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Dink Smallwood - Improvement Project

September 20th 2015, 07:06 AM
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GOKUSSJ6
Peasant Male Poland steam
Everyone should get a pizza for free in each week. 
This is basically an improvement project for the original game where I will pretty much add,change,fix some stuff for the original game. Of course it will be in a form of a DMOD or ZIP file. I'll be honest, even though the game is good, there are some things that don't make sense like, why is Renton not guarding the Stonebrook? or why Midler didn't appear in other moments like Kernsin etc.
September 20th 2015, 10:48 AM
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Quiztis
Peasant Male Sweden steam bloop
Life? What's that? Can I download it?! 
Do it.
September 20th 2015, 04:41 PM
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Skurn
Peasant Female United States xbox steam duck bloop
i like pie 
Shia Labeouf.
September 20th 2015, 04:58 PM
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DackFIght
Peasant Male United States
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What about the Icelands & "VOLCANO OF DOOM" Island? Also is there going to be a reward for helping apprehend the burglar?
September 20th 2015, 05:22 PM
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Skurn
Peasant Female United States xbox steam duck bloop
i like pie 
There is if you play Cocomonkey's Achievement edition.

In other news, the Volcano of Doom has erupted, killing several ants and destroying the incredibly tiny island it was on. King Daniel has called to action his knights to investigate the situation. Eye witness accounts describe the effort as a waste of tax payer money to which King Daniel responded by taxing them even more.
September 21st 2015, 12:43 AM
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Leprochaun
Peasant Male Japan xbox steam bloop
Responsible for making things not look like ass 
There is if you play Cocomonkey's Achievement edition.

Also, once you unlock a certain achievement there's an alternate storyline you can play where dink kills the toll guy on the first bridge.
September 21st 2015, 12:47 AM
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Skurn
Peasant Female United States xbox steam duck bloop
i like pie 
So that's where I saw something about bypassing the toll duck.
September 22nd 2015, 04:46 AM
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GOKUSSJ6
Peasant Male Poland steam
Everyone should get a pizza for free in each week. 
I am aware of the Achievement Edition and it's changes that brough. Though I have not played it. My Improvement Project will bring more dialogues and changes to some scenes to make things more interesting. I will give one hint though: Milder will make appear more often than the original game.

Some few scene examples in a form of GIF
Pie eating
Pie Eating 2
September 22nd 2015, 07:04 AM
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Leprochaun
Peasant Male Japan xbox steam bloop
Responsible for making things not look like ass 
You may want to force dink's mother to face dink when that happens. It'll make it look a bit nicer.
September 22nd 2015, 07:11 AM
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yeoldetoast
Peasant Female Australia steam
kosovo je srbija 
Truly wonderful to hear. I absolutely love the music of Bette Midler.
September 22nd 2015, 05:10 PM
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GOKUSSJ6
Peasant Male Poland steam
Everyone should get a pizza for free in each week. 
Crap, made a mistake with Milder's name. Damn you Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.
September 22nd 2015, 06:17 PM
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Skurn
Peasant Female United States xbox steam duck bloop
i like pie 
You miiiight want someone to help with the grammar as well to correct the other things.

You know.
September 23rd 2015, 09:17 PM
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DackFIght
Peasant Male United States
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Quick question about the pie, will Dink say anything if he eats the pie after the fire? Also will he still automatically walk there or can we control him?
September 24th 2015, 07:24 AM
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GOKUSSJ6
Peasant Male Poland steam
Everyone should get a pizza for free in each week. 
You will be able to control him and yeah he will say something. Also Renton will stay on guard, even when you read the message from your aunt. After all, it's his job to guard the village rather than leave somewhere else for no reason.
September 24th 2015, 01:11 PM
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DackFight
Peasant Male United States
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Hey, maybe Renton was killed when you could leave the village. Maybe the Alk nuts were really evil beings that killed him & Dink's mother wanted to burn them alive... or just eat them alive..... or kidnap them... or (ADD MISC STATEMENT HERE)

Will Renton ever do anything else like give a quest to help with guarding duty? Also will there be any radiant quests or bounties?
September 24th 2015, 05:28 PM
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GOKUSSJ6
Peasant Male Poland steam
Everyone should get a pizza for free in each week. 
I might take a LoZ Majora's Mask/Witcher 3 side-quest style. Where they will be not just some "get this from that place because i am lazy as hell". Even now i find Mr. Smilesetin's and Libby's situation to be worthy of the side-quest.
September 24th 2015, 08:19 PM
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Skurn
Peasant Female United States xbox steam duck bloop
i like pie 
Are you sure Renton didn't die in the Darklands?
September 25th 2015, 07:16 PM
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DackFIght
Peasant Male United States
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@Goku, for Smilestein it's so you can manage to get in his daughter's bed, but you could add an exp reward like in Dinky dimensions.

