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Project: Gorgon is a 3D fantasy MMORPG (massively-multiplayer online role-playing game) that features an immersive experience that allows the player to forge their own path through exploration and discovery. We won't be guiding you through a world on rails, and as a result there are many hidden secrets awaiting discovery. Project: Gorgon also features an ambitious skill based leveling system that bucks the current trend of pre-determined classes, thus allowing the player to combine skills in order to create a truly unique playing experience.

The Project: Gorgon development team is led by industry veteran Eric Heimburg. Eric has over a decade of experience working as a Senior and Lead Engineer, Developer, Designer and Producer on successful games such as Asheron’s Call 1 and 2, Star Trek Online and other successful Massively Multiplayer Online Games.



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    Dev Notes, March 10 2017

    Gazluk Keep

    Building Gazluk Keep -- the new group dungeon in Gazluk -- took a lot more time to finish than we originally anticipated. A big chunk of the extra time was spent on basic optimization. This is a big dungeon with a lot of enemies, but still the dungeon had much worse framerate than we expected. We don't do a lot of client-side optimization during alpha, so I was pretty rusty at it, and there were new Unity tools to learn how to use, too. All in all, we learned a lot about how to optimize large-scale dungeons -- which should speed up work on the next big dungeon.

    But despite that work, there are still framerate problems in Gazluk Keep. That's due to the large number of humanoid monsters in there -- namely, all the orcs! Currently, orcs use the same armor system as players do, so they're very expensive to render -- much more expensive than simple monsters like the giant worgs or spiders. Optimizing the humanoid-rendering system (including monsters like orcs, but also players) is definitely on our to-do list, but some other things have to happen first, so it'll be a few months before we get the framerate higher in there.


    Group Size and Loot

    We're still gathering feedback on the new dungeon, but one change is clearly needed soon: we need to lock down group sizes and looting rights. Right now, we're incentivizing everyone to group up into clumps of as many players as possible. That doesn't just sap the challenge from the dungeon, it's also just a lot more boring.

    I mentioned recently that we were waiting on this change until the new GUI was done, but I've changed my mind -- I'm implementing it now and it will be in the next snapshot build. (The GUI display will be rudimentary, but good enough for now.)

    Here's how it will work:
    • Hunting groups will be capped at six players instead of 10.
    • When fighting elite and boss monsters, only the first group that attacks it will be able to loot it.
    • The monster will become "locked" to the first attacker's group, with a little lock icon visible to other players and groups to let them know.
    • Each member of the locked group will get their own share of treasure, just as they do now, but no one outside that group will be able to loot the corpse.
    • This applies to elites and bosses only! Looting rights for other monsters will continue as they are now.
    • This only affects loot. Things like XP, combat wisdom, and curse removal remain as they are now.


    That's it. It's actually a pretty small change, all told. It doesn't change other game mechanics, because right now I'm mostly concerned about the proliferation of loot.

    This change is really important for group dungeons like Labyrinth and Gazluk Keep, but I'm also eager to see how this affects druid events. Right now, it seems that druids group up into mega-groups, sometimes with over a dozen people killing the same hapless monster, even when it would be much faster to split up. If druids start grouping in more sensibly-sized groups, several of the events will become much faster -- possibly too fast, it's hard to tell. That's information I need before adding the next batch of druid events.

    We'll take it slowly and see the ramifications of this change, then make other changes as necessary. We’ll be watching our metrics, of course, but -- as always! -- we will need your feedback.


    Coming Soon: Bard

    The Bard skill is on deck and tentatively scheduled for the next snapshot!

    The bard is a group support skill. Bards can provide great support in duos and small groups, but they really shine in groups of five or six, where their group-wide buffs have the most impact. Bard pairs well with Mentalism in that way, and in fact the two skills were designed to work well together. But there are lots of other possible skill pairings.

    In order to use Bard abilities, you must have either a lute or a battle-horn equipped. (Or both!) Bard abilities include some very powerful short-term buffs, a couple of healing abilities, and a mesmerize ability. But bards also get some special types of abilities as well: Songs and Blasts.

    You need a lute to use the bard's Song abilities. The lute is equipped in the main hand -- a change from the current snapshot, where lutes are off-hand items. There are three songs, each with different effects, but you can only play one at a time. Once you start playing a song, it will keep playing automatically until you move or play another song (or manually toggle the song off). While you play a song, you can't move -- since that ends the song -- but you can use other bard abilities, or perform attacks with your off-hand weapon. For instance, Bard+Archery seems like it'll be an interesting combination.

    Blast abilities, on the other hand, use a battle horn. The battle horn (which sounds like a real-world shofar or similar animal-horn instrument) is equipped in the off-hand slot. There are three Blast abilities, all of which are attacks. Wielding a battle horn plus a melee weapon lets you create a "front-line" bard, such as Bard+Sword.

    What happens to the existing music system? Nothing. The existing lute and horn instruments, such as the "Basic Lute", will technically work for bards' abilities, but bards will eventually want more specialized instruments with bard-specific buffs.

    There are lots of other little details that are still being worked out. For instance, unlocking the bard skill is a bit tricky ... but I'll talk about that in the next dev note, since I'm still working out the exact details.


    Bard Music

    The bard's music has required some extra technical care. If you ever played classic EverQuest, you may remember their bards as being silent -- they strum their lutes but no sound comes out. Since EverQuest had combat music playing in the background all the time, a bard's music would just be cacophonous.

    But in Project: Gorgon, we only use combat music sparingly, mainly for bosses. So I asked Conor Brace, our amazing music guy, to make it possible for bardic songs to play alongside the combat music. He cooked up variants of each bard song to accompany the different combat-music tracks.

    Here the bard is playing the Song of Resurgence, and then combat with a boss begins. Take a listen.


