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Hey guys, I'm continuing to fix things that annoy me about the binary trigger for the MP5. Those stock levers... so ugly. The custom smith MFG ones are too short (at least on the drivers side) and that line is in the wrong place. POSTED FREE FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT- my new selector lever for the binary system (pictogram housing!). https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4383717 Print in high resolution, low layer height. Nylon-g is what I will use, as normal. When you're done, use a dab of white nail polish inside the little hole I gave you so you can see what position the safety is on. Here is a pic of one that I printed in garbage PLA and sanded while I wait for black nylon-g to get to my door. https://imgur.com/PG1qqhb Enjoy! oh, and please feel free to tell me how it looks. I modeled it after the HK ESSL on my SP5 but I'm no artist. -Worrr Disclaimer: Everything I design will always be free for those with the ability to fabricate at home. Others options will be provided for those who can not (soon).
Emeline Shaw, the leader of the Outcasts, has fallen back from her defeat on Roosevelt Island and barricaded herself deep in the Manning National Zoo. To get to her, you will need to fight through the blockades and the Outcasts who protect her to put an end to her violence.
New Main Mission: Camp White Oak
The Black Tusks and their leader have set up a strategic position close to an estate nestled deep in the woodlands, and your assignment is to take them down and capture him in the new Camp White Oak mission.
New Feature: Expeditions
Expeditions are free events that bring players to unexplored locations around D.C. to discover new narrative and gameplay opportunities. These sites offer unique challenges and lore not found anywhere else: new collectibles, treasure rooms, environmental puzzles, unique boss mechanics, and more await every Agent who embarks on our Expeditions! New Classified Assignment: Central AquariumNew Classified Assignment: NSA Site B13
Shepherd Reward System – Call for Backup
Added the ability to earn the “Shepherd” title by responding to call for backups and earning endorsements. An agent who received help will be able to endorse the helping agent.
Added Discovery Mode difficulty for the Operation Dark Hours raid.
Added Raid Completion Time to Clan Leaderboards. This leaderboard ranks clans based on how quickly they were able to complete the raid as a clan-only party.
New Exotic: Diamondback Exotic Rifle
Lever action rifle
5 round magazine
Diamondback randomly marks an enemy. Hitting that enemy consumes the mark, guaranteeing a critical hit with +20% total damage. A new random enemy is marked afterwards, and whenever you reload.
After hitting 5 marked enemies, gain +50% reload speed, +20% total damage and all shots fired are guaranteed critical hits for 10s.
While drawn, each time a round is loaded, gain +20% bonus armor for 3s. While holstered, each time you reload or cycle your current weapon, gain +8% bonus armor for 2s
New Exotic: BTSU Exotic Gloves
Black Tusk gloves
Skills that apply status effects gain +50% status effect duration and +50% skill haste
Whenever you apply a status effect, your gloves become infused with that for 60s. While infused, you gain +10% skill damage, +10% skill healing and repair and +10% skill duration for each Utility (yellow battery) on your gear.
Whenever you throw a skill, 1.25s after landing, it creates an explosion applying the infused status effect to all enemies within 6m. Enemies affected by the infused status effect take 50% more damage from your skills.
Heroic Bosses now drop Exotics
Only exotics that the player is qualified for.
For world drop exotics it requires that the player has the drop previously
For crafted exotics, it requires that the player has the blueprint
Eagle Bearer remains exclusive to the Operation Dark Hours Raid
The purpose of dropping these is to allow a chance to get GS 500 variants without upgrading, or get materials to upgrade other exotics
These exotics can be team shared to other players.
Exotic items no longer have a random range on their damage/armor roll. All exotics are set to the previous highest possible value. This also affects existing exotic items.
New Assault Rifle: Carbine 7
30 round mag
By default rolls with a new talent:
Every 3 reloads from empty increases your magazine capacity by 100%
New Light Machine Gun: Stoner LMG
200 Mag capacity
By default rolls with a new talent:
Suppressing an enemy, that is not currently suppressed, grants +5% weapon damage for 10 seconds. Max stack is 5.
Increased the base damage of Shotguns in PvE.
M870: +36% damage
AA12: +29% damage
Super 90: +33% damage
SASG-12: +33% damage
SPAS12 +8% damage
Added Flashlight attachments for pistols
Developer Comments: We took a hard look at the current meta. The builds that are fun, effective and popular. We knew that skill builds, while it being something people want to play with, was nowhere near competitive. We knew there was an explosives damage build that was on the fringe of popularity, but none that actually relied on really good skill mods driven by skill power. We analyzed the best damage builds and survivability builds out there and looked at their efficiency - how fast they kill, how fast they can clear content, how fast they can take down enemies - and mapped that to our skills. How much more power do skills need to get from 3K skill power (our current maximum requirement on skill power mods) to compensate for all the damage bonuses the player is "giving up" on gear to reach that skill power? Then we looked at each skill and what it should be good at (burst, sustain, single target damage, survivability etc) and went to work tuning the mods to make a skill build approach the efficiency of a "red" damage build or a "blue" tank build. To that effect, here are the current changes to skill mods power levels, and in some cases base numbers, on skills.
Cooldown Reduction has been replaced with skill haste. Skill haste works equivalent to speed. So 100% skill haste reduces cooldown by 50%, like a car speeding up by 100% getting to it's destination in half the time. This means that the player can invest in more than 100% Haste and still get something back. It also means there's a diminishing return to Skill Haste, as opposed to cooldown reduction where each point was actually worth more than the last one. This allows us to have a good amount of Skill Haste possible from gear, but even larger amounts granted by high skill power Skill Mods, granting skill builds more frequent access to their souped up skills. To that effect, these are the changes to Haste (formerly Cooldown Reduction)
Removed the 90% Cooldown Reduction hard cap
Lowered the minimum Cooldown cap for all skills from 10 seconds to 3, except for the Chem Launcher which is now 8
Renamed all instances of Cooldown Reduction on existing gear to Skill Haste, with a 50% increase to their base values
Eg: +10% Cooldown Reduction will become +15% Skill Haste
Increased Surge talent Skill Haste bonus from +10% to +20%
Increased Alps Summit Armament 1-piece Skill Haste bonus from +10% to +20%
Increased China Light Industries Corporation 3-piece Skill Haste bonus from +10% to +30%
Increased Petrov Defense Group 3-piece Skill Haste bonus from +10% to +30%
Increased Tip of the Spear 3-piece Skill Haste bonus from +20% to +40%
Specialization Skill Mods (granted from each spec tree)
Removed all Skill Power requirements
Bonuses greatly improved to provide a strong initial boost to the skill platform
Cyclone Magazine - Extra Mortar Ammo bonus increased from +1 to +3
SHD CPU V.2 - Damage increased from +7% to +100%
Magnetic Disc - Skill Haste increased from +9.7% to +80%
Larrea Tridenta Infusion - Healing bonus increased from +14.5% to +50%
Graphene Battery - Duration increased from +14.5% to +80%
Carbon Fiber Frame - Skill Haste increased from +9.7% to +80%
Adaptive Insulation Foam - Skill Haste bonus increased from 60% to 100%
Synthetic Mineral Frame - Skill Haste bonus increased from 60% to 100%
Titanium Reinforcement - Health bonus increased from +45% to +100%
Shape-memory Alloy - Deflected Damage bonus increased from +20% to +100%
Cementitious Material - Holstered Regeneration bonus increased from +60% to +100%
Weaved Aramid Fiber - Health bonus increased from +45% to +100%
Supramolecular Networks - Active Regeneration bonus increased from +20% to +100%
Liquid Metal Microdroplets - Holstered Regeneration bonus increased from +60% to +100%
Thermoresponsive Polymer - Deflected Damage bonus increased from +20% to +100%
Smart UHMWPE Lexicon - Active Regeneration bonus increased from +20% to +100%
Smart UHMWPE Lexicon - Ballistic Shield Health +100% variant added
Alignment Valve - Damage +100% variant added
Tungsten Compound - Damage +100% variant added
Propantriol Adhesive - Skill Haste bonus increased from +40% to +200%
Microfiller Resin - Skill Haste bonus increased from +40% to +200%
Hardened Casing - Health bonus lowered from 60% to 50%
Tungsten Compound - Max Targets bonus increased from +3 to +5
Guiding System - Max Targets bonus increased from +3 to +5
Added a crafting bench upgrade in World Tier 5 that allows players to craft at Gear Score 500. The items crafted are gear score 500, there will be no random range in terms of gear score/power. The bench upgrade is given to players when they complete the “Enter WT5”-project (same as all the other bench upgrades in endgame, the upgrade will be available at the bench once the bench is upgraded to World Tier 5). Players already in WT5 will automatic get it as they log in, The upgrade requires 1 weapon and 1 gear piece of Gear Score 490+, and some of each Specialized (blue) material Crafted items can be used in recalibration, both as materials and to be improved
Deconstructing High-End gear now guarantees a brand material (increased from 50% drop chance). Named branded items also award the brand mat on deconstruction
Deconstructing gear set items awards 4 of each Specialized (blue) material
Added an opt-in perk for the player to share blueprints and materials between characters in endgame. Some Blueprints and mats are excluded to not break game logic/progression, such as the specific exotic materials. This perk can be crafted and the blueprint is available at Inaya, the Crafting vendor.
The blueprints awarded from control points, vendors and projects are merged into one pool of rewards. Players can get all these blueprints from all three sources. Once the pools has been exhausted, none of the sources will give more blueprints.
Increased the radius of the Gunner's Riot Foam Grenade from 2m to 3m
Changed shotgun PvP modifier to 1.0 (was 1.65)
Net result in PvP with revised normalization modifiers:
M870: -14% damage
AA12: -21% damage
Super90: -17% damage
SASG-12: -17% damage
SPAS12: -42% damage
Changed the general PvP modifier to 0.55 (was 0.40)
Reduced the TAC-50 signature weapon’s damage per shot
Calculated Talent reduced to 20% from 10%. Now works off any kill from cover instead of weapon kills.
Cassie Now sells GS 500 items. She sells normal gear, some exotics and named weapons
Improved player feedback when trying to pick up ammo with maximum signature weapon ammo
Inspecting a player now allows inspection of weapons, grenades and skills
Intercepted projectile by the deflector drone now do a % damage, rather than binary be dropped or not
Return player control quicker after dropping down
Reduced Depth of Field strength when aiming
Improved reload + interaction prioritization (if you hold down the interact, it will cancel the reload and start the interaction)
Improved player replication for players with widely different quality connections, should reduce inconsistent speedup/freezing of remote players
Slapback System enabled: The gunshot echo system that was featured briefly in the private beta prior to launch has been re-enabled
Improved Arabic voice-over localization
Added missing lore description for Dodge Citys Gunslinger Holster
Cyclone Magazine +Extra Sniper Ammo variant added to all loot list quality tiers
Unstable Oscillator and Atmosperic Analyzer Pulse Mods now properly reference the correct Effect Duration platform modifier
Vac Pack and Guiding System Firefly mods now correctly increase Max Targets by the amount listed on the tooltip
Distributed Architecture and Super Glue Pulse mods no longer affect the radius/range of the Banshee Pulse
Explosive Seeker Mine radius now correctly says 5m in the Skills UI
Cluster Seeker Mine radius is now displayed in the Skills UI
Explosive and Cluster Seeker Mines now show the correct explosion radius before detonating
Incinerator Turret burn damage is now affected by all increases to Skill Damage from geatalents
Firestarter Chem Launcher burn damage is now affected by all increases to Skill Damage from geatalents
Firestarter Chem Launcher now correctly states that it inflicts fire damage.
