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Update #82: Creatures

Creatures Xaurip Vithrack Blight Backer Beta Updates Documentary

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They don't really offer themselves ritually to the dragons as sacrifices, that's just how Disney arranged it to look like for their documentary.

 

That is a fantastically hilarious and obscure reference.  Awesome.

 

 

Which is from..? (I was actually immediately very curious about this but Googling it returned only confusing mixed results :p )

 

More on topic, I was hoping we'd be learning more about the Backer Beta this update. Creatures were decently cool, but not overly new except the Xaurips I think. The elementals looks about as standard as standard can get, but the written description sounds amazing! I love the backstory, but found it a bit disappointing that the shifting agonized figures described as inside the blights weren't visually depicted in the animations. Maybe the attack animations will have them?


Edited by fortuntek, 09 July 2014 - 10:37 AM.


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They don't really offer themselves ritually to the dragons as sacrifices, that's just how Disney arranged it to look like for their documentary.

 

That is a fantastically hilarious and obscure reference.  Awesome.

 

 

Which is from..? (I was actually immediately very curious about this but Googling it returned only confusing mixed results :p )

 

 

It's the (confirmed?) urban legend that Disney staged a part of some nature documentary about lemmings. The idea is that lemmings will just follower the leader, even over a cliff and into suicide. This was then "confirmed" by a Disney documentary, that in actuality forced the lemming herd over the edge but then showed it as footage of the lemmings willingly killing themselves anyway. 

 

Don't have much to add. The animations look great, nice lore on the creatures. A pity there weren't any animations for the vithraks, but I suppose they're not properly done yet. I don't mind the lack of a physical DVD, as I didn't back to a level that would get me it any way. I do think you guys made the right decision though in making it all digital, but including all the development period. 


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Interesting choice to specifically include Rain instead of the more typical Water. Any particular lore reason for that?


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They don't really offer themselves ritually to the dragons as sacrifices, that's just how Disney arranged it to look like for their documentary.

 

That is a fantastically hilarious and obscure reference.  Awesome.

 

 

Which is from..? (I was actually immediately very curious about this but Googling it returned only confusing mixed results :p )

 

 

It's the (confirmed?) urban legend that Disney staged a part of some nature documentary about lemmings. The idea is that lemmings will just follower the leader, even over a cliff and into suicide. This was then "confirmed" by a Disney documentary, that in actuality forced the lemming herd over the edge but then showed it as footage of the lemmings willingly killing themselves anyway. 

 

 

 

Yup, "White Wilderness." Apparently lemmings aren't that interesting on film unless you stampede them off a cliff:

 

    http://www.snopes.co...ms/lemmings.asp



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Isn't the all fire,water, earth, air thing done with? I'd like to see more originality than that at least <.<


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Isn't the all fire,water, earth, air thing done with? I'd like to see more originality than that at least <.<

 

Done with?  Did we finish them in some way?  Anyway that is hardly the extent of the relevant creature.  Does nothing else satisfy the 'at least' requirement?


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3d art looks very good. It would be nice to see the "faces" on the blights a la the fear spell from BG2 (http://youtu.be/E9XnOkA31Hg?t=8m49s) or the very cool terminator 2 t-1000 death scene. That was always cool.

 

The other thing is that the rain blight really doesn't look like anything...it looks like a mirror. DO IT AGAIN! :p


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I'm going to assume you guys did custom shaders for Blight... Whomever did, awesome work that. The Earth one is like chocolate cake to the eyes.

 

Edit: Now I can't wait to see the effects around incorporeal undead. I love it when it looks like the shadowy material is moving inside them and flowing out the bottom.


Edited by Luridis, 09 July 2014 - 11:33 AM.


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Love the Mindfla... *cough* Vithracks :D

Beat me to it.


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Wow, I looked at the Blight video and thought "duh, elementals, who cares", then read the actual text and am completely sold on them. Well done. 

 

(Xaurips are still boring pseudo-kobolds, though.)



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Great news! Especially the news on beta testing.

I am one of the backers who pledged for the tier that includes beta testing.

Even better news for me personally is that August 18th is my birthday. It will be a nice gift :yes:


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Wow, I looked at the Blight video and thought "duh, elementals, who cares", then read the actual text and am completely sold on them. Well done. 

 

(Xaurips are still boring pseudo-kobolds, though.)

