24 May 11
Nandrew

A WIIIIIIITCH!

If you’ve been reading up on previous posts, you may have realised two things: one, we don’t update this blog nearly as often as we should (er, sorry about that). Two, we’ve been putting a lot of emphasis on changing the way that Desktop Dungeons manages the player’s items.

Potions are just some of the things affected by our changes. Because they now take up precious inventory slots (along with every other item in the game), we’ve introduced a new helper to make the player’s chemical loadout far more varied and powerful.

Meet the Witch:

This kitten was found on Google. Hopefully we’ll have real witch graphics soon.

The Witch (with a capital W) is one of the mid-tier Kingdom preparation unlocks that players will encounter as they play Unity DD, and her value in any given dungeon run ranges from negligible to indispensable. As you’ve probably guessed, her specialty lies in potion crafting.

Before going into any chosen dungeon, she can switch out your character’s default potion loadout (one health, one mana) with more exotic mixtures ranging from dexterity tonics to (literal) cans of whoopass. As you work your way through the available tree of witch-specific quests, you’ll receive access to a broader range of arcane drinkables and expand your potion belt to the point where you can carry up to five of her tonics into a dungeon.

Almost all of these potions are single-use only, and choosing the right time to quaff them is vital. Some work best on their own, while others are great in combination with other mixtures (assuming you want to drink everything at once). Either way, we hope that the commercial version of DD turns the ritual of potion drinking into something interesting all by itself. At the very least, we’ll do our best to think of some witty tonic names to throw at you.


11 Responses to “A WIIIIIIITCH!”

  1. MM1011 Says:

    I am soooo excited for the retail version. It looks like y’all have really worked hard and made major expansions to the choices we will make as players. Can’t wait ’til I can preorder!

  2. Lekon Says:

    So, the witch acts like the witcher’s alchemy. It’s a witchier witch! Should we just call her the witchiest?

  3. pv Says:

    Just take my money already!

    p.s. I wouldn’t mind if the witch actually was a kitten ;-)

  4. zoombini Says:

    Agreed! I wants to give you guys moneys!

    Also:

    “As you work your way through the available tree of witch-specific quests”

    makes me very excited :-)

  5. Priority7 Says:

    I, too, find the idea of a kitten-witch entertaining. Perhaps weak potions can be prepared by the witch’s familiar, or the witch has accidentally changed herself into a cat and needs the player to work through the “witch-specific” quests to return to her normal form.

    Or it could just be a Witch, but can you really say no to those big ol’ eyes?

  6. WL Says:

    “more exotic mixtures ranging from dexterity tonics to (literal) cans of whoopass. ”

    “At the very least, we’ll do our best to think of some witty tonic names to throw at you.”

    Would I be right in guessing that one of the tonic names is right there? :D

  7. Amberdai Says:

    Please make the witch a cat now, The idea is tooo cute to pass up now!

  8. dislekcia Says:

    We were just talking about possibly felinoid quest results earlier today ;)

  9. pv Says:

    Quit worrying about making Unity DD purrrrrrfect – release the beta! ;-)

  10. Iliuthenin Says:

    +1 for the Witch being a cat! Everyone has a Witch with a cat but Witch cat is something fresh and different :)

    Ps. I hope there’s a preorder for Mac and iPad (iOs) versions also? :)

  11. Michał Lewtak Says:

    I too would like to throw some money on the “Make the Witch a kitten” pile! I’ve read all of these blog posts and every single one of them is very exciting, and now I have eternally associated the Witch, her varied potions and her own quest tree with that cute kitten. Priority7′s idea even adds sense to it!


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