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« on: November 06, 2022, 04:17:45 AM »

ALL CHANGE! I have redeveloped my RPG into a deep, wide piece of interactive fiction, in a lore-heavy fantasy world, using choicescript. Become an orc! From your first step as a whining infant, through mischievous childhood, to a battle-hardened brute, shape your destiny and that of the world. Break the mould or become the beast you were born to be. Currently 803K words.






Play the demo on DashingDon, https://dashingdon.com/play/numberedentity/an-unexpectedly-green-journey/mygame/

You can find a discussion about the game on the Choice of Games forum too. https://forum.choiceofgames.com/t/an-unexpectedly-green-journey-orc-life-simulator-wip-67k-update-16th-september-2023-677k-words-total/137502

UPDATE FULL BETA TEST v0.9, (27th March 2024):55k words added, totalling 1.54 million
-Play the final act of your orc’s life into old age.
- ‘Adopt’ a pup and help to influence and raise him into, perhaps, becoming a chief.
-Keep track of your pup’s development on the stats screen.
-Contact old acquaintances, if they still live, to shape your pup.
-Spend you loot improving the tribe or influencing the current chief’s entourage.
-Decide on how you meet your fate, in exile, as a chief maker or idling away your years.
-Receive a final judgement on your orc’s life.
-Added a tester option to jump straight into old age, using a pre-made orc.
-Expanded the ending screen for Big Bellies who complete their path.
-Added a cheat mode which, in the finished game, you will have to track down. However, for testing purposes, you can find it on the stats screen at any point, except for old age. -Old orcs lose the blessing of the Crone of Fate and cannot cheat, for narrative and game balance.


UPDATE 12:(8th March 2024) 160k words added, totalling 1.49 Million

-Added a Dark Mode to heal your eyes from bright backgrounds. Select it in the game menus.​

-Become the chosen shaman of the Krog faith and build a holy city around Krog’s Rock.

-Follow Krog’s guidance and create a glorious settlement for the ages.

-Or stray from the path and watch your city crumble or fall into the abyss as a place for demons.

-Decide what to build and who to hire while keeping track of your city’s Faith, Defence, Law and Wealth.

-Visit your citizens for minor quests and research great powers.

-Face off against an imperial crusade or travel beyond the ether to battle the gods themselves.

- Added a new stats screen where you can peruse the current state of your city, accessible once you rise to the position of shaman.


UPDATE 11 (23rd January 2024): 130k words added, totalling 1.33 Million)
-Journey along the Odd Job trial, passing through 5 settlements on the Royal Road, and become gainfully employed in a variety of tasks, from performing dentistry on an ogre to being the muse for an aspiring bard.
-Arrive in Grandardgard, the Imperial Capital, to take part in higher paying jobs, from cleaning the city sewers to investigating suspicious rumours about a dragon-blooded noble and crewing the maiden flight of the first Imperial Airship.
-If of good character, venture into the New Shires to work for the halflings, from mundane jobs such as farming or gardening to taking part in a sideshow.
-Most jobs are one-time only though some are repeatable, with varying outcomes.
- Added a highly suspicious Imperial Works Record CV on the stats screen, available once you take your first non-tribal job, recording your experiences along the Royal Road, in the New Shires and Grandardgard.


UPDATE 10 (15th December 2023): 230k words added, totalling 1.2 Million)
-Lead your warband against rivals across The Plains
-Engage in the tactical use of your boar cavalry, goblin skirmishers and orc infantry to slaughter and loot your foe.
-Increase your Raid Boss ranking to gain fame amongst your tribe
-Your foes are procedurally generated from different areas of The Plains, each with their strengths and weaknesses.
-Enslave your defeated enemy, or buy up slave stocks from Seraka the Shackla to supplement your horde.
-Your victories and defeats are added to your battle record on the stats screen.

