Thing 2 RPG November Update #1

Captain! October was a slow month and we’re a little behind but a good portion of work was turned in at the last minute so let’s hope we can make that release deadline!

Work Complete / New Features:

Major Bugfix (I hope). I’ve removed a script that allows enemy summoning/spawning and replaced it with a less fancy but still effective approach. I believed that this script was responsible for not only enemy battle graphics remaining in battle when dead but was the cause of one significant and annoying game crash where RPG Maker would just, well… crash. It’s only happened to me a handful of times (for some reason especially at the medi-center in original mode) but it was annoying. Hopefully this fatal flaw is now resolved. I think the issue was the game didn’t know how to dispose of the spawned units and there was likely conflict with other scripts.
The game audio has been lowered for the most part across the whole game. This decision was made because the voice acting was hard to hear. I think I have struck a better balance now.
General changes and fixes have been made to the game and I am mostly personally responsible for testing game modes to make sure they work now.
Several new game sprites have been added to the game which include several more pop culture references and weirdness on my part…
Finally Jose has redone ALL the existing backgrounds in the game in a more updated style.

Background 01

Background 02

Work to Do / In Progress:

Voice Acting. I have good news and bad news. Good news I have edited over 600 files which are now placed in the game. I worked with amateurs and professionals so the quality is a bit mixed but I hope you all appreciate the effort and added immersion it brings.
More good news is that 1 more character is near completion 2 just need some retakes and 5 have just been handed in to me which I need to edit for game use.
The Bad news is that there is still 1 character left to do, one of the important story characters but I have someone trying to resolve that for me so I’m hoping that this doesn’t cause any delays and it can be complete this month.
MacReady’s Story. We have just started on sprite work for this, once that is done I will move away from testing and work directly on this. I will finish this in November BUT there are 30 art images that the story requires which is quite heavy work to get done in the month so I’m going to see what sort of timescale Jose needs for this. I’m hoping it can be done this month but I feel these images make MacReady’s mutli-choice story more immersive and personal as he’s a core character to the film.
Generally all I have to do is test things and fix things mostly. Survival Mode is being testing right now but Prequel Mode (voice acting/audio balancing test) and MacReady’s addition to Story Mode need testing when work outside my control is complete.

Steam Update

I fall into the category of a fan based game which Steam doesn’t really accept. I think largely it would be due to the grounds of “copyright”. The main issues I can see would be the games name and names of characters potentially. In the v2 a lot of the movie and 2002 game audio has been removed and replaced so that is no longer an issue but in short it’s safe to say I wouldn’t be accepted onto steam as it would likely bring me unwanted complications.

Release Date

I still want to say this month, November 2015. I will do my best to give weekly updates from this point as we move closer but 2 things hang in the balance of affecting the release. One is the last voice actor (sounds like an indie movie) and the other is the big old 30 art images I need after Mac’s sprites are done. At worst you can expect December as I really don’t want this to go into 2016. I’ll do the best I can to smooth things along and I’ll play every card I have left to try and get this November release going. I should have a video for you in next weeks post of prequel mode in action. I really hope it’s worth the wait.

Thanks,
Richard

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Thing 2 RPG August Update

Summary of updates to the game since the last post (All Killer, No Filler… well maybe some)

Work Complete / New Features

New Enemies The Pilot and the Spitter. The Pilot is a creature cut from the 2011 Thing Movie (Thanks Sadonrii) and the Spitter is just something that me and Jose made to be annoying and bombard you with well, spit.
The Ship Story (Prequel Mode) is now complete. Cody Ball helped me write this little short that turned into a much bigger story. Set aboard a ship you play as a researcher and when someThing found in the ice is brought aboard and thaws out bad things happen. Set before Original mode and ties into Story Mode. Features timed elements and a lot of artistic scenes and even my own home made audio.
Blake’s Notebook. This feature is available in story mode, Blake will give you his notebook full of information about events that have unfolded. However you can collect research notes in the game to unlock concept art with little supportive text and descriptions about each creature Jose helped me make for the game.
Quintel’s Update. In the summer of 2014 I created a community for Story Mode that you can help and features as a hub for many game side quests and additional content. I have expanded on this story further to give it an alternate ending scenario and features more locations for the game.
Tape Saving. The game now has a difficulty option of having to use “Cassette Tapes” to save the game. No more save scum.
US Captain improved. The US Captain now has a lot of new skills to buff his allies and can call for reinforcements making him more of a mini-boss fight than just there to shoot at you.
Enemy Perks/Going into cover. When the first turn of combat is engaged the enemy (Military) will “spot” the player and some of them may gain the cover status (increasing their defense). Other enemies will also reveal little icons by their names which will indicate various traits or perks they have. an example of this is a little red skull with a cross-hair which indicates that enemy has a +15% CRI chance and might be more dangerous than his generic allies. This varies enemies a little and makes combat more challenging and varied.

