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  • Health system that balances player management and automatic regeneration.
  • Unique gameplay style makes previous levels worth replaying the moment they're completed.
  • Immersive story-line with dynamic music and voice-acting narration that contributes to the experience without slowing down gameplay.
  • 'Horror' atmosphere that draws from 20th century artists like Rolly Crump and Marc Davis. Its actually a horror game, for once.
  • Less 'jump-n-boo' type scares; its aimed more at an impressive, visceral, and cognitive experience, rather than just a bunch of cheap screams.

Explore a United States antebellum mansion, punch stuff, and get yelled at by yourself. What more do you really want?

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0 comments by vanSulli on Jun 10th, 2012

Its been a while since there's been any update on the mod; I took about a month off of it altogether during school, blah, etc., However, I've made some pretty sizable changes in the past month; the biggest of these was moving to Alien Swarm - currently, it also mounts Left4Dead 2's .vpks, but ideally I'll have better textures by then.

The Story So Far

Originally, the story in House of Kernaghan had already happened; you were exploring the house and reading memoirs of those who had previously lived there. As I was playing with gameplay, I came to find that I really didn't like having combat in any traditional shooter form; it broke up to story rather than contributing to it. That lead me to sort of a turning point: a plot that didn't involve emotionally, gameplay that wasn't fun, and a bunch of really cool minor mechanics without any actual use.

These are all pretty standard problems people see in game development, so I'll kind of gloss over the dilemmas and their corresponding solutions. Instead, I'll use this article how I promised I would and give something a little closer to the new story:

The player walks into historic Kernaghan House, a mansion by a river somewhere on the southern side of the Midwest United States. He has a very specific reason to be there, and he's trying to talk himself out of it and egg himself on at the same time. The story of the home's original occupant(s) are retold by the same rather unreliable narrator. Again, combat, health, and the narrative have been scaled back: they're all still there in pretty much the way I had them before, but what the player sees has been reduced pretty well.

Appropriate Gameplay Changes

When I first listed the mod here, I boasted about the fabulous ideas I had to deal with health and combat - mostly, these involved candlelight, narrative, and a few other portions that I'll probably still have in the game. The candles, which kept attacking specters away, have begun to remind me of Minecraft and Amnesia. That's not a bad thing, but I've revised their effect to be slightly more in-line with everything else now that you're no longer fighting hordes of hellish demons.

What's Left to be Done?

I've got most of the basic mapping out of the way, so that isn't much of a problem. Currently, I'm lacking textures - neither Left4Dead 2's nor Alien Swarm's have anything suitable for a hundred-year-old house. Half-Life 2 and episodic textures tend towards the similarly disappointing. Also, I need paintings in the game that reflect specific characters, and I've never been good at that sort of thing at all. The script, music, and voicings, while in no way finished, are far enough along to not need anyone else to work on them at the moment. To sum up, if you're:

  • a Texture Artist
  • a Modeller
  • Good with Alien Swarm UI
  • a Painter (digitally or on more traditional mediums),

let me know if you're interested, and I'll probably have something for you to play with and some stuff to work on. Previously, I really wanted to do the entire thing all on my own, but I see now that its unlikely to work out well that way.

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Gamerman12 Jun 10 2012, 9:03am says:

What the hell is Swarm about this mod? It looks like 07' judging from the screenshots.

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vanSulli Jun 10 2012, 12:31pm replied:

In the past couple of weeks, I've moved most of the stuff over to Swarm. I changed its entry to match the newer engine, but haven't made any posts to reflect it yet.

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flippedoutkyrii Jan 8 2012, 3:38pm says:

Looks good so far, mate :)

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andrewmaster0 Jan 6 2012, 9:04pm says:

Looks beautiful, Ill be waiting for this

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noob-killer Dec 19 2011, 9:58pm says:

give more screenshots please, because I can't decide the weather this mod is noob or not.

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ashton93 Jan 16 2012, 3:46pm replied:

How can you judge from screenshots that a mod is "noob" or not?

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