UPDATE 9 (1st December 2023): 97k words added, totalling 972k)
-Continue your adventures in the Royal Road Adventurers Guild.
-As your adventuring band rises in fame, deal with ever more important and dangerous quests.
-Find the link between your adventures and, if you can, defeat the demonic powers behind recent upheavals to be proclaimed a Light of the Empire.
-Further befriend and get to know your potential companions. If you get on with them well enough, perhaps you may see them during your old age, when all adventuring is done.

UPDATE 8 (30th October 2023): 72k words added, totalling 875k)
-Uploaded the initial starting quests of the mature orc adventurer path. In total, the path is about half done.
-As long as you are not demonically corrupted (and have not had one of the murderous ‘funny turns’), your mature orc can join the Royal Road Adventurers Guild.
-Choose from a variety of quests, gradually increasing in complexity as you gain more experience.
-Pick from a waiting group of warriors, thieves, clerics or mages to join your band. Each has their own backstory and powers which can aid or hinder your quest. Each will form an opinion on your orc, based on your behaviour during quests and if you can actually succeed in completing them.
-Your best orc or goblin pal, from your youth, can join your adventuring band!
-Once you’ve picked your party, read about them in the stats screen as their experience level increases and they gain greater control over their abilities. Track the fame of your adventuring band, depending on how many quests you’ve taken part in and completed.


UPDATE 7 (5th October 2023): 126k words added, totalling 803k)
-I have added an option on the starting screen where a playtester can skip straight to the mature orc hub. Here, decline to become a shaman and choose to adventure away from the tribe to become an arena fighter.
-Added a fighting-heavy arena path, complete with a fighter system which gradually increases in difficulty.
-Fight across Arbit, winning and losing bouts against the best, and worst, the continent has to offer on your road to becoming the Grand Champion
-If you choose to become an arena fighter, the stat screen will change to record your victories and defeats and fame level, as well as the current champion.
- Train your skills to maintain your competitiveness.
-Follow the rise of your rival, the notorious Bloody Bhlatair.
- This was tricky for me, any help finding logic errors and typos, always much appreciated.

UPDATE 6 (16th September 2023): 67k words added, totalling 677k)
-I have added an option on the starting screen where a playtester can skip straight to the demonic path. This will not be in the final game, but since this game is pretty large, it’ll help to find bugs and errors.
-You are the Darkness! Rise from the rank of demonic minion to a demon lord and desecrate the world! Start as a minion with little power and become the apocalypse!
-Manage your new demon powers, Mutate, Possess and Desecrate.
-As the world descends into ruins, read about the decline of civilization with a new page on the Stat screen, showing the diary of a pious monk.
-Diplomatic relations have been replaced with with Terror gauge.
-The map of your conquests had now been replaced to symbolize your spreading taint, showing a spreading fire.
-Build a new army with new demonic units.
-New lore will be revealed as you crush each imperial province.
-Can you take your seat among the thrones of the Powers Beyond and Below?

UPDATE 5 (27th August 2023): 166k words added, totalling 610k
-It is time to face the wrath of the cyclopes. Fall to defeat or rise as an epic hero of legend to save the world.
-Added a war report screen that you can access at the outbreak of general war with the cyclopes. This will follow the advance of the enemy’s armies across the continent, while you prepare for the inevitable final stand.
-Before the conflict, set about forming the policies and character of your kingdom, including your succession policy. This will affect your end-game legacy.
-If you choose to focus on culture or diplomacy, over war and your army, meet many visitors to your throne room. You might even be able to get a dragon!

UPDATE 4 (25th July 2023): 57k words added, totalling 444k
-Finally take on The Empire for good, either through diplomacy or war, to conquer the whole continent.
- Added a few more achievements.
- Added descriptions of your army in the stats screen, to help players keep track of the new units they’ve acquired.
- From the stats screen, you can now access a separate screen with a map and description of the places and political bodies on the continent, at the time of your birth.

