Saturday, November 5, 2011

I guess I should start releasing things...

If you follow this blog, you're probably well aware that I tend to develop a more than I release. A lot more.

See, the thing is I just hate releasing imperfect things. Good testers are nearly impossible to find, and I often find myself sitting on a project out of paranoia that there is some bug in it that I haven't found yet because I am the only tester.

But I guess the best way of getting things tested is to just release it. I've found that people are much quicker to tell you if something they expect to work flawlessly does not.

So I'm going to fair-warn you that many agents I'm going to release have not been fully tested. Consider yourself a tester.

Anyway. Moving on to today's thingy.

Today I'm going to release the Magic Words Core, which is needed for all modules to work, as well as the SERU module, to give you something to play with.

Most of you have probably seen the Magic Words Demo if you follow this blog regularly. This is an agent that you inject in parts-- the core agent allows for speech-bubble activated scripts while various modules define the activation words and scripts themselves.

Once injected, typing "help" into the speech bubble (as though you were talking to a creature) will bring up a window listing all the commands available to you. If you haven't injected any modules, it won't show much of anything, but it will update itself as you inject more modules. This way you won't have to memorize every single command when you have fifty modules injected.

Download the Magic Words Core. This zip file contains both an agent and a cosfile. If you use it a lot, I would highly recommend just dropping the cosfile in your \Bootstrap\010 Docking Station folder so you don't have to inject it into every world, but if you want to pick and choose, just use the agent file per-world as you normally would.

Of course, the core alone doesn't really do much of anything, so here is a module, for your amusement.

If you're not familiar with SERU, I think it was by far my most popular agent, at least two years ago. It played through a sort of mini-storyline in which you were entrusted with stray eggs to care for. Several people liked the random eggs the agent produced, but weren't too keen on the storyline, so it made a perfect candidate for a magic words shortcut.

After injecting the Magic Words SERU module (and ensuring the core is injected as well), all you have to do is type "seru" in the speech bubble and a random egg will mysteriously appear. No storylines, beams, or cooldowns involved. Though I would still highly recommend using the original agent for the full experience, I realize it gets old after a while and sometimes you just want interesting creatures to mess with.

Download Magic Words SERU. Remember that this, like all Magic Words modules, requires the core to work. This file also comes with both a cos and an agent file, so you can decide which you want to use.

If you are a developer, it's very easy to write your own Magic Words modules! I'll try to get the template posted up by tomorrow.

Note: The Magic Words Core was updated on 11/2/17 to add a fix that prevents the agent from injecting twice. If you are having problems with the new version, you can still download the old version here.

13 comments:

  1. Quite a coincidence that you released the Magic Words Core today and I posted about it! The marks have been awesome, and thank you again for creating this!

    It's a shame you don't have too many testers. If you're ever in need of someone, let me know!

    One thing I've noticed with the marks, at least in the version you provided me, is that they get hidden behind certain objects in the world. Most notable is the Bramboo, although I also think it occurred behind a background element in the Norn Terrarium. Minor, of course!

    SERU sounds quite interesting, too! Thanks for these releases!

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  2. @Jessica -- Coincidence indeed! I was really excited when I saw your post this morning, heh.
    I'll check into that issue with the marks. Thanks for letting me know, and let me know if you run into anything else odd!

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  3. help i have adobe and when i try to download magic core it says it cannot be installed because it is not a suported file or because it is has been damaged what do i do?!?!? i really want to try your awsome inventions

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  4. Hi, I can't download the magic words core, can you post it somewhere else or correct it.
    Thanks in advance

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    1. Hmm, I just tested it and the link works fine for me from both computers; could you give a little more detail on why you can't download it? Are you getting an error, and if so, what does it say?

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    2. It's because i was using safari, i instaled chrome and it worked, thanks for the quick response.

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  5. I figured I should post in here now that I've played with the name tag and marks for a while.

    They're wonderful, and do a great job, except for one little quick which is unfortunate: they cover everything, including the information box that includes the Norns' genetics, pictures, and history...

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    1. Hah, sorry about that! I know I certainly set the plane much too high on those... hopefully I'll be able to fix them up sometime in the future.

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  6. I can't get any of your agents to function at all. Am I doing something wrong?

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    1. I'm sorry I'm replying extremely late to this, but if it's still an issue, could you give me a little more information? Are they showing up in the injector? Are they throwing errors? The more information you can give me, the more I can help :>

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  7. Download's not working, which is weird since Magic Words Room Edits downloaded fine. It says the page can't be displayed.

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    1. It also worked a few days ago, so it's probably a problem with Songua. Of course when it worked I didn't have a program that could open the .rar file.

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    2. Wait nevermind you have to right click on the download link and click Save As in the menu that pops up.

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