In the screenshot above you see the “crafting” system I’ve just implemented on Queen Of Thieves. It’s nothing complex, and to be honest calling it crafting is a bit too much: you just place gems in the various items sockets, similarly to what happens in Diablo/Torchlight.
Anyway, even if simple, it’s quite addictive, both for casual players but also for nightmare-mode players. For the former because it’s just fun to place the various gems and see the stats go up. For the latter, because using the right combination they could find a new strategy to beat a difficult battle. I tested myself in an early catacomb level, and while leveling up to acquire new skills is what makes your party more powerful, I was able to beat a particularly difficult battles with gems alone (even if I used a cheat mode to get powerful gems early).
So in summary I’m very happy about the result, and I think was a good idea to add it. I think it’s balanced, because it can give you the edge in a battle but not completely change the difficulty.
And most importantly, since you can apply gem to any armor piece, it means that you can always equip the outfit you like most (as said before, the items you wear are reflected in the sprite in this game). Yes, everything started when users in forums wanted a solution to this problem! 🙂
I’m still unsure if to allow the gem-socketing for weapons too. I might need some more time to decide, but I think not. After all players have already a lot of stuff to customize!
This week I’ve resumed the catacomb exploration coding, hoping to finish it by mid-July at the latest. After that, I’ll only need to wait for the writer to finish the otome routes, and the artist to do some missing artwork but most of the work is done.
The catacombs will have “only” 9 levels, but I’m trying to make each level unique. Currently I’m doing the second level, which will feature a mad priest asking riddles thorough the level, like the one above. Obviously if you answer wrong…bad things will happen 😉
Quick update about the other games
This week made good progress. Just to name a few (there are much more but can’t list everything):
- the intro scene of Cursed Lands, with the character creation done by talking to Apolimesho. Quite cool 🙂
- more writing for Loren 2, though obviously it’s still in early stages
- more writing/art/music for Never Forget Me (Always Remember Me sequel)
- more Heirs & Graces scenes and CG sketches… very hot and with a good amount of fanservice!
- more screens for the yet-to-be-announced yuri game. More fanservice for yuri lovers 😉
So even if the month of June is almost ended, it was a good month for the development, like May. Sooner or later all those games “in progress” will be finished… and it could happen that I’ll release 2-3 of them in sequence, since there are several that are “almost done”! 🙂