Ascension (Release, v 1.4) - by Big Memka and Shadowman

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Re: Ascension (Release, v 1.0) - by Big Memka and Shadowman

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A few graphical glitches and oddities I have noticed so far:
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Overall I am enjoying this immensely. The map for Sorona is very intricate, and the English is improved substantially from Inquisitor III while retaining its unique idiom. Magic also feels much more powerful than in the previous game- lightning seems to be more powerful than most weapons.
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Re: Ascension (Release, v 1.0) - by Big Memka and Shadowman

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The maps are awesome, but why language jumps from russian to english randomly? Also, I hope the magic combat will be a thing on it's own, so far it's pretty clumsy and not that fun to use imho.
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Re: Ascension (Release, v 1.0) - by Big Memka and Shadowman

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So far very impressed and having fun, but, now I am confuzzled and lost :<
How do I get into the necromancers guild in the sewers?
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HopefulLayeredCake wrote:So far very impressed and having fun, but, now I am confuzzled and lost :<
How do I get into the necromancers guild in the sewers?
You should get a quest to find jewelry from Claudius (mansion in front of the city). Then talk to the chief of the Sorona guard. He is in the yellow fortress in the city itself. Then you can get into the sewers. To do this go out of the city to the location with the Claudius mansion and open the first door on the right.
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Re: Ascension (Release, v 1.0) - by Big Memka and Shadowman

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BigMemka wrote:
HopefulLayeredCake wrote:So far very impressed and having fun, but, now I am confuzzled and lost :<
How do I get into the necromancers guild in the sewers?
You should get a quest to find jewelry from Claudius (mansion in front of the city). Then talk to the chief of the Sorona guard. He is in the yellow fortress in the city itself. Then you can get into the sewers. To do this go out of the city to the location with the Claudius mansion and open the first door on the right.
I found it! After talking to the chief again, seeing as the only quests I had on my journal and undone were the chest and the amulet, then I actually read what he said carefully and found my way :P
Then I got lost (which I do easily) trying to find the magic lockpick, but went to talk to Sandro and he gave me a solid clue about where to go and I have to admit, really good design, how the quests link up and you get clues about where to go!
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Re: Ascension (Release, v 1.0) - by Big Memka and Shadowman

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Hello! Last year I played the demo for Ascension, and it showed huge potential, now I'm glad to see it come to fruition! Been playing as a mage character, and so far I've cleared the crypt, here are some thoughts!

The good:

Systems are well developed and easy to understand, the story is nice to go through, and the maps are really well detailed, and quite beautiful. It's great that you added more early-game spells and ways to be a spellcaster from the get-go, as it opens up that development path much quicker than it did in Inquisitor III.

The city of Sorona is great! The general feeling of the game gives off a strong Daggerfall-like vibe -I understand you went for Gothic, but as I haven't experienced it wholly, Daggerfall holds a stronger resemblance for me.- It's a neat feature that you need to choose your path, either as a member of the mages, or warriors' guild.

Dungeons and crypts are fun, and interesting to go through; thus far, the crypt of the Wormed has stood out, as the puzzles take a little to figure out, but are quite easy if you pay attention.

A few things which could be better:

- A melt lock / Knock spell linked to either Intelligence or Wisdom, so mage characters can open locked doors, too. After all, a wizard would be able to melt a flimsy lock, or manipulate its insides, couldn't they?
- A means for fast return to Sorona, such as a town portal scroll or a mark/recall type spell would save a lot of time when completing quests and returning to the city.
- Another ice spell - maybe it's the progress I have in the game so far, but Frost Darts seems to be the only ice spell -other than frost shards- EDIT: Nevermind, just found the Blizzard spell!
- Bombs and flechettes could be a lot stronger; as it is, they're more useful for selling than using.

Other than those, I've been having a blast with the game, it's really awesome what you've accomplished!
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Anybody know how to solve the crypt puzzle? Kinda stuck on that, been doing other quests. Love it so far.
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Cassidy wrote:Anybody know how to solve the crypt puzzle? Kinda stuck on that, been doing other quests. Love it so far.
I solved all of them! They're quite easy actually:
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Hope these help!
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Re: Ascension (Release, v 1.0) - by Big Memka and Shadowman

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Wow, thanks a bunch SallazarSpellcaster. They helped 100% it was the catwalk bridge / light the torches that stumped me. Again thank you :thumb:
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Re: Ascension (Release, v 1.0) - by Big Memka and Shadowman

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The wad has been updated to a version 1.1.

