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Unread 08-27-2012, 04:23 AM
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The Developer's Journal is a very popular feature that has been part of the build-up to many of our previous games. Every week day we will be revealing one new addition or change that has been made to the upcoming "Total Extreme Wrestling 2013" title, together with some details on the concept behind it, how it will work, or how it will impact the player.

Please note that every feature covered has already been completed and will therefore definitely be in TEW2013. Also bear in mind that there is no 'order' to the features, nor will we be covering everything; with well over 200 different features to choose from, we will be doing a mix of big, medium and small features.

For the initial FAQ on the game, please see the official announcement thread.

Contents List

#1: Fog Of War
#2: Worker Weight Changes
#3-4: Flexible Show Times
#5-7: The Power 500
#8: Assistant Booker
#9: User Image
#10: Motivational Speeches
#11: Legacies
#12: Worker Name Generator
#13: Suggest A Worker Name
#14-15: Tribute Shows
#16: Shoot Interviews
#17: New Worker Generation Upgrade
#18-23: End Of The Year Awards Additions
#24-25: Default Matches & Angles
#26: Game World Development
#27: Physical Decline
#28: Belt Defense Settings
#29: Editable Worker Age Settings
#30: Personal Assistant
#31: Alternate Assistant Screens
#32: Automatic Venue Selection
#33: Select Best Venue
#34: New Worker Generation Date
#35: No-Reset Filters
#36: In-Game Help
#37-38: Improved Coverage
#39: Talk Out Of Retirement
#40: New Database Software
#41: Event Name Generator
#42: Suggest An Event Name
#43: Company Size Criteria Changes
#44: Repetitive Booking
#45: AI Dark Matches
#46: Employment History
#47: Importer Name Matching
#48: Tag Team Name Generator
#49: Suggest A Tag Team Name
#50: Match Names
#51: Add New User
#52: Dropping Out Of Multiplayer
#53: Maximum Number Of Players
#54: Existing Character Avatars
#55: Restricted Area Settings
#56-58: Talent Trade Upgrades
#59: Free \ Unused Pictures
#60: Upgraded Show Ratings
#61: AI Feuds
#62: More Dynamic Company Relationships
#63: Visible Race
#64: End Of Year Award Reports
#65: AI 'Last Contender'
#66: Owner \ Booker Priorities
#67: Contracts (Part 1)
#68: Contracts (Part 2)
#69: Editor Grade View
#70: Editor Sliders \ Text Box Choice
#71-72: UK Changes
#73-74: Contracts (Parts 3 and 4)
#75: TV Show Name Generator
#76: Suggest A TV Show Name
#77-78: Contracts (Parts 5 and 6)
#79-81: Contracts (Parts 7, 8 and 9)
#82: Sit Outs
#83: Battle Royal Road Agent Notes
#84-86: Road Agent Notes Improvements
#87-89: New Finishes
#90: Limited Involvement Note
#91: Manager Client List
#92: Turn Off Chemistry
#93: Post Show Speeches
#94: Additional User Talent
#95: Pre-Set Title Defences
#96: Customisable TV \ PPV Rating
#97: TV Effects
#98: TV Effects (Part 2)
#99: Pay-Per-View Importance
#100-108: Alliances \ Umbrella Organisations
#109: Calendar Upgrade
#110: File Name Length
#111: Independent Sleaze
#112: Gradual Turns
#113: Tax
#114-119: Mass Edit Upgrade
#120: PPV Buyrate Upgrade
#121: Request Weight Changes
#122: Smarter Turns
#123: Dead Companies
#124: Season Finales
#125-126: Quick Info Tabs
#127-129: Advance \ Pre Booking Upgrades
#130: Website Remodel
#131: Hiring Of Foreigners
#132: Instant Decision Handling
#133: Top 100s
#134-135: Pre And Post Show Times
#136: Angle Booking Upgrade (Part 1)
#137: Angle Booking Upgrade (Part 2)
#138: Automated House Shows
#139: Scripted vs Improv
#140: Capped User Talents
#141: Backstage Influence By Seniority
#142: Hall Of Immortals Redesign
#143: Worker Input To Gimmicks
#144: Recent Fortunes
#145: Announcing Team Experience
#146: Size Limiter
#147: Steroid Effects
#148: Angle Contextual Outcome
#149: Trainer Feedback
#150: Patch Reminders
#150+: Other Features...
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#1: Fog Of War

Taking a page out of the WMMA playbook, 2013 will be the first in the TEW line to feature Fog Of War.

