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Primordia / Re: Primordia for Mac OSX?
« on: January 31, 2020, 01:27:36 AM »
Hello, I've just started playing Primordia and found out, that basically keyboard doesn't work at all.
On the PC or Mac?

Primordia / Re: stuck on belt/gears/oil
« on: May 09, 2019, 12:17:50 AM »
Try giving the gears directly to the robot arm bartender.  Alternatively, the "rust-eating submersibles" near Primer can clean them.

Primordia / Re: Has anyone been to this site?
« on: March 07, 2019, 01:05:57 AM »
That's a developer-side page (one of our pages) -- not so fancy on the HTML, but we did try to put some good content into it. :)

Primordia / Re: Great Game
« on: August 03, 2018, 12:59:45 AM »
Thanks for the kind words.

The space bar idea is a nice one.  In Primordia, "scrounging for junk in a worn-out world" was kind of thematic, so there was a degree of "make the player feel like Horatio" in having the player search for hotspots.  I also think there is some danger that if you show the player all the hotspots, interacting with the world becomes a laundry list.  (The same is sort of true with numbering the kiosk entries.)  But at the same time, I really don't like frustrating players, and the main reaction to hotspot-hunting and entry-searching was frustration not delight. :)

As for the plot hole, I think you're right -- I looked and it appears she mentions the UNNIIC without Horatio ever having named it for her.  Very suspicious... :)

(I can't fix the forum; that's a WEG issue!)

Primordia / Deutsche Übersetzung
« on: April 06, 2018, 12:32:19 AM »
Mit großer Freude können wir heute verkünden: Primordia ist auf Deutsch verfügbar! Nach über einem Jahr unermüdlicher – wenn auch nicht ununterbrochener – Arbeit ist diese Übersetzung nun die dritte, die offiziell von Wormwood Studios herausgegeben wird. Jonas, der Übersetzer, konnte so auf die Erfahrung von Flavien Gaillard und Eduardo Moreno Martín zurückgreifen, denen wir schon die französische beziehungsweise die spanische Ausgabe von Primordia verdanken. Das, was Jonas erreicht hat, ist aber nicht nur Ergebnis der harten Arbeit von ihm und den Testern, sondern ist auch dem Enthusiasmus der deutschen Primordia-Fans zu verdanken, die Jonas bei diesem enormen Unterfangen immer wieder ermutigt haben.

Aus geschäftspolitischen Gründen hat Wadjet Eye Games diese Übersetzung weder befürwortet noch getestet und wird sie selbst auch nicht verbreiten. Aus diesem Grund kann die Übersetzung nur über die Primordia-Webseite (http://www.primordia-game.com/german.html) heruntergeladen werden und ist nicht direkt über Steam, GOG oder die WEG-Seite verfügbar. Aufgrund der relativ überschaubaren Menge an Testern können Probleme oder Fehler in der Übersetzung bestehen. Wir wollen diesen Patch ebenso gewissenhaft und begeistert unterstützen wie das Spiel selbst – deshalb freuen wir uns über sämtliche Rückmeldungen zu Fehlern, so dass wir diese beheben können.

Wir hoffen, die deutsche Übersetzung bereitet Euch genauso viel Vergnügen, wie sie Jonas und dem Rest von uns bei ihrer Erstellung gemacht hat ... und vielleicht das kleine Bisschen Frustration, das zu jedem guten Adventure-Spiel gehört!

Primordia / Re: Windows 10 and fullscreen
« on: July 27, 2017, 01:01:35 AM »

Hope you enjoy!

Primordia / Re: Windows 10 and fullscreen
« on: July 22, 2017, 11:45:10 PM »
First thought: try switching the driver mode from Direct3D to DirectDraw in winsetup.exe.  Let's see if that works, and go from there.

Also, there's some red in that palette too! :D

Primordia / Re: Linux segfaults (Primordia and other AGS games)
« on: July 16, 2017, 12:13:57 AM »
Thanks for this guidance.

GOG controls the Primordia Linux version -- as far as I know, it uses some kind of wrapper/emulator and is not separately compiled from the source code, but neither we (i.e., Wormwood Studios) nor WEG has access to their tech, as far as I know, nor do we have a good way to get it fixed.  You might ping them directly with this info, and I can do the same via a backchannel, but I'm not sure whether it can be done with the set-up they have. 

Still, this might be useful for others who hit the same snag, so many, many thanks!

