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Re: Alttp - Horn of Balance [demo 19]
« Reply #1180 on: August 05, 2018, 04:12:43 pm »
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Hi guys. So I was aiming to release this next demo asap but because I had more free time then usual I decided to first do a full playthrough as extra testing. Well... I got reminded of the scope of this game. Without testers some area's haven't been properly played in years and thus I found more bugs then I'd dare to admit.

So, basically I'll be taking more time to polish things up.

Also, performance at places has somehow become a slight issue on my machine (=some dips between 58 and 60 fps). I've implemented a series of improvements, but I doesn't seem to fix much as it's the black box GML engine that already takes up at least 86% of the resources. If anybody want to help test the fps on different machines, please let me know.

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0.20.06 (4 augustus 2018)
* Overworld: Removed some usages of draw_rectangle to boost performance a little
* Debug area: Fixed memory leak during some room transitions
* Starting screen: Removed all draw_line() functions for performance
* Gameselect: Fixed memory leak with obj_Character surfaces not getting flushed
* Further optimized HUD drawing
* Combined effects from getting bows and/or arrows
* Combined code, that turns some of the objects outside of view, into one
* Massively rewrote the terrain collision scripting

0.20.07 (5 augustus 2018)
* Fixed sporadic error when cutting multiple bushes
* Fixed error when shooting enemy with arrow
* Improved performance collisions woth character projectiles
* Arrows now also ignore holes in the ground below bushes
* Fixed some issues with exiting water
* The collision masking when running into breakable walls/stone piles is now more forgiving
* Breakable blocks can now also be destroyed by running into it
* Further improved efficiency enemy movement scripting
* Tree drawing performance further improved
* Mansion: Fixed master chest being inaccessable
* Mansion: Fixed small shed tiling issue
* Mansion: Tweaked dinning room tiling
* Desert: Tweaked chest placement in secundairy entrance to make it harder for people to miss the actual entrance
* Desert: Fixed tiling issue on F3
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Re: Alttp - Horn of Balance [demo 19]
« Reply #1181 on: August 12, 2018, 07:52:33 pm »
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Weekly update:
Sorry, but no demo this week either. The more I test the more I find to fix or tweak. So the current state is that there are still about 6 issues on my list that are noticable to game-breaking (and about 20 that are minor to nitpicky).

What I did manage to do was improve the overall performance so that framedrops seem relegated to the largest / most heavily populated area's. (It's somehow quite fun to slowly chip away at such a large problem, learning as I go).

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0.20.08 (6 augustus 2018)
* Desert: Fixed tiling issue door upper left of main plaza
* Improved performance of containers, shadows and various enemy movement scripts

0.20.09 (7 augustus 2018)
* Mansion: Secret treasure now contains the blue tunic
* Slightly improved performance warp draw event
* Mansion: Fixed masking issue in shed
* Fixed tunic colors not drawing correctly during warp animations

0.20.10 (8 augustus 2018)
* Mansion: Updated masking issue in diner
* Combined most HUD surfaces for a little better performance

0.20.11 (11 augustus 2018)
* Textures now increased form 2k to 4k (aka 64 MB)
* Combined more surfaces in HUD
* Optimized more tilesets so the game now runs on a single texture
* Small optimization to enemy draw scripting
* Made wall crash destruction more lenient, in how it's detected, yet again
* Fixed visuals while stationary in deep water with upgraded tunic
* Fixed issue in shock animations

0.20.12 (12 augustus 2018)
* Slight improvement to enemy AI + drawing performance
* Big performance boost to context button text detection
* Tweaked tiling and object placement in Mansion Shed
* Tweaked character collisions for performance
* Fixed issue where you can continuously crash into a bookcase to move a key endlessly
* Fixed a few more masking oversights
* Fixed visual oversight in item menu
* Tweaked fairy masking to make it less likely they get stuck in walls etc
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Re: Alttp - Horn of Balance [demo 19]
« Reply #1182 on: August 13, 2018, 07:42:40 pm »
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I'm glad to see those who actually look back and take care of earlier problems before releasing something to the public.
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Re: Alttp - Horn of Balance [demo 19]
« Reply #1183 on: August 19, 2018, 09:06:05 pm »
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Weekly update:
Bugbashing is going great with a huge amount of extra issues solved, but not enough to call it finished just yet. There are still about 10 desert dungeon rooms to playtest before calling it quits. After that I'll stop the testing and just put up the new release.

