Update to Realms of Quest V Sept 26, 2019 19:11:19 GMT -7
Post by Blaine on Sept 26, 2019 19:11:19 GMT -7
Ghislain has made some updates to his latest game Realms Of Quest V.
The publisher (Double Sided Games) has decided to do a second production run of physical copies of Realms Of Quest V. It just so happened that around the same time that I had been modifying this game after it was originally published. After giving myself about a month off of not touching my game at all, I started to play again and I wanted to make modifications. Anyway, here are the major changes:
-Lady Carmilla Bane's portion of the tablet is now located in the centre. This makes more sense from an aesthetic perspective.
-The village leaders now give you tangible clues on how to succeed in the game (instead of them saying "We saw orcs marauding in Samunda!" which is random and meaningless, they will say something quite useful like "Protection from Evil will raise the armor of your entire party during battle!")
-3 magic spells have been modified (for the sake of game balance)
-There were minor spelling and grammatical errors that needed to be corrected.
-Several graphical slideshow sequences have been added to the "History And Lore" section of the main menu. <- I found that I had a lot of free space across 4 disks after I implemented compression, so I decided to make use of it.
The changes are noted on page 51 of the PDF of my version of the manual, which is attached in the emulator bundle link for download (the file is called REALMS_QUEST_5.rar). You can just download the .rar file, un-rar it somewhere on your Windows machine and then you can go inside of it and double click on STARTGAME.bat and the game+emulator will be launched for you. There's also a JPG of the game world map and the aforementioned PDF of the manual as well.
I do feel some angst about people who bought the original game who might feel somewhat slighted by the changes I made. I did not set out to deceive anyone--I will provide anyone who bought the original game the digital files that comprise the newer version. And back in June, I felt back then that I had fulfilled all of the overall design goals that I had set out from the start. But once I was a month removed from working on my game for 2.5 years prior, I did not feel as burned out and I could see the obvious things that could be done to easily improve the quality of life experience for the player.
I can reassure you that the revised version of the game can detect your old save game files (saveg1 through saveg4) and automatically convert them. The game program files are located in the VICE\000GAME folder in the bundle. There's also a folder that contains the digital images of the floppy disks as well (for D64 and D81).
Here are some video reviews of the game that have recently appeared on Youtube:
Robin 8 Bit Show And Tell: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUsYNwISNNs
Chickhead Chronicles: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-96vLn_SNzY
8 Bit Guy: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIKKuyGoqwI&fbclid
Ghislain de Blois
Very cool, thanks Ghislain !