Saturday, July 7, 2012

AVWW Post-Release 1.115 "The Story Of Jinsiek And John" Released!

This one is our fourth release candidate for 1.2, meaning that if there's nothing majorly wrong with it then this will be the 1.2 official version on Monday and we'll then continue working on 1.3 instead.

There actually aren't any bugfixes in this one, but a last bit of content that we've been meaning to get integrated into the game for weeks: a new mystery!  This one is long, too: 41 clues, whereas the other two mysteries in the game are each 10 and 18 clues, respectively.

Like the other two, this one is written by my wife Marisa, and I think this is the strongest of the lot by far (and the others were pretty darn cool).  It goes into more of the story of what happened to the earliest glyphbearers of the first continent's settlement (before you came along), and also explores the nature of the monsters of the world, among other things.

It's... definitely very dark.  But given that it's a given that all the characters are dead (since you inherited the glyph from them, it's not possible for any of them to be alive; aside from the fact that in the intro mission you saw the graves of most of them), I suppose that's to be expected.  Not all of the mysteries will be this dark, but I think this one is particularly poignant.

By the way, in the last version I forgot to mention in my blog post just how much has changed in terms of the in-game help and documentation thanks to the tireless efforts of Josh.  A lot of tooltips and help popups and stuff in the Tips & Advice section were woefully out of date given recent mechanics changes, and he's gone through it all and gotten it up to scratch.  So that was new as of 1.114.

For now we're in major-bugfix/balance-only mode until Tuesday or Wednesday next week, and then we'll be fully committing to work on 1.3, which will be the next evolution of the game.  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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