|Posted by DarkRider on May 25, 2010 at 3:47 PM|
Hail and Fair Greetings My Friends!
Just thought I'd pop in to post a short blurb and keep the progress fairly fresh here on the Dimension! I've been making great strides since announcing my goal to have RST Beta ready by June 16th. On that same day Ladyflcn and I will be going to the doctor's office to find out if we are having a he-baby or a she-baby so it will be a big day for all of us!
I have 6 testers slotted to take on RST's BETA testing, lead by Alpha tester Lilith who knows the ins and outs of RST pretty well by now. Lilith will be joining us as a contributor to the RST wiki to help us finish the walkthrough before RST's release. She's been a big help. Windmill Tilter, the Lead modeler on RST, has been working hard to finish the last models, though several will not appear in the beta, they will be replaced with the final models before release. WhoGuru has gone on hiatus with internet issues, I hope she will rejoin us soon as her work on the final dungeon is vital to RST's completion and I just miss having her around as my constant development soundboard.
Just Me and some of my pals hanging out in Sancre Tor
So where is RST now?
I've finished half of the sidequests which should all provide some fun on the side as intended. Most of the sidequests are accessible from the minute you load RST, so you don't have to begin the RST main quest to start them, but you can easily finish the RST main quest first and leave your sidequest fun for later if you like. There are a couple sidequests that are more like mini games and they are not accessible until after you finish the RST Main Quest. I am halfway through Chapter 4 now, I have 3 boss battles to script and a few scenes of dialogue to input, but should be nothing too taxing. I think the June 16th deadline is doable.
That said, this also seems to be the time to start amputating limbs off the poor thing. There are a number of features or goodies I had intended to add to RST that are getting cut from the release to manage things in a realistic time frame. I promise you will still be getting a hell of an expansion when you download RST, it just won't have some little detail things I had wanted to include. I may revisit some of these things in future updates of the mod but they have to be cut for release. I used to think somewhat critically about the way Bethesda dropped some stuff in Oblivion without fleshing it out entirely, but now I totally understand. You have a deadline to meet and you find yourself asking "Is this necessary to the integrity of the finished project?" if the answer is no, it goes in the bin and that's just the way it is. There are lots of things I would love to just piddle around with until the end of time, but that would be a disservice to those who are waiting to play RST for themselves. As long as the integrity of my vision is served then I'm satisfied, details be damned.
I will update the threads and again here as promised on June 16th.
Cheers and Happy Modding!