Thursday, May 24, 2012

Hero Tower Defense Thursday: Day 39 - Community Request: Playable Races!

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Go here to read Day 38 of Hero Tower Defense Thursday.




Just a short post this week while we continue to chug away at the next release which should be coming soon. Another benefit of the new graphics system is that it will allow us to more easily add additional playable races. Before it meant an exponential amount of more work when adding armor because of all the additional frames required for the new race. Now, since it's in 3D, it's just a little extra work fitting it to the model of the new race and then rendering out all the necessary frames accordingly.

So, what this means is we have a lot more flexibility with what sort of playable races we can put into the game since the workload is far less significant. This works out because we weren't going to have much focus on race wars and factions but rather on good and evil. In other words it'll be a common occurrence to see a mix of races working together on everything from daily tasks to fighting a common enemy.

This is where you guys come in. What are some races you would like to be able to chose from? Are you a fan of the tried and true trifecta of Human, Orc, and Elf? Are you more interested in an obscure race that you don't see so often such as Golems (like Kevin!)? Tell us what sort of races you'd like to be able to play as in the comments!


In the Works:

  • Design

    • Pet System (50%)
    • Interface Revision (75%)

  • Graphics

    • Unit: Human Male - Revision (75%)
    • Unit: Fire Gecko - Melee Concept (75%)
    • Unit: Fire Gecko - Ranged Concept (75%)
    • Unit: Meerkat Non-Combat Pet - Concept (25%)
    • Unit: Goblin - Concept (25%)

  • Programming

    • Graphic Processing Revision (50%)
    • Saving Inventory and Equipment Setup (0%)


    Check out Kevin's blog, KXN @ HTD for HTD art-related concepts, WIPs, polls, and more!

    And of course, leave any suggestions, ideas, or other feedback you might have in the comments!Thanks!


    -Dan

    79 comments:

    1. What if there was an animal race like a bear, dog, or a type of bird

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    2. I would like to see a half-human half-dragon race.

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      1. Whoa! I just sent an email to Sam describing a half-human half-dragon race! And then i scrolled down the comments and saw this! Great minds think alike!

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    3. Second, I'd like to see some more ubscure races like gnomes and golems

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    4. human elf orc. race benefits human none they are well rounded and can learn multiple spells. elves are more adept in magic than melee attacks.orcs have more strength speed but cant learn magic

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    5. I would love to see a race of human/animal hybrids, like mole-people, lycans (Human/wolf) or any other combination ^__^

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    6. i think wolf people should be included or maybe satyrs

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      1. you mean were wolfs

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      2. no he means lycans -_-'

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      1. yeah like creature from the black lagoon people

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      2. Gills, fins, and scales! Go fish!

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      3. you mean like namor (marvel super hero,he is the king of...um i forget there names but like people with gills)

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      4. Atlantis and yes! Creature from the Black Lagoon! They'd be awesome!

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    8. They aren't really a race I guess but I'd like to see vampires.

      Also: werewolves, dwarves and maybe a robotic-ish race would be cool.

      Argonians? Khajit?

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      1. Someone's been playing Skyrim...

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    9. I want the half human half horse (can't remember what they are called in english)

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    10. Ghosts or vampires

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    11. I think Ninjas would be cool

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    12. Nagas, Lizardmen, Centaurs, Some kind of Angels
      (or just men with wings), Plantmen and DWARFS!!!

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    13. I really like the playable race idea! I would like werewolves, golems, and fish-people! -mrev62000

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    14. something kinda like gorons maybe from Zelda Oot or frog peoplo hoo are good with water moves (gorons be good with fire maybe)

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    15. there should be like 20 different races that d be awesome Dan Man

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    16. i think there should be some kinds of modes like assasin/heavy/archer/engineer/and for a certain species flying also a charcter i would like to see would be a wolf

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    17. Humans, Canines, Felines, Lycans, Vampires, Fish, Reptiles, Amphibians, Birds, other Mammal. NOW for hybrids, Human Dragon, Lypires (Lycans and Vampires), Fenine (Feline and Canine), Bird Fish, Repphibian (Reptile and Amphibian)

      -Pat

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    18. Funny Sam, unless you were to see mermaids.

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      1. Scantily clad mermaids!!!

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    19. @Sam Make them Nyrids/Mermaids/Undines. Oh and cat people. Can't for get the cat people.

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    20. goblins angels shadows flame golem multiple races of elf how has no one said dwarf and if ur adding lyncathrope they should be for quest gain so you can get a ability to turn into one (werewolf bear boar badger cheetah tiger platypus ext...)plus quests and gameplay should change a bit relevent to your race a human is more likely to ask for help from another person then a orc

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    21. Good one Sam. I have 20 suggestion: Hobbits, Trolls, OriCai, Nazgul, Satyrs/Fauns, Draconairs (dragons shaped like a human), Dracons, Dragons, UnDead, Furriers, (Humans that can change into diferent animals at will), Vampires, Empousai (She-Demons), Wizards, Humans, Orcs, Elves, Gnomes, Golems, Mole-people, and Lykens.
      4 out of 11 of thouse come for the L.O.T.R movies/books (Lord Of The Rings) and one out of eleven come from the book the Hobbit.