Room U+221E: Unicode (Part I) The brand-new wooden floors of the hospital glistened under the abrasive lighting, while Logan’s frail mother shivered underneath a pile of paper-thin blankets. She spoke in fragmented sentences, her breathing labored and so, so fragile. “Logan, tell me you’ll settle down after I’m gone… Find someone to love... Someone that’ll love you… and care for you. Life just isn’t worth… living without - love… without someone to talk you off the ledge when…. things become… unclear.” What started as innocent headaches had turned into something much more: ominous, never ending pressure in the back of her skull. She would scream, grab fistfuls of hair, plead with God to make it go away. No matter what she did, it just wouldn’t cease. She continued to writhe, and wither. A CT scan revealed a large mass on her cerebellum. Anaplastic Astrocytoma, they called it. The intensity of the words gave Logan anxiety. Those types of words made things too science-y; they made it too easy for doctors to separate themselves from the trauma inflicted upon their patients and families. It depersonalized everything about cancer. And despite the dread that took refuge in his bones, it angered him even more. The cancer aged Logan’s mother fifty years in a matter of months. Its tendril-like forms had taken hold of the surrounding tissue, strangling other parts of her brain. Eventually, it would lasso her spinal cord – and she’d stop breathing - her heart would stop beating. It would be the end. “You know, they say the…. tumor…. is like a star,” she said. “We’re all made of stars, Lo. We’re all made of the same… cosmic… molecules.” Logan didn’t answer, yet. He wanted to make sure she was finished, and he wasn’t entirely sure lately when she was because of her difficulty speaking. So, he waited. “It’s poetic, really,” she continued. “I’m going to die from a… shooting… star. Its tendrils have… exploded… like the birth of a… u-universe.” After a moment, he responded. “It is, Mom. And you’re beautiful, more beautiful than the brightest star in the sky.” “They’re already dead, you know… by the time we can see them. Will I still be… beautiful then?” “Of course, Ma.” It pained him to say those words, to participate in a conversation implying the inevitable death of his mother. Tears burned the corners of Logan’s eyes and caused his nostrils to flare. “Promise me you’ll take care of yourself. Swear it,” she said through a tired smile. “I swear, Ma.” It was a lie. A white lie, he told himself. Logan swore again on the same topic not long after that night, this time on his mother’s grave; but there was no weight to his word after what had happened. The only time Logan would swear and mean it, was when he would swear to himself to avoid relationships altogether - any form of social commitment, really. Logan loved his mother, but he couldn’t care much at all for love now that she was gone. He just couldn’t believe in it anymore. How could he? His childhood was spent watching it decay before his very eyes. As far as he was concerned, it was an inevitable heartbreak; and in his parent’s case, it led to a pain far beyond that. Love was a fallacy, something blindly worshipped and depended on for happiness; bound to fail, bound to disappoint. And now she was gone. Logan had always been a loner and was content with his idea (at least he had himself convinced) that his life the way it was would be enough. He worked a job that occupied a large portion of his time and the money was great. As an auditor for a large automobile company travelling back and forth across the country looking over financial records, it would be his escape, his own plastic bubble to keep him safe from the world. The conversation with his mother in the hospital was the night before she had passed, and Logan buried her only this morning. He was due back for an audit at 9 A.M. sharp in Charleston. The plane was two hours late. A strong lightning storm had been taking hold over Atlanta and grounded all inbound and outbound flights until the skies cleared. Logan rented a car with the intent of facing the elements on the road. Postponing the audit was not an option. There wasn’t a safe place in his mind to take pause and mourn his mother, not yet. In fact, Logan wasn’t sure if there ever would be. There was comfort in being busy with his work, a lame excuse to pretend as if nothing else exists. Outside, static energy clung to the hairs on Logan’s skin, almost plucking them at the roots. He pushed the unlock button on the key fab and pulled on the driver’s side door handle, discharging the static and zapping his fingers. “Shit,” Logan hissed, whipping his hand back reflexively. The hairs on his arms and the back of his neck relaxed. He swung open the door and hopped inside. It was a little before 8 PM and the GPS on Logan’s cell had him reaching his hotel around 1 AM. With any luck, he would be able to sleep in a bed instead of on a hard, plastic chair in a crowd of agitated strangers in an airport. Logan drove into the storm, thinking more of his last night in the hospital with his mother. He gulped down the bold, black coffee he bought from the airport. The jolt of caffeine kept him going, sure, but it sent his mind racing into overdrive. He couldn’t help but recall more of the conversation, particularly about his father: “I tried to do that for your father, you know… Be there for him… I loved your father,” his mother said. She was fighting them back, but Logan could see the tears forming in the corners of her eyes. “I still do. I… always will.” Logan sat on the edge of her bed, holding his mother’s hands in his, praying silently, but no less powerful than if he were screaming, that she would be cured by a miracle. “I know Ma. Me too.” “He loved looking at the stars before-” She didn’t finish the sentence. She didn’t have to. Logan knew. “Before it all started, he told me that he realized nothing mattered. He was on the back... porch… looking through his telescope. It was late. I was… in bed… he had a look in his eyes. They were… empty... yet, full. He told me he knew everything. I asked him… what that meant… that he knew everything… he said nothing matters. He saw himself in the sky, infinite… versions of himself... like a kaleidoscope. He… saw God.” “He was ill,” Logan said, this time not waiting to see if she was finished. “You need rest. Come on, let’s talk about this some other time.” “I tried to be there for him… I tried so hard for so long. That night… in the mirror… I didn’t know what to do. I wish I could go back… I would try… harder.” Her breath became even more labored, deteriorating from sudden stridor. “Please don’t say that. You did everything you could. It wasn’t your fault. I love you, Mom. Dad loves you too. You’ve got to know that.” -Logan put a hand on his mother’s shoulder- “Dad knows you did your best.” “If it… starts to split”-she drew a raspy breath, her words harder to hear- “don’t search… for answers. Just… close your eyes. Don’t look between… the seams.” “See what split?” Logan asked, but her eyes were already closing. “Ma? What are you talking about? What does that mean?” He wanted to shake her - demand an explanation - but she was asleep. The monitors were steady, rhythmic. She was free from pain in her slumber, and there he let her remain. Maybe he would have if he had known it would be the last time they would speak. A burst of white noise brought his mind back to the present, freeing him from the painful memory. He searched the cab for the source of the noise, opening the glove box and rummaging through its contents, but found nothing. He slowed to a crawl and rolled the window down. It was coming from outside, from up above in the sky. Logan acknowledged the change in architecture, and the obvious, almost claustrophobic layout of downtown Charleston. He checked the maps on his phone. He had traveled over 300 miles in what felt like minutes. Down a narrow cobblestone road was a bright lettered sign: HOTEL NON-DORMIUNT VISITORS WELCOME The sign seemed to scatter - or flicker - like static on a vacant television channel - much like the sound resonating in the recesses of the black clouds. It wasn’t the name of the hotel indicated by his GPS, but it was a hotel, nonetheless. He was checking in regardless. Logan turned down the road, the car rocking and bouncing on the cobblestone. Despite being downtown, the street was vacant - the hotel the only standing building on the short block. It had an old-money feel, stone filigree flowed along the columns supporting the overhang of the entranceway. He parked the rental car in a small lot across the way and gathered his things. The large black door of the hotel flickered white in a flash of lightning. The door knocker, polished brass in the form of a screaming man’s head, with flowy, floating hair watched him approach as he dragged his luggage bag forward. The door flickered just like the sign, but Logan was sure it was only more lightning. He turned the lever on the door and let himself inside. A large, black desk sat across from the doorway, about ten feet across from a freshly waxed, black and white checkerboard floor; the high-top chair behind it empty. Classical music played over an old speaker system overhead. A framed sign sat on its side on the desk, next to a silver service bell. Logan tilted his head to the side to read it: Back in 8 minutes! Time had passed at an incomprehensible pace. The rush of caffeine had worn off. Irritation and frustration were taking hold. Logan did not wait 8 minutes, because who knows how long 8 minutes had been from when they left the sign, he thought, and he slapped the bell thrice. The crunchy, high-treble music overhead fell silent, and Logan heard voices coming from a small speaker on the counter that had been hiding behind the fallen sign. The voices were muffled and indiscernible. It looked old, with two bulky knobs on the bottom: one on each side. Logan eyes grew wide as a more distinct voice came through the speaker. “I have a son. I had a daughter. I have a son I had a daughter I have a son I had a daughter HAVE A SON HAD A DAUGHTER HAVE A SON-” “Dad?” Logan belted out. “May I help you?” Another voice, now female and brash, cut through the speaker. “Uh, may I have a room, please? I’m not feeling well and I have an early morning,” Logan said. “You may,” the voice responded. “Bell boy, see Logan Atlas to room 221.” “How do you know my name?” Logan asked the empty desk. “Mr. Atlas, you’ve been here before and don’t you dare start asking questions now,” the voice replied. “We’re all very busy here at Hotel Non Dormiunt. We have no time for nonsense.” Before Logan could respond, a small boy emerged from behind the counter looking no older than eight or nine. He wore a small hat that covered his eyes. He never looked up at Logan, only handed him his room key and took his bag. Logan came down on one knee to meet the boy at his level. “Hey, buddy. What’s your name?” Logan asked, but the boy hid his face and continued down the hall. Logan stayed there for a moment, but swiftly caught up, ultimately afraid of being stuck at the counter with that speaker and the voices, one of them impossible to forget (sounding awfully like his father). “Hey,” Logan carefully grabbed the boy’s shoulder. He stopped, turned, and looked up at Logan with black, beady eyes. He shook his head slowly, never blinking. “What is this? Are you messing with me?” Logan asked, recoiling a few steps back. The elevator beeped next to him, and Logan left the floor with both feet. The boy stepped inside, dragging Logan’s luggage with him. He pressed a button once inside and the doors began to close. Logan threw his hand up between the doors and, with what felt like no other choice, reluctantly stepped inside. “I don’t know what’s going on here, but can you please say something? I’ve had a really bad day and I just need you to say something, okay? Can you do that?” The doors to the elevator closed, and it started to ascend. The boy looked up again at Logan, opened his mouth and said, “ahhhh.” To his horror was a knotted piece of purple flesh where his tongue should have been. His teeth were rotted down to the roots and there was a feint smell of rotting meat that must have been his breath. Logan screamed. The doors opened on queue as he snatched his bag from the boy and ran down the hall, frantically searching for Room 221, looking over his shoulder at the boy; but he never came out of the elevator. He simply waved goodbye as the doors closed, and the elevator descended. The door to Room 221 was vandalized with carvings of letters and symbols. Before the numbers 221 was the letter “U” and the “+” symbol. After the 221 was the letter “E,” carved in the same choppy manner. Nothing made any fucking sense. Logan put the key in the door and let himself inside, sure that once he got into a bed of any sort everything would be okay again. He was scared, frustrated and tired. He would fall asleep, wake up for work and everything would be normal, at least temporarily. That’s what he thought. As Logan stepped inside, the space between the doorframe flickered. Columns and rows of 1’s and 0’s raced across the open doorway. He had crossed the threshold without even noticing, too busy failing to make sense of the events of the last few hours. The room was dull and gray, the walls decorated with monotone, gray-scale pictures and photographs of an assortment of landscapes