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      WANTED: ROLEPLAY-ERS   09/04/18

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  2. Proof Positive!!!

    yah, i'm in the country above legit asian.
  3. Robyn's Entry - Sir Vere De Pression

    i was actually worried the name wouldn't fit in my story
  4. Robyn's Entry - Sir Vere De Pression

    Yep, just how Robyn did - the template is here: We've got a separate folder open on the forum, Robyn and I have both been meaning to start a story there. Keep an eye out, it's coming ! @Robyn Banks I don't know how I missed this, but I just got the name of your character. I'm laughing so hard....
  5. Proof Positive!!!

    I think Sir Robyn is a little north of Aussie land.
  6. Proof Positive!!!

    Yup, to Perth! All details in this thread That is awesome; didn't realize we have Australians in Flamefrost! Are you from the west coast too by any chance?
  7. Proof Positive!!!

    Mr.D moved to Aussie? we're neighbor then
  8. Proof Positive!!!

    Affirmative! Yeah, still learning the "Australian language" with all the thongs on people's feet and barbies in the garden... but it is very much English indeed!
  9. Lol! Fair enough! As ridiculous as it sounds, probably weather! I just realized that as a solar-powered person (I am practically a lizard) I'm getting extremely depressed in Norwich at times, where it's grey, rainy and miserable most of the year: Summer is super-short (and it's usually a Wednesday), there's never any snow for Christmas and I keep having to explain to my son why we can't (and I don't want to) go outside for a walk. So yeah, maybe it's my manifestation of the midlife crisis, but I've decided that if we aren't getting snow for Christmas I want to change my life and at least be closer to a nice beach. I actually feel a lot more productive too now having seen the bright blue sky for more than 7 days in a row. Yep! I tried launching a browser-based version, but the majority of desktop devices have no GPS chips so the game gets pretty pointless and boring (as your "current location" never changes ).
  10. Proof Positive!!!

    We now have 'proof positive' that the British Empire is still alive and well! With Dragon Dan and family moved to Australia, and without any fuss, it is proof the land down under and mother England are still the same country :). I mean to say, with the exception of the language differences, England = Australia....which is alright by me.
  11. Warrior Unicorns

    I have missed the whole event...what game?
  12. Warrior Unicorns

    I miss you the most Tin Man (snortgiggles) So you going to make a character and play with us? How have you been by-the-way ? Life treating you good?
  13. Robyn's Entry - Sir Vere De Pression

    Thank you so very much...it is rough because she is so stubborn but I understand being stubborn myself lol. Soooo Hyper, do I make a char using Robyn's format? And where will we be playing ? In forums?
  14. Minor forum change

    I need to make one as well....if life would just stop happening I could do so
  15. DAN'S A KIWI !!!! I don't care if you have moved to "Stralia or not...the Nugget will still be the Nugget....not going to call him a Joey.......he is ours and Australia can just bite me ! Why in the blueberry troll muffin did you move to Australia for Dan? Work? Weather? Ah......bet it was for the sausage rolls. Perth is lovely so good you're there ! You were missed as you always are but it is understandable ! Moving is never fun. And to just pull up and moved a bizillion miles away is never an enjoyable experience. And as far as we are concerned Dan, take all the time you need...we will always be here. YOU and family come first ! Although you really should post pictures so the rest of us can enjoy looking at sunshine . So is DE just for the phone by-the-way?
  16. Thanks for your feedback, Weyah! As always, it is very inspiring for me personally! I also have to apologize for disappearing in the last month+; I didn't get a chance to post about it yet, but there's been a major change of circumstances in my life: my family and I moved to Western Australia (Perth), which was insanely difficult in all aspects (also far from over!) and disruptive for development. Not only I had very little time to do anything but pack and move all my stuff 15,000km away (me pushing 5 suitcases through the airport was quite a sight), I've also had zero internet connection until this morning (posting on this forum is literally the 2nd thing I did after announcing that I am alive to all the relatives). Despite the fact that there's still a lot of moving to do I already have a chair and a desk, so I'm planning to return to game development very soon. There is a huge backlog of tasks for "Domination: Earth", but I will do my best to dedicate some time to Flamefrost as well. I also want to say a huge "thank you!" to all of you again for your continuous support and patience, it's incredibly motivating to have you guys around!
  17. Minor forum change

    Awesome, thanks Tanzer! And I'm still waiting to see you make a character....
  18. Minor forum change

    Reconfigured forum body text to return to next line rather than double spacing to begin a new paragraph automatically with no countermeasure, still waiting to see some roleplaying out there.
  19. Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!!!

    Happy Thanksgiving back! Hoping your swords, pens, and other assorted weaponry are staying sharp.
  20. Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!!!