UPDATE 3 (14th July 2023): 60k words added, totalling 387k
-60k worth of new content on the war chief path.
-Finally meet Emperor Callistus V, of the human realms. (Tip: Be truthful)
-Deal with the New Shires, the halfling lands, through conquest or diplomacy.
-Build a navy after acquiring the harbour in the New Shires and explore mysterious eastern islands.
-Added Battle Reports, recording your victories and defeats in major battles, on the stats screen.
-Added several achievements.
-Any help with typos very much appreciated.
UPDATE 2.1 (1st July 2023) (Just a quick one)
-Since the shaman @Lance_Heyen found some of the keyboard-gremlin droppings during his playthrough, I have swept them away. Thanks, Lance, for helping me catch a few of those typos!
-Added flavour text for diplomacy with other nations on the stats screen. It should be dynamic and change reflecting other nations’ opinion of you.

UPDATE 2 (30th June 2023): 57k words added, totalling 327k
-Expanded the War Chief path in this update (which I will focus on for now until I reach the first story conclusions). After rising to be War Chief you will spend your time dealing with the surrounding lands through war and diplomacy with the goal of becoming a King. After this, you can finally deal with the elves, perhaps becoming an Emperor.

-Added a checkpoint save system for use when the game is released since, as far as I know, Choice Of Games doesn’t have an inherent save system. In certain hub areas, you will be given the option to save your progress. At each new relevant hub, your game will be automatically saved. You will then get an option to SAVE or RESTART from your last saved position. This will mean that if you die, you don’t lose all your stats. In death scenes, you’ll also be given the option to RESTART your last save point (unless I missed a death scene.) This should not affect DashingDon saves.

-To facilitate those orcs who wish to relish their conquests, I have added a map to the stats screen which should show the progress of your conquests after you have become a king. If you do not want to pursue the king’s path, the map will just show the continent as is.
- Added the ability to keep your old epithet if you don’t like the new one offered.
-Fixed a few issues with earlier scenes. Added a few new achievements.
-Please feel free to point out any typos you find!!! :pray:

UPDATE 1 (9th June 2023): 50k words added, totalling 270k
-31 initial achievements implemented.
-Fixed the Western Hills battle so it works correctly.
-Added the beginnings of later game paths. You can now start to build an orc city. Or, become your clan’s chief, conquer the surrounding lands and rise to be the King of the Orcs. There is a Dark Chief path where you can use necromantic arts to begin your demonic schemes if you are corrupted. You can also become the de-facto shaman of the Dust Clan.
-Some typos have been fixed, although I am sure many remain.

Become an orc! From your first step as a whining infant, through mischievous childhood, to a battle-hardened brute, shape your destiny and that of the world. Break the mould or become the beast you were born to be.

In an Unexpectedly Green Journey, you take an orc from the instance of birth, through to old age, in a lore-rich fantasy world. As you grow, you’ll set your own goals; take part in adventures across the world, dedicate your life to the arts of a shaman and serve the orc god Krog, become a famed Big Belly and engage in epic feats of digestion, rise to the position of chief and lead armies and plot to conquer the world, or fall to darkness and embrace the Powers of Beyond and Below. As you age, new decisions and paths open and friends and enemies are made, allowing a rise to glory or a fall, like so many orcs before, to ignominious defeat.

Based on an old game, but massively expanded, An Unexpectedly Green Journey is currently creeping towards 80% completion.

Once you have emerged from orc infancy, you will take part in a naming ceremony in which you can name your orc. Names must be earned. You can take your orc from childhood to old age, with ever greater choices and consequences. You can currently live a whole lifetime if you take the kingdom-building/war chief path. Other paths still need to be written.

*Note on gender: In this fantasy world, orcs are born from cabbage-like plants called baborcs and are thus hulking, brawling and eating genderless organisms. The world refers to them as the masculine gender due to their stereotypical proclivities.
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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2022, 05:42:16 AM »

R and R at The Green Gentleman Tavern

The second major area, The Green Gentleman Tavern, provides respite for parched throats after riding steampunk bikes through the night.

