Design Notes

3D & The Secret Underground Lab

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MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) visits the Lab!

I love meeting and talking with players and creative minds. One day, I really hope for the opportunity to meet you all. Yesterday was a very special day for the team here. We opened up the Secret Underground Lab and allowed 20 young minds from the Museum of Science and Industry's "Summer Science Camp" to personally get a behind-the-scenes look at our crazy indie game development process. We even dressed up! (Probably not what they thought we meant when we said we would be in "suits".) Faith, Miko, and Nythera dressed up too... wow, did they look amazing!

MSI visits Artix Entertainment

Along with a highly dangerous, potentially deadly tour through every part of the lab, Thyton held a "how to draw" session, Xero showed some of the 3D models he is working on for the new game, and I told enough embarrasing stories that our new friends should be able to blackmail us for years! The only way it could have been better is if you were here too. (Unless you were here, stealthed and roaming around like a Ninja, in which case please disregard that statement.) Judging by the laughter, I think everyone had a good time... and hopefully found the knowledge we shared useful. More than ever I would like to create a movie so everyone can see what we do and allow you to see the world through the eyes of the AE team.

3D Game "Memory Leak" bug REVEALED!

Minimal and Zhoom have giant head-shaped craters right in front of their keyboards from banging their heads on their desk all weekend and yesterday trying to figure out the cause of the 200 MB/s memory leak bug. We talked directly to some of Unity's head hanchos who helped us by giving us a horrifying link. I am in a little bit of a rough spot with this post, because I love Adobe & Flash and do not want to talk poorly about the platform that ALL of our games run on.  But it appears the newest version of the Flash Plugin 11.3 which created many of the new problems in AQWorlds is also causing the memory leak problems in our 3D game. We reverted to the older Flash Plugin 11.2 and everything works fine. These problems with the new plugin are not fixable by us. In our tests, publishing a simple 3D model, with the most basic shader...  leaks memory and eventually crashes. Despite this, we plan to go forward with our chat/movement/item/maybe-combat-if-we-are-lucky "beta release" on time... but testers will be required to downgrade their version of Flash to help us test it. We know that these issues WILL be fixed in the near future, and all of the shaders and things that make our game look pretty will eventually be working in Flash too. So this will only be a temporary situation. Now... with only 2.5 days left this week, we have to put all of our stuff into our game!

Cambell

Meet Cambell, our first Legend of LORE NPC. You will find him in the town of Ravenshire and he will be selling a small selection of armor and weapons. It is interesting to see how he went from concept sketch to 3D model. You may be wondering, based on his name, manly chin, and the color of his cape if he was based off of some super-mega-awesome-iconic B-movie star that I personally idolize and continously contact trying to get him to make a guest cameo in our games... but of course, that would be purely speculation.

Check back tomorrow for the first sneak peek of the interface... and some photos sent to us from a former special guest!

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Kantro17
Kantro17: Army of Shadows? "This is my BOOMSTICK!" i both love that movie and just watched a couple of days ago, epicness
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McRichter
McRichter: XD Oh wow. Your outfits are amazing! You all look just like the characters! (Duh, but I'm still amazed at how cool they look) I wish I could get a closer look at the pictures you posted because some of the images are really small and I can hardly see the one of Artix up on the desk (No doubt going nuts over undead or telling great puns).

