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Game News Divinity: Original Sin 2 Kickstarter Update #36: Game Master Mode Reveal

Discussion in 'RPG News & Content' started by Infinitron, May 9, 2017.

  1. Make America Great Again Infinitron Trade Master Patron

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    Tags: Divinity: Original Sin 2; Larian Studios; Swen Vincke

    Larian have published a new Divinity: Original Sin 2 Kickstarter update that officially unveils what has been one of the game's most closely-guarded secret - the Game Master mode that was its $2M stretch goal. As they usually do, Larian have overdelivered on their promise, with an impressively full-featured mode that allows the Game Master to generate items and encounters, manipulate characters, alter the environment, and even create Pillars of Eternity-style scripted interactions, all on the fly. It's an obvious play for the Neverwinter Nights fanbase, something which is made clear by Swen's visit to Wizards of the Coast HQ in the accompanying video. Forgotten Realms in the Divinity: Original Sin 2 engine, anybody? I don't know if this game is going to be the long-awaited "turn-based NWN", but it will definitely be close.



    This, my friends, is the ultimate power trip. In Game Master Mode, you can write stories, create NPCs (both heroic friends and fiendish enemies), build your own customisable items and treasure, craft the scenes in which your tale will play out, and much, much more as you lead your friends through the ultimate role-playing adventure.

    Will you be a kind and benevolent god, or will you cover every available surface in harsh, unforgiving flame? It’s entirely your choice, as up to four players put their fates in your hands and start off on an adventure through your collective imaginations.

    With Game Master Mode, we set out to create something that bridges the freedom of tabletop role-playing, and the interactivity and visual presentation of a computer RPG.

    We built Game Master Mode to be as flexible as possible, so you can adapt to your friends on the fly and create a truly reactive world. Do your players want to burn down an NPC’s home? Make a pact with, rather than kill, the demonic boss? Perhaps they want to parlay with the pack of rabid wolves using pet pal? Even if you haven’t planned for it, you can adapt quickly to their choices and still deliver a story that feels real.

    Whether you’re new to tabletop role-playing or an experienced GM, we’ve worked hard to make sure this is easy to pick up and intuitive to use. We also have prepared campaigns so you can jump straight in, working with a preexisting world to get a feel for the tool or, of course, you can create your own.

    Game Master mode comes with a variety of world maps and over 100 pre-made locations! But of course, you can always upload your own world map or craft your own location in our powerful Divinity Engine Editor.

    Tweak the atmosphere, ambience, music, time of day (why yes, there is a night option), weather and more to fine-tune your story!

    Unleash the bestiary with hundreds of monsters and characters from the Divinity universe or download player-made characters and enemies from Steam Workshop. Give characters unique skills and name them. Cover the landscape in any of our elemental surfaces using our Surface Painter. Make the fight worthwhile by creating unique items for the players to loot.

    Control any enemy or NPC directly by possessing them.

    Add NPC dialogue, narration, and present difficult choices with our powerful Vignette System. Add your own graphics and even additional dialog options on the fly! Managing different dialogs and encounters is now as simple as creating a presentation.

    We brought in the essential component of every tabletop session: skill checks. Let your players roll the dice to see whether they succeed or fail!

    Tell your story in real-time, no rulebooks needed. Possess creatures, level up the party, create new locations, encounters and items on the fly. Tell your stories, your way - and share them with the world using Steam Workshop!

    We couldn’t be happier with how Game Master Mode has turned out, and we can’t wait to let you play it, but there’s still some work to be done. Game Master Mode will be available when Divinity: Original Sin 2 launches, later in 2017.
    A bunch of websites (Rock Paper Shotgun, Eurogamer, PC Gamer, PCGamesN, RPGWatch, IGN, Polygon, PCWorld, USgamer, TheSixthAxis) have published their own previews of the Game Master mode, and it will also be streamed live on Larian's Twitch channel later today at 16:00 PST. The game is set to receive a new Early Access patch in a few weeks, but that won't include the Game Master mode, which will only be available in the final release.
     
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  2. Zeriel Arcane

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    Heh, figures their dungeon master tool that people figured would just be the NWN GM tool for normal levels of the campaign ends up casually being a new NWN. That interface looks amazing, and makes me wonder if that's their solution for "easily" making custom campaigns.

    I have a lot of questions (like, "can you make singleplayer campaigns using the DM mode, or is it meant for multiplayer only?"), but I think my reaction is about what everyone on the Codex's will be: holy shit, that looks cool. The world map and vignette tool in particular are pure "why didn't anyone else do this yet?". It's a lot of stuff that was technically possible in other games, but packaged in a way that looks super easy to use, which is what you need for something to excite people.

    Larian continues to make their competitors in the niche CRPG space look like rank amateurs.
     
