At two weeks per post, BYOND and Within is likely to run a bit long. However, the new format merges the items that repeat every week and makes the column look more varied. Sweet.
I don't have a specific Todo Review this time, but I'd like you all to know that everything in the Submissions forum and everything I've said I'd review in this column has been processed. I'll try to mark the forum threads from now on. Feedback will continue to be left on the hub tabs alone.
Thank you again to those who have been joining to help me test. =)
Silk Games released the Black Sanctum expansion to their retro MORPG NEStalgia and followed it up with two patches. Meanwhile, a dedicated podcast is being hosted by Silk Games members Ben "Silk" Mallahan and Jared "Balzack" Reilly. Go earn some new medals, hair dyes and guild capes while you explore the massive new dungeon.
Forum_account's digging platformer A Miner Adventure has been updated with fixes, interface tweaks and additions to the builder's kit. Meanwhile, his Sidescroller library has been updated with the announcement and continued development of a new action RPG called Tiny Heroes. A video preview is available.
Is it just me or do clean blocks with a decent palette always look good?
Acebloke has released an update for his empire-building project Wargames2. Among the fixes, features and changes are new research, units and improved AI. Subscribers will be able to make use of the latter to settle towns while they're away. Acebloke's attention is now on scenarios for the prequel.
...Seriously, blocks rock.
As promised, TheMagicMan has added ten new classes to his strategy game War of Heroes. Humanity gained the Blade Dancer, Cryomancer, Illusionist, Swashbuckler and Warlord. The other side gained the Blackguard, Liche, Naga, Vengeful Spirit and Voidmancer. Up next could be a JRPG-styled game for a single player.
Magicbeast20 has released two updates for his cooperative wave-based shooter Quarantine. Maps, modes, medals and more have been added along with subscriber benefits.
I find it much easier to survive, but I could still use an audio/map reference when my ammo runs out instead of the chat spam. Magicbeast20 has repeatedly made changes in response to feedback so be sure to offer some. =)
Kaiochao has released and updated Shootah. It's a cooperative shooter with circles firing in all directions. Despite the carnage, it's oddly silent and the chat spam appears to be a poor substitution while actually playing. Overall though, me likey. I've enjoyed getting my butt kicked and popping right back into the action.
OrangeWeapons has released his entry to the now (supposedly) complete BYOND Cartridge Classic II. It's a boardgame called Chess: Space Ripple. Much of it appears to work like normal chess. However, every random amount of turns, a connection to a second board opens that doubles the amount of pieces available.
Boxcar has released his first game. It's an action puzzle called LumberGary. Players have a limited amount of stamina to chop trees and avoid enemies on their way to the goal in each level.
Want to push those crates around while stumbling in the dark under the threat of inhuman enemies? Bravo1 offers a demo for Darkness in which you can do just that while lighting your path with gunfire.
Camdev has released "an online tabletop game with characters you'd find in RPGs" called Voxles. Players choose six from twenty characters to battle opposing teams. A chart of the skills is now available.
I have yet to play so I hope there's more than a title screen. I'm not a master of advertising, but perhaps a more descriptive visual could be found for the screenshots. ;)
Spunky_Girl has released and updated a library for MORPG creation called Foundation. It sorely needs a reference, but it is said to include the basis for skills, NPCs, quest generation, administration, saving and more. Requests are welcome.
Following some project organization, Makeii has released more details on the design of his action RPG Magus Aora - Edreoll. Character progression will be quest-based, missions will take place on instanced maps and maps will be divided into area stages that must be completed to travel.
Following FUNimation's recent actions, Vermolius has removed 106 fangame medals from Medal Metal Arena. The good news is that the music and graphics are set to improve. Those with original games might want to suggest their medals for inclusion.
Aaiko is still seeking a theme for his tower defense game. The usual fantasy and space standbys have failed due to art production concerns. Fortunately, the interface and game logic appear to be coming along in preparation for use with BYOND's Flash client. Inexpensive artists are welcome.