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Re: Blog Update from Darkling Room and the Lost Crown Quadrilogy [Re: Jenny100] #972166
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Originally Posted By: Jenny100
The Lost Crown: A Ghost-Hunting Adventure
The Last Crown: Blackenrock
The Last Crown: Haunting of Hallowed Isle
The First Crown

I'm a little confused about the in-game chronology, which may be different from the order of release. Events in Blackenrock may come before Hallowed Isle, but do events in those "Last Crown" games come before or after the original Lost Crown? Do the events in The First Crown take place before or after those in The Lost Crown? Does The First Crown take place back in time before any of the others?


Jenny, the in-game chronological order is as you have it, which is also the release order. Any flashbacks will occur during gameplay.

Ana wave


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Re: Blog Update from Darkling Room and the Lost Crown Quadrilogy [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #972167
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Thanks, Ana.
I need to replay the original (achievement-free) game again.
I think I remember one of the crowns was destroyed (was it the second one or the first?)

I hope the new games will have the option to completely hide casual-type additions like "achievements" if they are included.

Re: Blog Update from Darkling Room and the Lost Crown Quadrilogy [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #972238
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Originally Posted By: BrownEyedTigre
wave Carrie, we will know more after it gets released. It will be on Steam for sure. Ana
(in response to Carrie's question: "Will it be download-only or available on a disk?")


I won't be disappointed if it's download-only... I'm kind-of expecting that. But much like your recent SIERRA thread, Ana, it will sure be good --once again-- to see & play another game from The Darkling Room. grin



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Re: Blog Update from Darkling Room and the Lost Crown Quadrilogy [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #972296
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Thank you very much MaG for an excellent article!

It really upsets me that you had to take the time from your busy day to write it in the first place! redface

I don't know why this topic keeps coming up! I don't understand all this negativity! Game developers are gifted Artists who work insane hours to make games for us to enjoy in an industry where very few, if any, make the big bucks! rolleyes

They are not proletarian slaves working on an assembly line, cranking out goods on a fixed schedule to please a demanding Master or be punished. cry

If you don't like their timetable you are under no obligation WHATSOEVER to buy their product!.............Ahem,.....pardon my French! mad

I am also shocked and dismayed that MaG and the Gameboomers staff are getting negative comments on their efforts! GB is a lovely little site where Adven gaming enthusiasts can get together and share their love of the genre. It is perfectly obvious to the casual observer that MaG and the staff work long hours, and as I understand it, with limited or no pecuniary compensation. I am SPEECHLESS that anyone can be even the LEAST critical of their efforts! It is a FREE site and Ana MaG and the gang work their tails off to make it a great experience! I, for one, appreciate their efforts! bravo

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Re: Blog Update from Darkling Room and the Lost Crown Quadrilogy [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #972353
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Well said, LeBelleRachael!


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Re: Blog Update from Darkling Room and the Lost Crown Quadrilogy [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #972357
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Thank you LeBelleRachael for your post. hearts


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Re: Blog Update from Darkling Room and the Lost Crown Quadrilogy [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #972394
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Its ready when its ready! Jonathan always releases the very best!

Re: Blog Update from Darkling Room and the Lost Crown Quadrilogy [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #972401
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Jenny, this may help you a bit on the story:

The first crown is not a prequel, it's about the actual first crown itself. In The Lost Crown you found one of the crowns made for Ganwulf (one of the two brothers). The crown that was lost to the sea is part of the story of Ulcombe, the land that was ruled by the other brother Pendread. The first crown belongs to their father, it was the original crown which we were told was melted down.

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Re: Blog Update from Darkling Room and the Lost Crown Quadrilogy [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #972403
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Thanks, Ana.
So the Last Crown is the Pendread crown, the one that was lost to the sea.
And the First Crown may not have been melted down after all.

Re: Blog Update from Darkling Room and the Lost Crown Quadrilogy [Re: Jenny100] #972404
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Phew !! woozy

What with all these crowns, I think I'll make myself a paper one to wear and go and sit in a corner and meditate !!

lol lol lol

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Re: Blog Update from Darkling Room and the Lost Crown Quadrilogy [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #972413
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You got it Jenny!


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Re: Blog Update from Darkling Room and the Lost Crown Quadrilogy [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #972615
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Making games is hard, especially on your own! I've been working on mine for six years now. Patience is key, for everyone involved. I'm going to absolutely love it when Jonathan releases his next game, but until then, we just need to be patient smile It's gonna be amazing!


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I feel its important to apologize for some of my post here to Jonathan. I do understand that you are working very hard to release the game.

