• Developers Diary •


Sherwood Beta 3, Flash and the Future

Today we are releasing Sherwood Dungeon Beta 3. This release comes with a host of new features, improvements and performance enhancements. Most importantly Sherwood Beta 3 is now a stand-alone application that you download and install, no longer requiring a web browser.

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Why a stand-alone app?
Adobe announced that Flash is being retired at the end of 2020. Although this end-of-life date is still over a year away, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox have revealed plans to gradually retire Flash in their browsers. This summer Flash will start becoming increasing difficult to use, with Google Chrome set to block Flash by default with their July 31th update.

Weve been planning for this eventuality for two years, creating a new multi-platform codebase that can be used to bring Sherwood to a variety of platforms starting with Windows and MacOS but eventually to also include Android, iOS and Steam.

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New Features
Improvements in Beta 3 include new visual effects, overlays for damage and XP earned, a block indicator, a mini-map and a complete overhaul of the user interface. Pets and XP level now affect your power rating. You earn a power bonus against MOBs for every pet you own, even if they are not summoned. Sherwood's PvP is unaffected by these changes.

Gem Store
Premium items, like Pets, XP Doublers and Inventory Bags are now bought with Gems - a new currency available for purchase in the Gem Store. We've also introduced premium Hero and Beast Chests that reward a random pet for two months on each opening. Winning duplicates from these Chests rank-up your pet's star-rating, adding two more months of access and increasing your power rating.

As this is a new beta, expect bugs. Im hoping to get most issues sorted before the browsers start the process of retiring Flash, so please let me know of issues.

Thanks,
Gene

Click Here to install Sherwood Beta 3 for free.

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"The dream of MaidMarian.com is to create an online escape into Sherwood Forest bringing together an online community of like-minded players. I hope to push the envelope both through technology and visually so this 'experiment' continues to represent the state of the art and revolutionizes the way massively multiplayer games are delivered. The unique independent nature of this project allows a more open development process so you can participate in it's growth through your feedback. The Developer's Diary is where I keep you up to date on the changes and the challenges I'm facing. Feel free to contact me with suggestions and encouragement by email."

Gene Endrody
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