16 June 2017

Primal Ascension in the Top Five!

My Starcraft 2 co-op map Primal Ascension has made it to the top five! The competition isn't over yet. Blizzard will decide the placements from 1 to 5 in the coming days (or weeks). Thanks to all voters!

Placements by votes:
(Top 5 will be moving on to the final phase)
1. Armory Retaking - 2577 votes
2. Cradle of Death - 2239 votes
3. Primal Ascension - 2114 votes
4. Death From Above - 2028 votes
5. Part and Parcel - 1704 votes
(6-10 win 250$, a Void Probe Plush, and a Pylon USB Charger)
6. Immortal Siege - 1678 votes
7. Mercenary Business - 1656 votes
8. Construction Yard - 1596 votes
9. Solar Right - 1006 votes
10. Scavenger Hunt - 966 votes

Source: http://us.battle.net/arcade/en/blog/20861479/

11 June 2017

The Last Guardian 1.05

Hey guys,

the past months I have been updating my third WarCraft 3 campaign The Last Guardian.

Features include:
- Revamped inventory system: A dialog now prompts the player to use an item or combine it with another item.
- Multiple difficulty levels that change the amount of enemies, items, and help with solving puzzles.
- Magic Stash that provides 6 additional inventory slots and can be teleported to Khadgar.
- Lockpicking now works via abilities
- Almost 200 other bugfixes/gameplay changes

You can download the update from Hiveworkshop.com or by going to the downloads page on this blog.

See below for a complete list of changes:

Update 1.05: 194 fixes

Inventory and Items - 13
- Items are no longer directly used or combined
- A dialog now prompts the player to use an item or combine it with another item
- Removed transmissions which tell the player which items are missing when trying to combine
- Added generic transmissions "I can't use it by itself." and "I can't combine these."
- New ability Magic Stash. Can store items and be summoned to wherever Khadgar is
- Removed Chest Keys on Hard difficulty
- Changed number of maximum attempts on Chests from 3 to 2/3/4
- Added "useless" items on Normal and Hard difficulty
- ItemReceived sound is now played more often when creating non-Alchemy items
- Fixed description of Mind Egg
- Increased Speed Bonus of Potion of Speed from 0.6 to 1.0
- Increased Speed Bonus of Potion of Greater Speed from 1.0 to 1.6
- Added a special effect whenever Khadgar successfully uses or combines items

Lockpicking - 6
- Replaced Arrow Keys-lockpicking with an ability-based lockpicking system
- Picklocking now costs 15 mana for each try
- Alchemy (and Magic Stash) no longer available while lockpicking
- Camera will no longer move in RTS mode when lockpicking
- Removed "I think that was wrong" transmission while lockpicking
- Added green and red color to floating texts while lockpicking

Multiple maps - 22
- Added difficulty selection (Easy, Normal, Hard)
- Added more enemies on Normal and Hard difficulty
- User control is disabled less often
- Removed casting time of Flame Strike
- Increased cooldown of Alchemy from 2.0 to 2.2 seconds
- Replaced ItemReceived with Feedback sound when using Alchemy
- Fixed description of Alchemy
- Added sound effect for Portal
- Added sound effect for Transfer Items
- Some dialog titles now use multiple lines
- Changed ownership of Garona to Player 1 (Red) for cinematics
- Some hints will no longer be displayed on Normal and Hard difficulty
- Can no longer see green Glowing Runes before going to the Secret Room in Karazhan
- Added visibility to some areas in Karazhan
- Added boundaries that block vision in some areas in Karazhan
- Replaced some trees in Karazhan
- Decreased height of selection circle of low-flying Gryphons
- Added static terrain/object shadows
- Removed stun when using Steal
- Improved effects when using Steal
- Increased scale of Khadgar's head by Cuore
- Fixed some typos

Chapter 1 - 19
- Added Player 4 (Strangers)
- Changed ownership of most hostile units to Player 4
- Khadgar's Pouch can now be dropped
- The Axe can now be dropped
- Replaced Clarity Potion with a Potion of Healing
- Changed quest requirement "Find the ceremony book" to "Find the ritual book"
- Added a Rune of Healing
- Added transmission about finding a Magic Stash
- Smoothed the terrain on the way to the Renegade Wizard
- The first conversation with the Renegade Wizard can now be skipped
- Decreased life of Gargoyles from 230 to 200
- Decreased Gargoyle base damage from 60 to 25
- Gargoyles will no longer use Stone Form after being left alone
- Decreased height of Gargoyles from 240 to 100
- Gargoyles are now targeted as ground units
- The Clockwerk Goblin is now moved back after repairing the Observatory
- Added special effects when creating the Ghosts
- Changed ownership of Professor Marvel to Player 11
- Replaced Shimmering Portal with Force Wall

