AnarelHaeran

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  1. I am currently working with the database. I have finished with the weapons fro all characters: stats, effects, descriptions and lore background. I have also added through notetages and Yanfly's "Item Synthesis" how to craft each improved version of the weapons (+1, +2, etc). Obviously, I had to create a large list of forging materials for the different kinds of weapons (magical, non-magical, unique, etc).

     

    Once that has been dealt with, it's time for armors and accesories! In my game there are: headgear, body armor, gloves and foot. There is also 4 accesory slots: necklace, ring, bracelet and earring. Amor can be improved the same way as weapons, but they can only get to +5. I am currently creating specific armors (normal and unique) for each character and several "common" (meaning that everyone can equip them) armors.

     

    It's going to be a long, tedious process but interesting nonetheless. Creating lore background for unique weapons/armors/accesories that are usually tied to a quest is something I want to do for my game. So, let's get to work!

  2. Classes Each character has a class or job that not only defines their skills and combat style, but it is an important and defining part of the character behind. For example, Araken is a monster hunter. This means that he has a set of skills to reflect that: quick strikes, counter attacks, crossbow bolts with different effects, etc. However, being a monster hunter is part of who he is, it shaped his personality, has given him an objective, something to do and to accomplish in life. Classes are not just "I am a warrior because it says so in the menu." Classes are jobs, in the literal meaning of the word, not just the gaming term. Asher is a thief because he was raised and trained to be one. Sherr is a Druid because he was choosen to be one, something he accepted and welcomed with a smile in his face and hope in his heart. Karsten is a Judge-Knight because of family tradition and because he has a strong sense of what is right and what is wrong. In general, classes equal to a job, an occupation the character has and likes. The character has devoted their life to that class/job, training hard to be better at what they do. Each character has a "class headquarters", where they can improve their weapons and armors, buy class-related items and accesories and complete quests and minor tasks. Of course, there will be a lot of NPCs to talk to and ways to learn more about the world and the lore. These "class headquarters" leads to the next element analysed in this section: job quests. Job Quests: New skills and weapons Each character belong to a class and has a corresponding "class headquarters" where you can freely travel. There is a set of skills for each character that are only unlockable through "job quests", a series of plot-related, lore heavy and character developing quests that have an increasing difficulty and offer great rewards in the form of the aforementioned skills and also new weapons. New skills Completing a job quest grants a new skill related that expands the role of the character in battle: -As a Priestess of Light, Narissa will learn "Prayers", a type of buffing skills which are very useful in battle. Complete all quests to get a powerful and permanent passive skill. -As an Expert Thief/Thief, Asher/Sherr will learn "Bombs", a type of throwing skills with different and explosive effects. Complete all quests to get "fragmentation" versions of the bombs hat target all foes. -As a Mage, Rashana will learn "Erudition", a type of soul based magic that consumes HP and PM in exchange of dealing a lot of damage. Complete all quests to get a useful permanent passive skill. -As a Judge-Knight, Karsten will learn "Shouts", a type of buffing skills that have an positive and negative effect on the character (e.g. raise max HP for 4 turns but lose 15% HP when it ends). Complete all skills to get a unique accesory. -As an Engineer, Laani will learn "Gunslinger", that grants bullets with different effects. Complete all quests to gain a new weapon. -As a Monster Hunter, Araken will learn "Elemental Bolts", which is self-explanatory. Complete each quest to receive new crossbows and all quests to receive his final crossbow. -As a Druid, Sherr will learn "Alchemy", a skill used to brew potions. Completing each quest unlocks new recipes and completing all will grant a recipe for permanent stat bonus potions. -As a Velaker (Scythe wealding blade dancer), Xander will learn "Shadow Magic", a dangerous but powerful magic. Complete all to receive his final scythe. -As a Paladin, Heidek will learn "Divine Protection", a new set of protective skills that affect the allies but not the user. Complete all quests to receive his final shield. New weapons In "Crystal Crown" you can't buy weapons nor will you find weapons normally in dungeons or dropped by monsters. The only way to get a new weapon is to complete tasks and quests for your "job headquarters". Each character has 5 weapons: first one is considered "regular", second is "normal", third is "average", fourth is "rare" and the last is "legendary". For example: Araken uses swords. Regular, usual, longswords. Nothing too impressive, but he is comfortable using them. Now, say that you want a new weapon for him. Just go to the Order of Monster Hunters Headquarters and complete "Hunting Missions" to achieve "Hunter points". When you ahve enough, you can claim a new weapon. However, this is not always the case: some characters will be asked to complete a series of quests either with the rest of the group participating or by themselves. Thieves will be asked to steal valueable relics from nobles and merchants. The Paladin will be tasked with heathen-dealing missions (in which you decide what to do, follow orders or not), etc. Sometimes you are asked to recover an ancient artifact as part of a "Job Quest", which will grant you a new weapon/armor/accesory. The important thing here is that the player will need to advance each character in their classes/jobs to get them new weapons. *Exception: Laani, the engineer, crafts her own weapons, but only after finding certain tools or after improving a weapon she alrwady own sufficiently. She will determine what she needs in order to craft a new weapon and then you will have to search for the materials and tools. WEAPONS AND ARMOR "Ok", you say, "I have a new weapon but is not that powerful. How am I going to defeat monsters with only five weapons?" The answer is: by improving them. Weapons can be improved at blacksmiths and artificers (also called "crystalsmiths") up to +10 or up to +5, depending on the weapon. There are many forging materials to do so and they can be collected from mines, caves, dungeons and finally monsters, which will drop parts of them (horns, hide, etc) that can be