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#81 ChrisPolus   Members   -  Reputation: 322

Posted 14 July 2013 - 06:44 AM

Thanks guys! We'll keep this thread up to date, as always smile.png And this Sunday of course with the regular video developer diary.

 

Artificial intelligence was a big part of this week’s accomplishments.

 

  • In this week's dev diary introduction I speak Hebrew. I think.

  • Julian improved the enemy AI. Sarahul can now hear things, see telekinesis and terraforming and no longer stand there ignoring everything.
  • Daniel finished the sand dragon concept. This will become a great boss battle.
  • Ricardo works on the in-game spellbook (you’ll see a mockup in the video). In this book you’ll be able to browse through your spells, get descriptions, read up on the backstory and little pieces of information you get during your adventure. It’s cool to stop by and browse every once in a while and it looks gorgeous.
  • Son of Nor forums are live! You can go there now and register!
  • As always, please vote for us on Steam Greenlight. This is very important to us.

 

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#82 ChrisPolus   Members   -  Reputation: 322

Posted 21 July 2013 - 04:29 PM

Phu, another week full of work done. AI is again the main topic in this week's dev diary. Still not perfect, but better than last week.

 


  • Sarahul communicate between each other during combat.


  • Sarahul have alarm mechanisms that alarm other Sarahul. See how it works and how they use it.

  • You can disarm the alarm mechanisms.

  • Introduction of the shielded Sarahul warrior. New and improved Sarahul model.

  • Learn about the behaviour of the shielded Sarahul warrior.

  • Son of Nor forums are live! Go there now and register!

  • As always, please vote for us on Steam Greenlight. This is very important to us.

 

 

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Edited by ChrisPolus, 21 July 2013 - 04:29 PM.

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#83 ChrisPolus   Members   -  Reputation: 322

Posted 29 July 2013 - 03:12 AM

And we have a new dev diary for this week!

And yes, I'm also wondering why the titles of the dev diaries are so strange ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 

In this week's dev diary we talk about:


  • Julian seriously discovered he can change fonts for the intro to make it look more techie, since he's the tech guy...


  • Things can now burn. We show a Sarahul tent that gets burned to the ground after treated with fire magic.

  • The player character now has all animations, no more sliding on the ground when levitating rocks and moving.

  • Jason heavily improved the fire particle effect. When rocks get enhanced with fire, it now looks so much better!

  • Sarahul are still a little dumb, they kill each other sad.png

  • Throwing a burning object now looks like a cool comet ;)

  • Julian shows how to disarm a Sarahul alarm trigger with a fire enhanced rock.

  • Close-up rendering of a Sarahul sword.

  • We show the Sarahul arch mage boss - I think for the first time.

  • We completely re-designed the temples in Son of Nor. They always looked a bit too alien for the world of Son of Nor. Daniel sat down and drew new concepts for them, re-imagined. And we're very happy how this turned out. The new temples look much more integrated into the world, ancient, with carvings in the stone.

  • Julian gives you an in-depth tour of the fire temple camp level we're working on. Enjoy!

 

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Edited by ChrisPolus, 29 July 2013 - 03:13 AM.

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#84 ChrisPolus   Members   -  Reputation: 322

Posted 04 August 2013 - 06:30 AM

Ouch, that must hurt…

  • I try to welcome everybody in Portuguese.

  • We came a long way with our fire temple map. The lighting was adjusted, fire places were placed.

  • Sarahul now can follow waypoints and patrol an area.

  • We implemented a new environmental obstacle: the sand curtain.

  • Another obstacle, a wooden barrier that can be destroyed with only some of the player’s powers.

  • Distract Sarahul with a fire enhanced rock.

  • We fixed a bug where Sarahul would accidentally shoot each other ;)

  • See masses of Sarahul storming towards you. Oh oh…

  • We have an animation error that looks like if Sarahul hobble.

  • Get into the discussion and join our forum: http://forum.sonofnor.com

  • And please vote for us on Steam Greenlight! It’s very important to us!


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#85 ChrisPolus   Members   -  Reputation: 322

Posted 11 August 2013 - 02:46 AM

Can you hear that? It’s the winds of change ;)

 

  • I try to welcome everybody in Euskara.