Chapter 2 - 17
- Changed text some answers in the interviews
- Changed order of some answers in the interviews
- Added more answers in the interviews on Normal and Hard difficulty
- Both conversations with Moroes can now be skipped
- Increased talk range of Wraith in the Chapel
- Added bonus damage when Medivh attacks Khadgar on Normal and Hard difficulty
- Medivh will now only teleport if he is below Khadgar or far away from him
- Enemies at the Library can now drop Wands of Chain Lighting
- The Battle music when fighting Medivh will now repeat
- Changed positions of Khadgar and Medivh when the final fight is restarted
- Added a camera pan to Khadgar when the final fight is restarted
- Game will wait until Khadgar is revived for the final fight before fading in
- The Resurrection Stone effect will now play when Khadgar is in his quarters
- Swapped position, models and icons of some Karazhan Books
- Old Khadgar will no longer run away in the Outland cinematic
- Added hint about fleeing from Medivh on Easy difficulty
- Decreased time for GoneMad quest from 80 to 70/75/80 seconds

Chapters 3 - 22
- New model for Bullfrog by General Frank
- Moved Bullfrom slightly to the south
- Added doodads around the Bullfrog
- Moved flowers away from Circle of Power at start area
- Khadgar will no longer turn shortly after the intro cinematic
- Changed unit origin of some transmissions during the fights
- The initial conversations with Lothar's men can now be skipped
- Moved Axe to the east swamp area
- The Orc Helmet and Orc Armor are now usable
- Added patroling guards at the orc camp on Normal and Hard difficulty
- Changed model of Log to Bundle of Lumber
- Added Water sound effects to the north east
- Can now skip the conversations about the force field and spying
- Removed some transmissions when being interviewed by Lothar
- Moved first question of second Lothar interview to first Lothar interview
- Moved second question of second Lothar interview to last Lothar interview
- Added more detailed titles to some Lothar dialog buttons
- Increased scaling of Skink from 1.0 to 1.6
- Changed camera movement for the last two interview answers
- Renamed "A Hero's Curl" to "A Champion's Curl"
- Added hint about attacking Lothar on Easy difficulty
- Added HumanVictory to the outro cinematic

Interlude - 1
- Changed some sound effects when Medivh is repairing the Telescope

Chapter 4 - 30
- Removed a pillar doodad in the Harbor
- All Tavern conversations can now be skipped
- Camera bounds are now restricted when inside a building
- Added Line of Sight blockers around buildings
- The bar citizens will now start attacking each other after the intro cinematic
- The Potions of Sensation can no longer be used outside the Observatory
- The Golden Tooth can now be used
- The Golden Tooth is now purchased from a shop on Normal and Hard difficulty
- Most conversations with the Honor Guards can now be skipped
- Decreased some wait time when being checked by the Honor Guards
- Changed icon of Mana Orb
- Replaced Fire Fighter transmissions with floating texts
- The conversations with Cutty can now be skipped
- Exclamation mark on Cutty will now be removed 2-3 seconds later
- Khadgar will now stop when approaching Lothar or the Honor Guards
- Changed camera pan after killing the Mutated Sheep
- All DuckMaylor conversations can now be skipped
- Added a hint about Flame Strike on Easy and Hard difficulty
- Conversation with Albert will not start until Khadgar is inside his building
- Swapped vendors for Bomb and Radar
- Fixed description of Banana
- Can no longer get behind the counter in the tavern
- Dialogue where Khadgar shows Medivh the Demon book can now be skipped
- Added additional hint about the Destroyable Fountain
- Fixed bug that prevented DoorSlam sound from playing
- the DoorSlam sound is now 2D
- Increased level of Albert Griswold from 1 to 7
- Added more blocking around the Workshop
- Can no longer use the Staff of Teleportation while on combat
- Removed "Wreak havoc!" hint

