December 2016 IssueEDITORIAL
Merry Yuletide and a Happy New Year from another slightly belated issue of Updates From The Forge! we've got some classic stuff from some of Exilian's greatest creators this month, including some great new Total War modding work, more game dev, and RPG writing. Just because the weather's cold in the northern hemisphere, there certainly seems to be no hibernation among our creative folk. Of course this is just a selection of what's going on across Exilian - we try to avoid repeating projects from issue to issue, so much extra work on LIFE mentioned in the November issue hasn't made it this month, and nor has the new Bigosaur forum which got its own announcement - check that out here.
We've added a contents list for this issue, but haven't yet hotlinked the articles so that the whole of Updates still appears on the Exilian frontpage - let us know what you think! Once again, this article written and edited by Jubal, but we're hoping to have more contributors in line for the January issue - stay tuned!
- Valar Morghulis!
- The writer becomes the headline…
- And Onward, To Norbayne
- Dev work from ESO2
- Calradian warfare as you've never seen it before!
Valar Morghulis!Comrade_General’s fantastic Game of Thrones themed mod is seeing a new round of updates. This includes the addition of the Summer Isles, the strange and beautiful lands far to the south of Westeros, whose armies may find themselves turning north - or whose lands might fall prey to freebooters from Essos or Dorne. Also new is the ability to play as the villainous Bolton family under their banner of a flayed skin, radically shifting the dynamics in the northern part of the map and presenting a new threat to the Starks and the Night's Watch!
Take a look:Try the mod out and enter the brutal world of Westerosi (and Essosi) warfare with all your favourite families, intrigues, and armies to command, at the links below:
The writer becomes the headline…You’re a tabloid editor in a country fractured down the middle. Your readership is desperate for the latest gossip, but will you just end up adding fuel to the fire? How will that affect the people closest to you? Find out in Koobazaur’s new game HEADLINER, where you tackle issues of genetic modification, civil disorder, and tech news, and see how your decisions from within the media affect the real world, both as you walk through the city streets and around the dinner table after work. Take a look:And have a look at game itself here:
And Onward, To NorbaynePhoenixguard has been hard at work providing and producing new materials for his Norbayne RP setting, with combat tests and other dev work continuing apace. This rich fantasy setting includes 12 playable races from the hardy Selkye fisher-folk in the far north to the wandering Bruin or the grey-skinned Dunscarth. There are also 16 classes including alchemists, necromancers, rangers, rogues, and warriors!
Lots of new info about character creation and combat has been added recently, and there are plenty of places to give your feedback, so board an Invarrian ship and set sail for Norbayne now!
Dev work from ESO2Game maker ESO2 has been providing more development updates recently after a hiatus! New updates on his “secret agent” game include a sketch-map of the planned city of Telephania, where the action will take place, and details of the decision and discussion based gameplay style. He’s also put a call out for a unity developer to help with a new tank-themed game project with this snazzy little logo:If you're interested in helping out or want to look further at what's going on, check out his threads in the Indie Labs:
Calradian warfare as you've never seen it before!Yet another news story from our own Phoenixguard, as groundwork continues to be laid for what promises to be yet another great new mod for the Total War engine. Using a mix of Mount & Blade’s Calradia setting and the extensions of it created in Phoenixguards M&B Extended Factions and Jubal’s Southern Realms, Calradia TW takes the historical fantasy universe into the grand-scale warfare of the Medieval 2: Total War engine. The resulting mod is still in its early stages, but looks set to involve grand scale battles and allow players to fight over a Calradic world in a way they’ve never seen it before.
This is Calradia. This is TOTAL WAR.
Find out more about Calradia TW and have a look at the classic M&B mods that have inspired this project:
As we head into 2017 we're hoping for some big new releases coming up, especially from LIFE and potentially Norbayne and Valar Morghulis - and of course the Exilian staff will be hard at work finding new projects and teams to join in on the site. If you've got something in development or want to help write Updates, get in touch!
See you all at the end of January for the next issue of Updates from the Forge!
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