The Kramora Times # 2 – Ananias 1.74 released

This is the second edition of The Kramora Times, you favorite and more reliable source for all Ananias-related information.

Version 1.74 released

As usual, lots of changes. Take a look!

1.74.1

Gameplay

  • Add shields, can use them to block attacks in combat but they prevent using Agressive tactics (Except for Paladin). Also heavy shields can make you encumbered.
  • Add arms, legs and foot armor slots. You can wear armor or clothing to protect these body parts or make your character look cool.
  • Implement encumbered penalty: All classes can try to wear all armor and shields, but may become encumbered and lose a turn on battle.
  • Nerf paladin starting equipment.
  • Add starting spells.
  • Add a LOT of new items (shields, armwear, legwear, boots, clothing and armor).

Level Generation

  • Add graveyard and forge rooms: Tobs and Furnances only show in these, also graveyard has dirt floor.
  • Add irregular rooms to Temple
  • Add regular rooms to cave levels, as well as libraries, graveyards and forges.

User Experience

  • Add message stacking for readability (this prevents them from overlapping).
  • Black shadow on messages for readability on levels with bright terrain.
  • Make some messages “static” instead of floating, so they don’t overlap with the floating ones, for readability.
  • Instant movement on safe rooms, so you can move quickly using the keyboard specially.
  • Preselect target for spells or items.
  • Activate attack messages for enemies.
  • Change Tomb descriptions.
  • Shorten time for magic attacks animations.
  • Add fade out for monster death.

Mobile UX

  • Full size scrolls and dialogs
  • Remove hints of invisible enemies
  • Change inventory screen appearance.
  • Add toogleable spells/skills row shown on main screen.

Desktop UX

  • Remove movement arrows.

Plans for the future

I am getting close to the Steam and iOS release; I really want to finish this cycle of development so I can focus on marketing and developing other projects.

This is the status of the same items I talked about on Kramora Times # 1

Adding more items

The lack of graphics for the detailed views of all items has prevent me from adding all of them. I have decided I won’t let that stop me, so for the items for which I don’t have a zoomed graphic, I’ll just use the normal “paperdoll” graphic. It may be won’t look very professional at first, but in time I might get the resources to add these missing graphics.

Almost done! Only missing thing is adding the different weapons; armor/clothing, shields, boots and gloves (and leg-wear in addition) have been added with their new corresponding equipment slots.

I have been thinking on adding a bit more to the plot / story. Still haven’t thought on the details. I’ve made up some sparse bits of lore, so may be I can use that as a starting point for the world. As for the player experience inside the game, I may include some recurring characters with semi-random events. Again, still haven’t thought it out.

Not much has been done here, however the development of this year’s 7DRL (Rise of Kramora) has given me some ideas for a better back plot.

The game is clearly not meant to be played using the keyboard now. There’s a rudimentary support for movement but it’s pretty slow. Also, there are no keyboard shortcuts neither support for the menus or inventory.

Some advancement here: Keyboard based movement is now much faster. Still gotta add support for the rest of things. Gamepad support hasn’t been added yet.

  • Allow sneaking past enemies if you are stealthy: Monsters won’t always notice you when you step into the room.
  • Shareable character dead page including conducts
  • Enhance the crafting system
  • Unique (active) skills per class

Still pending and still planned.

Allow changing tactics (Defensive / Balanced / Offensive / Berserk)

 

Berserk not yet implemented!

Indie Maker Medellin event

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I was at a local Indie Game Developer event in my hometown (Medellin), organized by Gamers and Geeks in Centro Comercial Monterrey.

Lots of people got to play the game and there were some prizes for the more popular games. Ananias didn’t win, but in reality I had a different set of goals in mind… (insert evil laughter here)

  • Examine how people interacted with the game to enhance the desktop experience.
  • Crowdsource testing for the latest version to find and destroy bugs.
  • Get more people to know the game.

It was a pretty successful event, there’s a possibility to join the organizers on a stand for the upcoming local ComicCon.

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Ananias Statues

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The production of the first batch of Dumeril Sage statues isn’t yet finished; we have made some advancements tho, and I even managed to deliver a couple of them in my latest trip to the Northern American Empire. We have redesigned the box so it’s more sturdy now, and all we are missing are the definitive bases for the figures.

I still don’t know if we are going to make more of these; our options for distribution are quite limited, but we will only know once we sit down to sum all costs and project the costs for the future.

Potential new trailer

As the Steam and iOS releases draw near, I have been thinking on the possibility of remaking the trailer to something darker and more exciting. I have already contacted one of three possible alternatives to make it. It’s quite likely it should be ready for the next Kramora Times.

itch.io week and Ananias Community

itch.io is currently the main storefront for the Desktop versions of Ananias; right now they “decided to spend an entire week celebrating what itch.io stands for and the people who use it.”. It’s a great platform so I invite you to go there and celebrate!

I have also activated their community feature, so if you have an itch.io account you can now share your stories with fellow adventurers here

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