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April 15th, 2021, 23:19
Hey!
That was certainly a delayed update but I think it was worth it.
This one marks the introduction of the game's itch.io page, as well as a proper demo!
Before listing some URLs, let me show you the usual shots of the work done:

















You can find the game's demo, as well as a proper 25-min video, on the following links:

itch.io: https://vlzvl.itch.io/the-darkness-below
youtube: https://youtu.be/9AM3QZmK8gc

Highlight of this update is the prebuilt generator, allowing random characters to be created on a New Game, following the game's rulebook. This is the quickest way to start the game and, at the moment, the only way. A proper 'Create a Party' option will be added eventually.

There's only one build for the demo at the moment (Windows), with a Linux / Android version to be added eventually. So, go ahead and give it a try
Keep in mind that the intention here is not to provide a kick-ass demo, but merely a working one. The demo's content will keep getting updated with each demo's version. The content is heavily combat oriented, with a number of events and it involves a Forest, a Town (mostly empty) and a dangerous Tomb.
Please, be gentle to this very first version! You can also find the game' Rulebook in the demo's archive, which resembles a not-that-friendly manual of sorts.
Hope you like it.
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April 15th, 2021, 23:27
Screenshots look great!
Are you fine with people putting videos of that on youtube?
The youtube video you posted is in 480p. I guess you uploaded it in higher res but the youtube might not be done yet with processing.
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April 15th, 2021, 23:41
Originally Posted by Kordanor View Post
Screenshots look great!
Are you fine with people putting videos of that on youtube?
The youtube video you posted is in 480p. I guess you uploaded it in higher res but the youtube might not be done yet with processing.
Thanx Kordanor
Yeah, I'm fine with that. Yes, I actually made the video on 854x480 (480p), not a higher resolution because the original version was taking ages to upload. It's an ok quality for now, I might upload the higher quality later.
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April 16th, 2021, 03:32
Those shots are looking swell, I'm especially fond of the map! I look forward to giving this one a whirl.
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April 16th, 2021, 05:44
You really nailed the Might & Magic aesthetic.
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April 16th, 2021, 08:21
Originally Posted by Carnifex View Post
Those shots are looking swell, I'm especially fond of the map! I look forward to giving this one a whirl.
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You really nailed the Might & Magic aesthetic.
Thanx guys, glad you are liking it A working demo of the (most of) conventions is my real intention. Demo & content will keep getting updated until I feel its ready enough.
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April 26th, 2021, 17:26
It reminds me of some of Redshift's games on Tablets and Phones, and since i bought those and liked the style it looks like you have a winner.
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April 27th, 2021, 12:05
Hey thanx
You're referring to the beautiful "The Quest" by the Redshift.
The game plays like that, except that its a party-based game (blobber).
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April 27th, 2021, 15:00
OMG! A spiritual successor to The Quest? Take my money. Hurry! Where do I buy this or is it only a demo so far?
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April 27th, 2021, 18:07
Thanx man
I'm glad you're liking it so far.

It's more like a love letter to the grid-based Might & Magic series, Dungeon Master and Eye of the Beholder, with the addition of smooth movement and atmosphere of "The Quest". It blends the mechanics of a number of CRPGs. It's only a demo so far and I currently work on the second version of demo (1.1) which focuses on a number of issues / features that were requested.

When the main issues gets addressed, then I'm going to dig deep into assembling the game's world, the quests, the deep character development and stuff. I already have an enormous amount of content, just waiting to be scripted & stored in digital form. It's a lengthy procedure but the game will certainly get released this year. The hard technical part is about to end. Since the game is based on my custom engine, I had to start with technical part first.

The game will certainly end up on itch.io and I plan to add it on Steam/Gog as well.
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April 27th, 2021, 19:00
Good, I'm a Steam guy all the way. I'll use the other services, but vastly prefer the ease of access that is Steam. I bought half a dozen copies of The Quest and passed them around here several years ago. Great game. Glad to buy your next idea.
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April 27th, 2021, 21:07
Yup, you cannot go wrong with being compared to such games as Might and Magic, and the Quest. Throw in a few Eye of the Beholder references, and any will I had to resist is gone (had no will anyways-p).
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April 27th, 2021, 22:23
I just had this crazy idea of putting a lot more than simple references, perhaps places, lore and even some connecting easter-egg events. Who knows what I might end up to.
Definitely a will-breaker
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