Monthly Archives: August 2016

EBF3: final new features list!

Hey guys, I thought I’d make a detailed list of the changes in the Steam version of EBF3.
Se here it goes:

New Options:
• There’s a new options menu which includes sound, game speed, fullscreen, and window size/resolution.
• The new resolutions are a bit higher than the original one, but they’re not quite HD.
• Game speed let’s you play at double speed if your computer is fast enough – useful for backtracking or grinding.
• There’s also a “Frameskip” setting for slow computers – this will always run the game at normal speed, and skip a lot of frames if it has to.

New Features:
• There’s Steam achievements!
• The Steam overlay works! (You can easily take funny screenshots with F12)
• There’s a foe wave counter in battle now!
• Scanned foes’ information can now be viewed at any time during your turn – like in EBF4.
• Minigame achievements are noticeably easier.
• Text pops up when a status effect is inflicted – like in EBF4.
• The party heals faster when walking around later in the game.
• There’s more useful tips scattered around the menus and tutorial.
• Jpgs and music are uncompressed now, and the battle backgrounds have a higher resolution – so some things should look a bit better.
• There’s more fanart in the gallery now.
• There’s no ads or links during gameplay.
• Tiny interface improvements here and there.
• Lance’s general defence buffed by 10% – he died too much and I don’t think this was intentional.

New Content:
• None.

Misc stuff:
• Steam doesn’t even need to be running to play the game – it’s completely offline and standalone. (But you’ll have to turn Steam on later to upload your achievements.)
• The links and credits on the main menu and ending and have been updated – EBF3 is just a big ad for EBF4!
• The old graphics quality option is gone, because Adobe are stupid – I’ll add this back later if they make it possible.
• The game is Windows only for now – but I’m considering Mac support (and for my other games too). I’ll just need to get a Mac first, and I really don’t want one.

EBF3 Testers Needed

Who has time over the next few days to test EBF3 on Steam?
I’m ready to give out some early keys.

Leave a comment and I’ll email you a key. (I’ve got a limited number though)

The game should be 100% ready for release, unless you guys find something that doesn’t work.

Make sure the achievements and Steam overlay work, play a while, check the links, comment on any of the new features you notice, etc.

Seaside Adventures

Had a lazy week last week while waiting on the whole Greenlight thing. Went on two road trips to the seaside.

First one me and Ronja drove to the beach in the seaside towns of Troon and Ayr. I’ve been driving a few years now but haven’t really went far from home yet, so I’m starting to explore more. Most of Scotland’s population is concentrated around Glasgow and Edinburgh and sometimes I forget that there’s a lot more to Scotland than those cities, so there’s a lot for me to see still.

We got to Ayr a bit late and the beaches were crazy crowded, so we retreated to a cool underground pub called the Smoking Goat and had the whole place to ourselves. The basements of old buildings look very dungeon-like. <3

A few days later we headed out to the the island of Arran with my brother, his girlfriend, and a family friend from Poland. We didn’t plan things too well and the ferry to the island was all booked up for cars. We drove a little bit further and took a ferry to the island of Bute instead. The weather changed a lot through the day, from rainy to super sunny to rainy again. As it does in Scotland.

We stopped at a few beaches for picnics, and hiked along the seaside a bit and saw some cool cliffs. There was this fancy mansion with huge gardens that was a popular tourist destination – but entry was too expensive for the group’s tastes. I kind of want to go back there someday though.

The final and ultimate attraction was the seals! There was a rocky beach where about 12 seals were chilling out. The way seals move is hilarious – they just bounce around. Unfortunately Ronja didn’t get to see them cause she couldn’t make the steep climb down to the beach. ):

Also last night there was a power cut in our town. Looks like almost the whole town was out for an hour. I’ve never seen such a big power cut before – In my previous home it was usually only one street that got affected by these things. It was really spooky!

Me and Ronja went out onto a bridge over the motorway to see how far the darkness stretched. It was a lot of fun – seeing real darkness is rare in urban life.