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

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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
Cirdain

Spooky

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Danboe
Danboe

Interesting!

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mb233
mb233

"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

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
Armageddon104

Wow. That's an awesome effect!

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Master_Of_Hiddenry
Master_Of_Hiddenry

Quite some promising news. Keep it up!

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Santechnikas
Santechnikas

that is REALLY awesome

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PhyOS
PhyOS

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

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death_fly
death_fly

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
dafatcat

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

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SilentUnknown
SilentUnknown

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
Au-heppa

Release Radiator 1-3 now, please :/

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Quantum
Quantum

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

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Au-heppa
Au-heppa

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

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Quantum
Quantum

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

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
Quantum

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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