Then it's time to wrap things up for You to unfold on some pretty unpredictable October day.
Been writing down the list of new features too and hereby you'll get to read a sneak preview about the big two to expect. Let's have a few screenshot in there too for easier digest.
Some of this has been hinted about earlier, but putting it all together is in place now. And there's still September left to write a few more chapters - both the code and the news
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- added: Quests There are quests - and that's big. We start with around 15 quests in this version, and more will follow in the future. It's quite impossible to pinpoint it all, but here's a few lines about the most important ideas, features and mechanics regarding the implementation of quests. The quest system as a whole is an enormous (and laborous) addition. We haven't taken the easiest path, but use verbose dialogue, procedural generation and randomization to maintain replayability and immersion. Quests don't come in your way in linear or fixed fashion. Not in the the same order, not from the same NPCs, not in the same locations, and so on. Some of the quests may appear several times, some only once. The plots vary from everyday chores and problems to folklore and mythology based stories and incidents. We've paid attention to making quests also to fill in the game world and the worldview of the player (character) to good and interesting extent. There are both mundane and otherworldly things to discover, solve and learn. Quests bring a lot to the game, but open-ended and non-linear roaming, adventuring and surviving remains the essence. You are likely to get involved in quests relatively rarely. Perhaps only once or twice a month or so. And in the end it's completely up to player characters as to what extent, if at all, they want to unfold the quests and stories there now exist. * quest generation Quests are generated on the fly during the gameplay depending on various factors, world events and pre-conditions. Things like cultural area, season, nearby landscape, character's familiarity, reputation, carried equipment or skills may all affect to whether a certain quest will appear or not. For example, a certain quest might get generated only if the character is somewhat known, has flawless reputation, it's autumn and there's a big lake nearby. Another quest may require character to be a stranger but of the same culture as the quest giver. However, if the world events and conditions are suitable the quest generation also keeps on trucking in the background regardless of player character's whereabouts, actions or status. So, there are quests and new kind of events in the world - and then there's the ordinary open-ended life of the character. These two just may occasionally meet. * obtaining quests Quests can be obtained by talking to people. This applies both to villagers and lone wandering NPCs, although villager given quests are more commonly met. Quests can be accepted or ignored at will, so you are free to decide in what to get involved. All the quests are told within the chat dialogue which is often versatile and not too straightforward. The dialogue proceeds based on the chat options, questions and answers, you choose. You don't always necessarily get to know all the details or tidbits. And sometimes you may learn seemingly trivial things about the UnReal World in general within the quest dialogue. There are basically three ways to find out about a quest: 1. You talk to NPC and find out about a quest. 2. NPC comes talk to you and tells about a quest. 3. You talk to NPC, asking "How is it going?", and they tell you about a person/situation which can be investigated further and may then lead to getting involved in a quest. So the general "How is it going?" chat option now serves as a way to ask if somebody in the village has a known quest or problem of which the other NPCs are also aware of. If there is, NPCs will hint you about it and mention who you should talk to. This kind of hints about quests are often quite vague and call for asking the NPC in question for more information. Within this sort of quest hint dialogue you can pretty much always ask where to find the NPC in question. Notice that NPCs may also rarely have personal problems or quests of which the other villagers are not aware of.
And continuing to ask where to find the person in question:
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* quest journal [F2] A new information page, quest journal, has been added. Quest journal is viewed with [F2] key command and it contains the list and details of quests the character is currently involved in, or has completed in the past. Quest journal main page shows the list of quests along with their titles, quest giver information, assignment and expiration dates. You can then select a quest from the list to view it in detail. Detailed quest information is provided by showing all the relevant talk lines you have heard from NPCs. We don't use ordinary "your goal is to..." quest summaries, but instead you'll see the exact information you've been told. Should you discover new information from NPCs along the way the quest journal details will update accordingly. From the quest details page you can also view the quest related map markers. See below.
And detailed quest information is provided by showing the relevant talk lines. In this screenshot, most of the text is blurred in order not to spoil the fun.
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* quest related map markers Quests also add markers on the map of known areas. Locations of the related NPCs you have met and talked to are always marked on the map, but there can be also markers of important quest related areas - if you have found about them. There's "[F6] Map locations" option at the bottom of each quest details page. It shows the map of known areas with markers of the said quest. Like all the map markers also the quest related markers can be pointed and clicked, or selected by keyboard, to view the associated information. There are two types of quest related markers: 'Quest location' and 'Quest related area'. 'Quest location' marker shows locations of NPCs you have obtained quest related information from. These are the locations where you originally heard NPCs talking about the quest. Clicking the marker shows the quest in question and the related NPC description. You often need to return back to the quest giver after completing the quest further away, and these markers help you to find your way at the important quest related people you have met. 'Quest related area' marker indicates a specific quest related area or location somebody has told you about. Quest related locations are always described also verbally within the quest dialog, but in some cases the area markers appear to indicate rough whereabouts of the place in question. Size of the quest related area markers can vary, and they foremostly give you an initial idea of the area where to head for further investigation. Clicking the marker shows the quest in question and what the marked area is about.
