Bad news is, I won't have a public build of this available for a while - there's a LOT of things I want to improve and fix, and I'm not gonna be happy releasing anything for a while yet. But I'll try to keep new developments and updates posted more regularly here in future. ^^
Combat's had a massive overhaul, permadeath is back (with certain ways to avoid it), there's varied starting scenarios, new areas, new NPCs, new items and weapons, a huge overhaul of the database engine, in-game tutorials and a scripted intro sequence, and a whole lot more. :D
A big first one to mention is some major improvements to the NPC AI. There's a new branching conversation system, a vastly improved faction standing system, an overwork of enmity, more social interactions between NPCs, and nore. :3
It's going to be at least a couple more months (if not longer) before 0.75 is ready for a public pre-alpha build, but I'm working hard on the code and I think you'll like how it's shaping up. :) (7/7)
There's also dynamic tutorial messages explaining other game mechanics as they become relevant, such as a message explaining hunger when the player character starts to get hungry. These can also be disabled in the options if desired. :) (6/7)
Another major improvement is the addition of a scripted introduction/tutorial sequence (which can be disabled), that introduces the player to the basic controls and game mechanics before letting them loose on the world. This should make things a lot less confusing at first. (5/7)
This is intended to really flesh out the game world and make it feel like more of a living, breathing place, rather than generic copy-and-paste NPCs all shambling around. I'm really excited with how it's looking so far, and looking forward to sharing it when it's done! (4/7)
In addition, a great deal of the generic templated NPCs are being replaced by unique, named NPCs who'll all have their own quests, day-to-day schedules (the schedule code is actually already in place in 0.74), factions, and so on. (3/7)
There's been a few thematic changes, some factions and items being altered, but mostly, 0.75 is all about mechanical improvements. The old quest system has been revamped hugely into a full-fledged NPC conversation system with branching dialogue trees and more. (2/7)
Tinkering more with the new fire effect on Krasten's title screen, because it's fun. >.> Added some wind influence, heat variance and hot spots.
00:00 to 00:10 = original fire effect
00:10 to 00:20 = yesterday's effect
00:20 to 00:30 = today's tweaks
It's been a pretty productive day of coding today! I've added a couple of new colour palette options for colourblind users (thanks to @xaphania for the help!) and revamped the options screen from the crowded mess it was before (first pic) to multiple options screens (second pic). ^^
Is anyone here colourblind, or know someone who is? I'm working on some alternate palette options for @krasten, and it'd be really super helpful if I could get some feedback on the colour choices from colourblind folks (preferably all three main types).
Also in this version of the game you can jump out of a window on the FAC tower and probably badly injure yourself. If that isn't a selling point, I don't know what is.
okay so things aren't really at the point yet where I'm quite ready for another public pre-alpha release, but I fixed an absolute ton of bugs lately and I don't want people to judge my project too harshly by its older versions.
So if folks are curious: https://github.com/Gravecat/Krasten
There aren't many quests and such up right now (I'd hoped to get a lot more of them finished before my next release), but there's a bunch of other new features in place now. :3
Still no terribly exciting new features to report yet, but I've just finished a massive overhaul of the saved game system that cuts down loading times of saved games from 5-10 seconds, to around 1 second or less.
I'm unreasonably proud. :3 Big thanks to @BeerFox for the help!
Krasten is a text-based single-player RPG/MUD-like game in development, set in a gritty industrialized cyberpunk world. Explore, kill, loot, quest, survive.
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