Chapter 5 - 15
- Added more options to the Observatory Detect dialog on Normal and Hard difficulty
- Garona will now use Mirror image when fighting Khadgar on Normal and Hard difficulty
- Will now show fewer books on the floor in the Library on Normal and Hard difficulty
- Added transmission when Khadgar is missing an item to create Realm of Time
- Can now use/combine Secret Ingredient, Walking Stick and Favourite Book
- Camera will now pan to Khadgar after annoying Garona
- Added title to Observatory detection dialog
- Decreased time to hide the Spectre
- Fixed dialog button text for "Scroll of Mana Repair"
- Added Boots of Speed for Garona when being chased by Khadgar
- Improved Garona AI when being chased by Khadgar
- Khadgar will now comment Guzbah's death
- Added camera movement to the Interview with Garona when in RTS camera mode
- The heroes are now automatically moved during the Interview quest when a conversation is skipped
- Added pathing blocking for the Kitchen table

Chapter 6 - 28
- Removed some Portal runes on Normal difficulty
- Removed all Portal runes on Hard difficulty
- Removed Portal rune hint on Hard difficulty
- Improved AI of first Burrow peon
- Can no longer destroy Yellow Paint
- Added title to Orc Rider dialog
- Changed defeat condition "Don't attack..." to "Don't fight..."
- Moved Grunt to the first Chest
- Can no longer attempt to open the first Chest until the Grunt is lured away
- Added pathing blockers to some areas
- The Hungry Footman will now move closer to the edge
- Moved teleport region at the Sasquatches lightly to the south
- Game will now wait until drops the Heavy Bag before making him invulnerable
- Changed description of Heavy Bag
- Moved Heavy Bag drop spot to the east
- Garona now has to open a door to Khadgar at the prison
- Both Garona and Khadgar need to use the Portal at the prison
- Khadgar can now also use the Prison Key
- Replaced some pathing blockers with rocks at the prison camp
- The HungryFootman floating texts will now only appear if a hero is nearby
- Increased duration of the second HungryFootman from 3 to 5 seconds
- Decreased size of region when the HungryFootman transmission is played
- Changed hint about Warlocks
- Garona will no longer gain Water Walking when Khadgar turns into a Grunt
- Replaced a Potion of Mana with a Potion of Greater Mana
- Removed Magic Sentry symbol when deactivatingthe tower
- Added a Tome of Experience
- Added Magic Sentry ability to the Advanced Boulder Tower

Chapter 7 - 20
- Decreased level of Garona from 9 to 8
- Added more information to the Statue Combat Rules item
- Changed hint for the Statue Combat Rules
- The last page to the Song of Aegwynn will appear a bit sooner
- Added a Tome of Experience
- Tomes of Experience and The Song of Aegwynn Pages will no longer spawn at the same spot
- Tomes of Experience will no longer spawn if Khadgar is already level 9
- Added title to Garona dialog
- The Library Slime music will now repeat as long as Slimes are alive
- Added hints for the Library Slimes on Easy and Hard difficulty
- Improved description for Spanner, Gearwheel and Radar
- Decreased life of Statues and Medivh on Normal and Hard difficulty
- Added more verses to the Chapel puzzle on Normal nad Hard difficulty
- The Observatory List will no longer be created on Hard difficulty
- Can now skip all conversations in the Museum
- Can no longer trigger the conversation with the Chapel Swordsman while talking to him
- Medivh is now hidden until his cinematic starts
- Added transmissions "Cook..." and "Moroes..." when selecting them
- Added title to the BrowseBooks dialog
- Fixed size of multiboard for 4:3 screens

Epilogue - 1
- Added Cuore to Models and Skins credits

03 June 2017

Primal Ascension in the Top Ten!

I'm proud to say that my map Primal Ascension has made it to the top ten of the Rock the Cabinet 2017 contest!

Players now have until Friday, June 9 to vote for their favorite five maps. The top five will make it to the finals and Blizzard will decide the places 1-5.

If you want to vote for me head over to the contest page and choose Primal Ascension and four other entries of your choice. If you want to play the entries first, you can find them by searching for their names on the Starcraft 2 Arcade. The Starcraft 2 Arcade is free to play. And yes, you can actually win stuff when you play and vote. More information on the contest page.