Panning has been added to the dungeon and overland maps. Hold down the left mouse button and drag to pan. There’s also a first iteration of a minimap. You can click on this to instantly jump. Non-player realms are now generated according to cultural borders. This is still in rudimentary stages. More realm types and better AI will come. Also the option for diplomacy with these. There’s a few crashbugs fixed related to dungeons, and Pandamen have been added to the possible races.
Dungeon gameplay has been expanded. When you send a hero to a dungeon, you can now move the hero through the rooms, and choose various options for how to deal with encounters – fighting, stealthing past, ambushing from the shadows, parlay, etc.. There is still some usability stuff that I want to get done real soon, and some polishing on this feature, but it is very close to being fully functional and usable. At the moment you can move around, fight, sneak, ambush, etc. but will not be given any loot nor will getting wounded have much consequence.
The last terrain type without graphics – Rocky Badlands – has graphics now, so now there are no more colored hexes. This should make the maps more easy to read and more pleasing to the eye.
Work has been a bit slow lately due to a mix of summer distractions and some important personal stuff. I also managed to get ill, so all in all not as much time for this project as I would have liked. I hope to remedy this in the following weeks, and get regular updates up and features fleshed out. Once enough gameplay features are ready, I will make a play-through video which will also serve as a tutorial of sorts.
Dungeons also have a bit more interesting names than just “Dungeon”. Here are a few examples from the last test-run: “Temple of Shadows”, “Ominous Descent of Wonder”, “Scarlet Labyrinth”, “Enigmatic Halls of The End Times”, “Temple of Fools” and the popular tourist destination of the “Doomed Tower of Calamity”.
Here is a screenshot of the demon wizard Urxokol exploring the Temple of Shadows getting ready to fight some Crabmen Scavengers. There is some rocky badlands visible in the screenshot as well.
Some new things, mostly related to prisoners. Armies can now raid settlements and haul away prisoners to your fortresses or settlements (there is a “Prisoners” button where you manage army prisoners and transfer them) where they can toil away as slaves. A new Dark Sacrifice spell has been added where you can gain mana by sacrificing prisoners.
A spell causing sickness and disease in a settlement has also been added, and regiments of lumbering Mudmen have been added.
The first iteration of Dungeon generation is implemented. A theme is picked for each dungeon, and it is filled with encounters fitting this theme. They are also of differing difficulty, and give rewards and experience when defeated by a hero.
Sites also have a collection of stored resources now. This is only used by mines at the moment, where ore will be stockpiled. But this system will also be used to track food and various trade goods.