Sunday, April 22, 2018

Character Tracker is now built in to TLS! v1.111 is live.

The old character tracker for TLS has become outdated with the addition of equipment and ability shuffles; keeping track of that information has become rather difficult with the tool that was developed for a much simpler randomizer.

Today I have created a new tracker!  It works very similarly to the previous one, but it can optionally have extra slots for the abilities (indicated by a staff) and the equipment (indicated by armor) that each character can use.  It also shows which characters' abilities and equipment sets have already been observed, so you can more easily identify which ones could still be coming in the future, especially in a no duplicate characters seed.

One detail that might not be obvious: to switch between checking if Child vs Adult Rydia's ability and equipment sets have been observed yet, click Rydia's source position twice.  (But not so fast it triggers a double click).

As always, download The Lunarian Shuffle here:

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Version 1.11 released! Equipment and Ability shuffles are live.

The ability and equipment shuffles of version 1.11 add a LOT of complexity to the game.  Surprisingly good and singularly terrible characters are both fairly common, so be ready to dual wield some Power Staves on an Edward and expect him to carry your team if that's what the situation calls for!  On average, you should expect a seed with these options enabled to be harder to complete, both because it is more confusing and because it is more common to have a weak party in some portion of the game.

Details on how corner cases like Rydia's aging are handled can be found in the Change Log in the Documentation folder.

In other news, The Lunarian Shuffle now has a proper installer instead of being a standalone .exe.  This should make it easier to use for those who were having trouble with overly aggressive antivirus settings giving it a false positive.

The download location remains unchanged:
However, now you will be downloading and unpacking a .zip file containing the installer.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Open Beta for Ability and Equipment Shuffles!

TLS v1.11 is coming soon, and its beta is already here!  For the impatient among you, here's a link:

The two big features of v1.11 are shuffles for a character's ability set and their equipment sets.  These are independent of each other, and you can use one, the other, both, or neither.

The Equipment shuffle is communicated to the player via the character's "job" title.  For example, in the X menu, the game usually lists that Palom is a "Bl.Wiz".  With the equipment shuffle on, if you see his title has become "YCaller", that means he can equip stuff as if he is young Rydia - this includes Staves and the Tiara, but not the Strength Ring that adult Rydia can use.

The Ability shuffle transfers whole ability sets at once.  So, if your Dark Knight Cecil has Tellah's abilities, he will have Tellah's White and Black magic lists (which will expand at Ordeals), as well as Recall and a fixed 90 MP.

Adult and Child Rydia are considered to be completely separate for the purposes of the shuffle.  If a particular Rydia will age, she may start with MP as a child if her adult form will need it.  Also, because equipment is retained when characters leave and rejoin the team in TLS, an aging Rydia may come back with equipment on her which she normally cannot use.  (This does artificially create some strange but interesting game decisions; if you think this is a bad thing, speak up!)

Another feature in TLS v1.11 is that Dartable equipment will now appear as if it was a lower value item if the proper users are not present, but the character with the Dart command (no longer necessarily Edge) is present in the party.

If you use the Beta, please give me feedback (at the TLS Discord or here or in my Twitch chat are all fine) whenever you see something that doesn't feel right.  If you think something is wrong, it either means you found a bug or that a decision I made for a corner case scenario may need to be reconsidered.

Have fun,