The Creators Of AI War Bring You... A 2D sidescroller without a linear path. An action game with tactical combat and citybuilding. An adventure game that lets you free-roam a vast, procedurally-generated world. A Valley Without Wind defies genre stereotypes. Unlike other procedurally-generated games, you also get a logical progression in difficulty, plus helpful tips and checklists to guide your travels (should you need them). Choose for yourself how to prepare to face the vastly stronger Overlord. Complete a variety of missions to earn new spells, and/or roam the wilds to uncover secret missions and stashes of magical crafting loot. Customize your characters with unique combinations of enchants and spells that change how you move, jump, and fight. Or rescue people and bring them back to your settlement so that they can then be sent on dispatch missions; you don't have to carry the burden of your fledgling civilization alone! You choose how to play, and the world adapts around you.

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It's been a couple of weeks since our last update, so we're making up for it with a big time update that includes interiors, lighting, crafting, new regions, character stats, and perma-death (among many other additions!)

Posted by cupogoodness on Mar 28th, 2011

A Valley Without Wind: Interiors, Lighting, Crafting, New Regions, Character Stats, And Perma-Death (And Much More!)

Arcen Games is downright ecstatic to share the latest updates, screens and video footage for its procedurally-generated action adventure title A Valley Without Wind. We haven't shared in a few weeks, so there's a ton of new stuff to show and tell including interiors, lighting, crafting, playable/NPC Skelebots, lava and desert regions, perma-death implementation and lots more.

Interiors -- the last remaining world building focus for the game -- have been added, though at the moment we'll be needing the proper time to populate them. These structures don't have any electrical power, making most indoor exploring pretty dark. This is where lighting comes into play, as several darker areas both interior and exterior can be lit by various spells and objects to grant better visibility and ease the search.

There's been plenty of character focus this past update as well: Perma-death and crafting in their basic forms are now in place, along with a working system for producing a unique set of stats for each individual character. A neutral Skelebot that works as both playable character and as a non-hostile NPC, a dynamic character name generator, and NPC dialog have also been thrown into the mix.

New music, regions, improvements to shadows and particle effects, a new lamp object, and two new spells: "shrink" and "flash of light," round out the sizable list of update highlights. Check out the latest gameplay video showing off everything mentioned and more here (in HD): Youtube.com

17 new screenshots can be found on the AVWW feature page: Arcengames.com

And to make up for the lengthy radio silence, we have three new developer journals available. A breakdown of the video as well as a detailed explanation of the aforementioned features, additions and improvements: Christophermpark.blogspot.com

Arcen head Chris Park goes into his approach to the design process of AVWW as compared with past works: Christophermpark.blogspot.com

Lastly, Chris discusses horizontal versus vertical game development phases, and wonders why indies can't explore the latter as much as they do the former: Christophermpark.blogspot.com

That's all for this process improvement focused update. Come back next time for an update heavier on the art advancement. A Valley Without Wind is currently set for official release on PC and Mac later this year, with a playable Alpha build available to customers who pre-order coming in April.

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artcue
artcue Mar 28 2011, 6:40am says:

Looks really great! Looking forward seeing more!
Artcue

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overlordror
overlordror Mar 28 2011, 2:59pm says:

My only concern with the game is still present: directional movement is only available in the four cardinal directions despite the game taking place from a top down perspective instead of just side to side. It seems really easy for any enemy to take a swipe at you and any attack you throw won't hit him, especially if they're hitting from the bottom.

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x4000
x4000 Mar 28 2011, 3:40pm says:

overlordror -- Bear in mind you can move diagonally, as in Zelda 3, but your character just only faces four directions. In Zelda 3 they also solved this problem by giving your melee swipes an arc, so that they hit both straight ahead and also on a diagonal a bit. That's something we also plan to do some for melee weapons.

However, in terms of ranged attacks, we also have a targeting system where you simple hit tab to target whatever enemy, and then most ranged attacks you launch go straight at them. There are a few types of spells that are area damage or whatever that follow specific rules based on being able to hit many enemies at once, but most work on the targeting.

Suffice it to say, there really shouldn't be cases where the enemy is easily hitting you and you are not able to hit them, based on the way you move. Hope that makes sense!

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overlordror
overlordror Mar 29 2011, 3:05am replied:

I suppose. It's hard to make that judgement without having actually had a feel for the controls, but I feel like if I have to back track in order to line up a shot with an enemy then something isn't right. We'll see when you guys release. :)

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