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a work in progress: "All that GLITTERS"

December 12th 2017, 04:14 PM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
I've been working on a new dmod for a few months now. As the title suggests, it is a tale of great wealth. It also includes a few great deeds of heroism and a generally good time in Dink game play. Further, it is also a tale of right versus wrong and good versus evil in (what I hope) are some surprising ways to tell that sort of story.

I've included a few new (well, I think they are relatively new for Dink) ideas in scripting and game play.

I'm about 15% to 20% done with the development effort, with about 60 scripts and 20% of the screens done. If things go smoothly, I may have a release ready before the middle of next year.

Though I've already outlined the basic plot, much of the dialogue as well as a good portion of the design; I'm open to any making use of the ideas of others that seem particularly worthy to me. Other elements that are well under way include the bulk of custom (done by me) and found (from the internet) graphics and sound. Based on what you saw of my work in [THE LAST QUEST (part 1): The Oraculum] and [THE LAST QUEST (part 2): The Iron Ring of Destiny] please feel free to offer some suggestions of what kind of things might you like to see more (or less) of.

In related news, I heard a rumor that someone else was working on a sequel to another dink module , but I'll let him make that announcement when he is ready .

December 13th 2017, 05:47 AM
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Bluedy
Peasant Male Romania steam bloop
Flyest artist you know 
Sounds cool!
December 16th 2017, 11:24 AM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
Well, doesn't anyone have any preferences or suggestions?

Oh well, if not, I'll just "press on" as planned.

December 16th 2017, 11:37 AM
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Skurn
Peasant Female United States xbox steam duck bloop
i like pie 
ponies.
December 16th 2017, 12:17 PM
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Bluedy
Peasant Male Romania steam bloop
Flyest artist you know 
I think we just need some more info on the game after you've done some progress and maybe even some screenshots
December 16th 2017, 06:34 PM
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Toof
Peasant Male
I disagree. 
There is a funny little mod with the same name for age of empires 2. Is this one somehow related?
Edit:
Suggestions...? Id like to see james bond cameo (medieval style) losing at backarrat, with some funny dialog.
December 17th 2017, 10:59 AM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
The "All that GLITTERS" dmod I am working on has nothing to do with Age of Empires. I know next to nothing about that game or even that it somehow allows for "mods".

I'm not sure how I could fit the idea of a "james bond cameo (medieval style) losing at backarrat" into a story (ostensibly) about a hunt for treasure, but I assure you that (in general) I'm working on including lots of funny dialogue.

But, I'll think about it. Hmmmm. Maybe...


December 17th 2017, 11:00 AM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
Is that a serious suggestion? Or are you just trying to make a joke?

It's hard to tell because, after all, Dink Smallwood is hardly serious all the time anyway.
December 17th 2017, 11:22 AM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
I barely believe it myself, but I think I just came up with a way to include both "my little ponies" and a casino.

RPG life is full of surprises and RL(Real Life) even more so.

December 17th 2017, 11:27 AM
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toof
Ghost
 
Yeah, it is serious suggestion .
I cannot possibly know what is that you plan with the story, but...

I'm not sure how I could fit the idea of a "james bond cameo (medieval style) losing at backarrat" into a story
The name of the mod is "All that Glitters", so I'm guessing it's about a secret treasure. Money can give you power, power can be abused, evil people are real, and someone has to stop them. Martridge senses that someone evil will try to find the treasure, so he sends Dink to prevent him. King Daniel, on the other hand, sends a member of his own super-secret organisation, which name is, naturally, known throughout the kingdom as the Omnipresent Order, hence the 00 naming convention. It just happens that they decide to send their member who got number seven as his locker number, for storing his weapons.
December 17th 2017, 12:00 PM
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toof
Ghost
 
Oh, and he is also the most lucky, least competent spy, and you have to steal some of his documents that contain information on the bad guy. And then Dink finds out that he is supposed to send the documents to his order, but he forgot how to encrypt the message, so he will have to attend the Annual secret system of encryption seminar, or in short, Asses.
December 18th 2017, 09:50 AM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
What an amusing story toof! I hope you will be making a dmod for us some day.

