Redemption The Third Era – Redemption’s doors open…

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Here we go!

We are really happy and excited to announce Redemption The Third Era Card Trading Game is online with its Beta version!
In this phase we really need your help. Come, play and let us know possible issues you can find during playing.
Join to our Test team and receive special rewards and gifts.

Play with us    http://redemption.game

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Redemption The Third Era – Endurance

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We are working in order to make available the Endurance mode for the closed Beta release date: this game mode has a game mechanic that is more innovative respect to our initial idea. Matches could be more varied and interesting.

In the Endurance mode, Decks consists of a Hero Card and from a minimum of one to a maximum of eight Character Cards.

In this game mode, the Character Card that survived the clash may continue the Match and will struggle against the next Character Card played by the other player.

Actually, Match scene starts as represented like in following image and it consists of:

  1. Hero Cards of Player (on the bottom left of the picture) and Opponent (on the top left of the picture);
  2. Hole Deck (the player’s one on the bottom and the Opponent’s one on the top), namely the Cards part of the deck and that will be later drawn by the players;
  3. Three face-up Cards both for the Player (on the bottom) and for Opponent (on the top), namely the Cards already drawn by the players and that deal the group from which to select the playable Card. The player can see the Opponent’s Cards too, but he can’t know whether the Opponent will activate or not the available skills before he plays those Cards;
  4. HUD zone (on the left of the screen, the up position is the Opponent’s one and the bottom position is the Player’s one, in the middle you can find the Game Timer) includes the Energetic Pool, the Fame points and the Graveyard, on which the “defeated” Cards will place.

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Redemption The Third Era – ‘Iconizing’

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The fight against icons is a lost one …

Every time one is finally ready, and you believe it is the right one, but the following day you look at it again and a doubt insinuates … will it be really clear, what does it show? What if I would add something more? Maybe a more detailed drawing? A revealing writing?! Why do they have to be so bloody small?!!

We have passed months over months racking our own brains over their role and they right picture to place there, the right colour, texture, without considering the aggravating factor that  we wanted to have ‘post atomic’ icons, as if in a 40 pixel side square it would be easy to insert everything …

We have reached a decision, the main icons will be those you can see in the picture and the compulsory order the graphics have been given has been a resolute STOP, stop changing, stop adjustments, stop all doubts and most of all stop saying stuff like: ‘…an idea for the icons has come into my mind…’

Do not get us wrong, we have always considered perfectionism an integral part of our work as it helps us to improve our skills, but faced by many things we still have to accomplish, focusing on something that is ‘ready’ is blocking the developments on parts that yet need to be finished. The improvements are always more than welcome and maybe, maybe, these icons will be changed again, the fundamental thing being that you won’t let this reach our graphics … be it necessary we would like to surprise them!

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Redemption The Third Era – Working on the Back of the Card

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When working as a team on a project, one of the fortunes (or misfortunes, according to the department in which you are working…) is that ideas can come out all of a sudden and if the idea is good and you like it, there is a lot to work on to refine it, sometimes subverting what you have accomplished up to then.
In view of the new game system ‘Endurance’ we were watching one of the many layout tests of the Game Screen and, as usual, the one that convince us most was the last version of a long series. Captivating, balanced and with that healthy retro taste that combines so much, in our opinion, to a post atomic setting. However the eye falls on a Card completely white and with a large big question mark in the centre.
“What is that?!” someone asks.
A smirk opens up on the mouth of the Screenwriter: “That is the Back of the Playing Card”.
The graphics department shudders: “Would you mean that we also need the BACK of the Card?!!!”
“Eh yes … it is just this way …”
The ‘Hackers’ of Code’ chuckle: “We are ready, we just need a picture to place where the question mark is.”
Just a picture …
The graphics, with a sigh of surrender (and, let’s say it, even of euphoria) get out from under the table paper pads, pencils, erasers, pen tablets and let’s go … we are starting again!!

Tests on tests to find ‘our’ Back of Card … amicably called between us: Backside.

“But … is that a joke?! How about something more elaborated….?”
The graphics are satisfied of the joke and start working seriously …

“Mmmm … it is not right … too clear, too dark, too coloured … let’s try to change the setting!”

