About Triptych

Triptych is a Lovecraftian Walking Simulator written within a lore of Gnosticism, Occultism and Cosmic Horror. Legend has it that an ancient civilization once summoned an Elder God down from the heavens, and paid the ultimate price. They now live on as a Necromantic cult that the Caulm Brothers accidentally discover in their lifetime. A somber narrative of deceit, familial betrayal, and impending doom weaves itself through both character's perspectives in a two hour journey through madness.

Dark Craft Studios directs a sinister narrative about the underbelly of philosophy and lost theological ideas in a subtle and insidious story, a modification of Cryengine 2, free for owners of Crysis 1 to download and play.

Credits and Thanks
Written and developed by the Dark Craft Studios Banner, Triptych is the swansong of our Cryengine 2 development, released March 13th, 2017.

Glenn Winkelmann Jr - Sole Developer | Sole Designer | Lead Writer |
Ian Wiese - Co-Writer | Lead Editor |
Jarod D'Camp - Lead Composer
Adam Halpin - Secondary Composer
David Smolanowicz - Sound Director
Finn M.K - Playing Dorian Caulm
Jamie Campbell - Playing Jeremiah Caulm
David Bodtcher - Playing Samael
Ian Wiese - Playing Orne


Dark Craft Studios extends special thanks to these contributors, both past and present. Thank you all so much


Hanger34 - Flash UI Main Menu & Loading Screen
Alan Grant - Graphics Artist (All Book Pages.)
Luke Treacher - Trailer Creation

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It's alarming to believe that I haven't talked with you all in five years and I developed this modification almost eight years ago. Time has flown by, and my dream as a game developer never really went anywhere. But I'm proud of what I've done, and took the time to download and set up the environment to replay Worry of Newport yesterday. It was then that I noticed something awful that I will touch upon in a second, and it is why I need your help.

For some back story, the development build for Worry of Newport was lost in a RAID failure due to a storm. I wasn't careful with the surge protection of that PC so long ago, and that was that. I have to this day zero ability to modify or patch or edit Worry of Newport without completely remaking it from the ground up, and that would take a considerable amount of time and polish given the limitations of the engine and how difficult it was to make Triptych in such a polished vain, which in and of itself needs patching soon.

The bugs are as follows;

1: It is incredibly difficult to get the mod to work, and it was only by a stroke of luck -- and having zero other mods installed -- that it did. I think it is due to the ancient file structure used to make it, a bug Triptych did not have.

2: All of the diary pages come up as blank, black textures. Does this happen to you, too?

3: The volume mixing is out of control, with various lines being raw and amped and others quiet as the wind. This is technically an easy fix for me, but I want to know if it effects you as well?

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I was basically set to experience my sophomore mod and instead I got blank book pages, horrific audio balancing issues and numerous installation quirks that frustrated me -- and I made it! Sadly without any means to patch it, only a remake can even be considered, but that would have to wait until 2019 -- after Shadow of the Ramlord releases, and Triptych - Reveries of Sarcon is conceptualized, developed, and released. So I'm making this post to gather some feedback. What would you like to see? Is a remake (In Crysis 1 again, mind you.) something you'd like to see? Do you have the book or audio bugs?

Thanks for taking the time, and I hope to speak to you all soon more about this once this article goes live -- in the comments below.

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Announcing The Shadow of the Ramlord

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Triptych Final Patch Live & Further News

Triptych Final Patch Live & Further News

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A look into the final patch for Triptych and what features are planned in the expansion, and a summary of upcoming events from Dark Craft Studios.

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Elegance of continuity.

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A look into the future of our games design, and Triptych.

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Triptych Post Release - Thoughts & Reflections

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One week later, some lingering thoughts on the release of Triptych.

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Triptych 1.1c - Full Final Release

Triptych 1.1c - Full Final Release

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All patches and a few other tweaks have been added to the 'final' edition for Triptych, now superseding all prior uploads. Expand for install instructions...