Regarding the inclusion of some of these elements into "All that GLITTERS": Well, at this point I'll proceed with the main plot I've developed thus far. But I may surprise myself again. Heck, I *did* include a casino, so maybe later I'll incorporate some of the elements of your tale into mine.
December 18th 2017, 11:14 AM
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Skurn
Peasant Female United States xbox steam duck bloop
i like pie 
ponies.
December 18th 2017, 07:46 PM
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toof
Ghost
 
Well, at this point I'll proceed with the main plot I've developed thus far

No obligations. I was just trying to put an example to assist some possibly unrelated ideas to go in motion.The creativity is at its best when it has freedom.

ponies
Midget horses
December 19th 2017, 01:55 PM
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Striker
Noble United States steam
Daniel, there are clowns. 
I had a friend who believed ponies were just baby horses. It wasn't until he was 29 that he discovered otherwise.
December 24th 2017, 08:05 AM
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liquid141
Peasant steam
Sons of liberty 
Oh god avoid adding anything related to ponies . However i have been playing a lot of simulators recently was wondering if anything can be added to dink based on that...hmm maybe i am saying it wrong...

have you played this game called stardew valley http://store.steampowered.com/app/413150/ i was simply thinking this can easily be a dink smallwood game or have a lot of ideas from it.
December 24th 2017, 11:51 AM
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Skurn
Peasant Female United States xbox steam duck bloop
i like pie 
add ponies.
December 26th 2017, 10:42 AM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
See [December 17th, 11:22] entry from me above.

Note that just because I included ponies does not mean that they would be included in the same way that others might include them.

January 10th, 09:43 AM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
So, progress continues... with "All that GLITTERS".

As per the request of SlipDink fans (well, Dink fans anyway), I have included
some urls to a few images from the game thus far, along with some matching
dialogue. I look forward to your comments.

WhatAmIThinking
Early in his adventure, Dink begins to doubt his resolve.

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Arriving in a wondrous new land as a passenger on a familiar ship,
Dink notes that the treasure map he was sold does not seem
to be as accurate as he had hoped.

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On his way to the capital of this new land, Dink enjoys local horticulture.

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In conversation with a mage, Dink learns that the (now deceased) great
grandfather of this magician gave, "us forms of magical protection still used
today." Intrigues, Dink asks, "What kinds of magical protection still used
today are we talking about?". Replying, the magician tells him, "Try attacking
one of our shop merchants and you might find out."

Later, Dink tries attacking someone in their shop and then this (see the image
link above) happened to him.

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Dink makes some new friends, and shows them his birth certificate (that Dink
carries with him at all times?!). One of his new friends asks, "I find myself
wondering, how is it that your society could be advanced enough to have birth
certificates but is still so primitive such that you need scribes to write
upon official documents for you?".

Dink replies with, "Well, I can tell you that literacy is a spotty and
imperfect thing throughout King Daniel's domain. <Sigh...> Other than that,
let's just say some questions about our universe are best left unasked."

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While this distant land that a treasure map has lead him to, Dink becomes a
guest of the mayor of the capital city and eventually decides to get some much
needed rest in his guest quarters. But as he sleeps, he dreams of a face
meeting his gaze from a wall of Stone! Dink trembles as the face speaks,
shouting these words ---> "IF YOU ARE TRULY THE SON OF MUD
THEN I BEGIN BY ASKING THIS QUESTION ...
KNOW YE THE FACE OF *OHGONE*? HEAR THE DIVINE VOICE
SPEAKING FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE RIVER OF MUD!".
January 10th, 06:01 PM
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Skurn
Peasant Female United States xbox steam duck bloop
i like pie 
where da ponnies
January 11th, 09:21 AM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
There will be a "my-little-pony", I promise. Code and imagery for it is already part of the dmod. I admit it is only a sideshow to the real plot, but I had fun adding it anyway.

It will be a surprise. No advance showings will be made for this element. That way the excitement will continue to build.
January 11th, 02:09 PM
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Skurn
Peasant Female United States xbox steam duck bloop
i like pie 
plot
January 13th, 03:58 PM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
What?
January 13th, 08:36 PM
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Skurn
Peasant Female United States xbox steam duck bloop
i like pie 
( ͡ ͜ʖ ͡)
January 14th, 03:44 PM
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Marpro
Peasant Male bloop
-- Marp Ro 
Impressive screenshots, SlipDink!
January 15th, 08:56 PM
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toof
Ghost
 
What exactly do you mean by new ideas in gameplay? Can we get a glimpse of that?
January 16th, 09:11 AM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
@Marpro (regarding screenshots): Thank you for your kind words. I hope you enjoy the game too.

@toof (regarding new ideas in gameplay): First, let me say that for much of the dmod, I borrow generously from other dmods and the Dev section of the Dink Network. Aside from that though, I think that I have added one or two ideas that are (at least a little) unique in dmod history. I don't want to give away too much, but the short answer would be... (1) an intelligent weapon that Dink must contend with, (2) moral questions of a significant nature (dealt with in the superficial manner that role playing games really require) and (3) the realization that being in a dangerous location at night will require special precautions and some careful planning.
January 16th, 01:35 PM
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Skurn
Peasant Female United States xbox steam duck bloop
i like pie 
scary nighttime!