[Challenge/Scenic][Normal][Medium][KS+] Calexico

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Offline Lucinda

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[Challenge/Scenic][Normal][Medium][KS+] Calexico
« on: August 07, 2023, 06:50:22 »
With my first few levels, I imagined myself to be a person who "just doesn't do preview threads" because "I would rather just put out the level!" But after seeing some other people's recent previews, I've realized that making an announcement about it could be a good way to commit to finishing my current project, especially since I'm starting graduate school soon and might get distracted.

To put it simply, this level is a "desert adventure." It's strongly inspired by my own travels in the southwestern United States, but it's made for everyone to appreciate, even people who live in icy European tundras. No insider knowledge required.

The story takes place in a country called Calexico, which borders another country called Sonora. Like in the southwestern USA, there's some political tensions at the border.

With this level I'm throwing out my entire rule book. Instead of tons of backtracking, this level will mostly be a straight line and have design that makes it impossible to backtrack. Instead of tons of story, there will be a super simple story - Juni has to go to her friend's wedding and so she's going there. Of course, as she crosses the landscape I will be throwing in some micro-stories, because my background is writing and I can't ever resist. (I am at least 4 personal transformations away from going full abstract like Polana.) And there will be lots of enemy and jumping challenges, but I intend to make this my easiest level yet.

Some stuff this level has so far:
-Moving wind turbines
-A casino
-Border patrol cops
-A crystal shop
-An underground crystal cult run by a man who calls himself Father Derek
-A part where you temporarily switch to playing as an NPC
-A deserted wasteland with a "flashback" to when it was not a wasteland

I'll post updates here! If you made it this far, cool!
« Last Edit: August 07, 2023, 06:53:31 by Lucinda »
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Re: [Challenge/Scenic][Normal][Medium][KS+] Calexico
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2023, 11:18:14 »
but it's made for everyone to appreciate, even people who live in icy European tundras.

I feel seen. :D

And this is awesome! Looking forward to seeing more of this!

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Re: [Challenge/Scenic][Normal][Medium][KS+] Calexico
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2023, 12:22:32 »
And yet I am here thinking about making large cutesy nature themed level one day (and several more abstract ones because they're fun to make).

I can't wait to see how the linear no backtracking design will work and that the level will be tied to certain real place.

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Re: [Challenge/Scenic][Normal][Medium][KS+] Calexico
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2023, 21:50:11 »
I think it's always really cool when you take something personal and put into art. It seems to always tell a more complete story.
The screenshots look really good too.
First one is really great use of Headgrinders tileset, I've always liked that tileset but found it hard to use, but here it looks like something I want to jump in and play now ^^
The second screen looks great and I can imagine it's pretty awesome with the moving turbines.
The house in the third one is very cool, the different wall textures giving depth and the sheer size is quite imposing.
Exciting stuff!  :D
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Re: [Challenge/Scenic][Normal][Medium][KS+] Calexico
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2023, 04:48:20 »
Lucinda just pumping out the levels. ;)

Screenshots look great!

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Re: [Challenge/Scenic][Normal][Medium][KS+] Calexico
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2023, 15:09:21 »
First one is really great use of Headgrinders tileset, I've always liked that tileset but found it hard to use, but here it looks like something I want to jump in and play now ^^

I was just about to comment on this. I loved how this set looked in Headgrinder's Stone Tiers, but I always thought it is a pity I hardly ever see it used anywhere else (granted, it is a bit cumbersome to use as bulbapuck pointed out, which may be the reason why). It's great to see it in action again after all this time :D  Looking forward to the final product!
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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2023, 19:04:49 »
It was challenging to work with! Polana used it well in her level Fishy, so I played that one again to get a feel.

That area is based on a real lake, I traveled to it the other day to "get inspired" [not my photo! X)]
https://hiddensandiego.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Lake-Morena-6.jpg

Thank you everyone for the excitement and support
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« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2023, 20:31:21 »
Been working steadily. I am nearly complete with the basic map, and after that will come music, cutscenes, beautification, and many little secrets and maybe sidequests! Attached a screenshot.

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« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2023, 22:00:51 »
That area is based on a real lake, I traveled to it the other day to "get inspired" [not my photo! X)]
https://hiddensandiego.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Lake-Morena-6.jpg

Ahhh, taking walks in nature by day and knytting by night - a great approach, as I can confirm from the past two weeks!

New screenshot looks great, too! Still looking forward to this a lot!

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« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2023, 21:00:56 »
Those houses are really neat! It's easy and common when creating a small town in KS to make it very flat. Nothing wrong with that but this has a lot more personality imo.
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« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2023, 07:38:27 »
Thank you friends! 8D I've finished the basic map and now I'm adding in all the details.
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« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2023, 03:47:29 »
Update! Still working on details. Enemies, screen flourishes, even more Smooth Stones tileset fun (it's really hard not to make your creations look like human body parts or human waste tbh), a super cool artifact bonus at the end, cozy music, and a secret for obsessive game breakers. Working steadily even as graduate school starts. Will definitely be done with this one by the end of the year.
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« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2023, 03:59:36 »
Getting pretty close to being done with this level. Two people have tested it and I'm just finishing up some graphics stuff. A few other people on the forum are helping with graphics too. Should be out within a month, I'm guessing. I don't really want to share screenshots because this level is basically all surprises but I'll include just one. It's one of many examples of the rugged desert stories that the knytts have to share!
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« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2023, 13:36:27 »
Getting pretty close to being done with this level. Two people have tested it and I'm just finishing up some graphics stuff. A few other people on the forum are helping with graphics too. Should be out within a month, I'm guessing. I don't really want to share screenshots because this level is basically all surprises but I'll include just one. It's one of many examples of the rugged desert stories that the knytts have to share!

I like the sound of "this level is basically all surprises". I also like that screenshot.

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