and portraits. Logan would have felt more comfortable with a little more color and a little less dread, but it managed to calm him. He threw his bag over the bed, which surprisingly didn’t make a sound, and retrieved a change of clothes to sleep in. A powerful crack of lightning flashed in the window, lighting up the room like the flash of an old Polaroid. An immense, rolling thunder followed. Logan’s mother would tell him it was God bowling. When it was especially loud, she would cheer, and applaud God for getting a strike. While Dad argued with himself in the mirrors, demanding to know which version of himself was the real one, Mom preserved Logan’s childhood as best she could. He remembered his father locking himself in the bathroom for hours, his lips pressed into the space between the door and the doorframe, whispering, “I write with my left hand. I can write with my right. I write with my left hand I can write with my right. It’s in the mirror – I have a daughter in the mirror. I write with my left hand.” He pulled back the covers of the bed and tucked himself inside. He closed his eyes for a short while before the sound of shattering glass forced them back open. That familiar static back in Atlanta filled the air. Logan felt an electric charge looming over his exterior, waiting to detonate. He caught his reflection in the window with the light of the lamp and saw his hair standing on end, like the man on the door knocker, he thought. Logan cautiously headed toward the bathroom but stalled when he heard a voice. “FUCK YOU! WHICH ONE IS REAL? IS ANY OF THIS REAL? TELL ME GOD DAMNIT!” He took a few more steps, terrified of what he knew he was going to find. His father stood in front of the fractured mirror, the larger pieces still sticking to the mirror frame reflecting distorted versions of himself. They were all screaming and yelling, begging for the truth from within the shards. He held a piece in his hand so tight it was cutting into his flesh. When he turned and saw his son, he held it up to his throat. “Wait! Stop!” Logan yelled, running toward him. “It’s okay son.” The images of Logan’s father spoke to him in unison. “You’ll see, it doesn’t matter. You always come back in some form. We’re not really here.” “You are, Dad. Maybe not anymore, but you were.” “No, I’m not. I wasn’t. And neither are you.” His father pushed the glass shard into his neck, and he flickered, then disappeared. The walls of the bathroom split at the seams, and streams of binary code filled the cracks. With another flash of lightning it was gone. The walls were intact, along with the mirror. GUEST BOOK
This is the conclusion of the short, experimental TwigQuest proof of concept that I've run over the last couple weeks. Thanks to everybody who participated! The final vote results are here: https://imgur.com/a/vmoxqwG I think the process went very well, overall! Several of the votes were fairly even and swung back and forth, which suggests to me that there were multiple options that people found interesting. The specialty in particular was an upset - Human Modification had a solid lead for the first half of the vote, with Defences crashing through for the win later on. I think the concept was as successful as I could have hoped. But anyway - here's the character: Abigail Copperpot was born in a rusty bathtub to a locksmith’s wife, the fourth of eight children. From birth she had her father’s knack for things that click and whirr. At age eight, after a flying whirligig of her own design flew into a passing carriage, she first met the Marchioness. She remembers very little of the encounter except her father’s groveling and a woman with a bone-pale dress and even paler skin. From that day on, she was barred from his workshop and forbidden from touching any tools at all. However, she grew into a willful young teen, and whenever she wasn’t working in the washhouse or wreaking havoc with the local street kids she would tinker. By herself, she learned the riddles of levers and pulleys, of gears and rivets and screws. She even hounded a man until he taught her the secrets of combustion from his automobile. She was working on its underbelly when the Marchioness finally came for her. Grease-stained and terrified, she answered all the lady’s questions – yes, she had a gift for machines. No, she had no formal education. Yes, she would come to the manor. There, the Marchioness set her a nightmarish challenge, involving her littlest brother in a birdcage dangling over a pair of prowling beasts. She triumphed, and for her cleverness she was awarded not only a full scholarship to a premier Academy but also a brand new pair of eyes that would let her see with crystal clarity things both very distant and very, very small. They were delicate - extremely sensitive to bright light and leaving her practically blind on a cloudy night. However, along with the understanding that her family would suffer dearly if she failed, her new eyes gave her the leg-up she needed to catch up with girls and boys who had learned their letters at a much younger age. After several years, when finally learned the she would be applying for a highly selective program in which to complete her Academy education, she also learned the truth of why the Marchioness had taken an interest in her. Abigail had since heard the gossip that the Marchioness had lost a young child in a tragic medical accident, and suspected that she was being treated as something like a surrogate daughter. Though this was perhaps partially true, the Marchioness had something rather more specific in mind. The professor whose favor with a higher Lord had spared him the Marchioness’ wrath for killing her daughter (and who had probably done so intentionally on his Lord’s orders) was working in that same program. Abigail would kill him – there was no choice in the matter. Mia is Abigail’s companion, and short for Project Lamia. Poised, cautious and slightly vacuous, she resembles an elegant human girl but is covered in scintillating, almost crystalline scales over which she has incredible motor control. Capable of altering their arrangement down to the microtexture, she can instinctively adopt complex geometric conformations to deflect claws or bullets, become as slippery as ice or cling to walls and ceilings, and gnash with spines like a thorny devil’s to chew through flesh. Mia can also reveal her second form, slithering out of her own body as little more than a tongue with an attached brainstem and eight razor-sharp filamentous tendrils. In this form, if inserted beneath a creature’s defenses (whether through a wound or a pre-existing orifice) she is capable of burrowing her way towards vital locations and killing creatures from within. When in this form, her outer shell retains some very basic motor programming to protect itself and come when she calls it. I hope you like them! What other experiment companion might you have created given the prompts of Scaly, Beautiful and Binary, and a specialisation in Defences? Let me know below. I'd also love to hear how you might have run the character creation process differently. Lastly, let me know how keen you would be for a quest-style game like this set in the Twigverse (or one of Wildbow's other settings). I've enjoyed this a lot, but running a game can be quite a commitment so I'd want to know whether other people would enjoy it too.
I tried accumulating the most interesting bits from the previews.
I tried accumulating all the most interesting bits of information and I tried to label as much of it as I could. (gunplay, hud, etc) some stuff is hard to narrow down to one label. This is going to be a huge post even with just taking bits of each, I fully recommend reading them all if you get the chance, there's a lot of very interesting stuff that I could never fit it all. Each one has info the others don't elaborate on as much. Each also describes the graphics in detail. I may have missed some details or made some mistakes copying it over since I'm on mobile. Hope yall find it as interesting as I do. (The Telegraph) Gunplay "The gunplay in Red Dead Redemption 2 brings back some familiar elements, while at the same time widening the depth on slinging lead. First off, the Dead Eye Mechanic is back; players can slow the action down and paint targets with crosses in a short window of time, before loosing a volley of shots with pinpoint accuracy. Second, players can also ‘fan’ their six-shooter’s firing pin, quickly emptying the gun’s revolving cylinder in a rapid-fire move that causes a ton of damage. The action is third-person pop-and-cover, although it’s worth picking one’s cover carefully – rock stops more bullets than some wooden structures, for example. Finally, in a new twist, players have the option of drawing their gun without aiming it. In the previous game, unholstering a weapon immediately brought up a set of crosshairs. This isn’t the case now; players can even aim and cock their gun without firing it, in order to threaten an NPC without any fatal consequences. Naturally, wandering around with a gun in hand brings attention; the mood of the NPCs in the player’s environment changes if their weapon is drawn – even when it isn’t aimed." Camp "And as Morgan encounters each gang member, his mood changes from one to the next naturally, greeting those who contribute, ignoring those who don’t and admonishing bad behavior. The gang is an organic community and it grows and shrinks depending on who leaves and who stays." HUD "At the demo’s close, two more tidbits of information were imparted. First, the game’s HUD is completely customisable; players can remove every trace of in-game help – including the circular map in the bottom of the screen – should they wish, making the experience all the more immersive." (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/gaming/features/red-dead-redemption-2-exclusive-gameplay-preview-riding-dutch/) (IGN) "In Red Dead 2, people exist. They have work to do and schedules to stick to, regardless of whether you’re there to see it or not. But if you are there, they’ll react accordingly - so point a revolver at the guy innocently sweeping his porch and, depending on his demeanour, he could drop to his knees and beg for his life, or at the opposite end of the scale draw a six-shooter and retaliate. There’s deep-rooted connection between you, your actions and the surrounding world, which is critical to everything that Red Dead Redemption 2 is. Rockstar doesn’t just want you to play as outlaw and protagonist Arthur Morgan, it wants you to live as him." Camp "The camp is a living community. Hidden from prying eyes by thick brush and towering trees, it’s the people that bring it to life and as such it’s constantly changing." "This is a working camp, so everything has to… well, work. Clothes have to be cleaned, wood is needed for the fire, water must to be collected from the river, and so on. Each member of the gang has a role to play and their own duties to fulfill, and if you take a minute to look around you’ll begin to notice how everything works as it should and everyone has their place." Interaction system "You have complete control over how Arthur acts in the world, thanks to a sophisticated interaction system represented by a number of choices displayed in the bottom right of the screen, such as Greet or Antagonise. These dynamically change depending on a number of factors, including where you are, who you’re talking to, choices you’ve made previously in the interaction and so on." Gunplay "From the demo Dead Eye looks much the same as in the last game; the screen turns sepia and the action slows, giving the player a few seconds to mark targets before shooting. The four lawmen hit the dirt in a hail of gunfire before Arthur turns his focus to the deputies firing from on top of buildings. Long-distance kills play out in slow motion, shown from a reverse angle so you can fully appreciate the kill, and as the law is pushed back Arthur and the gang slowly make their way from one piece of cover to the next, back to their horses." "more lawmen close in from every side. Arthur deftly disposes of two riding up from behind before switching to his rifle to fire at another gunman riding along a nearby ridge. The first shot misses but the second hits hard, knocking the target off his horse. His legs get caught in the reins and he’s dragged along the ground as the horse gallops on." (http://m.ign.com/articles/2018/05/03/worlds-first-look-at-red-dead-redemption-2) (The rest are translated using Google translate, so expect some mistakes.) (Hobby Consolas) "All the aspects that already marked a milestone in the previous "sandbox" of Rockstar ( GTA V ) have been improved and refined so that we have a feeling of immersion and persistence. In other words, Morgan's actions will have repercussions, both on the other characters and in the environment and will leave a mark that will accompany us throughout the game. It is a completely organic ecosystem that we had never experienced in a video game. And in addition, RDR 2 has the largest and densest map that has been to date in any game of the company." "The narration that accompanied the demo was no less impressive: the hulls of our saddle will leave traces on the ground, which will fill with water and form puddles when it starts to rain, the corpses of animals will rot, and their smell will attract predators and scavengers until they disappear ... and