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Away 0: Stolen Heart by Geep & _Atti_ (2021/11/12)


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Also, if you need a rope arrow -

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Most are provided in the starting inventory or the lower town. Once you're on the Four Flags campus, there's only 1 more to be had, in a footlocker in the upper floor guards HQ.

 

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Finally got it, thanks! I think when I played it two years ago I must have given up halfway. Must say this was very fun overall: Mapping and a few other things could have used improvements, but the story and dynamic was very nice.

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Fun fact: After the cutscene when Bleda comes barging in, I figured he deserves an arrow between the eyes right through his captain helmet. Initially I was expecting some secret for killing him but nothing happened other than Emily fleeing. Even more weird is the final cutscene at the end suggests he's come back after her: Funny, I was sure one arrow straight into his forehead with blood and everything would have been enough to keep him dead... at least he should have some serious brain damage in my version of reality in part two :D

I take it the cutscenes are pre-recorded video? Didn't realize you can play those mid-FM, interesting in case I ever need to! For some reason though the video lagged a lot... wonder if we should open an investigation in another thread for any such bug.

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I'm glad you enjoyed it. About the ending...

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Fun fact: After the cutscene when Bleda comes barging in, I figured he deserves an arrow between the eyes right through his captain helmet. Initially I was expecting some secret for killing him but nothing happened other than Emily fleeing. Even more weird is the final cutscene at the end suggests he's come back after her: Funny, I was sure one arrow straight into his forehead with blood and everything would have been enough to keep him dead... at least he should have some serious brain damage in my version of reality in part two

I tried to accommodate that scenario by saying it's actually "Bleda's men" that are after her, so you could imagine, in your case, that they were seeking revenge for the killing of their leader.

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I take it the cutscenes are pre-recorded video? Didn't realize you can play those mid-FM, interesting in case I ever need to! For some reason though the video lagged a lot... wonder if we should open an investigation in another thread for any such bug.

The cutscenes were pre-recorded. I guess I pioneered their appearance in mid-game. If by "lagged a lot" you mean choppy, that's because my rig was underpowered hardware-wise to do a good job of playing the scene while recording it. So lots of dropped frames. If I had it to do over again, I'd invest upfront in a better desktop and/or external video capture box. But too tedious to do over now. Cutscene prep in general takes a large time commitment.

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Okay... I'll be honest...
I did not expect that cutscene.

I was slightly frustrated by this mission/map, due to skill issue =P but that touch of

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smut

felt like a reward.

I do have a question - what are those golden things actually? Like the one near the clothes iron above girl's room looked like a press or a stamp. That's a big stamp =D

 

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41 minutes ago, Rio_Walker said:

I do have a question - what are those golden things actually? Like the one near the clothes iron above girl's room looked like a press or a stamp. That's a big stamp =D

They are a riff on historic mushroom-style "linen smoothers", as this article sketches:

http://www.oldandinteresting.com/antique-irons-smoothers-mangles.aspx

The gold color hints at heavy brass.

Bonus in the NSFW difficulty setting: One is also seen outside a laundry setting, for its *snort* suggestive shape.

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5 minutes ago, Geep said:

Bonus in the NSFW difficulty setting: One is also seen outside a laundry setting, for its *snort* suggestive shape.

Yeah... I've... seen it. XD Should've been laying in a... puddle or a stain. Nice touch with cuffs and rope.

Also... maybe (if you'll be updating it someday) you should add a plank leading from the roof to the attic during the escape sequence, because I saw Emily just hover into it but fell down and missed the moment Emily respawned with clothes on. =D

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8 minutes ago, Rio_Walker said:

Also... maybe (if you'll be updating it someday) you should add a plank leading from the roof to the attic during the escape sequence, because I saw Emily just hover into it but fell down and missed the moment Emily respawned with clothes on. =D

That "fall" delay was by design. Because there is no animation available to show her actually re-dressing from the trunk of clothing, so instead I wanted you to have to imagine it. Rather than actually catching up with her and seeing the instant body swap.

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4 minutes ago, Geep said:

That "fall" delay was by design. Because there is no animation available to show her actually re-dressing from the trunk of clothing, so instead I wanted you to have to imagine it. Rather than actually catching up with her and seeing the instant body swap.

You cheeky nandos. XD

Have you not considered using the screen? She walks behind it, there is a shadow of her lifting her arms, the light flickers - POOF - model swap, she steps out clothed.  Although, there had to be something preventing the player from walking behind the screen.

I liked how you handled her undressing to begin with.

What startled me earlier tho, along with creepy music while the Builder's priest sings in the background, is the dress mannequin... with human hands.

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7 minutes ago, Rio_Walker said:

Have you not considered using the screen? She walks behind it, there is a shadow of her lifting her arms, the light flickers - POOF - model swap, she steps out clothed.  Although, there had to be something preventing the player from walking behind the screen.

That would be another good method. The one I used was easier for me, given that I was also supporting a SFW difficulty level where she is already dressed before reaching the attic.

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I liked how you handled her undressing to begin with.

Thanks. No animation available for that either, so all done with cut-scene fakery and video editing.

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What startled me earlier tho, along with creepy music while the Builder's priest sings in the background, is the dress mannequin... with human hands.

Glad you enjoyed a bit of sparks with those. Although I can't take any credit for the idea of dress mannequins with human hands... you'll see them IRL at any mall. But the implementation in TDM... therein the magic:

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It's a regular AI, but largely immobilized in an invisible box. It stops squirming and freezes about 1/2 minute after the game starts. So its exact posture is slightly different each time. The head is given a custom offset, to bury it into the floor beneath the dress.

It's 11pm here, and I'm off. Thanks for chatting.

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1 minute ago, Geep said:

Although I can't take any credit for the idea of dress mannequins with human hands... you'll see them IRL at any mall.

Not with "real human hands" I don't. This isn't Condemned or Bioshock =D

I figured it was a model, but not "magic". I wonder if there is a mission with living statues?

2 minutes ago, Geep said:

It's 11pm here, and I'm off. Thanks for chatting.

Thank you for the mission... I'll start the next episode 😃

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