"Adventure is my path"

"The Arcaniary. The Blue Mists. The World Apart. And many other names besides. It's the place magic comes from, the place spell-crafters move in and out of. It's always described as blue mist, and impossible rock formations, and blazing-starred skies.

"What greater call to an adventurer? What an adventure it would be to visit such a place! What would I discover there, and see? For almost as long as I've adventured--maybe longer--I've wanted to explore its depths.

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"But only spell-weavers can enter it, and to take up magic requires a sacrifice. When one is young, this could be one's memories, or ties to family, even physical life, or something else besides. But once one has found a path in life, only the sacrifice of that path will do. To go back on the sacrifice would bring death.

My path is adventuring. It always has been; it burned in my blood the day I was born. To learn magic, I would have to give up adventuring, my life--the very reason that I want to enter the other world.

"But in a tavern recently I heard a story, of a lost city and a door that led directly into the Mists. No magic training. No sacrifice. It could be just a story, or its meaning lost over the centuries. Even if it is, chasing it sounds like an adventure in itself.

"And if it's true. If there really is a door..."


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A Door to the Mists is a first-person video game in a fantasy setting, featuring exploration, traversal, puzzle-solving, and sparse combat.

Features:

  • Ledge-climbing
    • In short, if it's solid, within reach, sufficiently flat, and has sufficient space, you should be able to climb onto it.
  • Combat
    • One-on-one melee; inspired by the Quest for Glory series
  • Exploration
  • Traversal challenges
  • Puzzle-solving

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Clearly Seeing

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Greetings and salutations!

This week's screenshot shows some changes in the game's aesthetics:

Screenshot from 2021 02 19 11 53

The week just past was a bit of a busy one, I feel! Not only were various changes made, but two new versions of the demo were released!

As per usual, at time of writing you can get the updated version of the demo--version 0.9.7--from either itch.io or IndieDB:
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I mentioned last week, I believe, that I was working on a new build of the demo. In the week just past, then, I tested that build, and, finding it working, uploaded it.

And I'm glad and grateful to say that I was given some quite detailed feedback on said build!

Thus began what was perhaps the main thrust of the week's work: implementing various tweaks, polishes, and fixes based on the feedback that I was given, with the goal of producing another updated version of the demo!

Some of the changes were minor: fixing a bit of geometry that the player wasn't intended to get into, but could; improving the behaviour of mouse-look by replacing the pointer-position method in use; dealing with a bug in the restoration of an object in level one; and a few more besides.

(And I also fixed a minor bug in my level-editor along the way.)

A few things might be worth mentioning in detail, however:

First, I made some changes to the aesthetics of the game. The overall approach remains intact, but the highlighting of objects under the player-light has been reworked. This allows dark objects to nevertheless produce strong highlights, where before they generally didn't!

(And I removed some over-brightening, too, I believe.)

Screenshot from 2021 02 19 11 16

On a related note, it was pointed out to me that the objects on the bottom shelf within the first tomb in the lower part of level one were very hard to see at close range.

Attempting to fix this was one of the reasons that I embarked upon the above-mentioned aesthetic changes, as I recall; those changes didn't help with this issue, but I think were nevertheless an improvement in and of themselves.

I also attempted to fix this via changes to the manner in which the player-light is vertically positioned, but alas to no avail: changes that made the objects more visible incurred problems of their own, I found.

In the end, I just moved them up one shelf, and placed a light cloth beneath them. That, at least, makes them more visible!

Screenshot from 2021 02 22 10 55

On the combat side, I removed the "stun" effect from the second mummy's "flurry" attack: it seemed that said stun was too brief, and perhaps too early in the game, to be easily spotted. This meant that at least one player didn't know why they couldn't block after being so stuck, which I imagine was frustrating.

That said, the mummy still has their "shove" attack, which has a more considerable, and thus presumably more clearly-visible, "stun" effect.

On the UI side, I had a report of a player being uncertain of whether objects without names could be interacted with.