This will be an important area, where you will start to define your orc and pick sides as you begin to conquer the world.

I'll be using variables to decide different parts of your orc's reputation, which will unfold and influence events and opportunities. At present, I plan for a general Reputation stat, Horde stat, denoting the size of your entourage/army and a Krog stat, which will represent the favour of the orc god. Your pile of Loot will also be used to determine some events.


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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2022, 11:40:15 AM »

This is completely out of context, but somehow the gang reminds me of an old Finnish comedy show:




That moody music combined with rednecky appearance would surely make an interesting contrast.
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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2022, 04:35:58 AM »

I've been a bit slower this week since my new book just came out and I've had to sort out things with it. If you like dark, historical fantasy, give it a read and a review. Like with games on Steam, it will just languish without attention:) Plug: https://www.amazon.com/WOAD-James-Isaac-ebook/dp/B0BM81SSRX

This week I've continued developing the second main area, The Green gentleman Tavern. There will be divergent paths here.



Using Synrec's Tactical Battle System, you can add a dose of tactics to your rpg brawls. Notice in the pictures the main phases. The start phase allows you to place your actors, the yellow boxes on the side are a handy interface to see available placement positions.



Next, notice the green arrows. This shows your movement range. After that, you can attack. The yellow crosshairs show the attack range, the red crosshairs show your current target(s). The system works well, but I will need to reduce the size of some of the UI and info bars. I've also noticed that heavy particle effects result in a slow-down with larger battles.


I've also used Visustella's plugins for lighting and weather effects. One example is the flame-filled image, a result of nefarious orc sabotage. Too much?




Another shows a smoke and dust-filled sky outside The Green Gentleman Tavern.



Finally, the last picture has your characters followed by a bike gang of impressed orcs, perhaps the start of your new orc army?





Time will tell.

As always, this is a WIP and is liable to change along the way.
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« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2022, 04:39:41 AM »

Greennek orcs performing comedy stunts on motorbikes sums up the devolved state of orcdom. They must reclaim their place as terrifying beasts! A hard, long journey awaits.
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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2022, 04:57:36 AM »

I have been tying up loose ends to the game's opening scenes. Some sections have several ways to tackle a situation and I got a bit confused about making sure events don't overlap. The orc raider camp, the Dust Clan, is an area that might only be seen following a particular route. The player's choices will make them friends or enemies.



One potential path with open-up unit battles. This is yet to be implemented but will take place similarly to the standard tactical battles, with sprites representing a massed unit.

I've also worked on the world map. I have not decided upon a final name for the world/continent your orcs may someday conquer.



The world map will be divided into four sections, SW, NW, NE and SE, populated by the usual, but transformed fantasy races. Of course, there will be many surprises along the way. There are loads of details to add, including roads and political borders.



The starting section, the South West portion of the map, includes the preliminary locations of pacified orc settlements (sort of like trailer parks), the Dust Clan camp, the Warrens, infested by a goblin hill tribe and various halfling villages and farmland. The largest settlement, by the sea, in the guise of a Wild Western-style town, is Great Rest, the halfling capital.

As mentioned, much need to be added to give the world greater life, but it's a start.

As always, this is a WIP and things are liable to change.
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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2022, 07:59:16 AM »

​Your questing band of orcs are starting to see their plans come together this week. They can now tentatively explore the South West portion of the world map, although much needs to be added. Here, as well as major locations, there will be minor locations in which you must make a choice as to the outcome of an event, for example, Spare it, Raidf it, Raze it, and get the appropriate reward and consequence.



We can also interact with the mischievous goblin settlement, the Warrens, an abandoned, never completed dwarven stronghold. You can see the upper halls, where mass orc units are about to engage mass goblin units, with traps scattered across the battlefield. The victory allows your orc band to enter the great halls, a more furnished part of the dwarven stronghold. Although, with certain choices, you may be able to find a secret entrance to avoid this larger battle.





