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Re: [DEMO 0.18 NOW OUT] Alttp - Horn of Balance
« Reply #1140 on: September 14, 2017, 01:24:24 pm »
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Just a quick question:
Are the sideways bookcases in the attached screenshot distracting?
I've added some space between them and the other bookcases, but I'm still doubting myself on this one. Outside input is welcome.
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Re: [DEMO 0.18 NOW OUT] Alttp - Horn of Balance
« Reply #1141 on: September 17, 2017, 08:11:22 pm »
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And here is the rest of the progress made last week.
So I'm running quite behind on schedule to get a full demo out for NCFC. To cut some corners I'll be using placeholders enemies (for now), cut the Moldorm bossfight tweaking (for now) and push building the Mansion F1 rooms past the first october demo. The reason I still plan on releasing a demo october 1st is to allow anybody who want to help test the option to do so.

Progress:
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0.18.56 (14 september 2017)
* Discovered and implemented new setup for animated tiles
* Finished retiling overworlds
* Improved boomerang interaction with hitswitches
* Finished mansion library area

0.18.57 (15 september 2017)
* Finished mansion fairy room
* Made progress tiling mansion F2 further
* Made more progress retiling dungeon area's

0.18.58 (16 september 2017)
* Finished garden shed
* Made more progress retiling dungeon area's

New schedule:

17 sept:
[CUT] Finish bugfixes/tweaks as mentioned in youtube comments
[DONE] Finish another mansion room: shed
[DONE] Finish another mansion room: fairy room
[DONE] Finish library sections

24 sept:
[IN PROGRESS] Finish mansion garden
[IN PROGRESS] Finish retiling all areas

1 okt:
- Finish remainder of mansion (F3)
- Finish remainder of mansion (F2)
- Release early demo

15 okt:
- Finish remainder of mansion (F1)

22 okt:
[OPTIONAL]: Add boss fight to Mansion + tweak all bosses (prio for Moldorm)
- Handle new forum feedback + whatever I missed

29 okt:
- Final NCFC demo
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Re: [DEMO 0.18 NOW OUT] Alttp - Horn of Balance
« Reply #1142 on: October 01, 2017, 08:04:32 pm »
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Sorry guys, no demo this week. I had planned to, but I don't want to release a dungeon with (still a few) completely barren rooms in it. It'd also break the dungeon order. Next weekend I'll be helping out familie but I'll likely be able to finish up in the week+weekend after.

Latest progress:
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0.18.59 (22 september 2017)
* Made more progress retiling dungeon area's
* Made more progress designing F2 of Mansion

0.18.60 (30 september 2017)
* Made more progress retiling dungeon area's
* Finished mansion F3 floor
* Made more progress on mansion F1 floor
* Added breakable walls for mansion

0.18.61 (1 oktober 2017)
* Almost finished mansion F1 floor
* Made more progress retiling dungeon area's (just a few room left now)

Latest schedule:

1 okt:
[IN PROGRESS - ALMOST DONE] Finish mansion garden
[IN PROGRESS - ALMOST DONE] Finish retiling all areas
[FINISHED] Finish remainder of mansion F3
[IN PROGRESS] Finish remainder of mansion F2

15 okt:
[IN PROGRESS - ALMOST DONE] Finish remainder of mansion (F1)
- Release early demo

22 okt:
[OPTIONAL]: Add boss fight to Mansion + tweak all bosses (prio for Moldorm)
- Tweak mansion enemy placements and overall difficulty (based on feedback)
- Handle other forum feedback + whatever I missed

29 okt:
- Final NCFC demo
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Re: [DEMO 0.18 NOW OUT] Alttp - Horn of Balance
« Reply #1143 on: October 10, 2017, 11:19:15 am »
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Hi guys. Good news. It looks like I won't have to push the next demo any further past the last schedule (=okt 15th). XD The mansion level can now finally be played from start to finish and the last couple of days I have left can now into to tweaking the puzzles, room visuals, maskings and so on.

If anybody wants to help out once the demo is out then..

..please playtest the demo and report any issues found.
I'll try my best to fix all feedback before the NCFC event. Most likely issues may be found within the mansion dungeon (as that is completely new) and the tiling of the older area's (as the entire game has been completely retiled these last few months.

..please record gameplay or a trailer to showcase during the NCFC.
Given the limited time till the NCFC (and my lack of experience/talent on the matter) I had to set priorities and so I won't be coming around to doing this myself. I'll link your recordings directloy on the NCFC booth if you're interested in the views. (Should be a couple of hundred views depending on the quality).
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Re: Alttp - Horn of Balance [DEMO 0.19 OUT]
« Reply #1144 on: October 15, 2017, 01:19:38 pm »
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And finally a new public demo. Please enjoy and be sure to post your feedback if you want to contribute. Check my previous post if you want to help in other ways.

New download
Demo version: 0.19.00
File Size: 19,07 MB (Zipped)
Screen Resolution: 320 x 240 (Changable)
Download: https://www.mediafire.com/file/3iihlfw332f2bn5/Horn%20of%20Balance%20version%200.19.0%20Public.zip

Notes:
- From the start of the game move right for a small intro cave, down for the new mansion dungeon and upwards for the older (harder) content
- Beat both nothern dungeons to reach the game's credits

Default controls*:
D - Action button (open doors / read text / grab / etc) + Confirm button (while in menus)
G - Attack button (hold and release for a full swing attack) + Cancel button (while in menus)
S - Perform run action (if you have the boots available)
R - Use item A
F - Use item B
Space - Brings up item menu
Enter - Brings up map menu
Escape - Pauses the game (can be used to exit the game)

* The controls can be personalized in the options menu at the start of the game.

What's new?

