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  1. Indomitus

    Dev Diary #137 - Future Editor Improvements

    The addition of a database logic is a big deal. More impressive to me than the others here, to be honest. The ability to manage metadata for a level, such as elaborate dialog trees for NPCs, is a very big deal. I've been away for a while, but I'll be really interested to see what kinds of capabilities are built into that logic. Is it purely static, or will there be ways to edit or manipulate when the game is running? Is it only "import from spreadsheet" or can it be constructed directly in the editor? If it's able to edit during gameplay, can it export during gameplay? Can it export at all?
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    2 Handy Features for Exploration Mode

    If it's fully automatic, there's no distinction (from the game's perspective) except pickable or unpickable. There has to be a manual trigger of some kind.
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    2 Handy Features for Exploration Mode

    That could be an issue with pickable decorations, though.
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    2 Handy Features for Exploration Mode

    A possible alternative to the auto-pick, could be something similar to a feature in a certain other popular survival game: Holding down a key (shift or ctrl, something like that) and double-clicking an item attempts to auto-pick any of that item type within range. It wouldn't just scoop up everything around the player, but could be used to pick up a single thing in bulk, saving clicks. And I expect it is something that could be implemented in picking from the environment, or using the inventory screen. Just a thought.
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    What makes you enjoy the Exploration mode?

    I agree on the ships. The last few maps I played, I stayed mostly with the Upper Deck boat. You can place several containers on the nose of the boat, and it's fast enough to get to the nearby islands with ease. It might be an issue, not having an anchor if we decide to dive to a RE, but I can't think of many other benefits to spending resources on a full ship. Maybe to have a few mobile workstations, I guess, or to sail with friends. My last few maps, the larger ships have been very late-game.
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    New Weapons

    How about a slingshot? 1 stick and 1 string to craft, and add pebbles to be the ammunition (break small rocks to get them). It would automatically match with its ammunition, like the bow and arrow. It would do very little damage, but it would be very easy to craft, fire quickly, and very easy to get more ammunition for it, making it useful for early game. Edit: I know that's not the direction the OP wanted to go, but the idea just popped into my head while reading it.
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    No desert biome, no copper.

    Given how the resources spawn (seriously unbalanced, IMO) it's actually easier to find a trader, and trade for some.
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    So... Dreams

    Okay, time to be honest: I'm drifting away from Ylands. No doubt I'll stop back in from time to time for major updates, but as of right now I haven't played it in about a week and a half. (Explore is my main thing, and it's honestly gotten kind of stale lately.) It wasn't Dreams that's doing it, though. My PSN account is screwed up and I can't even play that game. Instead, it's a combination between Minecraft and an urge to get back to learning 3D modelling and animation with Blender and Daz. Those two are taking up all my gaming time, and there's nothing left for Ylands. SO... I have several games and game ideas that I need to test, release, or hand off to someone else if they want it. If I don't, they'll just fade away in my Editor folder. 1. Wacky Painters. It just needs one last quick test, and it's ready to release. 2. A boat battle game heavily inspired by RedEagle's "Red Cliffs" idea. Upper deck boats, cannons you can deploy, blocks you can build, swords, infirmaries, jails, and 3 different ways a team can win... The script should be completely intact, but it hasn't been tested in multiplayer yet. The play area design is fairly basic, but should be fine as long as the scripts work. 4. Scavenger Yland. You're given a short list of items to find, spawned randomly in containers around the play area. Each player gets a different list. Find them and return to a "portal" collection point, and you'll get points and a new list. The more you find, the more points you get. It's a very simple concept. The scripts should be intact, but I've done literally no design work on it. It's just a flat field with containers all over the place, just for testing. It needs to be play tested to see if the idea is fun. If it is fun, then it could be applied to a variety of different map designs. 3. Mutiny. Two teams fight for control of a ship, but how can you tell who is on which team? And will they stay on that team? (You can switch sides under certain conditions.) The scripts should be solid enough, but it hasn't been play tested at all, so I'm not even sure if it's a fun game the way it's designed. It's thrown together in a very rudimentary form specifically for play testing. Personally, I think this one is the weakest of the four games, but somebody might be able to do something awesome with it. I have other game ideas in my Editor, but these are the ones I don't want to just abandon. I don't want to monopolize an entire P1 play party for these, so maybe some time outside of that. Or one per week, or something like that.
  9. Ok, now I want to try to make thundersnow in Ylands.
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    More Pve/p based scripting options

    Look into Event Listeners. To detect PvP damage, use interaction of 2 entities, and set both objects to player. There's an On Damage, On Kill, and a few other choices, I think. Those events will give you both entities involved, plus I think the amount of damage, and type of damage (crushing, piercing, fire, etc). Play with it, and see what information it gives you. Try different things in different combinations, and so on. To negate damage if it's a type they're immune to for example (if it's not one-shot fatal) just add the amount back to the player's HP. (You can also just set immunity directly, but sometimes there are other things to calculate in.) My basic advice to anyone using the Editor is this: Just like with the regular game mode, it pays to EXPLORE. Try weird things and weird combinations, sit back and watch the magic.
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    How check if entity does exist?

    There is a tile that is simply "IS Entity" (in the English version) that will give True if the item is an entity and it exists, and will give False if it does not exist or is not an entity.
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    Dev Diary #127 - New Terraforming Improvements

    They don't really need to be that high-tech. I would think a trowel would be enough to smooth most kinds of terrain walls. Not stone, but maybe that could be an extended use for the chisel. Improved accuracy for filling in spaces with dirt or sand would help as well, making the terrain's geometry more workable for whatever tool we're using. (Right now building a garden can be kind of a pain, if there are voids left under the surface when placing the dirt.)
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    Stun effect

    I wonder... Could something be rigged by resetting the player's controls? Maybe with one of the particle effects as a visual indicator? I'm only guessing, since I've never tried anything with the reset tile.
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    Dev Diary #127 - New Terraforming Improvements

    This is a big deal for creators. I look forward to trying it out.
  15. Great suggestion. If we could make it a specific entity for them to aggro, or a specific entity for them to ignore and aggro all others, that would be great. And please include the possibility of that entity being any entity, not just players. Players, NPC, other creatures, or even static entities (for example, if we want them to attack a door, or some item the player needs to protect). Set it as a specific entity, labeled entities, player roles, etc.