All major and gamebreaking issues I've come across have now been fixed. There's just some visual tweaks left and some minor random stuff (like bombs shattering like glass instead of exploding if you get hit while carrying them).

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0.20.13 (13 augustus 2018)
* Desert palace: Fixed depth issue flying tiles

0.20.14 (17 augustus 2018)
* Improved performance of spiked block enemies
* Improved performance of general enemy step event
* Improved performance of container draw event
* Improved performance of use of collision grids
* Desert palace: Tweaked bedroom scene
* Desert palace: Fixed minor masking issue
* Desert palace: Fixed secret entrance scene
* Your character name now gets trimmed
* Desert palace: Fixed subboss scenes not triggering
* Desert palace: Fixed a hole's masking on F2

0.20.15 (18 augustus 2018)
* Spend the full day fixing the shock, darkness, warp and day-night scripting ( which I appearently all broke while improving their performance – whoops :S )
* The context button now also shows you “open” tekst for doors (if you hold the needed key)
* You can now also grab locked doors and keyblocks

0.20.16 (19 augustus 2018)
* Mansion: Fixed maze mechanic + masking issue
* Mansion: Improved camera system to cut screen distortion during screen transitions
* Made default movement scripting pixel perfect (again)
* Mansion: Tweaked endscene so link doesn't walk through a solid object
* Small optimization boost to obj_GUI step event
* Squeezed more performance out of the HUD
* Mansion: Fixed doorway for returning from the boss fight
* Fixed visual inconsistency on game select screen
* Fixed error when trying to read from statues
* Tomb: No longer able to get stuck in first bird statue
* Fixed not being able to continuously read from statues
* Tomb: Improved performance cannonball room
* Tomb: Fixed a few tiling issues
* Tomb: Green eyegore now insta killed by bombs
* Tomb: Red and blue eyegore are now damagable by bombs
* Tomb: Fixed error when killing a floating head
* Tomb: Fixed conditional door room left of F1 torch room
* Tomb: Fixed cannonball trajectories in cannonball puzzle
* Tomb: Fixed scene when first torch gets lit
* Tomb: Fixed scene when fourth torch gets lit
* Desert palace: Fixed error in scene bossfight 2 intro
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Re: Alttp - Horn of Balance [DEMO 20 FINALLY REL...
« Reply #1184 on: August 25, 2018, 06:22:13 pm »
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And here it finally is: Demo 20!

Please enjoy and be sure to post any and all feedback you might have, so that I can continue to make the game beter for you guys.
As for the next steps: I'm still pondering on that. Feel free to weight in using the poll (that I'll add shortly).

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Demo version: 0.20.18
File Size: 18,97 MB (Zipped)
Screen Resolution: 320 x 240 (Changable)
Download: http://www.mediafire.com/file/qokjknmocwdcem8/Zelda_0_20_18_public_demo.zip/file

Notes:
- From the start move straight up north to reach the NEW "Underwater Prison". (It can be beat without doing any of the other places first)

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 dungeon: Underwater Prison
* Added ability for NPC's to follow you
* Added ability to dive for items and/or under bridges
* Added the raising and lowering of water levels
* Added room transitions for when swimming
* Added cracked blocks
* Added cell doors

* Added context sensitive actions display to HUD (which can be disabled)
* Polished several aspects of the last dungeon: Heimgartner Mansion
* Slightly polished starting cave
* Tweaked various enemy stats

* Made a ton of (major) change for a massive performance boost
* Fixed various mechanics that had broken over time
* Far more playtesting then the last release

* Lots of smaller tweaks, performance increases and bugfixes
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Re: Alttp - Horn of Balance [DEMO 20 FINALLY REL...
« Reply #1185 on: September 16, 2018, 04:29:12 pm »
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(Semi)Weekly progress report:
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0.21.00 (26 augustus 2018)
* Made progress finishing the overworld tilesets

