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Triptych


My last Horror/Mystery project for Crysis got a lot of acclaim here, so I figured it would be fine to post about my next. For those wondering what the old topic was here it is!

We've released a Demo! It can be played here, and has been receiving very high acclaim.

http://www.moddb.com/mods/triptych/downloads/triptych-demo

About Triptych


Triptych is an upcoming, soon to be released Lovecraftian horror/adventure mod spanning three "panels" written and developed by Dark Craft Studios. With a focus on imagery and atmosphere, the story itself spans a monumental arc covering ancient civilizations, curses, the tale of two men, cosmic horror, and an Elder God.

Triptych: Decessus (Chapter I) takes place in the frozen Yuletide season in a European village named Providence, with an elderly man named Jeremiah Stone accepting his fate after running from a curse for thirty years. He wanders out into the wilderness to meet his destiny, and explores some final aspects of his past in the process.

Triptych: Damnata
(Chapter II) takes place from the perspective of a stoic man named Dorian. He is a part of an archaeological team digging into the mountains once belonging to the lost civilization of "Sarcon". A journey of immense discovery, cosmic horror, impending doom and occult knowledge awaits Dorian as he strives to find a means to curse someone. But why?

Triptych: Mendacium (Chapter III) is the final chapter, with two brothers venturing deep into the occult, necromancy, and betrayal. The story comes full circle, capping off all loose ends in a poignant fashion.
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Triptych's protracted writing cycle was lead by C-zom in conception and actual writing, storyboard assistance and construction, creative think tanking, and varied contributions by Ian Wiese. Seaglass and Maarten Basjes have contributed immense revisions and redrafts of whole or minor portions of the script as dual editors, resulting in a finished product numbering over 50 pages of written and spoken word.
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It is developed solely by C-zom under Cryengine2, with publication on Moddb through Dark Craft Studios.

C-zom
- Sole Developer | Lead Writer | Lead Conceptual Designer
Ian Wiese - Assistant Writer
Maarten Basjes - Lead Editor
Seaglass - Secondary Editor
KillerTruffle - Voice Actor - Jeremiah
Edwyn Tiong - Voice Actor - Dorian Caulm
StygianWhite - Lead Composer

Special Thanks to!


James Dean - Bonus Tracks Composer
Alan Grant - Graphics Artist (All Book Papers)

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Edited by C-zom - 10/30/12 at 10:43pm
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Q&A: (Compiled from old thread, feel free to ask me more questions here!)

Q: How do I play Triptych, or even Worry of Newport?
A: You need to have Crysis installed and patched to 1.21! We do not support Crysis 2, Warhead, or Wars.

Q: When can I play Triptych?
A: We plan on releasing the full game at once around Holiday 2012.

Q: What kind of game is this? Are there monsters and things to fight?
A: All of our works are playable "stories", with minimalistic gameplay with a focus on graphics, atmosphere, immersion, and so on. There are "monsters" in all our games, but you cannot one on one fight them.

Q: I have Crysis on Origin but it's not working! What am I doing wrong?
A: Origin does not auto-patch Crysis. You need to install the latest patches manually.

Q: What do you mean by Lovecraftian?
A: We write our stories around themes of cosmic horror, impending doom and dread, philisophical sweeps about humanity/the universe, and tend to use heavy occult themes in our projects. RockPaperShotgun is quoted as saying Worry of Newport was one of the most authentic Lovecraftian stories in any medium. We intend to one up this with Triptych.
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looks intersting
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I'm a sucker for anything Lovecraft, once I have a decent computer again I'll take a look for sure.
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While I admit that I do love almost all things Lovecraft/Mythos inspired, are we looking at another "interactive movie"?
I only ask, because although Lovecraft's writings were generally more about mood, there was often a sense of urgency based upon personal harm/greater benefit that seems a bit lacking in the Dear Esther style.
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Cosmic horror and impending doom are aspects we hope to nail in Triptych, aspects that were absent in our previous outing, The Worry of Newport, which was entirely mood only. There is one particular segment where you are trapped in crypts and catacombs with a cult of necromancers chasing you, we use over 350 area triggers, ambient sound effects, and tripwire scenes to create a sense of urgency and incoming death without use of actual AI monsters to shoot, health bars, or conventional means of the "player" taking "damage". Floors collapsing, jettisoning into a rapid stream, and other organic means of escape are also modeled.

We're taking setpiece descriptions out of Randalph Carter, The Festival, and Mountains of Madness (Lovecraft's rare "action" scenes are contained within those) and directly modeling them in the game as inspiration. We're not in a level of interactivity as Amnesia, but we're a tier above where Worry of Newport and Dear Esther were.
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That sounds amazingly crafted, can't wait to experience it
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Thank you! And we can't wait to release it. I thought I'd give this one last bump before letting the topic slip into retirement.
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Looks awesome. If only I owned crysis. I guess I now have a reason!
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Crysis is still awesome even 4 years later. 

 
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