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Discuss: October 2020 Avatar Builder Instant Preview

You can find the update and the video here: https://cityoftitans.com/content/october-2020-avatar-builder-instant-preview

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I feel like it has been AGES

I feel like it has been AGES since I’ve heard anything new

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I think the new mouse-over

I think the new mouse-over-avatar-change feature will make things much easier!

Any chance we can get keymapping soon so that those of us who don't use WASD can enjoy the island?

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Is that day/night cycle new?

Is that day/night cycle new?

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Cinnder wrote:
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I think the new mouse-over-avatar-change feature will make things much easier!

Glad you liked it. It's something I really wanted when I was doing my first characters, and I'm glad I had a chance to put it in.

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Any chance we can get keymapping soon so that those of us who don't use WASD can enjoy the island?

On the island, probably not any time soon. The island is a simple test zone, and only has rudimentary code for controls. For user-defined keymaps, it takes a lot of infrastructure that's just not in place there. I expect the priority for any keymap code will be in the early MMO releases somewhere, along with other persistent user settings.

If you just need arrow keys to also work, I can probably sneak that in somewhere, but it would be hard-wired in the code like the current WASD setup.

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Is that day/night cycle new?

I think it's the same one that's been there all along. It's possible the initial time of day on entering has been changed, though I haven't touched it myself.

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I earnestly apologize, Zero.

I earnestly apologize, Zero. We've been working really hard on what you see here - and a couple things you don't see.

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And if you ever want to ask a

And if you ever want to ask a direct question, you can pop into Discord and say hey.

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Loving the mouse-over figure

Loving the mouse-over figure updates. And the little things, like being able to select an existing swatch and push it to the "shelf". I switched up my main to wear a chopped Rook shirt.

The emblem and emblem base vertical sliders appear to be locked together now, perhaps both linked to the same function.

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HEY! Nice use of the

HEY! Nice use of the experimental explosive hair, Airhead!

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Airhead wrote:
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And the little things, like being able to select an existing swatch and push it to the "shelf".

The shelf hasn't really changed except that you can hover-preview the swatches as a color/material pair now.

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The emblem and emblem base vertical sliders appear to be locked together now, perhaps both linked to the same function.

I didn't think I changed anything there, but there's a bug there now. Probably broke something when I fixed the sliders to read back from the character. I'll put it on the top of my list of stuff to fix in the AB. Thanks for catching that!

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If you just need arrow keys to also work, I can probably sneak that in somewhere, but it would be hard-wired in the code like the current WASD setup.

That would be much appreciated!

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I feel like it has been AGES since I’ve heard anything new

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I earnestly apologize, Zero. We've been working really hard on what you see here - and a couple things you don't see.

Let's be fair; We're constantly putting stuff on Discord, and we've had some back and forth on Twitter too. Anyone that thinks we're inactive just isn't paying attention.

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warlocc wrote:
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Let's be fair; We're constantly putting stuff on Discord, and we've had some back and forth on Twitter too. Anyone that thinks we're inactive just isn't paying attention.

Well in the spirit of fairness not everyone uses all of the various social media outlets (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Discord, this website, etc.) so the playerbase of this game, what there is of it, is now far more wildly spread out than ever before. That's part of the reason all these venues seem like ghost towns when you look at the amount of traffic each of them have individually. It's not technically MWM's fault but in my opinion it's not really a good thing to let the base "spread out" like that because it promotes the impression (to people such as Zerohour) that nothing's happening in general.

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warlocc wrote:
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Let's be fair; We're constantly putting stuff on Discord, and we've had some back and forth on Twitter too. Anyone that thinks we're inactive just isn't paying attention.

That may be, but there have been multiple requests by the folks here that this website be the official place for news on the game.

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I'd like to voice my support

I'd like to voice my support for this as well. Call me old school but I just don't have time for 5 different social media/gaming apps to try and keep up on the latest news. I come to the official website for updates and it is disheartening to hear that information has been posted elsewhere and not here as well.

With that said, I am excited to get home and try out the new updates!

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I'll take that into

I'll take that into consideration and try to get us to post more on the forums. I've got to admit, it's easier for me to peek at the Discord and say a few things.

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It's definitely much easier

It's definitely much easier and faster to drop a message or picture into Discord than it is to make a post here, for sure. Especially when you're mobile.

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warcabbit wrote:
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I've got to admit, it's easier for me to peek at the Discord and say a few things.

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It's definitely much easier and faster to drop a message or picture into Discord than it is to make a post here, for sure. Especially when you're mobile.

Well if you want to make the Discord page your "main" page now for news/updates that's fine. Considering that I don't think Discord even existed back when you guys started this epic journey no one could really fault you for wanting to go "where the action is" now.

I just think there's an unintuitive disadvantage to having multiple outlets on the Internet for this kind of thing. If you guys had millions of players/followers that'd be one thing. But as it is now you've spread the handful of regulars you do have across 3 or 4 sites which only dilutes your current effective impact.

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That's not only a picture of

That's not only a picture of a slight lighting flaw on a city map, but an experiment. Please forgive the lack of context.

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Lothic wrote:
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I've got to admit, it's easier for me to peek at the Discord and say a few things.

warlocc wrote:

It's definitely much easier and faster to drop a message or picture into Discord than it is to make a post here, for sure. Especially when you're mobile.