Pilot

Above, The Pilot (Middle) and The ‘Spitter’ enemy type.

Work to be Do/In Progress

I am replacing some of the existing audio. I am going to remove spoony’s voice as well as any audio from the 1982 movie and the majority of audio from the 2002 video game (such as Blake’s actual voice). I will re-record what I can with voice actors but I feel that it is best to have as much original content in the game as possible.
On the subject of recording, work has begun with Voice Acting for Prequel Mode and its going well. However I still need more help with this so if you are interested in VA work (paid) you can audition here.
I am also updating the in game mods/attachments again with the help of Blak Dragon to include more variety and I may include a second accessory slot as he mentioned it doesn’t make sense to wear a backpack but not glasses. It’s more an issue of balancing the game and having effective choices with impact.
Mercenary Update: For Story Mode I am including a small Mercenary outpost with a variety of tasks and trading opportunities. Like Quintel’s community it is all optional content and a brief distraction from the story.
MacReady update: MacReady will still be getting his own story included in Story Mode. It will be told through a combination of flashbacks (as MacReady telling the story to the player and as the player seeing the story as MacReady) which will involve some multi choice scenarios (choose your own adventure). This will tie up into a neat little package where you help him and go back to US Outpost #31 to finish off what he started…
Ship Artwork is nearly done and going well, got a lot of lovely artwork to help depict some of the scenes thanks to Jose.
With the improved game performance and the redundancy of the “Lite Build”. Blak Dragon has offered to test the games enhanced lighting. Will keep you posted on how this turns out.
Gen Inc Titan: This may seem a little ridiculous but we are adding a secret mechanical cybersuit into the game as a gen inc project that you have to fight. It’s a throwback to 80’s films like Terminator and Short Circuit and nothing to do with me playing a lot of Xcom, not at all.
Finally I am going to replace the games survival mode (although the old one can still be accessed from the test map). The new mode will let you play as Gen Inc and you will be given ‘missions’ by the Gen Inc board. It will revolve around building up a squad and small base management features, again totally not xcom.

Notebook

Above, Blake’s Notebook: A collection of notes and concept arts. The UI was designed by Christie Shinn and the script code itself is by Mog Hunter.

A bit of bad news now I have to delay the release of the v2 update until October, maybe even November. So please bare with me while I try my best to get everything done in time and test what I can where I can.

Finally a big thanks to everyone whos been involved with the project and thanks to all the help and support I have received.

Richard

May Update

Menu

Summary of updates to game since the last post.

Work Complete:

New In Game Menu created using Galvs Army Manager Script. This should make it easier to view your units especially when you have more than 7 of them.
Drawn 80% of the Ship Story Maps, Nearly done there. Ship Story has also been renamed as “Prequel Mode”.
Updated some of the enemies with new Sprites such as the Violater and Subject #9 which were originally just color swaps.
Added “The Pilot” into the game…
Added a new “Mode Selection” Menu into the game from which you can choose Story Mode, Prequel Mode, Survival Mode etc. Its now all in one screen instead of broken up and little descriptions have been added to the menu to make it a bit more user friendly especially for first time players.
I believe that I have reduced if not removed most of the in game lag entirely. Since I bought a new CPU I was still recording 11-20 FPS (Frames per Second) when the maximum you should get with RPG Maker is 60. After some investigation I found that the KredEx script that manages passive skills was the issue. I have removed that and replaced it with a script by NeonBlack which does the same thing. This means that I am now getting between 56-59 FPS on my CPU and I hope that players with lower specs will experience a boost in game performance in the v2.0 Release.

Work to Do/In Progress:

Finish mapping the ship areas, on the last deck of the ship now (B5).
Write Voice Acting Scripts and Get lines recorded.
Get Jose to complete the Artwork for the Ship Story to help describe scenes.
Build up Prequel Mode, Test it and make sure I deliver on the features and make sure it is consistent and randomized across random play-through(s).
Finish up loose ends in Story Mode and make sure I test stuff to make sure content works.
Add MacReady to Story Mode in a way that is engaging, relative to the story and lets you control him as he “Retells” his story to you in a player-choice flashback kind of “Choose Your Own Adventure” theme where you can change certain events of Outpost #31. His story will also feature the aftermath of Outpost #31 (Inspired by the Comics) and all this will result in going back to OP #31 and “finishing off” Blair-Thing.
Test the whole game, all the way through in every mode to make sure I can complete it and it all makes sense and all the unlockable stuff works etc.
Finish off the Online Guide and add it to the Main Game Menu, Most likely can update post-v2 release.