@Skurn, would you enlist the help of some guy who has a suit of armour to go & kill the ancient Seth? Next you'll tell me it's so easy a pig farmer could do it.
September 26th 2015, 04:04 AM
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GOKUSSJ6
Peasant Male Poland steam
Everyone should get a pizza for free in each week. 
Bad idea, in fact i've alraedy got one thing planned. But i am not going to spoil anything.
September 26th 2015, 04:28 AM
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Skurn
Peasant Female United States xbox steam duck bloop
i like pie 
Renton totally died in the Darklands. Don't deny it.
September 26th 2015, 08:58 AM
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Well, now that I think about it, there is at least one armored guy dead in the Darklands, and Renton totally disappears. So it's not impossible. I'll have to look at the dead knight's color though (doesn't mean the king couldn't have got him new armor, but I doubt that).
September 26th 2015, 11:21 AM
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Skurn
Peasant Female United States xbox steam duck bloop
i like pie 
There's a red knight in the Darklands who was killed by some slayers. There were some red knights early on who try to kill some dude with a gold piece and Dink called them royal guards, so maybe Renton became a royal guard and went off to the Darklands to get slaughtered.
September 26th 2015, 12:37 PM
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GOKUSSJ6
Peasant Male Poland steam
Everyone should get a pizza for free in each week. 
"There were some red knights early on who try to kill some dude with a gold piece and Dink called them royal guards, so maybe Renton became a royal guard and went off to the Darklands to get slaughtered."

I can imagine those two just throwing golden coins at that dude, just to kill him. Instead, he picks them up and leaves.

I also doubt Renton became a royal guard, if he was, he would mention that beforehand.
September 26th 2015, 03:17 PM
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DackFIght
Peasant Male United States
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I think the red knights were probably bandits or at least some kind of gang, I don't think Daniel is that desperate as to spend money on guards to hunt down one guy with little gold, the bridge taxman is probably richer. Also Dink would be more of a wanted man since he usually kills them & maybe the guards in the lock-picker's apartment.

@Goku, can we have a hint on the area the secret project will we worked on in?
September 26th 2015, 10:08 PM
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Skurn
Peasant Female United States xbox steam duck bloop
i like pie 
I also doubt Renton became a royal guard, if he was, he would mention that beforehand.

Maybe he would've mentioned it if the game was complete.

I think the red knights were probably bandits or at least some kind of gang, I don't think Daniel is that desperate as to spend money on guards to hunt down one guy with little gold, the bridge taxman is probably richer.

Just like the Heavensward, Dan's Royal Guard is probably very into abusing their power. If not for the gold, then for the fun of torturing a peasant. And hey, cops do it too. It is weird that toll bridge guy got away with everything though. He's sort of...right across from the castle.
September 27th 2015, 02:50 AM
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Leprochaun
Peasant Male Japan xbox steam bloop
Responsible for making things not look like ass 
It is weird that toll bridge guy got away with everything though. He's sort of...right across from the castle.

Maybe he was arrested right when you visit your aunt.
September 27th 2015, 01:53 PM
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Spinnerweb
Peasant Male Pakistan steam
Scream Aim Fire 
Yeah. He was never seen again, so they probably locked him away somewhere deep and dark where there was no one to hear his screams.
September 27th 2015, 02:33 PM
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DackFIght
Peasant Male United States
Making Topics off-track faster then you can say it 
So he's in Tal's basement? If so, he must have done some horrible crime, like arson.
September 28th 2015, 02:32 PM
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KrisKnox
Peasant Male United States steam
The site's resident Therian (Dire Wolf, Dragon) 
Or stealing the good king's underpants.
September 28th 2015, 03:30 PM
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Skurn
Peasant Female United States xbox steam duck bloop
i like pie 
Toll guy is Seth.
October 12th 2015, 09:38 AM
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GOKUSSJ6
Peasant Male Poland steam
Everyone should get a pizza for free in each week. 
I've planned to add some difficulty for the game, as well as modify the bonuses when you level up.