we will see how the railroad network grows and increasingly unites more populations." Guns "The RDR 2 arsenal is also selected with care; for now we know we will have at our disposal single action and semi-automatic revolvers, as well as lever rifles, black powder and cartridge shotguns (and we have only scratched the surface of the game)" Interior graphics "We have already told you how impressive of its open stages, but it can not be compared with all the details of its interiors. The light is transformed when it passes through the windows and is reflected on the bronze surface of the oil lamps and on the wood of the desks, and generates a warm atmosphere." Gunplay "The Red Dead Redemption shooting systemwas already brilliant. It is true that we could rely on the automatic aim and the Dead Eyeshot (stopping the time to mark the targets) to solve most violent encounters. But at the same time, it greatly rewarded those who preferred a manual system. That gun control is back, and it's even more accurate. Gun control requires that we cock each time we fire with the "single action" and we can check with anguish how Morgan must reload-exchanging the handgun-before re-opening fire. So not only is it a matter of aim, but to take cover, and have a precise "timing" so that our enemies do not flank us." (https://www.hobbyconsolas.com/reportajes/avance-red-dead-redemption-2-ps4-xbox-one-exclusiva-198494) (Jeuxactu) "So, actor Arthur Morgan will be the only playable character of Red Dead Redemption 2. A question that has been raised many times, especially following the system proposed by GTA V with its three protagonists that could be swapped to the fly. If Rob Nelson (co-President of Rockstar North, we remind you) does not rule out reusing the GTA V scheme in another game, imposing a hand character for Red Dead Redemption 2 allows you to focus on the adventures of Arthur Morgan, his intentions, how he will evolve over the course of history, knowing that he is by far a key figure in the Dutch band." Camera "Another element that will change a lot of things is the camera. Like what was done with the last GOD OF WAR, the angle of view was extremely close, which certainly reduces the field of vision but offers more dynamism but also privacy. At present, we do not know if the camera will be able to stand back or the height, but such a change necessarily has consequences in the gameplay. During shooting sequences (we talk about it a little further down), the action is obviously reinforced, while during hunting moments, we have the feeling of being one with nature. Arthur Morgan finds himself in fact closer to the flora, but also the wildlife with which he will enjoy a new level of interaction and never seen in a video game." Gunplay "a quick glance of the gunfight system , also greatly improved since the first episode. We could see Arthur Morgan taking cover, varying the animations according to his hideout. Similarly, Rockstar has also varied the maximum movements of Arthur Morgan who will have different ways to hold his weapon, but also to shoot according to his position, the weapon he will use or the style simply (from the classic shot or by quickly hitting the revolver dog with the palm of the hand). The famous Dead Eye will of course be part of it, with improvements that Rockstar Games did not want us to detail during the demo. know that killcams have been put in place to magnify certain gestures, but also some deaths. It remains to know now in what conditions these focus will be triggered, but we can trust Rockstar to put our eyes on it." (http://m.jeuxactu.com/red-dead-redemption-2-rockstar-repousse-les-limites-de-l-open-world-113716.htm) (GamePro) "In the course of the game, new people will join the squad again and again. However, we can not recruit members freely in the game world because, according to Rob Nelson, this would not guarantee the "degree of relationship with the people". After all, the hero is supposed to build a bond with each gangmate, with random NPCs in the game world that would be difficult. Nor is it possible to slip into other people, because unlike GTA 5, Arthur Morgan is the only playable character in RDR2. Rob Nelson says, "It's Arthur's story, and I think we have very compelling reasons to stay with him." "Arthur rides on through a burnt forest and abandoned settlement. Places to remember, also because, as Rob Nelson says, they are "hand-crafted", so uniquely designed and not just randomly copied into the landscape." "There are also many dynamic elements and events in the game world. For example, at one point we see some workers pulling up the walls of a new ranch. Upon request, we are confirmed by Rob Nelson, that at a later point there may well be a finished house." "Arthur can now whistle at the touch of a button, for example, to attract the attention of opponents - or just wild - on himself." Interaction system "The liveliness of the game world should set Red Dead Redemption 2 apart from many other Open World titles, but at least as big Rockstar has also written the interaction with her on the flags. Persons we meet along the way can still theoretically get out of the saddle, as in the first part, but RDR 2 fans out the possibilities of interaction, away from the binary "killing or passing on". It is much more interesting, for example, to talk to an NPC by pressing the left trigger once, then popping up several dialog options. For example, you can threaten your opponent or convince him in other ways, for example, to spend his money or to leave his coach to us. Incidentally, this also works in the opposite direction, if, for example, a sheriff wants to convince us, with warm words, not to cause any unrest. In general, the demo is very impressive on how NPCs and the game world react to Arthur." Gunplay "What's new is that you can now chase a whole cartridge drum into your targets in a matter of seconds even at normal game speed, and some kills are also captured by a slow motion killcam, similar to Max Payne 3, for example, Nelson adds that basic weapon handling should be even more sophisticated, mature and powerful. On weapon types, we see Arthur's revolver, a rifle and a shotgun during the presentation, which are selected via a ring menu as in the predecessor. We also catch a glimpse of the status of the weapons, which differ as in the first part in certain attributes such as range and strength, the shooting iron can be upgraded as well." (https://www.gamepro.de/artikel/red-dead-redemption-2-rockstars-beste-open-world,3329147.html) (Everyeye) "We meet caravans, fishermen, a group of settlers who are building a ranch. " Coming back to this area in a while you might find this building completed and in operation ", the developers tell us: " that of Red Dead Redemption 2 will be a world in some evolutionary ways, where you will build railways and towns they will expand "." Interaction system "Arthur Morgan , to make a long story short, is able to talk with every single NPC dating on his way, and without the need for multiple-choice dialogue systems that would disrupt the flow of action. The most important thing to remember, in fact, is that Red Dead Redemption 2 does not want in any way to turn into a role-playing game, but to remain a title "in which a role is played "." "In short, the times of GTA, in which all the inhabitants of San Andreas could remain disinterested in the presence of the protagonists, flee in a panic or at most rebel against the nth angora. "We wanted to create a world in which the barrel of a rifle was not the only tool through which to interact with the characters ", explains Rob Nelson, head of Rockstar North." (https://www.everyeye.it/articoli/anteprima-red-dead-redemption-2-vi-raccontiamo-epopea-western-rockstar-in-esclusiva-38572.html) (Famitsu) Has some interesting info but I don't think I could take bits without it messing it up. (https://s.famitsu.com/news/201805/04156798.html) All these previews are also listed here, (https://www.rockstargames.com/reddeadredemption2/news/article/60432/First-Look-Previews-of-Red-Dead-Redemption-2%20)
A long long time ago, you mentioned following a "Half Life 2" line of thought where you'd prefer to place narrative moments in-gameplay rather than in cutscenes. Is that still your goal? If so, how far do you intend to take this concept in future episodes? R: We took a big step towards this with Redux, by moving away from third-person cinematics and bringing everything to first-person. I don't think we'll achieve the same level of choreography as you see in Half-Life 2, but you'll see us continue to improve this in future episodes. I'd like to get us to a place where in our next game, we can hit the Half-Life 2 level of interactivity in our narrative moments (which are really just constrained first-person scenes, similar to what we do with Grey Mother in Ep1, or Jeremiah in Ep2, we just take a bit more control in some cases). Episode Three's scenes build on what we did in Redux and Episodes Four and Five should be even more ambitious.
I found his answer good based on what we can expect from TLD given the size of the company and their past performance on Story Mode, but nevertheless I wish we could have more immersive and organic narrative elements in this. I recently made another post about this, which I will add here:
https://youtu.be/E55tf59a8WY (I'm adding this video to the beginning of the post so that RES doesn't automatically open the spoiler below when you click expand on the post) It's fairly common nowadays for games to let you influence their story, but this is usually done through a fairly limiting "Will you do X or Y?" question while the game pauses. Sometimes this is through a dialogue choice, sometimes a pop-up, but most importantly it's almost never through organic, non-binary gameplay choices. Perhaps the best example of a pioneer in what I mean is Half Life 2. During all of its cutscenes, you are free to roam about and do what you've always done - shoot, climb, run. This isn't very immersive and doesn't aid the story much, but it does open up the possibilities of interacting with the enviroment in original ways mid-"cutscene", as shown during the infamous "pick up that can" scene earlier in the game, or with characters asking you to please pull X lever or move Y wire during other narrative moments. But that's only a very initial implementation of the idea, with obvious flaws: The player character is nonexistent. Like a brain-damaged mute, he doesn't talk or interact with anyone else, it's like the other NPCs are talking to a very obedient bipedal dog. A game that improved on this was Dishonored, because it actually lets you affect where the narrative goes through its gameplay-cutscene hybrids. Here's the my favourite example of it, sadly a huge D1 spoiler. Here's another, from slightly earlier in the game, not as bad but still a spoiler. And here's a much lighter spoiler from Dishonored 2, if you still intend to play those games. In the first 2 of these situations the player chose to listen to the antagonists and then fight them, but I love that this is not what you have to do. In the second video, he could have simply stolen the antagonist's key from his belt as a message, or knocked him out, or not spared him at the end - all done through gameplay and thus far more immersive than the traditional "The story will procceed now, here's a black screen followed by a cutscene" or the Telltale method of presenting choices to you. In the second video you're not TOLD that holstering your weapon will spare the man, just like you're not told that attacking him will play an assassination animation, but those things just make sense, because that's how you've always controlled the character. But why are so few games doing this? Picture this: You're playing a post-apocalyptic game, and you meet another survivor who you don't quite trust. He begins talking to you and asks that you holster your weapon, so you press the button that you've always pressed to holster your weapon. He begins talking and talking, but you don't quite trust him. You get the feel that he's stalling until his mates arrive, so you pull our your gun again and shoot him, changing the course of the story and leading to a tense moment with his friends as you meet them later on. Only that's never happened (except in multiplayer games with other players), for understandable reasons - it'd be very hard to craft alternative scenarios for every possible action the player can take. But still, you'd expect more developments in this front since the release of Dishonored 1, so the only explanation I can think of is that game devs don't care for this method of storytelling. And I understand - a more autonomous protagonist with a more linear experience allow for incredible, unforgettable narrative experiences (RDR2, TLoU...), but still it pains me to see this missed opportunity. Why do you think it is this way? Do you know of any other games that do this? One more thing - Could VR be the way forward with this? I've been playing Lone Echo and I really like how Liv will respond when you grab her (shoulder, I swear), when you gesture at her (thumbs up, gun pose etc), all sorts of things like that. And since VR games don't do cutscenes at all since it's very disorienting, theoretically there's nothing stopping the player from simply reaching down to their holster, grabbing a gun, and firing. Or, y'know, any other non-death-related action.