September 2015 is my Deadline. I hope that the content I have been able to create in the random scattered time I have had since the v1 release (Nov 2013) is worth the wait. Its been fun trying to enhance the game and build upon this release.

Many Thanks, Mata Ne!

April Update

Post Update

Summary of updates to the game since the last post:

Work Done/Changes:

Game is harder, units have lower hp values and lower sp values (but sp costs have been reduced).
Infection chance increased by 1-2% depending on enemies, makes a significant difference in casualties.
Starvation and Fever/Cold Exposure work in the game and offer additional challenge.
Minor bug fixing and spelling corrections.
Updated all the sprite graphics for NPCs (as shown in featured image)
Additional artwork added to the game for side-bosses.
Enemies are stronger and faster than before so AGI value plays more effect on your units.
Altered SP regen and healing abilities to be more valuable to you.
Medical items have been changed to reflect the new hp decrease and are more valuable to you.
Added additional side quests to story mode (some are newgame+ exclusive)
Added extra skinsets as game rewards
Solo thing enemies have additional attacks and provide more challange.
Flares actually run out after 12 minutes or so.
Starvation can occur every 6-10 minutes in the game to a random member (of the first 7) of your party.
Fever can occur from cold exposure (when outside) which varies depending on weather/daylight to a random party member (of the first 7)
Fever can also be inflicted by enemies which acts like a sickness condition. (No hp loss but decreased stats)
HIT, EVA and CRI now appear in the equip menu screen (At long last!)
Tutorial is remastered.

Work to Complete:

Map the Ship story areas
String together the areas and create the events and story for it
There is a base story for it but need to work on player decisions and alternate routes/endings
Aiming for voice cast and am optimistic will have enough time/money to complete this task
Finish the online walkthrough and guide (can do post v2 release)
Scrapped plan for MacReady to have his own Extra Content story, want to include him in Story Mode “retelling” the events of what happened to him after Outpost #31 in a interactive comic book style way. Again optimistic that I have enough money for this and am indecisive about a full voice cast or just 1 voice as MacReady telling the story.

I’m currently mapping the ship story, its the most boring part. I want to release this update for the game in September so I can focus on other projects and hopefully study in a programming language. I’ve debated about releasing the game on steam (for free) but I’m not entirely sure how that process works out. I assume when most people see the engine as “RPG Maker” they turn their noses up at it xD

Mata Ne!

Thing 2 RPG Quick Update Post

This is just a quick(ish) post of what I’ve been doing so far and what I have planned.

Summary of Changes:

Weapon Rehaul, with equippable Mods instead of crafting weapons with mods.
Lots of minor fixes to the game (something like 100+ read ‘version history’.txt when game released), difficulty slightly increased, survival rate… decreased.
Bonus features like “Iron Mode” and the Jeep Sub-Boss appearing on a NewGame+.
Collectible Object Side Quest in Story Mode.
The Inclusion of a Friendly Outpost in Story Mode with Random Events, lots of NPCs (SideQuests) and a reputation system exclusive to the outpost.
Extra Content: A short mode titled “Pierces Story” which tells some missing parts of the game, completion unlocks small rewards in the main game and a short side quest in the story mode revolving around Pierce.
Extra Content: A short mode titled “Thing Mode – Subject #21;s Story” This tells the story of Subject #21 who escapes from the Submersible, it seems short but is quite fun being the enemy of the game, Completion can unlock Subject #21 as a boss in story mode; If this is popular and there is request an additional thing mode can be added but I’d like someone to write me some ideas first!
Remastered Tutorial: The tutorial has been redone to make it a bit easier for new players.

Planned Work:

We are in the process of redoing all the character sprites and adding some additional artwork to the game.
I want to include an online guide/walkthrough for unlockables etc but I can probably work on that after release. I will include a link to it somewhere in the game (Not sure where yet).
Extra Content: The Untitled “Ship Story” which part of me wants to name Harbringer Down as a joke, anyway its very ambitious on my part, making you survive so many days on a doomed ship before rescue. Managing little supplies and even smaller number of npc allies. There will be a lot of timed elements to this game with the inclusion of extra enemies, voice actors for the majority of characters and artistic cutscenes. I’m also included a two endings, one is secret and actually changes the outcome of story mode by revealing yet another random plot twist.
TTFAW Far North: After Sadonrii showed me the thing from another world comic I became a bit obsessed with it, I want to include a fully voiced graphic novel in the game somewhat similar to Dead Spaces Ignition without the puzzles, just pure story (it will also appear on youtube) Its a rewrite of what happens to MacReady and Childs but its cannon to the game, Blake finds bodies matching their identities at the start of original mode, but maybe thats what they wanted people to think… (It gives a lot of nods to the brilliant TTFAW comic)
Asides from this I got some minor features to do like extra side quests, extra secret sub-bosses, I can now have the flare light time out, I want to include ‘Starvation’ and ‘Fever/Sickness’ in the game too. The Idea for Fever/Sickness is that its either caught from Cold Exposure or from combat (slight chance, like Disturbed/Insane). Having Fever/Sickness would hinder a character slightly and destroy sp over time. It would only be treatable via the Antibiotic kit or higher level medi-kits. Starvation would be treatable with food, and randomly occur in random people over a period of time. Just as a layer of difficulty/managment it would reduce Health slowly. Starvation will likely appear as an additional option in the difficulty menu.

Also Sadonrii has completed “Original Mode” and is now on “Story Mode” (Playlists Below)

On another note I aim for a September 2015 release of the v2 Public. I leave one of my jobs on 31st March so my only concern is artist/voice actor time constraints, but we shall see how things progress. Thanks for waiting, Domo Arigato Gozaimashita!

The Thing 2 RPG Game Release & Downloads

So the time is finally here, the time to release my fragile game into the shark infested waters of reality. Its taken quite a long time and cost me more than I expected but I feel that the journey was worth it and at least I can say “Hey, I made that”. I hope that fans of the movie(s) and dare I say the 2002 video game will appreciate the fiction I have tried to create. I would kindly request that you keep criticism and comments as constructive as possible, if you don’t like it tell me how I can improve it or better still tell me what I did well.

Please keep in mind that this game is FREE and there is no monetary gain to be made from it as I do not own the rights to the Thing (I believe Universal hold them rights) and I would like people to consider this as “Fan Fiction”. Any external media used is subject to removal at the proper authors request although I cannot see any problems occurring myself. Anyway now that all that is out of the way I can move on with the important stuff.

I would class this game as Sci-Fi RPG with elements of horror and would like to point out that the in game imagery may be unsuitable for audiences below 15. The game is about 14-20 hours long if playing both Story and Original modes. The trailer is attached to this post for people curious about what the gameplay is going to be like so please view that before downloading. The game download links will be attached below (when they are uploaded) and the game comes in two different builds. I will now explain the difference between the builds;

Regular Build, v1.0

This is the standard build of the game, This build may be difficult for some players to run depending on how old their PC is. I have what I believe to be the recommended specifications for running this build:*
Operating System Windows XP / Vista / 7
CPU Intel Core 5 or Higher
Memory 2GB RAM or Higher

Lite Build, v1.0

If you Do Not meet the above requirements then I would recommend you download the “Lite” Build of the game. Ironically the Lite build disables the dynamic in game lighting effects making it quite dark in places. However it is just a substitute for people with weaker machines. Here are the minimum specifications for running the LITE build:*
Operating System Windows XP / Vista / 7
CPU Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz or Higher
Memory 512MB RAM or Higher
Video 1024 x 768 or better resolution
Storage 167MB Free Hard Drive Space

*Specifications mentioned above are just estimated guidelines

-Trailer-

I hope you enjoy playing this game and I hope that you leave me some feedback for improvements or ideas for new content I could add to the game. I will be working on a Game Guide which I hope to release soon to detail all the missions, weapons etc included in the game, thanks for reading.

Download Game

Regular Build, v1.0
ModDB: Here
Mediafire: Here

Lite Build, v1.0
ModDB: Here
Mediafire: Here

You can find more information on this game at:
ModDB: http://www.moddb.com/games/the-thing-2
Website: https://macwantsthewhat.com/

Video

The Thing 2 RPG Full Release Date & Trailer

Story, Original and Survival modes are now complete and have been tested several times. All that really remains now before the First Full Public Release is Cosmetic and Minor Things. The Reason for Delaying the game is that the Ending artwork is not yet complete and it feels somewhat wrong to make the player complete the game and short change them. The release date has been moved to the 28.11.2013 which should give me enough time to crack the whip and get any final testing done. If I have any remaining time left I will use it to create extra DLC and such. If anyone has any recommendations for content that I can turn into DLC (Such as Fan-Fiction stories) then please post them on the most recent news article (or inbox me). When the 28th November arrives the game will be freely available for PC download via ModDB or Mediafire links. (This will include both the standard and lite versions). Anyway here is a cheesy trailer I created;

-Trailer-

 

You can find more information on this game at:
ModDB: http://www.moddb.com/games/the-thing-2
Website: https://macwantsthewhat.com/

Thing 2 RPG The Next Few Releases

The public test builds have come to an end for now. The feedback I received was very helpful in getting broader opinions on the game. With the Release of Test Build 8 I have gone back to a select few private testers who are helping me to refine a better game.

