|The Fortress of Forgotten...||Blade||Tileset||9.3|
The Fortress of Forgotten Souls ------------------------------- A Jazz Jackrabbit 2 tileset by Blade Release notes: Hello all, it's time for yet another Blade tileset, this is the 13th one. This time we are invited to a dark and gloomy fortress somewhere in the eerie and ghastly countryside of some distant country. It is splitted in two different regions, which are the actual fortress and its surroundings, scattered with leafless trees and ancient stone. The fortress looks a lot like that in the old Prince of Persia 1. The resemblance is almost a full accident. The fortress part consists lots, lots of bricks, different kind of pillars, sloping walking paths, lots chains, vegetation and of course spikes, poles and vines. Lots can be built alone with the fortress part, but the tileset becomes a complete one only with the grass surroundings part. This is mostly eye candy as all the trees, rocks and gravestones are located in this section. Most of the eye candy can be successfully attached to the fortress part. This makes Fortress of Forgotten Souls more versatile tileset to work with. Lots of background solutions are introduced. For layer 8 one can choose a warp background or a calm night with sky full of (animated) stars. Rain can be added, and lots of work can be done with layers 5-7. Blade encourages everyone to experiment with Fortress! :) Fortress of Forgotten Souls is a one year project. It all started as an idea in December 2006, but went to the production phase as late as August 2007. About a week ago from this point the tileset was officially finished, but some bugs were fixed after that. I am sorry about the not completely working palette. Like before, the palette handling is not my area of expertise, and for example water in 8-bit color mode will not look as good as it could look. Many will not see Fortress of Forgotten Souls so easy-to-use tileset. Of course that is my fault, but at this point little can be done. For your convenience there is a jpg-picture included in the zip-package to show some points of interest. With that picture and the example level many of the tileset's secrets can be revealed. Even though Fortress of Forgotten Souls is now released, the Blade Blog "Strange Tales of Blade" continues with the Fortress development entries. I still have about two dozens of entries to translate, so check out (http://blade-of-finland. blogspot.com) regularly! .zip contents Fortress of Forgotten Souls.j2lThe main example single player level Fortress of Forgotten Souls 2.j2lThe same, but with different background Fortress.j2tThe tileset useful_to_know.jpgPoints of interest Fortress of Forgotten Souls.txtThis file darkforest.xm"The Dark Forest" by Janne Peltola What next? Well, who knows. During the making of the example level I realized that I don't like the level building so much anymore. This means that if there is a future release of Blade, that is a tileset. I am a slow tileset maker and can't promise the next one to come, but pretty surely that day will eventually come. I can say something about the next tileset I could create: "Lost Valley". More of this later in the "Strange Tales of Blade" blog! The Fortress of Forgotten Souls, by Sampo "Blade" Vesanen. Developed between August 2007 and January 2008. Contact me at (firstname.lastname@example.org). Also the old address (email@example.com) still works, but I'd like you to send any comments to my Kolumbus address. My web pages (http://koti.mbnet.fi/theblade/) are still online, but don't expect many updates there. I read the guestbook quite often, though. Drop your message there if you have something to ask. visit: http://blade-of-finland.blogspot.com Big props to the Jazz2Online people, I wouldn't make tileset without you all.
Eat your lima beans, Johnny.