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Vince
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« on: June 30, 2013, 07:21:39 PM »

We're going to start beta-testing (closed test) in July, which means that we spent June tweaking and balancing questlines and don't really have anything interesting to say. The next month update will have first impressions and such, but this one will have to be pretty boring, unless you really like reading updates.

The focus is on the options, choices, and paths now. There is a truckload of them. If you thought that Teron had a lot of options, you're going to be overwhelmed with what we have in store for you now. More characters, more quests, more options, more scheming, more reactivity, more opportunities to fuck things up. I rarely speak with excitement about my own work, but I'm very proud of how everything turned out and came together.

The Abyss evolved into a great area. It's very different from what you've seen so far. Most locations have fairly 'realistic' atmosphere - people squabbling, scheming, plotting, and murdering each other over nothing. Not a lot of fantasy there. Now, the game IS a fantasy RPG and in the Abyss you'll get the first taste of it.

I asked Scott to go over the Abyss doc and breathe his magic into the words. He seemed to like it: "I really like this one, especially the end.  It's a great idea, bringing together the history and the ultimate realization of a violent and amoral world.  You've created the anti-Chosen One."

Anyway, some excerpts:

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Hope you'll like the rest. Now, here are some shots of Maadoran and the mountain pass (will be included in the upcoming release).

Edit: Bass has a bigger role to play than greeting you, so he has a portrait, which sadly isn't in the game's folders for some reasons (just realized it, but don't have time to retake the shots).


The Noble District


The Market


The Arena that should be well familiar to the veterans of the arena demo


The mountain pass (think like George R.R. Martin's Wall but scaled down a bit)



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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2013, 09:35:41 PM »

I am REALLy looking forward to the Abyss!  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2013, 09:51:36 PM »

The abyss sounds amazing. Thanks for the update. The game is really shaping up nicely.  Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2013, 04:48:29 AM »

So once again we will be testing a very new system and a very new Teron. That's so absolutely great, every new beta being a whole new game. I can't wait, can't wait.
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2013, 05:22:28 AM »

The mountain pass looks super fancy.
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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2013, 05:33:45 AM »

The next month update will have first impressions and such, but this one will have to be pretty boring, unless you really like reading updates.

Little did Vince know, some of us survived on AoD updates.  Smile
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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2013, 08:38:32 AM »

"Plenty of goats" - That is SO ambiguous  Tongue

Happy to hear that Scott is contributing!
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« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2013, 09:14:56 AM »

Looking good. Smile
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« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2013, 10:29:31 AM »

Really fantastic works, gents. Three thumbs up. Salute
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« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2013, 10:58:17 AM »

Holy crap!  How many times can I be re-surprised at the visuals?  Especially the Mountain Pass.  I'm guessing testers will be able to start with experienced characters and established faction reps in the next beta test, instead of replaying Teron?
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« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2013, 11:19:39 AM »

Holy crap!  How many times can I be re-surprised at the visuals?  Especially the Mountain Pass.  I'm guessing testers will be able to start with experienced characters and established faction reps in the next beta test, instead of replaying Teron?

Yep, the private testing will be Maadoran only with pre-built characters.
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« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2013, 11:25:34 AM »

"Plenty of goats" - That is SO ambiguous  Tongue
lol

Yep, the private testing will be Maadoran only with pre-built characters.
Please pre-build a 6-spear 6-CS 4-Crafting 5-Streetwise imperial iron-clad 10 Int assassin with a steel hasta Wink
Perhaps one that left Teron after AG2, betraying the guild.
PS: plus the body count capital of ~25.
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« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2013, 11:42:26 AM »

Holy crap!  How many times can I be re-surprised at the visuals?  Especially the Mountain Pass.  I'm guessing testers will be able to start with experienced characters and established faction reps in the next beta test, instead of replaying Teron?

Yep, the private testing will be Maadoran only with pre-built characters.

Why? Why do you want a half test?
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« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2013, 11:50:42 AM »

To focus on Maadoran.
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« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2013, 11:59:22 AM »

That arena screenshot brings back memories. Approve
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