Needless to say, the game I picture in my head in that hypothetical scenario is The Long Dark. I can't help but feel that, instead of the binary choice we got with Hobbs (and the disappointing consequences that came from it, at least so far), it would be so much better if we could have some more autonomy while interacting with other people - instead of meeting them always in the same place and in a dialogue menu, why not meet them out in the open, like we do with Methuselah? Encountering him out in the open was always a relief and a very welcome change of pace. Only, instead of only being able to listen to his boring omniscient snippets of wisdom and taking advantage of his infinite fire, we should be able to approach these people however we see fit. For instance: Encountering a tired-looking man taking aim at a deer, giving us the option of approaching him and talking to him, shooting the deer ourselves, waiting until he shoots the deer to approach him and talk, or even taking aim at him - perhaps promting Will to mutter something, reminding himself that this is not who he is and having him lower the gun. Really sounds a lot more interesting, to me, than static NPCs that don't display any autonomy and don't let you display yours. What do you think?
First Previous Patreon Discord Visit the LitRPG Society Group on Facebook! This chapter has a total of ~6300 words, at an average rate of 400 wpm this chapter should take ~15 and a half minutes to read ~-~ Ethan stood by the door he'd just opened, still holding the door handle and watching as Memeta strode into the room like she owned the place. He was still completely bemused by the fact that he was being visited by some strange woman, and that this wasn’t some bizarre dream. It seemed Memeta was rather bemused as well, she looked around curiously at the simulated lab, seemingly interested in the strange screens and items around the room. The awkward silence persisted for a moment before she turned to Ethan. “Well, this is certainly an interesting place you have,” she commented absentmindedly. Ethan closed the door and crossed his arms, frowning a little. “I don't mean to be rude, but who the hell are you, and what are you doing here?” He asked flatly, ignoring her comment. He set his AI to work documenting all their interactions and analysing the situation. “Well you are certainly very direct. I guess I owe you a pretty big explanation.” Memeta paced around the room as she started speaking. “First off, are you aware of what a divine is?” “Vaguely,” he replied after a moment of thought, “I know that there seems to be beings of power or a system that controls this world. I received a ‘divine blessing’ once. I figured there weren't actual beings behind it though, just a system. It seems that I'm wrong, however.” Memeta smiled and didn't respond for a moment, instead she motioned towards a small microscope and cocked an eyebrow at Ethan, seemingly asking if she could fiddle with it. Ethan nodded towards her. Seeing his sign of approval she picked it up and started looking around the item. “Good, at least you’re not completely blind to what we are.” As she was speaking she looked down the lens on the microscope and a look of confusion briefly passed over her face, she continued despite her apparent confusion, “You're right in the fact that we are beings, although I don’t think you see the scale. There are hundreds of us who live in what is called the ‘Celestial Plane’, each of us have a nemesis or rather, an opposite. We have a large level of power and influence over the mortal plane, although we aren't unlimited in our power. We have our abilities over mortals limited by something called “The Wheel”, a system for balance that keeps us in check. Our interactions with the world through this Wheel are controlled by limited “Faith points” that we accrue over time and can use to influence things on the mortal planes. Everything in this world should be operating under the influence of the Wheel, and it does.” She paused for a moment, “Apart from you, that is.” Memeta hesitated for a second as she thought carefully on what to say next. “We cannot perceive the world through your eyes, or know your feelings like with any other mortal. You are completely locked out from our control.” She stopped trying to look down the lens on the microscope and looked Ethan directly in the eye “This makes you special. Most of the divines want to see you dead, however you have been greatly furthering my cause.” Ethan had a lot of questions, but one stuck out from the rest. “And what ‘cause’ is that?” “I’m the goddess of free information and memetics, my dear. My cause is to spread knowledge, ensure that information doesn't get lost to time and to stop information that wants to be free from becoming secret.” Well, that explains why she is almost completely naked. I'm not complaining, though. Ethan mused. “This is why you are important to me. You seem to have a vast amount of knowledge alien to this world, and have a knack for discovering things that others want to keep secret.” She beamed Ethan another smile, “I do believe that keeping you alive would be of great advantage for me, which is why I’m here.” It dawned on Ethan what this was all about, it seemed that he had a few friends up in the so called “Celestial plane”. It made Ethan curious however. “So you’ve basically come here to help me beat that?” Ethan motioned towards a screen displaying a still of the Nephilim chasing him, “There has to be strings attached, you can’t be entirely altruistic in your cause.” While they talked, Memeta continued to look around the curious items in Ethan's lab, inspecting and fiddling with each one. It was not like the various scientific instruments could be broken. Regardless, on any normal day Ethan would have been bothered and told her stop. Today was very much not a normal day. “You’re partly right.” She answered plainly “What do you think a goddess of my disposition wants from you in return for helping you in your current situation?” Ethan pondered the question for a moment, she could want many things from him. Maybe she wanted the sceptre, or for him to become her harbinger? If she truly was being altruistic in nature she wouldn't want any of these things, would a god even have a need for a physical item such as the sceptre? No seemed to be the obvious answer, which meant there was one other thing she would want. “You want information” Ethan stated “About what, though?” Memeta let out a sigh at Ethan's question. “Isn’t it obvious? I want to know about you. Of all things I know about, you are the one mysterious piece of the puzzle. What are your origins? What motivates you? What is the end goal to all your current actions? Who really is Ethan West?” Ethan was taken back a little by the question, she wanted to know about him? While back on Earth he would have struggled to answer the question she had just posed, ever since his accidental arrival in this world he felt a lot more purpose to his life. “Well, this is a tricky question” Ethan replied. He leant against a nearby table as he thought “To be truthful, I’m not entirely sure what is motivating me, I’ve just been going with the flow so far.” “I guess the side of me that is a scientist is motivating me, I need to know why and how this world works and then be able to use that knowledge to the best of my ability.” Ethan paused to think for a brief moment, “I guess my end goal is to improve the lives of people in this world and use the magic to my own benefit. You divines are immortal, maybe I could extend my life or something. That would be nice. More than anything though, I have the ability to be something here. Back where I come from I was just one of many, in fact many people considered my line of research crazy or a waste of time, So I’d also like to find a way back to Earth at some point and show people there this amazing place I’ve discovered.” Memeta had stopped fiddling and seemed to be paying a great deal of attention to Ethan. Ethan looked over at her, “Is that what you were hoping to hear?” Memeta chuckled to herself, “Thank you for the information! It certainly explains a lot, no wonder you’re such a strange person… you’re not even from this world! It seems to me that you will keep spreading your knowledge and generally keep doing what you have been doing already, meaning I’m more than happy to help you.” Ethan was glad to hear this, although there was one more thing he wanted to know. “That's good to hear. I’m curious though, am I quite popular in the celestial plane? What does your ‘nemesis’ think of me, for example? Also, what exactly are you planning to do in order to help me?” Ethan added at the last second. “Well… in answer to your first question, I wouldn't call you popular, more like… infamous. You don't have many admirers amongst the divines, so you should value the few of us who do support you. You should know, your actions have actually brought a new pair of divines into existence, as you can imagine they are pretty big fans.” Ethan was pleased to hear something positive but then frowned as he realised that divines who supported him were greatly outnumbered by those who didn’t,“In terms of my nemesis? Crypto hates you with a burning passion, I wouldn't be surprised to find that this Nephilim you are currently fighting is his doing. It is a lot of fun to tease him about the little he can do to stop you.” Memeta had sat down in one of the swivelling office-type chairs while talking and seemed interested in the way it rotated “In terms of helping you? I'm sure the main thing you've figured I have by this point is knowledge, and that's exactly what I'm going to give you.” She paused and looked directly at Ethan with a piercing look, Ethan would have been worried if he knew this “look” is the one divines have when they are casting a spell. “Ever heard of soul magic?” “Uh no, why do y–” Ethan was interrupted mid sentence as a line of text flashed in his vision.
Divine Blessing Received: Knowledge Package
The message was quickly followed by another prompt from his AI. Yes Ethan thought without taking long to consider it, he waited anxiously to see what Memeta had just given him. Information rapidly flooded into Ethan's mind and his AI quickly got to work organising it and cataloguing it. Screens around his lab flared with information as his AI processed the data. Ethan got an idea of what he had just received fairly quickly as the information assembled itself. He had just been given terabytes of data on soul magic, everything from how to actually produce the Thuam to different spells that were possible. “Wow, this is amazing!” Ethan had pulled up a few holographic displays and was rapidly reading through them “How are you able to even give me this information, I thought you said divines couldn’t directly influence me?” Memeta giggled to herself, seemingly proud of something. “That's the trick, I can't directly influence you, if I could I would have been able to directly grant you this knowledge and have you learn it instantly, so I did the next best thing. Through means I don’t really understand, you are able to process vast amounts of information in your head, so I’ve used our direct link to give you all the knowledge I have of soul magic to look over.” Ethan nodded eagerly at what she was saying, the truth was that he wasn’t really paying much attention anymore, he was deeply consumed in various displays in front of him. He would need to get to work straight away in order to have a working spell that could save him. Memeta stood around awkwardly for a few moments before scratching the back of her head and sighing. “Well since you’re going to be busy I’ll leave you to it–“ “Wait! Don’t go yet!” Ethan turned away from the screens and suddenly seemed very interested in Memeta, she didn’t know whether this was a good sign or not. “I just want to ask one thing, do you mind if I use my [Analyse] Skill on you? It's a simple Skill I’ve had pretty much since I arrived on this world. One that tells me information about any objects or person I use it on, considering you’re the first divine being I’ve met it would be a great help to my knowledge of this world if I could use it on you… willingly. It doesn’t end so well when I use the Skill on unwilling participants….” Memeta cocked one of her eyebrows and smirked at what Ethan had just said. Unknown to Ethan the skill he possessed was one of Memetas creations, the wheel had just never assigned it to anyone before. She decided to play oblivious and tease him a bit. “Oh? So, seeing most of my bare skin isn’t enough information for you?” She put her hands on her hips in an attempt to look intimidating and Ethan blushed a little. “I- I didn’t mean it like that! The skill doesn’t reveal things li–” “Oh hush” Memeta silenced him, “I’m only messing with you, go ahead and use it. I swear if this is a trick of some kind you are not going to have a good day.” Ethan shook his head, he should have figured that even divines have an apparent sense of humor. It took a moment for Ethan to figure out how to cast the skill, you needed to cast it at a target afterall, which in this case was in his own mind. Luckily he quickly found a workaround which involved using his AI to define Memeta as a separate entity in his mind, so that she could be targeted. Ethan was half prepared for Memeta to go berserk and start attacking him, however, that didn’t happen. Memeta simply frowned. “Well, that was bizarre. My own voice told me I was being analysed just then…” Ethan didn’t really hear her as he looked over the stats, he had expected something very powerful, but this? This was completely insane! For Ethan it could be anything but anticlimactic. He stared wide eyed at the stats displayed on his vision.
