Posted by Rampant Coyote on January 7, 2013
So maybe THIS is what you get when you go to bed right after a Mountain Dew – fueled night filled with playing Baldur’s Gate (enhanced edition!) and working on inventory UI for Frayed Knights 2. (And no, I haven’t played Minecraft or The Real Texas in weeks, so those are at least not an immediate influence).
I had a Dungeons & Dragons dream. Surprisingly, I don’t have these very often, but they are generally pretty fun. Part of the dream was literally a D&D game – the group was discussing tactics around the table. It wasn’t medieval fantasy, however… we we armed with sixguns, shotguns, and lever-action revolvers and fighting a bad guy who was likewise armed, but also had at his command a posse of zombies.
After a discussion of defensive positions (we were defending some kind of dinner party or something) and who would be taking what sniper position where, the dream shifted perspective to the in-game action. With all of us wearing cowboy hats. It was nighttime, but the dinner party was lit by artificial light (I guess it was electricity). The bad guy and his zombie thugs were approaching behind a rock outcropping, keeping behind cover until they were relatively close, foiling good long-range sniper shots. Then the bad guy cast a spell, which shut off all the lights, and the zombies charged. Well, as much as zombies charge, which was (from what I could catch a glimpse of before the lights went out) more of a determined, shuffling march.
Well, no problem for ME, I thought: I have infravision. I think it was through magic spectacles or something. Now, in old-school D&D, infravision was basically thermal vision – you could see heat sources.
Here’s the part that gets interesting: In my dream, I was surprised (at first) that the zombies were still invisible in the darkness – I could see the heat given off by the main bad guy as he’d be briefly, partially exposed behind cover. I could see the people at the dinner party. But not the zombies. And then I realized – zombies don’t give off heat! They are ambient temperature!
About that point I woke up – as it was Saturday morning – and thought, “Wow, cool!”
It was apparently much cooler than my wife’s dream, which she shared with me as well, which involved her giving birth to a monkey. Or a kid that highly resembled a monkey. Considering how our now very beautiful firstborn girl resembled a cross between a lizard and E.T. when she was born, I figure it wasn’t all that bizarre.
Now here’s the thing: I don’t know which I’m more surprised about – the fact that my subconscious came up with what sounds to me like a pretty clever plan that I’d never consciously thought of before, or the fact that I was “playing against myself” – in the dream, I was surprised by that logical twist as well. But that IS the kind of tricky, clever encounters I do like putting in my games.
No, it won’t be in Frayed Knights 2. There’s no infravision in Frayed Knights, and I’m not about to implement it just for that. There are no rifles, either, at least to my knowledge… though there are cannons (and bombs), established via the explosive powder found early in the first game.
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