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  1. @Springheel

    I'd like to ask: Could the Fire elemental article at the wiki be unlocked ? It's very out of date at this point, we've had a working FE in the core game for a while now, and it has appeared in some of the missions. I'd like to update the info and a more crisp screenshot of the elemental that I've already prepared.

    Also, could we have the main Universe article and The Empire article briefly unlocked, just so I could add a Category:Universe tag to those ? They are currently entirely unclassified on the wiki and it's a pain always needing to look them up separately (and not very good navigation for new players searching for info on the wiki).

    Also, was the Builder Characters article vandalised that it's also off-limits ? Some of the other character articles (for thieves, noblemen, etc.) have been expanded over time with new entries, as the number of missions (and their contributions to the "lore") has grown, but that article seems stuck in the Tears of St. Lucia era of the project. After 10 years, I think the less set-in-stone universe articles should be slightly more open to occassional updating.

    Thank you for considering this ! I appreciate any help I can get while trying to update minor but useful stuff on the wiki. Lately, I've expanded some of the more stub-like, previously unfinished articles on gameplay concepts (especially tools and weaponry) in places where they were still lacking. It might seem the wiki has loads of interesting and detailed stuff, and though that's true, some articles really need more regular updating. 

  2. Encouraging news: I have finished the rough structure of my first FM. It's a single-building style mission, a small mission, but hopefully it'll prove interesting. Now comes the hard work of sprucing up and furnishing the interiors of the thing, finalising the texture work, populating the FM and all that good stuff concerning patrol routes, loot placement, environmental effects, and the like. It's been good fun so far, though I'm well aware there's still a lot of effort ahead of me. For those interested, this historical structure provided the initial inspiration for the FM's setting: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kõpu_Lighthouse

  3. I bought the mic today, it should arrive tomorrow. I actually forgot about your request, but if I manage to get the mic working with good recording quality, I'll try to record those lines. ?

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    2. Petike the Taffer

      Petike the Taffer

      Excellent. On a sidenote: Should I choose a particular accent for the captain ? I wanted to give him this pseudo-Scottish accent, but if you don't need one, that's fine. ?

    3. ERH+

      ERH+

      Sorry for the delay, I had a busy week in work and had no strength to focus on writing. I hope I will make few texts unrelated to the most questionable parts this week.

      I'm focusing more on coherent narrative and believable transitions between plot points, than on accent. I don't have a calm moment to think about it all in big picture, but I have progress lately.

      :)

    4. Petike the Taffer

      Petike the Taffer

      Okay. Tell me when you'll need the recordings and send me the lines once you're satisfied with them. I'll be testing my mic until then and practicing. Want to be sure it doesn't need too much fine tuning.

  4. Nemal si ty niekedy včera meniny ? :) Tak, všetko najlepšie.

    1. Tarhiel

      Tarhiel

      Ahoj Petike, mal, ďakujem! :)

  5. Peaceful Easter holidays to everyone. I'll try to organise some sort of a work group for us "messing around with the GUI and .lang files" types. ? Grayman thinks it's a good idea, so I might give it a shot. At least putting a group together for now, that would be a good start.

  6. Shadow Creepr of TTLG.com has provided samples for what might become our female player voice set:

    Emphasis on might, as this is still in development. 

  7. The Wiki is currently uneditable, at least for me. See the attached image. I came back yesterday from a visit, turned on the computer, went to the wiki, and I was logged off. I thought "OK, my login simply ran out, it is not indefinite". So I logged in, as usual. However, since then, I have been unable to edit any article on the wiki. Any. Article, discussion, category, no edits can be saved and I always receive this database error. Is this a cache clearing issue, or is this yet another hiccup on part of the official servers ?

    TDM wiki every edit becomes an error.png

    1. Petike the Taffer

      Petike the Taffer

      Please, could someone take a good look at this ?

  8. To any core team members and senior devs: If you're willing to provide voice acting supervision/QC for the following audio project for the core game, please let me know. We need a supervisor from among the core team, preferably one who's worked with audio and contributing voice actors before, to get this project properly completed. Any sustained help with providing quality control minded feedback to the VA (not just technical things, but performance feedback) is deeply appreciated. It's been a while since the core game received any new VA, and this is one particular old gap that could be filled with a completed side-project like this one.

