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What new things would you like to see in a D-Mod?

August 2nd 2012, 03:19 PM
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The "most influential D-Mod" thread made me think of this. What kinds of innovations do you wish you could see in future D-Mods? I mean things like new kinds of story themes or graphics or gameplay ideas. Of course, this overlaps with DD's question about new protagonists, but I wanted to cast the net broadly because I think it helps people spark each other's ideas.
August 2nd 2012, 03:21 PM
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Skull
Peasant Male Finland bloop
"I'd like to be a tree..." 
Horses. Definitely horses. The kind that you can mount. But not in the fabulous way.
August 2nd 2012, 03:31 PM
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KrisKnox
Peasant Male United States steam
The site's resident Therian (Dire Wolf, Dragon) 
Well, new sprites could be useful (Which is why I'm focusing on making sprites).

Also, improvements to the game engine and a way for programming inept people like me to make functioning D-mods (And hopefully, good ones). Though the latter of the two would be very difficult to achieve, unless someone's a programming savant or something. But I digress.

Other cool things would be new ideas, new weapons, and (in my opinion) lots and lots of funny easter eggs that you have to go and look for it, but would be worth looking for.

(Ooh, also, new Midis. Custom made ones. I actually got this midi makes called 'Anvil Studio'. Though, no matter how many times I mess around with it, I'm not getting much. Yay for random poking around to see if something happens!)
August 2nd 2012, 03:41 PM
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metatarasal
Bard Male Netherlands
I object 
Mounting animals, in a fabulous way or not, would be great. I wish I'd have the graphics for that. I really hope MsDink will finish her pig riding graphics...
August 2nd 2012, 03:57 PM
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Kerrek
Peasant Male United States
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I use FL studio for making midis, but I'm exclusively making Halo ones to fit my sprite.
August 2nd 2012, 04:40 PM
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Marpro
Peasant Male bloop
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All-around well refined atmosphere- preferably a new setting of environment. The original grass setting gets so dull in the long run.
August 2nd 2012, 04:43 PM
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Kerrek
Peasant Male United States
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If it makes you feel any better in the new Dmod i'm making every tile is gonna be different.
Just about.
August 2nd 2012, 05:23 PM
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KrisKnox
Peasant Male United States steam
The site's resident Therian (Dire Wolf, Dragon) 
Ooh! New Game + would be an interesting thing to implement in a D-mod.
August 2nd 2012, 05:26 PM
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Tooth
Ghost
 
I think this was already done in one of the dmods, but, storing items in a chest is a nice thing. Cities, actuall cities. Walled, crowded high buildings with stone roads, towers and parks. This is mapping mostly, but meh... you wanted an opinion, so now deal with it!
August 2nd 2012, 06:30 PM
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Paul
Peasant Male United States
 
New graphics can make a big difference, especially new enemy graphics. That's a big reason why SimonK's stuff is so fun. Plus, providing the author is willing, they make a great resource for future d-mods.

But I also like subtler things, like new spells and clever scripted puzzles and quests. They don't need to be hard, just interesting. For instance one that sticks out in my mind, I think this was in Fiat, there was a guy who hated pillbugs. So to get the upper hand over him, you had to collect some pillbug eggs and sneak them into his basement. There wasn't much to it, but it was funny and totally original.
August 2nd 2012, 08:06 PM
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ThePunisher
Peasant Male
Kill Police Officers 
More cameo apperences and references to real life.
August 2nd 2012, 08:35 PM
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MsDink
Peasant Female New Zealand
Tag - Umm.. tag, you're it? 
I really hope MsDink will finish her pig riding graphics...
They're long finished and working beautifully and that was a secret meta !! sigh lol
August 2nd 2012, 09:04 PM
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leprochaun
Peasant Male Japan xbox steam bloop
Responsible for making things not look like ass 
They're long finished and working beautifully

GIVE THEM TO ME! I WILL USE THEM!
August 2nd 2012, 09:09 PM
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Absolution
Peasant
The Dark Lord of the DN. 
A different engine.
August 2nd 2012, 09:23 PM
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ExDeathEvn
Peasant Male New Zealand xbox steam
Don't look at me, I'm a ghost 
Funny thing is, you can ride pigs in MInecraft as well. So which came first?
August 2nd 2012, 09:23 PM
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Kerrek
Peasant Male United States
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Absolution wrote:
A different engine.

Then it wouldn't be a D-mod.

It'd just be another game.
August 2nd 2012, 09:55 PM
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MsDink
Peasant Female New Zealand
Tag - Umm.. tag, you're it? 
mine of course the scripts for this were done for me maybe 2 years ago by a 'wolf' (little pig/wolf - see the irony) - its the graphics I took longer with, heh so many...and 2d drawing sucks they were almost completed before shady iirc. so in yo face minecraft lol DINK WINS AGAIN!
August 2nd 2012, 10:48 PM
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Absolution
Peasant
The Dark Lord of the DN. 
Absolution wrote:
A different engine.

Then it wouldn't be a D-mod.

It'd just be another game.


As long as we've got Dink Smallwood questing around it would be Dink, just with a bearable engine.

