Pssst...interested in the VBU?

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Post by Llama » Wed Nov 24, 2010 10:44 pm

Pssst...interested in the VBU?

Fellow Illarionites,

As you know, we need everyone's help if we want to finish the VBU so you can all play it. Unfortunately there are not enough people working on it, and too much work to do. So this is another call for help. If you can help in any way, we would love to have you on the team. You do not need to be an expert in programming, nor do you need to know any programming at all in order to help out. All you need is some dedication, creativity, and the ability to work in a team.

So do some work for the game you love - come help out. We need:

- Client Developers - (Java)
- Script Writers - (Lua)
- Mappers - (Our own GUI interface for making maps)
- NPC Writers - (Using the simple NPC language)
- Book writers - (Just creativity needed here) Link
- Graphics People - (Need to be good enough with 3D software and whatever to make models)

As a gift to you all, we will show part of the surprise we have been working on - a screenshot may be found below :)

If we get some more helpers - we might even be tempted to release more screenshots in the near future... or a video perhaps?

Image? Click here :)

The more help we get, the faster you get to play :)

Regards

Illarion VBU team
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Post by Llama » Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:00 pm

Interested parties please use this:

PM Estralis

Thanks.

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Post by Ezor Edwickton » Thu Nov 25, 2010 1:38 am

This doesn't mean we won't have the text at the bottom does it?

And can we move on diagonals now!? :D

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Post by Dyluck » Thu Nov 25, 2010 3:26 am

For mapping, what kind of tasks are needed? Is there a need for mapping the general wildnerness, or a need for a specified list of locations waiting to be mapped, or is there a need for creating new ideas for locations/dungeons?

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Post by Estralis Seborian » Thu Nov 25, 2010 9:56 am

Ezor Edwickton wrote:This doesn't mean we won't have the text at the bottom does it?
This is an early preview. The chat journal is not implemented yet. But yes, the current static box that fills 1/3 of your screen won't make it to the PostVBU state. Most probably, a dynamic box that can be moved around will replace it. But again: This is a preview!
And can we move on diagonals now!? :D
Yes. Well, not NOW but after the very big update.
Dyluck wrote:For mapping, what kind of tasks are needed?
If you are interested in helping out with mapping, please contact GM Zot: http://illarion.org/community/forums/pr ... st&u=10814

I'm pretty sure he has concrete tasks, dungeons are always needed (nothing big!) and I guess the one or the other mine can use a redesign.

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Post by Arvemor » Thu Nov 25, 2010 12:39 pm

Nomnomnom...screenshots. Is the Frankenstein an orc?:lol: Looks genuinely fantastic though, guys. I'll get onto some writing, and uni holidays are soon, so I'll be able to...do something...anything. Geez, I've been real inactive lately. We'll let Perry try his hand at some rhymes again!

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Post by Llama » Sat Nov 27, 2010 1:39 am

With all the hype going on and on, I'm amazed at how few replies I got to this thread. Overwhelmed? Underwhelmed? Disappointed?

Feedback?

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Post by Arvemor » Sat Nov 27, 2010 2:05 am

I am particularly excited, and also surprised at the lack of response also. What's going on, people?

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Post by Ezor Edwickton » Sat Nov 27, 2010 2:10 am

They are in shock :shock:

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Post by wolfsword » Sat Nov 27, 2010 2:36 am

wolfsword wrote:I am in shock. :shock:
Edit: To stay on-topic, though;

I can help with the books. I'm writing a few to be put IG anyway, mostly Sam's interest (His cookbook, + knock-off version of LotR.)

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Post by Arvemor » Sat Nov 27, 2010 3:51 am

My god. Just saw the little black outfit on the counter. I shall make a thief *just* for that outfit.
=D
Oh, also just wanted to know if there are any changes to established norms that we should think about/take into consideration. For example, the lack of gnomes and goblins.

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Post by Copper Dragon » Sat Nov 27, 2010 4:44 am

books

Working on a few ideas for books my self. Looking into the gods to flesh them out a bit. Maybe a book of runes to be tucked away in the acadamy?

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Post by Asyur » Sat Nov 27, 2010 7:05 am

It looks pretty excellent so far - but will be actually be able to see our characters sit down in chairs? Or on logs? ... Or see a sword swing from our avatar's body that is connected to our avatar's hands?

