I got curious last night and decided to check my Google Drive. Lo' and behold, I find a couple of interesting files saved onto it. It was the VX Ace version of Recollection and a debug version I have given out to some people for bug testing! I thought I had lost that forever... Glad I had it on there because that was the only other place I didn't look when I lost my VX Ace stuff.
Anyway... I know today is April Fools day and last year I "published" a game that really wasn't a game. It was something stupid I slapped together within 15 minutes. But today I decided to mess around a bit with it in VX Ace (wow it's so different after using MV for so long) and decided that I'm going to go ahead and let you all play it. Please be aware that this is default as default gets! There's nothing really special with it and it will be very buggy and you might run into a few issues and it's is extremely unfinished!
"So, why are you even posting it even if it's not finished?"
Well... I feel that I wanted to show you guys what I have. I have been trying to meet deadlines to push out a demo for you all to try, but life is cruel and it kept pushing it further and further back. Not only that, I wanted to show how far I've came with it and how proud I am for actually getting a simple thought in my head to an actual, somewhat, playable game. With all that said, I am now officially pushing out the unfinished VX Ace demo version of Recollection! I would suggest reading the READMEs in the folder before playing. Though, this is VX Ace we are talking about so there really isn't much to tell you.
Anyways, here are the links:
RTP Version: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_-1RuKtCwMYRFZ0bGhsekJNQW8
Non-RTP Version: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_-1RuKtCwMYMmt6VktIV1Nzc2c
Happy first of April and hope you all enjoy! Feedback would be great, but don't expect any bug fixes if you happen to find any since the MV version will address a lot of them if any are reported.
I just noticed something I left in these extractors. Apparently I had a backup folder in these and I updated the download links so that it doesn't include them.
I know I said I wouldn't do bug fixes, but it turns out that while playing through the game myself I actually changed some settings in the database that made it impossible for the player to equip any of the starter weapons. Looks like the joke's on me this April Fools day. >.<
I wanted to have a story about characters that you wouldn't normally see in a game like a horror game and those characters are prostitutes. A lot of young women, who run away or tricked into prostitution for one reason or another, from abusive relationship, to even being tricked into thinking that they are moving to the United States legally. Not every prostitutes life is the same, but they often share the same path and hardships. Some women have 'pimps' who beat them, force them onto the street, hunt them down when they try to get away, some women are on drugs and sell their bodies to support their habit and no matter what happens, they often do not go to the police. These women do not go to the police, because they will be arrested, fined, and if they have children, their children taken away from them. These women may be robbed, beaten, ripped off, raped (yes, raped, because they wouldn't tell people, because of the nature of rape trials would use their lifestyle against them) and an unknown amount of them are murdered.
There are a lot of stories of women on the internet, who got away from this lifestyle and I am not going to discuss it, only wish to state my inspiration about this game. I am not going to discuss it, only wish for people to see life through the eyes of someone that they might not have heard otherwise. I am not against the sex industry, actually, but I would rather it be legal, so these women can do it in a safe environment and not be afraid to go to the police for any reason.
The only thing that I would like to discuss is my characters, my story and my game in generally and will not discuss my inspiration... whatsoever. I have had bad experiences in the past, with people who started conversations about something dealing with women issues and they are always the same kind people. Thank you very much for your understanding and I am a person who is willing to talk, only if you don't come at me, like you are attacking my point of view.
Elisabeth - about to turn 17 years old. She ran away from home for reasons that deal with her father and due to the fact that her mother died of cancer a couple of years back. She believed that she could get a job, but reality has begun to set in, when her money runs out and she is forced into selling her body. She believes that anytime that she will get a job, so truth being told, Elisabeth is still kind of naive about life in general. She can be tough, but that is hidden within her, because right now, she's timid around stressful situations. Can she tap into that hidden strength, with the help of a friend, or will she slowly lose her mind unable to deal with the hardships around her?
Keisha - A young black woman, who ran away from home after a fight with her mother and mostly, pride has kept her from returning home again. She is tough, street smart and is more than willing to tell it like it is to naive Elisabeth, to help her from a life that Keisha has grown to loathe. She has been a prostitute for the last three years of her life, seen things that she would rather not and has been raped and beaten at least, once in her life.
