Now it's time to slowly begin with the third floor! Here we'll have a slightly different floor type, and the decorations will be a bit more fancy seeing as we're moving up to some fancy people's living quarters. As such I've put two busts in this room, and further, similar decorations will be added; though right now I'm a little unsure of how much I can put in this room since I don't know if it'll be used for fighting yet.


I think after this room I'll go back over the rooms I've already made and add some creepy decorations for their spirit world counterparts, where everything gets an added dose creepiness! Stay tuned~


Today it's patch day! On frontline we now have a bunch of new quests, items, craftables, and so on! Also, sound effects!! 

So basically, the patch you'll be able to play today is what we intend as a release for Stable, once all the bugs have been ironed out. As always, we're super interested in hearing your feedback on these new additions, so please go ahead and share your thoughts! 

I'd say the main thing we added aside from a bunch of quests are the memory orbs, of which there are five in total. Can you find them all?

These next few days Teddy will be busy with bug fixing (unless through some miracles there's none to be fixed), while me and Fred will get back to the ghost ship. First though, here's a few additional things you'll be able to find in the game now that I didn't show before:


We also decided to change the name and shop title for the potion salesman, which was previously simply 'The Potion' and is now what you see below:


...and a bunch of other fixes/additions, although I never saved those after I made them. Oh well! You might as well just jump into the game and see all of this for yourselves instead :D

Here's the corridor, which will connect the two smaller rooms showed previously. For this room, we've made some special decorations; cannons and cannon balls!


We'll probably place these cannon balls here and there on the first floor to serve as 'ammo' for the wizard's telekinesis attack: after all, what better thing to hurl at the hero but a cannon ball? That should do some damage... :)



Alright, stop, we're actually not done with patch stuff yet (I knew it). After testing a bunch of quests in the desert each of us got quite annoyed with the fact that there's no teleport plate in Port Monnaie, so as a bonus for people who have a lot of extra gold to spend, we'll include a salesman selling a teleport plate that will activate for Port Monnaie once you purchase it.

As such, this NPC salesman need not only a sprite, but also a portrait, both which can be seen below:




New week, more ghost ship backgrounds! In this second smaller room, we're introducing the first giant hole in a floor on the ghost ship. On the first floor, we kind of wanted to embrace the fact that we're on a half-ruined ship by having areas filled with water, but on these upper floors we want dark holes here and there instead, which we intend to fill with blinking eyes and other spooky things when you're in the ghost world:




Next, we have a set of rooms one next to the other, both of the smaller kind. There will be a corridor above these two rooms, where the path is blocked, so you have to pass through these two rooms to get to the other side. And here's the first one:


Like with the bunk room, we have a few ideas for ghost world-only decorations here too. In this case, we want to make a spooky version of the painting on the right and possibly some spooky shine around the candles and lanterns on the tables.



Now, there's a lot more Ghost Ship backgrounds to do, so let's jump straight back into it! First up is a bunk room of sorts, where the sailors used to sleep when they were still working on the ship and they weren't ghosts:

Here you will battle enemies, and once a prototype for the kitchen is ready, I will add the kitchen on the right side, one platform up but on the same screen (I will add a jumpdown back into this bunkroom from there). One idea we have for decorations here when toggling into the ghost world is that you'll see skeletons of the sailors in their beds... But I'm not sure if this will be too macabre or not. What do you guys think?


Just a few more thing we've managed to forget: the shop titles for all of the shop! We've been so busy making things for them to sell that we actually managed to forget they need graphics for the shop's interfaces.... Oh well, that's an easy fix: 


All of the shops in Port Monnaie will carry new unique items, though some will also sell things available earlier in the game. The Potion shop will work just like Remedi's Alchemy and will allow you to change your potions; which, by the way, will be an added function to the potion shop in Tai Ming as well (though if you've played so far as to reach the desert, I'm afraid you won't be able to access the Tai Ming shop anymore).

The Jar, Souvenir and Carpet shops will all be focused on housing items, while the others will carry new gear; Helmut & Headgear carries hats, Topaz' accessories, Shield + Guard armors and shields, and Blade and Arms sell, unsurprisingly, weapons.

Another thing that remained was making these expressions for Professor Pine and Tannie in the flashback orb showing their work on stopping Zhamla:



And now, finally, with the addition of this final piece..:



..(which is the graphic for the desert fishing achievement), I think (for like the 5th time) I'm officially done with everything needed for the stable patch. Let's hope I'm right this time :D
And now for some last minute additions before the patch! First of all, the background for the professor Pine and Tannie cutscene, which needed a bunch of new (and old) stuff, and for some reason I decided to make a short video of that process:




We're also introducing a pair of friendly faces in the town of Port Monnaie. Remember where these guys are from?


Perhaps this cutout will serve as an additional reminder:


The girl has been animated by Fred as well:



We're drawing closer to the stable patch, and in doing so we're in need of a few more items! Here we have the creation of a vest, a pair of shoes, a full card album (could it be real?!), a pair of earrings and a new hat: the fez!



Since we decided that the shield salesman will be dealing with armor as well, I figured I'd put a random armor among his many shields to illustrate that fact as well:


And here's a bunch of items that weren't recorded, featuring a shoulder strap, a battery, a camera lens, a ...seven.. three drop appearances for cutouts that will become available as housing items and a ton of weapon sprites for all the weapons Fred has been working on. Phew!



And now an update from the programming and animation department!

Teddy and Fred have been working hard on adding the remaining Flashback Orbs, which which means there's a ton of new sprites and animations needed. First one of young Zhamla casting a spell:


Vilya beating someone up: 


Young mandrake's design and animations of him walking threateningly and running away from something scary: 



And a bunch of designs for an ancient piece of weaponry, once meant for Phaseman. Unfortunately (?) for the player, the piece ended up sold and shipped off on a certain ship instead. The first time we'll see this ancient relic is in the flashback orb with Tannie and Professor Pine, but I have a feeling you'll see it again, somewhere...


Since we're adding a bunch of quests, drops and a few craftables, there'a also a bunch of items to be made. Here we have the given #1 favorite weapon for all classes, a book:  



And the #1 favorite housing item for every player in the world, the cat food bowl in action: 


Who can't wait to fill their house with cats?!
Alright, so previously I've mentioned three flashback orbs that will be available, dealing with Zhamla finding his first card, Young Dad meeting equally young Ivy and Charlotte, and Charlotte speaking to the winter elder after saving Santa Fae from the legendary Goblin King.

Since then we've decided to add two more such orbs, one that details how the Black Ferrets gang came to be (which yes, weirdly enough involves professor Mandrake!), and one that features Professor Pine and Tannie working on the weapons they used when trying to defeat Zhamla.

The portraits for the mentioned events have been made, but now they all need expressions to fit what's going on:






Meanwhile, a different piece remaining before the desert is fully ready for the stable patch is a set of treasure maps. These will be given to you by the archaeologist Finder, who is busy doing other things and cannot dig at so many places at the same time. So it's up to you to find and bring back these ancient treasures to the archaeologist's collection:


Perhaps by doing so, you might even get some sort of reward?!

As for the maps themselves, they too need to be made. And since you're here and have read this far, you can have a look at them before anyone else:



Can you figure out where to look for the treasure? :)



Alright. Hold your horses. Mandrake. Out of all characters, why Mandrake? What did he do in his young days to warrant a portrayal in a flashback orb? What's his connection to the Black Ferrets? Has he really always looked this ridiculous?!

I guess y'all better find this memory orb and find out (once it's been implemented) :D

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