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You can now CANCEL your Travel Guide

GM Retser tells us we can now CANCEL a travel guide mid-trip. You’ll be left alone, he reminds us…

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Category: Game Design Discussions
Topic: Travel Guides

Date: 03/28/2017 03:58 PM CDT
From: GS4-RETSER
Subj: Travel Guide Update (Minor)
You can now CANCEL your travel guide mid-trip by asking or telling them to CANCEL.

This will send your guide prematurely packing back to their home on travel guide island. You will be left abandoned and all alone in a dark, unforgiving world. The shadows will encroach on your very soul in an instant. You will suffer!

In addition, your guide will now display some options if you ask them for help, information, or any other random input.

Retser, ASGM


Date: 03/28/2017 06:59 PM CDT
From: PEREGRINEFALCON
Subj: Re: Travel Guide Update (Minor)
>> You will be left abandoned and all alone in a dark, unforgiving world. The shadows will encroach on your very soul in an instant. You will suffer!

This makes me want to hire a travel guide just so I can CANCEL the trip mid-way.

— Robert

A powerful whirlpool is suddenly overtaken by a windy vortex!


Date: 03/29/2017 08:42 AM CDT
From: GS4-RETSER
Subj: Re: Travel Guide Update (Minor)
Do it.

Retser, ASGM


Date: 03/29/2017 10:16 AM CDT
From: BRAKIAN
Subj: Re: Travel Guide Update (Minor)
If someone stops a trip from EN to the Landing in Zul Logoth, it’s conceivable they could get stuck between cart rides.

If this is a true newbie, how is this going to be handled? Is the person stuck until they can get help?


Date: 03/29/2017 02:27 PM CDT
From: COLEMANJ
Subj: Re: Travel Guide Update (Minor)

The dwarves will be sure to put them to work in the mines.


Date: 03/29/2017 09:58 PM CDT
From: WORDMAGIC
Subj: Re: Travel Guide Update (Minor)
Yay, I’m quite pleased with having the option.

Hadn’t realized how bloody slow the travel guide was until using it semi recently, at which time I wished desperately for exactly this cancel ability.

~Amanda, player of Treeva


Date: 03/30/2017 07:10 AM CDT
From: RATHBONER
Subj: Re: Travel Guide Update (Minor)
>Hadn’t realized how bloody slow the travel guide was until using it semi recently, at which time I wished desperately for exactly this cancel ability.

If you tell them to shut up and go faster it speeds them up a lot. 30 minutes is still a long time, but its not the 2 hours they took on default settings last time I tried them.


Date: 03/30/2017 09:12 AM CDT
From: GS4-RETSER
Subj: Re: Travel Guide Update (Minor)
There is a very large prompt when you cancel warning you of your choice to cancel. People will then need to confirm the cancel by repeating the command.
That gives people an extra chance to potentially not go through with the cancel. If they cancel and find themselves stuck, they can use REPORT or ASSIST like normal.
The travel system moves people from room to room. I think most cancels will happen early in the adventure. Unless people want a tour guide to half-way points.

Retser, ASGM


Date: 03/30/2017 03:01 PM CDT
From: RATHBONER
Subj: Re: Travel Guide Update (Minor)
>Unless people want a tour guide to half-way points.

It used to be quite tricky to get through Sunfist requirements before the guide dragged you away.


Date: 03/30/2017 05:13 PM CDT
From: PEREGRINEFALCON
Subj: Re: Travel Guide Update (Minor)
>> Do it. ~Retser, ASGM

It appears I must blaze my own trail if I want to experience true loneliness and suffering.

>> The old halfling clerk says, “I’m afraid you are too experienced to be relying on travel guides.”

— Robert

A powerful whirlpool is suddenly overtaken by a windy vortex!


Date: 04/01/2017 01:46 PM CDT
From: RHACKWOR
Subj: Re: Travel Guide Update (Minor)
YAY! I’m so tired of having my guide with me, still. He can be pretty pester.

Thank you!

Lord Heartfire Durden the Guardian
Master At Arms


Date: 04/02/2017 08:24 AM CDT
From: NAAMIT
Subj: Re: Travel Guide Update (Minor)
I know the travel guides are built with TONs of messaging options and only a portion are visible in SF clicky. The typed verb ASK only mentions basic commands (which I thought it did before, too). Is this FAD?

> The guide continues, “You can try Asking me about one of the following: GO, SPEED, SLOW, STOP, QUIET, SPEAK, or CANCEL


Also: ask about ‘dark’ hits DARKA before DARKE. Potential responses that clawed through my skull:

1) This makes me hurt inside. It’s still too fresh.
2) SPOILERS!! GSSiii isn’t slated to start until June!!
3) Bug report

This seems to be FAD, but it would be super great to see this message updated to show that the Dark Alliance won the war and plunged the world in eternal darkness and despair. Surely someone would approve of this.

>>ask guide about dark elf
>The guide says, “The Dark Alliance has been a scourge upon the lands lately — they’ve attacked nearly every major city upon Elanith and have succeeded in their goals. Their four priests — beings of incredible power — shattered a holy artifact of Lorminstra, the Griffin Sword. They seek to convert its power to the dark, and use it for their own ends. Whether they will fall or not is yet to be seen.”

>>ask guide about darkelf
>The guide says, “In the aftermath of the Undead War, the Faendryl were banished to the land of Rhoska-Tor…..” (snip)


Date: 04/02/2017 08:45 AM CDT
From: HATESHI
Subj: Re: Travel Guide Update (Minor)
>…it would be super great to see this message updated to show that the Dark Alliance won the war and plunged the world in eternal darkness and despair. Surely someone would approve of this.–NAAMIT

I would approve of this.

– Overlord EK

>You now regard Eorgina with a warm demeanor.


Date: 04/02/2017 10:59 AM CDT
From: GS4-RETSER
Subj: Re: Travel Guide Update (Minor)
The travel guide actually had no smart-help options like that. I had to add them. I added in what was essential to the travel functionality and left all the Easter eggs hidden.

Hop… Hop… Hop…

Retser, ASGM


Date: 04/02/2017 11:52 AM CDT
From: NAAMIT
Subj: Re: Travel Guide Update (Minor)
Thank you for the change Retser. Being able to cancel saved me a good hour of time when my n00b started out in IMT but I needed him in TI (and not all the way down in TV).

 

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