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Deaths-Shadow
03-04-2012, 05:03 PM
Hi all,

This is just a quick post to give everyone a quick preview of the things Ducati, Zerxus, Sage, Scriptless and myself have been working on over on the N-Pulse development side of things.

We are aiming to bring a mixture of a new N-Pulse combined with the old classic feel. We will have various different levels from the original server in the new server with an updated tileset and story.

The server will hopefully have a very Zelda like feel, considering this is the roots of Graal and N-Pulse.

The story starts with a dark scene, your character is sat against a tree by a fire. Tent pitched in the background, slowly falling asleep. Once your character nods off several bandits creep onto the scene and one hits your character on the head. They raid your camp and take a pendant from your person.

Scene then moves to the next morning where an old hunter comes across you in the woods, and helps you, semi-conscious back to his hut. You awake and ask the man what happened. He explains how he found you and you realise your pendant is gone. The man gives you a basic sword and shield and tells you where your camp is. You head back to your camp to see if you can find your pendant.

Once you arrive at your camp you look around and find a letter/bandit orders directing that your camp be over run and your pendant stolen. It is signed off by the Brago Bandit Leader. You leave the camp in search of the group of bandits.



The rest of the story centres around finding the pendant that was stolen from you and the 8 elemental gems from the various temples around N-Pulse. Each gem will unlock a new ability that enables you to carry on with the story and unlock the next temple. The temples will be based on the original Zelda games to give N-Pulse a more Zelda like feel.

There will also be various jobs that a player can do which will earn him/her gralat. These will include things like: Fishing, Logging/Lumbering, Farming, Mining, Cooking and Alchemy. As well as gralat these will also enable you to make items such as arrows, bombs, food and various different potions.

Here is a sneak preview of a few other levels dotted around N-Pulse that we are working on.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v172/Ducati/N-Pulse%20Preview/2.png
Forest Temple entrance

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v172/Ducati/N-Pulse%20Preview/3.png
Mini Water temple entrance

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v172/Ducati/N-Pulse%20Preview/4.png
Volcano/Lava

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v172/Ducati/N-Pulse%20Preview/5.png
Goddess Town

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v172/Ducati/N-Pulse%20Preview/6.png
Dan and Ann's House

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v172/Ducati/N-Pulse%20Preview/7.png
The Grave keepers House

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v172/Ducati/N-Pulse%20Preview/8.png
The Church

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v172/Ducati/N-Pulse%20Preview/11.png
Broken Bridge

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v172/Ducati/N-Pulse%20Preview/12.png
Link Ranch

Hope everyone likes the preview and what we've been working on.

Emera
03-04-2012, 05:25 PM
That's looking fantastic!

NicoX
03-04-2012, 05:43 PM
Really nice.

Darlene159
03-04-2012, 05:50 PM
Very nice!

Fulg0reSama
03-04-2012, 06:00 PM
That grass looks familiar, Might I ask who did it? It looks nice.

Hezzy002
03-04-2012, 06:25 PM
Great comeback. Keep it up.

callimuc
03-04-2012, 06:50 PM
Looks great. Keep going

That grass looks familiar, Might I ask who did it? It looks nice.

BomyIsland?

Fulg0reSama
03-04-2012, 06:57 PM
BomyIsland?

Don't know. That's why I asked! :p

Crono
03-04-2012, 07:37 PM
kinda nice i guess, but why the bomy island grass.

Lao_Su2
03-04-2012, 08:58 PM
Great job all, keep up the hard work

xXziroXx
03-04-2012, 09:25 PM
not sure why you want to use grass with a sand texture, but other than that it looks nice

MattKan
03-05-2012, 12:44 AM
That's a nice tileset. It contains the best graphics submitted to the forums recolored and mixed up in a way that looks really good. Very nice!

Ducati_Link
03-05-2012, 02:27 AM
Hey guys,

Thanks for the great response.

The grass was done by Zerxus, he was inspired by Bomy Island but it was actually a recolour of our current desert tile (not shown here). We currently havn't had a GFX to help us out, so we have gone through what we think is a good combination of freeware GFX on the forums (and anything not, but taken unknownly, we will of course change) and alot of old GFX from EOA, and many stages of N-Pulse life. So all in all, I think Zerxus has done an awesome compromise with the grass. :)

We are currently looking for NAT's and GFX - so anyone interested, please get in contact with me :)

Thanks,

Ducati

ffcmike
03-06-2012, 12:26 AM
It's good to see a server remake which is attempting something new and purposeful (and it does look visually impressive so far), rather than just digging up something which already died of natural causes, or trying to achieve easy success by piecing together other peoples work and pushing it on a new platform.

It does however seem that at least some of the tiles might have been blown up from LTTP:

http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/2139/oddw.gif

Classic's sewer dungeon walls were based on the same thing, and especially with Graal itself originally being a rip of and even still containing tiles from Zelda, I know it's easy to get that impression when it might not be the case. Making the comparisons, it does seem like those forest temple tiles are just a couple of pixels different from the blown up Misery Mire tiles.

Draenin
03-06-2012, 01:38 AM
Looks sexy. Keep it up.

Ducati_Link
03-06-2012, 01:53 AM
FFCMike, you are more than less right - there is tiles there that do need to be reworked a bit, but as I said before.. we don't have a GFX Artist.. so we are using those to keep the work flow, and once we find someone, they can help us go over these things to customize them for us. (and wont effect progress to making the levels) :)

Matt
03-07-2012, 11:29 PM
Looks very nice, good job. :)

SlikRick
03-09-2012, 04:11 AM
Looks good so far Ducati, good going.