“Ok, not good enough … too elaborated and too heavy, let’s try to change subject!!”

“Ahhh!! Stop, maybe this is the right way … we are getting closer!”

Were you thinking about the definitive version? We are still working on it and we still discussing … :D

 

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Redemption The Third Era – Roadmap IV

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As already anticipated in last December’s post, we are late with the works on the Redemption The Third Era project.

We took some time to analyze what must yet be developed, what is necessary and what is not for the launch of our Closed Beta. This time has been useful to create a new schedule of goals, actions and needed time for the release. Analyzing the reasons for the delay we have understood that the time needed to implement some functionalities have been underestimated and we are now arranging for widening the number of our collaborators in order to go even faster.

We have decided to create and experiment a game system that will make innovative what we are now developing related to the extant collectible cards games set. Our goal is still to create a cards game that is suitable as far as the mechanics are concerned when two people are playing at a distance, but at the same time we would also give birth to something that will make the game experience the most original possible. Here is the reason for the post atomic setting and for the game model we are now developing that has got the name of Endurance. In the next weeks we will write some thorough posts on this matter.

The new release date is so June 1st 2016.

To reach this date we have lots of work to do and specifically we expert to reach it through the steps hereby listed:

January 2016

  • Implementing of the game client of the News system;
  • Revision of the cards, and of their skills, supporting the new model of the game Endurance;
  • Implementing of the new game model server;
  • Start of the implementation of the new model of game in the client;
  • Completion of the design of the HUD improvements.

February 2016

  • Completion of the cards graphics;
  • End of the HUD client implementation;
  • Implementation of the Currencies in the client;

March 2016

  • Implementation of the Shop in the client;
  • Implementation of the Shop in the server;
  • Implementation of the users levels in the client;
  • Final selection of music and sound effects;

April 2016

  • Implementation of the messaging system in the client;
  • Implementation of the rewards system in the client;
  • Revision of the creation of decks of cards for the Endurance model needs.

May 2016

  • End of the implementation of the new game model in the client;
  • Overall revision of the developments.

1st of June 2016 – Closed Beta Start up.

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Redemption The Third Era – Roadmap III

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Compared to the Roadmap that we had set up last July, begrudgingly we have to point out that we are late. We are now evaluating the real impact this delay will have and decide what will be its dimension in relation to the initial expectations and this at the moment translates in a revision of some parts of our Roadmap. We have thought, for instance, to review some parts of our server that at the moment did not satisfy in full the Game’s needs and to insert some changes that will have to be performed after the release of the Closed Beta version. We are also evaluating a review of the Game’s rules that we would like to submit to you all. This in order to make it more captivating but also to increase the novelty of our mechanics, obviously maintaining a web oriented style of playing.

Today the mechanics of playing provides for a clash between Characters that face each other one time only assigning some score at the moment of victory of one of the two contenders [http://redevogames.com/2015/10/02/redemption-the-third-era-gameplay-iii/]. What we are now working on is a transformation of the mechanics of playing to make it more captivating ensuring that the Character that has possibly survived the clash could go on his own struggle against the next Character proposed by the enemy. This way the game will have a more strategic approach, the Skills to be used shall be selected in a more shrewd way and the Energetic Pool shall be better be accounted for. Furthermore our Characters skills could be more differentiated according to the various stages of the clash and could be more varied and interesting because they will present effects of getting in and out from the battlefield.

Within next week we will be able to present you a final overview of the new Roadmap that will include the new expected dates for the release of the Game. In the following weeks we will be able to give you more specific data about the new game modes.

Redemption The Third Era is constantly evolving for you…

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Redemption The Third Era – From the idea to the Playing Card

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One of our main shortcomings is our fussiness, we are very much alike the Damas in this matter, this brings us to lengthen the work times.

Our playing cards are all born following the same ‘long’ procedures.

We start from the idea of the subject to be featured, the Picture. All the data that pertain to him are inserted into a Format from the Creative Director (Silvia) that will then forwarded to the Illustrator.

