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Adrian Marceau
Adrian Marceau
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Hey! Remember the "Winter Update Preview" thread? Mind-blowing, right? Yeah? Now forget that! That's the past! Shut it off, Zhu Li!

Shut if off, Zhu Li!

A lot has changed since I created that other topic and I'd like to start fresh. Some screenshots will be re-posted, some will be new. All will attempt to be more relevant to the current state of things. So let's get started, shall we?
Space Simulator Star

Starforce. (Or is it Star Force?) What an... interesting mechanic. So complicated, so overpowered, so controversial, so difficult to balance... and yet I insist on keeping it in the game . Why? Because, deep down, I know it has the potential to be a great thing. Hunting them all down in and of itself is both a joy and a challenge, and the god-like powers they grant are well worth the effort. Sure, tracking down all (currently) 1024 stars can be a grind, sometimes a bore, but when you finally get there it's incredibly rewarding. At such high power levels your character is able to mow-down enemies like it's nobody's business and with relatively little resistance! It's pretty great... unless you're talking about player battles.

Player Battle Select

As the defending team in a player battle, you (currently) have no defense against the opponent's starforce. This combined with the fact that your opponent is able to see your entire team before selecting theirs puts you at a huge disadvantage. This lead many players in the top spots to greatly dislike the player battle system, and others to hate the starforce system and suggest its removal. Both of these needed to be fixed, of course, but axing either them was not an option. Too many users have put forth massive amounts of time and effort into collecting their stars and the idea of axing them or removing their primary function does not seem like the fair or correct choice.

Core Guard is dead...

Because of these things, I've spent the last several months (almost a year now...) revising and tweaking the starforce mechanic and how it interacts with the game based on both my own ideas and feedback from the community in chats. I've also been revising other parts of the game, of course, and many of them coincide with fixing these issues. Some mechanics, like "coreguard" were conceived and quickly abandoned, while others like the Dark Elements have grown and evolved into something new and different. I believe that what we have now will be for the best, but as always I'm open to more changes as time goes on and as I get feedback from the community.

Leaderboard sadness... Tails has fallen.

Now, before I go on, I want to apologize to those who have been following this thread since the beginning and trying to make heads or tails of the whole process. I know it's been hard to keep track of what will be and wont be included in the update, but that's one of the pitfalls of open development. I could easily have kept my mouth quiet for a year and let everyone go stir crazy, but I wanted to share my thought process with everyone and build this thing together. So yeah, I'm both sorry and very thankful to all who have helped me sort through the messy details of this gigantic Winter Summer(?) Update.

Database Update Preview 2015/04/05
A snapshot of the prototype's database page as it will be after the update, including new robots, abilities, items, and more.

Now, on with the show!!!!!
2015 Update Preview : Stats, Alts, and Elemental Forces
Posted by Adrian Marceau on March 21st, 2015 at 6:34pm
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Posted on June 22nd, 2015 at 1:26am
Posted 2015/06/22 at 1:26am
@megaprotobassman: Currently, it seems that Adrian hasn't implemented the "50 summons" for support bots yet (I have tested it out and it hasn't updated). If that's not the case, then go ahead and correct me. Though for now, just go ahead and go to 100 summons.
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Posted on June 22nd, 2015 at 1:58am
Posted 2015/06/22 at 1:58am
Cool! Thanks
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Posted on June 22nd, 2015 at 10:31am
Posted 2015/06/22 at 10:31am
by the way, what are the costumes for the robot master? (in other words, i want spoilers about the costumes!)
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Posted on June 22nd, 2015 at 2:43pm
Posted 2015/06/22 at 2:43pm
@megaprotobassman: On this thread, I have just posted all the alts for the robot masters so far (I was planning to do so for a while anyway). If you want to use them, just put in the comment form [robot] {[robot here]_alt} without spaces. For instance:
star-man dive-man roll

[robot:right:victory]{star-man_alt} [robot:left:defeat]{dive-man_alt2} [robot:left:damage]{roll_alt4}
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Adrian Marceau
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Posted on July 4th, 2015 at 10:38pm
Posted 2015/07/04 at 10:38pm
Hey guys! A new batch of updates have been completed on the developer's preview build of the prototype. See below for the highlights or check the GitHub page for the full list.

- Added new ability subclass field for further categorizing items into consumable, holdable, collectible, etc. Also added sorting patterns for new attack/defense/speed programs.

- Created placeholder files for the new energy/weapon/attack/defense/speed programs - the first exclusively holdable items.