August 3rd 2012, 12:34 AM
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KrisKnox
Peasant Male United States steam
The site's resident Therian (Dire Wolf, Dragon) 
Then it wouldn't be a D-mod.

It'd just be another game.


Actually, there are some Doom mods that take the Quake engine and replace the original Doom engine with it. Some of the YT videos I've seen made it look pretty good, and it kept the original game as it was.

Having a new, better engine that could improve on the original game, as well as the D-mods, would still keep the game true.

EDIT: Just had this idea. A D-mod with two playable characters that you switch between. (Could be Dink and Lyna.) Dink would focus mostly on direct combat with weak spells and the other character could focus on ranged combat with weak melee attacks.
August 3rd 2012, 02:57 AM
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shevek
Ghost
 
Could be Dink and Lyna.

Are your sure you don't mean Jack and Jill?
August 4th 2012, 02:50 AM
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SabreTrout
Noble Male United Kingdom
Tigertigertiger. 
New enemies would be great, but enemies that fit in with the overall Dink aesthetic. Some new graphics look great but just don't quite gel, which is a shame.

More interesting enemies is important. Too many d-mods rely on the stock bad guys from the original game and the author often doesn't have the scripting ability to dramatically change the way you fight them. Enemies that do new and interesting things are always nice to see.

New spells are great. I've always thought of magic as being very hard to balance in Dink and I'd love to see more innovative spells being implemented.
August 5th 2012, 11:34 AM
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ExDeathEvn
Peasant Male New Zealand xbox steam
Don't look at me, I'm a ghost 
"New spells are great. I've always thought of magic as being very hard to balance in Dink and I'd love to see more innovative spells being implemented."

Been trying to get a few things working for FoD myself. Firespin is certainly the best defensive spell I've rewritten, (originally Rabidwolf's spell, and he assisted with most of the re-writing. I've been tweaking bits to fix the lag it causes).
As to new Enemies, I've used some alternative graphics to the vanilla ones, still trying to get a lot of the scripts fixed due to my laziness in simply getting the scripts written and not thoroughly checking them all...

But enough hyping the distant future beyond the appocalypse; Personally I would like to see more in-depth storyline and other Dmodder's takes on the overall lore, how they see each D-mod interlinking with the original story. I mean its entirely possible, and one of the things which inspired my decision to start working on the one I've been making.
August 5th 2012, 04:28 PM
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Kyle
Peasant Male Belgium
 
Dmodder's takes on the overall lore, how they see each D-mod interlinking with the original story.

I tried this once in the past but I just couldn't remember all the d-mods that I'd played well enough to make it work. If you're doing this, I'm pretty excited about seeing the result^^
August 5th 2012, 05:16 PM
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ExDeathEvn
Peasant Male New Zealand xbox steam
Don't look at me, I'm a ghost 
There are some ties between FoD and the original Dink, as well as the few ties (e.g Map faces with no meaning as opposed to FB3) and the one previously mentioned in another thread cameo from CC2 (Jack & Jill) and other Dmods.
Much of the cameo material is unrelated to the main story, and only the already mentioned and discussed CC2 one has been added to the main story variable just to showcase the fact that cameo appearances are going to occur. everything else is randomly scripted or will be in the secret areas, so there's an extra sense of achievement from when players find such secret bonuses and stat boosts.

I've also yet to decide which specific Dmods are going to get cameo-appearanced characters (as well as some of the permission-asking. This sort of thing has been discussed before, as I've said by the way, in one of the FoD dev threads.)

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August 5th 2012, 06:03 PM
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Personally I would like to see more in-depth storyline and other Dmodder's takes on the overall lore, how they see each D-mod interlinking with the original story.

Yeah, that's what I've been thinking in the back of my mind too. I like seeing discussions in the forum about various aspects of the history of Dink's world and things like the climate. I don't usually think about those things when I'm playing, but it's interesting to hear people's thoughts on them. It deepens my experience of the game.
August 5th 2012, 06:08 PM
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ExDeathEvn
Peasant Male New Zealand xbox steam
Don't look at me, I'm a ghost 
Exactly, Dinkulum!
Plot and storyline are one of the things that drive so many players to certain games, like good old Dink, Final Fantasy, Zelda, and other RPG style games.
August 6th 2012, 04:20 AM
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Kyle
Peasant Male Belgium
 
Zelda has no plot and story... Next thing you'll tell me Mario has a plot and story
August 6th 2012, 04:22 AM
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KrisKnox
Peasant Male United States steam
The site's resident Therian (Dire Wolf, Dragon) 
Actually, they do. You see... (Long rant about LoZ storylines and split timelines.) And that, my friends, is where babies come from.
August 6th 2012, 04:46 AM
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schnapper
Peasant Male Heard Island And Mcdonald Islands
Let us save our effort and just lie down and die. 
Plumber sees giant Gorilla steal princess based on Japanese game developers fantasies about Madonna. Gorilla, called Donkey Kong (donkey = arse/ fool, Kong = giant Gorilla) takes princess to his castle presumably with intention to bonk, plumber (formerly known as jumpman for obvious reasons) must save Madonna's virginity by navigating Kong's treacherous castle as Kong rains down barrels from his perch.
August 6th 2012, 04:50 AM
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Kyle
Peasant Male Belgium
 
Mind = blown.