Inside the great halls, depending on your actions, you may be able to ally with goblin forces before we move on to the climax of the early game, the raid on the Shires. The dwarven hold is very square and blocky, which seems somewhat appropriate for dwarfs, but I'm still not entirely happy with the look.



There are lots of story threads to iron out here and everything is still a WIP and liable to change.
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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2022, 06:48:18 AM »

I've spent the last week trying to balance stat awards for Reputation, Horde, Loot and Krog, in the earliest part of the game. I have continued to tie up dangling event threads too.  However, I have also started implementing world map interactions to bolster your resources and army and eventually affect other races' opinions of your orcs. 



A player can interact with orc settlements, after initial quests to grow their horde with orcs and goblins.


The farmlands of the Smallfolk lay vulnerable before your rampaging horde and you get to decide their fate too, with lasting consequences.



Lastly, I was unhappy with the relatively sparse detailing on some of the buildings and props of the player's starting orc settlement. I added dithering and gradients to their trailers, barrels and gas canisters.



I'm happy to see the world coming more to life but it has been difficult keeping track of different choices, their outcomes and balancing variables, which will be an ongoing issue.

This is a WIP and everything is liable to be changed or modified.
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« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2022, 04:00:05 AM »

This week, I have been developing the South West portion of the world map. Most of the progress has been to events mentioned in the last devlog.

  By this stage, your orcs should have acquired their initial army and the Dust Lands and Shires lay trembling before your horde. Here, you can raid farmlands and a trading convoy.  Notice the orc totems and shrines above conquered lands or black smoke above land you have ravaged.



More importantly, orc tribes, oppressed and pacified as they are, offer the potential to demonstrate your power. Force them to join you, or make an example out of them to spread fear of your intentions. Some tribes will cave to force, others demand more... esoteric displays of power to impress.



Then there are the Smallfolk (halfling) settlements. The hamlets, villages and towns cannot hope to stand before your horde. Some of these settlements have intrigues, which you can take advantage of. The goal here is to destroy or occupy these places to grow your resources and reputation.




The next stage will be your grand homecoming to your own tribe, in final preparation for the assault on the Smallfolk capital, Great Rest.

After this, your new orc nation will be formed and you'll be able to travel the wider world. The opinions of other nations/races will be affected by how many settlements you have razed or occupied.

This is a WIP and everything is liable to change.

Since this part of the year is the Crazy Time, further development will be slower for a couple of weeks.

Merry Christmas, peace and joy to you all!!!
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« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2022, 09:29:26 PM »

I've been lurking your devlog for a while. I love the premise and Unexpectedly Green Journey overall seems a wonderfully quirky project. Keep up the great work and happy holidays to you as well!
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« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2022, 02:36:24 AM »

Hi Alain, thanks for the support. It means a lot, more so after I looked over your own devlog, knowing how much time and effort you have put into your own project.

I love games as a way to tell stories, the unique satisfaction of seeing a world change due to a character's action. My main goal is to try and do this, in a small way, in my own made-up world.

Merry Christmas!
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« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2022, 09:33:13 PM »

Thank you so much! From everything you are showing here, one can tell that you really care about your story, world and especially the characters in it. Looking forward to hear and see more next year Coffee
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« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2023, 03:22:21 AM »

Happy New Year. I hope you all had a lovely festive season.

Meanwhile, back in the world of a rising orc nation, the war with the Smallfolk Shires is reaching its conclusion. If the player has spread enough fear, ravaged or occupied enough land and enlisted enough orcs and goblins for their army, the path to the smallfolk capital, Great Rest, opens up.

Before you venture into the cowboy-style port town, you return to your newly weaponised tribe- literally weaponised; the shacks and trailers bolted together to form a mobile fortress and camp, befit with orcs in trash-forged armour. Here you will find representatives of all the forces you have gathered.



If the player manages to get to Great rest, they'll find a town trembling in fear. News of your actions has spread. A showdown awaits.





