As of today, when a combatant moves on the battlefield, you’ll actually see its token slide from one square to the next. Whether Moving or Dashing or Charging (or being pushed by a foe), tokens will actually appear to move instead of merely teleporting.
This is the first of a number of animations we plan to add the game over the next weeks, enhancing the way we display various events, from using a spell to taking damage. Our goal with animations is not to fill Conclave with whiz-bang, but to enhance immersion and make the action easier to grasp. We think the movement animations represent a major step in this important direction.
Today also sees a basic rollout of music into the game. If you play Conclave from something other than a mobile, then as soon as you reach a quest, you should start hearing music! We’ve put a limited selection of tracks into the game, so that as you move from quest selection to voting to combat, you’ll hear different music.
Mobile users: Today, we are doing our best to detect whether you are browsing from a mobile device, and turning off music automatically if you are. This is because many mobiles have either relatively low-bandwidth connections, or are associated with limited data plans, so we don’t want to foist a bandwidth hog like music upon you. That said, we want to give mobile users who like music an option to play it, and will be thinking about the best way to do this.
Next, we plan to add the ability to associate music with specific story moments. For example, we want to be able to play our happier music when things go well for your party, scary music when you face Nightmarish foes, and so on. That will also give us the opportunity to expose the complete soundtrack within the game - not just the limited audio palette in place right now.
This release is a big one, with a major impact on the game experience. We expect some rough edges, both technical and experiential, so please give us your feedback - we’re always listening.