Dev Diary- Essos Part 1- One Year On

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Dev Diary- Essos Part 1- One Year On

PostPosted by knuckey » Tue May 14, 2013 15:23

Hi all, it's almost a year to the day since the mod was released, and I hope we can all agree we have come some way since then when all we had was Robert's rebellion to entertain us! But of course we have plans for the future.

Some of you may have noticed cabezaestufa hasn't done the usual updating. Unfortunately due to RL commitments he has stepped down as project leader. I have taken on this role, but cabe has used his amazing map making talents to leave us a rather nice parting gift:
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Yes, we are adding Essos :) And as you can see progress has been coming along quite well. The map contains everything from Westeros to Qarth, and Sothoryos to Far Ibb. This continent has been more arduous to recreate than Westeros, mainly due to the lack of canon information compared to Westeros. We have had to essentially make up many province and title names, as well as the free city dynasties.

Here is a look at the dejure kingdom setup:
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Each of the Free Cities, and Slaver's Bay realms, shall be portrayed using The Republic DLC mechanics, each with 5 'patrician' families and the ability to establish trade posts.

Obviously this means you will need the DLC to play as them. However The Summer Islands have also been completed, and they are a feudal realm:
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Now only the history setup has been partially down thus far, so there aren't any unique mechanics done yet. However some ideas have been started to be thought out, e.g. Aegon will be able to choose to unify The Free Cities rather than Westeros:
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Ruins shall also be modelled in some way, possibly with the ability to colonise them:
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Note The Rhoyne shall be navigable upto Norvos and Qohor. Also we will almost certainly make a unique shield for ruins, so they are easily distinguishable.

That's all we have for now. For the initial release, the Free Cities, Slaver's Bay and The Summer Islands are likely to be all there is. But we do intend to fill the entire map, including Ibb, Qarth, Sothoryos and other obscure places. Of course The Dothraki shall be implemented in some way and we do have a basic plan for them, but that probably deserves its own full explanation later on. Release date is unknown for now, almost certainly not in the next release for the Old Gods.

Also please do offer your ideas, anything from flavour for the Free Cities to what we could put in Kayakayanaya :D
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Re: Dev Diary- Essos Part 1- One Year On

PostPosted by Bullicus » Tue May 14, 2013 16:10

This is just absolutely beautiful. I can't commend you all enough for taking on this gigantic challenge.
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Re: Dev Diary- Essos Part 1- One Year On

PostPosted by Blackguard » Tue May 14, 2013 16:12

Can't express how excited I am about this. Are you going to make new scenario with Daenerys in Astapor, or will you just dump her in Meereen during AFFC?
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Re: Dev Diary- Essos Part 1- One Year On

PostPosted by FireAndBlood » Tue May 14, 2013 16:16

Bullicus wrote:This is just absolutely beautiful. I can't commend you all enough for taking on this gigantic challenge.


+1 :)
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Re: Dev Diary- Essos Part 1- One Year On

PostPosted by HuskyWolf » Tue May 14, 2013 16:16

we are trying to get all the titles + flags done before tackaling history
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Re: Dev Diary- Essos Part 1- One Year On

PostPosted by knuckey » Tue May 14, 2013 16:19

Blackguard wrote:Can't express how excited I am about this. Are you going to make new scenario with Daenerys in Astapor, or will you just dump her in Meereen during AFFC?


At the moment she is indeed dumped in Meereen in AFFC. However a unique Dany quest involving Astapor might be looked at once everything is setup.
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Re: Dev Diary- Essos Part 1- One Year On

PostPosted by Blackguard » Tue May 14, 2013 16:24

OK :) new scenario would be nice *wink wink* I bet absolute majority of book readers here are allergic to Meereen
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Re: Dev Diary- Essos Part 1- One Year On

PostPosted by TheBurnedMen » Tue May 14, 2013 16:25

Sounds awesome
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Re: Dev Diary- Essos Part 1- One Year On

PostPosted by KnightKing » Tue May 14, 2013 16:31

This looks so promising!

I know I speak for everyone when I say that us the players really love you guys that put all the hard work into this mod. Thank you so much! :D
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Re: Dev Diary- Essos Part 1- One Year On

PostPosted by Hicks » Tue May 14, 2013 16:51

If I may ask, how are you guys going to handle the Dothraki and the great grass sea?
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Re: Dev Diary- Essos Part 1- One Year On

PostPosted by HuskyWolf » Tue May 14, 2013 16:55

we will be answer that question in a future dev diary hicks
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Re: Dev Diary- Essos Part 1- One Year On

PostPosted by Hicks » Tue May 14, 2013 16:57

Thanks for the answer!
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Re: Dev Diary- Essos Part 1- One Year On

PostPosted by Fashbinder » Tue May 14, 2013 17:04

HAISKEIWOOF R U GOIN 2 AID ESSEX 2 DA MODE SUNE BCUASE EYE WEALLY WEALLY ONE TWO PLEI KNOW!!
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Re: Dev Diary- Essos Part 1- One Year On

PostPosted by Ice Viper » Tue May 14, 2013 18:18

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ESSEX

If it's a joke, it's a bit late for that :| .

Also, can Dothraki haz Tengri CoA frame when it comes out?
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Re: Dev Diary- Essos Part 1- One Year On

PostPosted by Achillian » Tue May 14, 2013 18:20

Holy bread I almost got an excitement stroke after seeing this. Sorry for being impatient, but do you guys have an estimate release date?
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Re: Dev Diary- Essos Part 1- One Year On

PostPosted by Cookie » Tue May 14, 2013 18:35

-Drop jaw- words do not describe
Tick tock goes the clock
And what now shall we play?
Tick Tock goes the clock
Now summers gone away

Tick tock goes the clock
and all the years they fly
Tick tock and all to soon
Your love must surly die
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Re: Dev Diary- Essos Part 1- One Year On

PostPosted by Cacahuete » Tue May 14, 2013 18:39

Seems totally awesome. I can't wait to play as a Braavosi Sealord :mrgreen:
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Re: Dev Diary- Essos Part 1- One Year On

PostPosted by HuskyWolf » Tue May 14, 2013 19:06

Achillian wrote:Holy bread I almost got an excitement stroke after seeing this. Sorry for being impatient, but do you guys have an estimate release date?

give it 4-6 months and ask me again

and to those wondering if you have any questions about it ask here or PM me
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Re: Dev Diary- Essos Part 1- One Year On

PostPosted by WigglyWinterfell » Tue May 14, 2013 19:59

It just looks amazing! Good luck with it all!
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Re: Dev Diary- Essos Part 1- One Year On

PostPosted by Azai » Tue May 14, 2013 20:27

In the team's testing have you seen any "patterns" that happen with Essos?

Do they leave Westeros alone? Do they try and invade? Do lords from Westeros try and take holdings in Essos?

Or is Essos not far enough long to know those habbits?
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