Primordia / Re: WTB: Primordia Physical Version
« on: June 28, 2017, 12:49:01 AM »
My guess is that you'd have better luck asking around elsewhere (Twitter or Reddit maybe) as these forums are pretty dead. I myself only ever had two copies, one of which I gave to a fan translator, and alas I can't bear to part with the other.

Primordia / Re: Crash on Startup
« on: May 25, 2017, 12:22:18 AM »
Switching support over to the Steam thread you started, since more eyes see stuff there:

Primordia / Re: Crash on Startup
« on: May 25, 2017, 12:21:19 AM »
First let's try this to deal with the sound issue: http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=33311.0

Primordia / Re: Crash on Startup
« on: May 25, 2017, 12:18:04 AM »
We are ever vigilant, though sometimes a little slow on this forum, in customer care! :D  I'm confident we can get this fixed.  Give me a minute to comb through past bug fixes.

Primordia / Re: shortstory fallen and other stuph
« on: January 31, 2017, 01:05:13 AM »
Ha! I think if you talk to Primer he says something like "my name is the key" and you can deduce his number because he says that 187th came off the line 50 before him. :)

I like the motor puzzle a lot, too.  It was surprisingly tricky to code.  But it was cool all the same -- a good "tactile" puzzle.  Wish we had more of them. :/

Primordia / Re: shortstory fallen and other stuph
« on: January 29, 2017, 12:33:08 AM »
At one point, the record was involved in an odd puzzle where you started playing music on Main Street to distract the repair robot or something. For a variety of reasons it was a bad idea -- it was a pretty resource-intensive puzzle to do (requiring custom dancing animations, music, complex coding) and it basically was mood-breaking and makeweight.  The record stuck around nonetheless. :)

I wanted to make it an album of Kim Boekbinder's after she joined to do the two songs (the one in the UNNIIC and the one for the end credits), but unfortunately by then the voice over for that item had already been recorded, so we were stuck with the children's choir or whatever it was.

Primordia / Re: shortstory fallen and other stuph
« on: January 28, 2017, 12:28:29 AM »
Thanks for the kind words, and for the continued interest in the game.  Some answers below!

> Do you see in your head also the small details. I can paint images, and process involves pinning down an idea that you see in mind, making multiple mini sketches, doing linework for big sketch in detail, shading light and dark, applying colour. Is there a similar process for writing.

No.  I'm much more verbal than visual -- for example, I learn by listening (or doing) but very seldom by watching.  So usually for me a visual description starts from an *idea* I want to convey, and then the "visuals" (that is, the words describing the visuals) are just an effort to convey that idea, rather than starting from some clear vision of the thing.

> who are the Legion? I gathered they rule Urbani city and sent a force of robots to attack Metropol.

Legion was the AI in charge of Urbani's military.  That's why the Urbanian soldiers in Metropol are named 187th Legionbuilt and so forth.

> Are these ones responsible for a certain machine killing virus I hear about in the story. (I think I missed out a big part of the plot in the game after messing up at the huge robot but hey it just adds to replayability),

I don't think Legion created Thanatos (the virus) or was in charge of it, but there's nothing concrete on this.  The ship that was equipped with Thanatos was meant to be crewed by humans, though, and only was managed by AI because the humans were gone.

> not sure what cycles are exactly. ... So Im guessing its some kind of resource of processing like memory is a resource.

Yeah, they're instruction cycles: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instruction_cycle

> Is it common nature of the big (or all) robots to be (I guess) selfish like that, or just something Factor is.

It is not 100% clear that Factotum is telling the truth -- I'm still not sure myself whether Factor actually is "sleeping" or is destroyed, and whether the "recall" order that brought all the Factorbuilts home was part of MetroMind's solution for reducing energy costs in Metropol (as opposed to Factor wanting his "children" with him).  Assuming Factotum is telling the truth, I think the answer is probably that Factor thinks he built better than anyone else, and there's no reason for inferior machines to stick around.  Factor is generally very unsentimental (as Oswald notes when he complains that Factor made his robots name themselves).

> Also why is Metromind seemingly power hungry and unethical?

MetroMind was (probably?) the first major AI in Metropol -- it makes sense that an automatic rail system would come first, in fact the Paris Metro has such a system (it was part of my inspiration for MetroMind), I think.  When she was unveiled, she was heralded as "Progress" -- you can see that on a poster in the hallway leading to her old control room.

You have a chance to talk with her a little bit more about her motivations if you resolve the Goliath puzzle another way -- I can spoil it, or you can see for yourself, let me know!

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