Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Mongo Progress

It's been a while since I've been both highly motivated and had lots of time to work, but this past weekend was one of those times. I finished incorporating the comments for Act III that I discussed last time, and I then completed another play-through that got all the way to the final fight before a game-ending bug. However, I'm pretty sure the "bug" was actually a result of playing Act III as a module instead of as a campaign, as the problem was in the transition to another module.

That said, I still had 65+ comments I had made up until that point, some of which were pretty serious. For example, I didn't like some of the pacing and so I had to rearrange things in some places and add some content in others. However, this has all been done, and I've also shuffled some maps between modules to reduce the number of module transitions. Last night, I managed to do some targeted testing of the new areas and reshuffled maps to ensure it all works.

So I'm ready for another play-through of Act III, and I have every reason to believe it will be the first to be successfully completed with no hitches. I'll fix whatever issues I find, of course, but if all goes to plan, I'll be done with Act III testing come Sunday. Then I just want to play through the whole campaign from start to finish to make sure it all works together - it should, as I've independently verified all three acts and both internal transitions - and then I enter alpha testing with a couple chosen reviewers. Once I get their comments incorporated, it'll be time for around five beta testers.

Hold tight. We're getting there!


Anonymous said...

Exciting news!

Jason said...

That's terrific. This will be at the top of the queue of modules to play as soon as it comes out.


herve C said...

This is going to be great. I hope I will be able to play it before Dragon Age comes out.
If not, I know I will find time to play your campaign as I have been waiting for it for some time now.

Good luck on finishing everything, looking forward to play a cleric in the Forgotten realms (I will read the books on FR gods just to be sure).


Anonymous said...

How exciting!!!! I almost wanted to beg to be a tester.. then decided I am kind of selfish... I want to play it for my enjoyment! hehe

WTG Russ!


Anonymous said...

Looking forward to this mod so much. ^_^ Will SoZ be required? If so, I should probably get it . . .