Tristan and Iseult - Week 3
Tristan and Iseult is starting to look a little more like a VN, since not only have I actually written pretty much all of the first part (of four - hey, Each Uisge only took two weeks...!) but also Ren has graciously agreed to do some sprites for me - the above pair (Tristan and Iseult, surprisingly) are a couple of her sketches.
(On that note, I should also thank Daniel Bristow-Bailey for the battlefield tilesets, and Oddball and Oryx from the TIGSource forums for the unit graphics - these guys originally submitted their work to TIGSource's 'Assemblee' contest a year or so ago and then made their graphics available for game-makers to use afterwards.)
What else have I done? Well, I tried to start off with a little bit of a tutorial on how the battles work. I've pretty much settled on the priority-based system now, so of course that needs to be explained to the player. Here Kahedin, Tristan's friend and mentor, is telling the player through Tristan what's what with the battle system...
I've tried to spread the new-concepts out over a few battles, but I don't have time within the scope of NaNo to do a proper step-by-step introductory guide, so I'll probably be limited to Kahedin's pre-battle interjections.
This next image illustrates quite nicely two of the more-important features the last week's work has brought:
Firstly, and most importantly, the enemy now randomly insults you when you hurt him and/or kill his mates. Your guys yell back periodically, so it's all OK. Also, there's a little shield telling you which faction a particular unit is from - since the people of Tristan's time didn't exactly wear neat uniforms to battle all the time, it could be a little difficult to tell who was on which side some of the time, especially with units like cavalry where it wasn't possible to fit more than a couple of pixels of identifying beard in to tell the two sides apart.
I was a little worried that the faction shield might clutter the units too much, especially alongside the priority disc on one side and the unit-strength number on the other. I don't think it looks too bad, though, in the end.