Scraps fortnightly update #3: Working on a map

This week has been a little disrupted and the next two weeks are going to be worse, because I’m moving house. However:

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Dust Bowl

Dust Bowl is a multiplayer map I’m working on, and I’m pleased to note that it’s not just random lumpy hills scattered around like current the Test Map! It’s a large sandy crater with repair pads around the perimeter.

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It’s around 1km per side, which is pretty significant. Looking across the crater, a vehicle on the other side can be hard to spot, and not just because of the dust.

Repair pads send up a beam of light, and allow you to call for evacuation to the build screen where you can repair and rebuild.

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The pillars of light also make repair pads easier to find when hidden behind terrain. On this map, two repair pads have decent shelter from surrounding hills, but it’s a steep climb to get there. The other two pad are more easily accessible, but more open to enemy fire. As always, things may changed based on future play testing.

That’s all for now!

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12 Comments

  1. Posted March 8, 2014 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Wow! nice work! Is there going to be anywhere that i can buy the game on the website? as i didn’t get a chance to pledge on kickstarter :(

    Keep up the good work :)
    Coolfireking2

    • bill
      Posted March 9, 2014 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

      Hi, not yet. Once the alpha release is ready, then you’ll be able to purchase again.

  2. Edward
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    Cool, but one small question, will we have at least a small target(AI Vehicle) to kill in singe-player? Because for now my internet connection is half-dead for the next two months.

    • bill
      Posted March 9, 2014 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

      You will be able to play against AI players in single player eventually, although multiplayer support will come first. In won’t be ready in the next couple of months anyway though – there’s still a few months of work to do before that release.

  3. Stryker
    Posted March 9, 2014 at 12:47 am | Permalink

    Wow, this game looks amazing and the Demo is astonishing, i’l be following you ;)
    Btw, i have a question, will the game be buyable through PaySafe card, or will it be on Steam GreenLight? :D

    • bill
      Posted March 9, 2014 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

      It’s been Greenlit already, so it’ll at least be purchasable through Steam if that works for you.

  4. Tom
    Posted March 10, 2014 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    This looks very promising dude! I’ve been playing the demo for a long time and I really can’t wait for this game to come out. Definitely going to buy this on Steam when it comes out :)

  5. CaseyJay
    Posted March 10, 2014 at 2:34 am | Permalink

    Looks awesome, although looks like it needs some kind of landmark(s)

    Will this map be available for the builder demo or will we need to wait for the first alpha release?

    • bill
      Posted March 10, 2014 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

      Alpha release – builder demo will remain just the test map, although the test map will get some improvements of its own.

  6. Posted March 11, 2014 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    I like the game verry much i will folow u :)

  7. Eric
    Posted March 11, 2014 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    This is awesome! I love seeing amazing progress in games that are starting out. Maybe, since it’s a crater, there could be a powerup or something at the bottom of the crater site that signifies that a meteor hit. It could be a simple powerup that could take a long time to respawn, like extra scrap, a repair kit, or something that lowers the vehicles mass so that it’s way faster, but easier to knock over.
    keep up the good work!

    • bill
      Posted March 11, 2014 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

      It may need something in the middle even just to encourage people to congregate there. Will be interesting to see how it plays once I can do real play testing. Some changes will probably be necessary.

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