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Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar Weekly Update Mon 28th Jun 2010 2:34pm

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I've been 'away' from the site for almost a week, since I knew there'd be a lot of comments on that last news post that I'd want to respond to when I should have been doing work and stuff. So, uh, I chose to focus wholly on work on MARDEK... sort of.

The most significant things left to do have been writing-based, and I have had 'Writer's Block', which has made things slower than I'd have liked.
There are about a dozen playable characters in the three MARDEK chapters so far, and I decided a while ago to add some hopefully interesting feature where you can talk with these allies by pressing the P key outside of battle, which opens up a dialogue window...
Usually they just comment on the current area or situation, with comments relevant to their personality and the area in question, but you can also unlock some 'backstory segments' by levelling them up enough, which they'd say in place of their usual area commentary regardless of where you are. Each character has between three and five of these, following on from one another, and they're quite long.
I finished most of them weeks or months ago. Some were quite easy to write; I'd get into a 'flow' thing and finish all the backstory stuff in about an hour or less, whereas there are other characters who it was much harder to write for so I've been putting them off for months. I've had to finally force myself to write their 'P Dialogue' now, and it's been, uh, slow and headache-inducing because the words don't flow out well at all. Crudely put, IT IS LIKE BEING CONSTIPATED. You know.

I've still got the backstory of one of those characters left to do - perhaps the hardest one to write for - but I'm hoping to have it done by the end of the day. Chances are it'll turn out mediocre at best, but the writing was never the game's strong point anyway so, uh, I suppose whatever rubbish I come up with will just have to be adequate...
(Agh, in my future games, I'm DEFINITELY going to have far fewer characters.)

There are a handful of other technical things to do after that, and I'm still working on extracting the first two chapters, but I'd say it's still possible I can get it out this week or, at the latest, next week (depending on how long it takes to finalise the sponsorship stuff).

So yes. Now I suppose I should look at my messages on this site...
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valid user name`s Avatar
Rating Orb valid user name 17 United States 4C 3F
7 years ago | (0)
Congrats and kudos. I definitely will look forward to playing this.
hardband`s Avatar
Rating Orb hardband 15 United Kingdom 25C 0F
7 years ago | (1)
ONLY 3 MORE BUGS!!!!!1

CELEBRATE!! YEAH MARDEK 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
hardband`s Avatar
Rating Orb hardband 15 United Kingdom 25C 0F
7 years ago | (2)
ONLY 3 MORE BUGS!!!!!1

CELEBRATE!! YEAH MARDEK 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
superbob`s Avatar
Rating Orb superbob 24 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic 21C 0F
7 years ago | (13)
the backstory thing is simple, once the game is out have a competition about these backstorys. have people write backstorys and send them in to you, then you can pick the best one then put it into the next patch.
Raider Zero fan`s Avatar
Rating Orb Raider Zero fan 15 United States CholericSanguine 498C 371F
7 years ago | (9)
Read the FAQ...

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Alberto30`s Avatar
Rating Orb ! Alberto30 17 Romania MelancholicCholeric 3C 3F
7 years ago | (12)
Wow...MARDEK 3 is going to come out soon.. Good work Pseudolonewolf!
Zeruel`s Avatar
Rating Orb Zeruel 19 Poland Melancholic 22C 1F
7 years ago | (7)
Wow, only 6 "tweaks" left. I can finally hope that they are not very huge and we can see Mardek soon.
The happiness is rising!
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Rating Orb FutureCam 15 Canada PhlegmaticMelancholic 7C 3F
7 years ago | (8)
Sounds interesting, looking forward to reading them.
Where you by any chance inspired by the Fire Emblem series' support conversations?
Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb A β Pseudolonewolf 23 United Kingdom MelancholicPhlegmatic 2257C 559F
7 years ago | (10)
I have never played a single game in the Fire Emblem series, so no, I wasn't. I was mainly inspired by games like Neverwinter Nights and Baldur's Gate, though didn't go about it in the same way.
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Rating Orb oddysen 17 Norway 159C 8F
7 years ago | (9)
Those are two brilliant games, I just love the "feel" of Baldur's Gate.....
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dragulldrakan`s Avatar
Rating Orb dragulldrakan 15 Argentina MelancholicCholeric 61C 2F
7 years ago | (11)
do I get to play with mareadors metal man? (I bet that would be the easiest back story possible)
Icy Wynd`s Avatar
Rating Orb Icy Wynd 16 United States SanguinePhlegmatic 21C 21F
7 years ago | (14)
In MARDEK 2, there is a house in Canonia with a bunch of guys and one girl. The girl simply states her gender, and the boy in front of a bookshelf freaks out because Mardek "Want to read my bookshelf? What is that, some kind of freaky pickup line?" Upon reading these two statements, my friend and I were reduced to rolling on the floor laughing our heads off. My point being that anything that you write, Psudolonewolf, regardless of how "mediocre" you find it, we will all enjoy it.
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Rating Orb dragulldrakan 15 Argentina MelancholicCholeric 61C 2F
7 years ago | (10)
yeah, the same thing happened to me with a miner "MY GODARE YOU SEXY!" gave me trouble breathing
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Rating Orb Theemprah 18 New Zealand PhlegmaticCholeric 10C 21F
7 years ago | (9)
Yay! I love random and un-plot related character development!! When a game lacks this I either feel that the game is too short or that I don't feel like the game has enough depth to it. I definitely can't wait to see Mardek 3 come out now, so go get on with it even if it means ignoring this site completely.
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