So, we've been working so hard at our game :) Really don't want to bomb another MMORPG aye. Spending around 60 hours a week on it myself doing artwork and code. Leslie is spending around 30+.
The "tree of life" which will be in your home fort (where you spawn). Took me 2 days to draw pixel by pixel! The tree heals you if you stand near it.
The idea in the game is you venture out with a number of others of different races, and go after the evil toad king at the end of the world. You have to kill him to get a special amulet (RIP Rogue). This amulet will actually show you as physically bigger on the screen, depending on how many times you play through the game. The races in the game are Troll, Elf, Gnome, Fairy, and Dwarf. Each have their own abilities, and are designed to complement each other in battle.
I hope to make dungeons which are scattered through the lands accessible only by rare keys obtained from killing bosses around Act 1 and Act 2 (the compo version). You'll have to go through many dungeons to get to the final boss, and stat yourself particularly highly to get really GAR (your main measured stat). You do this by killing monsters and obtaining their essence. When you kill bosses, you also obtain good loot, depending on how hard the boss is.
Since the last update we have random dungeons working, a large map in progress, a bridge, minimap, improved collision, improved graphics, much networking code, monsters shooting, health, mana, stats, persistent player data held by the server, and YOU CAN DIE.
So overall, good progress, here's our plan for the next 2 months for anyone who cares, we're basically on schedule so far for the first 3-4 weeks:
Month 1 All art assets (without fancy stuff)
WK 1 Planning + pipeline setup + simple GUI
(stats, hp+mp+xp, items, minimap, inventory - like zelda)
2 Basic tileset and map + Players (no animation)
3 Monster (no animation)
4 Bosses (no animation)
Month 2 Animation
WK 1 Map
2 Map + Items
3 Races (animation) + Monster (animation) Bosses (animation)
4 Effects (magic, attack, walk etc)
Month 3 Polish and finish
WK 1 Other artworks (items, GUI, icons, landmarks etc)
2 Sound and music
3 Polish or any other stuff we can add
4 Polish or any other stuff we can add
Month 1 Basic networking
WK 1 Moving character across clients + collision + fixed map size
2 More networking, bullets + optimised tiles + corrected shading on layers
3 Glyphs + essence + gar + health + death (loss of gar)
4 Drops + nexus
Month 2 Monsters and bosses
WK 1 Monsters attacking
2 Bosses attacking
3 Animation + hit counter + char stats
Month 3 Polish and finish
WK 1 User interface + Chat system
4 Auto update