The first region of Albedos, the Dramedo Penninsula, has finally been released! Players who have visited the Dramedo Crags and the village of Helba in the past may notice some rather sweeping changes with many new areas now cradling the jagged peaks and crags. To give you further guidance to this large region (and to cut down on the extreme clutter), I have created the HELP ALBEDOS GEOGRAPHY file to better outline the regions of Albedos.
Ultimately, I wanted to deliver a vibrant, lively experience to the world of Aetolia and I can only hope that you enjoy this vast addition to the game as much as I enjoyed creating it. I'd like to address some new things you may see in the Crags:
The Darkest... Dungeon?
While the Darkest Dungeon game has been all the rage in the Pools for the past few weeks, we created truedarkness several years ago and have been playing with it to lead up to this release!
Truedarkness is the flag we use to make rooms swathed in impenetrable darkness. Your nightsight will have no power here, as the darkness is insidious in a way that only the Shadow Mother knows. There are several areas within the Dramedo Crags, hidden from sight, that are bathed in this eternal dark. Only the light of a torch or lantern will allow you to find your way through the murk, but beware--ancient monsters and monstrosities will hunt you down in their shadowy domain!
The rewards here may be of interest to the more intrepid hunters and explorers, but it's a dangerous game you're playing in the darkness.
Early to bed, early to rise..
Time plods ever onwards on Albedos! Shopkeepers and workers in Helba retire early from their work so they can rise with the new dawn and begin their labors anew! Night owls and insomniacs may have to make a trip to the general store and forge before the setting of the sun, as the shops will follow the timetables of their owners. Changes of the guard will go off like clockwork and the night patrol will be on the move in the dark hours. Rest assured, though, the Pick and Spade Tavern will be open at all hours to quench your thirst and offer gossip on the latest mining tragedy in the Crags.
Likewise, seasonal changes will be effecting the landscape with the migratory and hibernation patterns of many alpine creatures. The world is a living place, so I hope players will enjoy watching the shifting landscape as time passes by and prepare for the bitter cold of winter.
Where is that..?
There are roughly six "hidden" areas within the Dramedo Crags region that are around twenty to fifty rooms in size. You may need some special items to enter, or you may just need to do some good searching! I will be anxious to see who discovers some of these areas! There's over 1,200 rooms for you to explore, so I hope you're in for some spleunking through the dungeons of the Dramedo Crags. Some areas are currently blocked off, but events in the coming weeks will see them revealed.
What should I expect in the future?
There's a long, hard campaign ahead for the Dramedo region. This will be an ongoing series of events in the coming weeks and months and your cities will hopefully be prepared to make a strong show of force against the Dreikathi forces as the story unfolds. Keep your eyes on Albedos, because we're not done yet!