Still alive and kicking! I've been working on the campaign (SC2Saver included) on my own for a while now, but I haven't posted updates because I didn't think anyone would still be interested after all this time.
Part of the reason I've been so busy is that I've started college, but it's nice to know that people still care about this.
Added conversations! These are meant to facilitate the story with tidbits of lore and background information for those who like that kind of stuff. Minor thing, I know, but a lot's been going on dependency-wise.
I'm also going to be investing some time in learning how to make data wizards and post them for public use. If you haven't already checked out the community project proposal thread, I would highly encourage you do so here. However, now that summer's come back around, I should have more time to work on more things at a time. :)
I'm not dead guys! It's just this time of year is always quite busy.
I feel bad for not having a screenshot, but I've been working on laying the groundwork for the campaign lately (trigger libraries, data edits, etc., stuff you don't see in-game) so that workflow will be a lot smoother when developing maps in the future.
Finished the next cinematic! It's a lot shorter (just over 4 minutes). I personally like it a lot more than the opening cinematic, as it has better action scenes (and at this point you're already going to be spending the first 16 minutes of the campaign just watching cinematics!).
Got the cast off! No fractures, so only about 4 weeks.
Gameplay from tbriggs01:
This map is still a ways from completion, I just got a block done (first landing zone and objective setup) and felt it could make a nice gameplay screenshot. This is, as you can tell, the night version of the map, where you get Thorne as your secondary hero.
Al'toris is the first Protoss character I ever created. He is still my favorite. Fun fact: he originally was set to fill the role that is now Vhar'zhan's.
Some background: Al'toris is the general of the army of the Kryordara Protoss. He was a former member of the formidable Akilae Tribe before the foundation of the Kryordara by himself and Grand Executor Kharazus in the years following the Aeon of Strife. Though a potent psionic master, achieving his proficiency in the Khala through the vigorous training of the High Templar, he prefers the honor of melee combat as learned by Zealots, and his development of Psi Blade technique is studied by all templar of the Kryordara. Having seen himself the brutality and carnage of the Aeon of Strife, he fully embraces the Khala in all respects, ardently spreading the teachings of Khas as the way to achieve supreme unity and avoid the mistakes that lead to the great Protoss civil war. He is the current mentor of the young templar Vhar'zhan.
With great effort that involved an extreme palm muscle workout (why did the cast have to go all the way up to my hand?), I managed to change Vhar'zhan's model a bit. The armor seemed a little heavy to me, considering his role as a student.
Hey guys! Unfortunately I dislocated my elbow and my whole arm is in a splint, so I won't be able to use a computer effectively for a while. If I can, I'll try to post screenshots of older stuff I've worked on, but otherwise it's going to be a bit before the next update.
Progress is being made... prepare for a wall of text.
(It's a minimap preview... time to test the spoiler function!)
It's my first installation mission. I think I might have adhered to the diagonal rule a little too zealously within the installation portions...
Regarding my intentions for the scope of the campaign and the road ahead: I'm planning on ending up with a roughly 20-mission campaign which, at my current rate of progress, will not be finished anytime soon. Thus, as many mapmakers out there are doing, I'll probably follow through with a "mission pack" system for this campaign. The first pack will include the mission launcher map (Launcher), four missions (tcollins01, tcollins02, tbriggs01, collins03), one storymode map (agria), and at least three standalone cinematic maps (cinematic01, cinematic02, cinematic03). I have no plans so far for the rest of the maps after that; I'm banking on feedback from the first mission pack to help guide me forward from there.
The first mission pack is supposed to act as the first three missions in the WoL campaign did: introduce the characters, set the plot, and get a basic grasp on the mechanics and style of the campaign. The first map, tcollins01, is just a short "get to the end of the map" kind of mission, much like Liberation Day from the WoL campaign. At this point you can continue to tcollins02, a basic macro map, or you can do tbriggs01 (pictured), an installation map with a different mechanic. Upon completion of those two maps, you proceed to to tcollins03, which I plan to be a macro/holdout hybrid.
A little background on this map (tbriggs01): This is where I'm beginning to diverge a bit from the WoL-style model I'm following for the first mission pack. In addition to having the choice of the order to do this mission in, the main mission mechanic is slightly more complex, you get two heroes, and the bonus objectives provide you with rewards that carry over to future missions. The map state and mechanics also change depending on when you do this mission; for instance, if you play it right after tcollins01, the outside lighting is still sunset (as it is in tcollins01) and one of your heroes is Briggs, whereas if you play it after tcollins02, the outside lighting will be nighttime (as it is in tcollins02) and your secondary hero is Thorne.
There will be around 20 missions total
The first mission pack will include the mod file, launcher map, 4 mission maps, 1 storymode map, and at least 3 cinematic maps
The campaign is non-linear
Bank data is used
Look at the pretty picture (if you don't care about spoilers so much)
Thanks! The Splintershock Missiles actually took the least time to figure out/make. The Stinger Turrets took forever since there were 20 of them, each with around 10+ Actors, Effects, Behaviors, etc. associated with them. The Starstrafe Fighters were almost as tedious, and there are only 8 of them!
I'm probably not going to do something as tedious as this in the near future...