Revenge of the Fallen: Dragons, Midgame Content, More!

Welcome everyone! It is me, Quaximi, here with yet another blog post. This time, I’ll show some teasers of a content category that was entirely unfinished for the first phase of closed testingthe medium biomes.

For those that need a quick refresher, all of the dungeons/biomes in RotF (I’ll call them worlds from now on) are divided by difficulty. For closed testing, we were able to include six Easy-rank worlds, and four Hard-rank worlds. There are many more worlds in development for all difficulty ranks, but medium content has been absent for a while. It’s time to change that!

we’ll talk about these more, soon tm

patpot covered our plans for the title’s of some Medium-rank worlds live Q&A session we held back in Octoberall of which are inspired by content from legacy. In case you didn’t catch the Q&A, with Medium-rank worlds, we’ll see a return of the four elemental dragons, the Tomb of Decaying Death (ToDD), and the Reptilian God.

We’ll look at two specific medium biomes today: the Flaming Hearth and the Riverside Refuge. For now, we’re showing concept art only, but it should give you guys an idea of where these areas are headed (and perhaps a bit of insight into how content gets developed here).

The Flaming Hearth

The Flaming Hearth comes from the one-and-only hotheaded dragon from legacy, the Firebreather, who serves as its lord.

concept for the Flaming Hearth biome environment

In the realm, you might come across this rocky wasteland, filled with patches of fiery grass, and scalding hot lava lakes. You’ll traverse these scorching plains in hopes of finding the Firebreather’s denall while fighting against feisty creatures and hazards. Will you fight speedy salamanders, armored armadillos, firespitting flowers, or tumbleweeds that are… on fire? Yes.

concepts for the various enemies and hazards you’ll encounter in the Flaming Hearth biome, as well as the Firebreather

Once you’ve dealt with the Firebreather, you’ll find yourself venturing down below into the dungeon in hopes of reaching the titular Hearth.

The Riverside Refuge

Cooling off a bit: The Riverborn (the aqua dragon from legacy), serves as the Lord of the Riverside Refuge.

concept for the Riverside Refuge biome environment

In the realm, you might find this dense swamp, where you’ll navigate around large, mossy boulders, and humongous trees. Making your way through the marsh, you’ll undoubtedly run into a variety of swamp inhabitants—whether it’s the mossy crawlers, or giant swamp frogs — before finding the Riverborn.

concepts for the various enemies and hazards you’ll encounter in the Riverside Refuge biome, as well as the Riverborn

Once the Riverborn is defeated, a passage will open up, allowing you to delve deeper into the swamp’s thick forests. You’re bound to run into some swampy trouble…

But wait… there’s more!

Of course, these are only two of the six medium biomes currently in our pipeline. Alongside Flaming Hearth and Riverside Refuge, you will also come across the following:

  • Collapsed Woods — where you’ll encounter the dormant Treesmasher.
  • Shrouded Sanctum – where you’ll reveal the secrets hidden by the Shadowscale.
  • Tomb of Decaying Death – where you’ll find yourself fighting against the Tombstone Carrier for the titular tomb.
  • Sacrificial Grounds – where you’ll be avoiding the Devoted Shaman’s reptilian hunters from sacrificing you to a certain reptilian god.
in order: Collapsed Woods, Shrouded Sanctum, Tomb of Decaying Death and Sacrificial Grounds

As always, everything in this post is WIP and will most likely undergo some changes, but for now, that’s all we’re showing. If you have any feedback, feel free to share it with us. We’re always happy to listen—and stay tuned for more updates to come!

Thank you for reading, and as always, check the post in 10 minutes for a chance to grab a key. I will now quack off… but I’ll see you all again in Egypt. 😉

The keys! No trivia this time around and as always, good luck! https://rotf.io/register

  • B[1]KF-TU[2]R-ZK[3]K-WXO[4]
    1. Replace with Z
    2. Replace with 9
    3. Replace with V
    4. Replace with L
  • C4[1]L-NM[2]L-KQ[3]V-RJ[4]Q
    1. Replace with 8
    2. Replace with J
    3. Replace with C
    4. Replace with G
  • KUA[1]-Z[2]P2-[3]L1Z-[4]UWD
    1. Replace with V
    2. Replace with F
    3. Replace with O
    4. Replace with G

Thanks for sticking with us! ❤

Revenge of the Fallen: A very magical hideout

Hi all, and welcome to the first of our new weekly dev logs here @ aced.gg. This time, it will be I – patpot – showcasing some new content for you all.

