I've recently cut down on this section of the mod page, to lessen the amount of unnecessary information. The 'Map Progress' counters were removed as a redundancy, and the 'News' section has been replaced by the new Dev Logs. Now only permanent information is shown here.



Story


In Lament, you take the role of Michael Anderson, a researcher and archaeologist living in England, 1845. In the wake of a disastrous expedition, your childhood friend and fellow archaeologist, Johnathan Crawford, has grown distant and sullen. Research is slowly crawling to a standstill, and doubts are creeping into the darker parts of your mind. Plagued by nightmares of an unspeakable monster stalking the halls of an unfamiliar place, you contemplate throwing the years of fruitless searching away. Anything for some peace of mind... right?



Features


  • Highly detailed and interesting environments to explore.
  • Deep, non-linear story taking place in the Dark Descent universe.
  • Point-and-click adventure elements. Click something of interest, and Michael will comment on it.
  • Tons of custom textures, models, particle systems, and sounds.
  • Scripted events and set-pieces to discover throughout the levels.
  • Detailed and unique soundscapes for every level, aided by custom and modified sound effects.
  • Updated versions of vanilla physics entities, with new collision meshes and tweaked physics.
  • Full and Lite versions. Full includes all the pretty lighting effects, particles, and details. Lite is a more performance-friendly version which includes reduced shadow casters, decals, particle systems, and reworked level design, while still retaining the overall look and feel of the levels.

Description


"Lament" is my first custom story for Amnesia: The Dark Descent. It has served as a fantastic learning experience for me, and I fully intend to make it the best it can possibly be.

I'm trying to make the story as understandable as possible while keeping the required note-reading to a minimum. Notes are still there, of course, but they serve to add depth to world the player explores, not to explain the core story.
There's quite a wealth of new stuff included as well. New physics entities and particle systems, as well as modified enemies, critters, and materials. All of these are used to bring the world of Lament to life, and bring it to greater heights than was previously possible.



As a final note, this page will not be updated regularly, mostly because the world is cruel to high school students, but I do try to keep everyone updated on the mod's progress in my Dev Logs.

Cheers.

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Heyo,

To start today's Dev Log, I'm happy to announce that it's currently Summer Break (and has been for the past three weeks), which means I have more time to procrastinate! I mean more time to work diligently!

So, ah, *ahem* let's get on with it.


SUNLIGHT!

No gifs this time, but I do have some nice screenshots.


So, first order of business deals with the level in the above screenshot. Or, more specifically, the ridiculous scale of the level in the above screenshot. I'll dial back a bit to explain.

That level, in all it's majesty, is probably the largest thing that's ever been made in HPL2. I'm not saying that to toot my own horn (most of it's just decorative, anyway), I'm just saying there's no reason anyone would have wanted to build something so big that the game can't even render it by default.

Therein lies my dilemma. I want to include this level in the mod. Of course I do, I've spent days upon days on it alone. But doing so would require every single person who downloads it to manually change the game's settings to allow it to render at a further distance (the default limit is 400 meters, I've changed mine to 1200). Fortunately, changing this value doesn't have any effect on the game aside from letting it render farther out, but most people would be understandably hesitant to dig into the game's files and change a setting like that.


Hell is 12 dozen spotlights.

I have seen the true face of Hell. It is twelve dozen spotlights.


The other interesting thing about this level, aside from it's scale, is the way I've had to light it. Since lights start bugging out at radii above a value of 100, I've had to use gobo'd lights to fake the shape of the sunlight coming through the mountains. An interesting experience, to be certain, but an enjoyable one at that. A bit like making a painting.

With twelve dozen spotlights.


Who the hell took the time to polish these floors?

Can you believe this tile predates floor wax? I can't.


This bit is actually about something I figured out a long time ago, but never showed, and have never seen done anywhere else, so I'm showing it now. Reflective surfaces!

World reflection is pretty expensive rendering-wise, so it was important to get the materials to look normal whether the player had the effect turned on or off in their video settings. Fortunately, I ran into very few snags, and the system works very well. Basically, the game thinks it's rendering water, which is the only material that can have dynamic reflections. All I've done is fiddled with the settings so it looks natural, and then layered it on top of another textured plane.