My comments were out of frustration, and very juvenile on my part. I love all your games, and will wait patiently. I also want to apologize to the Game Boomers Staff for making such an A@@ out of myself.. LOL lol

Its very good for me to admit my mistakes... happydance


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Re: Blog Update from Darkling Room and the Lost Crown Quadrilogy [Re: Darleen03] #973209
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And some people took the time to check into what Jonathan was doing and saying on his own in other places. Why demand he speak where you go? You could go where he speaks.


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Re: Blog Update from Darkling Room and the Lost Crown Quadrilogy [Re: troi] #973286
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Re: Blog Update from Darkling Room and the Lost Crown Quadrilogy [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #973446
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Well done Darleen. It takes a big person to make such an apology.

I just want to add how great this site is and to voice my own gratitude to all the gang that manages Gameboomers.

Re: Blog Update from Darkling Room and the Lost Crown Quadrilogy [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #973749
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Jonathan Boaks sent me his autograph one time. I have also recieved from him personally an email, some years ago. Just thought I would mention it.

Re: Blog Update from Darkling Room and the Lost Crown Quadrilogy [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #974023
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I also have an edition of 'Dark Fall' with the autograph by Jonathan Boakes smile

But I still think that Darleen03 was somewhat right, and while Jonathan does make great games, I have to admit he does very poor PR and communication with the community.

No, please don't kill me yet - let me explain what I mean. I have two things in mind.


First, after the game is released, is it not nice for the developer to listen to the feedback and fix the bugs? There are at least two bugs with 'The Lost Crown - Steam enhanced edition', as there are two achievements glitching. I have written about it on forums, and to Jonathan both by e-mail and by Facebook - but he did not answer. He did not even say something like 'Hey, it is no bug, you are just not doing it the right way'... In fact, I am 99% sure those are bugs as I found the way to get those achievements by playing German version instead of English - everything was fine there.


And second, concerning those release dates. No, I don't think a developer should visit different forums and explain his intentions and reveal his roadmap. But, see how it happened here.

In April 2013 Jonathan announced that 'The Last Crown' will be released in November 2013. Great!!!

Unfortunately, in October he made another announcement - that instead of 'The Last Crown' there would be 'The Halloween Haunting', "a brand new ghost-hunting adventure" "for $5". OK, thanks for the news!

BUT - there was no announcements after that release had been cancelled as well. Of course, anything could happen to anybody, but it would still be nice for Jonathan to make another entry in his blog saying that, well, he was sick/his computer broke etc., so the release is postponed. We would be glad to hear it just to know he is safe and sound after all...

Re: Blog Update from Darkling Room and the Lost Crown Quadrilogy [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #974048
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He did mention it on twitter:
Originally Posted By: Jonathan on twitter 18-11-2013
@questzone Blackenrock is a longer, fleshier version of HH. After missing the night I decided to bump it up to a full-bloodied adventure.
I recall there was a more formal announcement, but can't seem to find it at the moment.

Re: Blog Update from Darkling Room and the Lost Crown Quadrilogy [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #974070
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Iurii, first off, Jonathan has a publisher, Iceberg Games. Jonathan is not the one to contact, you should be communicating with the publisher. If he answered anyone that writes him he would never have time for making games, working a regular job and having a life of his own. Jonathan disabled his FB account so he could focus on working. There are only so many hours in a day.

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BUT - there was no announcements after that release had been cancelled as well. Of course, anything could happen to anybody, but it would still be nice for Jonathan to make another entry in his blog saying that, well, he was sick/his computer broke etc., so the release is postponed. We would be glad to hear it just to know he is safe and sound after all...


I did post for him the reasons why Halloween Haunting was not released. Just because he himself didn't post it here doesn't mean it wasn't communicated. Also his Blog details what is going on too.

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Re: Blog Update from Darkling Room and the Lost Crown Quadrilogy [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #974145
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Thanks for the replies!

Jarkeld, yes, @questzone is the Russian adventure site where I often write the news smile
Luckily, Jonathan answered us via twitter then, as everybody started to complain about the incorrect information as for the release given by our site.

BrownEyedTigre, of course I have written to the publisher first! They did not answer me about the bugs, so then I tried to write to Jonathan.
But they always answer about release dates - I try to write them once a year asking about how 'Bracken Tor' is going.
Maybe last year I did not follow all your posts here. But I do now smile

And let's hope that the next game will come this year!

Re: Blog Update from Darkling Room and the Lost Crown Quadrilogy [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #974514
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thanks for the blog update, Ana. I'm really looking forward to this game! thumbsup


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