Jason - Mysterious, dark person who is sadistic... Can you discover the secrets behind him, escaping from the city that holds you and the connection to him to Carol, to the past that he seemingly can not let go of.
Carol - Jason's girlfriend, who apparently left him for unknown reasons and she is the person that he has been searching for years, because she is the seemingly only person who understands him. She just seemingly vanishes into thin air over 18 years ago, for reasons that he never understand.
Inspiration: Corpse Party, Criminal Minds, real life crime shows
Motto: You must escape, but can you do so with your sanity intact!
I am taking a break from my big game, due to computer trouble and working on the problem. I won't go into that, but the problem is solved at any rate. While I am working on my commission, I am remaking a horror game that I created for a contest, and using Yanfly suggesting in her comic I am working on the traps, the database and stuff before I get to the awesome stuff of remaking my maps, plus, creating the layout of my locations. I am a bit stuck, because my game isn't a JRPG and that's the game that her comic is about. Sooo, I have to give it a lot of thought about how to do the things that she suggests.
1. Traps - I have a debug room, for my traps and already I have two created. Be wary of blood.
2. Instead of a darkness script, you are free to see everything around you, but I do use a tint to help with the atmosphere.
3. Thinking of layout before I start.
The game is called "Haunted Hills - The death of Innocence" It is a mature game with a young runaway teenager who went to look for work in the city, running away from her abusive alcoholic father, but like most teenagers she doesn't get the job. She ends up becoming a prostitute and like all prostitute, she finds herself taken by a person who means to do her harm. He gives her three days to escape using whatever is lying around and in this game, you make choices. Those choices lead you to an ending that may or may not be good. Can you escape with your sanity intact? This is a mature game, with a mature theme and mature language, with people that are not always remembered in life. My original game is for RPG Maker VX Ace and is one steam, but it isn't the best, as I made it in a month for a contest.
I would not suggest that copy at all, but please wait for the better version of the game. My sister is really waiting for this version of the game and already knows the story, she loves it. I used inspiration from various sort of horror games, from Corpse Party, crime shows (real life crimes) and unlike most horror games, there are no true enemies in this game. Only one, one man and he taunts you in the shadows. I had always planned on remaking it, because this game had things that I couldn't do in a month time and because I saw potential in the game.
I am planning on selling it, though to help raise money for glasses, new clothes and even a brand new computer, if I can sell enough.
Here is my progress and plans for World of Chaos.
Increase element dmg rate
You can now increase your damage output of a specific element. Ex: +25% Fire DMG Rate means all fire damage you do is increased by 25%. Having some issue with specific skills, but this will be done.
You can now change the color of your windowskin (I suggest keeping it red). That is also where you'll be able to change the difficulty system.
When something is added to your inventory, a window pops up to tell you what it is. One is in the lower-left corner and the other is a text pop-up in the middle. Makes it so I don't have to always tell you what you getting; the game does it for me
Damage formula reform
I've been doing the 1:0.5 default ratio, but the damage throughout the game has grown increasingly large.
Ex: a.atk * 8 - b.def * 4
a.atk * 25 - b.def * 12.5
Instead of the 1:0.5 ratio, I'm going to see about a 1:(2/3) ratio.
Weapon stats reform
There will also be a reform for the weapons. Some are too strong and some are too weak. I also have to reform the rarity levels (Equipment set, legendary, legendary artifact, and unique (new one)).
Sub-Classes will be revealed on level 20 instead of 25.
Each character has a fixed sub-class. It used to be level 25, but they was insanely too long to wait to get it, so I decided to make it level 20 instead.
14 Quests have been finished.
No Quests are in progress.
Roughly 379 skills
Roughly 99 items
Roughly 121 Weapons
Roughly 94 Armors
Roughly 105 Enemies
Roughly 187 States
Roughly 133 Troops
Exactly 119 Custom Animations
Roughly 140 common events
Exactly 28 Elements (You need to only worry about 12)
7 Weapon types
4 Armor types
7 Skill types
Quest System Reform
I scrapped the old one and added a new one, so I'm converting all of the quests in one script and trying to transfer it in the other. I count only 9 Quests so there is 5 I'm forgetting about.
