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Offline Uatu

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PREVIEW? Some Screenshots Anyway
« on: September 05, 2017, 07:27:41 AM »
One of the reasons that I don't seem to ever be able to actually actuate a module is that I am always kind of stopped by worrying if the combat is going to work as hoped (backstabbing?  magic?  etc.).  But maybe one way to troubleshoot that is to make a kind of module in which we can test through the combats...

But anyway, I do make "mazes" for the kids to explore, and they enjoy them a lot.  Here are some screenshots, of 4 different environs, that hopefully will be part of a module soon.
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Re: PREVIEW? Some Screenshots Anyway
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2017, 12:45:10 PM »
These look really nice. The snow/ice one is kind of hard to see what's going on, but I guess that is due to the party's snow-blindness... ;)

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Re: PREVIEW? Some Screenshots Anyway
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2017, 03:00:55 PM »
I wondered if it was ice-block walls, or just ice decal/overlay (for other) walls.
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Re: PREVIEW? Some Screenshots Anyway
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2017, 03:07:54 PM »
Very nice indeed :)

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Re: PREVIEW? Some Screenshots Anyway
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2017, 02:34:43 AM »
I use the ice walls as stand-alone walls - I wonder how they would look as overlays?  They also look kind of nice as ice walls inside non-arctic environments, I think.  The other difficult thing about the snow-blindness is LCD monitors these days - it's hard to tell how bright something is, due to the difficulty of seeing an "absolute" value of the brightness...
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Re: PREVIEW? Some Screenshots Anyway
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2017, 12:35:08 PM »
Actually, for me, I don't think it's the wall that is too bright, it's the wall sitting on that bright backdrop. ;) But snow is bright in the sunlight, so it's all good. :D :D :D

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Re: PREVIEW? Some Screenshots Anyway
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2017, 07:35:15 AM »
Hey guys - here is an experimental screen.  What does it look like to you?
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Re: PREVIEW? Some Screenshots Anyway
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2017, 12:37:48 PM »
Did you use the "floor wall approach"? It looks good!

By the way, I have (almost) no time for DC at the moment due to another hobby project and much to do at work, thus sorry if I gave not much input to the forum lately. Your nice screenshot needed a positive comment, however!  :D
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Re: PREVIEW? Some Screenshots Anyway
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2017, 01:25:59 PM »
It looks cool, but to be honest, I can't decide if looks like snow near and on a beach or if it's a sandspit sticking out in the clouds. I suspect it is the former.

I really like those background mountains.

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« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2017, 02:21:29 PM »
Me too :) It looks great.

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Re: PREVIEW? Some Screenshots Anyway
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2017, 05:12:10 PM »
Thanks guys - I was hoping for mountain top with lots of mist.  To avoid the beach look, maybe a different ground color would work.

And yes, it is by wall again, like the sea!
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Re: PREVIEW? Some Screenshots Anyway
« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2017, 05:26:23 PM »
Maybe if the ground was darker? Or greyer? Likely through, we would know from the context of playing your design what was going on, so you wouldn't need to change the color at all.

I'm not sure if you have figured this out yet, but you ca. Just something for all of us to think about. ;)n take a backdrop and cut and paste the bits of it into the appropriate floor-wall areas. Because of this, we can use the floor-wall as an overlay for backdrops

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Re: PREVIEW? Some Screenshots Anyway
« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2017, 12:30:49 AM »
I don't know if the method allows this, but adding some visual hints would enhance the feeling that you stand on an elevation:


The misty mood could be enhanced as well with some atmospheric effects:


Edit: What you could probably add as a visual aid is some foggy mountain detail in the lower parts of the backdrop.
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Re: PREVIEW? Some Screenshots Anyway
« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2017, 01:39:44 AM »
Wow, that looks even better. Well done.

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Re: PREVIEW? Some Screenshots Anyway
« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2017, 10:32:35 AM »
Hey Dinonykos - I did suspect that you were busy, it's that time of year again!

Manikus - I did try a gray ground, too, but it looked a bit...  drab or inorganic?

Adam - those changes do definitely make a difference, but some might be challenging to do in the format (that I do not 100% understand, though).
- The crags might be doable, but probably less prominently (due to the need to avoid extra "crags" appearing in the mists)
- The mist is doable (but I don't want to have to mist everything in that area - too much work :) )  But the effect is certainly nice...
- Not sure about foggy mountains in the lower part - well, the lowest part is probably doable, but the middle might not be (but that would be the best place for them).

But thanks for the ideas!
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