Memeta - Goddess of Memetics and Free Information
Divine Spirit - Knowledge (Level 532)
Know-It-All (Level 411)
?? AP / ?? SP
You have followers in the mortal plane, granting you the power to become a sapient form.
Curse of The Wheel
Your powers are artificially limited by the effects of The Wheel.
Ethan couldn’t comprehend how something could have stats that simply said “infinity”, it broke the entire understanding that Ethan currently had of the system that the world used… or maybe he was interpreting it wrong? It seemed that Divines were unable to manifest in the real world, they were only allowed to exist in the “Celestial Plane” that Memeta had mentioned, so perhaps the system couldn’t interpret her statistics properly because Divines were more like outside forces than people? That description made the most sense in Ethan's mind, if a divine were to manifest themselves in the “real world” then they would have statistics that made a lot more sense as it wouldn’t actually be the Divine. It would just be a representation of them assembled using the power available to them. Ethan's line of thought was abruptly interrupted by Memeta. “Well, did you learn what you hoped?” She asked. “I have a lot of questions” Ethan paused, “First off, How is it possible to have ‘infinite’ health and mana? That makes no sense, the way I understand it there should always be values to everyone's stats.” Ethan queried after a moment of thinking. Memeta only gave him a sad smile. “Are you foolish enough to think that if you hit me enough times I’ll die? Or that if I exert my magics enough then my mana will run dry? You have a lot left to learn, Ethan, and as much as I’d like to teach you, I’m afraid we are running out of time. The amount of faith points it's costing me to maintain this link is getting somewhat crazy.” She rubbed her arm with her other hand in a nervous manner, almost as if she wanted to say more, “Good luck, Ethan, you’re going to need it.” “Wait!–” This time Ethan didn’t delay her departure, she vanished without a sound or trace that anyone was ever there. Ethan stood for a moment in a now considerably more empty lab before he slumped over in a nearby chair and started to contemplate. ~-~ Ethan realised that he had learnt a few good things, but also plenty of worrying or downright scary things from the sudden encounter. He decided not to dwell on the terrifying concept of beings that could not be killed and could never run out of energy, and instead decided to focus on solving his more current issues by developing spells from the information he had just been given. His AI had already created a few concepts and started working on a few spells related to souls but hadn’t made much progress. Ethan's AI was more of a tool than a sapient being inside of his head, it could only be as good as the user operating it. The AI was very good at gathering data and organising it, however, having an actual sapient mind that could recognise patterns, make connections and rule out irrelevant data drastically sped up the processing ability of the AI. Without Ethan personally focusing on the creation of a spell the AI had to try to brute force it. It would simply go through all the possible combinations it could, trying to achieve the desired effect of the spell. More complex spells would take the AI a dramatically longer time to develop. Even having Ethan's mind rule out obvious things that won’t work sped up the process of making a spell, having him personally focus on one meant that a spell could be made and tested in the matter of a few simulated hours, rather than the weeks it would take the AI on its own. Ethan thought of this process to be much like compiling a computer program, just that it relied on his mind to process the program and make it work. The actual “hardware” the AI relied on for its processing was literally the gray matter in Ethan's head, there was very little silicone involved in the neural hardware, which was why the AI was limited in such a fashion. The AI also had other things that limited it: the amount of ‘logical’ operations it could perform, and hence how fast it could process data greatly depended on how conscious Ethan was. If he was fully alert and the AI was just running in the background, it was limited to simple operations. It was only when Ethan allowed the AI to use more of his gray matter normally reserved for his own use that it could process more information. In a sense it worked almost like RAM in a traditional computer system. The only real difference between a physical computer and his AI was that his AI conserved information by encoding it as binary transmissions in the spike trains going through his brain’s neurons. That was all he knew, anyway. Ethan's consciousness could be considered to be a massive hog in terms of how much of the graymatter it required, only leaving small parts for the AI to use. For this reason Ethan always tried to be as still and inactive as possible when he needed to perform a large amount of work with his AI, when he was sleeping was the best time for work to be done by the AI. Using the time dilation feature also wasn’t consequence free, it was extremely taxing on the mind, there were examples of people who quite literally dropped dead from exhaustion on Earth after using time dilation way too much. Considering his current circumstances, where he was relying on the ability of the AI to control his body to keep him alive, AI would have less processing ability than usual. He had also been using time dilation a dangerous amount. There was another way he could speed up the development of spells. Using a spell to test its effect in the real world rather than a simulated space would greatly improve the speed at which a spell was developed. It was what had happened with the flying spell after it had to be used in a… somewhat unexpected emergency. Analysing the real use of spells always seemed to enable more data to be gathered on the spell, especially if it worked. For this reason Ethan looked through the vast amount of soul-related data for some simple spells. After a moment a particular one stood out. The spell was called “Soul Vision” and according to the description was a simple spell that highlighted beings with souls in your vicinity along with the strength of the soul. It unfortunately didn’t provide much more information than that. More annoyingly was the way it would normally be cast, mind runes. Meaning Ethan wasn’t lucky enough to have been provided with fully functional primordial spells. Briefly scanning over a few more spells he saw that they were all described in non-technical ways and were always being cast via mind runes, spoken incantations, or hand gestures. It seemed that to get any results from soul magic he would need to confront his worst enemy: hard work. By no means was Ethan a slacker back when he was on Earth, but he certainly believed in the mindset of “put in the bare minimum effort, so that it is what people think is your best effort. They will be impressed if you ever put in more than your bare minimum”. Like he had said to Memeta a moment ago, being in this world changed all of that attitude. Ethan finally felt a meaning to his life, and actively wanted to achieve things. No longer was he an aimless post-graduate, he could be an all-powerful wizard, great leader or amazing innovator. Or maybe all three. With his newfound motivation, or maybe fear of failure, Ethan went at developing the spell with greater fervour than he ever had on any other spell. Ethan pieced the spell together at a rate that even surprised him, putting together the 4 dimensional programming language that primordial magic seemed to be in a way that would have even shocked his AI, if it could feel emotions, that is. Just 30 minutes of simulated time later he had a prototype that should work, at least in theory. Using the fact that testing spells in the real world worked better for developing them than testing them in simulated space did, Ethan cast the spell without much hesitation. He didn’t worry if it would somehow kill him, he would be dead anyway if he couldn’t get something to work. In his simulated space Ethan anxiously watched a display showing his vision. Panic briefly fluttered in Ethan’s heart as his vision darkened and he worried that something had gone wrong with the spell. Shit, did I just make myself blind? Ethan thought with panic. He wouldn’t be surprised if it had hit some massive snag, after all he had pieced it together like a frenzied Russian trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle. The panic washed away as he saw that he was not, in fact, blind. The world resolved itself in muted gray tones, objects were surrounded by fuzzy gray outlines and the sky was a pitch black. Ethan then saw the points of light, hundreds of them alone in the forest beside where he flew. His jaw hung open for not the first time in the day; it was oddly beautiful. Beyond looking pretty it served a very functional purpose. Each point of light pinpointed a being with a soul and the brightness/intensity of the light showed how much strength the soul had. Most of the points of light–souls, rather, were hard to spot from the muted grays. They were small and very dim, probably the souls of insects and other tiny creatures. The point where it started to become interesting was apparently when you reached creatures the size of a small mouse, the light given off by these souls was noticeable. Although still not very powerful. Looking around briefly Ethan saw a much more powerful soul being highlighted, or rather two souls. Using the AI to enhance his view of the far away peak of the volcano where he currently was looking he saw what was happening, a roc was mere seconds away from decapitating a smaller avian creature. Ethan sat and watched eagerly, curious to see what would happen to a soul when the body it is normally contained in is killed.... although he didn’t know if being excited about another being getting killed was a good thing or not. I’m getting excited about things dying? I’m already halfway to being an evil necromancer! Ethan thought to himself in a somewhat humorous manner. The seconds in the real world slowly ticked by as the minutes slid by in simulated reality, Ethan watched as the vague white blob of the roc collided with the smaller bird, thing? The effect was nearly instant. The impact had obviously been to much for the poor thing to handle and it had died instantly. Ethan watched in fascination as its soul seemed to “seep” out of its body and floated in a cloud where it was just killed. The “cloud” of soul seemed to start to slowly weaken as it dispersed, Ethan didn’t stay watching as it would have taken a long time to watch the entire thing. He didn’t have much of a choice apart from to stop watching, in slow motion he was thrown off course as the AI suddenly started to adjust his course to dodge another lightning bolt from the Nephilim. Wait a minute… Ethan commanded the AI to get a view of the Nephilim, he was suddenly much more curious as to how the Nephilim looked currently than what a Roc looked like. His head slowly turned under the AI’s control, he was just able to catch the Nephilim in the corner of his vision. His eyebrows raised in interest, it was blindly bright, so much so that he couldn’t even see a vague figure like he could with the other creatures about. This guy was just a solid glowing orb. The message flashed on a nearby screen, Ethan found it no surprise that the light could be damaging to his eyesight, considering just how bright it was. As his vision was slowly averted from the Nephilim he could see a clear after-image of the glow in his vision, much like the ones you would get after briefly looking at the sun. How was he expected to kill that? Regardless, Ethan smiled to himself as he saw a cunning solution, involving the creation of a new type of soul spell that never existed throughout history, according to all the information he had just been given. ~-~ After a few more hours and massive effort on his behalf, Ethan had the spell. He’d tested it innumerable times in his simulated space but the real effects that such a spell would have were alien to him. He simply didn’t have the data and variables available to test it in the simulated space. He would just cross his fingers and hope that it would work the first time. Ethan leant back in his chair staring at a visual representation of the spell he had just created, the Soul Vision spell paled in comparison to the size and complexity of this one. He found it beautiful to look at, in a way that only a mathematician who found complex equations beautiful. The spell would do more than look pretty, though. It should be Ethan's ticket to not get killed. A few more minutes had passed in the real world during his time taken to develop the spell, he was now skimming along the peak of the volcano, using natural outcroppings to provide a small amount of cover. He wouldn’t need to hide with the potentially life threatening stunt he was about to pull off. His AI relinquished the control of his body instantly, and the world suddenly slipped back to its normal speed and he found himself back in the high speed pursuit. He didn’t wait a second before he took action. From what he had seen so far, the Nephilim chasing him was easily able to match his speed, which made outrunning him impossible. Ethan figured he could outmaneuver him instead. So he applied the brakes, in a metaphorical sense. The G’s of deceleration slammed into Ethan like a brick wall, the corners of his vision went black and he struggled to stay conscious as the seconds passed. He came to a full stop in less than 50 meters. As he had expected the Nephilim wasn’t able to brake as hard, shooting straight past at quite a pace. It let out another one of its screams, probably in frustration. Ethan