0.21.01 (8 september 2018)
* Upgraded to GameMaker:Studio2 version 2.15 (and got a massive performance drop as thanks  –.- )
(= fps now tanked from 60+ to about 45)
* Screen size and positioning now saved using global variables (for better performance)
* Switched from default collision functions to the new list collision functions from the latest Gamemaker update (for “simpler” / faster code)
* Cleaned up older collision functions for a little bit better performance

0.21.02 (9 september 2018)
* Dropped back from Gamemaker 2.15 to 2.14, because 2.15 capped the fps to 45 fps regardless of my coding solutions.
* Screen size and positioning now saved using global variables (for better performance)
* Removed various uses of the draw_rectangle functions for better performance

0.21.03 (14 september 2018)
* Keypart of the HUD now always in front of screen transitions while in a dungeon area
* Started work on extra idle animations

0.21.04 (15 september 2018)
* Added dancing idle animation
* Added guitar idle animation

0.21.05 (16 september 2018)
* Tweaked dark world warp animation
* Started work on new “enemies”: Cucco (alive / dead)
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Re: Alttp - Horn of Balance
« Reply #1186 on: October 07, 2018, 08:18:09 pm »
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I was on vacation last week so there's not too much progress:
- Still working on Cucco's. They're so much fun to play around with.
- Now also almost fully finished with all the overworld tilesets (finally). This should be the last time I'll ever  need to touch those again; fingers crossed.
- Added a dropbox download link for the demo.
- Made good progress designing the new (placeholder) overworld on paper. I'll likely make implementing those plans the main goal for the next demo, along with trying to improve performance further (as that now has the most votes in the poll).

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0.21.06 (17 september 2018)
* Made cucco weak to all types of fire

0.21.07 (22 september 2018)
* Made more progress on the cucco's

0.21.08 (6 oktober 2018)
* Made big progress finishing the light and dark overworld tilesets

0.21.09 (7 oktober 2018)
* Added dropbox download for latest demo
* Finished light overworld tileset (incl all animations; excl mountains)
* Made more progress with the dark overworld tileset
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Re: Alttp - Horn of Balance
« Reply #1187 on: October 28, 2018, 12:29:26 pm »
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Hello again, still alive out here.

So the reason I haven't posted the last couple of weeks was because I was working om trying to get quick overworld done for the NCFC. This weekend though I decided to stop rushing and just skip this years event. It's taking far more time to tile then expected and some rooms are turning out pretty bland and uninspired (also and I'd have to cut a ton of rooms) so I'm just going to relax and take my time again. Btw: if anyone wants to help out with tiling let me know.

As for a sneak peak: check the attached images for some work in progress. And yes, I am working on a small light AND darkworld for this next overworld. They'll both be about 12 rooms large and compatible with the mirror item.

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0.21.10 (13-28 oktober 2018)
* Finished light world mountain tileset
* Finished dark world mountain tileset
* Finished dark world tileset
* Made progress tiling a new overworld
* Polished up the tilesets a little further
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Re: Alttp - Horn of Balance
« Reply #1188 on: November 25, 2018, 08:01:06 am »
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Just a quick update to explain why I haven't posted last month:
I'm still alive, but dealing with software development crunch over at work. (=Insurance branch, not game-development sadly :) ) As a result I haven't found the time and energy to also work on my own project for much more then just a few scattered hours a week. I expect this to continue till around the start of januari, so expect a new true update by then.
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Re: Alttp - Horn of Balance
« Reply #1189 on: January 06, 2019, 07:10:33 pm »
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Back again.
Finished upgrading to the latest gamemaker version, tinkered around with optimization idea's and I'm now starting back up the overworld tiling. 'Cause this tiling often takes a lot of time I'll periodically share the overall progress (see attachment) for those of you that like seeing something gradually coming together. (As you can see I like to start design pretty abstract like the middle section before implementing it further like the top parts).

