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Diablo
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:10 am    Post subject: Word Demon (web game) Reply with quote

Play Word Demon HERE:
http://hell.mashupgames.com/worddemon/




Exclusive interview
courtesy of the Tristram Daily Gazette

Interviewer:
Thank you Diablo, Lord of Evil, for mercifully sparing my soul for so long that I might conduct this exclusive interview concerning your new creation, Word Demon.

Diablo, Lord of Evil:
I am happy to be here today.

Interviewer:
Tell me about the game, Diablo, Lord of Evil. How do I play?

Diablo, Lord of Evil:
You foul, rotten pitiful excuse for a human. You use the keyboard to type in words. How can the obvious truth so meekly escape your fumbling eyes?

Interviewer:
My soul is truly not even worth of your reclamation, my great terror.

Diablo, Lord of Evil:
Indeed, is truly not even worth the husk within which it temporarily resides. Please, let us continue in a civil fashion.

Interviewer:
Of course. Tell me, why do I occasionally notice a colored letter tile? What does that mean?

Diablo, Lord of Evil:
Every row in the game is a real 6 letter word...

Interviewer:
Quite interesting that you used 6 letters on each row, my demon ruler. That is your favorite number, sir?

Diablo, Lord of Evil:
Damn you, you interrupting journalist. I shall pass terrible judgment upon your eternal soul if you infringe upon my freedom of speech even one more time.

Interviewer:
Please spare my soul for another question or two, sir!

Diablo, Lord of Evil:
As I was saying, every row in a real word, but occasionally the letters in a row can form more than one potential word. In this event, the game will encourage you to form a certain combination by coloring one of the tiles.

Interviewer:
Do I receive a scoring bonus for obeying your game's encouragement?

Diablo, Lord of Evil:
Of course, fair journalist. You can receive a bonus for many actions in the game.

Interviewer:
Now, I noticed that you included a couple of simple sound effects in the game. One of them appears to be copyright infringement. What was your reasoning behind that?

Diablo, Lord of Evil:
When I take your soul, you will writhe in terrible pain, and you will suffer an eternal torment in a truly miserable volcanic hell.

Interviewer:
Of course, your wretchedness. I should not have asked such an insolent question. Instead: Tell the readers a behind-the-scenes story about the development of the game, perhaps something that wasn't working at first, but eventually caught on?

Diablo, Lord of Evil:
Naturally. In the beginning, each row had completely random letters that generally did not form a real 6 letter word. The user had to merely hope they could make some sort of word out of some of the letters, and the gameplay suffered greatly, much as you will suffer in hell.

Interviewer:
But, my demon master, you adjusted the row population logic to guarantee a legitimate, scrambled 6 letter word in each row, and that improved the situation?

Diablo, Lord of Evil:
Greatly.

Interviewer:
Very interesting, Diablo, Lord of Evil. Thank you for this [muffled screams]
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Diablo
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damned web browsers. I've made some fixes to the game.

Code:
Added loading percentage tracker and a (very simple) introductory "how to play" screen

Adjusted height of gameplay area to better fit on smaller screen

Fixed CSS issue where gameplay area escaped screen boundary (aka hard mode)

Improved Firefox performance by avoiding redundant font changes

Added average word length to postgame stats, minor formatting changes

Added "press R to restart" option to postgame screen (previously f5 was "new game" hehe)

Fixed sound effect loading bug affecting some browsers
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2016 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I was going to mention that under Firefox 48 the top of the screen was cut off.

Apparently your demonic skills have fixed this ;)

I almost got to spell "ebola". Almost....
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2016 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here lies my best personal record to date. Do not be fooled, however, as my average game lasts under 3 minutes. I am but a pawn in this hell.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2016 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Humans have such inquisitive minds, and they most sorely desire to know how scoring systems work. Rest assured, the only score you will know in hell, it will be the cacophony of screams, of your fellow lost souls.

To wit, this is a crude and incomplete overview of the scoring system:

Code:
all letters are of the same point value

x2 for 3 letters
x3
x5
x8 for 6 letters

additional scalar bonus for clearing the entire row (on top of the x8)

x2 for blue color bonus, x3 for red color bonus
color bonus only appear for anagrams

row annihilation streaks apply a scalar in intervals of 0.1

2nd consecutive row annihilation: x1.1
3rd: x1.2

this bonus maxes at x2.0, thus your 30th and 31st, 32nd consecutive (ha ha ha ha ha!) shall continue to receive the maximum scalar of x2

this scalar obviously shall reset once you fail to unscramble the entire row (back to 1.0, 1.1)

a few words give a special bonus, probably x3
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Niunio Martinez
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lord of hell, after pressing the first key, Firefox insists in open the "search text" dialog at the bottom of the window. Can you forgive me if I request a bug fix?

Anyway my poor English will not allow me to enjoy the game a lot. But may be it helps me to learn some words.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Niunio Martinez wrote:
Lord of hell, after pressing the first key, Firefox insists in open the "search text" dialog at the bottom of the window. Can you forgive me if I request a bug fix?

Anyway my poor English will not allow me to enjoy the game a lot. But may be it helps me to learn some words.


Sniveling human! I have fixed this bug, indeed. However, your soul now belongs to me, it is hidden in the terms and conditions you accepted by playing the game.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have finally played a word among words. This is proofed via the new word review screen, it appears after the game, sprung from hell with all of the words you may or may not have successfully unscrambled.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A list of additional changes to the game:

Code:
Reduced word list size from 1.8MB to 243KB by removing > 6 letter words

Added simple dictionary for all 6 letter words (1.4MB spent right away :)

Added level system; each level lasts for 1 minute, and the score decreased faster on higher levels

Fixed Firefox bug where keyboard input brought up a "find in page" widget

Eliminated approximately 33% of arcane 6 letter words (did not have an immediately available dictionary meaning)

Added a postgame word review optional feature
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HTML games are damned easy to update for the players. Imagine troubling the user with a patch for 2 trifling updates!

Code:
ctrl + backspace will now take back all letters in current word (don't have to press backspace 6 times)

fixed bug where "level 3" would become "level 4, 5, ..." after game ended
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Niunio Martinez
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 12:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Diablo wrote:
Sniveling human! I have fixed this bug, indeed. However, your soul now belongs to me, it is hidden in the terms and conditions you accepted by playing the game.
I think it would be worse...
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just want to say bonus points for making a game in character... ;)... er I mean nevermind. Diablo isn't a character. He's totally real. ;)
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