Every character in the game now has five scouting categories; In-Ring, Entertainment, Gimmick, Announcing and Refereeing. These categories indicate how much is known about the character in relation to that particular area, and are rated between level 1 and 10.

Each time a character makes an appearance in which any of those scouting categories come into play, he will gain scouting points; get enough scouting points and the scouting category increases to the next level. Less points are needed at the lower levels; for example, a rookie can jump from In-Ring level 1 to 2 in a relatively small number of matches, but getting from 9 to 10 takes a lot longer. On top of that, the larger the audience the character is working on front of, the more scouting points he can gain.

The scouting levels impact is felt when viewing any character's skills as it decides two things; how many categories are available to see, and how accurately they are rated. To illustrate this, here is what you'd be able to see for three different Entertainment scouting levels:

At Level 1: you get one category ("Overall") rated as either Weak, Average or Strong.

At Level 5: you get two categories ("Entertainment" and "Camera") rated as one of nine descriptions ranging from Abysmal to Excellent.

At Level 10: you get all six categories (Microphone, Charisma, Acting, Star Quality, Sex Appeal and Menace) each rated between 1 and 100.

Each 'jump' in scouting level alternates between either opening up more categories or improving how accurate the descriptions are.

The concept behind this is that the more inexperienced the worker, the more of a gamble you will be taking in dealing with them as you'll have far less precise data to work with, making the whole concept of roster management far more realistic and less about simply comparing numbers \ grades. Of course, the AI is also handicapped in the same way to even the playing field.

As you would expect, scouting levels can be set via the editor.

This feature can be disabled entirely via the Options menu.
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Unread 08-28-2012, 01:55 AM
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#2: Weight Changes

New to the series is the ability for workers to change size over time.

Every worker now has a minimum and maximum size (defaulted to one level above and below their starting size) that can be set via the editor to help control this.

There are multiple reasons why a worker can change (steroid use to increase muscle mass, getting fat with age, letting himself \ herself go, slimming down for health reasons, etc, etc) and these are shown in the appropriate news story. Workers can change multiple times over the course of their career, and their size changes can impact their stats (such as gaining Power from a size increase).

This addition is to add to the realism of the game as well as adding another factor that makes every game unique as it unfolds.
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#3-4: Flexible Show Times

Today sees two features announced together as they are so closely related, both falling under the heading of Flexible Show Times.

As the name suggests, when booking shows you are no longer limited to having to fill the show exactly. With Flexible Event Times you get 25% leeway on either side of the limit (i.e. for a two hour show you can go anywhere between 90 minutes and 150 minutes). With Flexible TV Times you get to under or over run by 5 minutes.

This allows booking to be more realistic and naturalistic, and also makes the booking process quicker and more user-friendly as you no longer have to go back and fiddle with segment times to get them to a precise total.
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#5-#7: The Power 500

The popular Power 100 feature from the previous game will be getting a major overhaul for TEW2013, with one big alteration and two smaller user-friendly ones.

Firstly, the big alteration is that it is now five times as big, becoming the mighty Power 500. Obviously this makes the feature far better as it takes in a much larger percentage of the workers in the game world.

Secondly, on any wrestler-related screen (the Workers screen, your roster, AI company rosters, etc), each worker's current Power 500 ranking will automatically be displayed; a useful extra for judging how well he or she has been doing recently.

Thirdly, for ease of use, when viewing any worker on the Power 500 screen you will automatically be able to see a summary of his previous positions (and future positions if you're looking at a year from the past!). In long-term games, this is particularly useful as you can easily gauge a worker's career trajectory.
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#8: Assistant Booker

New to the booking screen is the Assistant Booker pop-up.

This new section allows the user to quickly add up to ten matches to the show. For each of the potential matches there are two options, Type Of Match and Level Of Match. The Type Of Match is selected from the usual selection (1 vs 1, 2 vs 2, etc), while Level Of Match is Main Event, Upper Midcard, etc.

Once the user has set up those two options for as many of the ten slots as he or she wants, simply clicking Create Matches has the Assistant Booker AI automatically try and put together matches for each. The AI only uses wrestlers who are eligible to be on the show (obviously) and who aren't already working on the card, and does not include road agent notes (everything is left for the road agent to handle automatically, in the same way that the player does not need to fill them in) or title matches. Everything else (assigning referees and road agents, appropriate lengths, naming the segment, etc, etc) is handled automatically.

Where possible, the Assistant Booker will use proper tag teams, and will strictly follow face \ heel logic unless the promotion does not have a disposition split.

The AI gives a warning message to the player if any of the matches could not be made - this could happen, for example, if you asked it to make a main event match but there were no main eventers available and no suitable upper midcarders to fill in for them.

