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[Books] - New SotP Feature!

Discussion in 'Project Development & Idea Factory' started by The_Mirai, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. The_Mirai

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    Let me begin by asking this: How many of you likes books? Well, I certainly don't! Just seeing how thick they are triggers my bowel movement! I see books not as a means of obtaining new knowledge and expanding my views, but as blunt weapons used to bludgeon someone to death (if used properly, you can even turn them into lethal projectiles; practice makes perfect!).

    Luckily, SotP is not is not real life; that means the books there are much, much smaller and (instead of reading about 500 pages in average) all the information you'll need will be expressed in 10-15 lines of text.


    I'm not sure if -Kobas- has already spread the word about the new "books" feature, but nevertheless the purpose of this post is to, once again, ask for your help.

    UNCLE S... I mean, -KOBAS- WANTS YOU :fp: to help make SotP the greatest map ever!

    Here's an example of how it should look like:

    Code (vJASS):
    set BOOK_TEXT[1] = "    Nchylbar the Old Adventurer|n
    --------------------------------------------------
        |c00FFFFFFNchylbar had enjoyed an adventurous
        youth, but had grown to be a very wise,
        very old adventurer who spent his life
        searching for the truth and dispelling
        superstitions. But much
        of the world still puzzled him, and
        nothing was a greater enigma to him that
        the nature of the Ancient Elves and Magic.
       
        Nothing, however, was a greater question
        to Nchylbar than the limits of divine power.
        Were the Greater Beings the masters of the
        entire world, or did the humbler creatures
        have the strength to forge their own
        destinies?
       
        No one knows what happened to him, all that
        remains is knowledge saved in old books.|r
    --------------------------------------------------"

            set BOOK_TEXT[2] = "    The Darkests Fears|n
    --------------------------------------------------
        |c00FFFFFFBrother, I still call you
        brother for we share our bonds of blood,
        tested but unbroken by hatred. Even if
        I am murdered, which seems inevitable
        now, know that, brother. You and me are
        not innocents, so our benedictions of
        mutual enmity is not tragedy, but
        horror. This state of silent, shadowed
        war, of secret poisons and sleeping men
        strangled in their beds, of the sudden
        arrow and the artful dagger, has no end
        that I can see. No possibility for peace.
        I see the shadows in the room move
        though the flame of my candle is steady.
        I know the signs that I …|r
    --------------------------------------------------"

            set BOOK_TEXT[3] = "    Hunter's Journal Vol. 1|n
    --------------------------------------------------
        |c00FFFFFFTracked down a small den of
        bears today. Their pelts are in fine
        condition and should fetch a good price.
        Going to set up camp for the night and
        kill the beasts in the morning.
        Hopefully we can get by on the few
        arrows we have left, or I may have to
        fall back on my blade.|r
    --------------------------------------------------"

            set BOOK_TEXT[4] = "    Hunter's Journal Vol. 2|n
    --------------------------------------------------
        |c00FFFFFFAfter trailing the beasts for
        several days, I think we've finally
        found their lair. It seems like their
        den is further in this cave. There may
        be more of them than we first thought,
        but after seeing the strange columns
        and pipes, there may be some sort of
        ruin here.
       
        My Gran always said those places were
        full of treasures just waiting for the
        first person to find them. We've decided
        to make camp and try to clear out the
        animals and see if there is anything
        worth taking.|r


    Here we have the first 4 books that will be used in SotP. This is a special trigger custom made by
    -Kobas- for activating books in the game.

    If you think you can write something like this, here's what you need to do:

    1) SPEAK ENGLISH OR DIE (by Slayer, YouTube it) - No noob English! If you have a great idea for a story but can't properly express it, find someone to do it for you.

    2) Story dimensions - length shouldn't exceed 15-18 lines and width shouldn't cross the dashed line (the one that looks like this -----). Use the example above to get a clue of what I mentioned here.

    3) (Sector,) No limits! - You are not limited in anything except for the text width; as for the length, if it's bigger than 18 lines, make more volumes under the same title (just like the "Hunter's Journal" in the example above).

    4) Unconstrained genre - Feel free to write about absolutely anything! Does not have to be related to anything about SotP, although refrain from mentioning known RL people. Books can be written in any form as well: diary, play, logbook, novel, poem, etc...

    5) Copy and paste - Everything you write *MUST* be in exactly the same form as the example above. That means it has to be in Jass form, so feel free to copy it and only edit the title and the actual story; everything else stays the way it is!


    And that's about it. I think -Kobas- will have more details about all this if you need them.

    Oh yeah, one last thing: please don't spam -Kobas-'s wall or inbox with questions or suggestions related to this; everything about books should be posted here, as well as all the actual books you may write.

    Lastly, a treat as an encouragement for you guys: if -Kobas- approves your writings, you get +rep from him and (maybe) me as well as the appropriate author's credits which will be mentioned in the game!


    So, unleash your inner writer and give your keyboard a run for its money!

    :cool:
     
  2. -Kobas-

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    Keiji send me 5-6 awesome texts and I added them already.
    If anyone more interested just contact me.
     
  3. Remixer

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    These things could be also used in quests. Like a book could say "de´rath is sword of the devil" and a part of quest could be what is de´rath or someting like that. :)
     
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    Yeah I have few ideas how to use books for/in quests.
    Something like that you suggested is one of them :thumbs_up:
     
  5. marko9

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    Like Assassins Creed thing, you find a book and folow the tail, until you fint a great treasure... or something like that...
     
  6. Lembidi

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    Thank, this book'z make me more money
     
  7. Remixer

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    Yeah... -Kobas- the books are abit over valued maybe? Atleast at the time. Not if you need them in the future to get something but you could drop their value. Once price is 200 when you sell it x.x
     
  8. Lembidi

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    Jack black book (From bandit Camp) It's so hard to get :/
    But prize is so great!!
    Why on town has an book'z?? Lol'z
    And, why hunter wont to give his book?? Lol'z