Jack and Casie (Armor Prototype)

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Kept you waiting, huh?

This is a battle prototype showcasing Casie's Armor system, Jack's new Support Weapon system, and testing battle timing + game flow in general. This is not a full chapter demo: that would be the Draft Prototype coming out (soon)

Please share any bugs you might find, your experience, and your feedback either here on itch.io, by joining the community on Discord at https://discord.gg/bqyEHMc, by sending an email to [email protected], or by getting in touch with the developer(s) on Twitter (@shoutscion).

Thank you for your continued support!

An incomplete list of changes:
     • Polished the shit out of everything
          Double checked that no remaining shit was visible
               This refactor came through after all
     • Casie has perfect-ish accuracy while throwing items and cannot deal less than 1 damage
     • There is now a tangible difference between Critical and Technical attacks:
          Critical attacks trigger Rush, and activate when you hit an enemy weakness
          Technical attacks occur if you land a Critical during a Rush's free turn. Technicals deal bonus damage, but do not refresh the Rush
          (Critical attacks can be landed at the -end- of a Rush, triggering another Rush)
               (This is mean.)
     • Casie cannot be one-shotted in any situation: she now 'gates' especially powerful attacks, surviving at 0 health, as long as she had more than 0 to start with. Theoretically she can be one-cycled, but only theoretically
     • Machine Guns now generally apply a status effect called "Chasing", temporarily lowering enemy accuracy. Attacking the same target with a machine gun multiple times increases the weapon's hit rate significantly
     • Rust Worm now makes a noise when you meet him
     • The Field Guide has been buffed to give you even more information. You can now examine enemies directly, with Shift, during battle (as long as you have used the Field Guide on them at least once)
          Examining enemies also gives you information on their status effects
               Examining Casie also gives you information on the current state of her armor
                    Examining Jack gives you a headache
     • The broken form of Jack's Support Weapons now can be scrapped directly into the Repair Kit
          In general, more enemies drop items that can be repaired into Jack's Support Weapons
     • Zenny values in general make more sense
     • Enemies are much more predictable and generally deal consistent damage, but also have larger 'movesets' and can do more things to impede you
     • Lots of options to customize the amount of information the game gives you:
          Complex Combat Readouts give you more information on hit rates
          Dialogue Autoscroll
          Controller support
               'Multitap' support: all connected controllers affect the same cursor
                    No I'm not changing this, this really is intended behavior
                         People say 'its not a bug its a feature' all the time but no, I'm serious, this really is a feature
     • Support Weapons can be used instantly, as long as Jack is ready, instead of having to wait to fill up the bar
     • A combat log is available on the Pause menu (P) at any time. This is slated to expand into a general conversation log as well
          Thanks Woolie
     • The quick-reference control thing has been moved to the Pause menu, and is no longer visible on main play screen
          Eat shit Woolie
     • SAVES
          Only singular saves for now but multiple saves are possible
     • Framework for achievements and special responses (because we got saves to work)
          Some examples:
               All-Range Attack
                    In a single rush, crit/tech with a shotgun, machine gun and sniper rifle
               By the Numbers
                    Fire an attack with over 300% accuracy and hit
               Adjusting Sights
                    Fire an attack with over 300% accuracy and miss
               Unnatural Survivor
                    Get Casie to hold out at 0 health for 5 enemy attacks
               Fur e Ezaru Mono
                    Clear a stage (not a segment!) without Casie ever taking damage
                         Google it
          None of these achievements are actually in the game yet. They are just examples
               The system right now is mostly used for Jack and Casie's conversations however, so it at least it seems to work
     • Jack and Casie now usually talk *outside* of battles, so they are not talking over their own damage numbers
          If they talk during battle its usually very brief so as not to talk over their own damage numbers
               No guarantees that this strategy actually works
     • Items no longer mysteriously despawn after Casie uses them, and you will only lose them through inattentiveness
          This was an actually fairly elaborate bug: what used to happen when a new item was placed into the feed was that the new item would 'shunt' other items in the same place up. In the original prototype, when Casie used a weapon, she put it back at the very top of the feed, and in some circumstances this item would continuously be 'shunted' by new item spawns until it was unreachable. In the new version, items simply don't spawn if there are enough items in its way, giving items already in the feed priority.
     • Some of the goofball shit from the original demo (ie. Grenades, Drill Arm, Grenades) are not integrated yet. They will return
          Some of it has been replaced with other goofball shit, like Crates. The quotient is currently about 0.6x goofball shits
     • (Fan) Translation support!
          For only like half the game! (Chatter and combat lines are currently untranslatable)
               (We'll fix this)
     @shoutscion : character art, key art, design, writing, sound design
     @vine2d : approximately half of the codebase, early refactor design
     @shoutscion : the other half of the codebase
     @plausibleparrot : Pasture Plains backgrounds
     @shoutscion : the other backgrounds
     @comfyalamode : editing, moral support (in theory)
     @mysterypaint : Main Menu Theme, Traveler's Town theme, Battle Theme
     @daniperson : Pasture Plain theme, Boss Theme
     And You! : unless you didn't back the Kickstarter

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