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  1. Nice looking screenshots! You've made me curious about the game, will try it.  Btw, any plans on releasing it on steam also?   I'll come back with a review after playing it.
  2. Been working on the firefx and godrays.   If you like a good RPG, maybe you'll be interested in checking the page also to find out more details : http://www.indiedb.com/games/noverat     [url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkjnwwz12sg"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkjnwwz12sg[/url]
  3. finished a new level room: http://deviart.ro/layer/3ds_max/bridge.jpg
  4. Although I'm not a programmer this article is good to read! Thanks for taking the time to write it!
  5.  Hey man, Thanks for the comment! In Kalandria there are many type of raw materials from which our blacksmith will forge different types of weapon blades. Well, in that blade making process the player could imbue the blade with special elements. (in the print screen it was imbued with fire just for testing purposes of my master material in UDK) One material to rool them all :))   Your game looks good too, let us see more screens and in game videos :D   Take care!
  6. No worries Komatsu, that's why I posted in the first place. To see what you guys think. When you work on your art It's always good to have another pair of eyes come with a critique. I always try not to fall in love with how the assets look and because of time constraints I always try to remain object and improve myself.
  7. hi guys, anyone interested in how I got the results for this handpainted dagger? http://deviart.ro/layer/3ds_max/w1.jpg also, check the shader done from scrath in UDK here: http://www.indiedb.com/games/noverat/videos   and here's how the shader looks in game: http://deviart.ro/layer/3ds_max/Materials.jpg   Let me know what you guys think, if enough people are interested I could make a video tutorial about how I did them all.   Btw, all the modeling is done in 3d max, texture work in ps and rendering in UDK.   enjoy!
  8. Installing right now on my htc sensation.   Although I'm new to the gamedev community I already love this kind of interactivity where people not always looking to advertise but are posting just to give a big thanks.  btw, I enjoyed reading your post ;)   well, just play it and it's fun. Simple but fun, good job!
  9. Hello gamedev,    Here are a few screen of the game I'm currently developing, Noverat.  It's a medieval fantasy with RPG elements.   I've started this project because I always been a fan of the games that told a story and had an immersive world to explore but lately the gaming industry is focused on big bang projects with one goal on their mind - bigger ROI and somehow the games lost originality (not true for all of them, but I feel that this is the general direction ). So, along with Ana we've founded Tavern Games LLC and started our first project Noverat.   Here are a few screens and if you want to stay in touch with us you can follow us on:   Indiedb at :http://www.indiedb.com/games/noverat   facebook at : https://www.facebook.com/TavernGames   trailer on steam at : http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=130738683         Let me know what you guys think.