  • We added ambient sounds: howling wind, dark wind, broadleaf trees, water sloshing, fireplace and torch sounds.

  • There’s a new tutorial system we’re experimenting with.

  • You can pick apart special basalt columns.

  • The whole fire temple level was beautified further: we added trees, shrubs, little rocks and foliage.

  • Pottery is now destructible, too!

  • Jason improved SFX: wood barrier dissolves nicely in little pieces, wind triggers a dust cloud and flying pieces.

  • Sarahul now move if they don’t have a line of sight and continue shooting if the player is close to them. Unlike last week where they just stopped shooting.

  • Get into the discussion and join our forum: http://forum.sonofnor.com

  • And please vote for us on Steam Greenlight! It’s very important to us! http://bit.ly/SonOnSteam

 

 

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#86 ChrisPolus   Members   -  Reputation: 322

Posted 18 August 2013 - 12:58 PM

Preview time!

  • We are super close to finishing a playable demo for gamescom in Cologne next week: The fire temple camp.

  • We have most enemies, props, AI, effects, sounds, music in there. You begin to feel how the game will be – it’s so awesome when everything comes together :)

  • We added dozens and dozens of new things and made tons of fixes to the level.

  • Julian shows you the highlights, plays through and cuts together the best parts.

  • This level will be available to all people who pledged for the “Fire Temple Camp Addon” on Kickstarter

  • Get into the discussion and join our forum: http://forum.sonofnor.com

  • And please vote for us on Steam Greenlight! It’s very important to us: http://bit.ly/SonOnSteam


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#87 ChrisPolus   Members   -  Reputation: 322

Posted 25 August 2013 - 12:25 PM

This week we'll listen to some music and show you plenty of great screenshots of behind the scenes stuff!

 

  • I was at demodays 2013 in Olten, Switzerland over the weekend, Julian was in Cologne at gamescom 2013 the whole week, showing off Son of Nor!

  • New temple concepts get realized, Daniel concepted a temple entrance, Sini started working on it.

  • New enemy type, more specifically a new type of Sarahul: Sarahul Seer. Daniel drew the concept, Adrian modeled and textured it. Ready for animation.

  • Our big enemy the sand dragon also got into the next stage. Concepts were finished by Daniel and Adrian was looking forward to model this guy for a long tome now! We show new pictures of the progress.

  • Daniel is about to finish yet another concept of a woman. She'll play a very important role in the game but we won't disclose what role exactly at this point in time.

  • Julian teased our first piece of music last week. In this dev diary I give this first track the spotlight it deserves. Credits for the music go to our composer Mike!

  • Get into the discussion and join our forum: forum.sonofnor.com

  • And please vote for us on Steam Greenlight! It's very important to us!


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#88 ChrisPolus   Members   -  Reputation: 322

Posted 28 August 2013 - 11:40 AM

We have 2 huge reasons to celebrate today!

 

We've been greenlit today! Son of Nor is coming to Steam! After our successful Kickstarter this is a huge dream come true! Thank you everybody for your votes. We're all smiling right now, talking about it in our perma Google Hangout.

 

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Then, a few minutes later, we're watching the Unite 2013 keynote live, as Unity streams their event with YouTube On Air. And what logo do we spot in their keynote starting screen? Son of Nor was on of the games featured in that screen. A huge acknowledgement for us. I'm going to grab a bottle of champagne now, be back later.

 

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And thanks again for all your support! Without all the help we've been getting during the last year it wouldn't have worked out like that at all!


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#89 ChrisPolus   Members   -  Reputation: 322

Posted 01 September 2013 - 08:46 AM

Behind the scenes we keep optimizing the terraforming algorithm. We’re trying to get it multithreaded.