later brought to a city to be processed into forging materials. Some weapons have a heavy lore background, explained during the quest involved in its recovery or after being rewarded with it. Other weapons are related to the background and story of a character. Armors can also be improved, by the way. Some classes can wear various types of armor, but some others can only wear one type. There is head, shield, body, gloves and leg armor, in addition to necklace, ring, bracelet and earring slots. Accessories offer the usual elemental and state resistances, stat improvement, etc. I am working on a "full set bonus" for certain accesories and/or armors in the form of a passive buff or something like that. Blacksmiths There are several scattered across the world: in some towns, in each major city and in each "job headquarters". There are tiers for them, with the most basic ones being "Apprentice blacksmiths", who will only improve the first weapons of each characters. On the other side of the spectrum, "Master blacksmiths" can improve any weapon, except the final weapon of each character, which can only be improved by the blacksmith of the "job headquarters". There is an exception: Laani, the engineer, her weapons (and only them) can only be improved by herself, providing that she has adequate tools and forging materials. Additionaly, some engineer equipment can only be improved by other engineers. Crystalsmiths or artificers There a few, settled in some of the major cities and key locations. As with blacksmiths, there are tiers, with only the crystalsmiths from the Garkon Tower Education and Research Facilities being able to improve legendary equipment. Dev corner I used customised Yanfly's "Item Synthesis" to create the menus for alchemy, as well as weapon and armor improving. With the recipe system the plugin offers I created several crafting menus for armor/weapon improvement, potion brewing, item creation, etc. The fact that you can open up the synthesis menu for just one recipe is also very helpful and honestly, it has been a life saver for an otherwise complicated but rewarding system I have set up. I also use Yanfly's "Item Core" to add lore snippets on the info windows on the weapon/armor/item menus, sort of like Dark Souls do. I think it gives more meaning and life to the world, lore and item.
  3. Some random ideas: -You could make a boss slime girl that can "devour" an actor, disabling him/her for the rest of the battle, kind of like the "Sneeze" skill that certain boss in FFVI had. -You can make a corrosive slime girl that destroys armor and weapons. You could also add an equipment degrading plugin if you want more immersion. -Slime girls can have an additional "Seduce" skill, which makes an actor attack himself or his allies for X turns. It's up to you if you want to also target females. -When several slime girls of the same type are fought together, maybe they will fuse together to produce a stronger version. -Alternatively, you could make a slime girl that, when her HP reaches 0, divides herself into two copies. Then, each copy into two more copies until there is a lot of smaller and smaller (and less powerful) slime girls. The key to win would be a massive attack to all slime girls at the same time or something like that. -Finally, a slime girl that eats elements and gains element-related strenghts. Regular versions for each element and a boss version that eats one element at random per turn OR when attacked with an element. There was a "Sphere" boss in FFX that did something very similar. Those are some ideas, hope you like them ;-)
  4. Thank you for your feedback, to both of you. @Kayzee I know some regions are small portions of overworld maps and they might not show much, but I will try to add more details although all regions must be coherent with the province they belong to. I am also searching for more overworld tilesets to avoid maps to be too similar one to another. @Dark Influence Already getting rid of the dark grass and dirt paths and replacing them with stone roads. Also, I got a new water tile that looks much better than the default one and makes the river look much more natural, at least the water. As for the straightness, I tried to make it less blocky, albeit it is difficult to do so in RPG Maker games. The fortress (which is a prison, by the way) is changed: I got rid of the walls and surrounded the city with walls, which makes more sense as it is the city and not the prison that is walled. In general, I added more details, stone roads and made the maps more lively. I will upload them later. Again, thank you both for your feedback.
  5. Overworld maps - Provinces and Regions In "The Crystal Crown" there won't be a single overworld map with every dungeon, city, town and minor locations. Instead, there will be many, many overworld maps (each slightly different than the others so as to represent change in environment, like jungle, desert, mountain, snowy, etc) that will depict Regions and Provinces. LORE explanation: The action takes place in a enormous continent dominated almost entirely by the Ark-Empire ("Ark" meaning 'power, might'). The Empire is divided into 21 Provinces, each one governed by one of the 21 Great Houses. Each Province is further divided into several Regions, governed by a House that pledged loyalty to a Great House and the Crown. Archduke is the title of the Lord of a Great House. Great Duke is the title of the Lord of a House. Dukes are the title of the Lord of a Clan. --------- Of the 21 Provinces, the player will only be able to travel and explore around 12 in total, including main quest, secondary quests and extra stuff. I will explain this further via images, spoilered so as to not screw up with the formatting. This is the Golden Province, the first place you visit in the game: The Golden Province is divided further into 4 Regions: Krastornaban Region, where the capital, Krastornaban, is located: Nainmaqar Region (Nainmaqar means 'Bright Forest') Gentle River Region (The river is named that way because is navigable) Hazer Region As you can see, there are, in reality, four overworld maps linked to one another to form one Province. The player will be able to travel freely through these Regions, entering towns, ruins, dungeons and places of interest. Some locations will only be unlocked via main quest, secondary quest or world events. This is how overworld maps will work in "The Crystal Crown". TBD: I have yet to create a way for the player to open a map that shows the full province and marks the location of the player within it. Maybe with X, Y coordinates, layers and several images? I don't know.
  6. I am working with side quests. It is tedious, but there there are so many possibilities for creating scenes with diverse tones (humor, drama, action) and explaining lore, developing characters and so on and so forth. I hope it will be worth it.