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Post by Grim_banned » Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:08 am

Yes, there will be fighting, casting, etc, animations ;)

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Post by Damien » Sat Nov 27, 2010 11:12 am

I really like the display of wares on the tables, the different graphics, the rotated/randomized tiling of the stone tiles... now that really looks like a market !
Of course it still looks a little 2D pixel-ish, so it starts to remind one a lot of UO, but i don't know if adding normal maps to the stone ground tiles and tiny billboarded grass bushes to the gras ones would be an improvement or rather the opposite.

But seeing this screenshot, i start thinking two things:
1. WANT. TO. PLAY !
2. Want a fast enough internet connection !
:D

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Post by Arvemor » Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:17 pm

The text should also possibly read:
"Thomas Dalenus. And don't call me Tom, or I'll stick my needle in your eye."

Heh, was bugging me.

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Post by martin » Sat Nov 27, 2010 2:13 pm

Damien wrote:nternet connection !
Yeah, the new graphics will require a connection that is about 100-200 times faster than before.
That's really a pitty for all you slow people.

Martin

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Post by ltgmkay » Sat Nov 27, 2010 4:37 pm

martin wrote:
Damien wrote:nternet connection !
Yeah, the new graphics will require a connection that is about 100-200 times faster than before.
That's really a pitty for all you slow people.

Martin

Well..... that looks like a problem then...

Any ballpark number for the speed of connection we'd need?

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Post by Grim_banned » Sat Nov 27, 2010 5:12 pm

...

It's called sarcasm! LOL

The game will be much faster after the VBU, hence the new client :P

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Post by Graphicus » Sat Nov 27, 2010 5:18 pm

Kinda looks like Runescape.

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Post by Olaf Tingvatn » Sat Nov 27, 2010 6:32 pm

kinda like runescape yes, but better looking then runescape! me likes! as long as it doesnt turn into runescape i will be very pleased..we wont get the Varried Bullshait Undone this year, will we? :(

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Post by Asyur » Sun Nov 28, 2010 6:51 am

Graphicus wrote:Kinda looks like Runescape.
It does look like Runescape a little, but the game elements don't compare at all.

I mean, look at them both.

Illarion kicks Runescape's butt head over heels. :P

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Post by Po Will » Sun Nov 28, 2010 7:27 am

If books are needed written just give me a title and topic.... unless you want something totally made up from the history aspect :)

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Post by Dantagon Marescot » Sun Nov 28, 2010 7:39 am

I dunno how you guys think that looks like rune scape... Rune scape doesn't look anything like that. I'd place it as more of an Ultima online look, but even then it still has the illa feel.

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Post by Netsirk » Sun Nov 28, 2010 8:00 am

Oh...my bad...opps...I thought this was another spam thread with the VBU as a title xD
Christmas is coming which means I can continue that NPC scripting I was doing....Imma need the thingy maggiger again....had to wipe my HD

much love,

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Post by Morbius » Sun Nov 28, 2010 8:58 am

Little more colour then i would have imagined, or prefered.. but hey, i'm loving what i'm seeing! :wink:

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Post by Llama » Sun Nov 28, 2010 10:13 am

Morbius wrote:Little more colour then i would have imagined, or prefered.. but hey, i'm loving what i'm seeing! :wink:
Its colourful because they're dressed in colourful clothes in the middle of the day. You can always wear depressing black if you want :P

We've got more screenshots where that came from - lets see how much content we get from the community by giving them screenies ;)

Ps- One of the screenies contains a glimpse at one of the animations talked about earlier...

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Post by Morbius » Sun Nov 28, 2010 11:10 am

You can always wear depressing black if you want
haha, i intend to my good sir!

Also, looking forward to some more screen shots :o

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Post by Damien » Sun Nov 28, 2010 6:41 pm

martin wrote:
Damien wrote:nternet connection !
Yeah, the new graphics will require a connection that is about 100-200 times faster than before.
That's really a pitty for all you slow people.

Martin
Explanation. My internet connection cannot handle illarion at the moment, since it is slow and we share it with three machines. Therefore i hope they get this LTE stuff built up around here before the new client comes out... most likely wishful thinking. :P

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Post by Belessar » Sun Nov 28, 2010 6:46 pm

Hey, guys! Congratulations! It looks it'll really improve.
I'd suggest something about the appearance of the chars. Elves, for example, look all the same, no matter one is wearing an armor, the other a robe and another one is nude.
Would it be possible to make them look a bit like what they're wearing? I dont think it would be necessary to be exactly the same we're wearing... Armors could look all the same, but at least something we could see they're wearing an armor. Or robes or whatever.
As for helping, I'm not a programmer, but I've mastered many pen and paper rpg, creating maps (in paper, of course) and quests, so let me know if I could be useful.
Illa forever!

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