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  3. Make America Great Again Infinitron Trade Master Patron

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    The one thing possibly stopping this from being a new NWN is the same thing that stopped NWN2 and moreso D:OS 1 - ease of map creation might still not be up to par.
     
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  4. Zeriel Arcane

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    Yeah, but they have prefabs. NWN1 was literally nothing but prefabs until years later when people dug into the guts and found out how to do custom tilesets. And people STILL say NWN1 was superior to NWN2 because of these prefabs that were easy to use. I actually think this is the ideal way to do it: prefabs, but you can make your own if you are a poweruser.
     
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    I will admit that I thought that the stretch goal was a panic reaction to SCL and would turn out to be a pointless waste of resources for something that was going to suck.

    Turns out I was (probably) wrong and Sven is literally RPG Jesus.
     
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  7. Zeriel Arcane

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    Will the "even purely cosmetic and ambient day/night cycles are preferable to none at all!" crowd be pleased with this? Somehow I doubt it.
     
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  8. Make America Great Again Infinitron Trade Master Patron

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    More videos:

     
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    This game is gonna be soooo good.

    Everybody should learn from Larian how to manage the funds of a kickstarter and make a game.

    I mean, with similar money larian give us this and others shadowrun.
     
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  10. hivemind Arcane

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    I don't even like larian games because of their writing but they are the only non scammer and actually incline kickstarter using mainstream studio so nice

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  11. Make America Great Again Zorba the Hutt Arcane Weasel

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    So many possibilities with this, from the looks of things. I remember the old NWN creators and audience coming out of the woodwork when SCL was announced, soon disappearing when the reality emerged. Can't wait to see what people come up with on this one. Given how successful DOS was, and how DOS2 was shaping up even before now... could be huge.
     
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    Wow, this looks way better than expected. And this game looks way more mod-able than the first one. Let's hope that this is indeed the case, we need a new NWN for modules.

    And a turn-based one at that?

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    GM mode looks cool but NWN wasn't just a multiplayer experience. The NWN fan-made modules provide 100s of hours of quality single-player gaming, and DOS2's success as a spiritual sequel to NWN will depend on how easy it is for players to create their own complex, unique modules. Looking forward to info on level editors and stuff like that.
     
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    That's really cool feature. Doesn't really concern me for not playing multiplayer much or at all, but cool nonetheless.
     
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    I am sure Feargus is so jealous right now.
     
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  17. Sacibengala Educated

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    For all the divinities sake, why the hell larian is the only one doing this kind of stuff today? Is it because of Swen? I can't believe that all this is possible only because one person. There must be other explanation for this.
     
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  18. Darkzone Magister

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    This was a very good update.
    DOS2 goes DnD and Swen does what Swen does best: being an awsome guy. I have not expected that Swen goes to WoC and convinces them to give him an DnD starter campaign, but it opens opportunities (digital distribution of DnD campaigns in an playable format on DOS2) for both parties and i hope that WoC grabs it by the collar. The stream with Matt Mercer (he is a extreme good DM) will be a nice thing to see. And either has Swen read my latest contributions here in forum about DnD and WoC or it is just a nice coincidence.

    It all depends on the person. For one willing smart person, nothing is impossible.
     
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    Thanks for posting this ^^

    If everything works out the way it's meant to, i may end up with nothing to complain about, lol.. which is gonna be weird awesome.
    (guaranteed low difficulty = GM mode + mods = fixed)
    (possible lack of sufficient content and/or pacing thereof = base + GM mode + mods = fixed)
    (possible lore/setting/"story" issues = GM mode + mods = fixed)

    Of course, that's a big if, lol, but still. The bitch dies last :)

    :bounce:

    edit:
    We need to send someone too by the way. Can anyone comment on whether 'negotiations' are under way or not?
    (have seen the thread, yes, i mean after all that [see my suggestion there])
     
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    Damn. If I wasn't already excited, I'd probably squeal like a high school girl...



    As it is, I need to go get some new pants on.
     
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  21. Make America Great Again Roguey Arcane Sawyerite Sawyerist Sawyer's Bride No Fun Allowed

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    Pretty sure Swen said that, Diablo 3 aside, this will be the most expensive isometric RPG ever created. HBS had nothing like that.
     
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    "Night!"
    "Did you see that?"
    "He said night!"

    lol Swen...
     
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    Love the mechanics but I don't want to get quests from a cartoony shrimp on a beach. This franchise deserves a more serious tone than infantile silliness
     
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    This is amazing. God damn, brabo to Swen & Larian.

    I can't help but feel kind of bad for the folk behind TaleSpire, though..
     
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    So for you, it's not silly to get quests from dwarfs, elves, dragons and all other fantasy "crap" but a talking clam is your red line for a fantasy theme? Hmm
     
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