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[Campaign] Darkness Returns II : The Grand Reformation

Discussion in 'Map Development' started by Daffa the Mage, Jan 24, 2019.

  1. Daffa the Mage

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    SANCTUM OF ARCANARIA Presents :
    DARKNESS RETURNS II
    THE GRAND REFORMATION

    Daffa the Mage | LegendzKing | sans720

    DISCORD

    Get Darkness Returns I Here!

    MAIN CHARACTERS

    TBA Grand Magician Blaze Ironflame
    Blaze Ironflame, leader of the northern region for Grand that is independent from Annaira's command, has been wounded during his battle against Darkness' elite legions and his undead minions. With most of his grand arsenal, private army, Azralor's executors, Sankh Order's priests and the dwarves of Khun supporting him wiped on the very battle against Darkness, he's now at the brink of losing everything he has worked hard for.
    [​IMG] General Azralor the Supreme
    General of the 3rd Division. Only surviving general from Battle of Feralia. With most of Grand's power demolished in the war, Azralor was forced to take extreme measures to restore Grand back to its former glory.
    [​IMG] Ramosel Xyde
    A mysterious sniper who is entrusted by Azralor to keep his back. This mysterious sniper has deadly accuracy and will kill anyone once given the order.
    [​IMG] Zalamus Whitesky
    When most of the generals fell at Feralia, Zalamus was recovering from the Zarb-Zurb defense. He, along with Alliara, didn't participate at Feralia, sparing them from the terrible fate of death. Now, either believing his tutor or The Council as his choice, he will have a major part in the upcoming chaos.
    [​IMG] Alliara Lightstar
    Alliara, along with Zalamus, spared from fate at Feralia, is put under a stressful choice. Her emotions that started to trust her fellow commander, Zalamus, and her loyalty to the Grand itself are clashed on.
    [​IMG] Lulu the Light
    Part of Grand Elite forces under command of Blaze Ironflame. She's aware of the situation at Grand but has been helpless to stop it from happening. Now, with most of the Grand shattered and Ironflame putting his faith to her, she will do her best to restore Grand itself.


    Features
    • Custom Lore.
    • Difficulty System; play from the newbie-friendly "Beginner" to the challenging real-story of "Mastermind". This campaign offers seven difficulties consisting of Beginner, Novice, Easy, Normal, Hard, Chaos, Mastermind. Keep in mind that "Mastermind" GREATLY INFLUENCES A CHAPTER.
    • Plan, Manipulate, Conquer; each map plays with your forces at a major disadvantage throughout the game. Only through strong will and manipulative plays, you can send the enemy to the graves.
    • Difficult Battles; No matter what difficulty you choose, the gameplay will give some challenge for you. For those who like to laugh in face of their own demise; try playing on Mastermind, it will be SO MUCH FUN.
    • Decisive Choices; Think you destroy that base doesn't matter? It does! Think that guy you kill doesn't matter? It does!
    • Kill Count; Just to add salt to the wound, you'll be reminded how many poor souls your army kill in the war.
    • Death Count; Think it never matter? Living and dying people make a lot of difference!

    Factions :

    Grand Coalition :
    Shattered and broken, Feralia battle was a devastating loss for Grand. Without most of its finest soldiers, Grand is turning into a shadow of its former self. The Council, whom all this time supervise them, now are on the edge of either appointing Azralor, the only surviving general, or take the matter to themselves.


    Revolutionary Coalition :
    Revolutionary Coalition, called Revolutionaries in short, suffered many setbacks during their ultimate assault at Mount Golda. Now, with their failure and major losses, they are at the edge of losing everything they have been struggling for. Currently led by Okta Raxus, with Lord Ozaras being a supervisor.


    Shore Alliance :
    When the shore cities united under one banner, they formed the Shore Alliance and appointed Sir Edward as their leader. Supervised by the mysterious Marchurian the Red, Shore Alliance makes their move for dominance. Formerly known as New Coalition.


    Fallen's Undead :
    Undead as a whole is unknown, but Necromancers are a common sight for many. This mysterious army of the dead is still a mystery for the mortals.


    The Demonic Legion :
    Darkness always has his personal troops appointed for his will. These are the enigmatic and chaotic beings that serve the evil himself. They take no prisoners and will slay all living existence until there's nothing but ashes remains. Darkness leads them himself.


    Elves of Hazam :
    Holy, Shadow and Nature, three elements that depict the elven society. Lord Nagan the Great, who has been keeping the elves away from conflict aware that he cannot save his people from the conflict forever. Realizing the nature of the upcoming chaos, he must make or take a side to rely on.


    And get to meet more (minor) factions in the story!

    Media :
    To be announced

    Notes :
    1. The real story is kept in Mastermind Difficulty, other difficulties are significantly toned down to ensure the gameplay much easier. This is intended, and I won't change this one. The difference includes some optional quest changes, new enemies and most of all: new dialogues and characters present.
    2. If you encounter any bug, please report so an update can be quickly executed to patch them.
    3. All chapters have story difficulty embedded to them, so each difficulty could play out somewhat differently.

