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One Crawled out of the Foxhole

This is mostly a bugfix release to get a working Windows version again. I think I have covered all received bug reports, and a few more. I updated the Windows binary and sources, at the blog and at I'll announce the release and build the Linux versions within a day or two, I guess ;) Here's hoping this build is working as expected under Windows.

Download binary: direct link

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Exciting news. Good luck on the road ahead. (I'm curious, but afraid I don't have a lot of time to playtest these days.)

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Tzan, yeah I think something similar was going on here. I discovered an error in the actual grid size calculation, which caused the map to become too big in certain resolutions. On my own laptop, the application would just trudge along, but in native Windows, crash. Now that I've fixed that (and cleaned up a few other bugs), things should hopefully go more smoothly. I'll sit on the fixes for a few days, to make sure everything is sound before I rush a new release.

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Early Dev / Re: LandOfFlies
« on: September 10, 2018, 11:07:28 PM »
the sprays only work on different bugs, bug spray works on all bugs, fly spray will only kill flys, ant spray will only kill ants,
oh, that's cool, something that should add depth as the player learns the game. I did experience some bugs not dying when I sprayed them, and wondered if ants had more hp or something ;) I probably try it again, I enjoy the puzzle-like tactics.

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Early Dev / Re: LandOfFlies
« on: September 10, 2018, 12:26:22 PM »
Hey, I gave your game a try. It worked well in Linux for me (using Wine), seemingly no hiccups. I like the theme and the visual style. I see you're starting a similarly looking project about zombies, and have to say I prefer the more original theme of Land of Flies :) The interface and gameplay seems solid enough, although I did somehow lack a feeling of urgency. Just being dropped in an infinite world and told to collect as many ?-s as possible felt slightly unfocused. If you expand the project, maybe you could give it some more direction. Like, secrets could be put in special places, and provide clues as to where further secrets can be found ("Follow the river westwards to reach the Temple of Beelzebub"), or something like that? I would also consider adding fog of war to make exploration more exciting, though the game might do fine without it, of course.

Content-wise, some stats, monsters etc. felt a bit samey. For instance, there seemed to be little practical difference between armor points and hit points. And what's with the several different kinds of spray (I get the impression they are basically the same, or is ant spray extra deadly to ants, or something along those lines)? Similarly, separate counters for food and water didn't feel like it added much.

Enemies could also do with a bit more variety, I think. Maybe spiders leave cobweb, which cost an extra turn to move across; or different vermin could have different behavior. Eg. flies could move more or less at random, whilst ants make straight for you. The current ai, with the insects mostly keeping a certain distance and trying to block your path made it more or less impossible to avoid letting them hit you first. It was also hard to predict when they would suddenly move two tiles in a turn, making it difficult to navigate around them. It would be nice if there were more viable strategies to "read ahead" and squash or avoid bugs without getting hit (maybe there are, and I just didn't notice).

Hope you can use those first impressions for something. Good luck, full speed ahead!

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So, I found the bug that can cause the game to crash when offering NPCs gifts. The other one is still a bit mysterious, but my hunch is that it's related to the game trying to draw outside of its window boundary, which turned out to be an issue for certain resolutions under Windows with this release. So I guess I'll tidy up the code that causes this, and try to put out a hopefully more stable release within the week or so.

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Okay, I managed to reproduce the bug and hopefully fix it. Maybe you can see if this works:

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Hmm. I got another Windows-centric bug that I managed to reproduce, so let's hope the best. That one was related to running the game fullscreen – default, I'm afraid – but really shouldn't prevent the game from starting.

The game may have left a crash log in a directory like \your_home\.LoSt\log\ If so, feel free to paste the ending here or send it to me or something (spam.minotaur.spam at googlemail) ;D

Come to think of it, if you've had LoSt installed on the same computer earlier, the problem may be related to a lingering config file. If so, it might work to delete LoSt's folder and try again. Don't forget to backup the log first, tho' ;) Thanks for the interest, it's much appreciated!

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Thanks for the heads up. A pillarist is a guy who lives on a pillar (hermit), actually :)

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Water is very available. Personally I wish it were a bit more rare, and that merchants carried less of it around, but oh well.
It used to be an issue that merchants sometimes didn't have enough water to pay you, but now they seem to have an infinite amount. You can basically sell your ultra-advanced artifacts to random shmucks to get hundreds of drams in pocket. It may be a development hack, and if so I can see why they put it in, and it's probably better than having to micro manage stash houses and the like, but it does take away from the feeling of a world where water is extremely scarce. I personally also find that lead slugs may be a bit too cheap (ie. easy to come by) in the new version. I liked being wary about using the carbine because I was running out of ammo, for instance.

