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Um, yeah, I'm totally not going to be done by August. Probably September.

Posted by Radiatoryang on Aug 20th, 2009

EDIT: Is it me or does the "Keep Private and Don't Put on the ModDB Main Page" checkbox not work?

So I've had numerous false starts with 1-3 as I keep re-designing the submarine. I have the concept down and a rough idea of what to do, but I'm trying to strike the right balance between simplicity and complexity. Let me explain:

The floorplan of a submarine... isn't very complicated in real-life. Since space is at such a premium underwater, everything is crammed into small claustrophobic narrow hallways.

An interesting exploration-type level though, is supposed to be complicated. Open floor plans allow different combinations of interactions, and more rooms = better.

Now, I'm trying to reconcile all these goals - have it "feel" like a claustrophobic submarine, yet make it complex enough to explore, yet keep it simple / elegant enough to learn quickly... YET straightforward enough for an NPC to wander freely and surprise the player. I've probably thrown out 4-5 different submarine floorplans after testing them in-game and deciding they're not what I want because they don't accomplish one or more of these goals.

So while I draw up another floorplan, I'm trying to work on stuff I know I'll definitely use no matter what, and I won't throw out. Since ModDB requires me to include an image with a news post... well, here it goes - Here's how Emily Dickinson is shaping up, right about now:

Radiator 1-3, Much Madness

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Cirdain Aug 20 2009, 5:16am says:


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Danboe Aug 20 2009, 8:50am says:


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mb233 Aug 20 2009, 9:40am says:

"an NPC to wander freely and surprise the player"

you could always go John Carpenter & parent mossman's head to a fast headcrab & have it scuttle out of ductwork, terrorising the player with unconventional 19th century poetry.

floating amorphous torsos are always good though, looking forwards to this.

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Henley Staff
Henley Aug 20 2009, 12:28pm says:

Ha ha sorry about posting this on the front page mate, it was just so interesting to have it not on the front page. But if you really want it on your profile only that can happen too.

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Armageddon104 Aug 20 2009, 3:16pm says:

Wow. That's an awesome effect!

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Master_Of_Hiddenry Aug 21 2009, 2:20am says:

Quite some promising news. Keep it up!

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Santechnikas Aug 21 2009, 10:04am says:

that is REALLY awesome

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PhyOS Aug 21 2009, 2:25pm says:

Great, good to know it'll be around September. Nice effect, by the way.

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death_fly Aug 21 2009, 4:22pm says:

yeah, the submarine seems hard. You can always make it more complex with adding slightly different levels and ladders, but that's not going to do your AI any favors. Good luck with that, can't wait to see what you come up with.

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dafatcat Aug 22 2009, 3:32pm says:

I can't wait to see how the gameplay will work

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SilentUnknown Aug 29 2009, 2:41pm says:

Looks good so far. I'm glad you're taking your time with this tbh because it's good to see someone thinking about a mod for once and not just rushing into it. As for the mod so far i've loved it! All those homophobic comments are just from people who are plain ignorant and probably don't understand the meaning of it all. Really touched me so far so best of luck and look forward to part 3 :)

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Au-heppa Sep 17 2009, 4:02pm says:

Release Radiator 1-3 now, please :/

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Quantum Sep 19 2009, 4:14pm replied:

Asking him to release it wont make it be released any faster. Just let him work on it.

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Au-heppa Sep 19 2009, 4:38pm replied:

I was just showing my support/love for this mod :-)

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Quantum Sep 22 2009, 5:41pm replied:

oh ok it just seemed a little frustrated. Though I am wondering when we may get an update about 1-3.

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Radiatoryang Author
Radiatoryang Sep 23 2009, 3:15am replied:

Copy and pasted from my forums: "Well, school just started for me / I got a job / I got a relationship. I'm still managing to get work done in spurts, but yeah, I'm pretty disappointed in my own progress as well."

I've decided to just go ahead and build the damn thing, and if it doesn't work then I'll deal with it later. And if it works poorly, I'll just say it's an artistic feature meant to make you question how games traditionally function. mwahahaha!

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Quantum Sep 23 2009, 7:36pm replied:

Good to know that you still work on it. By the way when you get around to posting again I was wondering if there was going to be only text again like Polaris or voice acting.

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