The Format, beyond the indication of race and sex to whom the Picture belongs to, contains:

  • a description of the posture;
  • the hairstyle;
  • Picture’s facial expression;
  • the clothes;
  • the equipment;
  • other extras that are put on;
  • the indication with the illustration of possible tattoos or wounds;
  • the orientation of the light points;
  • some technical details concerning the Picture’s file (dimensions, resolution, etc..).

The Illustrator in addition to the Format also gets a detailed description of the somatic characters of the race Picture belongs to and a cut of the Backdrop where he will be position. Very often all this is accompanied by explanatory drawings that are used to create weapons or particular accessories.

The Illustrator, after having received the material, starts working and prepare his first black and white draft. The Creative Director points up possible changes to be made, and the Illustrator starts to set everything up and to the final realization, after that everything will be coloured by a Colourist or by the Illustrator himself.

When the Picture has been coloured, it comes back in ‘our’ hands for the second part of the procedure. At this point the adjustment phase begins. This will allow the Picture drawing to transform into a real Playing Card.

The Picture is placed on the definitive Backdrop which is the same that has been given to Illustrator and Colourists, but in a higher resolution. In some cases the scene can change completely due to technical reasons or because, once the work on the Picture is over, it will fit other types of settings.

During this phase our Main Illustrator steps in (Andrea, that also is the backdrops Illustrator) that having in front a complete Backdrop and a Picture, will work on them to adjust possible shadows, the perspective, light points and get everything together and more charming. In this phase too we reach the positioning of the Shell (that is the frame that surrounds the Playing Card). Despite the fact that all Illustrators and Colourists that work with us are very good, Andrea’s interventions are at times miraculous, because they are able to melt perfectly the Picture, the Backdrop and the Shell, thanks to an ‘overview’ that only someone that is well aware of the setting and of the world of Redemption The Third Era may have.

The Playing card with its Shell, that is different if pertains to a Hero Playing Card or a Character Playing Card, now gets into the hands of the Rules Creator (David) who will insert the Basic Features and Skills of the Playing Card.

At this point our ‘drawing’ has turned into a real Playing Card which is ready to face the testing phase that is used to establish if the inserted Skills have been fine tuned or need more adjustments.

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Redemption The Third Era – Roadmap II: Evolving

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Regard to the game, we are taking decisions that will have a fair impact both on the work we are carrying on and on the game itself. It is so because, given that we are provincial artisans, we want to do things right.

Finally we  established basic features the game will must have at time of Closed Beta launch and those ones will be developed during this phase.

Before the launch of the Closed Beta, Redemption The Third Era will have to provide the following game modes:

  • ELO: in this game mode, with a weekly frequency, players will clash in order to increase a general score adopted from chess. Depending on their ranking score, players will receive weekly awards;
  • PTE (Play Them All): in this game mode, players will be able to use, for  a single time in a 24 hours period, all the cards in their possession to create various decks and to fight against their opponents. After using up the available cards, the player will no longer be able  to play this game mode. Each win will allow to earn points. At the daily reset time of the game it will be assigned awards to the players who will have the highest score in this play mode and all cards will be available in your Collection again for a new PTE;
  • Practice: the game will allow you to test your decks in friendly challenges, in order to evaluate their real value on the battlefield without putting at risk your positions in the rankings;
  • Monthly ranking: each match that has been played in any unfriendly mode will earn points to the player. The players with the highest scores will be awarded on a monthly basis.

At the same time the following features will have to be implemented:

  • Market: the place where you will be able to buy and sell your own cards;
  • Shop: the place where you will be able to buy bags containing new cards;
  • Deck Builder: a place where you will be able to create your own decks;
  • Awards for the daily login: a system that will reward most assiduous players who play once a day will be developed;
  • Buddylist: management of the friends in the game.

After closed Beta launch Clans, Gang or Guilds will be enhanced. Foremost their impacts on game will be the following:

  • Creating power supply system for the Clan/Gang/Guild, related to quality and quantity of play of each are member belonging to;
  • Creating a system of battles between Clan/Gang/Guild;
  • Creating a system of rewards within the Clan/Gang/Guild.

Maybe these choices will impact on the dates of the Closed Beta outset. Any changes will be announced in later posts, as soon as we have evaluated the impact of these options on the development times.

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