Urf... It has been since August since my last post anywhere? Eh, not too worried about it. I've actually been meaning to come back for a while, but I keep putting it off. Also doesn't help that the motivation wasn't there to keep me going. Ever since moving to RPG Maker MV, things have been going down hill. Lots of progress was lost and many bugs occurred while converting my VX Ace project to MV. It was infuriating and a big motivation killer. It also didn't help I started having eye problems making it difficult to continue working and to fix bugs. And seeing that the thread I have where I would keep most of my updates there (if I had any) got locked, I'm just gonna keep my stuff here in my blog. I just find it easier that way because I can be a little more personal with it. Though the idea of having a development site to keep my updates would be nice and I might end up going that way. I really REALLY want to get back into making my game again, despite using all of these default assets... But I'll worry about personal stuff later.
So... What have I been doing? Besides playing endless hours of Final Fantasy 14 and swapping between Breath of the Wild and River City Ransom Underground, I've been mapping. In fact, I decided to go cold turkey and completely start all over with a clean slate. Most, if not, all of these maps I have been remade. Some may look familiar while others are completely new. With what I have been given with, I have been playing around with the idea of making my own tile sets. Granted, they all look like utter garbage, but the practice and understanding of how to make them is all that matters. My ideas for areas are still up in the air, but once I fully understand on how to make my own tile sets, the default tiles are going right in the trash where they belong. Nah, I jest. The default tiles look nice, but having my own would be better.
Anyways, enough of the pity party. Let's actually show off some maps! I've decided to do a video instead of taking pictures. I figured it would be easier since the option to save a picture directly in MV messes up the entire thing. ...Unless they fixed it. But, yeah, here is the video of the first town (or city...?) named Talkia.
Yeah... It is a bit boxy. I wanted to go for a more... Mountain-y look? Can't think of the word for it, so I decided to go back with the box style I had for my town that had multi ledges.
You will notice that near the south part of the town (where the adventure field would be) is where most of the shops are. I decided to do that because I know the player will be coming back to town to possibly restock, get new gear and replenish their team's health. The top section of the town is where the residents of Talkia live. That's where most, if not, all of the town's quests can be found. I have yet to decide if I should make individual houses for everyone. Or just make one and copy-pasta them with just different residents. I guess I should explain what each establishment is and what you can do there.
My Home / My Room
This is the place where you going to save your game for most of the time if you are not out in the field. It'll also have a storage safe where you can put in extra goodies that you may have obtained. Sadly, you can only hold so much in your backpack, so putting stuff away in your room would be a wise decision.
It's just your mom's house. She may have you do something for a reward. Also during your adventures, you may obtain some cooking materials that your mom can use. And since she is your mother, she'll make the best food she can for her little baby. And depending on the kind of food she makes with the given material you can get some nice food that can give you some benefits. Nothing like home cooking, am I right?
The home of one of your friends. He doesn't have much, but maybe if you rummage through his garbage, you might find something of interest.
Talkia Elementary School F1 and F2 / Teacher's Lounge
Time to go to school! This is where the player can go and be taught some moves that cannot be learned through normal battle. These usually would pertain to weapon skills or abilities that cannot be learned through reading books. However, certain conditions need to be met before being taught on how to do something.
Superior Eastern Inn
Heh... Hehehe, see what I did there? ...No? Well... This is a jab at my current work place called Best Western Inn (a hotel chain) and thought it would be great to add it in. Unlike other games, you cannot recover your stamina. However, you can rest to advance the day further once a certain condition has been met. As of now, they don't rent to locals. Sorry about that.
Talkia Town Hall
Was once just the library, but this time around it's the town hall for the town of Talkia. Here, this is where you can buy books to teach your team certain skills and abilities. You can also access a much larger storage area if you are running out of space at your house. ...For a cost. Also, the local post man and even the mayor may also give you a few things to do to help out the town for some nice rewards.
This is your basic weapon and armor shop. No... No swords and heavy armor. We're talking about bike helmets, football shoulder pads and baseball bats! You know... Things you would find in a sports shop. There's also a vending machine where you can buy some shakes for temporary stat boosts during battle.
I forgot to mention... You can only sell items at the Pawn Shop. You can't just go into a super market and try to sell things you no longer want because that's not how it works, silly! However, not only can you sell unwanted items for some cash, you could also attempt to buy some really expensive weapons and armor. And yes, I'm talking about swords and stuff. I cannot guarantee the swords and armor are real or replicas... But I can tell you that they hit harder than a hockey stick.
This is your normal item shop. Except here, you can buy tasty treats like candy bars and potato chips! Outside of the store you can find vending machines that'll help recover stamina. This is also the place you work at too... Even when you're not at work, coming into this place still feels you with dread of dealing with the rush of customers. Thankfully, it's your day off.
Was once known as the Stop 'N Go Joint, the Talkia Diner offers healing items that heal more than just your standard candy bar or deli sandwich. They are a bit on the pricey side, but it's better than shoving 5 packs of peanuts down your throat. They may also give you some extra benefits in battles, so take advantage if you have the money to spend!
Yes, I know it says Pharmacy... I forgot to change it before recording. Anyways, this is the game's "Inn" where your team can recover their heal and get rid of any bad states. They can also buy some status healing items like bandages, antidotes and even medical kits to help revive fallen team mates. They may also have vitamins to help make your team stronger during battles.
This will be your fast travel option once it becomes available. However, you need to visit and talk to the attendants there in order to travel to other bus stops. So, as of now, your hoofing it to the next area till you get to the next bus stop.
That's pretty much all that I have to show off. Yeah, I know some of the maps need some polish and will most likely be remade again. But, progress is being made, albeit very slowly. To be honest, I'm glad I started from scratch again. It's given more the motivation I needed. I cannot tell you how many hours I would spend trying to debug a mechanic and end up giving up to do something other than working on my game. I hope this time I can actually finish something, even with the default assets.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.