The town needs further development to bring it to life. All variables (horde size, Krog's opinion of your actions, wealth, reputation, and some secret variables), must be factored into the eventual outcome. Victory here will give the orcs their burgeoning nation, allowing your party to explore the wider world.

The whole first section of the game now has to be proofread. The story needs further development, the world will be populated with more side events, skills and classes will be expanded.  This will take some time.

Since all early paths end in Great Rest, I'll be able to, hopefully, expand the scope into a more free-roaming, exploratory style of play, allowing the player to shape their orc's story.

Everything is liable to change as this is a WIP.
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« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2023, 04:32:03 AM »

I've been away and work has been halting until the last week, but back in action now! Synrec has updated his great Tactical Battle system. It has taken me a while to reimplement the battles and the initial abilities and effects. The system is working better than before now.

The initial opening engagement, with your orcs, pitted against Smallfolk oppressors, is over. It is time to grow your orc domain. First, I have been working on the Embassy Hotel, in the Smallfolk capital, Great Rest. Here will be a hub, allowing your orcs to communicate with the nations of the other races.

You have, of course, commandeered the upper floor. Find your friend Grumbol in the bath giving his beloved boar, Porclin, a good scrub. The Shamaniac, Loon, in a deep commune with his god, Krog, develops a fascination with dwarven lava lamps.



Along the lower floor, you will find rooms used as embassies. Your goblin pal, Gobba, has let success get to his head and trashed one of the rooms.



The room below is used by an elf, a scar-ridden duellist who has rejected the once famous elven appreciation of beauty, though still possesses ties to nature and the forests.




Next door is the room used as a dwarven embassy. Dwarven society has become one of crazed excess. Hobbies include the addicting inhalation of noxious underworld gasses, and, of course, the excessive consumption of the ever-ubiquitous grog. Some dwarves have even gone through procedures to infuse the rock of their Mountain onto their own bodies.




One of the human nations, the Silver Rose, also uses a room. From here, the human ambassador warily keeps an eye on the new orc nation, assessing the threat posed and how it can be exploited to her benefit.



From here, the opportunities to explore other parts of the world map will become available. I plan to add variables charting the opinion of other nations, which will decide various outcomes when you eventually decide to explore further flung parts of the world now that you have subjugated the Smallfolk realms.

As always, this is a WIP and everything could change.

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« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2023, 06:29:14 AM »

I am at the point now to expand the story into the wider world. To these ends, I have been developing the North West and North East parts of the map. Here, you will encounter Dwarven, Elven and Human nations. I plan to add events to these maps, many single-page choices to gain attribute points and spread your orc dominion the way you wish, as well as a few expansive areas with more developed quests.



Above is the North West section of the world map. Here, you'll find lands torn apart by warring dwarves and elves. The dwarves live in the mountains and have built artillery towers along their borders to bombard potential enemies. The dwarves have also developed submarines, to rule the Boiling Sea. The elven forest is bristling with runway towers, from where they launch their biplanes to attack dwarven mountain peaks.

Between the mountains, No-Man's land suffers; the obliterated country between warring states. Here, find the remains of the railway, and abandoned Human and Smallfolk towns. To the north is the last remaining wild orc tribe, currently working with the elves, besieging the entrance to the great dwarven Mountain. Potential allies, or foes?



You can see the North East section of the world map above. It is where fractious human city-states reside, all swearing allegiance to their Emperor. Along concrete and tar roads, the further you go the more advanced the humans become, with their blend of magic and steam technology.  In the south, medieval-style towns struggle to subsist. In the north, above the capital, find the culmination of humanity's dream to fly to the stars.

These maps help develop themes and quests to enliven the world and develop your own orc's story. Will you conquer, ally, or become a tool in the schemes of nations?

I want to add events to these maps in the near future, before creating larger areas to explore in depth like the cities and dwarven and elven settlements.