  • We have been greenlit! Thank you all for voting! This is unbelievable!
  • The new “please vote for us” banner that we wanted to sport this week is now obsolete. The banner is sad, but we’re happy!
  • Tobi is back! He was one of the early team members of stillalive. Then he submerged in university duties but got back recently. He is working on optimizing the terraforming algorithm and making it multithreaded. It should bring a nice performance boost! But such a process is not without bugs. Some optimizations didn’t yield the wanted result.
  • Telekinesis was greatly optimized. Picked up rocks no longer block your line of sight and get automatically placed beside you instead of in front..
  • Placing objects in exact positions for puzzles is still possible by sensing what the player’s intentions are.
  • Tearing out rocks from walls doesn’t feel easy. We introduced a resistance that pulls you back and you really need to tear out the rock with force.
  • Daniel drew a more detailed face of the mysterious women we showed you last week.
  • We show a sneak peek of the Scarab Queen enemy. We’re still implementing it.
  • Get into the discussion and join our forum: http://forum.sonofnor.com


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#90 ChrisPolus   Members   -  Reputation: 322

Posted 08 September 2013 - 01:34 PM

We're another week into Son of Nor's development. And look! It's Ricardo's SECOND dev diary! Finally you get a break of Julian or me.

 

  • Kickstarter aftermath: We are counting every penny we get through our shop. Check how far in we are to the next stretch-goal

  • Julian has been working very hard this last week, he’s now integrated the ability to put various enhancements in the same object!
  • There’s also a new spell to check out, the Fire Snake. A combination between fire and essence.
  • Jason is back from his sick-leave and he is now working on more effects. Lava is one of them.
  • The Fire Temple is coming! Alex started working on it. It will have some serious action-puzzles and very interesting architecture. We have a sneak peek of the blue prints for you.
  • Get into the discussion and join our forum: forum.sonofnor.com

 


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#91 ChrisPolus   Members   -  Reputation: 322

Posted 15 September 2013 - 08:36 AM

Since we can finally test a coherent level, we do so and introduce regular testing sessions.

 

  • Chris tries welcoming you in Russian this week.

  • We set up Bugzilla to better track all the bugs we encounter from now on. Basecamp was not really designed for such a thing.
  • One bug is titled “Sarahul dancing around a place”.
  • All our programmers are working like crazy fixing those bugs and send tons of changlogs.
  • We established regular testing sessions. Every second Friday everybody quits their work and we playtest the level.
  • Suuuuper early blockout footage of the fire temple interior Alex is working on.
  • Jason worked on the Havoc spell. It’s the combination of fire, water, and essence magic.
  • Jason also created a geyser effect for our coast level.
  • Adrian is finishing up the ghost enemy that’ll roam the ghost city.
  • Chris wanted to finally reveal what’s up with the mysterious woman.
  • Get into the discussion and join our forum: forum.sonofnor.com

 


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#92 ChrisPolus   Members   -  Reputation: 322

Posted 23 September 2013 - 03:59 AM

Julian takes you through our efforts of improving the performance this week.

  • Alert: a lot of coder art is shown, so artists, brace yourselves.
  • The Havoc Beam: The ultimate elemental spell combination, it’s super, it’s powerful, and it’s still in the works.
  • Julian talks about performance optimization. It is very important to us that the game runs as smoothly as possible, of course.
  • The terraforming now runs on a different CPU core. We’re getting a lot more frames per second now.
  • Our biggest level was a little crazy and unplayable at first. We used far too many and detailed colliders. We optimized them to find the sweet spot between collision detection and frame rate.
  • Performance was also improved with the creation of occlusion culling data. In other words, only objects that can be seen are rendered.

     


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#93 ChrisPolus   Members   -  Reputation: 322

Posted 29 September 2013 - 12:48 PM

Mucho mucho work is going on in our level blockout of the Fire Temple. Ricardo shows you areas and puzzles that are currently being created and tested. Of course, not always successfully.

  • We were working on physical and digital Kickstarter rewards.
  • We are participating in an Austrian game competition. Please vote for us! We put together a step by step guide here: http://bit.ly/SonSteps
  • Tobi made a video of him testing the programming of a puzzle we’re doing for the Fire Temple. It didn’t quite work.
  • Ricardo shows a number of puzzles within the Fire Temple level blockout as if he was there for the first time.
  • Some backers haven’t yet filled out their survey. If you’re one of them, please take 5 minutes to make sure you get your rewards! Thanks smile.png
  • Get into the discussion and join our forum: http://forum.sonofnor.com


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#94 ChrisPolus   Members   -  Reputation: 322

Posted 06 October 2013 - 01:57 PM

We celebrate our 50th dev diary this week! Let's take a look at what we achieved in the last year and what's new this week. Looking back, it was a long journey :)

  • We're 50 and thus we're doing this for almost a year now! That's why we take the opportunity to look back at what we achieved since the first dev diary!

