL-0wMNBdgCfzcg7r8clXA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sun, 06 May 2018 14:16:18 +0000 Softmints 54 at https://riseofwinterchill.com Vision and Advisors https://riseofwinterchill.com/blog/vision-and-advisors Vision and Advisors<span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/profile/softmints" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Softmints</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 02/19/2018 - 20:52</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img alt="Icon from one of the Advisor counsels" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="eae5051e-4d7e-467a-a861-17ec4bd4bb46" height="192" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Grandmaster_Gambit.jpg" width="192" class="align-right" />Hi all,</p> <p>It's been a while since we had a <em>meaty</em> blog post, so let's discuss some things.</p> <hr /><p>Yak and I have spent a lot of time recently poring over our plans for 2018/2019: making sure we're comfortable with how we're allocating our budget and giving ourselves enough time to get key features in. Not our favourite area of work, but projects have to be managed.</p> <p>In the midst of that, I put together a formal set of <strong><mark>design documents</mark></strong> for <em>Rise of Winterchill</em>. (Not for public viewing I'm afraid! :P)</p> <p>The reason: I tend to throw out ideas a lot, and over time that can get confusing for whoever is listening. It's not always easy to know which ideas I'm serious about for RoW, and which ones I'm just enthusiastic about because I find them interesting. Having a centralised set of "latest" documents helps!</p> <p>There are also ideas and features that I've thought about, but I am <em>acutely</em> aware that I don't know everything about them, or how they'll play out. That's what iteration is for! Those are now comprehensively listed.</p> <hr /><p>A related note: While I believe RoW will appeal to a lot of people, it factually won't appeal to everyone, and I can't get trapped trying to <em>make</em> a game for everyone. That never works.</p> <p>There may be hard decisions and compromises during the testing process, and I think the best remedy for that is <strong>full transparency</strong> on what the game is about.</p> <p>In brief, RoW's design goals are to:</p> <ol class="framed spaced"><li><mark><strong><em>Bring out the Best in Teamwork and Leadership</em></strong></mark><br /> You should not only expect other players to be receptive to playing a team game: you should get used to it.</li> <li><mark><em><strong>Promote Community Health</strong></em></mark><br /> We welcome everyone, but negativity must be left at the door. You should feel empowered as part of our community, both when encountering negative and positive players.</li> <li><mark><em><strong>Give People Control</strong></em></mark><br /> You should have a strong ability to influence the outcome, and a sense of personal control over the match. You should never be stuck thinking "I can't win...".</li> <li><mark><em><strong>Respect Users' Time</strong></em></mark><br /> The game should be easy to understand, easy to spectate, and easy to get back into (even years of patches later). Matches should last no longer than they need to, and 100% of every match should be peak gameplay.</li> <li><mark><em><strong>Facilitate Expression</strong></em></mark><br /> The game should strive to be a medium for personal and creative expression: play, build, lead, discover, and share the game in your own way.</li> </ol><p>In short: the vision is clear. You'll be hearing more about these headings in future Design Articles, once I can set aside some time to write. The headings might change over time, depending on how well they work as a communication tool, and in reaction to dialogue with players (because we are the listening sort, after all).</p> <p>In any case, I am going to find a place to put them where they can reliably found, discussed, pointed at whenever we're not delivering on them.</p> <hr /><p>I'll also write a little about the system formerly known as "Ghost Talents". It's mentioned on the front page, and is RoW's equivalent to items/talents as seen in other games.</p> <p>This is now known as the <strong><mark>Advisor System</mark></strong>.</p> <p>I won't drop many details here, but it's a major component of the goal to <strong><em>Facilitate Expression</em></strong> above. You should be able to <em>play </em>heroes your way, <em>build</em> them your way, and <em>do teamwork </em>your way.</p> <p>In some games you might be willing to listen to <em><strong>Shepherd</strong></em>, whose advice would help you establish and control territory, and protect your sheep. (No, I didn't just call your team sheep...) In another match, maybe you decide to listen to <em><strong>Psycho</strong></em>. Psycho has great ideas about what to do, usually involving more damage. Or perhaps take a stroll with <strong><em>Nomad</em></strong>?</p> <p>They are a helpful bunch, and let you play the same character in multiple ways depending on whose advice you heed in each match. (If you have suggestions for Advisor names, feel free to <a href="https://twitter.com/softmints4">tweet them at me</a>!)</p> <hr /><p>Finally, I want to let you know that if you're interested in game and moba development, and like what we're doing, <em><a href="mailto:soft@kybolt.com">do get in touch</a>!</em> Getting a moba off the ground isn't easy, and we're going to need extra hands in many areas over the coming months.</p> <p>If you're not already hanging out in <a href="https://discord.gg/EtgrsrE">our discord</a>, it is a good place to catch the latest from us!</p> <p>Until next time,<br /><em>Softmints</em></p> </div> <section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=52&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="49zSLqY2x0-bV427kHdEJh-d3ij60KGuy1maWhcjdoU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:52:25 +0000 Softmints 52 at https://riseofwinterchill.com