This is a WIP and everything is liable to change.
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« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2023, 09:04:54 PM »

Cool, I like the world building regarding dwarfs using submarines and elves using airplanes. And your map is unique yet old school, which is fun to look at for me. Keep it up!
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« Reply #16 on: February 19, 2023, 03:20:44 AM »

Hi Alain,

I love the look of old-school maps, they seem to ignite instant curiosity and set our imaginations ablaze. I appreciate your support! The elves and dwarves in this game will not be your generic variety. The world they live in has passed the high point of the medieval-fantasy era, where old ideals have been questioned and forgotten.

I really appreciate your support, your interest helps spur me on.
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« Reply #17 on: February 19, 2023, 03:24:31 AM »

This week, I have added events to the world map's North West section. These events are simple choice-based decisions, like paragraphs from old-school gamebooks where you turn to different pages to see the consequences of your actions.

In this case, the consequences can have effects such as buffing or rebuffing your stats, building your reputation, affecting relations with other world races/nations, and unlocking future events and quests. I hope these will also make the world feel more alive, add depth to the lore and allow you to see actual changes to the landscape dependent on your horde's rising power.

Here are a few examples:



You can encounter a group of neophyte human adventurers in a tavern.  Your choices can build your reputation for brutality, spread the Word of your god, Krog, to human lands negatively affecting orc-human relations,  or have a good old-fashioned pint with the group, positively affecting relations with human realms.



In another encounter, at the edge of the Netherwood, the elven forest realm, you come across a slave camp. Here, elves sell runaway orcs back to the wild orc camp in the north, their nominal allies in the fight against the dwarves.

You can, of course, slaughter the elves, negatively affecting relations with them but pleasing your god. Buying warriors for your horde is also an option, enhancing your reputation with the elves as 'someone we can do business with.' This, in turn, will open up future events.



In an occupied Smallfolk village, you will find a cantankerous old orc preaching the values of democracy. Depending on your reputation, you can court his approval and get his followers to join your horde, pay off his followers or slaughter him. If the old git joins your horde, this could open up a range of consequences as his philosophy gains ground amongst your own followers.

This is a small selection of implemented events. There will be many more, supplementing the grander main events on local maps.

This is a WIP and everything could change.




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« Reply #18 on: February 20, 2023, 12:03:21 AM »

I really like that your races and characters have qualities beyond just elves and orcs in a more modern setting! Those events sound cool and I also loved those "choose your own adventure" books when I was a kid. They were what brought me to pen & paper RPGs and your game makes me think of those as well, because e.g. your tavern looks like a classic dungeon map.
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« Reply #19 on: February 26, 2023, 03:41:17 AM »

This last week I have been building some dwarven areas, under The Mountain, currently besieged by the last tribe of wild orcs. These areas need to be further populated and developed but lay the foundation of orcish expansion, through conquest or diplomacy, beyond the conquest of the New Shires.



Above, see wild orcs, their shaman and chief, outside the entrance to The Mountain. The fight has long ago moved under The Mountain, though the progress of the wild orcs is slow. Manipulated by the elves to weaken the dwarves and keep them in check, the orcs lack the technology for a final push to victory.





Here we see the fortress capital of the dwarves. Pipes and gas canisters, the toxic underworld fumes to which the dwarves are now addicted, adorn old architecture. The dwarven guard dons the equivalent of hazmat suits, armed with flame throwers and vats of fuel and gas. Dangerous but pale and withered, the dwarves are losing themselves to excess and hedonism, many seeking to make themselves part of The Mountain as they slowly turn into rock. Many have already had their eyes surgically swapped with precious stones.



In the heart of The Mountain, and home to the Lord of Brimstone, the ruler of dwarf-kind, you will find this forge area. It needs further work but hints at the corruption of the dwarfs, the abandonment of their history and the drift into occultist visions.

Events and stories need layering over these locations in time. Right now, I want to plan out the elf areas in the North West section of the world map. Along the way, I can adjust things.

This is a work in progress and all things may change.


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