I drank the Kool-Aid. Last week, I had no idea why I would want to use Google+. This week, I've grown used to stalking following people who can shove me in an abandoned circle if I get too annoying. I actually missed multiple BYOND pages this week because I was reading Google+ posts and forgot I was signed in... Sorry about that. If you want in on the sickness, here I am and here's an invite. ;)
Taking over for IainPeregrine, CauTi0N has responded to community feedback with an update for the cooperative action title Casual Quest. In addition to bug fixes, skill costs are now attributed to classes, skill descriptions now include potency and balance has been tweaked. Become a fan on Facebook!
Silk Games have provided another update preview for their MORPG NEStalgia. Expect new spell animations, the ability to remove individual stat seeds, rebalanced burst damage and skills for elemental enchantments. Plans for soldiers and merchants will be announced soon.
Ill Im released a customizable robot shooter called War Bots. No download is available, but servers have been hosted. Meanwhile, Ill Im's RPG Tinsdalia is being reprogrammed from scratch to decrease compile times which have made small fixes a pain.
Kumorii uploaded a shooter called Zombies. Thus far it only offers one map and an Endless mode with an increasing rate of enemies. Ammo conservation, item drops, new weapons and more enemies are on the way.
Kyle_ZX released demos for what appear to be two different RPGs. Dungeon Runner is "really UGLY, but packed with mechanics". Myth is a "unique" take with ASCII graphics. Neither has a hub entry so unzip them yourself.
When FUNimation decided to assert more control over their IP, Axerob took the opportunity to form his own out of his Naruto fangame. If all goes well, the MORPG Shinobi Online should see a release around the time you read this. Good luck! =)
Bravo1 repeatedly updated his vehicular shooter Tanx. There are new modes, new parts, AI improvements, a new map and a variety of interface changes. Unfortunately, a bug revealed itself with a frame rate increase and the mouse control is no longer fluid. The keyboard may offer an alternative twin stick feel soon.
Preparing the internals for future combat changes, Acebloke provided an update for his military/economic sim Wargames. Units have been rebalanced, gained more regional distinctions and can be bought in larger bulks.
Alexandra Erin has been reporting enough progress on her MORPG RetroQuest to make me think this digest might actually be useful. Encounter combat, learn magic, view graphical changes, tame BYOND tools... or just wait for the wiki. Fearing success, I shall now use an outdated picture just because it contains little creatures. (As usual, click to enlarge.)
Enduring a storm, Calus CoRPS has posted videos of a new building game called Clunky Ships. There is no defined goal, but players will be allowed to create and launch space vessels.
Complex Robot has been working on some form of exploratory simulation currently called Open Planet. Light shines and fire burns. Water spreads and causes items to sink or float. Tunnels can be dug and items can be crafted.
Fugsnarf has been developing a PvP turn-based fighter called Dawn of Battle. In addition to standard attacks and elemental alignments, there will be moves which require minigames to perform. Players will earn in-game money, characters and fame.
Lige and MDC have continued to post screenshots and details for their upcoming round/objective-based fighter Invasion. The focus has been on character creation with stats, skill trees and related artwork. MDC, Branks and Teka123 have volunteered to be NPCs with the latter becoming a target for gold seekers.
Jittai has been making progress on his competitive dungeon crawl. Status effects are in, spells can be cast and enemies can be kicked. A list of the AI patterns has been provided.
CauTi0N has been working on a multiplayer board game called Save the Queen. The pieces resemble those of Chess, but they can level up and their movement varies. Boxcar shall be supplying art.
The featured board game Zan has been hidden from searches along with a variety of other Iccusion Entertainment releases. On the bright side, team leader Aaiko seems please with the progress made on the MORPG Teridal and may have a new project in the DotA genre.
The Simple Development Guilds held a contest where developers were given 10 days to make a board game with BYOND. The entries were posted and a poll was held to determine who won the $10 prize. (Check the comments for game links.) Megablaze came in first with what appears to be a Snakes and Ladders variant called Tubes N Cannons.
After two and a half months, the first PopLava Challenge is now over. Developers were tasked with creating multiplayer games. Ill Im's War Bots placed second to earn $25 and 25000 Resource Center silver. Bravo1's Tanx earned $150 and 25000 silver for first place and then another 25000 silver for the BYOND Member Choice Award. Congratulations to both!
Two more podcast episodes and an event have been provided by what is now the DMcast team. They've separated to be come an affiliate of the Journalism guild. Hopefully both sites will offer a consistent amount of content. =)