Changed the Site Look

As part of the site and forum upgrades, the look of the site had to change.

The previous look (theme) of the site was custom made by one of our fans back in 2012 and although beautiful, it was limited and doesn’t fit the site needs anymore.

One of the parts where the old look was lacking was that it wasn’t responsive which means that it didn’t present the site well to mobile devices, many of our fans use mobile devices thus the site look had to change to accommodate all of the users which want to see our project.

I will put here a part of the theme which was previously used just for good old times sake.

Bye, beautiful dedicated site theme

Which graphical style of kq4 would you like to see ?

The question in the title (About the graphical style of the remake) was polled on the site for quite some time now.

It seems most users prefer having a remake done in two dimensions rather than a 3d remake, while 10% of the voters prefer not having any remake, just having the good old agi/sci version.

The majority prefers a nice 2d remake which means the same quest as the original just with more colors and resolution, I totally dig that, it will be beautiful to see kq4 more vibrantly, I also hope someone will pick up the wand, and create a nice 2d remake.

Actually, two groups did, Magic Mirror (which stopped dev on it and the project got killed), and also Westend Studios, which might still work on it (I hope), although no other details can be found about that project, still, there is their beautiful video they published in youtube

But we took the 3d path which is our personal calling.

I am closing the poll, as it did its job, thank you all for participating.

Site Maintenance

UnicornTales site is currently undergoing major maintenance.

This post will probably be interesting for technology geeks more than regular fans.

Our site is based on the wordpress platform which powers about 30% of all sites in the wide world web.

Our wordpress version is outdated which opens us to many security attacks, we also use many plugins, most of which are outdated.

Every plugin might open us to an attack, especially if it is not the most updated version.

So, in order to update the site, I will first take a backup of the current state (So if something fails, we would be able to easily revert to the last working state), I will then continue to update the wordpress version, then I will remove plugins which are not necessary as I take the approach of minimalism as “Less is more”, then I will update the plugins which we do need.

Lastly I will install a good security plugin for the site as well as harden the server’s security.
Finally, I will update the site’s communication security to use ssl/https so your browser won’t scream that this site is not secure.

After this site is updated to my full satisfaction, I will be able to look into updating our forum platform, but that is a post for an other day.

Fixed the Image Galleries

Hi,

 

Now that flash is officially being dis-supported by all major web browsers, it is high time we changed our image galleries.

 

This site began with the idea to be a platform for those image galleries – they were the reason for creating this site, I browsed the adventure game studio forums and found Karen’s art, I was so flabbergasted that I PMed Karen and asked her where I can find her image galleries, when she told me she had none, I volunteered to build a site for the image galleries as such art shouldn’t be abandoned.

 

Since then we decided to create the whole King’s Quest IV remake and the rest is history.

 

Anyway, for some time now the image galleries didn’t work well, so I invite you all to have a second look at them.

 

Karen’s Image Galleries

 

I am attaching one of the last images she posted on the forums before she died

Karens last image

2016 March progress update

Hi,

 

We were silent for too long, but it doesn’t mean that progress wasn’t done in the meantime.

This project is a free project progressed by the good will of our talented contributors, from our project manager who keeps tabs on everything reminding us constantly that work is to be done, to our artists drawing beautiful backgrounds, sprites, animations to our fans who spread the word and find us fresh talents when needed.

 

We didn’t post updates these last months but rest assured, new graphics were drawn and our musician just told us that he managed to do some progress with the music score (which you will love).

 

All of the guys and gals mentioned above are squeezing the work between job, family and other stuff so I want to say in the name of the team and fans (as I am a simple fan myself) – thank you!

 

You are invited to visit our forum to talk about the latest and greatest:

Progress in the project thread

Let’s Welcome our New Member!

Good news everyone,

 

After some internal team members talk we decided (Everyone!) to add a new member to our Team.

 

We are welcoming Isaac from the land of Kolyma!

Isaac is a regular user of our site and has offered his help so many times.

Isaac isn’t an animator, a graphic designer or a musician so as he saw we are in search of an animator and suchm he just took the initiative and contacted many people in order to find the right talent for the team.

 

Isaac, your help to the team is greatly valued – Welcome.

welcome photo

Opening the game to all Graphic Designers!

We have amazing news.

creative photo

We are opening the game to any graphic designer who wishes to be a part of it.

YES, today we decided to let everybody contribute their part small as big in this game.

