VNs

23 Apr

Tristan and Iseult - new features coming soon...

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Tristan and Iseult has been out for a couple of weeks now, lots of people have downloaded it and a fair number of those have given some useful feedback to improve the game - thanks to everyone who's pointed out bits they didn't like and especially those who've suggested ways to get around those problems. One common request was for some change to speed up the battles - some people don't want to wait to watch their little blokes tramping across the countryside, they want to get stuck into the tactical gameplay stabbing and slaughtering part of the game - so I've added a raft of features to help out in that regard. Some of these I'd been thinking about before release and just didn't have time to add, and others I hadn't thought of at all until someone suggested them.

13 Apr

Tristan and Iseult v1.2

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So, predictably a bug or two have cropped up in T&I. Rather unpredictably, the big one actually got into the game as a direct consequence of the music-playing code being added to that section at the last minute, so we didn't notice it in testing 'cause we thought that since just the music code had been added, making sure the music played properly would probably be enough testing. Oops!

10 Apr

Tristan and Iseult - Initial Release

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An initial release of Tristan and Iseult is available - go to the game page to download.

06 Apr

Tristan and Iseult - Week Late

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So, people have probably noticed that Tristan and Iseult hasn't been released yet - basically, it's quite literally 99.5% done, playable from end to end, but a couple of things are holding it back.

28 Mar

Tristan and Iseult - Week 4

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KahedinKahedin

So, March - and NaNo - is nearly over, and progress on Tristan and Iseult... well, it progresses. Apace.

Ren - despite starting with only ten days to go thanks to previous commitments, and working through overtime at her job, has now finished all the lineart for the game and only has the colouring to go. She insists that I mention that 'corners have been cut', but I'm pretty impressed with her output all the same! I've finished writing the first three parts of the story, and am beginning to worry that I won't fit it all into the month. I still need to write another four thousand words or so (I'm slow) and finish scripting the remainder of the battles and finish up the last of the graphic elements and attach music to everything and...

Still.

20 Mar

Tristan and Iseult - Week 3

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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.

13 Mar

Tristan and Iseult - Week 2

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Game MechanicsGame Mechanics

This time last week, I'd basically got so far as displaying the tilemap, displaying the groups-of-tiny-guys sprites, and doing the highlight-the-squares-yellow thing for their move ranges.

In the intervening time, I've:

  • Got the rest of the battle UI sorted - as you can see in the above screenshot, there's now fog-of-war and a neat little menu for the available unit actions.
  • Written some AI and pathfinding code.
  • Set up the dialogue windows the way I want them, sliding in from the left or right and carrying the character sprite with them.
08 Mar

Tristan and Isolde

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Every March is NaNoRenO month, where VN-making people (by which I mean Lemmasoft forum denizens) attempt - in the mould of NaNoWriMo - to create a whole VN from beginning to end in a month. It's a really good event for a lot of people, especially those who haven't yet made and released a game of their own. Firstly, it gives you that happy hit of satisfaction for having actually completed and released something; secondly, it gives you an idea of how much work is actually required to complete a whole VN. Hint: it's actually quite a bit.

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