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Radek Smektala
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« on: November 10, 2010, 04:45:54 pm »

Newcomer is an adventure/RPG hybrid with highly non-linear plot. Clearly influenced by Wasteland and Bard's Tale.

A long description of the game with screenshots is available here.

Now, I've been following the project off and on again for years, but the devs are terrible at marketing. It was only after I've read this post at an unrelated website that I found out...

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Ultimate Newcomer will be released this year, as free for non-commercial use Donationware for the Commodore64, PC, Mac, and Linux platforms.


Holy shit!

Can't wait. It should also give some hope to those thinking AoD will never come out Wink
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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2010, 05:31:20 pm »

"20 years in the making..." that figures...
But with the great features that this game promise + a Linux client - I will definitely going to try it.
 
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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2010, 05:35:00 pm »

I once thought about making a MaximB drinking game where you take a shot every time you click a thread and find out his reply is about Linux, but then I realized that my body simply cannot handle that much alcohol.
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2010, 05:52:16 pm »

lol
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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2010, 07:05:27 pm »

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Commodore64


wtf

Edit 1:  Ah, I see, it's been in development for so long that it started as a C64 game.  Wow.

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70-280 gaming hours for the 1st play-through

 180'000 words of in-game text

 180 character portrait GFX

 130 inventory item and gadget GFX

 100 cutscene GFX

 50 game areas

 30 level GFX sets

 Animated Intro and Outro

 Total game size of 2 MB






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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2010, 07:08:53 pm »

I once thought about making a MaximB drinking game where you take a shot every time you click a thread and find out his reply is about Linux, but then I realized that my body simply cannot handle that much alcohol.

I was once thinking of giving him an avatar like this one Tongue

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« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2010, 07:11:22 pm »

I once thought about making a MaximB drinking game where you take a shot every time you click a thread and find out his reply is about Linux, but then I realized that my body simply cannot handle that much alcohol.

I was once thinking of giving him an avatar like this one Tongue


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We decided to continue and complete this project on the C64, because emulators for it are available on every current platform we can think of, providing as much or better accessibility to our game as using a cross-platform technology like JAVA, but without the suxx. This makes our game available for practically everyone, and facilitates an incredibly tight project footprint for quite a large quantity of content:

You know what's a little odd, I looked around their website for a while and I still have no idea what the game is about are what setting it takes place in.
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« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2010, 07:15:07 pm »

Edit 1:  Ah, I see, it's been in development for so long that it started as a C64 game.  Wow.

To be fair, I'm certain it's still going to look like that. And the boxed edition will really be for Commodore 64. Weird, weird project.

Anyway, here's a better written feature list:

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# 180+ characters you can interact with, each with his/her own portrait graphic
# 10+ people who may join you, to make a team of up to 6 members
# ...or try it on your own, in the extra challenging Solo game mode...
# 50+ different areas to explore, created with 30+ different graphic sets
# 100+ cutscenes/situational graphics in-game, that make you feel like you are there
# 180,000+ words of ingame text, mostly interactive conversations
# No random encounters
# Thousands of puzzles and situations to encounter and solve
# Complex, non-linear gameplay with multiple levels of endings
# Months or weeks of immersive gaming until you "complete" the game...
# ...but there will still be a thousand situations, resolutions and encounters you have not seen yet, and 2 more game modes to complete!
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« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2010, 07:16:24 pm »

I feel like this game sounds too good to be true...
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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2010, 07:23:57 pm »

I feel like this game sounds too good to be true...


A 2004 release can be found online at http://noname.c64.org/csdb/release/?id=3431

The translation is very basic, but will be improved in the final version.

So far, it plays like a mix between Neuromancer and Dragon Wars. Quite fun, but controls are weird on the emulator I'm using. I'll have to work on that when I have some time.

There are also strange pauses during combat (also an issue with the emulator, most likely) and disk swapping is a bitch.

Still, looks promising.
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« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2010, 03:13:17 am »

I once thought about making a MaximB drinking game where you take a shot every time you click a thread and find out his reply is about Linux, but then I realized that my body simply cannot handle that much alcohol.

I was once thinking of giving him an avatar like this one Tongue

Why not ? I would gladly accept it.
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« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2010, 12:13:56 pm »

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Still, looks promising.

I agree.  Keep this thread updated if you have the time, I'm interested to see how the release fares.
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« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2010, 03:56:55 am »

Newcomer is an adventure/RPG hybrid with highly non-linear plot. Clearly influenced by Wasteland and Bard's Tale.
> adventure/RPG hybrid
Finally!
mmm... I guess I'll also have to try Neuromancer.

I once thought about making a MaximB drinking game where you take a shot every time you click a thread and find out his reply is about Linux, but then I realized that my body simply cannot handle that much alcohol.

I was once thinking of giving him an avatar like this one Tongue

Why not ? I would gladly accept it.
Don't worry fellow Linux user. You're not alone Smile


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DISTRIBUTION & ORDERING INFO:
Enhanced Newcomer is no longer available due to the impending release of Ultimate Newcomer.
Ultimate Newcomer is DonationWare – distribution details and ordering options TBA soon!
So I guess it will take them a year to polish it up Wink
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« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2010, 10:23:26 am »

The specs list seems to indicate you need a Commodore-64 to run the final product, or at least a 5.25" drive.  Who the frig's got one of those?  Or is it an attempt at humour?
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« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2010, 11:29:04 am »

What do you mean, everyone's got one. Are you a visitor from the future?
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