In an attempt to rectify this lack of clarity, I've introduced a new cursor mode. Now, when the player is looking at an interactive/examinable object, the cursor changes visibly (and becomes a little bit more colourful). This, I hope, might more-clearly separate those objects that the player can do something with from those that they cannot.

Screenshot from 2021 02 19 11 49

The following gif--intended to show some of the game's mechanics--also shows the new cursor in action (albeit scaled-down):

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With all that done, I built another new version of the demo, and uploaded it!

And with the aesthetics of the game so changed, I also took some new screenshots and recreated various gifs (such as the one above). With these I then replaced the old versions in various places--forum threads, my website, the game's itch page, etc.

Moving away from the demo, I've mentioned in the past that I've been working up to a new round of publisher-pitching, I believe. To that end, in the week just past I did a bit more work towards that, in particular updating my pitch-document and pitch-email. I think that I may be just about ready to send those emails out!

There is one more thing that I have in mind first, however: A new "core gameplay" video. The old one is still broadly accurate, but it shows aesthetics that are rather out of date, and lacks the new cursor UI.

While it's not yet done, I've made a good start on this new video, I think!

And finally, in the week just past I did a little more work on the new intro cutscene. I believe that I have the previously-shown "leap" scene done, and have moved on to a start on the next scene. (Which borrows considerably from the original cutscene.)

(And said "leap" scene does now pan up to allow a fuller view of the protagonist after climbing the higher ledge.)

That then is all for this week--stay well, and thank you for reading! ^_^

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A Leap and a Hop

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Stopping a Leak

Stopping a Leak

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In which testing against jump-height is performed; a level sees edits in light of that jump-height; work is done towards an updated build of the demo...

How High Can You Jump?

How High Can You Jump?

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In which a cutscene progresses; and a change is made in jumping.

Re-Introductions

Re-Introductions

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In which mist-work continues; an export tool gains new functionality; critique is taken; and a cutscene is nascently reworked.

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"Depictions" Demo, ver. 0.9.7, Windows 64-bit build

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The Windows 64-bit build of the "Depictions" Demo. This demo includes reworked aesthetics, some new content, and a variety of fixes, tweaks, and changes!

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"Depictions" Demo, ver. 0.9.7, Linux 64-bit build

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The Linux 64-bit build of the "Depictions" Demo. This demo includes reworked aesthetics, some new content, and a variety of fixes, tweaks, and changes!

"Depictions" Demo, ver. 0.9.5, Linux 64-bit build

"Depictions" Demo, ver. 0.9.5, Linux 64-bit build

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The Linux 64-bit build of the "Depictions" Demo. This demo includes reworked aesthetics, some new content, and a variety of fixes, tweaks, and changes!

"Depictions" Demo, ver. 0.9.5, Windows 64-bit build

"Depictions" Demo, ver. 0.9.5, Windows 64-bit build

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The Windows 64-bit build of the "Depictions" Demo. This demo includes reworked aesthetics, some new content, and a variety of fixes, tweaks, and changes!

"Depictions" Demo, ver. 0.9.2, Linux 64-bit build

"Depictions" Demo, ver. 0.9.2, Linux 64-bit build

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The Linux 64-bit build of the "Depictions" Demo. This demo includes reworked aesthetics, some new content, and a variety of fixes, tweaks, and changes!

"Depictions" Demo, ver. 0.9.2, Windows 64-bit build

"Depictions" Demo, ver. 0.9.2, Windows 64-bit build

Demo

The Windows 64-bit build of the "Depictions" Demo. This demo includes reworked aesthetics, some new content, and a variety of fixes, tweaks, and changes!

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bien sta bien el juego

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IanEborn Creator
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Sorry for the late reply, but thank you! I appreciate that. ^_^

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soniiiety

wow very awesome when will full game be out?

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IanEborn

I'm so sorry that I took this long to respond--I only just noticed this comment! ^^;

First of all, thank you! ^_^

As to when the full game will be out, I don't know--right now it's a matter of "it's done when it's done"!

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