simply hovered in the air where he was and closed his eyes, focusing. The spell he needed to cast was complex to the degree that the AI wouldn’t be able to cast it on its own. Ethan started the arduous process of piecing it together in his mind as the Nephilim turned around and started making headway towards Ethan. He remained perfectly still as the Nephilim approached, it was charging a powerful spell at its apparently suddenly suicidal victim. It would never get a chance to cast the spell. It suddenly found itself hit by a strange feeling, not a physical one, but a mental one. It felt like there was a strange something that was pulling at it. Ethan simply smirked and they both went limp as the spell went into its next stage, their bodies floated a good couple dozen of meters away from each other as the battle departed the physical realm and entered the realm of the mind. Their souls were fully connected to each other and one of them was about to have a very bad time. ~-~ Samayael suddenly found himself in a strange white plane, like a blank canvas. The ‘floor’ was a slightly different colour white to the rest of the surroundings enabled him to at least stand without falling over. He took a cautious step, and it seemed that the ‘floor’ shifted with him, the all encompassing white seemingly in a sphere around him. He had no idea how he had got here at all, as all he remembered was a strange tugging at what felt like his mind and then a “fall”. Am I dead? Did that damn human find a way to slay me?! He angrily thought to himself. Unbeknownst to him he was not dead. His and Ethan's souls were in a “Limbo” like state, in a reality between the physical world and that of death. If you were to look at the two of them floating in the sky using Soul Vision you would see their souls stretched out and “connected” together. It was exactly what Ethan intended, the only way to escape the connection would be to destroy the tenuous link that their souls shared with their own bodies. “Well, damn. You're one ugly motherfucker.” The insult originated behind him and Samayael spun around to face the voice. Standing a good 10 meters away was the Human, wearing white robes and smiling in a self-confident manner. Samayael realised in sudden horror that he was no longer wearing his usual clothing. He was wearing the same plain white robe. His disfigured and hideous face was in plain view. “You wretched creature!” He screeched, “What in seven hells have you done?” The human’s smile only seemed to broaden at this. “I just levelled the playing field a little.” The human said with a smirk. Samayael simply couldn’t contain his anger anymore, he leapt towards the Human and found out in short notice that he apparently weighed a lot less here. His jump, which should have landed him straight on top of the human took him sailing over the top of him, and he ended up landing on the opposite side the same distance away as he had just started. Reaching entirely new levels of rage he turned back around to face the human again. Instead of going for a physical attack, he started conjuring a powerful [Lightning Bolt]. Except it didn’t work, his hand gestures did nothing. The human was breaking down laughing. “Oh man! That was too good!” he wheezed, apparently struggling for breath amid his entertainment, “I should have mentioned it, really, physics here don’t work the same way as they do in the physical world. The gravity is lower and magic doesn’t work. Our stats are also set to neutrally equal values. We’re gonna have to settle this the old fashioned way.” Ethan said before raising a fist. Samayael didn’t understand some of the words in the mortal’s mocking words. Nevertheless, he still found himself feeling greatly insulted. He went to leap at the Human again, this time putting less power into the jump. Unfortunately for him, Ethan moved first. Ethan only had a vague idea of how physics behaved in this separate reality. It was the one thing he truly had no idea what would happen with when he used the spell. He was learning the new rules of the place quickly, but so was Samayael. Ethan had propelled himself straight towards him, intending to collide with him to knock him down. He had positioned his elbow to make sure that it hit first. Samayael’s eyes widened and he prepared himself to collide with the rapidly moving human, but in a surprise move with a speed that even amazed himself, he sidestepped and the human went flying by. It seemed that he would react reflexively to some things. Ethan's landing was rather graceful, He hit the floor and rolled, coming to a stop and picked himself up. The two circled around each other, waiting for the other to make a move. Samayael made the move in the end. He took a few bounding steps, and then slid down on the floor with the intention of knocking Ethan down. Not expecting the sudden move downwards, Ethan didn’t move in time and was swept off his feet. He hit the ground hard, the breath was knocked out his lungs. He lay there trying to lever himself up. Samayael meanwhile had gotten up again from his maneuver and jumped back towards his prone victim. Pain suddenly echoed in Ethan's ribs and he went flying a good couple meters. The Nephilim had performed a plain and simple kick to the ribs while he was down. In that moment, an outside observer using Soul Vision would have seen the tether between Ethan’s body and soul, and the common connection he and the Nephilim shared warbling and being strung taut to near the point of snapping. Ethan knew the implications of losing, his soul would quite literally end up detached from his body. He would be dead. Finding new inspiration in the fact that he didn’t want to die, he leapt to his feet just in time to see a fist from Samayael approaching his face. The Nephilim, although terrified from this unexpected situation, was having a great time. It was quite clear that the mortal hadn’t been in many fist fights. He relished in the fear that briefly shone in the mortal's eyes before his fist connected with the human’s face and sent him flying again. The human landed on his back and wasn’t moving. Sensing that the end to… whatever this is was, was drawing near; Samayael took his time to approach the mortal. It seemed that today he would be getting the strange sceptre that he had been compelled to seek. He shouldn’t have been counting his chickens before the eggs had hatched though; when he was but a scant few metres away from the mortal and probably mere seconds from beating him out of existence… the mortal performed some kind of fancy backflip and was once again on his feet facing the Nephilim. Worry flicked through Samayael’s expression briefly as he saw the look in the human's eyes. Gone was the scared expression, it had been replaced with a look that could be explained as nothing but cold and calculating. Unbeknownst to the Nephilim, Ethan had just tried to activate his AI’s survival protocol. When that didn’t work, he shifted it to reconnaissance mode, and it started to bolster his perception and reaction times. It was better than nothing. Samayael swung his fist at the mortal and instead of the swing hitting his head, Samayael found his hand clasped in the palm of the human. Before he could react further a powerful punch landed to his gut. Samayael crumpled over in pain but didn’t have much time to recover, an elbow landed itself on the back of his head, knocking him face-first onto the floor. His nose made a sickening crunching sound as the bone inside it shattered. He screamed in pain and desperately rolled over, and almost in slow motion, he saw the foot of the human approaching his head and reacted just in time, rolling to the side and dodging the foot. He grabbed the offending leg that had just moments before threatened to cave his face in and pulled, the human lost his balance and fell. Taking advantage of the opportunity, Samayael got up onto his feet, although no longer as steadily as before. Blood ran down his face from his broken nose and dripped onto the off-white floor, leaving a stain that starkly contrasted to the surroundings. The human had also got up in that time, pushing himself up using his arms and carrying that momentum forward to land on his feet. The human leapt at Samayael, and this time, he didn’t react in time. Ethan landed a fierce kick to the Nephilim’s left shoulder. He fell over again and grunted in protest as he landed on his side, before the human landed on top of him and began to strangle him. Ethan knew he had to finish this quickly, the longer their souls remained connected, the greater the chance that his soul would be damaged by the forced contact. In the end, he was risking a lot by being here, but what were his other options? The Nephilim was too powerful to fight in a fair battle. So he had had to cheat. And now it was paying off. The Nephilim struggled and managed to flip himself over completely. Samayael fought mightily to stop the human’s chokehold on his neck, all to no avail, he settled for trying to choke the man in turn. It was now a true battle of wills, and to the victor would go the spoils. In this case, survival was all that mattered. ~-~ Back in the real world, two figures levitated off the ground, connected by an invisible thin strand of spiritual energy. The unfortunate one of the pair found that the tether that linked their soul to their body snapped like an overstretched piece of string. One was a Nephilim that had lived for years untold, and one was a young human, merely 23 years old; one would die a death horrible and cold, and the other would open their eyes to welcome back the warm embrace of the world. ~-~ [Character Sheet is not available during this cutscene] ~-~ voodooattack here, Just wanted to say I’m really thankful to die247 for all the hard work. I barely touched this chapter at all! He wrote 99.99% of it to be honest. I’ll try to help with more than the general plotline in the future. I do want to apologize to him for my absence. But work is work. :( ~-~ Next
A table of significant questions and answers from the Balancing Team AMA
Some questions and answers have been edited for brevity, please click through on the context link for the full question and answer of each. Link to the referenced AMA post
Been talks of a Tachanka rework, what are your plans for them?
We do want to rework Tachanka, both from a balancing perspective and also from a technical one. Tachanka is problematic for our team because he generates a lot of bugs every season and this has high maintenance cost. But do not expect anything soon as this is low in our priorities, as there are other operators to address before Tachanka.
Been talks of a Frost rework, what are your plans for them?
Frost is very difficult to balance because her utility fluctuates. We've toyed with the idea of making her traps harder to destroy with bullets, which would prevent people from destroying them while vaulting. However, on some sites you cannot destroy the frost trap any other reliable way, so this is not ideal. We are still assessing the best way to balance her.
Why do you focus on [pro league] data primarily, and are there plans for expanding feedback data to include responses from both Casual and Ranked gamers?
We do not only use Pro League data, if you look at the Designer's Notes blog, we are highlighting and using data from the general player base. We are trying to balance our design decisions to address issues at all levels of play.
Casual is nothing like ranked and doesn’t prepare or teach players for ranked matches. Any plans to bring the two gamemodes closer? Like maybe bringing spawn voting back, or communicating spawn location to defenders?
Why do such obvious balance changes take so absurdly long to implement?
You're right, we've been too slow to address issues in the past. We are still in the process of implementing ways of making balancing a faster iteration. We've gotten better in the past few months, but there is more work to do.
Can you guys go into detail about why Lion hasn't simply has his ability reduced to just himself rather than a global ability?
The reason why is, while yes it would be a nerf in practice, the frustration of facing him as a defender would be pretty much the same. Even if you know that only one of the attackers can see you through walls, would you try to move? The solution we are experimenting with Lion are meant to lower the frustration facing him and not simply weaken him.
Do you guys have any plans for Fuze? I feel like he's currently underpowerd at high level play to the point were he's useless
We need to rework his gadget and we want to do a full pass at some point. It's very risky and not reliable to use his gadget most of the time. Also, his kit is not great at the moment, and we want to change that.
So I was actually curious about the Bearing-9, with the balance of the SMG-11 do you think eventually you'll be adjusting the recoil of all machine pistols?
We are monitoring machine pistols and how they behave in the game and there might be more changes down the line but it will be done on a case-by-case basis. Hibana and Echo are not in a bad place right now.
Did you ever scrap an Operator idea because the concept would be to unbalanced?
Not for balancing. We scrap ideas if they are not fun or frustrating. When developing we are trying to create as many levers as we can to balance an operator with numbers during our test sessions and with the pros. A good counter example of not doing that is... Lion.
Will the community be getting more quality of life improvements? Such as calling timeouts as some players disconnect and going into any round handicapped is pretty bad as players tend to get frustrated.
Yeah we agree, the game needs more QoL improvements. There are more coming in the future, but nothing to share now.
Why do all the new ops feel so OP? Is it intentional?
