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"Why do you descend?"

Version 1.32 released March 28th, 2014.



-The Drop is a unique take on the dungeon crawler and follow-up to 2009's The Reconstruction.
-No typical HP & MP monotony. Instead, player and enemy alike have Body, Mind, and Soul ratings which serve as both health and magical power. Knocking any of these to zero means defeat, so spelunkers beware!
-Create your own player character. Choose a race, appearance, starting weapon, elemental alignment, perks, and a background. Or, choose from an array of pre-made characters, including a few familiar faces.
-Randomized dungeons. Hundreds of items, dozens of monsters and spells, and all sorts of weirdness lurks around every corner!
-Use magic and items to manipulate the environment to your advantage. Freeze water to trap foes in place. Set fire to grass to create a smokescreen. Evaporate spilled poison to create a toxic cloud. Electrify puddles of water. Many interactions await!
-Exploit your enemies' fears and emotions. Lull, befriend, or terrorize enemies by using the proper item or spell!
-Experiment with items to discover their properties with interactions like eating, applying, and throwing. A plant that makes you sick when eaten may have healing properties when applied to your wounds instead. Collect them all!
-Use stealth and line-of-sight to your advantage. Sneak up on enemies to attack from behind, or avoid them entirely. But be careful - enemies you can't see can do the same to you!
-Customizable BGM playlist. Add or remove songs from the dungeon's soundtrack, or even import your own music!
-Hardcore mode awaits! A true roguelike experience with permanent death and limited saving available. Do you feel lucky?



THE RECONSTRUCTION (2009). The Drop is a direct sequel to this game, and is set in the same world. Many characters, monsters, and spells are returning, but familiarity with the game is not necessary to enjoy The Drop.

I MISS THE SUNRISE (2012). A prequel to The Reconstruction and only distantly related to The Drop. It's quite different in tone and setting.

Official wiki here! Beware of spoilers!

TV Tropes Page available here! Beware of spoilers!



Updated March 28th, 2014.

Version 1.32 is live, as well as the complete soundtrack download and the "classic" track pack!

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You can look back at my semi-weekly progress reports by visiting http://www.tilde-one.com/, clicking the Show Archive button, and looking for anything with "Drop" in the title (newest entries are on top).

Latest Blog

The Drop - Version 1.32! New character!

Happy almost-April-1st! If you're reading this, The Drop Version 1.32 is now available for download! Why is this one so special? Well, an idea I've had for some time has finally come to fruition, and hopefully you can wring a few more hours out of The Drop while I'm still working on How Far. Maybe. Anyway, here are the change notes:

-Here comes a new challenger! Dehl Sikohlon is now a playable character! You can choose him from the second page of the "Special Characters" screen at any time.
-Magic Stitch now correctly heals Body health.
-Fixed an issue where it's possible to walk outside of the map in a certain area.
-Fixed a crash bug (again) that can occur after defeating the final boss.
-The final secret character now begins with some Soul-damaging magic as well.
-Removed all floor elements from the final boss' lair. Beware: it's an actual fight now!
-The spell "Calamity" now correctly inflicts Mind damage.
-The spell "Snowstorm" now correctly inflicts Soul damage.
-The spells "Thunderclash" and "Jolt" now has the correct icon.
-Hints should no longer get stuck on the screen after being defeated in Hardcore mode.

Dehl is a challenging character; if Xopi is defeated, he will fall too! Good luck!

Posts

Deltree
doesn't live here anymore
4556
Hey, thanks! I like to try new things.
Deltree
doesn't live here anymore
4556
BUGWATCH 2014

A very dedicated person discovered a bug with the trait "One with Shadow" belonging to the human secret character. If you defeat a non-humanoid enemy, you will lose a random stat point. I am fixing this in the Steam version tonight and might do a version update here. In the meantime, please be aware of this!
Deltree
doesn't live here anymore
4556
Totally unrelated, but The Drop is now on Steam Workshop!

