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ID Category Severity Reproducibility Date Submitted Last Update
0005039 [DCSS] Bug Report minor have not tried 2011-12-12 23:03 2014-08-30 19:19
Reporter ortoslon View Status public  
Assigned To PleasingFungus
Priority normal Resolution done  
Status resolved   Product Branch 0.10 ancient branch
Summary 0005039: clicking "Dungeon Crawl" in the main menu starts a new game
Description when I run the game, press any key when asked to "press any key to start" and click "Dungeon Crawl", Crawl loads my only savegame instead of starting a new game. screenshot attached
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Attached Files png file icon Untitled.png [^] (35,073 bytes) 2011-12-12 23:03

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nicolae (reporter)
2011-12-12 23:52

Not a bug: If you want a new game, put in another name for the "enter your name" prompt. Otherwise it assumes you're still Orto and would like to continue being Orto.
ortoslon (reporter)
2011-12-13 09:31

in a menu where one of the options is to load the save game, it would be great if other options didn't load the save game
rriegs (reporter)
2011-12-13 19:50
edited on: 2011-12-13 19:51

I second the complaint, both for the sake of clarity to new players, and because this actually appears to be an interface glitch. My observations are as follows:

Upon starting the game, the default menu selection is the most recently played character. You can use either the ARROW KEYS or MOUSE to make a different selection.

If you use the ARROW KEYS to move the selection to the Dungeon Crawl menu entry (or any other standard menu entry), the selected character name is wiped out and activating the menu entry (via ENTER, etc.) starts a new game.

If you use the MOUSE to select (hover over) the Dungeon Crawl menu entry, the selected character name is not changed and clicking Dungeon Crawl instead behaves the same as clicking on your character's menu entry. This discrepancy feels unintentional.

Using the MOUSE to select other game types (Dungeon Sprint or Zot Defense) behaves oddly, as well. It will reuse the most recently played character's name, but create a new character for the different game type. If a character with the same name already exists for that game type, it will load that game instead.

BY FAR THE WORST PROBLEM (in terms of new player usability), however, is using the MOUSE to select Hints or Tutorial. If you've already created a character, this simply loads that character in the normal game. No hints, no tutorial. This is BAD for new players, because creating a new character (without first trying Hints or Tutorial) is what many of them will do right off the bat. After fumbling through commands for a minute or so, they may want to go back and try the tutorial. If they use the most familiar interface to do so---the mouse---they'll be dumped right back in the normal game without any form of assistance.

A quick fix for this problem: The same routines that highlight menu entries when you mouse-over them should also clear/set the selected character name. This will unify the behavior of the mouse and arrow keys.

PleasingFungus (administrator)
2014-08-30 19:19

I added a 'new game' option to the main menu, which should help.

- Issue History
Date Modified Username Field Change
2011-12-12 23:03 ortoslon New Issue
2011-12-12 23:03 ortoslon File Added: Untitled.png
2011-12-12 23:03 ortoslon Issue Monitored: ortoslon
2011-12-12 23:52 nicolae Note Added: 0016220
2011-12-13 09:31 ortoslon Note Added: 0016222
2011-12-13 19:50 rriegs Note Added: 0016223
2011-12-13 19:51 rriegs Note Edited: 0016223
2013-03-31 07:16 mumra Issue Monitored: mumra
2014-08-30 19:19 PleasingFungus Note Added: 0027123
2014-08-30 19:19 PleasingFungus Status new => resolved
2014-08-30 19:19 PleasingFungus Fixed in Branch => 0.15 prerelease branch
2014-08-30 19:19 PleasingFungus Resolution open => done
2014-08-30 19:19 PleasingFungus Assigned To => PleasingFungus

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