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  • Ugh. Still can't buy Medieval:Dungeons and the Bosses packs. The store doesn't want to accept my card. So obnoxious. Guess I'll wait two months for them to hit Steam.
    Okay, Many-Spires is getting split into multiple posts as I work on Ashes of Angoroth. Here is why:


    The issue I'm having, I feel, is the overwhelming amount of work involved in detailing a fantasy city in a single, lengthy post. It is difficult to organize when you've got so many different concepts and ideas flowing through your head. Instead, I'll be editing what little I've posted thus far into an introduction style post, like I did with the Fractures. As I come up with fleshed out ideas, I'll post more about the city over the course of the project, getting into the specifics of each area. This way, I can move onto the myriad of other fun things I've been coming up with at random, while still explaining and showcasing Many-Spires. Everything will be sorted and categorized for easy access so that nobody becomes lost. 
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    The Stranger
    The Stranger
    Break Many-Spires up into districts. That's what I did when I wrote about the Imperial City on my freewebs site years and years ago; site doesn't exist anymore. :(


    I know Eberron broke its massive spire city of Sharn into various districts, too.
    BloodletterQ
    BloodletterQ
    Yeah. Try not to tackle to much at once. It gets overwhelming and feels more like drudgery in the end.
    Well, Shards Online's servers have crapped out as of late, introducing as a feature the worst lag I've ever experienced in a game. So it's back to Many-Spires, finally! 
    I am half-joking, but I am so tempted to use the Medieval resources set to make an Oregon Trail style survival game. Lol. I think it could totally work. 
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    Ms Littlefish
    Ms Littlefish
    I remember playing the game in the library one day and became genuinely upset because the character I named after my sister died of a snakebite. Spoiler, sister is still alive. I was very relieved. 
    PsychicToaster
    PsychicToaster
    Lol! If I did take on this project, I'd definitely make it a bit more fair than Oregon Trail. That game was pure evil.
    Ms Littlefish
    Ms Littlefish
    Yeah, Oregon Trail really is some kind of impossible. I could never get the hang of hunting, or anything really. XD
    Currently on a mission to improve my lexicon. I find it important that every few months I take the time to learn new words until they are naturally integrated into both my written and verbal communication ability.
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    Ursa Koda
    Pipe-weed (also known as Halflings' Leaf) is grown and enjoyed much by the hobbits of the Shire, to whom it was first introduced by Tobold Hornblower. Normally I wouldn't use the word 'Halfling' in a normal conversation, but this is far from a normal conversation :D Enjoy your linguistic expansion, I do the same, musically. I invented 2 new notes yesterday, I and J. So now I need a longer piano.
    PsychicToaster
    PsychicToaster
    Hahaha longer piano. You've won the Internet.
    Ursa Koda
    Golly, Mama will be so proud. :guffaw:
    Been spending a bit of time away from my setting project to playtest Shards Online, a new MMO made by one of the programmers that worked on Ultima Online. It's pretty fantastic so far but it has definitely consumed some time I could have spent writing. All good though, I have tons of ideas, tons of notes, and I don't plan on dying anytime soon, so it will get done. Sometimes the best thing to do is take breaks from big projects and work on something else. I've been writing little random short stories in the setting of Angoroth for the past few days. I am excited to say that they work out quite nicely. 
    Vox Novus
    Vox Novus
    Lol, I think the name might be a giveaway. The housing system sounds nice, sounds like its more part of the core experience. 
    PsychicToaster
    PsychicToaster
    It totally is. Lording your wealth above the lowly peasants of the land is part of the experience. Lol. 


    Open world, full loot PVP(Aside from what you have equipped) really makes it a great game for people who don't mind a bit of risk vs reward gameplay. There are safe zones for people who don't want to worry about getting murdered, and a crime system where you get flagged 20 minutes per kill as a criminal. You can be killed by anyone, even in safe zones and towns, without the guards interfering. I have a feeling when the game launches I'm going to end up permanently red, because I love PKing lol.
    PsychicToaster
    PsychicToaster
    And since you've got to be online for your flag timer to count down, you can't just log out for a bit and wait. Kill enough people and that timer might as well never end.
    Conceptualized another city and I'm far from done with Many-Spires.


