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Introducing Darkwind RPG

Discussion in 'Map Development' started by Thyrael, May 19, 2009.

  1. Thyrael

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    Darkwind RPG
    A Heros Tale

    Hi @ all,

    this thread is supposed to be a place where you can gather informations about the development process, features, screenshots and videos of my current mapping project. I please you not to spam this thread. If you are interested into something, leave a post or send me a PM here on hive. And now have fun reading :)


    1. Motivation
    2. The Lore
    3. General Information
    4. Features
    5. Screenshots
    6. Model WIPs
    7. Videos
    8. Progress



    1. Motivation

    I love RPGs. And I really love well made RPGs. But to sad that there only few very good RPGs out there. So I start thinking what a good RPG needs and began collecting ideas. Soon this collection reached a critical size and I wasn't able to hold it back anymore. So I started this RPG with the intension to bring something up, that have never been seen in the mapping community before. Great words you may think and you are right, but you grow with your dreams. I planned this RPG as a longtime project while I am doing my studies. I taught myself moddeling and skinning to be able to create custom models. And we'll see... maybe I am able to suprise you a little bit... or even a little more.




    2. The Lore

    At the beginning of all times there was only one allmighty god.

    And by the word of this god, the everlasting light was born
    to represent the good of everything in the universe.
    But at the same time he created the light the god throws a shadow.
    And that shadow gave birth to the ultimate evil.
    So there can't be light without shadow and there can't be shadow without light.

    It's all about balance...

    But over the thousands of years, the shadow became a part of the god.
    And so the epic neverending war had it's beginning.
    And at one tragic day even the allmighty god wasn't able to carry both,
    the light and the shadow in his heart. So his body broke
    and his flesh formed the world and his blood brought life to it.
    The lightpart flows up, formed the heaven and was reborn in the good god Alandros.
    The shadow fell down, formed the hell and was reborn as the evil god Thyras.
    And the battle continous...

    Through thousands of years Alandros lies in war with Thyras.
    Armies of angels battled against hordes of demons unseen by the mortals.
    And between these two armies the world of the humans made it's first clumsy steps.
    But due the fact, that the humans were born out of the blood of the anchient god,
    they carry both, the light and the shadow within their hearts.
    And for every single human comes the time where he has to decide which side he will follow.
    So there was war in the world of humans and it lasted over a long time...

    On both sides, the humans praid to their gods... and the gods heard the prayers.
    Over the time the gods became addicted to that energy send to them via prayers.
    But suddenly they realized, that their war will bring end to the humans.
    And the end of the humans will be their end too, cause there won't be anyone that will pray to them.
    So the gods made a contract that prevents them from taking actions in the humanworld. And it was peace...

    But to make sure the humans will still pray, they summoned avatars of their own to inspire and guide the humans.
    Alandriel was born as the avatar of Alandros. Thyrael as the shadow of Thyras. And both were sent to earth...




    3. General Information

    This RPG will come along as a collection of several connected maps. Due to that fact for now there will be only a singleplayer(SP)-version. But after the SP have been finished I'm planning a Multiplayer(MP)-version




    4. Features

    Customizable Hero:
    -You are able to spend points and increase your attribute the way you want them.
    -You can train your hero in 12 weaponskills, 3 armourskills, 10 professions and 3 specialabilities
    -You can choose talents out of 6 individual talenttrees
    -You can equip up to 13 armourpieces and weapons, all are visible on your hero
    -Animations change to fit the equipment(2h weapon, 1h+shield, bows... etc.)

    Interfaces:
    -A fullscreeninventory with 90 backpackslots, 5 beltslots and 13 equipmentslots
    -Interactive windows for tradeoverview, charinfo, talenttrees and professions

    Gameplay:
    -Tons of creeps
    -Dungeons to explore
    -Epic battles
    -Two alternate mainquests(depends on the way your hero acts :)) + dozens of optinal quests
    -Bosses with own AI
    -Hundrets of items, some of them in sets
    -Itemcrafting via professions, f.e. blacksmithing, alchemie etc.
    -A 12 button actionbar to place your skills into

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    5.Screenshots





    6. Model WIPs

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    7. Videos

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAijqHDq57I http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmMKYSx5j5A http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VT7ft_pSTuU




    8. Progress

    Below you find a frequently updated list of features I am working on. This list isn't complete and new features will be added. Bolt green features are allready working.