 

The dragon connection with kobolds was introduced only in 3rd edition (and it was just to give them sorcs I think) and I have never seen it done quite like this but fair enough.


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Thanks - the elemental lore is interesting, though as another mentioned, the rain one is a bit hard to visually recognise as such without already knowing.

Nice to see even the common Kobold-like creatures are going to have in-depth lore - I hope that there will be books scattered around the game documenting creature  behaviour, maybe even anthropological style documents in diary format? The common "encyclopedia" style way of documenting creatures in games like Baldur's Gate with their myth-like tone always stuck me as a little disconnected from the creatures actually existing on the doorstep of human settlements.


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Really enjoying the lore behind all of these. The tortured soul aspect makes Blights more than just elemental enemies and the Xaurips' cult/tribal-like devotion to their chosen dragons makes them more than just kobolds. And the Vithrack are nightmare fuel; hostile psionic spider people? Thanks, won't be sleeping much tonight!  :aiee:

 

 

Jokes aside though, their low birth-rate in combination with their general hostility towards other races makes me wonder if it'll tie into a quest in some way. Finish them off or help them prosper? Either way, will be looking forward to encountering Vithrack (and Blights and Xaurips too!) once the game is out!


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I would rather have a physical DVD than any downloads at all. Not everyone has lightning speed internet and especially anything above the 1GB is torture to me. And I presume a digital documentary will exceed this tortureous limit rather very nicely.

 

I would rather wait an extra month or two, three for the full package incl DVD docu instead of a rushed out game, digital documentary and propable some missing stuff there and there too, just to meet the promised deadline and to satisfy some impatient persons. I also don't mind to receive the DVD at a later stage, but I am not willing to pay for something I did not ordered nor do I want.

 

Those who ordered a physical tier choose so as backer, otherwise they would have chosen some digital tier in the first place.

 

You have been given the opportunity to create this game you were long time dreaming of, by this backing community whom you promised digital and/or physical rewards. This community backed you so by chosing one or more of these rewards. This same community has been given the opportunity to see the reincarnation of a game format we all have been long waiting for to see again and re-live, created by parts of a veteran & talented team who started it all in the first place.

 

So honor your promise to us and yourselves and reconsider the DVD/BluRay documentary again for those who ordered it...


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^You wont have to worry about their feelings, sounds like you will have to slaughter them all just to get to the dragon.


Or just say "Hey guys! Aren't you late for the ritual?!" and watch them fear displeasing their superiors so much that they just assume it's self-snackrifice time. :)

Also...

"That's a lovely rack you've got there."
*receives a furious slap*
"Oww! I was just admiring your Vithrack companion there, geez!"
*receives additional slap from female Vithrack companion*
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Regarding the DVD/Blu-ray, if backers really want a physical copy in a set-top playable format, that's easy enough to do. Go ahead and master the DVD/BD that you otherwise would have released if timing wasn't the issue; but instead of (or in addition to) an MP4 or whatever you plan to release, make the disc ISO available for backers to download.  Even a printable cover and disc label would be very cool (or let the fanbase make them for you). That way, if backers really want a DVD/BD as expected, they can create their own from an ISO that you provide: the same content that you would provide as a file but in a disc-ready ISO format.



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Isn't the all fire,water, earth, air thing done with? I'd like to see more originality than that at least <.<

More original than... the base elements?



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Wut?

 

How does one vivisect a blight? Are lightsabers involved? Is KOTOR3 confirmed?



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We also wanted to let all of our backers know about a decision we'd recently come to about our Documentary DVD/Bluray item. We were faced with a bit of a dilemma when it came to the full documentary footage. In order to provide a physical copy of the documentary when the game shipped, we would be unable to show the final leg of production in order to have time to print all of the discs and packaging. We want our backers to be able to share the entire experience of making this game with us - from the earliest beginnings to the very end. To do this, we've decided to forgo making a physical copy of the documentary, and will instead release a digital downloadable extended version. We recognize that some of you may be upset by this decision, but we hope that you'll understand our reasoning.

 

We will be replacing the DVD/Blu-ray with another reward though. Stay tuned for a future update to find out all of the particulars.

 

Yeah I think most of us would prefer DVD/bluray at a later date rather than digital download.


Edited by ryukenden, 09 July 2014 - 02:45 PM.

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