The created matches are automatically added to the booking grid. From that point on, they can be treated exactly the same as if they'd been created by the player; they can be modified, moved, deleted, etc.

There is no limit on how many times the Assistant Booker can be used, nor are there any penalties.

The Assistant Booker therefore allows cards to be put together quicker, while still allowing the user to step in and change anything he or she does not like.
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#9: User Image

In TEW2013 each user will have an 'image' which is a reflection of how he is viewed by the locker room. (This is separate from the existing 'reputation', which is a measure of how successful the user is.)

The User Image takes the form of a graph consisting of two axis - vertically is a line that runs from Feared to Inspires Loyal that covers whether you scare or inspire, horizontally is a line that goes from Velvet Glove to Iron Fist which covers whether you are seen as a disciplinarian or not. A dot on the graph shows where on the graph you currently are, and this will drift over time depending on your actions. For example, firing someone over a backstage prank would see the dot move much closer to Iron Fist and to Feared as you are being harshly strict with your discipline.

As this covers your image as a person it is not specific to the promotion you currently work for; moving to a new promotion brings your current levels with you.

The User Image impacts the game in two ways.

The first is that the way you are seen will directly impact the backstage area; being a Feared \ Iron Fist type of character, for example, will result in a culture of fear, which may be good for getting workers to think twice about misbehaving, but may not be the most positive culture in terms of morale.

The second impact is another new feature, which will be covered in tomorrow's journal entry.
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#10: Motivational Speeches

Following on from yesterday's entry, the user can unlock two types of motivational speech if his User Image reaches certain levels (and are lost again if the image goes back outside those levels).

Attaining a high score in the Loyalty \ Velvet Glove quadrant unlocks Motivational Speeches, which is where you use your popularity with the troops to implore them to work extra hard for you.

A high score in the Fear \ Iron Fist unlocks Psycho Sermons, which is where you stand before your workers and blast them with a fiery rant, using the fact that they are scared of you to drive them into pushing themselves to the limit for fear of retribution.

Both types of speech, if unlocked, become available for use before monthly or annual shows. If used, they create a temporary motivational boost for the duration of the show which helps the workers perform better. The speeches are only effective with occasional use, and so can only be used once every three months.
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#11: Legacies

In TEW2013 terms, a Legacy is a worker's mask and \ or name which can be passed on to a successor, and is part of the Regeneration setting.

If a worker has his regeneration set to "Yes As A Legacy" then, upon retirement or death, his name and (optionally) mask are used during his regeneration. For example, if you had a wrestler known as "The Masked Grappler" with these settings, he would regenerate as "The Masked Grappler II", complete with the same picture as the original and with his mask.

These can be preset before the game or left for the game to calculate. The options allow for you to specific a name, short name, whether the regen should automatically have a blood relation to the person he is succeeding, whether there is a mask involved, and the iteration number (i.e. if you set the iteration as ten, the regen would be "The Masked Grappler 10" or "The Masked Grappler X").

Legacies continue on through the generations, and are only stopped when either the next name is invalid \ unavailable, or, if the current holder of the legacy fails to reach B- Respect by his death \ retirement, in which case the tradition is deemed not worthy of continuing.

Multiple workers can be linked to the same legacy; i.e all three Phoenix wrestlers in the CornellVerse lucha scene would be linked to the same legacy, meaning that regardless of what order they die or retire, their successor would be at the correct number.

Note that if the worker is a luchador, then the second iteration will usually become "Jr" rather than "2" or "II".

This addition is primarily to help make the lucha libre scene more realistic and fun, as well as being useful for some Japanese characters amongst others.
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#12: Worker Name Generator

To help give mod makers maximum control over their game worlds, TEW2013 allows them to edit the worker name generator that was previously in-built into TEW2010.

The worker name generator is the collection of first name and surnames that are used to create the names for any new workers who are generated during gameplay. The editor includes the options that the in-built editor had; the ability to set whether a name is male or female, first name or surname, and to link it to certain nationality groups (i.e. to make sure that you don't have Scottish workers being called Akira).

This part of the editor thus allows mod makers to expand upon the names that are available; obviously the more names that are available, the less likely repetition is.

By default, every database will start with the same set of names that TEW2010 had in-built, so for those mod makers who have no interest in this, there's no need to do anything at all.

