Hi to all !
Pleased to meet you - I'm Saturday, a fan of Steampunk setting and a fellow fan of CRPG's, namely Arcanum and Fallout games.
I took the privilege to start a separate thread for this project of sorts.
Here I set up a separate blog http://projectarcanum.blogspot.com/
The idea behind it is to start working on a fanbase-driven sequel to the first Arcanum game.
And most important
- to do it in a sort of orderly way: to keep records of all the steps taken and notes and what-not so that (as it is pretty common with projects like this one) as previous participants tire or (as someone pointed out in the previous thread) gets a life/job/girlfriend etc and work on the project comes to a halt, it wouldn't die, but somebody else at a later date and time could pick up the pieces where they fell and continue without much fuss.
There - I put it into words. For starters we need cannon fodder - willing minds with fingers attatched to help with the draft for a sketch of a game.
The Engine question is still open. There's an open poll on the aforementioned blog
. I voted for Source. If you're for it or against it, say so and say why. There was a total conversion mod in the works called Hull Breach - it blew my mind away. It's a pity it got shelved - the progress and detail was - as I already said it - mindblowing.
To tell the truth I think we should start from the actual concept of the game - outline the story, work out the mechanics and get some conceptual art on the web for some eye-candy to lure the modding communities.
Now I've been thinking about the storyline for the game. In the other thread
it was discussed that we might make a prequel to Arcanum. Pick a legend and act it out.
The Age of Legends seems like an ideal setting - the Elven Cuncil, Dragons, the Molochean hand, Kree etc. There'd still be technology (that of Vendigroth and the dwarves), just not on the level of trains and planes.
My idea for the main storyline right now is that we'd pick one of the legends:
The PC would team up with a to-be-famous protagonist, but actually all the work and heroics would be acted out by the PC. He would be the hero/anti-hero. In the end the wimp-to-be-famous protagonist betrays the PC and claims the fame/infamy all to himself.
I read the back of a paperback book at a bookstore once. Was it Moorcock ? Can't remember. It was about a guy who traveled back in time and found a cripple and idiot who happened to be Jesus himself. Eventually the guy had to do all the acts the God's Son is famous for today - walk on water, turn water to wine, heal the blind etc. I guess my idea has it's roots in that afternoon I spent at the bookstore.