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