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Hello everyone and welcome to this new Dev Update.

April features a list of fixes, tweaks and development across many different categories as we slowly make our way towards a release build. Due to the interconnectedness of our systems, a change here often means two additional changes over there, so it's difficult to progress in a straight line and on a schedule. Here are some of the main things we've been busy with this April.


Stats System

We completed a pass on the main stats in the game, that's all the character variables that may modified by one thing or another (equipment, buffs/debuffs, etc). This will come in particularly handy for itemization (craft & loot) & Traits (character creation & progression) in future updates. Currently, the list of such stats is:

  • Stamina-based

  • Stamina (Current/Max)

  • Adrenaline (Stamina Multiplier for when targeted by Hostile)

  • Stamina Regen Rate/s

  • Stamina Combat Idle Regen Rate/s

  • Stamina Recovery Delay (Idle time b/f Stamina Regen starts)

  • Stamina Regen Points to Hunger increase

  • Stamina loss in a Single Hit Threshold to Injury Increase

  • Stamina Loss to Jog

  • Stamina Loss to Sprint

  • Armor/Protection (-Inc Stamina Direct Confrontation Damage) To explain this segment: Stamina is the main vital resource in Winterfall, it's a form of all-purpose HP representing the character's current level of vitality. Stamina depletes not only as of injury but also as of morale loss & misfortune. When going into Combat, Adrenaline multiplies Stamina to make the character more resilient. Some Characters may have greater Adrenaline coefficient than others, making them more resilient to punishment. Protection determines how much incoming Combat damage is absorbed.

  • Damage & Combat

  • Base Outgoing Stamina Damage per Attack (15 by default)

  • Outgoing Stamina Damage Multiplier (based on weapons. 0.5 to 5)

  • Sword Arm/Shield Arm (spend Sword Arm on Attack & Parry events, spend Shield Arm on Block events)

  • Shield Arm (Current/Max)

  • Shield Arm Regen/s (Shield Mastery)

  • Sword Arm (Current/Max)

  • Sword Arm Regen/s (Sword Mastery) To explain this segment: Combat Damage is calculated by multiplying the Character's base Damage Value by the Weapon's Damage Multiplier. Better weapons will of course have higher multipliers, but at the same time, a character with little to no disposition to hurt, or a complete lack of training, will find it difficult to cause damage even with a powerful weapon. Meanwhile, Sword Arm is a self-regenerating resource spent when swinging a weapon or when parrying with a one-handed weapon, while Shield Arm is a self-regenerating resource spent when blocking with a shield or with a two-handed weapon.

  • Time & Environment

  • Passage of Time Multiplier (All)

  • Eating Passage of Time Cost

  • Drinking Passage of Time Cost

  • Healing Passage of Time Cost

  • Relaxing Passage of Time Cost

  • Crafting/Making/Building Passage of Time Cost

  • F Interaction Passage of Time Cost

  • Cloudedness

  • Notice

  • Stealth Detection Countdown Reduction/Extension To explain this segment: Time, in Winterfall, passes as your character performs actions and interactions, which makes it a limited resource per day. Different characters may be more or less efficient at performing certain actions or interactions with more or less speed. Cloudedness is a state within which the Character's perception and sense of place are shifted, which may lead to confusion, hauntings, dread and otherworldly encounters. Notice determines how aware the Environment is of the player's action and location.

  • Social & Character Personality

  • +/- Incoming Relationship Current change Modifier (self)

  • +/- Outgoing Relationship Current change Modifier (target)

  • +/- Incoming Relationship General change Modifier (self)

  • +/- Outgoing Relationship General change Modifier (target)

  • Goodwill (# of available social Interactions)

  • +/- Incoming Mood Change Modifier per Color & Polarity To explain this segment: In Winterfall, a Character's standing with another evolves across two tracks: the immediate impression a Character has of another one builds up into a more general view of that Character. In other words, being often liked by someone will lead to being generally liked by that same someone, so that over time, there may be more forgiveness for unlikable things done. This set of stats serves to modulates how fast Characters build their positive impressions of one another, short term and long term, as well as how deeply one Character may leave impressions. Goodwill determines how good the "energy" between two people is and therefore how long the exchange can go on. Finally, Mood Change Modifiers determine how strongly a Character's Mood may shift when stimulated positively or negatively.


Encumbrance

The game now features Encumbrance mechanics: Stamina expenditure for physical actions will be influenced by how much weight is carried by the Character. Some Characters will be more suited to carrying heavy baggage and some bags will be better at mitigating carried weight than others.

Equipment

The Character has 18 Equipment Slots:

  • 7 Slots for Wearables (Clothes & Jewelry)

  • 7 Slots for Accessories (Armor & Utilities, such as belt, cloak, etc)

  • 2 Slots for Weapons (Main Hand, Off-Hand)

  • 2 Slots for Tools

Crafting

Completed Crafting Logic. The Crafting logic is based on 3 steps within which the Player may fill up 3 slots with different items or options in order to produce an craftable, which must then be taken to the next step. At first, a Draft is made, then the Object itself, then the Object goes through Tuning, to hone its stats according to the potential accumulated in the previous steps. In each step, the following elements intervene:

  • Drafting: Item Type, Item Material, Item Make (cultural crafting style)

  • Making: Tool, Material, Special Material

  • Tuning: 3x Tuning Materials

Drafts will be obtained from studying items found in the world, or taught by NPCs who already know them.

