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One simple thing to improve the SFMA experience (or: my "D'OH!" moment)


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There's a few things I do as a designer that I seldom do when I run my normal characters (mainly because I'm running old content). For example, in AE, when I'm testing an arc, I keep 3 boxes always open where I can cleary see them: the default message box (for results from clickies), a separate Clues box (so I don't have to pop into the tab above), and a box just for NPC dialogue (which is often integral to story).  If I'm just tooling around in the actual game, I hardly EVER do this. And, for a while, I carried that habit into SFMA's, and, for some stupid reason, didn't even think about dedicating specific chat boxes to just these things. Once I started doing that, the benefits of just having all that info in front of me while going through the story became obvious.


Because of that, I'm thinking it might not be a bad idea to suggest this to others who want to get the most from an SFMA arc. Have the info boxes on display, so you can track them as you go. Now, you all may already do this anyway (because you're smarter than crane ever was and ever will be).:-) But, if you ain't, open them boxes up! Makes all the difference (plus, you can talk sh*t about your stupid past self).:-)

Edited by cranebump
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I've advocated for having a "floating box" between the Target and Nav boxes for a long time.  I usually have it filled with NPC Dialog and Cut Scene Captions.  Useful.  

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AE SFMA Arcs: The Meteors (Arc id 42079) Dark Deeds in Galaxy City: Part One. (Arc id 26756) X | Dark Deeds in Galaxy City: Part Two. (Arc id 26952) | Dark Deeds in Galaxy City: Part Three. (Arc id 27233) Darker Deeds: Part One (Arc id 28374) | Darker Deeds: Part Two. (Arc id 28536) | Darker Deeds: Part Three. (Arc id 29252) | Darkest Before Dawn: Part One (Arc id 29891) |

Darkest Before Dawn: Part Two (Arc id 30210) | Darkest Before Dawn: Part Three (Arc id 30560) |

 Bridge of Forever ( Arc id 36642) | The Cassini Division (Arc id 37104) X | The House of Gaunt Saints (Arc id 37489) X | The Spark of the Blind (Arc id 40403) | Damnatio Memoriae (Arc id 41140) X  The Eve of War (Arc id 41583) | Spirals: Part One. (Arc id 55109) |  Spirals: Part Two. (Arc id 55358) |  Spirals: Part Three. (Arc id 57197)

I Sing of Arms and the Man (Arc id 42617) | Three Sisters (Arc id 43013)

(Pre War Praetorian Loyalist.  Pre War Praetorian Resistance.  Pre ITF Cimerora.  Post ITF Cimerora. X = Dev Choice/Hall of Fame )

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