All my reforms has been my focus. I'm going to also focus on the WOC Bible again.
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.
I've been working on my game a lot from working on graphics and such, really needed to show off my latest map. ()/ Anyway, here it is. It is an ingame map, with effects added, fog and such. Now, the thing is I need graphics created and I hope to the Gods that I can find someone. You see those characters? I have a total of eight characters, two children and six characters with two characters having two forms. I am going to have a side view battle system and going to use Yami's system. I am going to use Kudai battlers. (_ _') Urgh, I've look them over and I just have no idea how I am going to go about that, because I've never edited charactersets like that. .. not that radically. (o_o#) it does make you appreciate the professionals, actually.
Welcome to my new project, Scalvose: Demons and Dragons. This project is aimed at the general audience, though it is technically PG13. Ratings aside, the whole project is aimed to be around 47 hours of gameplay, excluding additional chapters and the ending. With 2 chapters (Prologue and chapter 1 for the beginning project) per game planned, I'm hoping to get as much done within the next 4-5 years as possible. Otherwise, let's begin with the plot.
It's been extremely calm on Scalvose lately. After Xerian's defeat and the return of peace, it seemed the whole world was taking a breather from the destruction caused. Sacred Leaf, a band of friends and heros bent on protecting Scalvose, split up to enjoy the summer and repair damages dealt. Wane Kurriro, the leader, left to nurture the forests belonging to Veryll. Crystal returned to her caverns, lazily enjoying the silence with the snow around her. Darkness left to be the pervert he was, hitting on as many girls as he could, hoping to land a date or two. Lek Nisshoku, king of Xoa, returned to his land, helping his people recover from the destruction of the war.
In Rya Ruins, however, Will had plans to find a secret treasure pertaining to the history of Scalvose. It wouldn't be easy, considering Rya always shifts, with nothing to see or predict below. Will ends up running into another person who's trying to acquire the artifact as well, and with natural rivalry and hatred towards another, they end up fighting. Meanwhile, Xex Nisshoku, Lek's brother and cruel experimenter, is working on finding alternate dimensions when he ends up opening a portal to the demon's homeworld.
Migrol, referred to as the leader, enters, attacking him and begins to attempt to enslave Scalvose, while another extreme threat opens up to destroy it. However, it's not all as it seems, as Migrol is experimenting on a kid and her child in hopes of opening another portal back to his homeworld to bring more of his kind to his side. Sacred Leaf, Xex, Xerian, and others will have to fight against three different threats. Can they defeat Migrol, protect Scalvose, and prevent the portal from being opened? Or will they be too late?
Game Production Progress
Animations (Battle)- 3%
Story Progress- 10%
Database for Items and Equipment- 30%
Voice Acting- 0%
Overall Progress- 15%
I plan on seeing if anybody is wanting to work on some parts of the game with me, although broke due to college, but until then, any feedback, suggestions, questions, and so on are highly appreciated!
Q: Why is this blank?
A: There isn't any question asked repeatedly, yet!
This is a minor update to those who were wanting to know progress on my End of Tides project.
I have decided to refresh the project, and as of the beginning of last year, it has become Dark Tides. The story and plot has been changed, and playable characters changed slightly. If you'd like to know more about the changes, please notify me in the comments below!
I'm kind of at a loss as to what I should do for an In Depth Review next. I have a lot of different games on Steam that I have played but not actually finished that would be great to review. What would you guys be interested in seeing an In Depth review on? Please comment below and remember to vote in the straw poll to see your favorite game on here. I'll keep this up for about a week or so before I take the page down.
I was motivated to write this post and drudge up this old argument after viewing some script requests on the forum that ask, starry-eyed, for something to be done better via scripting than it could be done via eventing.
And, in some regards, this is not inaccurate view; scripting can be infinitely more flexible. However, something made via scripting is not inherently better than an evented counterpart and the reason is because scripting and eventing are the same thing; events are not a separate entity, they are predefined methods that have been given a user interface. One way that may help to express the relationship between events and scripting is to think of a big box (scripting) with a smaller box inside (eventing); both boxes have an identical purpose however one is able to carry a heavier load than the other.