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=229394427
NeverSilent
Got any Dexreth amulets?
6299
Don't worry, that's not necessary because I saved right before it happened, so I simply reloaded it and played the ending the way it was supposed to be. Thanks for the offer, though.

You're welcome. Credit where credit is due. As soon as I find some time, expect a review for each game in the series.
Deltree
doesn't live here anymore
4556
Wow, that's pretty strange! Thanks for the heads up; I may push a new update this week. If you'd like me to in the meantime, I can try to fix your save file so you can properly experience the ending. Feel free to email it to me.

And thanks for the support!

(LATE EDIT) So I figured out the problem! In that instance, when you go back up the stairs, even though it says "Floor 30," I can see plain as day that it puts you back on Floor 29 instead. I have no idea what I was thinking. Fortunately, since it's not a game breaking bug, I don't need to rush to fix it just yet.
NeverSilent
Got any Dexreth amulets?
6299
I just managed to beat the game with the final character but have encountered a quite severe bug. Maybe it has already been fixed in the latest update, but I thought I'd be better to report it anyway.

If you descend to the dragon's chamber with the final character and decide to go back and explore floor 30 again, it behaves like a normal floor and finding a staircase will transfer you to floor 31. There is no way to get back to the dragon's chamber, and using the Golden Thread will play the ending in the safe haven as if you had beaten the final boss.


Also, it seems the item dropped by Ironbody Tchiitra has no effect when used on self.

Anyway, this game is awesome (like the whole Reconstruction series) and I'm really looking forward to How Far already! Thanks for making these great games and keep up the good work.
Deltree
doesn't live here anymore
4556
I could also be a masochist! Or just crazy.
Oh what a rut it is to make the most technically innovative games this site has to offer.
Gibmaker
I hate RPG Maker because of what it has done to me
9274
Not a bad rut at all :D
Deltree
doesn't live here anymore
4556
Hey thanks! Same two as every year; I am happy with this rut.
Gibmaker
I hate RPG Maker because of what it has done to me
9274
Congarbulations on the Misaos! Much deserved sir. :)
Deltree
doesn't live here anymore
4556
Awesome! Emergent gameplay is a pretty big goal for roguelikes, and I'm glad it comes up even in a constrained setting like the one I created for The Drop. I look forward to hearing of your further adventures!
Hey Deltree, just started playing your game The Drop, will possibly *drop* a review, and have currently *dropped* a couple of hours into this thing although it will probably be many more.

What I like about this game is the ability to create your own custom stories. This game is a roguelike, but with a lot more flavour than usual (and considerably better graphics than your usual roguelike bothers to put in). The sheer depth of this game is impressive, especially for RPG Maker but the uniqueness of the game as a roguelike is impressive even of itself (no RPG Maker qualifier).

One of the stories I created within an hour of starting is that I wondered what would happen if you chucked a fire dust at a skeleton. Obviously, it lit the area around the skeleton on fire, and sent them chasing after me. I used my confuse spell on them to make them go away. Also, I threw some purple liquid at a Fih'Jik refugee and it says "it has taken a liking to me". It now follows me around as my personal little sidekick. He started fighting a bird creature for me but he died so I killed the bird.

This game gives you the opportunity to create a story of your own. It also has the opportunity to consume all your time. Thumbs up, and I probably won't pursue a review until I've spent some considerable hours on it. Then I'll come through with the interview (one day). Cheers and keep doing what you do.
Deltree
doesn't live here anymore
4556
Thanks, both of you!
I'm delighted with the charm of your game.
Congratulations very beautiful work there.
edchuy
You the practice of self-promotion
1624
Congrats on your IR mention. You definitely deserve some love! So I see you'll be trying to close the book on the series ...
Deltree
doesn't live here anymore
4556
The Drop recently got a plug on IndieRPGs.com! I'm feeling the love!

I've also started an article series on my next gaming endeavor at my home site. You can follow along at this link if you are so inclined.
This looks awesome! I'm excited to try it out.
Deltree
doesn't live here anymore
4556
No worries; my free time has been jeopardized lately as well. Looking forward to it, though!