      (Gir: It's that way no wait it's over there.
      Zim: How can you not know I just updated your Gidance system.
      Gir: Oh, I lefted that at home.
      Zim: You lefted what at home?
      Gir: The gidey chipy thingy.
      Zim: You. Why would you do that?
      Gir: To make room for the cupcake. From Invader Zim
      ZIM.

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    22. how about one race is human/angel and another race is human/demon

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    23. Honestly I think it would seem like something was missing if it didn't have humans, elves, and orcs, but there should be more obscure races. Like someone else said lycans would be nice, maybe shades/wraiths, golems do sound like they'd be fun. There aren't enough games with fish people are there Sam? Also maybe demons and some form of beast shaman that can become different types of animals in battle. The possibilities really are endless though.

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    24. I'll be playing as a human. Though something as a catgirl is always fun.

      I mean a human with animal characteristics.

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    25. human whit fire

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    26. What about breeding? Will you be able to breed battle pets to make better battle pets? Also I would like Dwarf werewolfs.

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      1. Hmm, haven't thought about breeding really. Your pets would get better by leveling up and such though.

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    27. bugmen
      octopeople
      pixies
      hobbits
      minotaur
      dragonpeople
      fishmen
      crabs
      golems (what they're made of changes with there native element)
      robots
      and of course...
      ZOMBIES! :D
      Gorfon
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    28. Human/orc/elf works well, and I wouldn't be against it, but I think it's the most fun when the author (of the world) creates his own races.

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    29. please make a pure dragon race please that would be the best thing Ive ever seen..... i play alot of games but not enough of them have a dragon as a main part of it where they are good. it would be so awesome and new if you did that...or at least make it a pet lol

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    30. Are That Joke Sam?
      -Unknown Name-

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    31. I would love to see creatures based on japanese mythology, and not just the ordinary elsf, orcs, trolls etc... Japanese mythology are so seldom represented in games, although it is So. Very. Facinating. They have a very wide assortment of creatures to choose from. If I was to pick only one, though, I would perhaps go for the kitsune, which freaquently appears in folklore as wise foxes. Also I think perhaps they are the easiest to adapt as a "race".

      Also I think whales are epic, although I see the problem to make a race out of them in the game.

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      1. WHALES ARE AWESOME!!!!!!

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      2. WHHAAAAAAAALLEEEEESSS!!!!! Killer Whales! Orca men! Schwertwalen! It would be AWESOME to have a Orca/Human hybrid!

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    32. Legend of zelda style races such as Zora and goron-ish people. Oh and jaguar people (don't ask why)

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    33. i want a dino-man or some really cool

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    34. elf, dwarf, human, orc, half-dragon/half-human, monk, goblin, etc.

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    35. I want to see a platypus/Bader/Human race

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    36. Centaurs and dwarves would be cool lololol

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    37. What about muthical creatures, like hydra or the three headed dog as pets. As for races, I agree that there should be animal/humans hybrids like mermaids, werewolves, and such.

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    38. a chuck norris race

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    39. Wolf people or other anthros would be awesome.

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    40. golems gnomes undead trolls dragonkin elfs humans and aliens

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    41. Would this put a limitation on what races can become what classes? Like can a golem be a fast and agile rogue.

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      1. No limitations really, that would complicate things too much with the system we have. We want it to be more fun that realistic anyway.

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      2. Aww... i guess it might be ok...

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    42. Perhaps frogs/amphibians would be cool and unique.

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    43. I don't think krogans are possible, but please say they are

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    44. You should make Lycans, Dark Elves, And also Night Elf Mohawks

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    45. animal cross breeds!!!
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      turtle/swordfish cross
      winged rhinos

      plant/animal crosses!!
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      tree/upright gorrila cross
      sunflowers/upright praying mantis-like animal cross

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    46. @Anon 6:56
      That's a bit overpowered don't you think

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    47. Maybe gods? They would be extremely easy to implement - two stats: omniscience and omnipotence. And I'm not joking. It could be either temporary, for example on april's fool day or whatever it is called in English, or as a reward for getting 100% completion once the game is finished.

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    48. Banthas! With the unique ability of being milked by tusken raiders! Everybody loves uselessness! Not joking.

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    49. Don't forget ur friendly dwarf

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    50. Thanks for all the suggestions guys! Definitely some interesting ones in here and it's nice to see what people favor. There certainly seems to be a good mix of traditional races and more obscure races which fits right in line with what we had in mind as well.

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