Saturday, February 4, 2012

AVWW Beta 0.570/0.571 "The Guardian City" Released!

This one has a huge, huge number of miscellaneous fixes and tweaks; far too many to even try summarizing.  Well, normally I would try, but it's really late and I'm incredibly tired.  So I'll just point you to the link above, for most of it.

Guardian Powers And Citybuilding Structures Are In!
But the big marquee feature in this new version are the guardian powers, I will say.  Most of them (37 out of 41 of them) are focused on the new citybuilding portion of the game, which is about beefing up your NPCs so that they can perform yet more powerful guardian powers for you.  However, the other four let you: a) extend the life of the continent before it gets destroyed by the overlord; b) create an overlord or rescue-NPC mission anywhere you want; or c) create new rare commodity missions wherever you want.

More will come with guardian powers with time, but already these change the playing field dramatically -- suddenly you're no longer quite so at the mercy of the random number generator in terms of how you go about civilizing your continent.  We're super excited to finally have those in, as they've been planned and in the works for a very long time now.

Secret Missions Are Almost Done, But Not In This One
Secret missions are the other big thing that is still lacking in terms of that sort of strategic power balance, and you'll be happy to know that the actual mechanism for secret missions are 100% done.  The reason they aren't included in this release is that we didn't have any actual missions done to use them with yet! 

On Monday I hope to get three or four small new mission types in place, all of which would be for secret missions only, and which would let you go about finding your own guardian powers and rare commodities through freeform exploration rather than having to use what the world map RNG hands you.

More to come soon.  Enjoy!

This is a standard update that you can download through the in-game updater itself, if you already have 0.500 or later. When you launch the game, you'll see the notice of the update having been found if you're connected to the Internet at the time. If you don't have 0.500 or later, you can download that here.

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