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Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar Verification Sun 12th Apr 2009 1:14am

Category: MARDEK

It seems that some people have some misconceptions about the development of MARDEK 3, and I just want to clear them up once and for all here.

Chapters 1 and 2 will be included in the chapter 3 file. You'll be able to choose which chapter you want to start from from the title screen, so you don't need to complete the previous two chapters again or anything.
These chapters will use the new GUI and mechanics and such. There'll be minor changes due to this, but overall the chapters will be much the same.

HOWEVER. I cannot release the 'remakes' of the first chapters BEFORE I release chapter 3.
This is because they're not just slight cosmetic adjustments to the previous games; the code is completely reworked, and the GUI and battle systems look sufficiently different to make it obvious that it's not really the same game.
For sponsorship-related reasons, I couldn't simply release these *new games* to replace the old versions, since they're remakes rather than minor updates or bug fixes.
Besides, the engine isn't totally finished still. I don't work on things in a strictly linear way. Currently, much of the particle effects for skills are missing, as are many monster animations that existed in the other chapters but need to be redone due to changes in the code (all attack animations are now entirely different, and I've yet to go through all the monster types to change them).
I also couldn't just convert chapters 1 and 2 into one or two separate swfs without them including chapter 3 content, which people would find, unlock, etc, finding secrets that they should not yet be seeing, spoiling chapter 3 before it's out; I can't just REMOVE all the chapter 3 stuff because it would be like removing the milk from a cup of tea, or the eggs from a baked cake.

The saving system works with this new version, with all versions of Flash, BUT I can't just edit the old versions of chapter 1 and 2 already online for various reasons.
The main reason is because I no longer have easy access to the source code. All the .fla files I have of the old engine include a lot of chapter 3 content, since I simply overwrote the old files (I never foresaw anything like THIS happening), and I can't just remove the chapter 3 stuff for the same reasons I went over a few sentences ago.
I also don't know WHAT causes the saving bug... I don't know HOW to fix it. If I knew how to fix it and I could, there's no reason why I wouldn't have done so already.
It's also a problem that the file is widely distributed online, and I can't replace all copies of it or anything...

It MAY not be possible to load files saved with the OLD engine version in the new engine, but if this is the case, it's the last time it'll happen since I'm NOT going to redo the engine again. (Really, I won't; my reasons for doing so this one time were because the code was ANCIENT, and largely copied from Deliverance, and Fig Hunter before it, and before even THAT, some other earliest RPGs of mine... The code was awful, and though this doesn't affect PLAYERS, it affects ME immensely. I simply could not work with it anymore...)
I'll try my best to write a conversion thing that causes old version saves to become new version saves, but I don't know how reliable it'll be...

Anyway, uh... I THINK this is all that I wanted to clear up...

I'm going to be focusing on MARDEK 3 exclusively now, hopefully until it's done, since I really, REALLY just want to get it out of the way. You've all been waiting long enough!
I don't know how long it will take though at all, since there's a LOT to do and I'm unsure how quickly I can work on it... But, uh, I might try to keep you posted about my progress!

Thank you for your patience!
58 comments

 

58 Commentson 58 roots

Paladin`s Avatar
Rating Orb Paladin 16 United Kingdom SanguineMelancholic 30C 7F
8 years ago | (0)
Awesome! You're getting round to work on Mardek now. Good luck on getting it finished quickly. But i also remember you saying you'd work on FHO...

Doesn't matter, Viva la Mardek!
vulparo81`s Avatar
Rating Orb vulparo81 12 Canada PhlegmaticMelancholic 74C 10F
8 years ago | (0)
Well, thanks to the 1% added progress to MARDEK 3, this is telling me that the awesome game will be out VERY soon! Woot! (even if the added progress is only worth 1%)
gnome`s Avatar
Rating Orb gnome 19 United States PhlegmaticCholeric 386C 81F
8 years ago | (0)
huury, pesdowolf! I wan 2 paly mardek 3 its bin 4ever taht u make me an every1 else wiat for yu!!!111
also why its only 84^ now??// it only rose 1% tihs hole time wat haev u been doing??? work, gaem slav!!!1 >:)0
Mushi`s Avatar
Rating Orb Mushi 14 France MelancholicPhlegmatic 1C 0F
8 years ago | (0)
Cool, moi qui avais des problèmes avec la sauvegarde du chapitre 2, je vais pouvoir y rejouer tranquillement ! Vivement sa sortie ! =)
~ Translate by Mushi ! Don't take care of the (big ?) mistakes ! xD ~
I had some problems with saves with chapter 2, I will play tranquilly (no comment) this time ! =)
I'm waiting for the release =)
turbotowns`s Avatar
Rating Orb turbotowns 16 United States CholericPhlegmatic 216C 3F
8 years ago | (0)
atleast once a month... or week, week is fine to.
turbotowns`s Avatar
Rating Orb turbotowns 16 United States CholericPhlegmatic 216C 3F
8 years ago | (0)
yah he realy should change the polls
Ewolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb Ewolf 16 United Kingdom SanguineCholeric 88C 2F
8 years ago | (0)
You should have a poll to see which games are most popular, just for refrence.
turbotowns`s Avatar
Rating Orb turbotowns 16 United States CholericPhlegmatic 216C 3F
8 years ago | (0)
... more info: i think there is an engine for each game, AND i think the beast signer engine is already.... ready. sides even if it isnt i like the way they look. (and ill probaly repete that last comment, when the beast signer production post shows up. i mean, its so pridictoble, he posts every thing so we can keep up with the stuff,(usaly a new post every week)).
turbotowns`s Avatar
Rating Orb turbotowns 16 United States CholericPhlegmatic 216C 3F
8 years ago | (0)
lordhiccup in case you (and all yuo others) didnt read my comment on beast signer, MY SAVES STAYED SAVED!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
dkommel`s Avatar
Rating Orb dkommel 17 Phlegmatic 40C 0F
8 years ago | (0)
I just had a thought. You were saying that Mardek 3 was taking so long because of the engine rewrite. Well, can you use the engine for Mardek on Beast Signer? I know almost nothing about flash player, so this might be wrong, but could that work? It would get Beast Signer that much closer to being done as well, and you wouldn't have to re-write ANOTHER engine, especially cuz they take so long.
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