* Added new intro cave
* Added new dungeon: Mansion Dungeon
* Added new item: Magic Powder
* Expanded functionality of Red Boomerang
* Added swimming + diving
* Added new mechanics like: keyblocks, celldoors, (on-off) blocks (=like in Tower of Hera in the original) and a magical maze.

* Converted over to Gamemaker Studio 2
(including: implementing new inherentance system, redoing all tiling, reordering all objectdepths, creating all new tilesets, rewriting all scripting, cleaning up (now) obselete scripting and other resources, documenting all variables used)

* Plus a ton of smaller stuff
« Last Edit: December 03, 2017, 06:52:04 pm by Martijn dh »
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Re: [NEW DEMO OUT] Alttp - Horn of Balance
« Reply #1145 on: October 30, 2017, 07:47:13 pm »
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Thank you for the marvelous gift.
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Re: [NEW DEMO OUT] Alttp - Horn of Balance
« Reply #1146 on: October 30, 2017, 08:03:28 pm »
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You're welcome. Please enjoy.
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Re: [NEW DEMO OUT] Alttp - Horn of Balance
« Reply #1147 on: November 02, 2017, 07:09:50 pm »
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Just a little update about my future plans. Knowing myself I'll likely deviate pretty soon, but it's good to have something to strife for. Let me know if anybody has additional suggestions/feedback.

Release 20 (januari 1st)
- Fixes to demo 19 based on feedback from NCFC and youtube. (Also any feedback you guys post here)
- Replace current overworld with a new (temporary) lightworld / darkworld
- Rebuild diggrid mechanic, hopefully resulting in better performance

Release 21 (march 1st)
- Tweak / finish mansion level
- Adding additional bosses
- Add magic mirror warping between LW/DW
- Start on new dungeon: water prison

Some day:
- Finish water prison dungeon
- Add forest dungeon
- Simplify dungeon 1: Royal tombs
- Simplify dungeon 2: Desert Palace
- Add weather effects
- Combine all ingame menu's into one (OoT style)
- Add context sensitive action button indicator (OoT style)

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Weekly update:
So I've been looking over the NCFC livestreams closely and I've made a list of things to fix. Expect an updated demo when I'm done (or post here if you want an earlier copy to help do more testing.

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0.19.01 (31 oktober 2017)
* Fixed several tiling errors noticed in NCFC lifestreams
* Fixed not increasing max arrows if collecting the silver bow&arrows before the normal bow&arrows
* Fixed being able to swim without flippers (if first walking through shallow water)
* Fixed visuals Desert Palace F3 secret wall (can't reproduce any kind of soft lock though)
* Fixed small visual glitch for mansion garden map

0.19.02 (1 november 2017)
* Fixed depth issue entrance room dungeon 1
* Fixed sound desert bookcase entrance moving still set to 30 fps

0.19.03 (2 november 2017)
* Fixed depth issue with transition secret bookcase entrance desert palace
* Removed fps and room index in caption (=small performance increase / not really used all that much anyway)

0.19.04 (3 november 2017)
* Optimized/cut more resources (so less texture groups are used / performance should improve slightly)
* Fixed some compiler tile layer warnings
* Started work on overworld 2.0

0.19.05 (4 november 2017)
* Digging effects are now drawn to tilelayers instead of large surfaces (improving performance when moving to/from large rooms; also gives better performance)
* Additional scripting to deactive most enemies outside of current view (=big performance boost)
* Reorganised some more resources
* Fixed darkness issue encountered in debug area's

0.19.06 (5 november 2017)
* Improved (chasing) spiked block enemy AI / speed
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Re: Alttp - Horn of Balance
« Reply #1148 on: November 19, 2017, 10:44:13 pm »
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So I've finally handled all the feedback I gather from the NCFC. It's too late for today, soI'll likely release a patched download next weekend. Also, I started on an additional (tutorial) bossfight: Supreme Overlord Murray.

Progress report:
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0.19.07 (17 november 2017)
* Edited Goriya to be weak to bombs
* Bombs now push back enemies further/longer
* Edited hint about library in Heimgartner Mansion (+added sign to better indicate where that is and is not)
* Tweaked enemy placement in Mansion slightly
* Made it slightly easier to keep distance with soldier grunts
* Fixed shield not working
* Reworked puzzles in intro cave
* Tweaked texture usage some more for another slight performance boost

0.19.08 (18 november 2017)
* Started work on boss for the intro cave

0.19.09 (19 november 2017)
* Fixes some missed visual glitches basement desert palace
* Reorganised common variables enemy AI's
* Made it impossible to enter the gauntlet area before getting the desert treasure
* Fixed lock in bedroom scene in desert palace. (Finally was able to replicate it by getting uneven x coordinates)
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Re: Alttp - Horn of Balance [DEMO 0.19 OUT]
« Reply #1149 on: December 03, 2017, 06:51:00 pm »
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Sorry for the small delay, but here is an updated demo

New download
Demo version: 0.19.11
File Size: 19,07 MB (Zipped)
Screen Resolution: 320 x 240 (Changable)
Download: https://www.mediafire.com/file/bd389qbhjqgby6l/Horn%20of%20Balance%20version%200.19.11%20Public.zip

Notes:
- From the start of the game move right for a small intro cave, down for the new mansion dungeon and upwards for the older (harder) content
- Beat both nothern dungeons to reach the game's credits

Default controls*:
D - Action button (open doors / read text / grab / etc) + Confirm button (while in menus)
G - Attack button (hold and release for a full swing attack) + Cancel button (while in menus)
S - Perform run action (if you have the boots available)
R - Use item A
F - Use item B
Space - Brings up item menu
Enter - Brings up map menu
Escape - Pauses the game (can be used to exit the game)

* The controls can be personalized in the options menu at the start of the game.

What's new?
* Lots of bugfixes and balancing changes
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