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Author Name:Someone Else
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Hold Name:Kolby's Challenge
Theme:A short, interesting challenge.
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Number of Levels:2
Number of Rooms:15
Number of Monsters:71
Version:DROD: The City Beneath (3.1)
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Kolby, an accomplished Smitemaster, decided to challenge himself, and he came up with the idea that he would only draw his sword when he felt threatened. This, oddly enough, caused the fabric of the universe to change, and made the hold look as if it were specifically designed for him.
03-22-2008 at 09:31 PM
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This is an interesting little hold. We've had several recent projects that introduce custom monsters. This hold introduces a custom player (Kolby) who behaves a little differently from Beethro.

There are two levels. First, an easy level, where you get used to playing as Kolby. Then there's a more challenging level where you apply what you've learned in more complex puzzles.

It's a very cool idea! The downsides for me are that this hold is so short. It was over just as I finally warmed up to playing as Kolby. And there were a couple rooms with trivial solutions. I'd love to see another Kolby hold from Someone Else when the inspiration strikes him. :)
03-22-2008 at 10:40 PM
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I looked here to see how everyone was doing with this hold and noticed that the spider seems to be rejecting everyone's demos. I'll notify Schik.

EDIT: Schik has fixed the problem.

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03-23-2008 at 06:56 AM
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For the most part, these puzzles aren't too complicated. But it does take some effort to reset your thinking.

I give this hold an 8 for fun with 5 brains.

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03-23-2008 at 11:18 AM
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Espesially I like that Kolby's sword appears only when the monster is close. How did you do it, I wonder? ;)


When you conquer this hold you can look at the rooms in the editor. You can then look at the scripting for the characters that take away and give back Kolby's sword. :)

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03-23-2008 at 04:05 PM
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This was a fascinating hold; I love seeing how people use scripting to develop entirely new kinds of challenge. This one is very nicely done.

The one bit of strangeness is the ordering imposed by scripting; it's a little strange to have monsters react to a sword that's no longer actually on the screen by the time you see their reaction. In a few cases--the goblin room, I think, in particular--it ends up feeling almost unpredictable; that room, at any rate, involved a lot more trial and error (plus a little nudging from CSR) than planning.

OK, the other bit of strangeness is that Kolby is apparently what you get when you cross an orc with my friend Steve.
03-24-2008 at 07:56 AM
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OK, the other bit of strangeness is that Kolby is apparently what you get when you cross an orc with my friend Steve.

Somehow I suspect less involvement of your friend Steve and more of calamarain... :D

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03-24-2008 at 01:16 PM
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OK, the other bit of strangeness is that Kolby is apparently what you get when you cross an orc with my friend Steve.

Somehow I suspect less involvement of your friend Steve and more of calamarain... :D
I don't remember what Calamarain looks like, but I think he's Steve's type. Maybe Kolby is what you get when you cross Calamarain with my friend Steve.
03-24-2008 at 08:33 PM
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Linky.

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03-24-2008 at 08:48 PM
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Somehow I suspect less involvement of your friend Steve and more of calamarain... :D
I don't remember what Calamarain looks like, but I think he's Steve's type. Maybe Kolby is what you get when you cross Calamarain with my friend Steve.

Ummm... actually, I was talking about this... :D

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03-24-2008 at 09:12 PM
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Briareos wrote:
Somehow I suspect less involvement of your friend Steve and more of calamarain... :D
I don't remember what Calamarain looks like, but I think he's Steve's type. Maybe Kolby is what you get when you cross Calamarain with my friend Steve.

Ummm... actually, I was talking about this... :D
Oh, yes, I knew that he had drawn Kolby. I knew that that was Calamarian's involvement. All the same, it looks like he was involved with Steve, too...
03-24-2008 at 11:43 PM
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I know that I can't speak for my brother in this, but I think that the process of making the idea, of a guy that only pulled his sword in times of trouble, entertained him greatly. I think that he found this more enjoyable than making the rooms to fit it, and that would explain the shortness of the hold.

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03-25-2008 at 12:07 AM
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This is great! I especially liked the goblin room. Highly recomendible to everyone who wants to try something original, which still carries the spirit of DROD. I can only agree with CSR. I hope weŽll see more of Kolby in the future. Maybe as an SMS ;)
03-31-2008 at 03:13 PM
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Great job creating a new character!

The puzzles were well thought out though I'm pretty sure there were unintended solutions in 3 of the 7 rooms in the actual dungeon. I found the unpredictability of how Kolby's becoming sworded and unsworded affected things to be a negative.

Overall, super job.
03-31-2008 at 03:55 PM
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This was a very interesting but too short diversion. Hope to see more adventures from Kolby soon.

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03-31-2008 at 04:48 PM
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Great little hold. Nice break from all the "standard" DROD puzzles :)
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