Regarding the other massive changes the team has been making, I'm generally very pleased and impressed. For traditionalists, some takes a bit getting used to. But I think they've done well with stuff like factions and sultan cults, and even the utterly crazy stuff like extradimensional esper-hunters and weird mushrooms fits well with the game by making it even more sprawling. it seems to be the design philosophy of these people, not to balance by reining in power curves and such, but just ramping up the world in general to 11. Regarding food, I can only chime in with Skeletor's general analysis. It's reminiscent  something I've been thinking about for a long time for my own game, actually, so I've been interested in seeing how they solve it here. In a way, I still like the unambiguous kind of corpse eating you have in Nethack et al., where eating a certain corpse grants a certain intrinsic, and it's certainly not trivial to strike the balance between survivalism mechanics and grind-avoiding design, but CoQ's new system feels both more modern and more organically connected to the rest of the game world.

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By some ill-boding twist of fate (yet, ill-boding still unbeknownst to whom), you'd gleaned the location of an infamous fugitive. So you found yourself down at Arken Jailhouse, at least to ogle the Wanted-poster and count your options, as well as your leads …

Hello, bois and gyrls, it's story time again. I just put up a new version of LoSt on Dropbox. Get it here:

Download Land of Strangers #12

The development blog has a post about the release. It's a pretty big one, I guess. There are a lot of changes in relation to older versions. My personal favorite is probably that you can now rest at a (currently unique) saloon to heal long-term wounds. This costs cash, and you have to make sure that the saloon keeper stays alive. (If not, who is going to put chocolate on your pillow in the morning? Later versions will include several resting hubs in each game world, so a little bar brawl won't necessarily be a biggie.) The resting system is quite basic now, but opens up for some of the feature ideas I've been having for years.

The world still feels a bit uninhabited and samey, but I put in an obvious "mission". It's included to add a sense of purpose and to prototype some of the new systems (advanced players: play as mudfaced goons with populism and try to shoot the sheriff instead). My hope now is to work on adding more missions and other points of interest that can be randomized and mashed together for every new game to create some kind of unique "world lore" for each Land.

There are some bugs sticking in the release, of course. The graphics engine has some general issues, but I decided to leave a lot of that for now. Some last minute changes did introduce even more weirdnesses, however, so I hope the rendering doesn't get too confusing to look at. I'll try to add some quick fixes to make sure all actors are always visible, and that speech scrolls display in a more proper order; and perhaps save the much-needed refactoring for later :P Be that as it may, I'll just leave the changelog below.

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* SYSTEM: Started work on travelogue mode (zoomed out overworld map)
* SYSTEM: Scaled everything up a bit in size (world generation and tactics)
* SYSTEM: Added base system for boons (quests and achievements)
* SYSTEM: Added long-term resting (incomplete)
* SYSTEM: Added individual reputation stat for Critters (incomplete)
* SYSTEM: Added system for dynamic nicknames (incomplete)
* SYSTEM: Placeholder system for experience and shtick acquisition (temporary)
* SYSTEM: Disabled sprinting (temporary)
* SYSTEM: Drop/pickup now works on adjacent tiles
* SYSTEM: Give items by dropping them onto an adjacent NPC
* SYSTEM: Replaced wound system with a flat "grit" meter of bruises/injuries
* SYSTEM: Interrupted attacks not blocked, but always graze/go wild
* SYSTEM: Increased inventory space
* SYSTEM: Flumadiddling (inventory handling) now counts as a free action
* SYSTEM: Flumadiddling with cocked guns can be dangerous
* SYSTEM: Better support for instantaneous events
* SYSTEM: Perks and skills merged to one category, shticks
* SYSTEM: Character generation changed to reflect new shtick system
* SYSTEM: (testing) Set all shtick costs to 1 point in character generation
* SYSTEM: Kits for unarmed combat moddable (like prefixed guns etc.)

* CONTENT: Start game in Arken Town, a small settlement
* CONTENT: Basic bounty: Bring a wanted bandit to justice
* CONTENT: Changed intro text to reflect sample, soft "win condition"
* CONTENT: Simple rivers and mountains added as climate types
* CONTENT: Added some props: [redacted] and more
* CONTENT: New shticks: Muster, Circle blow, The breathing way, Leatherbrain
* CONTENT: Made bricks stackable and gave them stats as thrown weapons
* CONTENT: Derringers and pepperbox guns are now two separate types
* CONTENT: Changed effect of adrenaline syringe to: heal all bruises
* CONTENT: Changed effect of bleeding to: inflict all bruises as wounds
* CONTENT: Changed feel no pain to: always heal for 3 turns
* CONTENT: Changed war wound to: increase chance of wounds healing badly
* CONTENT: Changed tough as nails to: decrease chance of healing badly
* CONTENT: Removed Swordfighter career, added Barber instead

