Rise of Winterchill | Blog https://riseofwinterchill.com/blog.xml en Musings on Laning https://riseofwinterchill.com/blog/musings-laning Musings on Laning<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">Thu, 10/03/2019 - 10:37</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 one of the game's abilities" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6c013acb-717c-4af1-ad8a-f4a56b71fd4e" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Spell_Cascade_2.jpg" width="200" class="align-right" />Hi all,</p> <p>The past week has had me consumed with lane design. I feel like I'm going to end up writing a longer article about this topic at some point, but hey: why not share the journey in-progress? That's what dev blogs are for!</p> <p>So let us begin. I attribute a lot of value to lanes. They define the genre, and comprise a large portion of what heroes spend their time doing throughout a match. A well-designed laning experience is crucial; more at the heart of the game than even hero design.</p> <p>There are many variables to consider:</p> <ul class="framed"><li>What is the width and length of the lane?</li> <li>What troops spawn, and in what quantities and frequencies?</li> <li>How do players interact with them?</li> <li>Do special troops arrive?</li> <li>What rewards do we offer?</li> <li>Are all lanes identical?</li> </ul><p>Think about having a blank map in front of you. How would you answer these questions?</p> <hr /><p>Of course, there are plenty of established answers: we are all familiar with last-hits, denies, aggro behaviours, siege troops, etc.</p> <p>As a mod, RoW had none of the above. The troops were asymmetric and had passive abilities, bonus gold would occasionally drop on the ground, and while troops always prioritised heroes last: their attack damage was substantial.</p> <p>In the time since, my ideas for the surrounding game systems have evolved a lot, as have standards for lane design. I'm now looking at their purpose from more angles: the second to second, minute to minute, and their overall contribution to strategy. Lanes should be <em>rich</em>.</p> <p>That said: even if I know the results I want, it's a tough process iterating towards them. So much of what defines modern standards came from emergent behaviours; designing systems of equivalent depth from scratch would be no small feat.</p> <p>Thankfully there is a great place to seek answers: <mark><em><strong>old lane-pushing games!</strong></em></mark> So much of RoW's design already stands on the shoulders of underappreciated giants. I took a tour through my maps folder, and amongst the games I looked at:</p> <ul class="framed"><li>There could be anything from three to eight troops in each wave.</li> <li>Sometimes the ranged troop would meander to the front, other times troops would march in rigid formation.</li> <li>Troops occasionally have spells which they use, including ones which summon more troops.</li> <li>Wave spawn frequency could be anywhere from 25 to 60 seconds.</li> <li>Some games use a tic-toc rhythm with a big wave, small wave, big wave, etc.</li> <li>Hiring reinforcements, troop upgrades, and many other features could change troop composition.</li> </ul><p>Being able to load up and observe a wide variety of empty lanes and how they flow is just great for inspiring the right direction in which to experiment next.</p> <p>And how nice to be at a point in development where we have all the tools needed for iterating. I can draw and tweak splines which troops will follow; attacks and abilities are easy to adjust, objectives are in, and our 5v5 map is starting to feel a little bit like home.</p> <p>The tricky part is going to be tuning: ensuring that the second to second meshes with the minute to minute, which meshes with grander strategic agency. And, I am pleased to say in response to some sage advice <a href="https://discord.gg/EtgrsrE">in our discord</a>, that lanes are definitely going to <em>look</em> different to what you're used to.</p> <hr /><p><em>European Games Week</em> (which we mentioned last time) was sadly cancelled at the last minute! The Irish gamedev community ended up putting on some smaller, replacement events, which was great to see - especially since several people had booked flights to be able to attend. Alas, no pictures of me babbling about the game this time!</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=94&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="2tmngiNG-EW7H0lXIF0A4fGR99wKDMkXAtGRvEZoY8w"></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/2019-10/Spell_Cascade_2.jpg" width="512" height="512" alt="Icon for one of the game&#039;s abilities" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> Thu, 03 Oct 2019 10:37:22 +0000 Softmints 94 at https://riseofwinterchill.com Awash with Words https://riseofwinterchill.com/blog/awash-words Awash with Words<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, 08/23/2019 - 14:14</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 Roaring Tides ability." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="84c7e2ee-d6bc-4ffd-addf-b66064f82f29" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Spell_Roaring_Tides_1_0.jpg" width="200" class="align-right" />Hi all,</p> <p>Summer has slid by all too quickly. Let's catch up.</p> <p>Our biggest recent undertaking has been bringing on a pro writer for the summer months. We feel that story and its consistency with gameplay are high priorities, and getting a writer involved <em>early </em>is how we're ensuring quality in these areas.</p> <p>Here's some good news! This game will have a story: one with a beginning, a middle, and an ending. There are main characters and minor characters, and what you experience in-game is going to be consistent with the overall plot.