An Update

Hmm…  The current combat mechanic for the Facebook game is just not quite working.  This is an element unique to the Facebook game, so it will only affect Facebook development, but it’s going to need fixing.  I know how to fix it luckily, so it is just a matter of modifying the code to bring it in line with the less-adventurous version of the mechanic.

Not to worry.  This is why we do proof of concept builds, after all…


Further Progress

November has come and gone.  The Movember ‘tache has sprouted and fallen by the wayside.  NaNoWriMo was pointedly ignored.

In lieu of a 2D artist, I have been busy drawing stick-figure art on post-it notes; five monsters (and one new player avatar) are ready now.  They’ll never win any awards, but they do the job.

On the actual gaming side, the combat system is playable and almost ready for testing; the combat logging needs a little work, the character generator is not complete, but the main issue is making the Facebook authorisation work.  It is just a case of rechecking my PHP, I suppose.  By the end of the week, I hope to have a party of heroes up and running through a simple endless dungeon (sorry, no storylines yet) scenario.

So, the to-do list by Friday is;

  • Get the logging working as intended
  • Tweak the secret mechanic
  • Finish the character generator code
  • Make the Facebook authorisation work

Well…  It looks like I need to get off the blog and get some work done, doesn’t it?


I am posting at 1am.

This fact alone may help you understand just how much this current section has grabbed me and won’t let go.  Mechanics are being finalised, place-holder art is being scrawled on post-it notes to let me start work on the code side.

Some elements are a little bit experimental, which means that they need testing.  I will be grabbing a few testers in the coming weeks, people I have already selected.  The main one is a secret, a bit of a new mechanic, which means it is either genius or madness.  More than likely, it will need tweaking to see if it works for real human players, but I think it will make Legacy of Heroes a very interesting variant on a known genre.

As a thank-you for being patient, I offer you a shot of the wall next to my PC…

Long Silences

Yes, I have noticed the lack of updates.  I am very sorry about that.

Let’s start by saying that the pre-production phase is slow.  In a full studio, the design for the prototype might have been done in a week and there would be concept art all across the walls.  In this small studio, the full GDD is more important, so the prototype will have to be reverse engineered based on what can be done with it.  Also, since I am not getting paid for it, I can’t really afford to put all my eggs in just the one basket.

Negativity over, there are some bright motes of light on the horizon.  There have been a few responses from artists looking to help out on Legacy of Heroes, but not so many programmers; sadly, most of the programmers I know either want paying or they are busy on other pro-bono projects and not really free to take on the dreams of another “oh-so-talented, charmingly Bohemian, tragically impoverished” designer.
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Every city in Legacy of Heroes stands alone, surrounded by forests, seas, deserts or plains. Their nearest neighbour may be a few days’ hard ride away, perhaps a week for an army or other major assistance. Despite this, cities will usually establish trade-routes with these neighbours and may have treaties of mutual assistance.

When a new city is created, it will have no neighbours or alliances. Roads (or ports) will lead off in the four cardinal directions, but will lead nowhere useful at first. The player must link their roads with other players’ cities to open trade-routes and found alliances.

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Legacy of Heroes – Cities

The city in Legacy of Heroes is the central hub of the game, but is generally distinct from each hero living within. The actions of a hero within the city walls or acting on behalf of a faction within the city (be they government or revolutionary) will shape the future of the city itself.

The influence that a hero wields is limited to influencing factions and balances, as well as creating (or adding member-organisations to) factions. In general, any city will contain elements who exist on a number of axes; anarchists will oppose disciplinarians, monarchists will oppose republicans, good will oppose evil and religion will oppose magic. The actions of heroes will alter the balance of power between these factions and define the progress of the city.

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Help Wanted

Are you an artist or a programmer looking for something unusual?  Are you a student or recent graduate looking to add to your portfolio?

I am not an artist, even if I have some experience with 3DS Max, nor am I a programmer just because I have programmed a basic game or two.  As such, I am looking for some team-members to join me in creating a prototype for Legacy of Heroes that will be used to help gain funding for the game.  This will not be paid job, but the goal would be to offer prototype staff a permanent (if part time, especially if you have a day-job) position when (if) the project is able to gain funding.

ARTISTS should be able to produce models (and, ideally, animate them) using a standard 3D art package, produce textures in a standard 2D package and MUST own legitimate copies of their chosen packages.

CODERS should be familiar with C++, familiarity with OGRE an advantage, but I’d be willing to consider someone who has experience with another existing 3D engine such as UDK or Unity since this is a demo.

If you are successful in joining the Freya’s Aett team, I will be assuming that you know more than I do about your discipline; as long as you don’t prove me wrong (or tell me it takes a month to make each model), I will want you to name your own time-scales and tell me if there is a better way of doing things; for example, you might know a better engine for the demo.  I’m a designer, not a manager, so I’m not looking to tell you how to do your job.  In terms of management, I am more interested in making Legacy of Heroes the best it can be than asserting my dominance.

Still interested?

Drop an email to anthony@freyas8.co.uk with a little information about yourself.  What have you done before?  Got anyone who would recommend you?  Where did you learn to program / script / model?  You don’t have to provide references, but it helps to have someone who can offer an independent (or at least outside) opinion of your work.