Expedition: June 8 Update

Procedural Terrain

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  • Created heightmap using Perlin noise, and apply to Unity Terrain object
  • Add the first layer of textures to the terrain based on height boundaries (ocean floor, grassland, and mountain).
  • Make the boundaries between terrain types fuzzier by fading, dithering and adding noise to the height thresholds.
  • Add forests by seeding with trees on the grassland band, and then growing them.
  • Add support to load towns into the terrain

Music / SFX

  • Added battle overlay so when you go to Combat mode it transitions smoothly into a more active track.
  • Added ambiance background noise for land exploration.

Graphics

  • Better textures for the Muisca towns, more responsive to changes on lighting

Fatigue System

  • Changed sleeping hours prompt to use a slider
  • Check time for the “sunny” modifier (only add during the day)
  • Add notifications when finished resting.
  • Added a “resting” label to the HUD shown while the expedition is resting.

Camera

  • Use scrollwheel or +- to change the zoom level
  • Remove automatic battle zoom

Expedition: June 1 update

Here comes a big batch of work, prompted mainly by us participating in Crea Digital, a Colombia government grant/contest/thing, since some friends told us its guidelines are pretty in line with Expedition.

So we went into it… and after a lot of paper-work, we submitted on Thursday. Hope we can get these funds to pay for the much-needed artwork!

Besides the planning work, most of the dev was aimed to create an Alpha version showing a historical Muisca campaign. Muiscas is the culture that lived in Colombia before the Spanish came, I designed a scenario around the tragic legend of Pacanchique.

Here’s a video of the current alpha release!

There is another thing that changed now. So far I’ve been focusing on creating a “Demo” of the game to show it to potential publishers. That hasn’t worked so far and I’ve almost run out of resources to continue, so we are now looking forward to creating a fully playable version of the game, and publish it ourselves in case we cannot find a good deal, let’s see how far we can go with our own funds.

We are going to focus on a gameplay mode where you land at a procedurally generated island and you explore it to find discoveries (native cultures, artifacts, plants, and animals) while surviving dangers such as animals or savages. You need to build some outposts in order to recover your health and be able to push inland more every time.

Some other project news is the team is growing! we were joined by
David Flórez for art and 3D modeling and Juan Carlos García (QuietGecko) for SFX and Music. Along with the efforts of Paul Pereda and Camilo Ramirez, they were key in order to be able to complete the demo for Crea Digital, welcome guys!

Pacanchique Campaign

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Pacanchique and Azay, by Paul Pereda
  • New Campaign “Sons of Bachué”, starting in Hunza with a party of Muisca spearmen.
  • Sample terrain based on the Muisca Confederation territory.

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  • Add cities and temples to visit using their own test models.
  • Add quest to visit Sugamuxi on a time limit
  • Add Muisca map

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Unit Selection and targetting

  • Allow selecting units with a single click
  • Show cursor in target location when moving units.

Building

  • Separated Camping and town building, you can now build outposts independently.

SFX and Music

  • Add new SFX for combat
  • Add new rain ambiance
  • Add music for exploration with the Muisca civ.

Camping

  • You can now camp/rest anywhere inland, not just in camps.
  • Add a bonus to fatigue recovery if resting in a camp.
  • Don’t increase fatigue while resting
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Guecha Warrior concept by Davíd Florez

Combat

  • Display death notification of crew member including death cause
  • Make player units move normally during combat regardless of fatigue

Towns

  • Removed town name labels (testing to see what’s better)
  • Added back temporary icons to the buildings in towns, temporarily.
  • Keep faces of people in towns
  • Added option to receive artifact in a conversation

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Assorted

  • Change camera position on the title screen
  • Added support for localization and Spanish bundle.
  • Fix Pause system to use a state machine
  • Remove the Pause button, redundant with settings.

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  • Lighter color for water during the night.
  • Access settings by pressing the escape key
  • Added cancel button to prompt popup

Expedition – May 6 Update

Fatigue System

  • Updates are more granular now (every 10 mins of game time)
  • Fatigue area is more compact now in the UI.
  • Reduce Expedition speed based on max fatigue to a maximum of 30%

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Hunger System

  • Add Hunger Alert bar (only display when average Expedition hunger is > 1)
  • Add fatigue modifiers for Expedition hunger. (The more hungry you get, the more quickly you become tired)
  • Kill Expedition units if starving for too long.

User Interface

  • Adapted buy supplies dialog to a new simpler schema (Still pending UI assets)
  • Import new test assets for Town and NPC Interaction UI

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World

  • Make cloud particle effects follow the player.
  • Add grasslands.
  • Tweaks on Island

Combat

  • Drag select units when in combat mode

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Coming up

  • Individual movement and attack commands during combat.
  • Changes in Camp command to be able to sleep anywhere, anytime.
  • Enable back Map screen
  • Add more towns to map include native town in the mainland.
  • Add animals and monsters attacking you in the mainland.
  • Add ruins with treasure.