    Elaura's Crossing-spanning a great chasm is a bridge seemingly built for giants. Over a mile wide and twice as long, humankind has constructed an entire city atop this massive structure. Homes and businesses are impossibly stacked  vertically, connected by stone walkways and rope bridges. Clearly some enchantment holds the haphazardly placed masses of dwellings together, preventing the structures from collapsing. At the enormous bridge's center is the Dome of the Light, named for the brilliant column of white light that reaches skyward from a formation of glowing crystal affixed to the top of the Dome. 
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    The Stranger
    The Stranger
    It's nice to see someone else going out of their way to create cities with a personality. Far too many fantasy settings have boring locations. Most real settlements have a very long history, filled with all sorts of mysteries and things which give the place a soul.
    Labyrinthine
    Labyrinthine
    In the process of creating the "perfect game," each aspect of the product should be taken account and given an equal amount of attention. This would include the storytelling, writing, graphical aspects, music, world creation, gameplay elements etc. etc. Realizing this is kind of daunting. I don't think I'll ever get there, personally, but I'm trying to get as close as its possible for me.
    PsychicToaster
    PsychicToaster
    @Labyrinthine


    Ashes of Angoroth is just a setting project for me, I won't be making it into an RPGM game. There's too much involved graphically for it to really turn out the way I envision it. I'll likely end up just writing a few books in the setting. My RPG Maker game is an entirely different project. I still like feedback though, so I post about my setting on here lol. 
    Hard at work. Just been busy because of the holiday. But today is the perfect day to stay indoors and write. I will not and have never gone out to join the corpulent masses of savage Black Friday shoppers. Outside of my PC setup, I live a fairly minimalist lifestyle. Black Friday to me represents materialistic excess and mindless consumerism. Not my cup of tea.
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    BloodletterQ
    BloodletterQ
    Try being agoraphobic. And I live right off the highway and near a turnpike
    PsychicToaster
    PsychicToaster
    Oh goodness. Poor soul. Black Friday has been a tremendous success, having caused only nine deaths and 102 reported bodily injuries at the hands of the animalistic consumer puppets. /sarcasm
    The Stranger
    The Stranger
    Consumerism at its finest. People valuing cheap T.Vs over safety, order, and life.
    Writing work has been stymied by friends coming over to LAN it up. Good thing I'm not doing this for a living. Lol. 
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    PsychicToaster
    PsychicToaster
    I've got Notepad open on my other monitor just in case. Lol. But as the great Stephen King said, "A writer's notebook is the best way to immortalize bad ideas". 
    BloodletterQ
    BloodletterQ
    I swear your community rep went up by 100 ever since you've started making status updates
    PsychicToaster
    PsychicToaster
    Haha. I'm not sure why that is. I don't want to tout myself as amusing or anything. I have little to contribute to the community outside of advice on writing and game design. I'm not an artist, I can't code in Javascript, and I have no publicly available projects for people to critique because most of the games I've made over the last 14 years or so were insignificant works made solely for my own amusement.
    Since I've put my MV game to bed for the time being due to Degica's slow releases of graphics packs, I'm working diligently on Ashes of Angoroth. Expect an update this evening. I apologize for any complain-y posts I made last night, they've since been deleted. I normally don't get distressed but I realized working on a game with a quarter of the resources I need to actually finish it is a waste of time. I can wait it out. 
    Morrowind binge is over. Back to working on Ashes of Angoroth. Hopefully I'll have something to update Many-Spires by the wee hours of the tomorrow morning, say 2:00am or so. We shall see. Designing the something as intricate and massive as a city takes time.
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    Vox Novus
    Vox Novus
    Haven't played morrowind, didn't pick up elder scrolls until oblivion. Heard its beloved though. Definitely want your cities to be unique and different, especially between cities in different countries in-game.
    PsychicToaster
    PsychicToaster
    Morrowind, at least to me, is the best in the series. It may be old, but it is truly timeless. A lot of people claim nostalgia is why Morrowind is so highly praised, but that isn't the case. There were those who hadn't played the game until after Skyrim came out, and they still gave Morrowind the accolades it deserves. Good games never die. 


