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Everyone who's a fan of DROD and has been around the Caravel Forum knows that we have an august tradition of releasing some neat (with varying definitions of "neat") new DROD material and news each April 1st. Well, we won't let you down this year! So, I just wanted to send off this quick note to our stalwart DROD fanbase to let you know that you're in for a real treat this year.

I need to give a real shout-out to the Caravel development team. They have burned the midnight oil making progress on the upcoming game. If you've been watching the Progress Bar for "DROD: The Second Sky", you can tell we've arrived at a distinct amount of progress. Be prepared when April 1st rolls around, and stop by the Caravel Forum to delight in the neat news we have for The Second Sky! There's so much in store. Much more than meets the eye, so it's time to put on your puzzle hat.

That means there's no more news in this newsletter. We've been coy, but that's all about to end. You'll be seeing the rest of the news here on the Caravel Forum on April 1st. Don't miss it!

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Sounds exciting enough to wake me out of forum hibernation!
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What an excellent day to have a holiday! :)

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Sounds exciting enough to wake me out of forum hibernation!

Hear, hear. :)

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I'm expecting the surprise to be a single pixel screenshot of one of the rooms.

If that's the case, then this is going to be the greatest surprise in the history of surprises. :D

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I cannot argue with that. It would, uh, definitely be surprising!

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I cannot argue with that. It would, uh, definitely be surprising!

This isn't going to be some sort of April Fools joke thing, is it? I sense tomfoolery... :shifty

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I cannot argue with that. It would, uh, definitely be surprising!

This isn't going to be some sort of April Fools joke thing, is it? I sense tomfoolery... :shifty
I'm not sure what you mean. I was just responding to Jeff_Ray's idea.

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My apologies, I accidentally hit the post reply under your post not at the bottom. Didn't realize it. Whoops :blush

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Nice minigame, It's a lot like Pirate101 (I've gotten at least one advertisement for that while playing flash DROD) Someone should make this into an actual hold. It might be possible in TSS, but just in case, keep it on the internet for a while, mabie forever.

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Thanks! Skell gets big props for this. Try to make it to the end!

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I wasn't sold until I got to about level 3. Then things started to click. We can only play it once, though? I want to try to lose less units on the earlier levels.

Also, when I get to the end and click, I just see the finishers' table and a big blank space where the game was... am I missing something?

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I wasn't sold until I got to about level 3. Then things started to click. We can only play it once, though? I want to try to lose less units on the earlier levels.
Thanks to our new Cloud technology, your progress is stored with your user account. Which means that yes, once you're at the end you can't start over. ;)

Maybe we can get skell to change that in the coming days.
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Also, when I get to the end and click, I just see the finishers' table and a big blank space where the game was... am I missing something?
Hrm. Well, I can see that you actually were not on the game page any more, you were on a different page. I'll PM you some questions.


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Whoa, as a big fan of turn based strategy games like the Fire Emblem franchise, this was an awesome surprise. I've only played through the second level so far, but I'm looking forward to continuing. Thanks Skell for making it! :)

That said, I'm having some trouble getting the music to play properly. It works fine for the first loop or two, then fades out only to come back randomly for brief periods. Other times it stutters a bit and plays the first few seconds of the track repeatedly. It's hard to be more specific since it didn't seem to be tied to anything I did, so has this happened to anybody else?

It's also kinda funny that the citizens keep rooting for the enemy.

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This is maybe the best April Fool's surprise so far. Because the fakey thing that happened is inherently enjoyable and not a letdown. At first, I thought that the game wasn't playable--meant to be a facade. And then after fiddling a bit, I picked up the controls, and was really impressed. Currently on level 4.

I also think that though this type of game has been done before, the puzzle mindset of DROD works well with it. I like how tactics sometimes neatly amount to logical constraints, e.g. you will need at least two attackers to kill a tar baby inside of an alcove without taking damage.

Congrats to Skell. At some point, it would be cool to see credits for the voice acting (Michael Abbott?), music (Emmett?), etc.

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Congrats to Skell. At some point, it would be cool to see credits for the voice acting (Michael Abbott?), music (Emmett?), etc.
You've got that exactly right!

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This game opens some doors for "smartphone DROD"...

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love the minigame. just sad that it says I lost 21 units when I used restart over and over and over to make sure I lost 0 :/

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The progress bar is pretty long and it's -9000% :P .
The minigame is very fun but should be possible try again the levels( when they are conquered ) to improve the records.
Thanks to whoever did the minigame.
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I added a link on the page that will let you remove your old score and start over. Due to the hurried way we put this together, your old score must be deleted for you to start over.


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I added a link on the page that will let you remove your old score and start over. Due to the hurried way we put this together, your old score must be deleted for you to start over.


Pretty soon the game will be released more officially, not as a bar minigame, with some improvements and fixes, so I think it would be better to not make it possible to replay the game right now so that there are still people interested in the fixed version later :P

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Huh.

...okay! Removed.

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Since April Fools is over, but there is a lot of cool stuff many people haven't seen, we're going to reveal some hints to help you all through the riddle.

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Huh, turns out there is a game after all. Reading the messages in this thread I automatically assumed that the joke was to pretend it existed.
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love the minigame. just sad that it says I lost 21 units when I used restart over and over and over to make sure I lost 0 :/

silver,

In war, people die. We try to dull the pain by giving them other names like "units" and focusing on our more recent success. But they are heroes, and must not be forgotten.

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Wow, that's a lot of hidden messages still to be revealed.

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I just want to take a moment to say...

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OK, this is what I found so far.

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Third hint room:
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So who is:
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Is it:
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I make a wild guess based on robin's theory, so all honor to him!

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