We have listed a list of all needed graphic parts of the game we still need artists to develop, and anyone can create one or more of those and submit them to us.

 

Of course we will have a standard to achieve so some of the art will need some modifications, but just give it a shot and be a part of our growing team.

 

Of course all contributers will be listed in the credits as well as other well deserved bonuses will be granted to those contributing.

 

Alas for talking lets get creative:

Click here for the details

I am happy to introduce Ellivia – our new Script writer

Hi all,

 

I have good news,

Ellivia has joined our team as our new Script writer.

script photo

What is a script writer?

Well, you will notice her work in every step of the game as she writes all of the scripts in the game, for example, when you click on the hand icon then click on a tree – you will get a response, and while you may get a plain response like “Can’t do that”, a good script writer will make it much more fun and may write a witty response, a clue about the real click one should try or anything else.

 

Here is her first work – enjoy:

Path to Lolotte’s castle

Castle

Touch: You are too far away

Speak: Castles don’t talk

Path

Touch: You bend down to feel the rough path. A few rocks break loose and fall to the chasm below. You better watch your step.

Speak: You get no response.

Trees

Touch: You don’t need to touch the trees. Besides, they’re too far away.

Speak: Your voice echoes all around you. You get no response

Rosella: I’m alone

Person Icon: When you walk to the edge of the path, your foot slips under the unstable rock.

Rosella:Uh Oh

Unable to regain your balance, you slip off the path and fall to your death.

BAM!

Look: The forest of green trees below you remind you fondly of Daventry.

Sky

Touch: You raise your hands up to the sky. A warm breeze passes through your fingers

Speak: The birds in the sky chirp back energetically

Look: The sky is a beautiful shade of light blue. The weather is perfect.

King Graham is still sick, so Rosella continues her quest to find the magical fruit

Yes, we are still here.

Magical fruit photo

We had a big draw back when Karen died as she was the project leader and main graphic artist, yes, we almost despaired and closed the project, but NO we didn’t give up.

 

As a team we decided to continue the quest in Karen’s memory, our forum administrator – Jack stood up and took the role of project leader.

One of our fans Ellivia, joined the team to help with the scripts.

 

And so the quest continues – stay tuned!

 

Our heart was taken

 

Today I am the bearer of very sad news.

Our most beloved graphic designer had some health problems which took her to the hospital, and after several days she was taken from us permanently.

Actually, to call Karen only “our graphic designer” is to really belittle her part in our project.

Karen was the heart of this project, she began the project and all of the team just joined her.

Karen began by joining Magic Mirror Games which is the company which wanted to create “The perils of Rosella” in 2d graphics, after creating most of the 2d graphics for the Magic Mirror company she left them to continue the game without her (Unfortunately, they have stopped developing the game several months ago).

Karen’s love for “The Perils of Rosella” didn’t stop there though, so she continued on her own, this time by developing 3d graphics for the game – just to see how the game will look in 3d.

 

I saw her graphics and was amazed by the beauty of her graphics – I knew that to leave those graphics in forum posts without giving them a chance to bloom as a full blown game will be really unjust.

 

So we created our team, while our heart and dreamer was Karen.

 

She was everywhere, working many hours a day, creating backgrounds, walkovers, sprites, site graphics – for every need – Karen was there.

This is her project, she started it, was the heart of it and pushed it forward, but above all this was her dream and she literally gave her life essence to it.

 

While talking to her she thought about the name of our team UnicornTales – She was everywhere, she still is everywhere, her essence is all over our game and site.

 

But more than just the game heart, Karen was a very dear friend of mine and of other team members, I talked to her regularly, we shared a special bond created by a joined vision, and shared creation of this game.

Karen was a gentle person, she knew what she wanted and guided the project with a gentle touch, I cared a lot for her, and her passing is a very big loss to the community, to the team and to me (and other team members) personally.

 

Some of Karen’s work:
Lots of graphics at Magic Mirror Games Studio for the 2d remake of King’s Quest 4

All of our main 3d graphics which a part of them can be found at our Image galleries

Actually she created 3d graphics for several King’s quest games – I put some of it in our galleries too:
King’s Quest V

King’s Quest III

Misc King’s Quest Graphics

 

She helped with creating King’s Quest IX – the Silver Lining by Phoenix online Studios, and her print is visible there too.

Karen also helped create the graphics for The Heroine Quest by Crystal Shard

 

Karen, your absence makes my heart yonder.

Love,

Avi & Team