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0.21.11 (3-4 november 2018)
* Made more tiling progress on the new overworlds
* Added DW high grass object
* Cutting grass now can be any colors needed
* Added visuals for when character walks through DW grass
* Now able to walk around in the DW overworld

0.21.12 (5 november 2018)
* Added extra dark world bush

0.21.13 (15 december 2018)
* Upgraded GM version (Now the 45 fps cap is finally fixed)
* Game performance improved via various coding updates

0.21.14 (16 december 2018)
* Fixed some minor issues related to GM upgrade

0.21.15 (21 december 2018)
* Improved tree draw event performance

0.21.16 (23 december 2018)
* Further improved tree draw events performance
* Fixed font spacing issue due to GM upgrade
* Made small coding progress on new overworlds

0.21.17 (26 december 2018)
* Made some small progress on the new overworlds

0.21.18 (5 januari 2019)
* Made minor overworld tiling progress

0.21.19 (6 januari 2019)
* Made more overworld tiling progress
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Re: Alttp - Horn of Balance
« Reply #1190 on: January 13, 2019, 09:45:22 pm »
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Just a quicky update this week, as I've only been working on the tiling this weekend.
Check the attachment image for the current state.
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« Reply #1191 on: January 14, 2019, 09:24:51 pm »
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Is that going to be the final overworld in The Legend of Zelda: Horn of Balance?
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« Reply #1192 on: January 15, 2019, 07:12:42 pm »
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No, this one will also be a placeholder till the final update once every single dungeon is done. Basically development made it far enough where the old quick fix overworld wasn't going to work for that much longer. There wasn't really any greater design behind it yet, in that one.

The new world keeps things like dungeon orders, roadblocks, (moderate) sequence breaking and other plans in mind. The tiling process might seem random but it's mainly a creative process to add cosmetics and theming to the functional plans.

Also I'll be working a light and dark version of this overworld at the same time. And I'm also connecting to every eventually planned eventual dungeons (a.k.a. "better to plan big now and cut stuff later on in development"). For the next update each new dungeon will just be 3 standard square rooms with some area enemies, a dungeon treasure and possibly the area gimmick. That way players can already try out the macro design of the overworld. And it allows me to also work on end and mid game area's / bosses / etc in the future.

All in all I consider this a milestone as I never figured I'd actually reach this point.
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« Reply #1193 on: January 21, 2019, 07:09:40 pm »
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Weekly report:
Check the attached image for the progress on the dark version of the overworld.
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« Reply #1194 on: January 22, 2019, 01:25:43 am »
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How will the dark world factor into all this?
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« Reply #1195 on: January 22, 2019, 05:59:15 pm »
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Mechanicly it'll function as a distorted mirror to the normal world, just like in alttp. I'm adding it 'cause I have plans to also add some dark world themed dungeons, as well as for story and puzzle potential down the line.
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« Reply #1196 on: February 04, 2019, 09:10:26 pm »
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0.21.20 (12 januari 2019)
* Made more progress on the new overworlds
* Added blue trees

0.21.21 (17-27 januari 2019)
* Made more progress on the new overworlds

0.21.22 (3 februari 2019)
* Made more progress on the new overworlds
* Rewrote the coding behind how scenes are handled (for more ease in use later on) as well as cleaned up various other coding found along the way
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« Reply #1197 on: February 10, 2019, 08:49:10 pm »
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0.21.23 (9 februari 2019)
* Fixed issue found in new event system
* Fixed issue in HUD text for conditional action button

0.21.24 (10 februari 2019)
* Fixed issue in character terrain collision scripting
* Added new object: overworld doors (various types)
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« Reply #1198 on: February 17, 2019, 10:04:03 pm »
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0.21.25 (16 februari 2019)
* Edited context button interaction with overworld doors
* Made it so overworld doors can trigger during scenes
* Cleaned up some older coding for better performance
* Made some more progress on tiling the new overworlds
* Fixed error when warping to some darkened rooms
* Started tinkering around with warping between light and dark worlds

0.21.26 (17 februari 2019)
* Can now warp between light and dark worlds with the mirror. (Still needs a a lot of polish and checking to prevent getting stuck and such)
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« Reply #1199 on: March 08, 2019, 03:28:51 am »
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It's been a while since I tried a demo, so I just played about 20 minutes of the latest (0.20.18) one. I love what I've seen of the new stuff so far!

Of course, you know me, so I've got a bug to report. ;)

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I tried to exit some water via a ladder while in a dive state and got this fatal error:
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Looks like this bug really upset Link. As you can see in the image, he's beside himself (I can't resist making a bad joke).
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