Sadly, it's applications are still limited. Without being able to soften the reflection, it isn't possible to accurately simulate any materials outside of those that reflect light very sharply, like the polished floor in the screenshot above. That means wooden floors are out of the question, as well as most rough wet surfaces and metals. Still, it adds a lot to the scenes it can be applied to, and I'm glad it works as well as it does.


The last thing I want to mention is my current post-release plan for Lament. Mainly, that the short prequel and sequel I had planned (as mentioned a while ago in an article) will no longer be made. This is mostly because of the decline in Amnesia's modding community, but also because I haven't really thought of anything interesting that would make those custom stories worthwhile projects. This probably isn't much of a surprise to those who actually remember when I first made that announcement, but I felt it necessary to mention. Trilogies are overrated, anyway.

I do, however, have other projects to move on to from here. When I'll announce those, I don't know, but rest assured they will come.


That's all for today's Dev Log, I hope you enjoyed reading it, because I spent way too long writing it. Until next time.

I remain,

Craa

Dev Log #2 - Three Years' Time, and Fancy Particles

Dev Log #2 - Three Years' Time, and Fancy Particles

News 6 comments

I need more sleep, and all I got was these neat particle systems.

Dev Log #1 - Renovations, Optimizations, and Color Palettes

Dev Log #1 - Renovations, Optimizations, and Color Palettes

News 7 comments

We got lighting! We got colors! We got... er, less trees!

Entities, What With the Physics and Such

Entities, What With the Physics and Such

News 3 comments

Physics are cool, but school is not. *drops mic* *hastily picks it back up to check if it's broken*

Quick Development Update

Quick Development Update

News

Gonna be out of state for a month, will still work on my laptop, but it'll be slower than usual.

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Levi3088
Levi3088

I'm waiting for four things in life; The Elder Scrolls 6, Half-Life 3, a girl that likes me and Lament. Neither of which are likely to appear in the near future. :P

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TheGamerPro9071
TheGamerPro9071

when you are released this custom?

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Hollowinside
Hollowinside

Honestly, I thought Aurora's "Helena" and Logan's "Simulacrum" would be the last Amnesia mods to be added in my years-long list before I quit the game for good.

This mod, however, brings me immeasurable excitement just by looking at its pictures. I hope it will be done soon, so I can relive all the things that made me fall in love with Amnesia in the first place, and more!

Best of luck!

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Richyyy:D
Richyyy:D

You never have to leave this game be. You can just look out for new great mods.

But you're right, a few really sick looking stories are still to come out.

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StaydMcButtermuffin Creator
StaydMcButtermuffin

That means quite a lot to me, thank you dearly.
I can't say yet when I'll be finished - the project has grown to be bigger than I could have possibly imagined at the start - but I do have a handle on how much work I actually need to do before I can even think about a release.

Hopefully it won't be too long a wait for you, and hopefully the end product doesn't disappoint.

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Hollowinside
Hollowinside

Don't even mention it. I am firm on that. Judging by the amount of work, effort and love you've put into making this mod, you deserve every single credit.

I am not a mod maker myself, but I do understand that all good things come with time, so I have come to terms with the option of patiently waiting.

Take your time. I am sure that it will be ten times more worth. :)

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LuciaAZ
LuciaAZ

Accidentally reported the mod... ._., how do i undo that? I meant to follow it ><

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StaydMcButtermuffin Creator
StaydMcButtermuffin

Don't worry about it, nothing happens unless the mod you report is actually breaking some rules. You're fine. :P

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Levi3088
Levi3088

This looks absolutely amazing! Can't wait. Any idea on the realise date?

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StaydMcButtermuffin Creator
StaydMcButtermuffin

Thank you. Sadly, I can't say when this will be released, as it's far from the only thing I work on (in fact, I joined a very large project late last year, which takes up quite a bit of my time).
I can, however, say that it WILL be finished and released. I am dead-set on that.

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