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Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar Re the Dreamrealm Thu 2nd Jul 2009 1:41pm

Category: MARDEK

I've come up with a look for the Dreamrealm that I'm satisfied enough with now, so, uh, suggestions are no longer necessary or, uh, useful.

I tried a few different things based on my own ideas but influenced by some peoples' suggestions, including things like a more 'painted' look to the world, a brighter, vividly-coloured version, etc.
I eventually settled on something which looks distinctly different to the real world and adequately represents the dreamrealm as it should be: as a vague mental reproduction of reality rather than an actual dream that is happening at the moment.

I explained this in a comment or two in the comments section, but it seems most people didn't read them...
The Dreamrealm doesn't involve you going into *active* dreams.
Instead, the Dreamrealm is a place that actually exists, which is basically just a 'soup of thought essence' or something with no real structure. When people experience the world, or think about it, though, places are constructed in this dream realm and 'visited' mentally later when the person remembers the place. Or something like that. Once constructed, the places fade over time, unless others refresh them.
This means that they're largely static, so no 'random things' would happen or anything as you walked around.
Being built by the thoughts of men and monsters though, they are rather crude constructions, and can have things that people think about the place which aren't really there.
As an example, if there's a place in the forest where an old hut was for several years, with its owners experiencing it strongly every day, but then the hut fell to ruin and was eventually eaten by the forest and no longer there in the real world, it might still be there, intact, in the dreamrealm, since the collective sentient memories of it being there are stronger than those of it not being there.
This sort of thing is used for at least one quest...

Some places would be remembered in more detail than others. If it's a house that people have lived in for years, its image in the dreamrealm would be very detailed, with, generally speaking, all of their parts in their usual places. If the furniture was moved around in the material realm, the dreamrealm furniture would linger in the original places for a while until the inhabitants got used to the new places.
If it's a place like a cave though, it's unlikely that anyone would analyse every nook and cranny, so instead you'd just get a vague idea of the layout of the tunnels stored in the dreamrealm; I've made the cave to look like basically just an 'outline' because of this.
(With 'psychadelic shapes' moving around in the background, meant to represent the 'thoughtstuff soup'... I bet this slows down peoples' stone-age computers too much! o_O)

If someone often thinks of certain things when wandering around an area that only they usually visit - like a forest glade where someone goes to think, to be away from the world, and they usually think about the same sorts of things - then those things would be likely to be represented in the dreamrealm construct because to that person, the place's physical layout and those thoughts are bound together anyway.

Most of this is just unnecessary rambling about 'fluff', but I thought it might be interesting for people to read about anyway.

In other news, I'm still waiting for responses from some sponsors about Raider: Episode 2. Hmm.
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LauraM`s Avatar
Rating Orb LauraM 15 United Kingdom PhlegmaticCholeric 66C 16F
8 years ago | (0)
Pseudo! Where is your Sunday reporty thing!?

Oh, and Yay for the dreamrealm being made!
black magechill`s Avatar
Rating Orb black magechill 14 United States CholericMelancholic 398C 134F
8 years ago | (0)
If your reading this, it's Tuesday of the week after you posted this.
Alberto1`s Avatar
Rating Orb ! Alberto1 15 SanguineCholeric 30C 0F
8 years ago | (1)
When is Raider 2 finished?
daredevil009`s Avatar
Rating Orb daredevil009 21 MelancholicCholeric 58C 2F
8 years ago | (0)
Pseudo when are you going to give us your weekly opinion about something ?
RedThief7`s Avatar
Rating Orb RedThief7 19 United States PhlegmaticSanguine 187C 55F
8 years ago | (1)
Useless rambling? Maybe. An interesting read? Very.
SavageWolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb β SavageWolf 17 United Kingdom CholericMelancholic 533C 105F
8 years ago | (0)
It's on the game page.
Minnakht`s Avatar
Rating Orb Minnakht 16 Poland PhlegmaticSanguine 121C 84F
8 years ago | (0)
Hey, this sounds pretty much like what I said! With this "the more you know the place the detailer it is with basely not much detail".
Anyway... I still would like to see this "when you look at something it is made a bit more detailed than the rest while everything else is not very detailed, because you notice this and may start thinking up those details or so".

Also, could you GIVEGIVEGIVE those Neverwinter Nights modules you mentioned? Make them available somewhere? Because this is a great game and your work tends th be very good and funny just like this Stefan Gagne's. You know Penultima series, right? Also modules for Neverwinter Nights, great style and humour while also having fairly good gameplay.

I think I should stop rambling or so.
Biloiu Bibiloi`s Avatar
Rating Orb ! Biloiu Bibiloi 0 1C 0F
8 years ago | (0)
You know what, thanks for the advice. But you guys won't be dissappointed when Realm of the Video Game 5 is released. It's going to have a chaotic destruction scene which will keep a dead babie aware :).
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Kittykatman`s Avatar
Rating Orb Kittykatman 16 United Kingdom SanguineMelancholic 305C 48F
8 years ago | (0)
MEOW[b] Weekly update soon [b]Meow[b]
monkeylemur`s Avatar
Rating Orb monkeylemur 18 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic 132C 7F
8 years ago | (0)
I recommend that all new ideas should be used minorly at first and expand later.
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