We don't feel all operators that come out are too OP. A good example of that is Para Bellum. Moreover sometimes OP is a tricky because as you can see from the graph, neither Clash or Maverick are that dominant. Sometimes it is about making them more interesting to play against or with.
RedUtils-Spigot plugin that makes large redstone circuit debugging and profiling easier
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Note: I write this plugin mainly for redstoners who want to build large scale redstone circuits (especially digital electronic components like RAMs or CPUs). It is not that useful in building relatively small contraptions in survivals! The source code, detailed information, and binary jar can be found at the Github repo https://github.com/alan20210202/RedUtils
So, The 100 have pulled the most important lever yet and left Earth indefinitely. Before we start looking forward to new possible plotlines, let's quickly sum up the major events leading up to present (certain inclusions/exclusions based on potential relevance to new season). <2040 - Becca develops Nightblood, Eligius III sent to (new) planet 2040 - Eligius IV sent to mining missions 2051 - Becca develops ALIE 2052* - Nuclear apocalypse 2054 - Polaris destroyed, Becca dropdown to Earth with ALIE 2.0 2149 - The 100 dropdown 2150* - Praimfiyah death wave, Skaikru develops Nightblood 2156 - Spacekru, Eligius III dropdown to Earth and Wankru resurfaces 2157* - Hydrozine nuclear apocalypse 2207 - Departure from Earth 2282 - Arrival at new planet So, my initial thoughts: - Is there an intelligent species native to this planet? - Eligius III was sent prior to Eligius IV. Since it takes <75 years from Earth to this new planet (with an uncorrupted engine, much less), we can presume that Eligius III arrived in <2115 - meaning they have been living on this planet for over 170 years (>6 generations). Assuming that they are not dead, have they devolved and split into seemingly primal tribes much like the Grounders or prospered and advanced together as a new society/civilization of humans? - Eligius III was sent first and foremost as a fuel mining mission. If there are native species (possibly an intelligent race), how has this affected interspecies relations? Will we be seeing an Avatar-type subplot here? - Nightblood was originally developed for the crew of Eligius III to survive the intense radiation from the planet's binary host stars. Are Kru aware of this? Will we see a large initial Kru population decline or will Kru remain in orbit until they can find a solution? Or will history and human testing repeat itself much like Mount Weather and Mona when Kru decides their options for survival by extracting blood from the possible existing Eligius III nightbloods on the planet surface? It will be extremely interesting to see how all of this plays out. Personally, I've been waiting for this plot direction since the end of season 4 when we first caught a gimpse of Eligius IV. What will life be like on this planet and how will Kru adapt? Will they fuck it all up again? What lever will Clarke pull next?? Edit: Eligius IV took 75 years to travel due to a broken engine - it's possible Eligius III arrived in 5 years, increasing their time on that planet to ~240 years.
MAME 0.188 comes to you with tales of perseverance, blind luck, and the kind of insanity you’d get from no-one else. By sheer chance, a DECO Cassette system Brian Troha picked up cheap happened to come with a set of graphics ROMs for Explorer. While the Explorer program cassette was dumped sixteen long years ago, the graphics ROMs have proved elusive until now. We can finally all enjoy this Tempest-inspired title from the early ’80s. After much effort and rendering several boards inoperable, Peter Wilhelmsen and Morten Shearman Kirkegaard successfully extracted the programs from the DS5002FP protection modules on Gaelco World Rally 2 and Touch & Go. Yet another seemingly impenetrable protection scheme has been been emulated. Persistence has paid off. This is also a boon for people wishing to repair Gaelco games that have ceased to function after the lithium cell in the protection module has failed. After extracting the program from a working board, it’s possible to reprogram other boards running the same game. As for MAMEdev-brand insanity, we are (to the best of our knowledge) the world’s first and only emulator for the INTELLEC® 4. This system was used to develop software for Intel’s earliest microprocessor family, the 4004 and 4040. We’ve even put together a user manual of sorts if by chance you want to see what interactive debugging was like in the ’70s. It has lots of fun LEDs and switches! Fans of handheld LCD games will be pleased to see the steady stream of improvements: 0.188 adds support for several Konami and Tiger handhelds, and vector backgrounds have been added for Game & Watch titles Mario Bros, Mickey & Donald, and Cement Factory. On the arcade side, we’ve added support for Operation Wolf SC, a version of the military-themed shooter Operation Wolf with reduced difficulty intended for small cabinets located in shopping centres (hence the SC). Children could stay out of trouble storming concentration camps and powder magazines while their parents shopped in peace. Another interesting addition from Taito’s history is a very rare prototype of Bubble Bobble on Tokio hardware. It has different graphics and music, and includes a functional stage editor. Of course we’ve added an assortment of clones as usual, including versions of Act-Fancer, Kageki, Logger, Solar Assault, Street Fighter II, Taisen Idol-Mahjong Final Romance 2, and Xevious 3D/G. I’ll finish by mentioning that save states and scheduled exits should now work properly in Emscripten builds (thanks to James Baicoianu), colours are fixed for Time Limit and Omega (thanks to ShouTime dumping the PROMs), and ROM identification (-romident verb) is even faster (under ten seconds on my old notebook). You can get the source/Windows binaries from the download page and try it out.
MAMETesters Bugs Fixed
05900: [Sound] (ddenlovr.cpp) funkyfig, funkyfiga: Missing music and partial sound FX (Ivan Vangelista)
06261: [Sound] (polepos.cpp) polepos2: Crowd Cheering sounds are messed up at the chequered flag (goal). (Robbbert)
06370: [Save/Restore] (vegas.cpp) sf2049se, sf2049te: Crashes on reload (-str 8) in a staggered -str 20 run (Ted Green)
06562: [Crash/Freeze] All sets in octopus.cpp, zorba.cpp: Fatal Error when using various terminal/printers in slots (Ivan Vangelista)
06564: [Crash/Freeze] (ti99_4x.cpp) All sets in ti99_4x.cpp, ti99_4p.cpp: SuperAMS memory expansion card (samsmem) Fatal Error when mounted (Ivan Vangelista)
06581: [Interface] Various problems with software loading/unloading: Various problems with software loading (Nathan Woods)
06588: [Interface] Regression loading softlist items from the command line with changed slot options (Nathan Woods)
06592: [DIP/Input] (nbmj8891.cpp) chinmoku: DSW B should not exist. (Robbbert)
06613: [Crash/Freeze] (rohga.cpp) schmeisr: Exception on exit (David Haywood)
06620: [Crash/Freeze] (itech8.cpp) ninclown: During final boss Twisto the game can potentially crash (Phil Bennett)
06624: [Misc.] (mc10.cpp) Emulation of the right-shift and rotate instructions (ASR, LSR, ROR) do not correctly modify the overflow flag (V) (AJR)
06627: [Sound] (segas32.cpp) kokoroj2: Missing voice in game (Arzeno Fabrice)
06631: [Sound] (vgmplay.cpp) vgmplay: Attempting to play a .vgm/.vgz file containing 2 X POKEY does not play back correctly. (AJR)
New working machines
A-One Arrange Ball/Tandy Zingo/LJN Computer Impulse [hap, Sean Riddle]
Blades of Steel (Konami handheld) [hap, Sean Riddle]
Bucky O'Hare (Konami handheld) [hap, Sean Riddle]
Double Dragon (Tiger handheld) [hap, Sean Riddle, Kaede]
Gauntlet (Tiger handheld) [hap, Sean Riddle]
Go Go Cowboy (English, prize) [Brian Troha, Ryan Holtz, Smitdogg, The Dumping Union, Luca Elia]
INTELLEC 4/MOD 4 [Vas Crabb]
INTELLEC 4/MOD 40 [Vas Crabb]
Legend (SNES bootleg) [ShouTime, MetalliC]
Milton Bradley Arcade Mania [hap, Sean Riddle]
Sonic The Hedgehog (Tiger handheld) [hap, Sean Riddle]
Battle Chess, Blades of Steel, Castlevania, Double Dribble, Earl Weaver Baseball, Future Wars - Adventures in Time, Gamer's Edge Sampler - Catacomb and Dangerous Dave, Hardball 2, Heroes of the Lance, John Madden Football, King's Bounty, Lakers vs Celtics and the NBA Playoffs, Links - Championship Course - Bountiful Golf Course, Links - The Challenge of Golf, Mean Streets, Monopoly v2.00 (Shareware), Monty Python's Flying Circus, Ninja Gaiden II, Nova 9, Over the Net, Pharaoh's Pursuit, Secret of the Silver Blades, Speedball II, Street Fighting Man, Super C, Superstar Ice Hockey, Superstar Indoor Soccer, Superstar Indoor Sports, Superstar Outdoor Soccer, The Cycles, Top 10 Solid Gold Volume II, Wings of Fury, Zool [Justin Kerk]
ibm5170: B-17 Flying Fortress, Body Blows, Corncob Deluxe, DOS/V (multiple versions), Dune, Global Conquest, King's Quest V, Lightspeed, MS-DOS (Version 6.22, Brazilian Portuguese), Star Trek - 25th Anniversary [Justin Kerk]
pce_tourvision: Doraemon - Nobita no Dorabian Night, Majin Eiyuu Den Wataru [system11, The Dumping Union]
x68k_flop: Chourensha 68k (v1.00) [Justin Kerk]
New NOT_WORKING software list additions
ibm5150: Boulder Dash Construction Kit [Justin Kerk]
ibm5170: IBM Personal Computer DOS (Version J5.00/V) (Japanese), PC-DOS (multiple sets using XDF disk format) [Justin Kerk]
z8: Fixed disassembly of DECW RR opcode, added more control registers to state for debugger. [AJR]
Added support for experimental overclocking of sound devices through UI sliders with -cheat enabled. [AJR]
ym2151, ymf271, namco: Added support for dynamic changes to clock frequency. [AJR]
Fixed scheduler overflow when a device executes for more cycles than there are in a second. [AJR]
nibbler, levers: Changed joysticks to 4-way as documented in manuals. [AJR]
megadpkr: Hooked up 68705P5 MCU, figured out banking, and added timekeeper RAM and inputs. [AJR]
colt: Fixed colors. [AJR]
vgmplay enhancements: [AJR]
Added support for YMZ280B and YMF271.
Fixed clock speed for dual POKEY.
Produce error message when nonexistent file is specified.
froggeram: Fixed PPI accesses allowing sound emulation to work. [AJR]
listxml enhancements: [AJR]
Match arguments against device names as well as driver names.
Allowed DTD output for -listxml, -listsoftware and -getsoftlist to be suppressed with -nodtd option.
gunfront: Corrected "Upright Controls" DIP switch - OFF is Single, and should not be the default. [AJR]
mrdo: Load protection PAL data (not used at the moment). [AJR]
mastboy: Changed parallel EEPROM type to "EAROM" (rather than generic NVRAM). [AJR]
MC6800: Fixed LSROASR overflow flag generation (N XOR C). [AJR]
funystrp: Added serial EEPROM for high score entries. [AJR]
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