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Topic Subject:"Voices of the Pinfei" - Gweilo's design blog and commentary
Gweilo
Angel
posted 06-05-19 08:23 ET (US)         
My wife and I finished watching "Empresses in the Palace" and "Story of Yanxi Palace". These are two Chinese quasi-historical television series that feature tales of concubines in the Forbidden City. They are both full of melodrama and beauty, and are not entirely historically accurate. Nevertheless, they have inspired me to build a new custom campaign that features royal concubines in the storyline.

"Pinfei" is the pinyin spelling of the Mandarin phrase for "imperial concubine". I have chosen the campaign title to be "Voices of the Pinfei". The missions will be written as diary entries from different concubines. I will use the early Ming dynasty as the setting, and inject some actual historic events.

I have already put together the skeleton of the campaign. It will include 5 missions set on 4 new custom maps. One of these maps will be an adaptation of the Forbidden City! For that one, I will not be re-using the same map from my "Imperial Forbidden City" campaign. Instead, I will build a new map that is smaller in size. Part of the reason I want to build a smaller map for the Forbidden City is that this campaign is going to be rated at 'normal' difficulty, so a smaller map will be less intimidating and challenging in that regard.

I am still in the early stages of this design but I can forsee a release sometime later in the summer of 2019. Look for further updates on this thread (and in the Emperor Rise of the Middle Kingdom Facebook group).

I have also created a teaser album in the Emperor Heaven Gallery; I will post more images to it later as I get further along in the design and playtesting. You can find the album here:

http://emperor.heavengames.com/gallery/album25

As always, please feel free to leave comments, suggestions, encouragement, etc., in this thread.

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Gweilo
Angel
posted 06-07-19 06:11 ET (US)     1 / 7       
I'm making good progress on this project. Here is the scope of this campaign:

MISSION TEASERS (note: there are no time limits in any mission)

Mission 1 - Lady Xiao, Mistress of the Potter's Wheel - begins in 1390 CE.
Mission 2 - Concubine Lu, Weaver of Words - begins in 1395 CE.
Mission 3 - The Secret of Consort Yu - begins in 1400 CE.
Mission 4 - Noble Consort Zhao of the Forbidden City - begins in 1406 CE.
Mission 5 - Screams of the Pinfei - begins in 1421 CE.

I have the empire map completed and have written the storyline through the end of the second mission. I have started building the first map. There will be a total of 4 new maps in this campaign.

I have started taking screenshots of my progress and will add them to the teaser album in a few days.

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[This message has been edited by Gweilo (edited 06-08-2019 @ 11:46 AM).]

Gweilo
Angel
posted 06-08-19 11:46 ET (US)     2 / 7       
I am making good progress. I have completed all the mission skeletons, including mission goals. I have the storyline written through the end of mission 2. I have finished the first map and playtested it once; it is giving me the "secluded lake" vibe I was trying for.

I added some screenshots to the teaser album, you can see them here:

http://emperor.heavengames.com/gallery/album25

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Gweilo
Angel
posted 06-11-19 07:33 ET (US)     3 / 7       
More good progress to report. I have almost finished the 3rd map. Since these first 3 maps are all 'medium' size, I can complete them faster.

I also have finished a draft of the storyline for mission 3.

One more map and two more missions to go.

I did a news post about this project on the Emperor Heaven and Heaven Games main pages.

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Gweilo
Angel
posted 06-14-19 06:20 ET (US)     4 / 7       
I now have completed drafts of all 4 maps for this campaign. I have the storyline written through mission 4. I have playtested up through mission 3. Everything is coming together nicely.

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Gweilo
Angel
posted 06-14-19 20:18 ET (US)     5 / 7       
"I will be adorned in my finest gown when the silk hanging-scarf wraps around my throat. Weep not for me as I depart this life, for it is my fate. It is the ordained last dance for a pinfei, and afterwards I will dream forever." ~ the final diary entry of Consort Cui.

Friends, I have written many campaign closings in the last 17 years, but this one really has me feeling emotional. The whole tone of this new campaign is somber and poignant, and I hope you are filled with those same emotions when you play it.

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Gweilo
Angel
posted 06-16-19 16:04 ET (US)     6 / 7       
I have completed the playtesting of the campaign. I uploaded many screenshots from the playtesing, which you can see here:

http://emperor.heavengames.com/gallery/album25

I now need to work on the Readme text file that I always include in my custom campaign downloads. That will be my project for next week. I hope to be releasing this campaign by next weekend.

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Gweilo
Angel
posted 06-18-19 15:34 ET (US)     7 / 7       
I have released this campaign, it is available at this link:

http://emperor.heavengames.com/downloads/showfile.php?fileid=570

Happy Gaming!

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