    Hope you all are doing well.
  21. Robyn's Entry - Sir Vere De Pression

    Yes!! And sorry to hear about your mother, but also glad - it's good that she still has that much strength in her. Anddd.... we miss you too!
  22. Agreed ! I have started playing Runes of Magic, for something mindless to do that will take my mind off the family issues I am having, and have chatted up FFL...naturally, and there are cashers in game who would not mind paying a wee bit I am sure. I described FFL to them and passed on how it is played and there are definitely folk who are interested ! Oddly, they are intrigued by the settlement aspect of this game and crafting instead of murder, mayhem, and questing. RoM is like WoW and rather boring in my opinion, a bit of mindless playing and nothing to do outside of questing. I mean you can craft but it is a far cry from our crafting. And it is rare that there is any player interaction, seems people actually like being social which is great for those of us who like to chat and help out new players ! I am not saying that there should only be certain items you can get with plats, I dislike that in any game, I Love the fact that in FFL all players have the same ability to have good weapons and armor, just maybe have bling that you can only get with plats while still allowing non-cashers an even playing field. FFL is a unique game with out a doubt. It has more to offer than any game I have played. And I Know it Will be successful. And you do not need to spend hours trying to understand how to play it ! It offers something for every type of gamer, from crafting to settlements; guild wars to dungeons. And one of the best group of people I have had the honor to know. No newbie ever gets hung out to dry which RoM and other games simply does not have. And a good community is important in my book. No one here, to my knowledge, just refused to help a newbie or even a regular. And I have found NO game where the creator is actually present and cares about the players and their opinions and offers help. (and will re-name your weapon Happy Bunny to humiliate those she kills). And while I am writing a book here let me also say that this is the First game where females are treated fairly. You guys have no idea how frustrating it is to play a game and get treated like "a girl". Like we are some bunch of dizzy headed (no offence Dizzy G lol), ignorant, oh-I-broke-a-nail, player ! You have pummeled me just like one of the guys and treated me with respect....mostly hahahaha, and I love you the more for it. And have had faith in the females enough to make us Wardens ! Again, I have so much faith that FFL Will be one of the top games around. I would say THE top game, but trying to be humble here people, which is hard as you all well know. I love this game and can not say enough about it. And as Dan has said, it really is about our community here, as well as our love for the game. It is not "just" a game. It is a family. Okey dokey, I am done. Just had a couple things I felt I needed to say. Thanks for putting up with me ! Really do love and respect all of you....you are good people and my life is better for knowing you....though Thaugrim is suspect
  23. Robyn's Entry - Sir Vere De Pression

    Sorry I have been away so much.....family issues. Things have been hectic and ongoing. My adopted Mum had 2 dogs pass away and is going through kidney dialysis which is hard on her, and her dogs passing away have not helped her frame of mind. Plus she still thinks she is indestructible and won't give up the sheep she raises ! Tough old bird, bless her. So naturally fences need mending and hay has to be thrown down from the loft etc. etc. So life has been a lot like having a FFL settlement hahahaha. So, do I need to write up a character here in forums Robyn & Hyperion? Winter has arrived, sadly, and I will have a wee bit more time ! Guide me oh Robyn of Banks and Hyperion of the Finger Wigglers ! Tell this wayward Wayfinder what she needs to do ! By-the-way.....I have missed you all !
  24. Not everything, but I've been struggling with this particular dilemma for quite some time! This could work, but we have to remember that weapons are also part of the set! I.e. a recognizable wizard outfit with a classic staff of some sort changing into a more legendary version of the same class makes sense, but it may look a bit more confusing if originally you wore a robe and a staff, and your looks changed into a full plate + sword & shield after equipping some heavy armour (despite the fact that you still have a staff item equipped as a primary weapon). This would also mean that all classes look exactly the same, just the race & gender remain as the unique distinguishing features. The armour sets will make all classes visually equal.
  25. Update on search for temporary FF substitute game!

    As per usual, Dan, it sounds like you've already thought of everything. Instead of tying into class, what about using whichever type of armour is most prominent on the toon? I've known high-level melee classes to go with cloth armour before, for EP. This could cut out a quarter of the combinations, as well, if you choose to make heavy/medium armour look the same. I would be all for making junk/common the same image, too. It gives a fun "surprise" to a new player once they finish off their first set of decent gear.
  26. We did both, actually! Everything you ever encountered did get cached locally (which is why subsequent loadings were faster and sometimes even instant), but that wasn't enough; new combinations were still encountered on a regular basis and there are strict limits on disk space your browser's cache may consume. Erasing server-side cache is only going to make things slightly worse, as with billions of cached sprites that we had it would mean a much more frequent re-rendering of things; too few models are actually "unused" (unused things don't get cached in the first place ). Reducing the number of individual models isn't going to help completely; unfortunately, even a few dozen basic components produce millions of combinations that can't be all cached in the client! And anything that has the word "custom" in it makes the situation much worse, i.e. if we allow players to customize appearance of an item our billions of sprites transform into a number with crazy amount of zeroes. So the only viable solution is to reduce the number of "whole 3D sets" and eliminate the ability to combine items. I believe what you're suggesting is close to what I had in mind. So far the solution I'm leaning towards is to have 5 character visualisation "tiers" per class (and per gender / race too, of course), one per item "quality", e.g.: - Incantatrix (Junk) - Incantatrix (Common) - Incantatrix (Uncommon) - Incantatrix (Rare) - Incantatrix (Legendary) Equipping a sword or a crossbow won't change the way you look, but equipping all items of a particular quality will. On top of that we can indeed introduce an extra tier unlocked via platinum shop for the sake of uniqueness. I don't think we can promise more than that, as even the basic setup in this manner means 192 fully animated character models (2 genders x 4 races x 4 classes x 6 tiers), which is a crazy amount of work (perhaps I'd even exclude the "Junk" level!). Multiply that by the number of animations, multiplied by 8 directions and you can see why our sprites take up so much space. The alternative is, of course, to off-load model rendering into the client and introduce a 3D graphics engine, but I might as well build a new game from scratch as it will take years to implement! P.S. For the techies among us, I did consider WebGL and HTML5 rendering capabilities, but unfortunately browser-based 3D rendering is still in a very raw state and miles away from usable in a MMO. Your browser will die during any form of a medium-scale battle with multiple characters and spell effects on the screen. Plus all textures and lighting effects would be fairly basic and moderately ugly! So our only two options are either "fewer character variations" or "build a 3D graphics engine based Flamefrost"!
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