Cambell looks great by the way! I can't wait to see more characters. It might seem silly, but I like how the basic longsword design you guys use came out in 3D.
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Lord_Ajax
Lord_Ajax: I WAS THERE AND HEARD ALL THE STORIES! NOW MAKE ME A MOD OR THE WHOLE WORLD WILL KNOW!! lol jk no but sirously make me a mod 3 years in advance :b
Sadly I wasn't there to hear the stories but would like to one day meet you all, I'm going to college in florida and I can't wait to make a road trip to the "secret" lab :D
Glad u guys are realeasing on friday (never saw it coming) but i didn't get a chance to play alpha, or....will this count as alpha?
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YamiKakyuu
YamiKakyuu: Ill totally downgrade my Flash to help! Also Cambell is awesome and Id personally have a fangirl attack if he ever did a cameo for any AE game. Here's hoping he does someday!
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mturf
mturf: awesomeness ^-^
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svrsaver
svrsaver: cant wait nd btw cambell looks swag nice job guys nd wii their be a guardian for this which i can buy now
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kabimarta1
kabimarta1: Ooh, that's a really nice model of Campbell you guys have got there.
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svrsaver
svrsaver: in reply to @Mcrichter bro i totally agree with u the sword looks swaaaaaaaaaaaag
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pryomantress
pryomantress: First off: AWWWWWWWWWWW! i wanna get a tour! and 2 which is more serious (but not that much) : YAY! if u get it workin soon i can play on adobe! YAY! kudos to Minimal and Zhoom!
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Sela
Sela: This game is just gonna be LORETASTIC!
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Slayerz
Slayerz: I will compliment Campbell and AE without using "swag" to describe how awesome Campbell is....and that flash platform was messing a LOT of things up.

Can't wait to play AQ3D, keep it up
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Silver-Dragon
Silver-Dragon: Ooomg this is so super exciting I'm anticipating AQ3D greatly. I love Artix Entertainment-- although I haven't been a consistent player, I'd say nine years of dedication to the company still counts me as a big fan :'D
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The Jop
The Jop: He's supposed to be Andy Warhol, RIGHT?!
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wolvesgod
wolvesgod: Poor desk... if you guys also need a carpenter Mario was also a carpenter. :P XD

Also I think it will be awesome to work with the artix team; no programing skills, yet. because at my current job it's pretty much how you all roll. From the friendlyness, and professionalism.
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BartiriX
BartiriX: Sweet! I really look forward to the Legend of Lore alpha!
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svrsaver
svrsaver: I would soooooooooooo WASTE MONEY ON THIS FOR GUARDIAN OR ANYTHING
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Ultimumlord
Ultimumlord: Artix wants Iron man in the game (guessed). cool.
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Tiamaat
Tiamaat: First, man are those lucky kids! I bet going through the lab with all of you dressed up would be as good as going to a theme park.

Second, the NPC's looking good. But is it me or does the 3D version lack a little in the muscle department?

And lastly, I already have Flash 11.3, how do I downgrade? Do I have to remove and reload Flash 11?
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ChaoticPhoenix
ChaoticPhoenix: Awesome, keep up the good work! Really looking forward to testing out the game!:D
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KJinx101
KJinx101: Cambell's favorite food should be soup because i think there is a soup brand called cambells.
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Lord-Valdor
Lord-Valdor: @ultima8lord Its not iron man because iron man is played by robert downey jr, but maby he is thinking of bruce campbell
probobly not but its good for a random guess :P
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Gjappy
Gjappy: @Tiamaat, I suggest you visit the website of Flash for that. But usually you have to un-install flash first and then download and install an older version.
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Tiamaat
Tiamaat: Thanks Gjappy, I went to the Flash sight and found where they have older versions so now I'll be ready :D
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Carman Sandego
Carman Sandego: Cambell looks awesome but, shouldn't he have a sheath for that sword?
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ColinjBlanchard
ColinjBlanchard: AWW I wanna do a tour with you guys! I was in Florida last week. No Fair!
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ColinjBlanchard
ColinjBlanchard: I like that 2D version, but I think the 3D one lacks a little BA BOOM! 2D Cambell carries himself well, the turning of his broad face and jaw says "Come at me bro" while his muscular neck and absolutely beautiful hair tells DC he's ready for a comic or a sitcom, which ever comes first. His torso is large, but its okay, cuz da armor is custom made brah. And yes, he is an Australian Surfer slash Zard Hunta and French Model, thanks for asking.

What do I see when I look at 3D Cambell? A feeble noodle that you find last in your chicken noodle soup. He is like the one that fell out of the pot and dried on the cook top. Come on guys, He needs the excitement from a Disney Laser Light Show, the mystery from the meaning of life, and the smooth moves of Artix when he teams up with Robina. Lets make it happen!

BATTLEON!

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Marshel5
Marshel5: I'm 99% sure that Cambell is supposed to be Bruce Cambell. You can tell because one of the old Friday the 13th events in AQW had Artix in an Evil Dead parody called Ebil Dread.
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