     

  9. To anyone willing to help with a minor but useful voice acting/vocal set-related project: I'd like to upload a 3,5 MB zip to a cloud, but I don't have a dropbox account (and mediafire has become weirdly unreliable for zip downloads). Would anyone be willing to share their storage space for a few weeks ? The zip file contains the player character voice files (grunts, etc.) and I'd like to share the link with VAs I've asked for help with completing the female version of the player character voice files. Just so they could have a point of comparison with the existing voice files, to have a clear idea of what we're aiming for with the female version of that vocal set. Thank you for any help with this, it's a minor thing, but would be incredibly helpful ! Cheers...

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    2. Petike the Taffer

      Petike the Taffer

      Thank you. ? Open your darkmod folder, find the pk4 file "tdm_sound_vocals01". Make a copy of it into some other folder elsewhere. Rewrite the format manually, from .pk4 to .zip.  If that doesn't work, use the converter I provide in the attachment (just put it in the same folder as the copied .pk4 and click it). Once you have that vocals .pk4 copy converted to .zip format, you can upload the zip to your dropbox. Like I said, it's only some 3,5 MB, in both .pk4 and .zip format. Then send me the dropbox link, so I can share it with the VAs. Thanks a ton !

       

      PK4-ZIP.bat

    3. Tarhiel
    4. Petike the Taffer

      Petike the Taffer

      It seems to be working well. Thank you for your help. :)

  10. Welcome, SC. ? Hope you'll have a good time here. Thank you for all the contributions and willingness to help out.

  11. Why have I been so quiet for the last several months ? I am slowly developing my series of missions again. I will prefer the individual release model, I might release at least one mission before the year is out. A smaller affair, but with some added verticality.

  12. With my workload finally decreasing and having to stay at home far longer than I planned for this spring, I think I'll try to find more time for TDM as well. For the time being, I want to work on those audio projects.

    1. Anderson

      Anderson

      Stay safe!

    2. Petike the Taffer

      Petike the Taffer

      I've been safe and stayed safe. :) Enjoying the summer and working on some TDM stuff occassionally. I'll become more livelier here on the forums in the autumn/fall. :)

    3. Anderson

      Anderson

      Thank you and good luck!

  13. Wow, so many "likes" in just a few days. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. :)

  14. A full Slovak translation (as full as possible right now) for 2.06 is nearly finished. The monastery mission is still being worked on, and I will also make and release a smaller FM before it, for both level building practice and storytelling reasons.

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    2. Petike the Taffer

      Petike the Taffer

      Thank you all. @Tarhiel I'll send you a PM.

    3. Tarhiel
    4. Petike the Taffer

      Petike the Taffer

      Scratch that (partly). It seems the two official missions will probably have to remain without an l10n pack for the foreseeable future. Pity, but it's not something I can directly influence. :-( However, I plan to do l10n for other missions, with their authors' permissions.

  15. A rough list of FMs I've completed so far: Exhumed, Lockdown, The Tears of St. Lucia, Lockner Manor, Living Expenses, Mad's Mountain, Rightful Property, The Parcel, Flakebridge Monastery, Rake-off, Too Late, Thief's Den, Chalice of Kings, Siege Shop, Pandora's Box, The Outpost, Trapped !, Thieves, and all of Sotha's FMs exluding The Lich Queen's Demise. I've played a lot of other missions, but regrettably, haven't finished most of them yet.

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    2. Petike the Taffer

      Petike the Taffer

      Ha ! :-)) Fret not, milady, I plan to play some of the larger FMs you've made too. :-)

    3. RPGista

      RPGista

      Give Winter Harvest a try.

    4. Petike the Taffer
  16. Ambients database completed. I'll continue to work on the other not yet finished databases and vocal script overviews. We already have a lot more non-tutorial documentation archived than just half a year ago.

    1. RPGista

      RPGista

      Thats amazing work, man.

    2. Petike the Taffer

      Petike the Taffer

      Thank you. Is the playability of the audio samples straightforward enough ?

  17. An awful, shameful political crisis in my country. Things have come to a head. However, I hope all these massive revelations will provoke change. The people finally seem encouraged to make a difference. Hopefully, they will. Whenever I won't be foaming at the mouth over the whole sorry situation, I'll keep working on my TDM projects.

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    2. Anderson

      Anderson

      Slovakia, investigative journalist killed with his girlfriend for inquiring into political corruption.

    3. Melan

      Melan

      And apparently by the Calabrian Ndrangheta itself?

    4. Petike the Taffer

      Petike the Taffer

      Melan: Yeah, it's become abundantly clear that the whole government has some mafia ties. Appaling stuff. All the more that they're refusing to leave and allow for early elections ! Ridiculous.