Bam112
03-09-2012, 07:59 AM
Looking good so far!

SolidSnake3184
03-13-2012, 07:55 PM
Looks great.

Galdor
03-13-2012, 08:51 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v172/Ducati/N-Pulse%20Preview/6.png

Really tasty colors here :D I wanna eat it

Ducati_Link
03-14-2012, 05:39 AM
Good :D We wanted a real vibrant look ^.^

Fulg0reSama
03-14-2012, 05:48 AM
Good :D We wanted a real vibrant look ^.^

It looks better then it has for quite some time, I hope the content you implement with it is just as good :)

I'll admit, I've pretty much seen N-Pulse as dead for about three-five years now.
I hope you will revive it in my eyes once again guys.

Sp_lit
05-07-2012, 05:53 PM
How is the work going, anything new to share with us? :)

I think everything looks promising, keep it up!

Devil_Lord2
05-10-2012, 04:04 PM
I like the colors a lot... Even though the tileset seems simplistic, the colors and slight details keep it in check.

My only question is, will it be again like another UN like it use to be? I only remember players sitting in chairs all day and pause slashing others. I hope there is more interactivity and things to do..

It might be true, the graphics might actually cause me to walk around further, but what about others who don't care about visual design? Is there going to be much for them to do?

Just throwing that out there, I think you've already completed the visuals section.
Well done.
:]

Ducati_Link
05-10-2012, 04:33 PM
Okay, let just get this straight, first off... UN took off N-Pulse ;)

But yes, there is going to be ALOT more to do. I'll get my PR to write up some more, and get some more pics to go. :D

Rave_J
05-11-2012, 01:41 AM
I think N-pulse Rebirth tiles with eoa tileset is better then whats in the pics but i guess its a personal opinion
like more eye candy then classic feel

TheGodAngelo
05-12-2012, 04:32 PM
I think N-pulse Rebirth tiles with eoa tileset is better then whats in the pics but i guess its a personal opinion
like more eye candy then classic feel

indeed :P jer and xavier made tiles that better fit npulse than a jumble of free tiles mashed together with conflicting styles.

Programmer
05-12-2012, 07:08 PM
I want to point out a stolen image in several of Ducati's images:

Original (http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixelart/64007.htm)
Of note is the third chest from the left on the first row.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v172/Ducati/N-Pulse%20Preview/1.png
Looks similar, doesn't it? Nay, it's exactly the same.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v172/Ducati/N-Pulse%20Preview/8.png
Same here, in the top left hand corner.

Care to explain?

DustyPorViva
05-12-2012, 07:37 PM
I think Mhyre = Soala. I'm not sure though.

Ducati_Link
05-12-2012, 08:30 PM
Well firstly, we are not even using the chest - Like other things, which I have said before, we didn't have a GFX artist, and certain images have been made for a GFX artist to use his own interpretation of the look we are after.

If the temporary use of this image has offended it's maker, then I am certainly very sorry. It has already been replaced - and was not going to be used.

So no, it is most certainly not stolen, we do not steal images, and if any have been used under misguidance, they would most certainly be removed and changed straight away.

So maybe the next time you want to 'point out some stolen images' in belittlement - maybe a PM would suffice to get the facts first?


Thank you,

Ducati

Programmer
05-12-2012, 08:55 PM
Well firstly, we are not even using the chest - Like other things, which I have said before, we didn't have a GFX artist, and certain images have been made for a GFX artist to use his own interpretation of the look we are after.

If the temporary use of this image has offended it's maker, then I am certainly very sorry. It has already been replaced - and was not going to be used.

So no, it is most certainly not stolen, we do not steal images, and if any have been used under misguidance, they would most certainly be removed and changed straight away.

So maybe the next time you want to 'point out some stolen images' in belittlement - maybe a PM would suffice to get the facts first?


Thank you,

Ducati

By using that logic, you, or the person in charge of graphics, should have contacted the maker and requested permission to use his work. You can't just go around using other people's work without their permission, especially outside of Graal -.-

zerxusgraal
05-12-2012, 09:41 PM
Yeah. It's not there anymore..
actually n-pulse wandered a bit to far from the classic tileset but we're re-thinking things

Crono
05-12-2012, 10:00 PM
Yeah. It's not there anymore..
actually n-pulse wandered a bit to far from the classic tileset but we're re-thinking things

Hh, you're still LATing for NP? Looking forward to your levels. :]

zerxusgraal
05-12-2012, 11:27 PM
Yeah I am :) and thanks! you should come make some levels with us :)

Ducati_Link
05-13-2012, 07:13 AM
I do get permission from peoples work that I want to use, I have many a emails asking, and gaining permission. Would you like to go through them all, have a check?

As I said, if the owner of the chest has been offended, then I am very sorry for it happening. I get sent images from people with ideas, etc. As 100% control would be great, sadly that doesn't happen all the time, and things do come a miss.

Sadly, I guess not everyone can be as perfect as you, Programmer. But there is no intentions of stealing anyones works.

Galdor
05-13-2012, 12:39 PM
You can't just go around using other people's work without their permission

Says the "master composer" xD
http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lgzqj7UdD91qd10xu.gif

Imperialistic
05-18-2012, 08:11 AM
was the whole rebirth project trashed?

Ducati_Link
05-18-2012, 05:21 PM
yep