It's been a while since I posted an update for R12, but development continues. The first two cities are essentially done, with a couple quests each (one...
Faced by a united piracy and hacking scene and an alliance of many major street gangs, the United States fought an open war on its own soil. As it was defeated again and again, nations who had been the traditional enemies of psuedo-freedom and democracy paid close attention to the world's only super-power being weakened. Finally, some of the more daring nations launched their own offensives. Unfortunately, the failing NATO alliance was catalyzed into action, and over the next few months what little remained off civilization was irradiated into rubble.
Almost fifty years later, in 2054, in a few small settlements have carved out niches in the new world. The largest settlements have joined together as the Confederacy, a just -- if somewhat corrupt -- government, and the people within their new borders are being registered as citizens in a slow, but sure, process.
One such soon-to-be citizen is being registered in the Blue River Settlement, about to leave the Town Hall. That citizen is you.
Rule 12 is built on the Morrowind engine, but some major mechanics are changed.
Dialogue is usually unique to one NPC, with very few lines being shared. Right now, over 80% of the dialogue is filtered to a single character, giving everyone their own personality.
All classes receive abilities (replacing spells), which can be learned and trained in, and allow special actions. Some actions ingame require minimum stats. Using MWSE and MGE, even more abilities, like sniping and real night-vision, will be merged into the game.
Inventory is limited both by weight of items and by limits on the number of each type, affected by stats (eg, a weak character can only carry one rifle and one pistol, a strong character could have two of each).
NPCs are also improved, with schedules and script-enhanced AI.
Certain objects emit radiation, which can be detected with a Giger counter, but damages the player depending on how much radiation, how many objects nearby, and time spent near radiation sources.
Note: Help welcome & wanted. Contact for details: pk_peachykeen (here), peachykeen (Rethan Manor MW site, UFRForums, Official TES Forums).
Unfortunately, due to attempts at realism, this mod isn't for the young'uns
Unfortunately for a time, I let the project slow down. I shouldn't have, and so, I'm not any more! :D
After shifting the project to my external hard-drive (giving me access from my better computer), I'll have far more time to work without booting up the old system this was on (which is now a Ubuntu server).
Plus, with new MGE features, I'll be customizing shaders for R12 even more. There will be tweaked versions of Smart DoF and trueBloom, as well as full atmospheric scripting. When I finish the code, I'll be adding true normal maps (and possibly parallax or height maps) to some of the important models.
Also, plans for the scope of the Base and main quest have both been pinned down and set in stone.
There will be a Base build, containing all resources and a number of quests, including the main quest. It will have the completed cities of Blue River Settlement, Oxide Oasis, and Copper Roads. The main quest will resolve around these cities and their dynamics.
A couple of other places will be added around, with more to come.
After the Base is completed, using the plugin-forgiveness of the Morrowind Code Patch, more cities and scripts will be released as a DLC/expansion system. Not only will this method allow a stable version to be released to players sooner, it will also allow more changes to the game-world, and faster work.
All in all, while R12 had dropped off, it's back in full swing now. I'll have screens up to prove it within the week, given no explosions or nuclear detonations around here. ;)
And in response to one comment:
keveen wrote:oh ok kewl do you have a projected tim as to when its finished?
Not at the moment. Using the old give yourself 3 times the estimate, I'd say in about 6 months. Hopefully far less.
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