  • It's been a long journey with many ups and equally many and violent downs. We're still here and it seems we're going to go on :) Thank YOU for hanging in there with us, for being interested, asking questions, critically commenting on our progress (liking our positive progress, constrictuvely calling out what you don't like). Thank YOU for a great 50 weeks. You're awesome!

  • Many of us at stillalive studios work on Kickstarter rewards. Adrian modeled the Son of Nor medallion for the collector's edition backers. We produced two physical copies to check out the materials!

  • The mysterious woman you know all about went into the modeling phase and progresses nicely.

  • We show you another key figure in Son of Nor's story. The "Shrouded Figure". So we now have 2 characters we can't talk about. But we can show 'em.

  • A lot of work is going into the user interface (UI). Ricardo started doing flow charts and mockups some time ago and he now works with Jason to implement the first iterations, while Jason experimented a lot with layout, design and buttons. Many, many buttons.

  • The coder team fixed tons of bugs and improved overall performance.

  • Get into the discussion and join our forum: http://forum.sonofnor.com


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 09:54 AM

Love the project and the updates, keep up the great progress guys!


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Posted 13 October 2013 - 11:19 AM

This has been a long week! Or at least it feels like it! Julian is back for this week's dev diary and he gets a little bit more personal by sharing his experience at Devmania and what he has been working on to improve the way feedback can be provided for Son of Nor.

  • Bernd, Julian, Daniel and Tobi assisted at Devmania 2013. It was awesome! And they took pictures to show you guys. There was also a game jam in which the stillalive team participated in.

  • Phoenix is the game we created at Devmania! It's kind of a tower defense game where you are a phoenix that has to protect its egg. We'll wrap up some things and then post the link in one of the next dev diaries. Stay tuned!

  • Julian has finally implemented the magic charges mechanic to be able to store various magic abilities at the same time. The crystals that hold the charges are still to be implemented, but yay! We can now wreak more havoc without being interrupted!

  • Comfort features: A small little detail Julian implemented is a mechanic that allows the game to be smoother and less bothersome.

  • Feedback feedback feedback. This is super important! Being able to provide it easily is as important. The last tool we used was too complicated and had too many features we actually didn't need. Now do check the new feedback tool Julian worked on the whole weekend to make everyone's lifes easier. Ours and yours as soon as you lay your hands on our new builds!

  • Get into the discussion and join our forum: http://forum.sonofnor.com


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#97 ChrisPolus   Members   -  Reputation: 322

Posted 20 October 2013 - 05:54 AM

Jam-packed episode about cluttering, Sarahul mages, scorpions, new player characters and work we do outside the game. Ricardo shows you around.

  • 2 episodes ago we had our 50th dev diary, which was a cool round number. This time it's #52. Since we do this every week, it's been 52 weeks, meaning a full year of dev diaries! Turns out we started earlier. Whatever, it's episode 52, we're happy and take every chance to celebrate.

  • Beautifying a level (i.e. adding plants and stuff) is a long process. We haven't got enough manpower in that area. Ricardo is learning the ropes of Unity to help out.

  • Ricardo shows the current state of the Bible of Nor. A combined art book / lore book that's going to be available digitally and as physical copy for backers of the collector's editions.

  • The map of Noshrac is another asset Ricardo shows off. The map of the world of Son of Nor that's going to be printed as poster.

  • Programming of the Sarahul mage is progressing. An enemy type that doesn't fight with sword or bow but can use magic.

  • Ricardo shows an early stage of the scorpion enemy. An enemy we're working on for a long time now but have had multiple problems implementing.

  • Ruben worked on a new player character we call the "Weathered Man"

  • The new temples we're working on are progressing. What we could only show as a rough blockout in the past dev diaries is taking shape. Alex and Daniel are working on it.