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    2. SpuddyFerret

      SpuddyFerret

      Lonequeso is right.

       

      Advice for you: try and add culture to your quests (and all your game) by making different foods, clothing, traditions etc to be used. Adding culture makes it seem even more real, because you add meaning and purpose to your items like real life.

    3. AnarelHaeran

      AnarelHaeran

      @PhoenixSoul Thank you! And don't worry, just keep working on your game ;-)

       

      @lonequeso Those two quests sound fun! Specially the drunk ninja :-)

       

      @SpuddyFerret Thanks, I am already doing that. Using Yanfly's item plugin, I am adding little lore snippets in armors, weapons, items, accesories, etc. Sort of like what the Souls saga does. I also have lore explanations and some details about the world here and there. Anyway, your advice is appreciated and honestly, food and the like wasn't something I thought before. I do have alchemy ingredients related to the world and lore, but nothing that 'mundane'. I will definitely look into it.

    4. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      One thing to keep in mind, there are games out there with odd items that do the same thing as five or six (or more) other items.

      One example of this is the SNES/Super Famicom game Sailor Moon: Another Story. That game has a shit ton of healing items, many of which heal for the same amount but are 'culture' themed (like, there are three different healing items that heal 50 HP but are from three different areas of the game as one example). Try to avoid this; it only makes a players' inventory much more cluttered.

