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I am Overburdened, what takes so long?!

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Spidi

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Hello everyone!

I've been pretty silent for a while again...
I really dislike this, because I'm usually open and post a lot about my progress, but sometimes it just slows down and I end up in a spiral of "awkwardness", when I'm not progressing too much and I really don't want to talk about that :mellow: .

Oh well, I'm preparing for the beta, some tiny fine-tuning left before I'm ready to upload a build, but before that, I share this update with a teaser.

Menus, menus everywhere!

I completed most of the menus. Some minor stuff (few more characters) are still missing but I will finish those during June. I included myself as the inn keeper :) . Interacting with the guy brings up the help screen and he also tells the "story" of the game in the teaser.

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Your journal

I went for a journal look for the classic focus driven menus and your inventory. I think it turned out good looking and it fits the game well.

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For item pickup notifications I made a fancy scroll too.

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Animated box-art

While preparing the trailer and other marketing materials, I had this urge to animate something related to the game :) . The in-game sprites are all static and I wanted to keep it this way, so I made an animated box-art. Some say it's a better attention grabber on storefront pages :wink: .

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Dungeon templates

I made a bunch of new dungeon templates for the generator. Not enough for the final build, but there are already plenty and they provide good variety for a full beta play-through.

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Progress, balance

First balancing pass over the item, monster and pickup power levels is also done. Nothing major, but you can complete the full 30 level deep dungeon now, encountering a new set of monsters and a new tile-set after every 3 or 4 levels and generally fighting stronger enemies as you progress. It is going to take days of tweaking to make it engaging though. I'm planning to devote a full entry to this topic soon.

Teaser trailer teaser

Yes, the following is just a teaser for the teaser trailer :D , a sneak-peek so to say. I'm working on a lengthier one which showcases gameplay features too with music, flashy texts and everything one would expect from a proper game trailer. So this is just the first 20 seconds of the real teaser, but I thought I should share it in this form and ask for some feedback/opinions about it...

Thanks for reading!
Take care.

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re: but sometimes it just slows down and I end up in a spiral of "awkwardness"

We've all been there. Nobody can be on full-productive mode forever. There's going to be the occasional slow downs. Just make sure your breaks don't turn into quitting entirely and you're good to go. :)

The game is looking really polished. I love the animated box-art, and general style of your game. The scroll and book themed UI elements are great.

Oh, and congrats on getting your likeness put into a game. :D

- Eck

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I was coming here to post because I know exactly what you're talking about when you say you hit those slow downs and it's weird posting "Not much to show today." I'm also working a bunch of interface work which is incredibly time consuming. A lot of people fail to realize how significant a lot of that design work is. That being said, you've got a lot of great designs here. I love the fade in effect you have on the dialogue. I saw one image where there were three different sentences and they all faded in sequence. It's a subtle polish and a random thing for me to focus on but I like it! Just as Eck said, as long as you don't quit you're doing things exactly as you should. I try to picture the faces of players trying my game out for the first time to keep me motivated. If you're ever feeling slowed or unmotivated, try that out.

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We've all been there. Nobody can be on full-productive mode forever. There's going to be the occasional slow downs. Just make sure your breaks don't turn into quitting entirely and you're good to go. :)

 

I can second this. Happy to hear that you are still moving forward.

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Thanks for all the comments, kind words and for the encouragement :) !
Really means a lot!!!

 

Just make sure your breaks don't turn into quitting entirely and you're good to go. :)

Yep, quitting would be foolish of me, I can not allow that to happen, will do my best ;) !
 

I'm also working a bunch of interface work which is incredibly time consuming. A lot of people fail to realize how significant a lot of that design work is.

Exactly. I really have a hard time with UIs. I try my best, but indeed it feels like making the game interesting, fun & polished is "much less time consuming" than doing the same with menus. At least I really suck at it :D ...

+ I saw your journal entry and the crafting + cooking interface & graphics looks really cool and well thought out ;) !

Thx. again!

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