Passage of Time on Interactions We have reworked some of the interactions to include a Passage of Time cost, echoing what was mentioned above (all actions and interactions, including resting, pushing the clock forward).

The next goal for us this next couple of weeks is to complete the itemization stats and some equipment mechanics, in order to improve the combat experience by making equipment play an active role in it, and make looting and crafting rewarding. We also have a lot of work to do with the game's messaging: a lot tends to happen but most of it is barely (if at all) or inadequately communicated.



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Some time has passed since the last Dev Update but a lot has been going on behind the scenes, and I can't say that the current situation in a world that get more unstable and complicated every month, hasn't played some kind of a role in complicating the schedule. Thankfully, development followed its slow but steady pace and we managed to hammer in a bunch of new things. Those concern mostly the Camping mechanics, as well as some under-the-hood stuff that is definitely not sexy, but necessary.


At the moment, our Prototype/Rebuilt list of technically functional things looks like this:

✅ Means Functional ⏸ Means Pending

-  Navigation ✅

-  Basic Stealth ✅

-  Combat ✅

-  Environment Personality ✅

-  Environment Notice ✅

-  Dynamic Passage of Time ✅

-  Dynamic Weather & Incidents ✅

-  Character Customization ✅

-  Character Personality ✅

-  Lifepath Mechanics ✅

-  Legacy & Breeding Mechanics ✅

-  Core Relationship Mechanics ✅

-  Regeneration & Survival Needs ✅

-  Character Urges ✅

- Player-World Interactions ✅

- World Grid Basic Mechanics ✅

- Outpost Facility Building ✅

- Core Outpost Crises ✅

- Outpost NPC Life Sim ⏸

-  Wilderness Camp Building ✅

-  Item & Inventory ✅

-  Trading ⏸

-  Crafting ⏸

-  Camping ⏸

- Advanced Stats (Equipment & Status Effects) ⏸

- Advanced Relationship Mechanics ⏸

- Strategic Map ⏸

- Warbands vs Warbands Battles ⏸


As you can see, that's 20 items functional out of 28 so we aren't doing too poorly despite the circumstances. Crafting will be next on the list and delved into this week, and hopefully taken care of fast.


Pulling off development for something as complicated as Winterfall and in such unlikely conditions is an ordeal almost every day. Managing this is quite grueling work. But we soldier on without letting up and deal with things one at a time. The ambitions of this game are immense and will not work if the list above is incomplete and features deemed core are missing. Generally when making a game, you will go for a MVP, or Minimum Viable Product, as your first big milestone. What does "Minimum" look like when your game is cross-genre, open world and full of stuff that was not done before? Well, the "Minimum" of a Winterfall is pretty much beyond the "Maximum" of many RPGs, so here we are. Back to work! Thank you for your patience and fidelity.

Updated: Mar 14

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This past week, most of the work went into continuing to implement mechanics for Camp-building, the central feature of Wilderness gameplay. As a matter of fact, one of the very first public screenshots produced for Winterfall illustrated that system:

Beware, oldie! But those were also simpler times.


It's another big system that's crucial to get out of the way because it combines various components into one experience within the greater experience. It's another rabbit hole, of the type Winterfall is full of but thankfully, that one is pretty limited in scope. The interplay of systems just adds design & development complications, and we can't address anything linearly, but that is the way those things work. If we'd wanted it straightforward gameplay-wise, we'd have stuck to a Metroidvania or a souls-like!


So let's get into this week's developments and where that takes us concerning the plan in the coming weeks:


- A camp can now be created by Surveying a Landmark and plopping down a Hearth (fire)

- The Camp area is then contoured by little markers

- Camp space is made of tiles, on which can be placed Camp Facilities

- At the moment, Camp Facilities have to exist in the Player Inventory first (will change)

- Camp Facilities can be moved around and rotated 90% before placement

- Camp Facilities can be un-placed (currently by pressing n to enter "un-place mode, but will change)

- Un-placed Facilities return to the Player Inventory (will return to Camp Inventory later on)

- A Sleeping Spot can be designated and used

- The Sleeping Spot is your Character's respawn location in case of Woe (gameplay defeat)

- Using the Sleeping Spot will pass the time to the next day

- A tent can be placed over the Sleeping Spot


Another oldie featuring a camping snapshot


Next developments in the coming 2-3 weeks:

- Master/Slave logic to Facilities, so we can add extensions to placed Facilities

- A little bit of UI work, for Camp and Player Core Stats

- Adrenaline Mechanics (base Stamina multiplier when in-combat and targeted by Hostile)

- Conditions Effects: Hunger, Thirst, Injury & Exertion stacking debuffs as they increase

- Basic Buffs/Debuffs for various purposes: Traits mechanics, Items, and actual Buffs/Debuffs

- Mood Spells: Character Mood used to purchase Buff/Debuff Effects at Camp for the next day

All those will flesh out the Survival gameplay by bringing all its systems closer together.

The step after these should be some work on streamlining Urges & Environment Interactions, implementing some Crafting mechanics, some Itemization and additional Camping developments/improvements.

It's a lot of work, it's slower than we'd like, but it's a vast vision so it's important to remember that what matters with the little time we're given is what we get to do, not what we would like to do. Crucial mindset here with something of this scope.


Again, thank you for your continued interest.