  7. @Kayzee Well, seeing that you don't like quest logs and such, I'd recommend you to play some Final Fantasy games, specially 6, 7 and 8. In those games you will find quests mixed with puzzles and little to no indication as to where exactly to or do. The player can complete them if they want (mostly, for the rewards which are really good) but you can finish the games without doing them as sometimes there are ways to get the items the quests award you. HOWEVER (and is a big however, capitalized, even) players won't simply do that. People play RPGs not only for the gameplay, but for the story, the world, the characters, the plot... and, of course, this includes quests. IN Final Fantasy VI there is a character named Shadow. He is an optional character that can even die unless the player saves him. If he manages to survive you can, in the second part of the game where you have to reunite your team again, NOT search for him and ignore him. You will miss several cutscenes where the game shows his past. Cool? Heck yes. It is not gameplay, it is a story. Generally speaking you will miss many cutscenes and quests that further explain the past and lives of the main characters, which are great, by the way. AND many of these quests involve a lot of gameplay in the form of puzzles and bosses. Similarly, in FFVIII there is a quest that involves the humanoid race of the Shumi and statue of Laguna, an important character for the plot. It is entirely missable, but adds a little something to the story of that character. Again, zero gameplay but a lot of story. See, playing a RPG is like reading a really good fantasy book. You obviously won't want to read just the main plot: you want to get to know the characters and the world. However, there are also several (specially in a book series) side plots that help to add more live and colour to the world, the background, the lore. In RPG games terms, side plots are quests. Granted, classic quests such as fetch quests are boring and do not tell a story, but anything above that is interesting. People play RPGs for the story and a quest is the bets way to tell them. That is my opinion, at least.
  8. I think quests are essential elements in a RPG, but how they are handled by the developer(s) is what makes them enjoyable or just meh. For me, quests are about telling stories, but also a way to reward the player for their involvement. There are two ways to present quests to players: passively or actively. "Passive quests" are not directly thrown at the player: there is no hint, no quest log, and little to no indications from NPCs. A perfect example of this is the "Souls" saga. In these games you encounter an NPC, he/she says some cryptic things, mentions something about a personal mission and vanishes. Then, you encounter the same NPC later on in another area and maybe, he/she requests something. Screw up something and you screw up the entire quests. Or maybe, you have joined a covenant that is contrary to the NPC's covenant. Most people won't complete all NPC quests on their first playthrough. So, what makes people want to know how to complete them? What makes players want to even do these quests? For the rewards? Maybe, but there is something more: the story they tell. Speaking with NPCs will provide some insight about their stories, their background, their motives. Advancing in their quests reveals bit by bit and that is what compels the player to even do the quests: the story of each NPC, often tragic and dramatic, but nevertheless interesting. Considering NPCs can be killed by the player or die by the hands of monsters, it is even more interesting. Another example of "passive quests" is Minecraft. Granted, the game as no quests per se, but the elements are there. You can craft a portal to the Nether. You can craft an ender portal to the End and defeat the Ender Dragon. You can complete each and every one of the achievements. Or you can just live happily in your dirt house. Is up to the player, but the elements for these passive quests are there to be experimented and played with. Now, "active quests" are your typical quests. The player arrives to a town, speak with a NPC and he/she requests the player's help, offers a reward and then, thanks the player. Quests are thrown directly to the player in the form of dialogue with NPCs, a book, an event, a scripted encounter, etc, etc. No matter how it's done, active quests are directly presented to the player, who knows (more or less) exactly what he/she has to do. Here is where the developer plays an important role. You can go for the classics: fetch quests, kill quests, delivery quests, gather quests, escort quests... you name it. However, I think quests should tell a story. Play a game like Fallout: New Vegas and you will find plenty of quests that, not only tell a story, but also are enjoyable and can be completed in several ways, thus compelling the player to do them. Interesting NPCs, stories, backgrounds, a nice plot to follow, choices and a good reward are elements that a quest should have, in my opinion. In most books there are always side plots, secondary characters and in general, characters and events that are not the main events but add something more to the story. The same should happen with quests. And even if you have some classic quests you can add some complixity to them. For example: a NPC requests to deal with some bandits near a town. However, when the player manages to get to the bandits, he/she witness a guard of the town accepting bribes from them. You, as the developer, get to decide what the player can do: expose the corrupt guard, kill the bandits, accept a bribe for not saying anything... The sky is the limit. Adding an extra layer of complexity helps to create a story, something that happens in the world and the player is asked to help with it. At least that's what I am aiming to do in my game: quests that are much more than the classic ones. And yes, there will be consequences, both positive and negative, for your actions. Not in the form of "bad/good karma" like in Fallout games, both similar to the reputation system of TES: Oblivion. This is easily done with variables and checks.
  9. I am currently working on and tweaking the dialogues in my game so they are just like what I want them to be.

    This means going back to the very first NPCs you find and changing everything from there up to the point I am currently on. Ugh...