Well if you want to make the Discord page your "main" page now for news/updates that's fine. Considering that I don't think Discord even existed back when you guys started this epic journey no one could really fault you for wanting to go "where the action is" now.

I just think there's an unintuitive disadvantage to having multiple outlets on the Internet for this kind of thing. If you guys had millions of players/followers that'd be one thing. But as it is now you've spread the handful of regulars you do have across 3 or 4 sites which only dilutes your current effective impact.

Yeah, it's a good point. My current project now is looking at the various ways to get our different communication outlets integrated together and more centralized.

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JWBullfrog wrote:
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That's not only a picture of a slight lighting flaw on a city map, but an experiment. Please forgive the lack of context.

I think it looks cool even if it's technically a "mistake". I don't know (and/or recall) how much weather is playing a factor in this game but there are nights IRL that are overcast enough where you can't really see much above a low-level cloud bank that obscures the stars above. It'd be cool if the day/night cycle could be slightly variable enough to have a few "cloudy/rainy" days.

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JWBullfrog wrote:
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That's not only a picture of a slight lighting flaw on a city map, but an experiment. Please forgive the lack of context.

Some context about that picture...

This was a picture of a neighborhood we are working on with the lighting accidentally set to dark. We haven't done lighting work on this part of the neighborhood yet, and we definitely plan to have more light in the sky, stars and moon, and the lighting on the buildings here is darker than we plan. We shared this picture in Discord for fun just because it shows a little of what Downtown and the Theater District will look like at night.

This was one of the only pictures we can think of right now that has been shared on Discord, but not here in the forums yet. If we think of others, we will make sure to post them in the forums too...

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warlocc wrote:
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It's definitely much easier and faster to drop a message or picture into Discord than it is to make a post here, for sure. Especially when you're mobile.

Message? Not in my experience, seems about the same. But to drop a picture in? Definitely, which is why I report my (or AIko's) clipping issues there.^_^

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The problem I have w Discord

The problem I have w Discord is that it's not as easy to weed out the general chat and just look at important updates from MWM. Here on a forum I can just ignore other threads, which is why I prefer this location for official info.

Mistake or not, I like the look of the city at night!

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Cinnder wrote:
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The problem I have w Discord is that it's not as easy to weed out the general chat and just look at important updates from MWM. Here on a forum I can just ignore other threads, which is why I prefer this location for official info.

Mistake or not, I like the look of the city at night!

*Thumb's Up or other emoji of approval*

OTOH, it's easier to put a "Thumb's up" or other emoji of approval on a post on the Discord ^_^.

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Foradain wrote:
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OTOH, it's easier to put a "Thumb's up" or other emoji of approval on a post on the Discord ^_^.

The forum for a certain game that has returned in a semi-legal state has an easy Thumbs-Up (plus laugh, sad, etc) feature, so perhaps this forum could also someday.

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We're discussing doing

We're discussing doing "social media roundup"-esque posts to cover content posted in discord and elsewhere, just so our website maintains its status as the central location for City of Titans contet.


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DesViper wrote:
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We're discussing doing "social media roundup"-esque posts to cover content posted in discord and elsewhere, just so our website maintains its status as the central location for City of Titans contet.

Thank you -- that would be much appreciated.

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So... did anyone like the

So... did anyone like the pumpkins?

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So... did anyone like the pumpkins?

Yes. But I didn't notice the MWM-Logoed pumkin except here. ^_^

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Aye, I liked kicking them

Aye, I liked kicking them around and causing them to explode ...maybe lightning bugs?

I have to say the whole thing is starting to shape up - both AB and world.

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I'm happy about the changes

I'm happy about the changes to looking at the various materials. Still want a way to favorite certain materials so I can quickly apply them (looking at you Chrome). It's not super necessary of course, because mousing over materials to show what they look like is huge step in the right direction, so I don't mind waiting for favoriting materials.

Also yes. I did quite enjoy the pumpkins. Kinda wish spooky ghosts came out of the pumpkins instead of some shiny particle effect. But hey, it's just a cool holiday goof, no big deal.

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Awesome new update. Looking

Awesome new update. Looking forward to pledge the game with some donations. Great work with everything.

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warlocc wrote:
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Let's be fair; We're constantly putting stuff on Discord, and we've had some back and forth on Twitter too. Anyone that thinks we're inactive just isn't paying attention.

I love how its on me to search for information across different platforms. I mean why on earth just keep posting it here where everyone expects it to be?

Might be a good idea to ease up on the snarkiness and just make things easy to find.

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The problem for me is that I

The problem for me is that I don't have any of those Social Media accounts. When F*ceb@@k blew up into the quagmire that it now is, I deleted what few I had.

If I can't get my information from legitimate sites, I won't even bother. It's too easy to be someone you're not in this day and age of internet anonymity.

So I patiently wait here for the proper dissemination of news.

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I tried Google Hangouts and

I tried Google Hangouts and Myspace and couldn't find anything.

Discord is a mountain of spam if you're not there most days, ie. you're not actually coordinating your work via Discord. And if you are there most days but just as a tourist then a dribble of spam is still spam. I look forward to seeing the best bits showcased here. Til then I might burrow into Discord sometimes for as long as my attention-spam allows.

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