Progress Update-And We’re Back

Well, I very grudgingly let the blog schedule slip for three weeks while I defended my Master’s Thesis and wrapped up everything else I needed to do to graduate, all the while working full time. Now that’s all done, and I’m only working full time, so it’s time to get back to coding the game and making blog posts. During the long hiatus, my momentum was broken and I got a chance to think about that trajectory. I decided I was spending way to much time doing drawings, math, and maps for the blog, and it was distracting from the point of all this: to make me accountable for my progress on the game itself of Mind Weave.

So, this return is going to be a sporadic affair until I figure out how I’m going to structure blog posts going forward. Whatever I do, it will include ensuring that all of the time I put into the blog is work that will also advance the game development: spells for starter spell books, for example. I will probably stop posting abilities and characters, with the exception of posts exploring and feeling out new abilities (it helps me think). Test battles will become more common, especially when the combat mechanics are all coded and we can test them for real. Map posts will be limited to content for the starter campaign, once I figure out what I want that to be. Anyway, big changes, but hopefully for the better.

In the meantime, a progress update: I’ve migrated the game as coded so far to an amazon server where I will do all of the work going forward. This means I will be able to work anywhere pretty easily and I can start the move toward player interactions. I can also start making style files for larger screen sizes than that of my old laptop. The server runs nicely, but not all of the tables have been rebuilt yet, so some of the pages are broken. Near future, I’m going to finish rebuilding the tables and get most of the details in the map maker worked out, so stay tuned. Once I have something pretty, I’ll post a video.

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Monster Monday-Silver Dragon

SilverDragonThomas suddenly felt something in his mind. It shocked him for but a moment before the other mind overwhelmed him. Yes, to the depths of the cavern, of course.

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Ability Tuesday-Telepathy

This is a minor ability learnable by psions, which allows the possessor to speak into the mind of another person. The target can purposefully project thoughts in response once contacted. Additional levels increase range and clarity.

Would you get Telepathy? How would you use it? Let us know in the comments below.

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Monster Monday-Direbloom

Dire Bloom“I hate jungle. It’s like a constant war against interminable forces of vines and plants.” Derek grumbled as he hacked through the underbrush with his machete. “What I wouldn’t give for a real fight right now. Something that swings back.”

“I like it, it’s peaceful.” Alex said.

“Easy for you to say, mage. You just walk.”

“Just slow down and look at these beautiful flowers, they— Ahhhhh!” His sentences was cit off in a scream as a flower leaped toward him.

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Ruin of Gon

Today I’m going to take a look at the ruined structure Arg Uret discovered on Monday. Though the structure is now falling down and claimed by Green Dragons and their massive trees, it was once known as the Court of Gon. It was a short distance from a powerful city and served as a ritual area for the Cult of Gon.RuinsOfGon Continue reading

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Ability Tuesday-Sense Consciousness

Sense Consciousness is a turn on/turn off psionic ability. It allows the possessor to sense sentience in the area with a passive effort. When the ability is active, the character loses a portion of his tiredness recovery, or all of his fatigue recovery if appropriate. This sense allows him to sense intelligences nearby. The range at which he can detect a consciousness depends on the intelligence and mental activity of the consciousness and the perception and level in sense consciousness of the user. In is a minor ability.

Would you get Sense Consciousness? How would you know when to keep it on? Why would you want it? Let us know in the comments below.

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Monster Monday-Green Dragon

GreenDragonArg Uret was in awe at the structure. The increasingly mighty trees had intrigued him and he was drawn deeper into the forest, and now this? Perhaps the humans had such structures, but he had never seen such a thing here, in orc lands. He climbed the steps to to touch a large tree overgrowing the foundations.

He started at a sound and turned. A small winged lizard was approaching, belching a green gas. He was not so foolish as to be drawn in by its cuteness. Neither did he think he could tame it. He wondered if it would make a good dinner. He didn’t sense the mother dragon descending behind him.

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Character Thursday-Karen Dyheart (Summoner)

Here’s a character who summons elementals, Karen of Kar’s Hurt.

Backstory and Levels 1-10

Karen Dyheart was in every way an average girl, well, so far as anyone could tell. She was very bright, but in her backward border town, that counted for little. She was seen as lazy and not very productive. Her pretentious genius alienated her. Her people were generally kind and did their best to make her feel at home, but she could feel a lack of the belonging that other people seemed to have there. She ran away.

The wilderness was not kind to a young girl. She found herself running through the night, chased by wolves. Cornered, desperate, she discovered something inside of her, a power. Fire burst against the beasts as she stood and cast a spell. They fled and she was left marveling at her power. She wandered the forest until she stumbled upon a large cave. She evicted the creatures living there and expanded it, beginning her new life as a hermit mage.

She began to practice her magic and her skill grew. She managed to steal a few book, and with their help learned to summon elementals. With the elementals accompanying her into old age, she let her bitterness run her life and she became a legendary bane on the caravans in the area.

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Kar’s Hurt

Karen Dyheart lives as an outcast, but she has found friendship in the form of elementals. She has used her magic to fashion a very livable cave in which to summon them and where she resorts after raids for food and treasure:KarsHurt

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Ability Tuesday-Summon Elemental

In Mind Weave, summoning the elementals discussed yesterday requires a specific ability: Summon Elemental. While mages can create elemental analogues using simple magic or enchantments, for example the Firebird and Stone Panther, these spell created ‘elementals’ are much less permanent than real elementals. Getting this ability and creating a summoning circle allows the character to summon powerful beings that can accompany him as long as he can spare the power to keep them bound.SummonElemental Continue reading

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