</p> <p>Once the game launches, we will be exploring and experimenting with narrative delivery. At least some of it will be missions and special events. I think it's a priority that the introductory missions explain what's going on, as often lane-pushing games put all their focus on mechanics and don't set the scene or explain <em>why</em> a battle is being fought. That suits some players, but alienates others. We think we can do better!</p> <p>Specifics of the narrative and introductory missions won't be part of the alpha for some months, as our immediate focus remains on technical issues and gameplay (which still need plenty of work). However, it is reassuring to know that the foundations are in place for our world and worldbuilding.</p> <p>We also spent some time with our writer working through character designs. While we haven't done concept art yet, I finally know (roughly) what some of my characters are going to look like! Given that I've known and considered some of them for years, this is very exciting (at least for me!).</p> <p>I am pleased that we are doing a good job of drawing inspiration from and representing many cultures. The ideas behind each character are universal human attributes, and reflecting that through aesthetics and narrative has a very satisfying feel to it.</p> <p>Concept art followed by 3D sculpting and animations are the next stages. More on those soon.</p> <hr /><p>Right now, we're trudging through <a href="https://aws.amazon.com/lumberyard/">Lumberyard</a> updates. I really didn't want to do them: for a small team like us with a complex game, small changes can have a big impact so updating requires a disproportionate amount of care (and <em>time</em>).</p> <p>The last time we updated was May 2018, and I would have put them off forever... but as it stands we're stuck with older Lumberyard systems and that limits us. We can't even adjust attack rate on our units! So we're charging ahead with it and hopefully wrap them up sooner rather than later. Similarly, some of our backend web infrastructure needed an update - which has now been sorted.</p> <hr /><p>My recent work on the game has been with stylesheets and improving audiovisual feedback, which are closely linked. We've had stylesheets in for a while: they're a description of what assets the player hears and sees: be those particles or textures or ability sounds. We load stylesheets following certain conditions, allowing us to implement cosmetics, team-colours, colour-blind mode, and so on.</p> <p>In our previous implementation, stylesheets were attached only to actions and resources. This meant that when a buff was applying a heal, we didn't have styling information for the buff, and couldn't show appropriately styled healing numbers. There were also inconsistencies in the styling that we did use, leading to the wrong styles showing from time to time. Not so good for players!</p> <p>With recent changes, stylesheets now apply to almost everything, and encompass text and tooltips that the player sees as well. It was an odd thing to remove the <em>-&gt;getName()</em> method from our actions and objects; that's one of the first things we added. Now names are style information, and are correctly located elsewhere. Hopefully localisation will be a bit easier down the line as well.</p> <hr /><p>For any of you in Ireland, we'll be at <a href="https://europeangamesweek.com/festival/">European Games Week</a> in September. Feel free to stop by and try the game!</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-149"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/149" 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="">Dhar</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Sat, 08/24/2019 - 08:18" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Sat, 08/24/2019 - 11:22"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/149#comment-149" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1566645733"></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>So its on Lumberyard engine ?</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=149&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="OZelAavOx2szdpHj15yTngtu3ijyw3PVi4PnhUA9lEs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> <div class="indented"><a id="comment-150"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="5" about="/comment/150" 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/149#comment-149" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">So its on Lumberyard engine ?</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dhar</span></p> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Sat, 08/24/2019 - 11:25" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Sat, 08/24/2019 - 11:25"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/150#comment-150" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1566645914"></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 Dhar,</p> <p>Yes, it is! We started out using Cryengine many years ago, but eventually decided to switch. These updates we're working on will finally get us off the last of the legacy Cryengine code, which puts us in a much better position to handle some of our technical challenges: including reconnects. There are other bugs which have been an issue in alpha which we are hoping to resolve in the process as well.