The Citadel

One of the weaknesses of Scattered Evil has been its reliance on old third party maps for most of its dungeon locations. The goal is to replace them with all-new architecture, designed with Vavoom’s 3D capabilities in mind.

My current focus is on Hedyntin Citadel. Below a few screenshots that don’t really do the place right. I’ll post a short video towards the weekend, showing off live how you manipulate gears and pulleys to raise the portcullis or smash through some bars with such force that they bend and break.

SE Progress Update

While Firebrand is looking into the reported bugs, I’ve spent some time on the dungeon maps in the Eastern desert hub. Depending on when 1.3 comes out, it’ll include replacements for some or all of the current maps in that corner of the world. And yes, you can get inside the Sphinx – those eye slits are actually windows.

Scattered Evil 1.2 released

Scattered Evil 1.2 is now available on SourceForge and ModDB.

New features and bugfixes:

  • Visual changes:
    • Further tweaks to the updated OpenGL rendering engine, improving visual quality of transparent or partially transparent textures.
    • NPC AI optimizations to increase frame rates in areas with lots of NPCs.
    • Monsters and NPCs now have body types: regular, tall and gaunt, short and stocky. In combination with our pre-existing sprite height randomization technology, you should rarely meet a friend or foe that looks exactly the same as someone else next to him/her.
  • Audio changes:
    • Replaced the previous sound engine with OpenAL.
    • Replaced MIDI music with MP3. This also allowed us to mix sound scenery right into the music track, from the chirping of crickets in the night and the waves breaking on the seashore to the creepy sounds of a dark cave or the ambience of a busy inn.
    • Dozens of new music tracks added. Now every single map has its own dedicated music.
  • Miscellaneous changes:
    • All class trainers now have their own custom portrait.
    • Bugfixes and some difficulty tuning in a number of dungeon maps.
    • Slight architectural changes to The Frozen Court and Gonos Warehouse (it now includes the areas that were previously part of Gonos Hideout).
    • Notable architectural changes in the three largest cities (Thystes, Ocadia, Sichabroner).
    • Further improvements to some models as well as corrections to the placement of many wall-mounted models.

Scattered Evil 1.1 released

Scattered Evil 1.1 is now available on SourceForge and ModDB.

New features and bugfixes:

  • Engine updates:
    • Major changes to the OpenGL rendering engine. In general, it should improve performance and add new features, but might have introduced new issues. Feel free to submit a report using our Bug Tracker.
    • Scattered Evil now requires Windows 7 or later and a CPU that supports the SSE2 instruction set (32-bit or 64-bit OS both work fine).
  • Bugfixes:
    • Fix for the vast majority of reported crashes in the 1.0 release.
    • The Frozen Court is now bug free. What’s more, all traps are now fully functional.
    • The Chuxen hub is now fully accessible without flying.
    • Corrected the offsets for several weapons (most notably the cleric’s Morning Star).
  • Monster improvements:
    • Significant improvements to Death Wyvern AI.
    • New look for Lava Dwellers.
    • Magma Serpents, Flame Centaurs, Afrit Leaders and Afrit Martyrs are now visibly different from their brethren.
  • Gameplay improvements:
    • New fighter trainer in Thystes Fortress (second floor of the great hall).
    • New quest in Ocadia (upstairs in the newly open mage tower) for obtaining the ultimate offensive spell for cleric and mage in a different location that has no puzzles but a tough fight instead.
    • Mastering all the puzzles of Chuxen now rewards a large number of player levels for all classes.
    • Added further treasure to some of the tougher dungeons to make them more worthwile.
  • Miscellaneous improvements:
    • Menu sounds are back in.
    • Moving between journal pages now always has an accompanying sound.
    • New distinct sound to alert the player to the fact that he just leveled up.
    • Silver and gold bars are now 3D models and can be stacked, so keep an eye out for Jenga-style treasure collections.
    • Several models have been improved and some models newly have animated flames.