    Heromodel:
    -Equipping up to 7 different visible armourpieces at a time(head,2xshoulder,chest,belt,2xwrists,legs and 2x feet)
    -Equipping up to 3 different visible weapons at a time(2h,1h,ranged)
    -Wielding weapons in hands while in combat/on back/belt while not in combat
    -Attackanimations change with the different weapons(e.g. 2h => 1h+shield)
    -Animations for the different Professions (0% done)
    -Animations for the different spells (50% done)
    -Animations for cinematics (5% done)
    -Animations for special events(stun, knockback) (0% done)

    Herodevelopment:
    -Training up to 3 different armourskills(Cloth, Leather, Plate)
    -Training up to 12 different weaponskills(1h/2hswords,-axes,-maces,-polearms,-staffs,-dagger,unarmed,wands and bows)
    -Learning up to 10 different professions(Blacksmith, Alchemie, Leatherwork, Taloring, Scripting, Cooking, Mining, Skinning, Herbalism, Fishing)
    -Learning up to 3 different specialabilities(Sneaking, Lockpicking, Pickpocketing)
    -Spending attributpoints to increase your stats
    -Spending talentpoints into 6 different talenttrees to learn new skills
    -Armourskills effect hero stats(reduced movementspeedmalus) (0% done)
    -Weaponskills effect hero stats(crit/hitchange) (0% done)
    -Attributes effect hero stats
    -Herostats effect spellefficency (crit/hitchange, spelldmg, resistance)(50% done)

    Interface:
    -An 12 button actionbar to place your skills into(recognizes left and right mousclicks) (75% done)
    -A full screen inventory with 13 equipmentslots, 5 beltslots and a 90 slot backpack (90% done)
    -A full screen tradewindow (90% done)
    -A full screen charinfowindow that shows the progress of your skills (90% done)
    -A full screen talenttreewindow that shows your chosen talents (25% done)
    -Interactive tooltips for all interfacewindows (50% done)

    Gameplay:
    -A 3rd personcamera with smooth movement
    -Arrowkeymovement(you can even walk backward)
    -Focustargetfunction(remembers your target and launches casted spells on it) (50% done)
    -Skipcinematicsfunction(0% done)
    -Interaction with enviroment(gamephysics) (0% done)
    -Interaction with objects(NPCs, e.g. doors) (0% done)
    -Mounts (0% done)
    -Professions (0% done)
    -Itemdropsystem (0% done)
    -Difficultylevels(normal,hard,unreal) (0% done)
    -Boosfights (Bosses will have own AI) (0% done)
    -World (0% done)
    -Dungeons (0% done)

    Overall progress:
    Quite a looooot things to do, to early to give out a %value of progress.


    I hope you got curious about my project. I will update this thread as soon there are new information or progress. Don't be shy and post or send me a PM here on hive if you like ore dislike something.

    Thy
     
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  2. Hemske

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    Well, must say that the proffesions seems so main-streamed, would be more interesting with your own proffesions, originally for your map. I Like "sneaking" though, makes me interested in what it could be :)
     
  3. Thyrael

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    Your hero will able to switch into "sneakmode" as long he isn't in combat. While sneaking creeps will only attack if you get very close to them. While sneaking you can try to lockpick closed doors or steal items from NPCs or creeps. But you'll better don't try right in front of the guards^^
     
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    that's really impressive. I hope you finished it bcause it has a big potential.
    can you explain more about talent tree?
    is it same as serbian beast's map, growling wind?
     
  5. Hemske

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    I have gotten pretty curious about this project :p Too bad that you dont have very much info and screenies and such, but maybe you havent come so far in the map yet? And just curious, about the equips/armorpieces, does EVERY item show up? For example waist, shoulder, wrist, feet? In that case i must say im impressed, thats awesome :) Would be fun to see a picture of one of your dungeons, (if you have done any yet)
    And the equipmenu/skillsmenu looks easy and friendly to use, im often getting annoyed in some maps when the equipmenu is awesome, but really bad done and hard too use.
     