</p></div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=150&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="faNRxJMirWFsF1uLfF6zf9TMZB7kY4BZA67UteSzGOo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </div> </article> </div><a id="comment-151"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/comment/151" 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="">Kaol</span></span> </h3> <div class="comment__meta"> <span class="meta-icon created hint--top" aria-label="Submitted: Sat, 08/24/2019 - 19:46" ></span> <span class="meta-icon changed hint--top" aria-label="Last edited: Sat, 08/24/2019 - 19:52"></span> <a class="meta-icon permalink hint--top" aria-label="Permalink" href="/comment/151#comment-151" > </a> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1566676350"></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&#039;m incredibly excited for this. Never played the Warcraft mod but been following your website/blog/discord for ages. I do hope that sooner or later RoW comes up as a polished, well thought out game.<br /> Good luck!</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=151&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="ibQqZTuQV71Ar6zD7e-xXYAoKeymCyV537YOFJSlfME"></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=93&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="m8WJdp0OwOP8hHc_vuOeCCceEyWgsmUzNOJuoeOf-H4"></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/2019-08/Spell_Roaring_Tides_1.jpg" width="512" height="512" alt="Icon for Roaring Tides" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> Fri, 23 Aug 2019 14:14:00 +0000 Softmints 93 at https://riseofwinterchill.com Camaraderie https://riseofwinterchill.com/blog/camaraderie Camaraderie<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, 06/21/2019 - 02:00</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 Camaraderie ability." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="06bc79d8-81e6-4675-916a-11369ab75dc3" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Spell_Camaraderie_4_0.jpg" width="200" class="align-right" />Hi all,</p> <p>I've always had a vague awareness that game designers use vast spreadsheets for calculating balance and the difficulty of enemies.</p> <p>As it happens, that's not something I've ever done. Given the relatively few heroes in <a href="https://lanepushinggames.com/moba/dota-outland"><em>Dota Outland</em></a> and <a href="https://lanepushinggames.com/moba/rise-of-winterchill-2007"><em>Rise of Winterchill</em></a>, my road to balance was through listening, tweaking, and seeing what worked. Similarly, I never did a game design document: just put out new versions and scribbled notes as I went.</p> <p>Recently, Kybolt has adopted some new collaboration tools, and I've been making good use of them. For example, my list of ability ideas dates back to 2007, all scrawled into a now-2500 line notepad file.</p> <p>Time for a change, right? I'm putting them into a database, tagged using the same system I use for designing kits so I can easily search for matches, and drive discussion and creativity.</p> <p>What's even better is that in pursuit of tagging them, sometimes new ideas and perspectives spring forth. One of <em>Rise of Winterchill's</em> heroes had the following ultimate:</p> <div class="note-left"><img alt="Icon for the Camaraderie ability." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0902ebc1-b39c-4219-abd5-e694e8f8df69" height="64" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Spell_Camaraderie_4.jpg" width="64" /><div class="description"> <h2>Camaraderie</h2> <p>Shares your inventory with a target allied hero for up to 20 seconds, or until you become over 900 distance apart. Both heroes will effectively enjoy a 12-slot inventory, with full bonuses from all items.</p> </div> </div> <p>Yes, <a href="http://riseofwinterchill.pbworks.com/w/page/7014372/Meddler">this really existed</a>. It may further surprise you that the ability didn't get used very much!</p> <p>For a long time I attributed this to poor audiovisual feedback. Allies often didn't realise they had the buff, and ran out of range. Coordinating its use was difficult. I figured that with better cues, the ability would be fine.</p> <p>However, during my process of tagging abilities for the database, I realised another reason for the slow uptake: players can't experiment with <em>Camaraderie </em>on their own. It required an attentive ally, and ongoing coordination of item builds for best results. As an ultimate ability, the player might not even read it and realise they could share items until significantly into their build.</p> <p>If I were introducing this ability now, I think an option to target non-hero units and share your inventory with them would be the right step. That lets players get accustomed to using the ability and have some autonomy, before eventually settling on the "best" target as allied heroes.</p> <p>This is just one example of the tagging making itself useful. Having a top-level perspective over all abilities and being able to sift through them... it's great for accelerating design. I'm not sure if or when balance spreadsheets will get involved, but being able to put numbers to travel time, time to kill, etc. is definitely important. And we have much better documentation now, which is nice.</p> <p>In other news, the home page mentions something called <strong><em>chess laning</em></strong>: a set of mechanics which are in the alpha. As I suspected, the initial implementation has been a bit clunky so we're taking steps to simplify it. Originally I was worried that there wouldn't be enough nuance... but some fresh ideas revealed themselves so we'll have to see where they lead.</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=91&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="YwgHS-LCDb_Q9b7iBwPzs1DFMKlXOZP2gM97Z2nh3X8"></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/2019-06/Spell_Camaraderie_4.jpg" width="512" height="512" alt="Icon for the Camaraderie ability." typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> Fri, 21 Jun 2019 02:00:00 +0000 Softmints 91 at https://riseofwinterchill.com 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