Korax Arena official announcement and beta release!

We are happy to officially announce Korax Arena, our multiplayer project, also, to celebrate this great moment, we are releasing a new beta version for all of you, it’s version 0.9, we are so excited of what we’ve made here that we want to share it as it is now with you, some things aren’t complete yet, but the result is very interesting, but enough small talk, you might be asking: what’s new on this version? and we’ve got a simple answer for that, EVERYTHING :).

Here’s the main changes to it:

  • Greatly fixed the bots AI
  • Bots are spawned automatically now
  • Added new weapons and fixed behaviors for existing ones
  • Greatly balanced damage values and attacks for every class
  • When starting a new game, the menu should update options according to game mode and available maps for it
  • Added team castle sweep game play mode (total massacre)
  • Added Kill the Heresiarch game play mode (but it’s unfinished)
  • Football game play mode is still unfinished
  • Deathmatch, team DM and castle sweep are complete
  • Added scoreboards for every game play mode
  • Added secondary fire modes for flechette and discs of repulsion
  • Lots of improvements and bug fixes

There’s a bunch of new maps, artwork, music, etc. for you to enjoy, we hope to make this the best KA release ever. Since it’s a beta, it’ll be linked on our SourceForge.net project page, you can get it from here.

Post all your comments, suggestions and bug reports on our KA forums, the KA section on the site will be updated shortly with information on the gameplay modes and features behind it, so stay tuned for our next updates :).

[Archived Comments]

Coming soon? Huh… :)

Okay, people, trying to think of what can I write in these Development Blogs, I decided to state following. We are approaching Korax Arena public beta release. Hurray. Period.

Most recent additions that might be interesting to potential gamers. First of all RambOrc’s sweetest dream finally comes true – now player will have Alternate Attack option, by which he will be able to fire Discs of Repulsion and Flechettes. Flechettes have three modes of usage – Grenade, Bomb and Poison Cloud, – and every class have access to all three of them. Now everyone is free to spoil the air not only by yer breath, but by spawning toxic clouds as well. No objections from environmentalists are accepted.

Secondly, I have created Team Selection window on my own risk (since nobody else mentioned it should be there…). Now player may explicitly select what team he wants to join in any team game mode. Oh, excuse me, I mean he MUST explicitly select the team. No more freedom of implicit colour selection; totalitarism is back… Bla bla bla.

Lastly I wish to mention a new user-friendly option for automatic bot spawning at game start-up. No more hard-typing “addbot” in console, simply say “I want fifteen bots in the game! Now!” …and you get seven bots (just because it is maximum). Cool.

PS. Funny, I occasionally found out that Quick Save and Quick Load commands were still active in multiplayer… although they didn’t seem to work, I removed them without a sign of remorse.

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New horrible weapon for RPG Trilogy

I invented a new weapon for RPG Trilogy, most probably suitable for some boss creature. Weapon is a spell that summons number of spikes in front of caster and raises them. Each spike’s position and delay before spike raise are choosen randomly from a predefined range, and this makes weapon more effective and spectacular. But what is more important – is the fact that a spike, as you may remember from time playing original Hexen, does ultimate damage killing any creature instantly. Now imagine overall power of this weapon…

Here are some shots taken while testing this weapon (I used Cleric’s Firestorm slot for the test).

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Scoreboards Improved!!

This happened since saturday when I’ve got a mail from Crimson Wizard, it said that the new scoreboards were ready, frankly I didn’t imagined them like these, I’m surprised to watch the screenshots, Crimson Wizard has also implemented death messages for every weapon/monsters already included and we are already planning a totally new single player mode for KA like nothing you have already seen, we’ll give more details of what’s to come in the next days and maybe even a small overview at which gameplay modes KA will get on it’s first release, enjoy the screens!!

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Scoreboards!!

The hard work of Crimson Wizard has given us an advantage in a moment where I’m unable to work at full pace, I recently found a new job, and it’s taking most of my time for working on Korax Arena, fortunately Crimson Wizard came to save us, he has been working on implementing scoreboards, and has done a cool work doing it! I’m very impressed with his work and I think he will be a very good addition for our team, and just to prove I’m not wrong, I’ll post a few screens of the new socreboard in action, it might not be the final version, since we have planned some changes to it, but it’s a very good show of what’s to come for the final KA version, so prepare! The wait could be almost over, a new release might be soon than what we all expect, that’s it fow now, see you again soon!

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