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Nikholai-Chan
Nikholai-Chan Dec 9 2009, 9:06am says:

Wow that is looking great. Nice work.

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Ichiman94
Ichiman94 Dec 9 2009, 10:19am says:

nice :)

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Mode7Games
Mode7Games Dec 9 2009, 10:32am says:

Thanks - yep, I'm really excited about getting this sorted out. When we have the new backgrounds in there as well, the levels will start looking as intended...

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nlr
nlr Dec 9 2009, 12:30pm says:

Yes they do :)

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JohnnyBGoode
JohnnyBGoode Dec 9 2009, 3:19pm says:

Oh yes it does.

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DOLBYdigital
DOLBYdigital Dec 9 2009, 4:54pm says:

Looks fantastic although I hope the new backgrounds you guys are working on don't add too much and distract from the simple, clean look it has going for it. If you do want to add more maybe you can offer a stripped down look in the options :)

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Mode7Games
Mode7Games Dec 9 2009, 5:03pm replied:

Thanks for these nice comments! Yeah, I'm working really hard to make sure the backgrounds aren't too distracting - it's a very important part of it so rest assured I'm taking care of it.

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Apst
Apst Dec 9 2009, 5:20pm says:

Spiffy!

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Mode7Games
Mode7Games Dec 9 2009, 6:30pm replied:

Thanks man...your avatar is disturbing me!

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JohnnyBGoode
JohnnyBGoode Dec 9 2009, 8:47pm replied:

How dare you disturb the man?!!

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Elratauru
Elratauru Dec 9 2009, 5:24pm says:

Awesome effect, it will be nice to check when an enemie can or cannot see you.

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Mode7Games
Mode7Games Dec 9 2009, 6:33pm replied:

I'm talking to Ian about this at the moment - lighting currently doesn't affect anything to do with cover / visibility - it's purely aesthetic.

bviously, it can help you to see where the cover is behind walls - light comes through windows and casts beams; areas which are darker are less visible IN GENERAL - but there's no "hiding in the shadows" per se.

I'm a bit torn on this right now. I know 1.) people REALLY want to hide in the shadows and I'm not sure that simply shadows being ANALGOUS to cover in an abstract way is enough for them 2.) the way the gameplay works is based entirely on the level *GEOMETRY* rather than where the shadows are - in its most basic form, if you're behind a wall and an enemy is on the other side, he can't see you. You use the walls for cover and duck behind them etc.

What I'm trying to do is figure out a way that we can deal with this shadows issue and give people what they want. We can't add another cover mechanic to the gameplay - that would break the game completely - we just can't do that. So it has to be some way of creating this effect that doesn't damage the game we've built.

There are a few different possibilities being kicked around right now - I will do my absolute best to figure this issue out.

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nlr
nlr Dec 10 2009, 6:00am replied:

Perhaps units could take a little bit longer to react to a unit in the shadows?

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Mode7Games
Mode7Games Dec 10 2009, 8:49am replied:

Nice idea, but that's a MAJOR gameplay change, unfortunately - a change like that would be totally game-breaking. When you see our proper trailer (coming sooon) you'll understand what I'm talking about.

I noticed that, when playing, shadows are actually a pretty decent indicator of cover, and other people have told me that I'm worrying too much about this. I think what we're going to do is see how our beta testers react.

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Mode7Games
Mode7Games Dec 10 2009, 8:57am replied:

Just to clarify, there's already loads of different things you have to take into account each turn - we've actually been working to directly reduce the "stress" of playing the game to make it more fun. Adding in another cover mechanic now would just reverse that process. It's a really tough one, design-wise - thanks for chatting it through with me, though, guys - we're really trying to get to the bottom of this one.

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Eleanor
Eleanor Dec 11 2009, 4:02am says:

Game area looks really good. Simple, yet amazing. The GUI could use some work though. Looks old. Reminds me of hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ... Uplink: hacker elite.

Either way, deffinatly gonna try this game out once it's released!

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Mode7Games
Mode7Games Dec 11 2009, 9:30am replied:

Thanks Eleanor. Yep, GUI is WIP at the moment - need to sort that font out a bit / make the chat window look good / probably get rid of the buttons from the top / sort out the colours on buttons etc.

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Finally got rid of the annoying hard edges on lights - looking a LOT better.

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