Thursday, August 16, 2012

AVWW Post-Release 1.206 "Watery Warp" Released!

This one is the next in our series of adding a new spell and other new tweaks each week while the game is undergoing its art revamp for the next few months.

Since I've been working on porting Shattered Haven to the new engine, plus working on getting the AVWW art revamp project off the ground, that's really been quite a time drain for me so far this month.  Thus I missed doing an update last week, and we have an extra-awesome one this week instead.

Included here are a new spell scroll, a new guardian power scroll, and some refinements to how you get guardian power scrolls.  These are pretty cool, because it makes most of the guardian power scrolls easier to find via secret missions.  And both the new guardian power scroll as well as the spell scroll are centered around making it easier for you to cycle out missions that you don't like, to instead get missions that you do like.

There are also changes to make mood gifts for survivors easier to find, and the game is now more explicit about warning you that you'll need to enlist the aid of your survivors to take down the overlord when this is the case.  In the past sometimes that could go unnoticed until it was time for the showdown, and then it was tedious to try to get all your survivors updated at once (of course you can just down the citybuilding difficulty if you find yourself in that situation, but better is to have the importance of that activity clearer earlier).

We added another 100 player-made maps, and we also made it so that the "only works during the day/night" modifier for spells is no longer an all-or-nothing affair.  Instead it just reduces your spells' effectiveness during the offending period, which should be a lot more palatable.

Lastly, the new spell that was added this week is called Water Dash, and it lets you run at a higher speed in water while also floating upwards in the water.  That's a pretty cool addition especially for the ocean areas, since this effectively lets you swim upwards at certain angles rather than having to always use crates or wooden platforms.

More to come next week.  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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