Here’s how castles are built in Crowfall

    
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Not the chess maneuver.

According to the old adage, a man’s home is his castle. But you know what’s really a castle? An actual castle. And you can have one in Crowfall, but the degree of customization for the actual keep has gone back and forth over time. The original plan for the game’s keep was to have a fixed structure in place wherein players could design around the structure without fundamentally altering it.

But once the large keep was designed for the Hunger Dome tests, it became clear that maybe something could be done to let players toy around with the structure. The result is a nine-minute behind-the-scenes video about the team investigating the possibility and seeing whether or not allowing more player freedom could be supported from a technical and design standpoint. It’s a look at the making of tools and structures, and it should be fascinating not just to Crowfall fans but to anyone who wants to see how features change over time.

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jonny_sage
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jonny_sage

But will players be able to use magic to make walls meaningless? A la Darkfall.

PizzaDoh
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PizzaDoh

Samizdat IamTaemys It’s a joke. I guarantee an engineer will be pitched the blue sky idea and then be able to tone it back to a reasonable thing.

PizzaDoh
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PizzaDoh

That video was painful watching all of them not understand each other and slowly come around to half understanding what one was saying or implying.

MrPoolaty
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MrPoolaty

Totally thought the video would be something else

Samizdat
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Samizdat

orionite Anatidae IamTaemys Well, a good way to be in the brainstorming process from an engineering perspective is: “I don’t say no, I just put price tags on things.”

orionite
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orionite

Anatidae IamTaemys Agreed in theory, but brainstorming should be unbridled. As long as it is clear that the outcomes are just ideas at that point that still need to face the reality check, it’s all good. The problem arises when you do this kind of stuff and then walk out to your customers and say: This is what we’ll do. And the engineers go: Wait, what?! 
I’ve been there :/

Anatidae
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Anatidae

IamTaemys As a lead of an Engineering team, I feel sorry for their follow up meeting.

Guys, invite your lead engineer to brainstorming sessions so you don’t go too off the reservation :)  Coders want to build awesome stuff too – but they can offer reality in the time costs of the scope creep.

Samizdat
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Samizdat

IamTaemys As an engineer, that line made me shudder.

IamTaemys
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IamTaemys

“There’s no engineers in here, so let’s promise it.” 

Heheh, love it. It’s cool to see the creative process.