  18. As it's spring, it's only fitting I'd do some spring cleaning at our YT channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd-Aq3Jm6gzYbNiC7TVz2qA Hopefully you'll find the refurbishment worth it. I think the place does look much more like an official community channel now.

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    2. Petike the Taffer

      Petike the Taffer

      Thank you all. It was a hectic Saturday evening, but the result is well worth it.

    3. SpirescuAndrei

      SpirescuAndrei

      Great work. Love it!

    4. grayman

      grayman

      Thanks, Petike! Looks great.

  19. Getting back to my lighthouse mission. Wish me luck.

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    2. peter_spy

      peter_spy

      Simple patrols and loot objectives will be fine :)

    3. Tarhiel

      Tarhiel

      Hope to see it done and in a state you would like :)

    4. Petike the Taffer

      Petike the Taffer

      Dragofer has offered some help with the stairs.

  20. I currently don't have Internet at home and I'm rather busy, but I'll be back soon. Wishing you guys and gals all the best and I hope you're having a nice summer. :-) Wait for me, I won't be long.

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    2. Anderson

      Anderson

      Best wishes. Eyes need rest.

    3. Tarhiel

      Tarhiel

      Enjoy and have a good relax.

       

      I will also spent more time outside now :)

    4. Petike the Taffer

      Petike the Taffer

      I haven't even begun this year's vacation, haha. Too much unfinished work. :-) But now I'm back and as soon as the site completes its necessary maintenance, I'll be visiting a lot more often once again.

  21. I finally have a concrete idea for my debut mission. Builder monasteries and fish ponds are involved as the backdrop. (Also, my planned protagonist gets introduced, as well as a new TDM-verse town.) Now to iron out the objectives developments and the plot twists to the basic storyline...

    1. Sotha

      Sotha

      Excellent! My advice for new mission authors is always the same: start with a small mission.

    2. Petike the Taffer

      Petike the Taffer

      Sorry for such a late reply, but yeah, I intend the first mission to be fairly small. A single building complex of monastic Builders, with two or three smaller outdoor areas (a cloister, a herb garden, a larger garden with fish ponds). Nothing bigger. Now that I've gained some experience in DR and I'm gaining editing confidence, I feel more comfortable posting this, as I'll start work on the FM soon. :-)

  22. I'd like to make an Ambients database that lists all the ambient assets currently available in TDM, for mapping purposes. I would like to ask whether it would be all right to use some public sound storage and playback site (e.g. SoundCloud, maybe ?) to upload short samples of these ambients ? As previews for the database overview. Feedback on this idea needed !

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    2. Petike the Taffer

      Petike the Taffer

      I do have some info on the customs assets already offered here on the site and recommended external sites, but those are wholly separate articles, established almost a year ago.

    3. Petike the Taffer

      Petike the Taffer

      Here's the repository of addon audio assets (sounds, ambients, etc.): http://wiki.thedarkmod.com/index.php?title=Sound_addons_repository Only stuff that is not in the base game, for the sake of interested mappers.

    4. Petike the Taffer

      Petike the Taffer

      http://wiki.thedarkmod.com/index.php?title=Ambient_Database Here's the current version of the database. No sound samples yet, that needs to be negotiated and thought about first. If there have been any additions to the ambient .pk4s in 2.06 and 2.07, feel free to expand the DB.
  23. I'm pleased to announce that the remade GUI translation (updated for the current version) I've been working on is completed. Still testing it, but it seems to be as fine as before. I'll be moving on to porting the translation of the two base missions into the game files soon.

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    2. Bikerdude
    3. SteveL

      SteveL

      Good going! (and gratz and kudos on completing it)

    4. Petike the Taffer

      Petike the Taffer

      Yeah, but I'll only be sending the whole translation for evaluation once I'm 100 % sure I've finished everything from the base game. If that turns out a success, I might move on to translating some of the other missions.

  24. I've been working on creating transcripts for the vocal sets we currently have. A few finished ones will be posted to the wiki, soon. Keep patient.

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    2. Springheel

      Springheel

      There are places where I reused lines (or parts of them) in multiple places, but the scripts are all complete. I'll track them down.

    3. Bikerdude

      Bikerdude

      Having this on the wiki maybe a good step forward.

    4. RPGista

      RPGista

      Yeah, definitely good for those needing to set up conversations by using existing vocals. Cool

  25. Just in case anyone's interested, that Garrett illustration in my profile picture was made a few years ago by Dominuzzz.

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