    Credits
    -DUE TO MASS MODEL/TEXTURE IMPORT, A LOT OF CREDITS WAS LOST. IF YOU NOTICE YOUR MODEL(S) AND NOT CREDITED PROPERLY, PLEASE INFORM ME-
    -THERE'S A LOT OF UNUSED RESOURCES INSIDE, WILL BE CLEANING THEM AS TIME PROGRESS-
    -IF I MISS ANYONE, PLEASE INFORM ME-

    Map Terrains :

    Models :
    Royal Captain By @Tranquil edited by @Misha
    Phoenix Mage by @General Frank
    Phoenix Archer by @General Frank
    High Elf Chronomancer by @Deolrin
    Human Lumber Mill by @Ujimasa Hojo
    Hero Death Knight by @Alastor
    War Mage (Kirin Tor) by @Ujimasa Hojo
    Dalaran Blood Mage by @Ujimasa Hojo
    Blood Mage by @Stefan.K
    BETA Footman by @Blizzard Entertainment
    Blood Elven Warrior by @General Frank
    Phoenix Crusader by @General Frank
    Human Bishop by @Tranquil
    White Wizard by @Direfury
    King by @Tranquil
    High Elf Archer by @Himperion
    Rocket Rain by @ILH
    Human General by @Direfury
    Human Spell Breaker @Hermit
    High Elf Spell Thief by @Himperion
    Nobby Mansion Townhall by @Ujimasa Hojo
    Nobby Mansion Blacksmith by @Ujimasa Hojo
    Nobby Mansion Farm by @Ujimasa Hojo
    Power Lich by @HappyTauren
    Human Paladin by @Direfury
    Nobby Mansion Workshop by @Ujimasa Hojo
    Nobby Mansion Arcane Academy by @Ujimasa Hojo
    Nobby Mansion Altar of Kings by @Ujimasa Hojo
    Nobby Mansion Barrack by @Ujimasa Hojo
    Captain Kul'tiras by @Ujimasa Hojo
    Azeroth Footman by ???
    Argent Knight by @Direfury
    Azeroth Soldier by ???
    HQ Militia by ???
    Hero Argent General by ???
    Uter by ???
    KArchSorceress by ???
    ArgentMageTower BETA by ???
    Azeroth Footman by ???
    Hero Priest Avatar by ???
    Bolvar Fordragon by ???
    Commander by ???
    Hero Argent Lord Commander by ???
    Azeroth Heavy Tank by ???
    Dwarven Adventurer by @General Frank
    Hero Holy Warrior by ???
    Female Footman by @Cavman and @Kuhneghetz
    Female Angel by @Tranquil
    Rifleman Elite by @TurieL

    Skins :
    Royal Mage by @~Nightmare
    Nobby Mansion by @Pyroproctos
    8 Health Bar by @Avatars Lord

    Icons :
    High Elf Chronomancer by @Deolrin
    Phoenix Archer by @General Frank
    Phoenix Crusader by @General Frank
    Lieutenant by @Tranquil
    Chaplain by @Blizzard Entertainment @Pyraeus
    Nobby Mansion Townhall by @Ujimasa Hojo
    Nobby Mansion Keep by @Ujimasa Hojo
    Nobby Mansion Castle by @Ujimasa Hojo
    Power Lich by @HappyTauren
    Nobby Mansion Workshop by @Ujimasa Hojo
    Nobby Mansion Arcane Academy by @Ujimasa Hojo
    Nobby Mansion Barrack by @Ujimasa Hojo
    Bandit Defend by @bu3ny
    Hero Rifleman Elite by @TurieL

    Sounds and Music:

    Name Recommendations :
    @Leo Akastenix

    Model Packs :
    @stein123

    -IF I FORGOT TO CREDIT ANYONE OR-
    -IF I CREDITED WRONG PEOPLE-
    -PLEASE SENT ME A MESSAGE-
    -THANK YOU FOR ALL CONTRIBUTORS-

    Log of Changes
    0.10
    Prelude Operation:
    Released


    CURRENT DEVELOPMENT TEAM

    Name Position
    @Daffa the Mage Project Leader, Triggerer
    @LegendzKing Sound, Project Co-Leader
    @sans720 Project Co-Leader, Grammar, Recruitment
    @Quinten Terrain
    @Leo Akastenix Tech-Tree
    @Directive255 Tech-Tree


    WHAT WE NEED?

    Position Requirements
    3D Modelling Capable of basic geomerging
    2D Artist Capable of making special effect icon
    SFX Maker Capable of making special effect


     

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    Looking forward to this one!
     
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    Don't worry it will take less than a year or so...
     
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    i really suck and i'm too lazyyyyyy for workkkkkkk but i will work on DR II my Favorite Project and Daffa dont worry i ain't lazy
     
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    new update i am part of DR II Sans the Judgemental with my 2 lieutenants Vortex the Slayer and Asriel the TruthBearer
     
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    Do not double post.
     
