Well it's been a long while since I updated y'all about this, the reason being that little progress has been made. I don't know why, in my decision to have the deadline be December 17, I did not account for classes starting up again. That was a pretty dumb move on my part. Another thing I probably should have accounted for was my depression. I don't really feel motivated to work on my game when depressed, and unfortunately that has been most of the time as of late. I'm still working on Mr. Bolognese, but I'm not gonna set a deadline this time as I truly don't know if I'd keep it.
I don't like to come empty handed, so here's a cigarette animation I did just for practice:
Let's Play Shadowgate: final episode! Expect Yorick to not be terribly useful for hints, grabbing a new piece of goblin armor, familiarizing ourselves with proper crossbow handling, and finally opening one stubborn locked door.
Let's Play Shadowgate bonus episode: a few of the puzzles we missed
Like I alluded to, there are more "secrets" (achievements and ways to use items or puzzles to kill yourself) we could do with a guide in hand, but there are (almost) no more items/puzzles/hidden deaths that haven't been covered.
There is one way to use one of our items that isn't for just fun: the tempered dirk. Removing the loose gear (to uncover the intended hint, shown in the video) requires a proper implement. Normally, this implement could be the sword (or even the regular dirk on "easy"). On Master though, the sword and regular dirk won't work, only the tempered dirk and the metal bar. Grabbing the metal bar (from the flooded 'Epor' room) requires solving one of the gear combinations, so the intended gear solution (i.e., without trial and error) requires discovering and using the tempered dirk early in the game. Since you can't safely explore the furnace yet (no crystal orb to defeat the fire drake) the only source of hot fire you have at that point is the big brazier (with the hook legs at rickety bridge). Interestingly, on the easier difficulties you both don't need the tempered dirk and you can put out this fire using vials of water. On Master, the brazier is now a useful source of fire, and likewise the game doesn't provide the water elemental to extinguish the brazier until you find that gear combination.
The clue to let the lights go out in the catacombs is relevant for an optional puzzle that gives a "Master Investigator" achievement and some easter eggs. You need a lit candle in your inventory (so you can relight your torch) and you need to extinguish your torch at two locations in the catacombs ("the Pit" first, then the "Mine" near the hollows). By doing this, special items "from a different time and place" appear that you have to examine: at the Pit you find a trilby/fedora hat and at the mine you find a "coat of arms" with the letters "PI" on it (it looks like a police officer's bronze badge). You have to examine them, but your hand passes through them when you try to take them.
Everything else is a red herring or only has "just for fun" uses. For example:
The keys we didn't use don't have any purpose.
The gems and gold bar we found in the catacombs don't have any purpose.
Magj'ryk & the enchanted hammer is only for the two hidden deaths that use it.
Exquish is only for the "cast all spells" achievement.
Some achievements require otherwise useless items and actions (and they don't seem to involve any leftovers clues to make them feel like puzzles.) For example:
There is an achievement for praying/speaking to every statue.
There is an achievement for using every weapon to kill something (including the black axe).
There is an achievement for killing every goblin (including the hidden death where you shatter frozen Yorick).
There is an achievement for finding all the special interactions with Yorick: you can feed him the otherwise useless gold coins, you can let him smoke the pipe, you can show him the female skull, and a bunch of other stuff...
Hi Boomhauer, thanks for checking out my game. So at this point in time, my Frame Trap ad says: "search the 3DS eShop for the RPG Maker Player, and search on the RPG Maker Player for the nickname O.M. Hawk." And it shows an image on the screen showing the correct spelling and spacing of O.M. Hawk. But yeah, the RPG Maker Fes Player is super janky, it doesn't work like a real search would where you can type something similar and it will still find it. Do you think it needs to be explained more precisely in my ad?
and now the new demo is up! Wow!
(Available on Windows, Mac and Linux)
It's free and available to everyone, so why not try it out, eh?
I've had really tremendous response to this demo compared to the last one I put out in January. Gives me a great deal of hope that maybe this whole thing will work out after all