    Angoroth is unique in the sense that it has no countries. There is simply not enough land that can be safely lived upon to warrant the formation of larger national entities. City-states like Many-Spires do own dependent territories, but that's about it. War is uncommon, but it isn't foreign to the people of Angoroth. Fighting between opposing cities over natural resources, while difficult, is a major source of regional conflict. Most have chosen to broker a peace and trade with one another instead, but some factions have proven less cooperative than others. 
    Won't be updating anything tonight, because I will be on a Morrowind binge. I've been writing things in Notepad to copy into Wordpress later, but as most of it is incomplete and more of a list of random ideas in no particular order, I'm will not be posting it publicly. I prefer a cleaned up and polished version be all that I release. For anyone wondering why Notepad, it's because it doesn't have any kind of formatting that would muck things up when I copy it over. I tried copying and pasting into Wordpress from OpenOffice Writer, and the text was blue for some odd reason, even though I never changed it. Using headings on a single line would change the text below it as well, which is undesirable. Notepad text is quick, clean, and readily edited. 
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    PsychicToaster
    PsychicToaster
    Reposted this, accidentally deleted it looking for the edit button. There isn't one. 
    Got nothing done last night. Damn cat spent all night jumping up on my desk and attempting to get behind my computer, which will most certainly result in things getting broken. I don't know how to keep him off of the desk. So frustrating
    Right https://angoroth.wordpress.com/ is up, the name is finalized, and I appreciate the assistance from this wonderful community. 


    I can now move forward instead of going back and changing things. Never a great way to make progress. 
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    PsychicToaster
    PsychicToaster
    Right. I managed to justify that since the name stems from human Old Tongue meaning "A Thousand Storms"  


    I usually don't like nonsense names if they don't serve a purpose. I could have taken the easy way out and used a random name generator site but those names have no cohesion and zero consistency with one another. 
    Niten Ichi Ryu
    Niten Ichi Ryu
    true saying mate. It's nice to use the "rule of cool" for naming sometime but it end up cliche fantasy like storm end, or orksbane (guilty of the last one...) read a bit on the aforementioned discussion, glad you dropped Angwel.


    As it was a 3 am discussion you could have sang "you are my angwel, of the morning baby..." ;)
    PsychicToaster
    PsychicToaster
     Lmao nooooooooooo
    I have renamed my setting "Angwel", loosely translated from Old Tongue as "The Thousand Storms". I am not changing it, because it took hours of putting together an admittedly weak lexicon of fictional words. I am not a philologist or an etymologist and I have very little experience trying to make a fictional language, even a rudimentary one. I am not one to use a random generator to name things, because nonsense names are dumb and feel like cheating in my book, especially when they lack consistency. In regard to human character names in the setting, they are American names I have mixed and matched the syllables of, while trying to keep familiar sounds for my clarity. Names like Rigel, Theolar, and Daleon. 


    I appreciate the feedback I received from a few individuals. I know the old name was too close to an actual word. I have corrected it, and although it may be rough around the edges, I don't think I'll be changing it again lol. Thank Microsoft for Find and Replace, because changing my posts manually would have been hell. 


    New blog URL:https://realmofangwel.wordpress.com/ note that the "Realm of" part has nothing to do with a novel/game title. This blog is meant to be material detailing the world itself. 


    Whew. Glad that's over and done with. So very done for the day. Lol. Normally I don't struggle with naming places or people, but not using a total nonsense name for my world is something I wanted to avoid. Angwel is at least justified as translated from an older language. 
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    PsychicToaster
    PsychicToaster
    I see what I did there. Lmao. WAKE UP TOASTER. I have taken a lot of inspiration. That's what I meant to say.


    I'm not writing today. Hahaha.
    The Stranger
    The Stranger
    @BloodletterQ I can't wait for new resources to become available in the same style as the newer PVGames' stuff. Right now, there's not a lot to create any diverse or interesting settings; not outside of towns and woodlands, anyway. Though, I spoke with Jesse about the Alien Biomes pack, and he said it's due to be released as a free update for the sci-fi pack he made. Not sure when that will happen, but I'm looking forward to using those cool alien plants; they're more in tune with the strange world I've created.
    PsychicToaster
    PsychicToaster
    Degica needs to hurry it up lol. 
    Site will be back up when I can figure out a new name for it. Probably not working on it until tonight, got stuff to do.
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