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    Update : there is a total of 21 planned chapters. This consist of 15 main story and 6 covert operations. Main story consist of 1 prologue, 2 interludes, 2 epilogues and 10 chapters.

    Will update first post with progress table. Changes are expected to happen while this progresses.
     
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    why no title tag for this thread?
     
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    Done. Thanks for telling us that!
     
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    Wow that sound kinda ambitious for my opinion. :eek:

    Anyhow hope it will be entertaining and exceed our expectation.
     
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    Hopefully I can please you guys :)

    Anyway, progress has been slow with university and me having some health issues. I'm trying to get something out this month or next if I can.
     
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    where to download?
     
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    The first chapter is yet to be released, for now, you can check Darkness Returns I v2.1 for the prequel.
     
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    Giving an update here. I added one more so we gonna have a total of 22 chapter (need one for prelude introduction of a character) for the story.

    The prelude is almost done, just need some trigger polishing and somewhat a whacky fix if I have time, but it's almost done. For the main story, the first chapter's terrain is almost done. Apologize for the long wait.
     
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    Sorry, it's bad. I quit after five minutes of the first mission after the tutorial. When I picked "Mastermind" I expected being assaulted from all sides, which didn't happen. The writing is pretty bad. And reusing a melee map is a really bad decision, even just for the tutorial.

    The tutorial itself is unnecassary in the first place. The only custom mechanic is portable town hall.

    Increasing the maximum health of enemies isn't increasing difficulty. It's making it boring. Having no new units or spells contributes to it being boring.

    I like the following concept for difficulty management. Assess the game in terms of damage, disruption and duration.

    The damage is damage per second that enemies deal to the player. In your campaign it's very low. Enemies do little damage themselves. The damage is further lowered because there are neutral allies to the player who absorb a lot of damage. The ally is completely unnecessary. Additionally, the player has access to healing on demand. In terms of damage, the campaign is easy.

    The disruption is nonexistant. The enemy does not come at the player from different sides, does not teleport into the base, does not fly over obstacles, does not cast new nonexpectant spells, there is no environment obstacles, like erupting volcano, none of that. In terms of disruption, the campaign is easy.

    The duration is how much time a player has to respond to enemy action. The duration in this concept __is not how long an encounter lasts__. Instead, as mentioned, it is how much time player has to think about what they are doing. And in the campaign the player has a lot of time to think about what to do. Therefore, in terms of duration, the campaign is easy.

    The supposed feature of story fails because of poor writing and presentation. The supposed feature of challenge fails, and I hope I fully illustrated it. Therefore, the campaign is poorly designed, sorry, and it is to be redone from scratch or dropped.
     
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    I apologize if the tutorial chapter was a disappointment. I presume the recent changes from 2.0 version damaged the harsh environment for the first chapter in a way I failed to foresee beforehand.

    The drastic change of difficulty actually presents more in a specific branch, Agent of the Fallen, which is accessible once tutorial is finished. Other ones would have only AI boosts or small rescaling.

    The campaign is meant to be easy as it illustrates the first few chapters of the story. Only ones where grinding and lots of management actually get majorly involved would be at the second chapter for all the branches. I don't want to put the players to the middle of fire-flower rain as soon as they jump to the campaign.

    If we talk about disruptions, then the disruption would exist further down the road. I want the tutorial to give player a slight idea of the enemy amount which comes in succession, keynote is succession, where you need to adjust to the enemy assault without thinking for long time. If you hold a bit and gone to the next chapter, disruption is fraking everywhere, right before they know what hit them.

    For the particular chapter, yes it lacks duration. I won't say as much on some other down the line though... (still have one chapter that I personally struggle with)

    Ah, guess I'll be back to the work board for the tutorial chapter, or just send player straight to their hell :D
    Thanks for the critics, will adjust soon.

    would be a quick flash of the Agent of Fallen. I still have plans for remaking it, but I prefer to not heightened the difficulty further as it's already a pain to test it when I lack the ability to micromanage effectively to see it complete-able.
     
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    If you want to pose difficulty as a feature, I suggest you remove the linear progression. Instead, let the player adjust components of the difficulty. For example, let the player modify delay between enemy waves; modify the quantity of units the enemy has; modify the attributes of the units. It can still be done with a dialog option, for example with three options for each of those mentioned components.

    And if you want story to be a feature, think of better presentation. In-game cinematics with camera movement and actor movement is bare minimum. Can't give you advice on the writing itself.
     
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    I'm not keen on altering what DR I already have on the difficulty side, though I'll make the difficulty less linear to make an actual challenge between the seven difficulties for DR II. I prefer not to make those modifiable as that would be a big rewrite on the AI part of the job, and I prefer to avoid that if possible.

    Though I'll change tutorial to have some inference to a short story related to it. The chapter is also now going on a change, a decent one but still not an overhaul.
     
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    Released the prelude chapter. Have fun gunning people out!
     
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    After 1 month break im back