* UI: Started to implement mouse support (incomplete)
* UI: Configuration wizard for first-time players
* UI: Message log now oriented to center of the menu
* UI: Message log not flushed between turns
* UI: Added option to cancel character creation mid-process
* UI: Replaced dual-button system with main button (experimental)
* UI: Separate shortcut keys for inventory (default [F1-F10])
* UI: Shortcut [G] and [,] to get/give/drop command
* UI: Commands to zoom in/out on map
* UI: Menus reorganized to put option 0 on top
* UI: Scrolling menus are still ugly and buggy, but less buggy :P
* UI: Distinct animation for grazes and several other events/effects
* UI: Support for onomatopoeta (sound effects) on tactical map
* UI: Added colored messages (signals pleased/annoyed status)
* UI: Speech scrolls now take a few seconds to fade out when dismissed
* UI: Removed all non-free fonts from the game
* UI: Modified font (Linux Biolinum) for better unicode support
* UI: Redid the in-game character sheet a bit
* UI: Disabled player survey (at least for now)
* UI: Removed obsolete manual (temporarily)
* UI: (debug) print_me() to log/stdout when looking at beings slightly prettier
* UI: (debug) Game now makes a backup log when the game crashes

* WORLD GENERATION: Place templates can contain player's starting position
* WORLD GENERATION: Merged Region and Climate classes
* WORLD GENERATION: Added Superregion class (named region on the map)
* WORLD GENERATION: Region name generation takes climate etc. into account
* WORLD GENERATION: Lots(!) of small and big changes to how the world is built

* AI: States can be pure switches
* AI: State machine can remember several distinct targets at once
* AI: Can prompt the player to choose an alternative and react accordingly
* AI: Can test (simple) scripted conditions directly from the data files
* AI: Some tactical changes to reflect new combat systems (incomplete)

* BUG: Time system with simultaneous actions wasn't simultaneous
* BUG: Shtick descriptions weren't displayed during character generation
* BUG: Sometimes crashed when critter ai had no target
* BUG: Game crashed with manually inputed world seeds
* BUG: Trying to draw off screen crashed (hopefully fixed)
* BUG: Various other small bugs that would crash for no reason ;)
* BUG: Post mortem "screensaver mode" sometimes hung
* BUG: Impossible to demolish house walls
* BUG: Certain places didn't spawn at all
* BUG: Savescumming may have been buggy, should now be more fool proof :)
* BUG: Help screen didn't print command keys properly
* BUG: Game window sometimes started maximized when it should not
* BUG: Reset some attributes when patching beings with certain kits
* BUG: Some speech scrolls were rendered twice (fixed, but reappeared )-:
* BUG: Some speech scrolls didn't get painted to the map
* BUG: Speech scrolls flickered for a split second between turns
* BUG: Sprites disappear when several gets drawn to the same hex
* BUG: Certain "steppable" objects, like thorns, didn't work properly
* BUG: Random characters always started with "animal friend" shtick :P
* BUG: Character sheet listed inventory's kit names instead of prop titles
* BUG: Typo in /kits/desert_life/brains.yug made tool wielders unable to attack
* BUG: Dilettante sometimes got same skill twice
* BUG: Attack forms without crit effects did no damage on crit hit
* BUG: Typos: "pilarist", "omniscinet", "likelyhood", and a few more ...

Off-topic (Locked) / Re: Origin of the term - 'Roguelite'
« on: July 19, 2018, 06:12:40 AM »
It’s probably best to bite the bullet and acknowledge the state of affairs. One way to differentiate one self from the slew of action RLs is to specify something like «turn-based Roguelike» (Slash uses the term «classic RL»).

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Off-topic (Locked) / Re: Origin of the term - 'Roguelite'
« on: July 11, 2018, 02:16:08 PM »
Interesting. As a side note, it's my impression that most people would consider the Mystery Dungeon games proper roguelikes nowadays. So the terminology has shifted a bit over the years.

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I'm getting a security warning when I access the forums (not the blog) lately. Firefox and Epiphany requires me to press an extra button to proceed, because
Quote from: Epiphany
This does not look like the real Attackers might be trying to steal or alter information going to or from this site.
Just thought I'd mention it :)

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Off-topic (Locked) / Re: Songs from your country
« on: May 07, 2018, 11:18:30 PM »
Very roguelike song.
Haha, good luck ;)

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