#13: Suggest A Worker Name

Related to the above, some worker-related screens now come equipped with a Suggest A Name button; very simply, clicking this will access the worker name generator and spit out a new random name. This is useful for mod makers or players who aren't feeling especially creative and could use a little inspiration.
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#14: Tribute Shows I

A new section in the editor is "Tribute Shows". This allows mod makers to add special one-off events to the game world that are not attached to a specific company; this is useful for tribute shows, celebratory shows, or one-offs.

When creating one of these events, the following data can be manipulated: the name, who the shows is a tribute to (optional), a logo, a size, the number or year that follows the name, the date the show should be held, how many shows are to be run (for example, you could make it so that a tribute show only runs for a few years before being forgotten), plus options on what workers should be eligible.

#15: Tribute Shows II

Following on from the above, TEW2013 has the ability to create its own Tribute Shows to honour characters who die during the game; essentially creating its own entries into the Tribute Show file described above.

The way the show is created depends on the character in question; the more popular the character, the longer the shows will go on for and the bigger they will be. The size is important, as it affects who can take part: a particularly huge tribute show, reserved only for the most influential of characters, means that even workers under written deals elsewhere can receive permission to work the show.

Tribute shows also have a special extra feature, which is that they use the relationship file to bias toward bringing in the friends and family of the worker the show is a tribute to. This means that you will often see the son of a deceased worker working the main event of the show in their honour.
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--- SPECIAL SUNDAY BONUS ENTRY ---

#16: Shoot Interviews

Some wrestlers, depending on their personality, may now choose to cut a shoot interview in the weeks after being fired by a promotion. This takes the form of an Internet report that appears some time after, in which they will generally complain about their treatment and, more importantly, trash a specific colleague - leading to a negative relationship developing between the two.

This is to add a little more realism and flavour to the game world.
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#17: New Worker Generation Upgrade

New worker generation - that is, the code that creates both completely new characters and regenerations of existing characters - has been upgraded significantly for TEW2013 in order to make the output as realistic as possible.

The primary area that has been upgraded is the worker's generated stats; this has been completely rewritten to emphasize more realistic results. This includes: more variety; more emphasis on taking into account style, size and location; better development (i.e. how a worker improves over time); and a better tying together of all the different areas (i.e. a large worker will not only have in-ring skills that are suited specifically to his size, but more work has been done to make sure that the gimmicks he can play are appropriate).

There are also two other areas that have had significant work that will be instantly visible to the user.

The first is that the game now has a powerful "finishing move name generator" which can create tens of thousands of unique moves. Each wrestler will get a custom finisher that is automatically put into a move set unique to them. The moves are divided into categories of finisher so that giant workers aren't going to end up using top rope moves, technicians will be more likely to break out submission holds, etc, etc. The move generator is even time period sensitive, so the moves that it will generate in the 1980s are far different to what it will create in the 2000s.

The second area is that workers now have more interesting, unique and complete auto-generated biographies. Not only do these specifically reference the new custom finisher, they'll also talk about where the worker is from (down to state level in the US), their height and weight, what characters they are best at playing, as well as occasional unique personal insights. This helps with immersion, as the biographies help give characters more colour and personality.
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#18-#23: End Of The Year Awards Additions

The popular end of the year awards have been expanded greatly in TEW2013, with six new additions. These are:

- Tag Team Of The Year
- Announcer Of The Year
- Colour Commentator Of The Year
- Manager Of The Year
- Referee Of The Year
- Independent Wrestler Of The Year

All of these can be preset in the editor, as with all the awards.
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#24-25: Default Matches & Angles

New to the game are the concept of default matches and angles, which are used to help speed up the booking process.

When the user first clicks to add a match or angle during booking, rather than seeing a very long list of every available option (as in TEW2010), he will instead see only the default ones. The idea is that the user keeps his most often used match or angle types set as default and therefore they'll be immediately visible and selectable straight away, rather than having to scroll down or use the filters.

If the user wants to use an item that isn't a default, he can simply use the filters to return to the "traditional" method of having access to everything.

To clarify, the concept is therefore that the stuff you use most is immediately available and can be selected with just one double click, while the items that you don't use as often are only one click away from being visible.

The starting defaults can be set via the editor before the game begins. Once in the game, each player can modify the default settings to his own liking very easily. So, for example, player #1 running a traditional-based company could have the standard "1 vs 1", "2 vs 2", etc, as his default matches and a handful of backstage interviews as his default angles. Player #2 running a lucha company might have "1 vs 1 Two Out Of Three Falls", "3 vs 3 Lucha Rules", etc, as his default matches, and a lot of mask-related angles as his defaults.

If no defaults are found, the entire feature essentially gets turned off and the game returns to the traditional method of having everything visible in one big list.
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