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Random Thoughts (of a dubious variety)

Thursday, December 29th, 2016 by Swordofmoonlight.net at www.swordofmoonlight.net

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This post began as an off-topic forum post (“Beginners and Other Nonsense”) but I liked it so that I wanted to give it more prominence, and I thought it would work better as a front page post than another “COLLADA-DOM” update would. As such it’s rather informal for a change.

Michael Samyn’s Patreon turned me onto this:

http://www.immersence.com/publications/char/2004-CD-Space.html

The 1995 one (Osmose) is so evocative of King’s Field 2. Funny they are of the same year. I swear the sound effects in the YouTube video sound identical to those in in the early caverns. Like the located hoots and hollers of the monsters especially.

In the last week of 2016 I’ve found myself listening to select songs off David Bowie’s Heathen (and trying to piece parts of their open-ended lyrics together.) There’s a certain vibe right now, but also I think I’m processing his passing this year…

Station to Station is usually considered to be Bowie’s kind of climactic masterpiece. It’s not part of Heathen, but you always come back to it when researching his career. It got me looking into the Sephirot from the Kabbalah. The Sephirot is translated as “Tree of Life.” And looking at it, it made me think of the trees in King’s Field 2′s villages.

Those trees don’t really look like trees very much, but they do look like the Sephirot. It made me want to find images of them online, but that never goes well, although I find adding “screenshot” to the search term helps a lot. Ultimately I loaded the game up to revisit them.

I was imagining, what if their underlying polygon models were shaped like the circuits of the Sephirot? Wouldn’t that be a hoot! (Edited: one day I will answer this question, when I begin the project of transferring the models off of the disc.)

While I was searching I came across an older Konami game called King’s Valley. The cover of it, especially King’s Valley II looks like it could be a King’s Field game. The game format is 2-D, but it’s not unevocative of King’s Field. I wonder if there’s a missing link there; if perhaps the genesis of the name was as if to say, let’s make King’s Valley, but in 3-D, and call it “field,” because that’s evocative of a 3-D space.

I don’t think it’s impossible. I don’t even think the Sephirot is impossible. The Waters of Life and Tree of Life are a constant theme in King’s Field.

The annual GameFAQs status report is also available:

http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/958393-sword-of-moonlight-kings-field-making-tool/74735366

There’s not much to report this year due to my focus being taken up by the need to switch Sword of Moonlight over to a newer art format than Microsoft X all year long.

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