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  1. Billy Von Bubba

    How goes the Progress for Y2?

    I wonder if the issue is feature creep (common with complex projects) or having to re-invent the previous engine if major parts stopped being usable due to license or obsolescence issues. One of the major ways to cope with either situation is to just enforce a pared down version with enough hooks for major updates. Given the digital distribution system, that seems quite doable. Balancing is another possible issue and (given the previous removal of a planned class) sounds like a present concern. The thing is, trying too hard to balance a game can actually be wasted effort. The previous pattern of patches and DLCs make balancing by accretion a viable strategy. The inclusion of user-generated adventures and rewards is inherently going to change whatever balancing calculations are made at launch.A lot of that initial balancing can be achieved in a closed alpha or beta that allows the most obvious things to be mitigated. Later DLCs offer the ability to mitigate some of the later variance. The next biggest cause for delay that I can think of is writing all the little bits of lore and keeping them consistent. That is a real challenge and disclosing it would risk getting the fan base emotionally invested in features. That said, the seeming lack of continuity can be explained by ... magic. And storylines explaining why some seemingly significant feature of year one is not visible now. "But I saved the school from pirates five times! Why aren't you trusting me to go to the marketplace on my own?" "You say that, Prof. Ayentyre said that, but do you want special treatment and all the doubts that come with it or to allow even Phillipe to be allowed near the Magical Snakes vendor?" Change of faculty and bad record-keeping is another way to explain a seeming lack of respect for the adventures in year one.
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    Clockwork Youtube channel

    Magical.
  3. Billy Von Bubba

    How goes the Progress for Y2?

    I'd be glad to just have a screenshot even if stuff changes. I am more disappointed with the uncertainty than in the specifics. Additional tweaking can be done via DLC (see Stellaris). Academagia's text-based nature means that modifications should be far simpler than in a graphics heavy game. If classes are to be cut, why not have a "prep class" adventure chain for the class to be included in the next year.
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    Detention for skipping classes is a bad mechanic.

    What about having class as a location availible at certain times and you can engage in certain actions there without getting in trouble? Example: Astrology Actions- Befriend, compete, office hours, etc. You get the benefit from the actions AND the benefit from the class. It also makes more sense for a few actions since the normal arena of academic competition in a school is in class.
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    Academagia's Development during 2017

    I also am eagerly awaiting Y2. Can we get a few screenshots?
  6. Billy Von Bubba

    Investigate Magical Bond Bug

    In my new game, I found 8 increases in attributes over the course of 200 iterations. 4% seems close enough to the listed 5% that it doesn't seem to be a problem generally.
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    Investigate Magical Bond Bug

    Thank you. I'm going to try a new game and see what happens.
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    Investigate Magical Bond Bug

    Steam version with latest updates. First Days of Summer mod. When attempting to use the Investigate Magical Bond action, it lists the probability of increasing an attribute as 5%. Having tried many, many times, I wonder if the decimal point was moved accidentally so it is actually 0.5% chance.
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