    1. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      Believe me, I know the feeling. I know the pain, but it is worth it.

    2. AnarelHaeran
  10. The Crystal Crown [WIP] "The Crystal Crown" is a RPG game that I am currently developing with RPG Maker MV. It is set in the conworld I've been working on since I was 15. Something I'd like to point out from the beginning is that the game will be in Spanish, as that is my mother language. Anyway, below I will explain some quick facts about the game. Later, I will continue with the plot and characters: This is all for now, I will explain in deth some of these features later on. Okay, let's go with the plot and the characters. SYNOPSIS Historical background Plot Chapters CHARACTERS All characters have their own life, story and past, which is all resolved and dealt with in their "companion quests". If the player does not want to complete them or even start them, they can miss armor, items, weapons and of course, cutscenes, dialogs and the possibility of getting a good end with the character. Similar to what the Fallout 3 and New Vegas did with companions, at the end of the game there will be a series of cutscenes with all the characters and their fates. If the player has completed their quests and keep a positive affinity with them, they will get the best ending. Of course, if you treat a character badly, do not complete his/her quest and so on, you will get a bad ending and even a death ending. To sum up: there are 4+1 possible endings for each character: Best Ending, Good Ending, Sad Ending, Bad Ending; Death Ending. Main characters Araken Age: 26. Height: 1'78 m. Weight: 74 kg. Born in: The capital of the Empire, Avanovark. Family: Does not know if his parents are alive. Job: Monster Hunter. Narissa Fislen-Hador Age: 24. Height: 1'62 m. Weight: 58 kg. Born in: The City of Ebikaor. Family: House Fislen from his father's branch. House Hador, from his mother branch. Both Houses are related to the Great House Zarken. Job: Priestess of Light. Heidek Galart-Kurel Age: 32. Height: 1'88 m. Weight: 82 kg. Born in: The Sacred City, Maban. Family: House Galart from his father's family branch. House Kurel from his mother's family branch. Job: Paladin. Sherr Hirek Age: 20. Height: 1'72 m. Weight: 63 kg. Born in: Saran, a town near the capital of the Empire. Family: ?????? (Not revealed due to minor spoilers) Job: Druid or Thief. (Player will decide whether he will be one or the other) Asher Hirek Age: 22. Height: 1'75 m. Weight: 66 kg. Born in: Saran, a town near the capital of the Empire. Family: ?????? (Not revealed due to minor spoilers) Job: Expert thief. Karsten Zirak-Nakir Age: 42. Height: 1'91 m. Weight: 95 kg. Born in: Drakar, a major city in the North-East. Family: House Zirak from his father's family branch, Clan Nakir from his mother's family branch. Job: Knight-Judge. Xander (not his real name) Age: 19. Height: 1'78 m. Weight: 62 kg. Born in: ?????? (No longer remembers, but I won't reveal it due to minor character spoilers) Family: ?????? (No longer remembers, but I won't reveal it due to minor character spoilers). Job: Velaker (like sword dancers but with a scythe). Rashana Parmak Age: 28. Height: 1'67 m. Weight: 57 kg. Born in: Gaban, a city close to Garkon Tower Facilities. Family: Commoner. Job: Energy Manipulator, "EMA" or as it is commonly known: Mage. Laani Shiref Age: 27. Height: 1'71 m. Weight: 66 kg. Born in: Lashlan, a city in the As'hak Province, in the South. Family: Commoner. Job: Engineer. Secondary characters Lairen Saalei (not his true name) A monster hunter that holds a grudge against Araken for a reason to be revealed. He is ruthless and cold. Lairen wields powers beyond his comprehension. The Master The leader of the Imperial Order of Monster Hunters and a former one himself. A rather mysterious man with a reputation of being honorable and reliable, but whose former life and deeds are only known by the oldest members of the Order and those very close to him. Araken reveres this man more than himself. The Mother A strange woman living in the woods. She formed the group simply named "Worshippers of Avanias", who devote their lives to venerate Nature and the Primordials. She seems to be much more than meets the eye... Lahn Ixar A father whose main concern are his son and his former family. He will do anything to recover his long lost honor. Screenshots
  11. Thank you :-)
  12. Hello, I am Anarel. I've been using RPG Maker since 2003, but I didn't start seriously to create a game until now (I'm using MV). So... that's it I guess. Pleased to meet you all!