...and the "Quest related area" marker::
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* quest rewards You may get rewarded by NPCs for completing a quest. There are different types of reward, and here's briefing of the most important ones. In addition, completing quests also quite often increase your reputation in the eyes of the whole village, or the solitary NPC in question. - items NPCs can reward you with variety of items. Sometimes these are plain ordinary items, but there are also new items you can obtain only by completing quests. These new special items are often somehow magical or enchanted in nature. NPCs will describe you the properties and usage of the new special items within the quest dialog. - get taught in skills You can get rewarded with a lesson in certain skill which improves the said skill with 3-6 points the next time you use it in true situation. The lower the skill level is the greater skill improvement results from a given lesson. Having to actually use the skill after the lesson means that in case of a tracking lesson the improvent requires tracking skill to be used where there actually are tracks to spot. And in case of a sword lesson, the improvement requires a true sword combat maneuver to be executed. And so on. - village goods of your choice for free You can get village goods up to certain value for free. Upon getting this kind of reward NPCs usually tell you the value of the reward in squirrel hides which gives a rough idea about what you can expect to get. The village goods you can get for free can be anything that villagers would also normally trade, and you can choose the goods from storehouses or individual NPCs. In practice this reward works like having a certain amount of trading credit. After picking up your selections the items appear as 'unpaid' and you claim them to yourself through trading options the same way as you would normally trade for unpaid items. But now upon starting to trade, with the reward active, villagers tell you how much of the selected items your reward covers. If your reward doesn't cover all of the trade you need to pay for the remaining amount by normal means of trading. If the reward covers all of the trade you don't naturally have to pay anything, and the remaining value of the reward can be claimed later on. You can change your mind, decide whether to accept the deal or not and all that just like in normal trading. It is the same with getting reward provided items from individual NPCs. Start trading, make your selections and they will tell you how much, if at all, you need to pay. Moreover, individual NPCs are usually more willing to give their goods as a reward as they would in normal trading situation. You don't have to use the reward right away or at once, but can spend it at any time you desire. Everytime you claim some free goods NPCs will remind you about how much of the reward still remains. - spells You may learn new spells both as a quest reward and during the quest dialogue in general. These new spells vary from hunting and fishing spells to interacting with the spirit world. Sometimes the spells itself or following the magical means NPCs describe are required to complete certain quests. See separate spells section below for more information.
And somebody promises a spell as a reward:
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- added: new spells, in a new way There are around 20 new spells and magical means to learn and perform. The new spells differ a great deal from the common rituals (F4) in their content and way of performance. We'll get into details below, but this all can be very well considered the start of the spell system and spirit world overhaul. The new spells are based on the worldview and beliefs of the ancient Finns - with a greatest ambition. All the new spells are based on the actual collected hunting and fishing spells. We've pursued, in a lack of better words, for historical and mythological accuracy This comes down not only to spell backgrounds or verbal description but also to how the spells were actually performed. The new spells are not simply selected from the list for the magic to happen, but performed with the actual player character actions which vary for each spell. * The new spells can be learned from NPCs within quests. Verbal information to perform these spells can be then found within quest dialog in the quest journal. (In the future versions we'll make the new spells appear in the ritual screen [F4] as well.) As the spell descriptions are sometimes verbose and contain background information too they can also reveal you a little something about the people's worldview and beliefs in general. * The new spells are often "do like this and that will happen" kind of things. To perform a spell in question you then need to follow the instructions by using the common game mechanics and actions. For example, if the spell instructions would say "throw three rocks at a spruce tree before the sunrise and your loop snares will be favourable" the spell would be performed by throwing three rocks at a spruce tree before the sunrise. That's just an example and not an actual magical mean there is in the game, but you get the picture. When the spell required actions have been executed there's no notification of any kind about a succesfully performed spell. If you did the right actions you've performed the spell right, and some magic did happen. If the spell actually worked in the game world or not, well, that is hopefully to be noticed at some point. That's how the spells work. * Effects of the spells and magical means are vague and subtle as usual. Some spells are simple, some are more complex, but most often they consists of seemingly ordinary things that have magical meaning behind them once you know it. There are rarely evident results to be noticed, but nevertheless the magical, ritualistic and mythical actions you learn and perform have impact on the game world.