Triptych - Chapter I

Triptych - Chapter I

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Triptych is an artistic experiment in story telling set in the Lovecraftian horror genre. With a focus on imagery and atmosphere, the story itself only...

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C-zom Creator
C-zom

A whisper drifts like a memory down a somber valley, lulling the birds to sleep and welcoming forth the ancient songs of night roamers. It is the arrival of twilight.

News on Triptych patch soon.

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Guest
Guest

I unzipped it, into the crysis foler and nothing worked, even after I set the -mod Triptych launch option. Is there supposed to be a mod folder in the steam version of the game? I couldn't find one so I made my own and put it in there, it didn't make a difference.

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C-zom Creator
C-zom

Folder should be called mods. The triptych folder goes in there, and then the shortcut is modified with -mod triptych. Can you send me some screenshots via pm? I'd be glad to help and see how you have it structured

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Guest
Guest

How do you install the mod?

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Guest

Amazing work! I love it and want the story to be continued! :)

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ThomasMalton
ThomasMalton

The voice acting is pretty amazing and the story itself very deep and kind of feels like unique some sort of, though I can definitely find some parallels with the works of famous writer H.P. Lovecraft. Also you just nailed this mystique and dark atmosphere with the presence of an ancient evil entity in the end of the final chapter.
Amazing job!

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C-zom Creator
C-zom

Thanks so much for the kind words! I'd be honored if you would leave us some feedback in the reviews section, let us know what you liked and what you would prefer to see improved!

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C-zom Creator
C-zom

Director's Cut has been well under way, but well behind schedule. I'm hard at work adding the finishing touches now to the remake of the ending chapters. It is also likely that all of chapter 2 will be re-recorded and rewritten! Stay tuned.

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Guest
Guest

I enjoyed working with Glenn on this project. I've played Triptych myself and it's one of the best Lovecraft inspired mods i've ever had the pleasure viewing.

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Bobfuria
Bobfuria

[SPOILER talk, do not read a single word before playing the mod]

This is a step up over the past Newport project in terms of immersion and level design. No clearly visible Crysis aliens for example. This felt like a separate game , very professional, however the lack of subtitles made me miss out on important plot points. I did not understand what happened on the Samael tomb. Why did Dorian insult Samael when he was serving him previously? What did Dorian do that ****** offf Samael and made him possibly kill Dorian in retaliation?

Still, the mod is excellent and my personal evaluation of 10 in my opinion is well deserved for the effort.

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C-zom Creator
C-zom

SPOILERS

Subtitles are hilariously difficult to code into the engine, I apologize. I'm working on it for Samael only and if I can crack that nut, will release a hotfix patch for it.

So first off, Dorian is lost to us by the time of Chapter 2. In C3, he's captured by the Necromancers (We hear this over the radio, and then see the indoctrination into Samael's cult) in the 2nd to last ending sequence. Dorian isn't killed because Samael finds out that he knows where Sarcon is, and thus, where his body is.

In chapter 2, Dorian locates the body and it is revealed Dorian himself sabotaged the entire archeology crew too. At the end, in his tomb, Dorian pledges his mission complete; Samael, in turn, tells him he will rise from his shattered tomb and reap untold destruction, in which Dorian would be "Writhing in agony amidst a sea of despair" as reward for his loyalty.

Samael provides no hope. He pledges to be, "The last God." for humanity. Dorian twitches out, hard, tells him off and gets blasted back. Fun little easter egg time: He lives! What happens to Samael? The world? Dorian Caulm is a secondary antagonist in Worry of Newport, talked about in numerous diary entries, as the physical leader of the Necromancers. TWON takes place someodd 30-40 years after Triptych, but has nothing to do with Samael or the Brothers story. It is a shared universe situation.

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Bobfuria
Bobfuria

Thanks, I understand the plot better now.

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#Triptych 1.1c Final Edition is out, with all updates rolled into one full download. Thank you all for the support! Moddb.com

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