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So I wrote a mid to high level canon-esque AE. Taking a sort of Supers procedural TV show as inspiration I ended up with three "seasons" comprising 15 episodes each. The story starts with Madame Maven, leader of The Meteors super group (Bullet Streak, Halox Von Horn, Super Charger and The Invincible Axios) calling in the player(s) for some help when Arachnos troops are seen on some covert mission in the ruins of Galaxy City.

 

It starts with Dark Deeds in Galaxy City, Parts One to Three (Arc IDs 26756, 26952 and 27233).

 

Continues with Darker Deeds, Parts One to Three (Arc IDs 28374, 28526 and 29252).

 

And concludes with Darkest Before Dawn, Parts One to Three (Arc IDs 29891, 30210 and 30560).

 

So if you fancy a longer story that could pass for mid level canon in a dim light, enjoy!

I had a lot of fun writing it. I also had a lot of frustration with the AE tool limits but that's also part of the fun.

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You didn’t want to accept me calling your stuff an “interactive novel”, but your titles have the pattern of an urban fantasy series like Charlaine Harris would write.  😝

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3 hours ago, Keovar said:

You didn’t want to accept me calling your stuff an “interactive novel”, but your titles have the pattern of an urban fantasy series like Charlaine Harris would write.  😝

I don't know that author but after the initial season I just wanted to keep the theme!

 

Go play it 😜

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12 hours ago, Darmian said:

I don't know that author but after the initial season I just wanted to keep the theme!

 

Go play it 😜

She wrote the books that the True Blood TV series was (loosely) based on, among others. I’m more a fan of The Dresden Files, but both are in the urban fantasy genre.  
 

The missions all look to be very long and high level for me.  

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I ran through the first one (26756) and it was pretty good. Quality writing, well done custom mobs, no time wasters.

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Thanks! Having read some of your other reviews the simple fact that you played it and enjoyed it is good enough for me!

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On 7/18/2020 at 4:39 AM, Kyksie said:

I ran through the first one (26756) and it was pretty good. Quality writing, well done custom mobs, no time wasters.

What do you normally class as a time waster? Personally I despise Defeat All, so you won't find a single one of those in my stuff. Likewise you can usually defeat the boss by only killing the boss and not all their minions too. There's one or two out of the entire 45 episodes that you have to but there's reasons for that, like they may be the only combat encounter for instance. There's definitely a few "scenery" glowies and there's a few "scenery" destructibles, but the latter is because it lets me spawn extra troops over the listed limit.

I have one map with about ten spaced out destructibles. There were supposed to be five and all in the front. No matter what I did they spawned literally everywhere, so rather than have a player forlornly searching for five in a largish space and getting frustrated, I doubled the number to keep the action moving. It's a kludgy fix but I haven't figured out a better solution yet.

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Time wasters are usually one of the following:

 

* Requiring the player to defeat all enemies (this can be forgiven if the map is very small)

* Using 17 glowies when 3 would be fine

* Requiring the player to escort a hostage across the map (again, forgivable if the map is small)

 

As a rule of thumb, if something would require the player to spend more then a minute, ask yourself "is this really needed to get my point across?".

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2 hours ago, Kyksie said:

Time wasters are usually one of the following:

 

* Requiring the player to defeat all enemies (this can be forgiven if the map is very small)

* Using 17 glowies when 3 would be fine

* Requiring the player to escort a hostage across the map (again, forgivable if the map is small)

 

As a rule of thumb, if something would require the player to spend more then a minute, ask yourself "is this really needed to get my point across?".

I've had a look at my glowies and actually removed a few! 

Escort? I've a few of those, mostly across either a small map or a small part of a map, but I think only one fails your test, but I also think it's mitigated by the fact that that is the entire point of that episode. Oh well. Thanks for the feedback!

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Managed to fix the kludgy fix and dropped the 10 to the intended 5! Like they say, you're your own worst editor, just needed that space to figure it out. 

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