  6. Thyrael

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    Sry, I don't know that map. Your hero has beneath several other the mainattributes strength, agility and intelligence. There are 6 talenttress. Two for each attribute. So you got:

    Strength: Defensive(onehanded weapon + shield)/Offensive(twohanded weapon)
    Agility: Melee(dual onehanded weapon)/Ranged(ranged weapon)
    Intelligence: Heal(support and heal)/Damage(spelldamage)

    (the preferred weapon combo)

    Each tree has 5 tiers. To access the second tier you'll have to spend at least 5 points into that tree. 10 for the thierd and so on. You can spend up to 29 talentpoints into one tree. By setting your talentpoints you enable different tree/weapon specific abilites. Each tree has an ultimate in its 5th tier. It won't be possible to reach the ultimate of 2 different trees at the same time.

    That was made with a multiplayerversion in my head to open up variations and support the teamplay. But even in singleplayer these tree will be nice.

    I started with making the models and the scripts so no terrain has been done so far. After the script is complete I can simple copy&paste it into the terrainmap.

    Everything except amulets and rings will be visible on your hero. Head, shoulder, chest, belt, wrist, legs, shoes, mainhand/offhand weapon and ranged weapon.

    The animation change with the use of the different weapons. That's why the heromodel comes along with around 70 different animations^^
     
  7. ShadowMan

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    Ah, I followed your link through your post, and the first question that comes to mind is, what size of the map is expected with all these custom models, items etc?
    I'm aware that they can be kept at a low size level, but considering the fact that you'll have lots of items that can pile up to be alot.

    I suggest you build a project team, because if you want it to be merely as good as you state, you'll need help.

    All the best! :cute:
     
  8. NoAmmoSrry

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    cant wait for this to be finished. It looks epic already. great potential :p
     
  9. Thyrael

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    Yeah the mapfile will be huge. F.e. a complete armour set takes up 30kb for the models and additional 72kb for textures. But this will be a singleplayer game and so filesize doesn't really matter I think. I will optimze after I gathered everything I need. During the workprocess I use uncompressed texture with 512*512 they will be reduced to 256*256 or maybe in some cases to 128*128. That will free up a lot of space. I think the complete game will be around 25-100mb. Depends on the fact if I implement speech for the cinematics etc.
     
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    i am glad you finaly made a thread for all your teasers.

    Though i am sadface.. why only singleplayer? I know it's because the size, but for gods sake.. It must be MP!
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  11. syltman

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    This looks epic but the portrait of the hero thing needs some work and also the borders on the inventory

    Edit: if you anytime need a terrainer I could help
     
  12. Thyrael

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    Because of the stupidity of Blizzard. There is a limit for floating texttags. You can only have 99 texttags at the same time flaoting around. Even if they are hidden they count. And if I make this UI for a 5 player mod. It will happen that several players open up their UI. And than there would be more than 99 textags in some cases. So aome of the textages won't be can't be created. For 3 or even 4 players it will fit, cause no single UIwindows needs more than 20 textags. And trust me, its much easier to get a singleplayer version to run. And after SP works correct the step from SP to MP isn't that hart.

    The hero is still in WIP. I just choose the wrong setting for the teamcoour in portrait. The border look blurry because of the video. In game they look as same as the humaninterface, cause they are ingame textures.
     
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    If it's going to be one player I hope you got a good story ^^
     
  14. Thyrael

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    I think the story will be good. But I can't talk to much about it :) There will be two alternate mainquestlines. And the path you choose lies in way you act...
     
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    Sounds promising, will the inventory system be released to public?
     
  16. Thyrael

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    For now it only works for my custom made models. So if I want to release the system, I'll have to release the models as well. But before releasing anything I'll finish the game.
     
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    gonna be a great game =))
     
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    Make third person arrow controlled movement and combat plox :3
     
  19. Thyrael

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    Maybe in a later version :) . But for now I'm working on a diablo like point of view.
     
  20. Vegavak

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    Nice skill system, but obvious wow priest armor/import is obvious.