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    Thread: Friday Update 8/4 in News & Announcements

  1. Grummz

    Grummz Administrator Ember Dev

    Just wanted to give everyone an update on the progress of Em-8ER!

    First of all, thank you to Ronyn for the manual processing of backers, and for Fillmore for the automated software he created to assign titles to backers here on the forums. By now all of you should have your titles. If you do not, check your e-mail and messages @Ronyn if you do not have your title.

    3D files for printed THMPRS will be e-mailed out next week. We are still finalizing the mailing list before we import it and send it out. The final round of physical book shipping is also complete, and the last round of THMPRs (non-painted) are going out on Monday. Painted THMPRs should be done by end of next week and will be shipped out then as well to Max Kahunas. Thank you for your patience on the physical goods. They are fun but a huge time sink and we are glad to have them wrapped up!

    The Omniframe is looking sick. Joe is nearly done with the hi-poly model. We will post screenshots very soon of the untextured model. Once we have the lo-poly done (a faster process), we will send it to our rigger and then to animation.

    We also have been working on completing the human female. Our "lo-poly" version is going to end up being 100,000 polys, as that's the standard for modern games. Don't worry, these render extremely fast in Joe's tests using automated LOD systems such as Simplygone. Polygons are not so much the issue in performance these days. We are finding that shader complexity and lighting to be much bigger potential bottlenecks we have to look out for.

    I've been working with Michael Bross on our dynamic music needs. We looked at a few engines and decided to use Wwise, which is widely regarded in the industry. We used it on Firefall but it has grown since then. Wwise has a great Indie price of zero dollars to start, which is also nice for our tight budget. Bross and I have been talking through the dynamic combat music of the THMPR encounter and he is thrilled to be on the project.

    Meanwhile it took almost 3 weeks for the funds to clear from IndieGoGo but we have them now. Thank you very much! With the funds we started ordering some much needed software (bad CPU in one of our work rigs was causing crashes) and will be ordering things such as the motion capture suits and other necessary expenses.

    Along those lines, we finally purchased a copy of Autodesk Maya, which our animators use, but which I've never been able to access until now. This will help immensely with tweaking what we get from rigging and animation and for our later mocap work.

    For motion capture, I've been looking at the various systems out there. A researcher friend of ours has had a lot of experience with the Neuron Perception suit and this looks to fit out needs. It has its quirks but having a friend who has dealt with them is a great resource to have. After discussing it with the animator, it looks like the best workflow will be to use motion capture to prototype animations, then use them to choose the best ones and create hand tuned version from those. This way we can try many things before deciding on the best animations.

    I've been evaluating software such as Houdini for creating terrain and bases. Houdini has better visualization for terrain vs World Machine, which is what I currently use. Houdini also has powerful level editing tools which might come in handy for bases. However, we've heard its hard to use, so we're being careful about jumping into something that might cost more time unless it has solid benefits.

    Finally, we have been working on both a login system for the game and a website where you can see your backed milestones, perks and perk status! Your Em-8ER unified login will link your forum and Discord accounts together as well. We think this is going to be an important tool for backers.

    Thank you again for all the support and we will be back regularly on Discord starting next week. Thank you!!!!

    - Grummz & The Em-8ER Team
     
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2017
  2. Thread: Backer Titles coming Online! in News & Announcements

  3. Ronyn

    Ronyn Deepstryker Community Manager

    Sent you a PM. lets get it sorted out. :D
     
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  4. Thread: [SUGGESTION] Taking inspiration from Armored Core in General Ember Discussion

  5. Ronyn

    Ronyn Deepstryker Community Manager

    While there are some issues in some places, there are plenty of healthy discussions involving folks of different viewpoints on these forums.
     
  6. Thread: Worries about gameplay... in General Ember Discussion

  7. Ronyn

    Ronyn Deepstryker Community Manager

    Variety, and "more powerful" can be situational. For example: If you have assault rifle, you might still want to collect a shotgun and a sniper file, as they are different weapons that are also stronger in their respective ranges.
     
  8. Thread: [SUGGESTION] Taking inspiration from Armored Core in General Ember Discussion

  9. Ronyn

    Ronyn Deepstryker Community Manager

    There was some confusion in terminology very early on, but Grummz has since clarified that even though he will often refer to "horizontal progression" in Em-8ER (because expanding options is the larger focus) he does intend for the player to gain some amount of direct power increase through progression.
     
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  10. Thread: Worries about gameplay... in General Ember Discussion

  11. Ronyn

    Ronyn Deepstryker Community Manager

    There will be some amount of direct increase in power from player progression. Though, overall, there will be far more expanding options (horizontal progression) than there will be gaining direct power (vertical progression).

    If that doesn't sound interesting to you, please explain why and we can find out of that is something we can address or if we are just going in a direction that doesn't work for you.
     
