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[Pn^2] Dudler  [developer] Oct 28, 2012 @ 1:29pm
[Dev] Dark mode
So i made a little video from my sunday expermientation. Hope you guys like it even if the sound is crappy will make a better video next time with better sound!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxFvmwB6tF8&feature=youtu.be
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Lasion Oct 28, 2012 @ 1:49pm 
Nice work you guys!
This looks like a very good start and as I've said before it could be an optional thing, so that low end computers can uncheck this and still be able to enjoy the game.
As for the lighting, for me, it looks like a perfect screenshot at how it should be around 2:09 here. The tunnel is increasingly dark as it is deep, yet the main rooms with torches are lit up.

I wasn't able to catch if you're using several different versions of "darkmode" here or if it is the same all over, but at i.e. 1:11 -> 1:20, the space in front of the king seems awfully dark considering that there's a brazier right behind him and a torch on the wall, so the lightsources at that point seems a bit weak.

Really looking forward towards doing some beta-testing if you guys decide to release that to the public. :)

[Pn^2] Dudler  [developer] Oct 28, 2012 @ 2:04pm 
There are some diffrent version in this video where I played around with how much every light sorce had. i will do some more where there is more ambient. And also make a version with realtime shadow casting
Lurpsukka Oct 28, 2012 @ 2:15pm 
Awesome stuff, wondering if the darkness affects dwarves happiness in any way?
C2 Oct 28, 2012 @ 2:15pm 
Looks Good :D
retrox Oct 28, 2012 @ 2:33pm 
Very nice! This really gives the game a welcome dose of atmosphere. I especially like the little pools of light around the diggers. I'm also thinking I'd like to play without the question marks now too, I hadn't even considered the implications of that.

Super excited to try this out!
slayniac Oct 28, 2012 @ 2:41pm 
Very nice, good work! About those performance problems: Wouldn't be there a way to merge static meshes to reduce those draw call issues? Same goes for the (static) light sources, dynamically generated lightmaps might be worth looking into.
ProudPlatypus Oct 28, 2012 @ 2:43pm 
This is relevant to my interests. Do want :D
I thought the first part of the video was a bit too dark over all. I think I preferred how it looked at 1.21
[Pn^2] Dudler  [developer] Oct 28, 2012 @ 2:44pm 
They are instanced but still is a huge effort to render.
Squid Oct 28, 2012 @ 2:45pm 
loving this :)

also, removing the question marks just makes for a more rounded game in my opinion. traps are actually going to be usefull.
City Builder Oct 28, 2012 @ 2:47pm 
It's hard to tell if the dark is apropriate or not, Youtube has a tendency to darken already dark videos from my experiences with them so that makes it a bit tough to say that the level or dark that you are showing us is good, too dark or too light. I'd say that a level of darkness that still shows the outline of the blocks that have been dug out is okay since then we can still see the walls to put torches on to light them up.

Keep up the great work guys. You've gone above and beyond the call of duty. Hopefully it will make you mad crazy profits in one way or another.
CoLS Firestar Oct 28, 2012 @ 3:16pm 
Very cool :) I won't be using this though. Fried too many motherboards and vid cards x.x
xrogaan Oct 28, 2012 @ 4:44pm 
Can't they just add torches automaticly ? That's kinda a lot of micro management to light up everything.
deathisjustadoor Oct 28, 2012 @ 11:51pm 
Love it, this was one thing i noticed right off, no darkness. Making it optional will solve the problem of those with older computers, as they can just turn it off if it slows down the game. i'd also like to second the motion of having monsters spawn in unlit areas. Make it an option once darkness is selected, will give old mineshafts that arent lit up some danger, and make military and traps useful once all events have bee opened.
Julius Koksmash Oct 29, 2012 @ 12:43am 
Darkness looks great!
Walincas Oct 29, 2012 @ 6:27am 
omg this looks so freaking awesome, I cant wait :)
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