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Dhruin October 16th, 2010 00:22

Frayed Knights - Reaches Alpha
 
Head over to the Rampant Coyote for a little in-character announcement. In essence, Frayed Knights is content-complete and now the making-everything-work Alpha stage is under way.
More information.

Dhruin October 16th, 2010 00:22

Well done Jay and team!

[Our email server should recover soon ;) ]

Corwin October 16th, 2010 00:24

I'm really looking forward to this game as I enjoyed the Pilot lo many years ago!!

RampantCoyote October 16th, 2010 00:30

Too many years ago. :blush: This was my quick-and-dirty project. What happens when I go for a truly epic project?

(It's kinda morphed into something like that during development, hasn't it?)

Anyway, it's a major milestone, but still hard to recognize as we're whizzing past. Thanks for the support. I hope that when it's done it won't disappoint too badly.

Quote:

[Our email server should recover soon ]
LOL - yeah. As always happens, the moment I let everyone know of anything non-routine over at the blog, my own server goes down just out of spite. And then I have to keep everyone updated. It's how things go, I've come to expect.

shaf October 16th, 2010 01:02

Jay,

Congrats on getting plotline completed, I enjoyed the early beta's. Will the Temple from the earlier beta still be in the game I enjoyed the unique creatures.

My suggestion is to not call it an Alpha but Gamma since a Beta was already released.

Shaf

RampantCoyote October 16th, 2010 01:40

Yes, the Temple of Pokmor Xang will be back. There'll be a few changes, but you'll immediately recognize it.

The pilot was it's own thing. In a lot of ways, I've been treating this game as more of a (commercial) sequel to the pilot. About 15x - 20x larger. Or the pilot was kind of a rough draft of a short story, and this one is the novel based on that.

wolfing October 16th, 2010 02:12

Congratulations. Just think about it this way… If your game was an MMO, 'alpha' means it's ready for release!

skavenhorde October 16th, 2010 03:28

Congrats on reaching Alpha. Definitely a major milestone.

Seems like just yesterday I played the pilot. Just out of curiosity, did you keep the fate stars, I think that's what they're called. The bonuses that you get for not reloading a game. I thought that was a great idea. You could still save the game, but it rewarded you for not reloading the game as much.

RampantCoyote October 16th, 2010 05:14

Yep, they are still there, though I really do need to kick up their visual effects before I release. Part of the process I'm going through now that all the main quests are done (I may be adding some more little sub-quests during this stage just to round things out a little bit) is balancing the appropriate XP value, material rewards, and drama point awards.

Everything is TOTALLY out-of-whack right now, balance wise, as you can probably expect.

skavenhorde October 16th, 2010 05:27

I wasn't even close to what they were called :). Drama points, huh. Gotta remember that.

Thanks for keeping that. I figured it might be a little controversial, but loved the idea.

Good luck with the balancing issue. I've tried my hand at making a miniature game a looonnngg time ago and that was a major pain in the behind. I never did overcome that obstacle.

Corwin October 16th, 2010 12:05

Alpha status?? If this was a Jowood game (among a few others) :) It would already have been released!!

GhanBuriGhan October 16th, 2010 12:56

Congrats! Is this for tje whole game, or for the first episode only? And you get extra bonus sympathy points for this extra cool and fun announcement!

Alrik Fassbauer October 16th, 2010 13:15

Congratulations. :) I enjoyed the Pilot quite myself, especially the humour in it. :)

I think you and everyone else involved are doing good work, projecting from the Pilot and the blogs I read so far. :) ;)

RampantCoyote October 16th, 2010 15:50

This is just the first game of the three - the other two aren't as far along. But since I'm not planning on doing the Ultima thing with these games, I'm really looking forward to actually taking better use of the full engine than I have with this first game.

Thanks for all the well-wishes. I am painfully aware of how long this little project has taken, which would be more than enough time for me - as an outside observer - to lose faith and interest. It's not like this is some kind of ubergame or anything. It's basically one dude saying, "Hey, let's play a giant game of D&D at my house one of these weeks, when I get my adventure done and all the miniatures painted." Or something.

You guys rock.

GothicGothicness October 16th, 2010 17:02

Congratulations Rampant not many of us make it that far!!!! Just don't do the mistake of releasing it too early because you are tired of the game taking so long…… 5 weeks final polish could be the difference between medicore and good….. ( I know you are not anywhere near there yet ) and make sure to have a good beta with a bunch of testers…… it looks like a lot of games these days don't even do beta… probably because of piracy…. they are so afraid the beta will leak and people will play it and say the game sucks… so instead of having beta they release the game in beta and have people saying it sucks :D

DeepO October 16th, 2010 17:14

Congrats on alpha! The announcement was fun.
Iīm really looking forward to this game and just canīt wait till I cast my first Power Word: Defenestrate :).
Good luck getting it finished!

skavenhorde October 16th, 2010 17:17

Quote:

Originally Posted by GothicGothicness (Post 1061029649)
they are so afraid the beta will leak and people will play it and say the game sucks… so instead of having beta they release the game in beta and have people saying it sucks :D

That's so true it's scary.

Although, I didn't mind beta testing Troika's stuff :D

HiddenX October 16th, 2010 17:49

Alpha-Release - you're over the mountain - the rest of the way will be easier - some fine-tuning and polishing -> Release !

Alrik Fassbauer October 17th, 2010 13:00

Quote:

Originally Posted by RampantCoyote (Post 1061029643)
Thanks for all the well-wishes. I am painfully aware of how long this little project has taken, which would be more than enough time for me - as an outside observer - to lose faith and interest.

Please take into consideration that your blog entries also played a role in that. ;)

They were very often ineresting to read, sometimes even just outright funny - but anyway, they helped to keep the "spark of interest" alive. ;)

Without you constantly updating, it would have been much less interesting, I just guess. ;)

RampantCoyote October 18th, 2010 06:24

Heh - yeah, when communication stops, it generally means one of two things:

#1 - We're so busy working on this thing that we don't have time to update, or

#2 - We haven't gotten anything done on this thing in a while and are embarrassed to admit it.

I assume #1 unless it's gone on for a VERY long time, in which case it's #2. I think my motivating factor right now is I'm utterly sick of trying to explain to people why my %$#@ game isn't done yet.


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