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Visit the ERC Age

Postby Robert The Rebuilder » Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:47 pm

Here's the latest version of the ERC Age, which you can explore by downloading the following ZIP file:

ERCAge_v7.zip

It contains three folders:
- dat: put these files in your URU's dat folder
- Python: put the PAK file in your URU's Python folder
- SDL: put the SDL file in your URU's SDL folder

Then add a book to your bookshelf (using ULM, UAM, or other means) and check it out for yourself.

[EDIT 9/6/09] Uploaded v1. Comments below are for v0.
[EDIT 9/13/09] Uploaded v2 - featuring Ametist's plants and lamps!
[EDIT 10/18/09] Uploaded v3 - "Stair to the Moon" bridge added by Jojon and plant signs added by Ametist!
[EDIT 11/8/09] Uploaded v4 - River fish, tornado lanterns, snapper plant and giant tree added by Corvus!
[EDIT 11/15/09] Uploaded v5 - Water sounds and a better-looking ocean, plus fixes for those experiencing issues
[EDIT 11/29/09] Uploaded v6 - Flowerbeds, giant tree sign and a Beijing-style toolshed added by Ametist!
[EDIT 3/29/11] Uploaded v7 - Railing fixes to the lift, and a new inhabitant added by Ametist!

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[NOTE: The comments below were from the original post, back when version 0 was posted. They are kept for historical purposes. For the latest info on this age, look at the latest post.]

I'd like some feedback on the age, to see how it compares with your collective visions of the place. Since there isn't much to look at currently, I'm just looking for your comments on the following features:
- Terrain size: too big? too small?
- Hills: too tall? too flat?
- Paths: does it go where it is supposed to?
- Lakes: Are they the right size and in the right place?
- Layout: does it match the map? Are the buildings in the right place?
- Colors: is this the right color scheme?

Here are the known issues for the age - so that you don't need to repeat them to me ;) :
  • Textures are just stand in. Feel free to provide substitutes!
  • NO WATER. Rivers and lakes are dry. No waterfalls, and no endless ocean.
  • No foliage, flora or fauna.
  • Buildings are just gray featureless blocks - placed to indicate the location and relative size.
  • No bridges.
  • Walking east or west beyond the rivers will cause you to fall through.
  • Hilly terrain on east/west boundaries needs a lot of work - not currently textured.
  • No sounds.

Hopefully, the next version will fix most of the above issues, plus whatever you all point out to me. In addition - if you have any artwork that you'd like to incorporate, post a link to it below, or place it in the ERC box.net account. I do plan on adding the two completed bridge models in the next release.
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Re: Visit the ERC Age

Postby Jojon » Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:07 pm

A-ha! I did wonder how your resuscitation of the age was going... :)
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Re: Visit the ERC Age

Postby Aikijitsu » Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:55 pm

Very retro/hippie colors. I should go check this age out.

Maybe this Friday I'll check it out.

when you say "share your vision" is this to all members or just certain people working on the project?
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Re: Visit the ERC Age

Postby Robert The Rebuilder » Tue Jun 30, 2009 1:19 pm

Regarding the colors: Jennifer_P laid out the scheme in this concept sketch, so I'm trying to stay faithful to that.

Regarding the shared vision: everyone is welcome to provide feedback. The feedback from the original ERC Team members could arguably have more weight - especially Jennifer's input. But ultimately I'll gladly listen to anyone who is still around and contributing - be they old or new to the project.

Note: I did send out a collective PM to them to bring this discussion to their attention.
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Re: Visit the ERC Age

Postby ddb174 » Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:34 pm

Shall I put this in UAM, or was this just something for developers?
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Re: Visit the ERC Age

Postby Robert The Rebuilder » Thu Jul 02, 2009 12:51 pm

Just developers at this stage - it's only a proof of concept.
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Re: Visit the ERC Age

Postby Barbossa » Mon Aug 17, 2009 7:18 pm

it looks very nice.. very emerald dream-esque, i like that a lot, i can't wait to see this fully completely, i like it so far.
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Re: Visit the ERC Age

Postby Robert The Rebuilder » Sun Sep 06, 2009 8:31 pm

I've released an update of this age. See link in original post above. Issues fixed:

- Scale is now 4 times what it was before, which feels right.
- No untextured items
- Water everywhere: lakes, rivers, waterfalls and an ocean
- Panic link for the cliff divers
- Area grows light and dark with the sun cycle

There's still some things I'd like to fix before sharing this via Drizzle/UAM:

- Needs sounds: footsteps, waterfalls, gurgling streams
- Needs swim areas
- Needs better texture for cliffs
- Ocean waveset needs improvement
- Needs explorer artwork: bridges, plants, etc.

In the meantime, here's a screenshot to enjoy:

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Re: Visit the ERC Age

Postby diafero » Sun Sep 06, 2009 11:17 pm

Looks great, though it is a bit too dark :)
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Re: Visit the ERC Age

Postby Robert The Rebuilder » Mon Sep 07, 2009 9:18 am

Wait an hour. :-) The day/night cycle is 2 hours.
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