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Alice Liddell could use your help at the University library in Croatoa. Wait, was that THE White Rabbit that just ran by?

 

 

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Yes its that Wonderland - ah the joys of public domain content.... 

 

Very eager for feedback if you choose to explore Wonderland!

It is chock-full of custom mobs, yet the standard mobs that are mixed in can span a large range, so the mission is open to many levels. 

(A couple trivial quirks, like the White Rabbit does not always flee despite settings) but I think I have found everything.  

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Since this is based on a story that everyone knows, I thought I would share some of the characters inside, but then I realized there are file size limits - so will hold off on screen shots. Instead I'll just share some of the mobs and design ideas.

 

Spoiler

 

The Red Kingdom

In case you don't recall your Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass stories, they each have a Queen at the end, though they are different queens: The Queen of Hearts (the playing card) and The Red Queen (the chess piece).  Because of this, and the lack of through-line or real antagonist in the first book, adaptations often combine them. I did too. It was easy to work off of chess pieces and work in a few other unique units too when pulling together this mob. Military types got variations of Black Knight armor while non armored types used variations of CoT outfits. 

 

  • Minions: It was easy to just have one minion here, and the Polearm weapon suited them well: Red Pawns - Staff/ invuln
  • LTs: I wanted more variety here so worked in Rooks (mace/shield), Bishops (red elec/pain), and cheated and added in Castles (archers)
  • Bosses: Because the Red Knight and White Knight (sword/shield) appear in the original stories, they made for good bosses here, but wanted more than one, I also include The Executioner (Titan weapons).
  • Unique Bosses: The White Rabbit is the Herald of the Queen of Hearts and The Lion fights for Red against the Unicorn of White, so he fit well too.  Continuing the Card+Chess combo means The Knave found a home with an axe (from the playing card) and The Red King had a sword (like the suicide King of Hearts). The Red Queen is Red elec/elec, which worked doubly well as the White side could use purple elec for their counterparts.

 

The Creatures of Wonderland

There are so many great references to things in wonderland that the costume creator could handle that is was fun to keep creating creatures.

  • The Insects: They were all minions. I included the three Alice encountered: The Bread and Butterfly, the Snap Dragonfly and the Rocking Horse Fly (though rocking here is more air guitar than rocking horse). Based on puns I extended that with a Firefly and a Cold Bug. There is no way to do The Caterpillar, but thankfully metamorphosis made for a great The Butterfly, and a giant monster his toadstool.
  • The Plants: Similarly Alice encounters a bunch of talking flowers. I could not quite work in all the originals, but like the Disney movie, I added in ones that worked costume-wise for us: The Tiger Lily, Dandelion, Wolfsbane, Black-eyed Susan, and Rose. A couple of recolored DE fleshed it out with the Mushroom, Toadstool, Tumtum Tree and Togley Wood.
  • The Creatures: While the above were mostly Minions, the creatures mentioned in the book and poems gave loads of room to play here with inventive and open ended options for the Borogove, Slithy Tove, Mome Rath, Jubjub Bird and The Bandersnatch.    
  • Croquet Party: You may encounter an interpretation of some of the elements from The Queen of Hearts croquet party: Flaming Os, Hedgehogs, and Fish Footmen.
  • Unique Creatures/People: And when it came to uniques, there were great options for The Jabberwock, The Gryphon, The Mad Hatter, March Hare, and even The Cheshire Cat - so I had to work them in.

 

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It was loads of fun to dig through the Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass lore and pull out what I could use while weaving it into the CoH universe. 

 

If you want to explore it, bring a little patience as some of the maps are rambling. But like Alice, it's about the journey and the magical things you meet along the way, not the destination. 

 

Edited by Ankylosaur

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After some feedback to make it a little clearer - renamed it to Adventures in Wonderland and made a few play tweaks (like making the white rabbit not exit the mission but just flee from you) and a few enemy tweaks as well (like making the plants a little taller than the insects, and the croquet mobs a bit tougher).

 

Thanks to those that have tried it - hope it played like a dream!

Edited by Ankylosaur

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I was enchanted to meet the white rabbit and his fellows in CoH.

It’s very nice to see a marvellous creation like Alice incorporated to the game.

 

And I even saw some references or names that I didn’t know.
I’ll do it again to check all these details. And maybe post further comments.

To be comprehensive, some of my friends brought with me in the adventures were a little less enchanted, about the story/narrative or the general mood, I’m not sure to remember.
But everybody acknowledged your work on the NPCs !

 

Oh, and is it voluntarily that you changed the Cheshire cat into Chesire cat ? As is, it sounds like desire. :o

 

Anyway, thanks for sharing your Wonderland creation !

Edited by Jactari
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Thanks for the playthrough and feedback! It encouraged me to refine it further.

 

I have no good explanation for why I consistently misspelled the Cheshire Cat, but I did, so fixed that - thanks for pointing it out. If you find anything else - let me know!

 

I also spent a little time adding a few of the characters I had left out previously and bolstering the dialog and "life" in the final mission. It's a big map and could benefit from a bit more personality. I expanded on the idea of blending in elements of the Croquet party and added in The Duchess, the Dormouse, and updated The Cook to be more Victorian. I also added in more triggered events with dialog for the battles there to make that mission have more life if players explore and don't just do the core objective. 

 

I also removed unscripted battles and put the Croquet patrols down to just two.

 

Finally, I added in The White Knight and the Knave from the adventures to that point.

Edited by Ankylosaur

Try out my AE Arcs!   Solo friendly, often canon related, & some contest winners

#848 Rularularian - Heroic - 41-54 | #854 The Serpent Beyond the Horizon - Heroic - 46-52 | #855 Save the Diver, Save the World - Vigilante - 25-30 |

#25869 Condemning Croatoa - Villainous - 25-33 | #25870 Robolution (Red-side) - Villainous - 25-34 #27314 Robolution (Blue-side) - Heroic - 25-34 |

| #26387 The Genesis & Geneticists of The Coming Hamiggedon - Villainous - 41-54 | #27055 The Atlas of the Multiverse - Rogue - 46-54 |

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