The Alphamatic

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Who would you want to see as the playable character?

Keep it Keen
14
40%
Lindsey
3
9%
Spot
5
14%
Oracle Janitor
1
3%
Lt. Barker
12
34%
 
Total votes: 35

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Re: The Alphamatic

Post by KeenRush » Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:31

Looking pretty good! Can't wait to play. Looking like a set of complex levels. The altered palette does wonders.
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Post by proYorp » Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:47

I like how this uses the same colours for the introductory "Commander Keen" letters as Exile of the Krile. Usually it seems people like to use unique colours for each mod (which have probably all been used at least once by now) but I feel like it really denotes how this is a series. It just fits with the Atroxian Realm style.


I read the story draft on page 2 and it definitely has a very Keenish feel to it. However, I have a few minor nitpicks. I'm not sure that it's even the latest version or not, but if I may make a few suggestions:

At the beginning, it's Spot who announces they haven't heard from Keen in ages. But Spot lives right in Keen's backyard so he theoretically should've heard from Keen every day. Or did the adventure on Krisle really take that long?
At any rate, it feels like Spot should greet Keen when he arrives. It doesn't quite make sense if he's just in some interplanetary phone call, since he should be right where Keen is.

Also, this is just a personal opinion, but I've never really been a fan of portraying the Oracle Janitor as a big grump. *Everyone gasps in shock* In the original game he always seemed to me to just be an apologetic goofball who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. But I don't know, I guess everyone's grown attached to Ceilick's "grumpy old man" interpretation. Minor nitpicks, like I said.


That being said though, the levels in AR were the best I've seen in a long time, possibly ever. Arguably the most important part of a mod. So I'm very much looking forward to playing this! :)
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Re: The Alphamatic

Post by Gridlock » Wed May 10, 2017 21:49

Hey! Things have calmed down a lot for me, so I finally have the time to get back to this project. I'm going back in cold since it's been like 4-5 months since I've touched anything, but once I get into it and finish up the remaining tasks, I'm hoping to get another round of testing going. I'll let you know when that's ready, but feel free to let me know if you're interested.

I want to get this wrapped up as soon as possible, so I'm hoping the release will be soon. As far remaining tasks, some music issues need to be resolved, I need to test a few patches that Levellass did ages ago, and I need to fix some other minor issues and playtest more. Based on the feedback you all gave, I'll also take another look at the story texts and see if they can be improved. Thanks for waiting!
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Re: The Alphamatic

Post by Levellass » Sat May 13, 2017 14:38

The way things are shaping up, this should be he summer of mods.
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Re: The Alphamatic

Post by Roobar » Sat May 13, 2017 16:10

For once I'm almost surprised that Levellass wasn't to blame for the delay :crazy .

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Re: The Alphamatic

Post by Levellass » Fri May 19, 2017 22:01

Nobody knows this, but I actually work for Mortimer, slowing down all possible Keen mods.
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Re: The Alphamatic

Post by Gridlock » Fri Jun 09, 2017 21:20

Hey everyone! Just doing some more testing and polishing on the game. Thanks to Mobiethian for helping with the latest round of testing.

With E3 starting tomorrow, I thought I'd share in the spirit and give you a new trailer for The Alphamatic:

https://youtu.be/Shn0xbWblcY

Thanks!
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Re: The Alphamatic

Post by Plasma Captain » Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:54

Gosh, yes. Keen 5 is my favourite episode. I'm looking forward to it.

Very nice video, by the way.

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Re: The Alphamatic

Post by KeenRush » Sat Jun 10, 2017 21:04

Gonna be good, gonna be good!
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Re: The Alphamatic

Post by Mobiethian » Fri Jun 16, 2017 16:58

Very good. Testing is coming along nicely, I'm excited!

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Re: The Alphamatic

Post by Gridlock » Sun Jun 25, 2017 22:44

Just a little over a week away. If you didn't see from the trailer, the game will be released July 4. :korath

I wanted to ask people's thoughts about UNZELXE and the Keen executable. I won't be distributing Keen5.exe due to copyright reasons, and that'll mean people will need to unpack their own with UNZELXE. However, some web protection programs / virus scanners don't like UNZELXE. I found that McAfee's Web Protect software would flag the download as malware, and even if you accepted the download, it would delete UNZELXE.exe from the folder. I ended up just uninstalling Web Protect to get the download to work on Chrome. I'm currently running Avira (free) on my Windows 10, and it doesn't flag it, but it's possible other programs might.

Does anybody have any suggestions on how to make this process easier for unfamiliar users who might not want to deal with these issues? I think I'll include the setup batch file shipped with Keen 9 to make this process easier, but people still need to get UNZELXE onto their computers in the first place. Anyone else had this problem?
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Re: The Alphamatic

Post by K1n9_Duk3 » Sun Jun 25, 2017 23:23

Gridlock wrote:
Sun Jun 25, 2017 22:44
UNZELXE
Don't you mean UNLZEXE? Also, I'm not much of a Keen modder, but I don't think you need to include UNLZEXE itself in a mod release at all. CKPATCH has built-in code to decompress and patch the executable on the fly. And without CKPATCH, there would be no way to play the mod anyway.
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Re: The Alphamatic

Post by Fleexy » Sun Jun 25, 2017 23:31

The newest version of CKPatch doesn't need the EXE to be pre-UNLZEXE'd. I just tested it on a fresh Keen 5 executable and it worked. You can get the newest version from KeenWiki, or use the one that Abiathar spits out. I realized just now that I never needed an UNLZEXE feature in Abiathar because it has shipped this CKPatch version since v1.4. :dopekeen

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Re: The Alphamatic

Post by Gridlock » Sun Jun 25, 2017 23:42

Thank you! Here I am living in the past. So nice to hear this is no longer the case.
Don't you mean UNLZEXE
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Re: The Alphamatic

Post by K1n9_Duk3 » Sun Jun 25, 2017 23:53

Fleexy wrote:
Sun Jun 25, 2017 23:31
You can get the newest version from KeenWiki
I believe NY00123's "unofficial" CKPatch is the newest version. Don't know why it's not mentioned on the KeenWiki.
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