- Increased accuracy of the break moves to match their boost counterparts.

- Updated the MM5 robot masters with their new alts.

- Added subclass of consumable to the score balls.

- Added subclass of treasure for the two screws. They will have no other purpose than to sell.

- Added the consumable subclass to all the pellets, capsules, and tanks, yashichi and extra life. They will not be holdable.

- Added the holdable subclass to all the cores so they would appear properly in select menus.

- Added the collectible class to all the shards as they have no other purpose than to collect (until they fuse into holdable cores, of course).

- Added code for selecting and equipping (or un-equipping) held items to/from a robot master. Right now only cores can be held, but the code here should support all kinds as long as they are subclass "holdable".

- Equipping cores to any non-Copy Core robot will expand their ability compatibility until removed. Copy Cores will only change colour if equipped with a core item.

- Added support for deferred damage/recovery (for abilities like Crash Bomber), and better flags for weakness/resistance/etc. modifiers (for abilities like Drill Blitz).

- Updated Crash Bomber to do normal damage (rather than a percent) based on the user's attack at the time the bomb is created. Made it so triggering too early decreases damage proportionately. Buffed the total damage to a high amount as a tradeoff.

- Updated Search Snake to ignore position modifiers and attack for normal damage regardless of the range so the ability has more utility.

- Updated Drill Blitz so that it specifically ignores resistances and immunities using the new damage option flags. Also buffed the ability slightly.

- Updated the various in-battle target displays (scan, switch, etc.) to be aware of held-items. Held items will now show in the hover popup and the robot's button will be coloured appropriately if that item is a core.

Thanks for playing, and please let me know what you think! :P
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Posted on July 4th, 2015 at 10:51pm Edited on 2015/07/04 at 10:53pm
Posted 2015/07/04 at 10:51pm Edited 2015/07/04 at 10:53pm
H-Ho-Holdable cores have been added to the dev?!? ... excuse me for my absence while I mess with these for the next millennium or so.
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Posted on July 26th, 2015 at 11:32pm Edited on 2015/07/27 at 7:19pm
Posted 2015/07/26 at 11:32pm Edited 2015/07/27 at 7:19pm
Hey, Community readers! Once again, a small new batch of updates have been put out for the Developer preview build! Please read below for a few of the highlights, or simply check out the Github page for the completely expanded list.

-Buster Charge and Buster Relay have been completed and are now accessible in the Preview build, and their effects can be read through in these pages.

-The Elemental boosting/breaking abilities, such as Attack Blaze, have been removed in sake of recent reception.

-The Energy Upgrade and the Weapon Upgrade have recently been included. They will double their respective slot up to double it's amount!

-Not to mention, the Energy Booster, Attack Booster, Defense Booster, as well as the Speed Booster have been added to the game!

-To round us off the equippable items are the Modules, ranging from the Target Module, Charge Module, Growth Module, and the Fortune Module have been added!

-A few moves have also been buffed or nerfed to better balance with each other.

-Robot Masters now only drop cores when hit with super-effective abilities. They'll still drop their normal range of items in other circumstances, though.

-Kalinka can now sell these new items in her shop.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you have a great time testing out all the new changes! As always, feel free to post your feedback!

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Posted on August 3rd, 2015 at 10:51am Edited on 2015/08/03 at 11:06am
Posted 2015/08/03 at 10:51am Edited 2015/08/03 at 11:06am
Hello everyone, and thanks for your continued patience.

I've come with news of a small update to the Dev Build of the game and a new screenshot to boot.

I've restructured the starforce panel in the main menu to appear and function more like an excel sheet, as was suggested by the community many months ago to great reception. It is now very easy to see which stars you have already and which ones you need simply by scrolling through the robot master mugshots on each side.

New Starforce Submenu

Be sure to try it out yourself on the dev build and let us know what you think. Any feedback on the other updates Boss posted about above would also be greatly appreciated. The new hold items are really changing the meta game in (what I believe to be) a good way and the more feedback and testing the better.

Dev build item database, including new hold items

With everyone's help I have confidence that we'll be able stabilizable the dev build and then we can finally apply it to the main website.

Thank you!
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Posted on August 3rd, 2015 at 12:46pm
Posted 2015/08/03 at 12:46pm
@Adrian Marceau : Impressive work done Adrian i really like it what you made im can wait unit everything is done we all on Prototype are supporting you and the moderators and second Admin MBM shadow-man
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Posted on September 4th, 2016 at 2:25pm
Posted 2016/09/04 at 2:25pm
Very interesting keep up the good work
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