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"Adventure is my path"

"The Arcaniary. The Blue Mists. The World Apart. And many other names besides. It's the place magic comes from, the place spell-crafters move in and out of. It's always described as blue mist, and impossible rock formations, and blazing-starred skies.

"What greater call to an adventurer? What an adventure it would be to visit such a place! What would I discover there, and see? For almost as long as I've adventured--maybe longer--I've wanted to explore its depths.

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"But only spell-weavers can enter it, and to take up magic requires a sacrifice. When one is young, this could be one's memories, or ties to family, even physical life, or something else besides. But once one has found a path in life, only the sacrifice of that path will do. To go back on the sacrifice would bring death.

My path is adventuring. It always has been; it burned in my blood the day I was born. To learn magic, I would have to give up adventuring, my life--the very reason that I want to enter the other world.

"But in a tavern recently I heard a story, of a lost city and a door that led directly into the Mists. No magic training. No sacrifice. It could be just a story, or its meaning lost over the centuries. Even if it is, chasing it sounds like an adventure in itself.

"And if it's true. If there really is a door..."


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A Door to the Mists is a first-person video game in a fantasy setting, featuring exploration, traversal, puzzle-solving, and sparse combat.

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  • Ledge-climbing
    • In short, if it's solid, within reach, sufficiently flat, and has sufficient space, you should be able to climb onto it.
  • Combat
    • One-on-one melee; inspired by the Quest for Glory series
  • Exploration
  • Traversal challenges
  • Puzzle-solving

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Greetings and salutations!

This week's screenshot shows some objects newly-located beneath level six:

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(Moments before a crash, in all fairness: one of the objects in question isn't meant to be so displayed in this state, and forcing it to be so results in a crash. However, doing this at least serves to show it in a screenshot!)

The week just past was another slow one, with work being done primarily on two things: The mist-effect shown last week, along with the level-elements of which it forms a part; and yet more publisher research.

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you may be thinking something along the lines of: "More publisher research? Wasn't this previously completed?"

And indeed, I had previously enacted a wave of publisher research.

However, prompted by recently learning that simultaneous pitch-submissions are not only accepted but encouraged, I examined a resource to which I had been linked--one that included a list of publishers. And this list was rather more extensive than what I'd found before: I believe that there were more than a hundred entries in it, and that's after filtering out entries for publishers not marked as handling PC titles!

So, in the week just past I went through this list. (Skipping over most of those that I had already visited, I believe.)

This was not a deep vetting: for each publisher, I simply visited their website, checked their catalogue of games to determine whether A Door to the Mists might fit within it, and looked over what they had to say about themselves. Based on that information, I then sorted each into one of three tiers, which might be broadly titled as: "seems like a decent fit", "might perhaps, maybe work", and "seems like a bad fit".

Even so lightly vetting, this process took some time! But I'm glad to say that it's a process that's now done, I believe--at least with this set of data.

And with that done, and with some minor changes to my pitch-deck and pitch-email template, I think that I'm about ready to start a new wave of pitch-submissions!

As to work on the game itself, most of that went into the previously-shown mist-effect, and into the purpose that I have for it in level six.

Again, I don't want to give too many spoilers at this point, so please forgive me if I try to be at least a little circumspect.

As you can see above, the mist-effect is located beneath the level, along with a few other objects. Of course, it's not accessible there--and indeed, there's logic in place to move it to various spots around the level on certain cues. (This logic is still a work-in-progress, in all fairness.)

Furthermore, a few changes have been made in the geometry of the level itself. Some of these are done, and some are still in progress--indeed, one is proving somewhat tricky!

The mist-effect itself has been significantly improved since last week, I believe; indeed, I believe that I have it done, or near to! ^_^

And finally, on another note, I also fixed a minor bug that I found in a certain piece of error reporting.

Let me once again close out then with a gif, showing the updated mist-effect, seen again in a test-level:

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That then is all for this week--stay well, and thank you for reading! ^_^

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bien sta bien el juego

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IanEborn Creator
IanEborn

Sorry for the late reply, but thank you! I appreciate that. ^_^

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soniiiety
soniiiety

wow very awesome when will full game be out?

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IanEborn Creator
IanEborn

I'm so sorry that I took this long to respond--I only just noticed this comment! ^^;

First of all, thank you! ^_^

As to when the full game will be out, I don't know--right now it's a matter of "it's done when it's done"!

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