Peasant - Easy Mode. You start with 4 attack, 2 defense and 2 magic, shops sell their stuff at 1/2 the price and you can choose 2 bonuses per level up.
Knight - Normal Mode. You start with 3 attack, 1 defense and 1 magic, shops sell their stuff at normal price and you can choose 2 bonuses per level up.
Hero - Hard Mode. You start with just 3 attack, 1 defense and 0 magic, shops sell their stuff at normal price and you can choose 2 bonuses per level up and monsters will always target you.
Legend - Nightmare Mode. You start with 3 attack, 0 defense and magic, shops sell their stuff at a little higher price, you can choose only one bonus per level up, monsters will always target you and move faster and finally no powerups such as Attack/magic/defense potions and a golden heart

As for the modification you can choose to increase your max HP instead of just picking any bonus and then have higher HP. Leveling up also restores all of your health.
October 12th 2015, 11:42 AM
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Intriguing
Ghost
 
Why 2 bonuses per level-up for both knight and hero mode as well? I'm assuming Knight/Normal is meant to emulate the game difficulty as it currently stands in vanilla Dink.
October 12th 2015, 11:56 AM
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Skurn
Peasant Female United States xbox steam duck bloop
i like pie 
no powerups such as Attack/magic/defense potions and a golden heart


Dude, not swood. Those potions behind trees really help at the beginning.
October 12th 2015, 01:57 PM
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GOKUSSJ6
Peasant Male Poland steam
Everyone should get a pizza for free in each week. 
Why 2 bonuses per level-up for both knight and hero mode as well? I'm assuming Knight/Normal is meant to emulate the game difficulty as it currently stands in vanilla Dink.

Yes, the knight difficulty is pretty much the same as the normal one. There are reasons why 2 bonuses. normally you get to choose any bonus ya want and then your health increases. That's 2 bonuses. The change i will bring is going to put health increase as a choice instead. Hence 2 bonuses. You could choose to boost up 4 things. Spend both on attack or spend one on magic and another one on defense.

Nightmare difficulty pretty much makes you be extremely careful with your choices, as you have only one shot.

Dude, not swood. Those potions behind trees really help at the beginning.

That's why it's called NIGHTMARE Difficulty for a reason
October 12th 2015, 03:36 PM
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You may want to make sure it's possible to even beat Seth on the hardest difficulty. With no potions, golden hearts (!), and only one bonus per level up, you would probably have a hard time getting enough health to even survive a couple hits from him, and that would come at the great cost of dealing any damage to him.

On another note, Peasant, Knight, and Hero difficulties all sound almost the same. There's so many golden hearts in the game that I don't see why you'd want to choose health at a level up when you can just get more defense. I think you get 3 HP points normally per level up in the original game? Even at level 11 that will only add up to the equivalent of 3 golden hearts. I'd probably pump all those extra points into attack and get the herb boots and be even more powerful than ever before (even on hero mode). Perhaps you could change a couple/few golden hearts into a different treasure, and make the health level-up bonus about 5 points? That would make choosing health at level-up feel valuable. Enemies targeting you on hero mode hardly makes it that much harder. I often purposely hit all enemies once so they will target me so I can kill them all at once while they clump together. For Slayers it makes it possible to make them kill each other. Hero mode would make doing that even easier.

Basically, it sounds like Peasant/Knight/Hero are all easier than the original game, mostly due to the fact that you get two stat choices at level up, AND you start with more stats than the original game, even on Hero. On the other hand, Legend (Nightmare?) mode sounds too hard to be fun and maybe not even possible to beat. There should be a bit more distribution there. I'd love to play the original game at a higher challenge level, just not THAT much higher. Consider making Knight mode start with the same stats as the original game (3,0,0) and making Hero mode only give one choice per level without getting rid of powerups. And perhaps, certain enemies could be faster on Hero mode like you've planned for Nightmare mode, though I'm not sure how someone would deal with the really fast pillbugs (especially the ones in the Darklands!) if they were even faster. These suggestions are all assuming you haven't altered the vanilla enemies too much.

As for Nightmare mode, instead of taking all the powerups out of the game and ruining the sense of exploration, perhaps you could change regular potions into "half-potions" which get you one stat per two potions you find. To make things interesting and unique, maybe these half-potions can even be made into any potion you want. It would still be harder since you need two to get one stat. And golden hearts could give 5 hp instead of 10. That would severely increase the difficulty without making it impossible. Regarding raising the prices of all the items in Dink Smallwood, that's probably not a good idea. They are already priced pretty well, and playing higher difficulties will make it harder to get gold anyways. There could definitely be some exceptions, such as maybe herb boots could cost more, since they are pretty cheap in the original game. But I wouldn't make everything cost more.

One last note: for Legend mode, you may have to lower the magic requirements for acid rain, especially if there's no magic potions. Otherwise, the first level ups will all be going into magic.