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  12. Thread: Worries about gameplay... in General Ember Discussion

  13. Ronyn

    Ronyn Deepstryker Community Manager

    Who is to say.....Even if a dev reads a thread doesn't necessarily mean they'll post in it.
    You just keep those ideas coming, and keep that positive attitude. It does get noticed. :)
     
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  14. Thread: Founder T-Shirts Available in General Ember Discussion

  15. Fillmore

    Fillmore test_title Forum Tech

    I can't get a solid answer from TeeSpring about what's going on. I've canceled the campaigns for now, and will find a different service to print and fulfill the T-Shirts. Congratulations to everybody who managed to get a T-Shirt from TeeSpring. Everybody else, I ask for your patience while I work this out.
     
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  16. Thread: Backer Titles coming Online! in News & Announcements

  17. Ronyn

    Ronyn Deepstryker Community Manager

    To all who haven't received their title yet, make sure to check your PM's in case I also attempted to contact you there.
    This likely applies to you my friends. @Galnart @Despair @Wuterbear
     
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  18. Thread: Worries about gameplay... in General Ember Discussion

  19. Ronyn

    Ronyn Deepstryker Community Manager

    For those hoping to get their suggestions read by the devs...
    It's worth noting that the more peaceful the discussion/disagreements a thread has, the higher chance of a dev actually reading it all the way through. While the opposite is also true. ;)
     
  20. Thread: Founder T-Shirts Available in General Ember Discussion

  21. Fillmore

    Fillmore test_title Forum Tech

    It's currently set to do a continuous relaunch. However, if I can't resolve the issue of some people getting their orders refunded for no reason, I may be switching to a different custom shirt/fulfillment house. Not sure yet. Probably at least one more round of the campaign though. :)
     
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  22. Thread: The Omniframe Revealed in Ember Art & Design Updates

  23. Ronyn

    Ronyn Deepstryker Community Manager

    Luckily this was explained by the artist -
    Oh click on "view attachment" to see where the arms are.

    @WatsonDynamite was essentially correct
     
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  24. Thread: Last Chance - FF Credit Program. Red 5 Studios Closing Firefall Tomorrow, July 7th in News & Announcements

  25. Ronyn

    Ronyn Deepstryker Community Manager

    Everyone, this program is closed. Due to Firefalls forums being taken down, we no longer have access to what we need to verify peoples accounts.
     
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  26. Thread: Firefall Credit Program - Em-8ER to offer full credit for founder packs in News & Announcements

  27. Ronyn

    Ronyn Deepstryker Community Manager

    Everyone, this program is now closed. Due to Firefalls forums being taken down, we no longer have access to what we need to verify peoples accounts.
     
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  28. Thread: Founder T-Shirts Available in General Ember Discussion

  29. Fillmore

    Fillmore test_title Forum Tech

    I'm contacting TeeSpring to see what gives.
     
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  30. Thread: Backer Titles coming Online! in News & Announcements

  31. Fillmore

    Fillmore test_title Forum Tech

    PM me your email.
     
  32. Thread: Backer Titles coming Online! in News & Announcements

  33. Fillmore

    Fillmore test_title Forum Tech

    There is a character limit to the custom titles. The limitation how many can fit within that in that field.

    I stored all your old titles in the db, so there shouldn't be any problem verifying what they were.
     
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  34. Thread: Backer Titles coming Online! in News & Announcements

  35. Ronyn

    Ronyn Deepstryker Community Manager

    Greetings Reapers,

    By now, most of you have received an email with a link to get your titles. All you have to do is click on it, and the appropriate titles will be applied to your account. Special thanks to our man @Fillmore for making an awesome script that made it possible!

    There are still some folks out there who didn't get any emails with Links. This means we still have a question or two to ask you, so expect an email from me tomorrow.

    Note: As of yet the new ribbons have not been color coded, they will be soon. Also, if anyone would like some of the their additional titles put back into their name, let me know here! Also, expect things to need a few manual adjustments here and there.

    That's it for now Reapers. Stay with us, things are ramping up!
    - Ronyn

    Update: Ribbons received their color, Email to verify the remaining accounts have been sent out this morning! 7/27/17.

    Note: Everyone, please remember that only scout level and above are eligible for forum titles. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/em-8er-mech-vs-kaiju-wargame-m3-milestone#/
     
  36. Thread: Instance debate in General Ember Discussion

  37. Ronyn

    Ronyn Deepstryker Community Manager

    I have seen plenty of debates from opposing views that don't have this level negativity bubbling up.
    Calm it down, or this gets moved to the flamewars section.
     
  38. Thread: Instance debate in General Ember Discussion

  39. Ronyn

    Ronyn Deepstryker Community Manager

    I moved this line of discussion to it's own thread. Everybody chill out a bit.

    Being that those terms can be open to interpretation, I will help clarify the forum rules - we are not concerned with colorful metaphors or "bad words" in general, our rules about how people interact is largely focused on preventing direct insults and personal attacks between people.

    In other words - We are not going to moderate the congratulatory phrase of "Youre a fucking genius" but we will moderate the insulting phrase of "you are an idiot".

    Hopefully that helps clear up an uncertain about where our lines are.