ACotGK: Chapter 2 Map

The Accursed Crown of the Giant King is an old school role-playing game, single player, party based. It will be released in 2020 for Windows, Mac, and iOS. ACotGK is by Merry Prankster Games, and you can get more information at https://prankster.com/acotgk.

I’ve just finished up the content for Chapter 2. Yay! One of the last things I put together was the map. Here is the un-adorned map (no locations):

Chapter 2 map

Next up I’m going to work on restoring iOS and Mac builds, which haven’t been working for awhile. I’ll do the testing of Chapter 2 on the phone.

ACotGK: People Journal

One of the new features of Accursed Crown of the Giant King, vs. its predecessor Temple of the Abyssal Winds, is the “People Journal”. Here you can view everyone you’ve talked to, with all of their dialogue and their last location.

People Journal

Honestly it’s a little primitive at this point, but definitely helpful. Feature improvements could include associating people with a related quest, grouping people by chapter and location. Perhaps even work it in with the world map. It will probably live as-is until release, and maybe then I’ll work on improvements. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good, as they say!

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ACotGK: The Dead Ranger

The Accursed Crown of the Giant King is an old school role-playing game, single player, party based. It will be released in 2020 for Windows, Mac, and iOS. ACotGK is by Merry Prankster Games, and you can get more information at https://prankster.com/acotgk.

The party hunts for a missing ranger. In this video, they defeat the ogre who has slain the ranger, and find the corpse of the unfortunate scout.

Look for another video in two weeks. Perhaps I will be done with chapter 2 and on to chapter 3 at that point!

ACotGK: The Haunted Well

The Accursed Crown of the Giant King is an old school role-playing game, single player, party based. It will be released in 2020 for Windows, Mac, and iOS. ACotGK is by Merry Prankster Games, and you can get more information at https://prankster.com/acotgk.

For this video, the party comes upon a haunted well. The first attempt to purify the well leads to a group of spectres emanating forth, a challenging battle for the party! After the party is victorious, the purification of the well then succeeds. You may not appreciate it, but I am proud of the scripting involved in this scene; summoning monsters, turning the tainted, smoking, evil well into a normal well, and the associated quest and journal entries.

More videos in the weeks to come.

ACotGK: Scare Bug

Ran into an interesting bug in Accursed Crown of the Giant King today. The spell Scare was unexpectedly lasting 0 seconds.

Beldegon casting the Scare spell (somewhat inexplicably on his own party member).

The Scare spell inflicts fear on the target, and should last for 30 seconds. In the case where the target makes his saving throw, the spell duration should be minimized, which in this case means 10 seconds.

So, digging in, the first issue I found was that the saving throw message was not getting displayed properly. As part of some changes that I made a while back, the message was getting created, but never displayed. That had the additional result that the fact that the target was successfully saving, and thus the spell should have a short duration, was not obvious at all.

But that wasn’t the whole issue. Once I started to display the message, it became obvious that the bug occurred when the save succeeded. However, the short duration was much shorter than expected. Digging in further, I quickly found that the duration was getting reduced several times; specifically divided by 2. So the duration was ending up at 30/16, or about 1 second. The fix ended up being one line, to simple make the duration 10 seconds in this case. Another bug bites the dust!

The Accursed Crown of the Giant King is an old school role-playing game, single player, party based. It will be released in 2020 for Windows, Mac, and iOS. ACotGK is by Merry Prankster Games, and you can get more information at https://prankster.com/acotgk.

ACotGK: Orvasin Orc Caves

The Accursed Crown of the Giant King is an old school role-playing game, single player, party based. It will be released in 2020 for Windows, Mac, and iOS. ACotGK is by Merry Prankster Games, and you can get more information at https://prankster.com/acotgk.

This week I’ve been cranking through some areas. Thanks to procedural generation this goes a lot faster than it used to, though a lot of work went into getting the generation going in the first place. The video is from the Orvasin Lands, where the party explores some orc caves located below.

Exploring the Orvasin Orc Caves

More videos in the weeks to come.

ACotGK Door Bug

I ran into a fun bug in Accursed Crown of the Giant King today, and thought I’d share. See the door in this screenshot:

The locked door to the chaos temple of Thunor.

When you come upon this door, if you have the Fire key and the Ice key, you should be able to open the door. That works OK. Also, to avoid inventory clutter, the game removes the keys. A little unrealistic, but probably best for the player.

However, when you come back to the door, oops! You can’t open it any more. I forgot to save the state of the opened door. Easy enough to fix, my engine supports arbitrary tags, just set a tag when the player opens the door. Then when the player tries to open the door the second time, check the tag, and the door opens.

Another day, another bug fixed.

ACotGK: Baddo Camp

The Accursed Crown of the Giant King is an old school role-playing game, single player, party based. It will be released in 2020 for Windows, Mac, and iOS. ACotGK is by Merry Prankster Games, and you can get more information at https://prankster.com/acotgk.

I’ve switched to doing a video every other week. As I develop the game further, I should have something new to show from the game every couple of weeks. This week, I’ve completed the town of Baddo Camp, a temporary settlement of dwarves fleeing chaos in the Giant Kingdom. The party explores the town, talks to some folks, and peeks into a location.

More videos in the weeks to come.

ACotGK: New Party Member

The Accursed Crown of the Giant King is an old school role-playing game, single player, party based. It will be released in 2020 for Windows, Mac, and iOS. ACotGK is by Merry Prankster Games, and you can get more information at https://prankster.com/acotgk.

In this week’s video, the party completes a quest. The person who assigned the quest then offers to join the party, and is welcomed as the new spellcaster.

More videos in the weeks to come. I’m thinking about switching to a video every other week, though it is good to put one out every week because I stay in practice. TBD.