    Client Crashes

    There's been an increase in client crashes recently. The odd thing is that the crashes don't seem to have started at the same time as a game update. Due to delays, the second-to-latest snapshot was live for a month, and the crashes seemed to start about two weeks after it was live. Normally when this happens it's due to a bad video driver, but in this case I don't think so. It may be some other OS change, like a DirectX change or something else.

    I haven't been able to reproduce the crash here, but players have sent in crash logs that show the game is running out of video memory. That suggests there's a video-memory leak. The newest client snapshot does use a bit more video memory than the previous one, so the crashes may be slightly more frequent, but there's something else wrong in there.

    We don't actually manage video memory directly -- it's entirely done by the Unity game engine. So the fix for this will have to come from a Unity engine update. In fact, it's been a while since we upgraded our Unity version, so the fix may have already happened. In the next snapshot, we're upgrading from Unity 5.4.4 to Unity 5.5.2. That's many months' worth of fixes and improvements, and hopefully it will address the underlying problem. If not, we'll contact Unity and get them looking at it.

    These sorts of crashes have come and gone several times during the game's development. It's just an aspect of developing for Windows: all the drivers and devices keep changing, and it takes a while to sort the problems out. But they do get sorted out!

    In the short term, if you're crashing a lot and you have a low-end video card (or a laptop without a dedicated video card), there is something you can do to improve things. From within the game, open the Options window, click Graphics, then Advanced Overrides. Override the "Texture Memory Restriction" to 2 or 3. Then restart the client. This override will make the game textures blurrier (the higher the number, the blurrier they'll get), but they will take up a lot less video memory!

    (Speaking of blurry textures, if you ever wanted to see what the game might look like on an N64 console, set that texture memory restriction to 6.)


    Next Snapshot

    We are aiming to have the next snapshot out in about a week, maybe a week and a half, depending on how things go. In addition to the group changes and the bard skill, we’re working on a visual upgrade to Serbule. I think you'll like the new Serbule ... but I'll talk about that next week when I have some screenshots to show off!

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    I don't know if we are supposed to respond but just want to say "WOW"! Amazing and impressed <3 (I am low level so should point out that my input is not really going to matter on the dungeon changes lol, just realized that!) I love the bard thing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Citan View Post
    because right now I'm mostly concerned about the proliferation of loot.

    This is something that I noticed a bit lately, the influx of new players, new areas, new levels, these all brought lots of activity into the game and was thinking about starting a thinking about starting a thread on how this is affecting the in-game loot economy. Most notable is that there seems, to me, to be a accumulating over-saturation of higher quality/tier items so much that players are Transmuting them mid dungeon run because they are running out of inv room from so many items vs being selective. I may still make a thread to see what others think.

    Quote Originally Posted by Citan View Post
    Coming Soon: Bard

    The Bard skill is on deck and tentatively scheduled for the next snapshot!
    Quite excited to see this. This was one of the promised kickstarter stretch goals(the 40k one to be exact) and am quite happy to see this coming out to play for us so soon.

    These next few incoming weeks look to be a roller-coaster with these changes. Better buckle up people! The alpha train is coming.

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    I understand the reason for reducing the group size and setting the loot to the first group etc. but this is going to get rid of guild runs of any dungeon. We setup a weekly lab guild run, not so we could zerg, but so we could join forces and do something together in the game besides guild quests. Some folks I dont see all week until that lab run. Now that will be gone. It would be nice to have something that would let larger groups of players have fun together.

    A "workaround" for the smaller groups is to coordinate pulls and have the 2 groups alternate. Not that I'm looking for a way to break/abuse the game dynamics but simply looking for a way to have fun with 10-15 guild members once a week, and pointing out a potential flaw.

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    Groups of 6 will ruin GK runs. GK is far too difficult for 6 with the current number of players forming groups there. Do you really want us ALL to have to be archer/druid? 10 was fine, but having a second group able to loot was stupid. PLEASE reconsider 6.

    Also, while I agree loot was too frequent with the original patch, the loot now is pathetically bad and makes me want to quit GK altogether. Bosses are dropping blues and reds if lucky, and the GENERIC MODS are out of control.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Animal[801] View Post
    Groups of 6 will ruin Mant runs and GK runs. GK is far too difficult for 6 with the current number of players forming groups there. Do you really want us ALL to have to be archer/druid? 10 was fine, but having a second group able to loot was stupid. PLEASE reconsider 6.
    I can't say I saw any groups give GK a "fair attempt" to determine balance. Everyone went in with their full 60 yellow gear and multiple groups and slaughtered most things.


    Thursday-ish last week I went through 1st floor GK with a single group of 6 players, everyone had their best gear. We wiped a 1-2 times but it is possible to make it through the first floor with 6 players in a group.

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    I like the announced changes overall, I know most don't. However as it was already mentioned you'd have to reroll Gaz Keep to how it was before patch (the mobs are a bit too tough for 6 even with OP gear).Also not happy to forcing us into being archer either we want that or not. For now in a group of 6- 3 have to be archer druid and 3 sword mentalism and that's excluding people who don't want to play those classes. I'm inclined to suggest reconsidering the amount of spawns, their HP and their "clustering". Otherwise we have to use an archer as tank basically and have spare archers for damage and hook shots.

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    Oh well, no knife wielding support bard for me. Still looks cool and I will check it out to see how it pairs with psychology. I am also eager to see the other changes as well such as the graphical upgrade and how 6 man groups and new looting rules will effect the game.

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    I'm still young here, but it kind of seems like the proposed group/boss changes are like instancing but without the separate instances. The caps make it seem less 'realistic', I think it could be better if the Boss could recognize how many are within a certain distance or attacking and call on more minions/backup for a more even match.

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    Bard on the horizon, I can see it now.
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