I estimated a release of October the 28th 2013 and it looks like I am on track for this release. I do want to say that this is not set in stone as I can foresee certain factors hindering my progress especially work that is getting done on my behalf (of which I cannot control the timescale). I will try to get it released on this time but in the meantime I will be very busy working on the game as much as I can.

Here is an overview of what the next few releases will be;

Test Build 8 (Released, Private):

This was the efficiency update (larger screen and lots of fixes) as well as an update to the story mode of the game (Chapter 3).

Test Build 9 (In Progress, Private):

This update will have the full story mode gameplay, that being Chapters 4 and 5 as well as the ending scenes processed. What I look forward to most with this update is the inclusion of a “New Game+” feature which will provide some re-playability to both the Story & Original Modes of the game. New Game Plus will carry over bonus items for the player as well as extra rewards.

Test Build 10 (Private):

This will be my final test build. The main feature will be the inclusion of the games Survival Mode. I will also be working on the structuring for the Extra Content (DLC) mode as well as some sample DLC to be included. There will be 3 types of content available to the game and they will come with future downloads/releases and will be free of charge. Content 1 is additional areas for Story Mode (I already have a few planned), Content 2 is maps for Survival Mode as well as any New Scenarios for Extra Content Mode (Like Dragon Age Origins ‘Witch Hunt’ type) and Content 3 would be updates to gameplay such as new features or items/weapons.

Beta Build (Undecided):

Assuming my Test Build phase was the “Alpha Build” this type of build would basically bring everything together. Everything here would then be polished up as much as possible and attempts to refine the system would be finalized here. This exists to remove any bugs and make fixes to the game before full release.

The Thing 2 v1.0 (Full Release):

This will be the first full public version of the game with all the benefits of the changes made from the beta build. The game will be freely available for download from ModDB and my website via a mediafire download link. The first game had at least 100 downloads and I am hoping that this one will do at least 200. I understand that not everyone will like the style of gameplay but you cannot please everyone.

 

Any Questions or comments please post on this article as it is very hard for me to know if I have anything to respond to otherwise.

Thanks for reading and please wait for the v1.0 release.

You can find more information on this game at:
ModDB: http://www.moddb.com/games/the-thing-2
Website: https://macwantsthewhat.com/

Thing 2 RPG ‘Test Build 7’ / Updates

It was in May that the last test build was released. I got some good feedback and I want to say thanks for that. Since then I have made over 100 changes to the game (some minor, some major) & I have begun to work on the Main Story Mode of the game. Granted my spelling and grammar needs some serious correction but I’ll get around to that last.

Updates

-Major Changes to the Games Formula
-Story Mode Chapter 2 of 5 Ready for Testing
-Crafting System cleaned up a bit & organized
-Lots of Battle Alterations
-At least 80 Minor Changes, probably not noticable

For a full list of updates please read the ‘Version History’.txt file within The Thing 2 [TB7] Downloaded folder.

Test Build 8

Please note for this build I have not accompanied it with a ‘Lite Version’. The reason for this is that I want to test the Anti-Lag Code I am using and see how it effects players performance.

Modes that work:
Tutorial Mode (Altered) 100%
Original Mode 100%
Story Mode, Chapter 2 of 5 (40%)

Please note that Survival Mode and the Extra Content (DLC) function do not work and will send you to the test map. Any questions please comment on THIS post/article.
Link: http://www.mediafire.com/download/vtiyho79qip225s/The_Thing_2_%5BTB7_Patch_v1.0%5D.exe

#Edit (08/07/13): It has come to my attention that there is a section of the original mode that appears bugged. This is due to the anti-lag script preventing a scene from processing correctly, the scene is updated in this release (If you have already downloaded TB7 then you will have to download this new file) I am sorry for any inconvenience caused. As for save file backwards compatibility that is untested, This is an opportunity to see if that works..

Future

The next update (nicknamed the Efficiency Update) Will improve lighting and make the game window size noticeably bigger. There will be more story mode gameplay for this version as well as updated graphics. I am currently in the process of getting artwork completed for the game even though its fairly expensive. There should be new battle backgrounds, new enemy stock images (original designs), resized/edited game images and New Ending Images all of which will be original and more suited to the project. There will also be a large overhaul to the way items are dropped in the game. I think some weapons are far too common in comparison to others.