Although we know you want to see the harder, late game content we’ve been working on, we’ve chosen to showcase the Magician’s Hideout (another early-game area). We need to do a bit more work on late-game character building before we’re ready to show those harder worlds, and since early-mid-game content will be much more expansive than in legacy rotf, we decided to show more of that, for now.

As mentioned in my previous content post, every biome/dungeon is intended to feel like a unique experience, each with completely unique enemies, distinct dungeon themes, and crazy boss fights. Despite being an early-game dungeon, the Magician’s Hideout is no different.

One area we wanted to focus on as we moved forward from legacy rotf was developing more interesting shot patterns (like those used in our favorite bullet hells, i.e. ETG). While our overall design philosophies have evolved and improved across the board, we’ve also developed new systems/mechanics to help us keep baddie engagements fresh. One such system that I built out: patterned enemy shots, which allow us to create effects like this:

Don’t stand too close!

And while it has been cool to use this mechanic on smaller minions like these, we’re also using it to add flavor on a larger scale, like in boss fights:

I wouldn’t touch that barrier if I were you, I heard it moves!

For those of you keen enough to notice the (very, very) placeholder dialogue in the clip above, what you just saw was the Master Magician – the lord of the biome. A few days ago, we posted a spoiler in our Discord of a fancy-shmancy magician’s hat, simply lying on some grass. As made evident by the clips above, that hat is the entrance to the Magician’s Hideout! Each biome has a lord, which drops a portal to its respective dungeon. Here’s a small peek at what you can expect from this one:

It looks dark in that hat, hopefully there’s a spell in that book to light it up, there’s definitely one to light you up.

For those of you fortunate enough to survive the hat (easy dungeon btw), you’ll be greeted with a friendly portal to the larger part of the dungeon. Teleport animations return from legacy rotf (thanks to Bloodqwen for making the amazing animation and to Miniguy for building the system that powers it), allowing you to escape the magician’s hat with style.

🙂

We saved a lot of juice for the boss area. To reach the boss, expect to herd rabbits and admire Quaximi’s 3D designing skills. There are definitely worse ways to die in a dungeon.

No rabbits were harmed in the making of this video, they were transported to a better place.
You can almost hear the nostalgic *click* of a gate opening.

Oooh, a cliffhanger. You hate to see it! I guess that boss fight will be waiting for you to experience first-hand :).

CLOSED TESTING KEY: LQYM-PS9H-FQOJ-4BNZ
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See you next week!

Revenge of the Fallen: jellies, potions, and more potions?

Welcome everyone! Today, it is I – Quaximi – who will be bringing you some updates on what we have been working on.

And since most of the keys tend to be at the bottom of the page, I thought that I’ll be evil and put mine at the top. Enjoy! WUML-S6JD-VPK7-1XPX (Use at https://rotf.io/register)

Jello-pocalypse!

Below you will find a video showcasing an environment for the Gelatinous Palace – one of the many biomes you’ll be able to come across whilst exploring various realms. Everything related to Gelatinous Palace has been sprited by the talented Mr. Foucs. 🙂

Although the palace will be something you’ll explore more in the biome’s dungeon, in the realm, you’ll come across a once lushful and beautiful cotton-candy forest, which has now been mostly taken over by the ever-hungry jello. You’ll explore the jellified forest in hopes of finding the lord, and getting access to the palace—all while fighting off the incoming jellies, trying not to join the jellified corpses scattered around the biome.

The Gelatinous Palace is directed towards early-game characters, and although we aren’t able to showcase its monsters in today’s post (behaviors are still in-progress), here is a little peek at the different enemies you’ll battle on your way to the palace.

And yes, they taste pretty good as well… 🙂

The potions!

As a continued effort, our local developers – patpot and Miniguy – have been making steady progress on implementing anticipated features, so that everything’s nice and ready for the upcoming closed testing session.

First off, we finally have the ability to drink (or consume, if you enjoy eating glass) stat potions! Have a look:

*slurp slurp*

And of course, since we are on the topic of potions, we also had to bring in the potion storage itself. Here’s how it looks so far:

Who doesn’t love self-organizing storages?

As always, everything in this post is WIP and will most likely undergo some changes, but for now that’s all we have to show for today. If you have any feedback, feel free to share it with us—we’re always happy to listen—and of course, stay tuned for more posts to come.

Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful day. 🙂