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NEO Scavenger
New Beta and Demo Builds: Encounters, Monsters, and Combat Tweak
April 4, 2013 - Daniel@BlueBottleGames

I've just finished uploading new beta build 0.967b and demo build 0.967d. The updates include new monsters, combat retreat changes, and several bug fixes. The beta also includes new encounter content.

Check out the new demo and beta at http://bluebottlegames.com!

Updates to Both Beta and Demo

Both the beta and demo have the following updates:

  • Added enfield horror creature to game.
  • Added melonhead creature to game.
  • Changed battle retreat/fall back maneuvers to increase range from all opponents, not just current target.
  • Changed athletic "sprint away" battle move to move 3-4 spaces, instead of 2-3.
  • Fixed a bug that allowed player to take items from store even if they couldn't afford them, using item swapping.
  • Fixed a bug that caused wounds and bandages to become aligned/zoomed incorrectly when changing resolutions.
  • Fixed a bug that caused crafting UI arrows to look wrong after changing resolution.
  • Fixed 2400x1350 button text on title screen (was showing "1600x900").
  • Fixed a bug in context->empty which caused removed item to retain old slot info.
  • Removed unnecessary images, reducing file size.

The new monsters were hinted at last week, and each have some unique tactics and properties. Both are encountered in the wild, so beware some new faces in the neighborhood :)

The biggest change here is the combat retreat/fall back moves. Previously, running from a group of enemies involved running from the current target, switching targets, running from the new target, switching back, etc. Usually, resulting in failure and frustration.

Now, retreat works against all opponents simultaneously (like Athletic's "sprint away from the fray" used to). This way, retreating from a group in battle should be challenging, but far from impossible.

Exclusive Beta Updates

The beta has the following additional updates:

  • Added new "Allegan" encounter.
  • Added two new unique items to game.
  • Changed trio of major encounters to each happen in all games, instead of only one per game.
  • Changed trio of major encounters to be revisitable.
  • Changed some encounters so player action required to continue, instead of continuing by default.

"Allegan" is the newest major encounter to be added to the game. Three other major encounters have been upgraded from occasional status to always available, so each game can now see all three. And changes have been made such that those locations persist after the initial encounters, to help lend an air of permanence to the map.

Some of this new content is a bit experimental, so let me know if it breaks or seems to misbehave. Especially the new monsters and retreat behavior.

Hope everyone enjoys the new content!

7 Comments
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BosDragon Apr 7, 2013 @ 6:04am 
This game is definitely worth following. I love the concept, I really really hope it gets released on Steam. Thumbs up!
Petatron Apr 4, 2013 @ 11:49pm 
I hope to see neoscavenger published on steam.
Daniel@BlueBottleGames Apr 4, 2013 @ 5:25pm 
Thanks, guys! Greenlight progress is somewhat slow right now. NEO Scavenger's rank is at #57 (of 1177), but slowly creeps down about 1 slot each week or two. That's pretty normal, though. There isn't a big marketing push right now, so there aren't many new people voting.

Once NEO Scavenger has a few more improvements, I'll feel better about actively advertising it some more. That should hopefully rekindle the voting!
Kiwindrugs Apr 4, 2013 @ 5:19pm 
even that buggy kenshi got on steam
Kiwindrugs Apr 4, 2013 @ 5:18pm 
so hows the GreenLight progres?
Sir Tarti Apr 4, 2013 @ 2:22pm 
Tip of the hat, all my support goes to you.
General Chaøs™ Apr 4, 2013 @ 12:33pm 
Very nice,this game is getting bigger and bigger.