Have a nice game!
Download Ascension v.1.1 from Google.drive
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Re: Ascension (Release, v 1.1) - by Big Memka and Shadowman

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Has anyone else completed the wad?
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Re: Ascension (Release, v 1.1) - by Big Memka and Shadowman

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I did, but it was quite hard to accomplish. Even though it's still on a demo state! I'm pretty sure i made some feedback before.
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Re: Ascension (Release, v 1.1) - by Big Memka and Shadowman

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BigMemka wrote:Has anyone else completed the wad?
I did, as a full wizard with an Intelligence-Wisdom focused build, playing on Normal difficulty. The adventure was excellent throughout; only at first it was slightly difficult, as I didn't have enough money to keep a steady supply of mana batteries and food. After the middle of the game, it became much easier, alternating between magic attacks, and skullstaff runes.

The game was pretty consistent in its difficulty, it never felt like there were spikes in difficulty, or areas too difficult to overcome without a bit of forward-thinking. The only area I got "stuck" on, was because I didn't realize I had to do the Fighters' Guild quest, too. After that, however, puzzles, locations, and whatnot are all pretty easy to solve if you give them a little thought.

Playing as a wizard was satisfying; unlike Inquisitor 3D, in Ascension I managed to get the hard-hitting magic spells early on, making the playthrough much more palatable early on. Most enemies' elemental weaknesses were pretty easy to figure out, and the transformation spells -particularly shields and holy strength- made wielding the black sword an option to make a more efficient use of my resources.

Late-game, using the Apocalypse spell made the final areas of the game easier to overcome, but not to the point where they became trivial. Mowing through hordes of monsters was a fun thing to do, especially since my character was already fully equipped to deal with anything thrown at him.

I mentioned before a few minor things that could change - mostly, a means for mage characters to open locked doors, and a means to quickly return to Sorona. Other than that, I had a lot of fun playing Ascension, in fact, I started a new playthrough as a full warrior with a Strength-Dexterity build.
Captain J wrote:I did, but it was quite hard to accomplish. Even though it's still on a demo state! I'm pretty sure i made some feedback before.
Game's no longer a demo, but a fully fledged, 20-maps long adventure. Give it another go, it's really worth it, and quite impressive, what BigMemka and Shadowman accomplished.
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Re: Ascension (Release, v 1.1) - by Big Memka and Shadowman

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Very well! Please note that you can play not only pure mage / warrior, but also mixed classes. That is, you can pump both strength/wisdom and dexterity/intelligent. Each branch of development has a powerful weapon.
As for opening doors for magicians: Increasing strength or dexterity with transformation spells also allows you to open closed doors.
And if you make quick moves to Sorona, won't it greatly simplify the gameplay?
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Re: Ascension (Release, v 1.1) - by Big Memka and Shadowman

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BigMemka wrote:Very well! Please note that you can play not only pure mage / warrior, but also mixed classes. That is, you can pump both strength/wisdom and dexterity/intelligent. Each branch of development has a powerful weapon.
As for opening doors for magicians: Increasing strength or dexterity with transformation spells also allows you to open closed doors.
And if you make quick moves to Sorona, won't it greatly simplify the gameplay?
Well aware! That's a great feature, offering multiple paths to follow, and I do intend to make a mixed build too.

About opening doors, at least in version 1.0, it never allowed me to, even using holy strength - it always said that my true strength needed to be at a certain amount. I haven't tested version 1.1 though.

Yes and no - it would simplify it, but in what could be a good way, as it would cut the time going from point A to point B, especially when needing to resupply, or turning in quests. The objective downside I see is that this could be abused if the player returns to Sorona without going through one of the ambushes happening after completing a quest objective. It could be balanced by placing a very limited use of recalls, so the player can decide whether to use it as intended, or to use it to make certain sections slightly easier.

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