  • Get into the discussion and join our forum: http://forum.sonofnor.com


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#98 ChrisPolus   Members   -  Reputation: 322

Posted 27 October 2013 - 11:28 AM

We reached a milestone with the Son of Nor project this week and everybody and their brother committed to SVN what they've been working on.

  • It's time to say hello in Gaeilge, aka Irish.

  • There's a new variation of the Fire Temple Camp level. You know the one at night, now there's one at dawn. It's in line with the story for when you get OUT of the Fire Temple after having unraveled its secrets.

  • A Sarahul army moves through the camp after you get out. They look like Morlocks of the movie Time Machine ;)

  • The camp has been extended. New content above the scaffold that we showed some dev diaries ago.

  • New content: a new canyon sidearm that leads up to the actual Fire Temple was created.

  • New machinery has been placed into the Fire Temple. Blockout assets are slowly being replaced by more polished models as work on those models progresses.

  • There's a new enemy type in the Fire Temple, uuuh.

  • Simultaneously, we're working on a completely NEW area that comes after the Fire Temple. It's in a veeery rough shape still.

  • Good news for Fire Temple Camp backers: the build of the pre-alpha level for the add-on backers is almost done!

  • Good news for Sandbox backers: An updated build is coming your way for in the Humble Store! We've updated it with an Essence Magic source, all the relevant spell combinations and we're going to place an enemy spawner for you so you can try smashing some enemies for yourself! Watch out for an email stating the updated build being ready for download :) And don't forget to send in feedback with our built-in F5 menu!

  • Get into the discussion and join our forum: http://forum.sonofnor.com


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Posted 03 November 2013 - 11:34 AM

New content was added to the Fire Temple Camp, the Fire Temple and Lur's Temple this week. We also show a picture of a new playable character.

  • We added terraforming and physics challenges to Cinder Valley, which btw is the official name for the level we called the "Fire Temple Camp".

  • More work went into Cinder Valley to give it more verticality. We also added post-image effects to tune in on the atmosphere we'd like the level to convey.

  • Ricardo shows scenes from within the Fire Temple with all the work that went into it this week. New rooms, textures, some polishing, mechanisms.

  • The big empty area (early blockout) Chris showed last week (code name Lur's Temple, official name Yant’shaza) got a pretty big update. It's a Sarahul temple complex and you can see plenty of buildings now.

  • Since Yant’shaza is a pretty big map, it needs to be loaded in parts. Julian worked on a transition / gate mechanism to unload parts of the level and load in new areas. WIP.

  • Wind gusts push you around and make it hard to stay undetected while hiding on rooftops.

  • Ruben almost finished modeling and texturing a new playable character for you to choose from. The weathered man. You can see portrait pic of him in the video.

  • Get into the discussion and join our forum: http://forum.sonofnor.com


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Posted 10 November 2013 - 06:09 AM

Play Phoenix, our Devmania 2013 game jam game. And lead dev Julian talks about localization and shows pressure plate mechanisms.

  • More work on the game's menu. Before polishing it and making it pretty, the tech behind it needs to be solid. Especially translation of menu text is in the focus of this week's dev efforts.

  • Menu in English and German are working. We're working on implementing the cyrillic script.

  • Storing multiple elements worked already in the game, now we added a rudimentary visual representation to show the stored elements and the number of charges left. It looks ugly, don't look at it for too long.

  • Physics based pressure plates were implemented that react to the weight placed on them. Example: A pressure plate reacting to 150kg of weight cannot be triggered with a 120kg rock. But if the player steps on the plate, too, bringing the weight over 150kg, the plate will work.

  • We were at Devmania 2013 a month ago and participated in a 12 hour game jam (=an entire game was made from idea to implementation in only 12 hours). The resulting game was "Phoenix". A tower defense type game with no towers, but a giant burning bird. We released it for you to play and have fun. How many waves do you survive? How many creeps could you kill? Post some highscores here! http://stillalive-studios.com/projects/phoenix

  • Get into the discussion and join our forum: http://forum.sonofnor.com


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