(This feature is in development.)
We are still refining the dancing mini game and would love your feedback on this second implementation. It can be a bit complicated starting out so let's detail how to dance. And, as always, your feedback on what you'd like to see for this feature would be much appreciated.
Getting to the dance
Currently you can only dance in the ballroom of the Estate. You need to travel to the Estate if you are not there already. Take a carriage or walk through the tunnel of trees behind Mrs. Hatch's cottage. (See the Knowledge Base article "Locations and Maps" for an overview map of Tyrehampton.)
You will see a loading screen when you are transitioning between Tyrehampton and the Estate. When you enter the Estate area you will need to travel around the bend in the tunnel of trees and will see the estate and formal front gardens.
Continue to the Estate and climb the front steps. The ballroom is on the right side after you enter.
Starting a dance
Once you're in the ballroom press the "Dance" button to begin the dancing mini game.
You will see four green squares appear in the middle of the dance floor. These squares are the starting locations for up to four dancers. If you are not currently with another player rest assured there are NPC (non-player characters) quite content to dance with you.
There will also be a new window in the upper right corner of the screen. This window shows you the names of who is currently standing in position, ready to dance.
Press the Start button when you are in position over one of the green boxes and ready to begin dancing.
Our current method of dancing involves performing the correct movement at the correct time. Your score for each move appears in the upper right corner while the dance is playing. The line of instructions at the top of the screen shows the current move and the upcoming moves. If there is a button to press, "Honor" for example, it will appear near these instructions. ("2 H Turn" or 2 hand turn is another button that will appear.)
Watch what the non-player characters do and check the footprint instructions on the floor for the current move.
Rest: Do nothing and wait.
Honor: Press the "Honor" button to perform this action.
Lead Up: Move forward towards your partner and move towards the pianoforte.
Lead Down: Move forward towards your partner and move away from the pianoforte.
Cast Up: Move back away from your partner and move towards the pianoforte.
Cast Down: Move back away from your partner and move away from the piano forte.
2 H Turn (2 Hand Turn): Turn in the center with your partner. Press the "Turn" button to start the turn. You will need to finish the movement when the animation ends and return to your place.
In the future, we will have NPC only dances so you can watch and help learn the various different dance's steps. We also plan on having special "dancing shoes" that will allow your character to dance automatically without the worry of timing or scoring.