Phew...I know I made a lot of suggestions there but you can take them or leave them, it's your project after all! Just wanted to point out some of the potential problems you may run into, but there is always different ways you can alleviate these problems, if you are creative. Take Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix for example. The hardest difficulty actually gives you EXTRA abilities and makes you deal MORE damage compared to the difficulty under it. But it also roughly halves your max hp, making it very easy to die if you are careless. It makes it harder, but it also makes it more fun. It's good to consider that making EVERYTHING harder may not always be the best course of action.
October 12th 2015, 03:37 PM
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Skurn
Peasant Female United States xbox steam duck bloop
i like pie 
That's why it's called NIGHTMARE Difficulty for a reason

More like, fight blue slimes for even longer before you can take on the ice cave difficulty.
October 12th 2015, 06:24 PM
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DackFIght
Peasant Male United States
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Will we get a reward other than a history lesson from the wizard in the Ice Castle? Also will all the islands be fixed and more? Will there be any cameos or easter eggs? WILL THERE BE CHEESE!?
October 12th 2015, 07:23 PM
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Skurn
Peasant Female United States xbox steam duck bloop
i like pie 
Can Charlie be a superboss?
October 13th 2015, 06:30 AM
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DackFIght
Peasant Male United States
Making Topics off-track faster then you can say it 
Maybe if you don't pay the full price or just try to steal the house keys from him.
October 13th 2015, 09:25 AM
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Leprochaun
Peasant Male Japan xbox steam bloop
Responsible for making things not look like ass 
I want to be able to fight a lot of people in that game.

One - I want a full side quest about dismantling and destroying the cast.

Two - I want to find charlie and buy the house. Then charlie burns the house down with you in it but you escape through some underground system. Now you hunt charlie down believing him to be the one who burned your house down and killed your mother. After you find him it turns out he didn't burn your first home down and isn't responsible for your mother's death, but you're still mad about that second house so you fight him anyways.

Three - I want to fight that old guy that teaches you water magic.

Four - I want to see martridge return post-game and then after a series of martridge quests you'll eventually end up fighting him.

Also, I'd love to see some stuff post-game that hints and develops mystery island. I think that'd be really cool.
October 13th 2015, 09:53 AM
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scratcher
Bard bloop
cigarette bonca 
I want to be able to join forces with the talking pillbug, and murder SmileStein instead. Then the pillbug should move into his house and become Libby's new father.

And of course, Martridge's a lunatic. A dwarf living alone in a secret cabin in the woods who spies on people and likes to invite teenager boys over with promises of teaching them magic.
October 13th 2015, 01:01 PM
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Skurn
Peasant Female United States xbox steam duck bloop
i like pie 
You forgot the option to fight King Daniel. He's clearly not human. He must be purged.
October 14th 2015, 09:39 AM
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GOKUSSJ6
Peasant Male Poland steam
Everyone should get a pizza for free in each week. 
Sneak peek from my testing playground

Basically a "new" spell. With an interesting mechanic. You throw a very weak fireball, but if you press the Shift button again, it will explode. This could turn out to be the most powerful magic ever, once i come up how much damage it should deal.
October 14th 2015, 07:07 PM
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DackFIght
Peasant Male United States
Making Topics off-track faster then you can say it 
Can you put in a psychiatrist, Leprochaun might have some anger issues against people.

Also can there be any companions or pets, like ducks?
January 4th 2016, 05:53 AM
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millimeter
Peasant Male Canada
Millimeter is Wee-Lamm, Recording Artist. :-) 
Re: Sneak Peek, you seem to have &crap-load of health there ... jus sayin
November 8th 2016, 02:34 PM
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JustaGhost
Ghost
 
Well, doesn't seem like you released this nice little idea yet.
So: is there some update on it?
Or did you just cancel the project, because of no time, can't get further... ?
Nice project

I would try Nightmare-mode, because Dink Smallwood always seemed a bit easy to me.

November 8th 2016, 03:37 PM
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Skurn
Peasant Female United States xbox steam duck bloop
i like pie 
hey, might i suggest a dark souls difficulty setting? it would go something like this - -

monsters with attack sequences have their attack frames' hitboxes increased in size by about 300-500%. or even higher. just make it so you're hit by things that shouldn't have even come close to hitting you.

all monsters, including pillbugs can kill dink in 1-2 hits.

the inventory system is changed making it a convoluted mess with text all over the place. game can't be paused ever.

all equipment has a pointless strength requirement.

the game lags like hell, even worse if you don't have a monitor or tv with a high enough refresh rate.

all dink's attacks take about 10 minutes to happen as he swings through glue air in a wide arc.

dink's magic has limited casts.

bombs are instead thrown, and always miss. enemies now have bombs and never run out.

and finally, dragons one shot you if you go off the intended path, absorb loads of damage, and just sit around, potentially giving you the chance to shoot a million arrows into them.
June 19th, 11:44 PM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
Any progress? Close to release at all?
June 22nd, 01:44 PM
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gordongaben
Ghost
 
good one