First up, meet Marley! She’s the first character we’re revealing for Carnal Souls. She’s a simple girl with simple tastes, like candy and running and loosing deadly arrows at things. She’ll have some quests for you, for which she’ll be extremely grateful, and you can even earn her unique, homemade armour set and bow for yourself.
Aside from quests like these, we plan to have randomised and generated content. There will be bounties providing extra objectives, rewards, and big targets to tackle, and emergent quests will keep each playthrough a little different.
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Wanted: Busty hero to bounce up and down a lot
Without giving too much away, the world of Carnal Souls has begun its upheaval when you start your life there. The wilderness is getting more and more dangerous, and the denizens of the world will look to you, and people like you, to help them. Whether you do or not is up to you, but there are rewards to gain and strong enemies to face.
Most towns will have a notice board you can read to get information about the town and anyone who has a problem that needs solving. These will range from simple quests you can do just to help out to hunting down fierce beasts roaming the land, or even venturing into dungeons. Bounties like these will be slightly randomized each time, with the harder bounties yielding mighty rewards.
I’m sure it was here somewhere
Skyrim featured a neat system – radiant quests. By doing the same thing we can keep each game a little varied, and at least on first discovery, there’s a neat thrill of having stumbled upon something much greater than you imagined.
Perhaps while exploring a rather nondescript cave, you happen upon a strange weapon with a curious engraving, which will then lead you on a quest to uncover its secrets. It wasn’t there on previous playthroughs, and may not be on later games – its placement is randomised, so you never know for sure what you might find.
These emergent-gameplay type quests won’t form the bulk of our content, we can make much more realised and detailed content when it’s hand-written from start to finish, but these will provide more variety and choice on your travels.
As well as these and regular quests, there may be secret objectives you can accomplish, if you have your wits about you. These hidden quests will have no entry in your journal and no indication whatsoever there is even a quest available. These will be to reward the astute players, as well as give some incentive to read thoroughly. These are entirely optional, though.
Let me know what you think of Marley! What kind of quests do you think she’ll offer you? Do you think she puts out on the first date? I wonder if she’d let me touch her tail.
Until next time!