Here's another update that probably seems small on the outside, but it's pretty large to us.
So, notice Gwendolyn's name above, kinda large, isn't it? That lead to problems.
Ignore the classes we were just testing some things. But yeah, Gwendolyn's name broke a lot of tables, so, a normal person would shrug, go "Oh well I'll just use Wendy in the ID's and Gwendolyn in the text, no issue." Well if you've been paying any attention to MoD development, you should know that choosing the easy way isn't anything I ever do.
So we made some compressed characters for Gwendolyn, so now she can appear in the menu's without causing any issues. We can also use this to fit in full names like the Binding Blade, rather than having to compress it down. But, we didn't just do that.
We also have the effectiveness font, so rather than wasting all that space explaining "Effective against Cavalry, Armor" etc. These icons will tell you what the weapon is good against and the strength of the multiplier. But that's not all, we want to make this look professional after all. So, Wt is useless now, since it's not in MoD and any speed penalties are weapon specific. So... We're going to change Wt to Eff and make it accept text entries instead of numerical entries. So when we're done, that line can be entirely devoted to weapon descriptions.
Again, I realize this probably comes across as not very major to you guys, but it was a helluva lot of work for us. And it's one of those polish things that just brings the game higher. Quite honestly, MoD is... almost done, and I don't mean Almost Done in the sense it always has been. I mean... we still need to get in a few things, A few new skills, some animations... But we got Fatigue in, Escapes, the HQ, we're by no means ready to release it, we got to polish it up, that stat screen is ugly and I'm not resting on that.
But 99% of the complex parts of the romhacking are basically behind us, it just becomes about... inserting text, testing events and then the fluff, like Supports and paired endings, testing out rankings, setting up the arena in each HQ. And most of that is just time sinks.
So I'm not giving you a release date, and I will continue to ask you to be patient, but I want you to know how serious everyone is about MoD. This isn't something we want to fuck up, or rush out. We don't want to be "Good for a fan game" we want to release a product that makes people think "Wow, this could have been officially released." This whole thing has grown... tremendously, from a simple little thought of "Man... I just wanna give Thieves a promotion because Chad's the raddest and he can't use his growths"
So, thank you all, from the people here on FEU, to those who followed back on Serenes, to the goons of Something Awful, and the denizens of /feg/ and /v/ where this whole stupid idea has its roots. Your excitement, and your patience, has made us want to give you an experience more than something we'll enjoy, but that everyone can.
And hey, push comes to shove it's a hilarious train wreck and it'll give you a laugh!