There's an impressive history of complex systems being evented; menus, battle systems, minigames. Whether such systems would have been better off being scripted is its own question but the end result is what matters. The only time you need to use scripting, the only time scripting is objectively 'better', is when some aspect of the system simply cannot be done via eventing. And these situations do arise due to eventing's limited functionality and their methods can carry associated baggage (like a text box's system interruption) but quite a few posts that 'need' scripts to accomplish something, well, don't; all that is necessary is to comb through the existing methods of the editor and how they interact with one another.
So far this may sound like a very pro-eventing post and, in some regards, it is; in that I would like to elevate the attitude towards events and dissolve the sheen of scripting. Being overly dedicated to eventing has its own problems though. Ignoring its objective limitations (and again, they irrefutably are limited) even the UI of eventing is tedious. Viewing a series of nested conditionals is unpleasant, editing one can be a nightmare. Simple tasks like creating a variable or setting a co-ordinate can feel like they take a lifetime. Bugfixes are tedious because the engine won't crash and give an error message (that's kind of a point in its favour as well though). Eventing is the introduction, its something you are intended to progress from, no other engine I've used doesn't just drop you in front of a script editor. However, that doesn't make the logic that events are capable of carrying out any lesser.
What I'm trying to convey is scripting is great but events are just scripting in disguise and are also great. The next time you can't figure something out with events and you aren't comfortable with scripting yet then try approaching it a different way with events. Then try another way with events. Then maybe re-evaluating what exactly you want out of the system. Then, before asking for helpy, try eventing one more time. You'll be surprised what you can accomplish without ever opening the script editor (and you may be devastated at the reality if you continue to treat scripting as some magical shortcut to complex systems).
Nights of Azure combines beautiful storytelling with dungeoncrawling combat to bring you an astounding masterpiece. Or close to it. Maybe more on the spectrum of okay more so than masterpiece, but it definitely wasn't bad by any means. Though it did have some flaws that I will discuss. I'll break the game down into several segments, consisting of story, gameplay, quality, and replayability, and judge the game on all of these criteria.
800 years ago, the First Saint of the world fought the Eternal Lord of Night. Though the Saint succeeded in defeating her foe, the Eternal Lord of Night's blood spilled over the world, which came to be known by man as Blue Blood. This Blue Blood turned men into horrible demons which ravaged the night. Thus, humans could not leave their homes after the night. Every one-hundred years, a Saint is selected to contain the Eternal Lord of Night's blood within them as a vessel. Jump forward 800 years, in the 17th Century, on a fictional island known as Ruswal, which sits north of current day Finland, where the presence of the Eternal Lord of Night's power is the strongest. We follow Arnice, a Knight in service of a mysterious organization called the Curia, which monitors Arnice as she becomes a Holy Knight and swears to protect the Saint she is tasked to protect. She doesn't know of who it is, until she docks and meets her friend, Lilysse, who took up the role of this current century's Saint. The two of them were friends long before the story starts, and Arnice now must protect her friend from the Eternal Lord of Night.
The story of Nights of Azure is the absolute best part of the game. As you progress through the game, you'll get to see Arnice's and Lilysse's friendship bloom into something more, or, depending on the choices you can make in the game, you can be a total douche to Lilysse. But also as you progress through the story, Lilysse learns that in order to stop the Eternal Lord of Night from completely covering this world in complete night, where demons can roam around freely, she must sacrifice herself, as tradition every 100 years. Arnice is opposed to this because it's her best friend and, entirely, is too selfish to let her go.
The plot ultimately comes down to the prospect: Do you let friendship sink in and save one person, while sacrificing the entire world, or let her sacrifice herself to save the world? By building up that relationship between Arnice and Lilysse, it forces the game to make that decision which, morally, has no right path. You give up one to save the other. There's no right choice. But along the way, the game forces you to feel for Lilysse's plight at being the Saint dedicated to restoring the balance of the world.
And the choices you make throughout the game dictate which path you can go. So unlike 99% of most games nowadays, your choices ACTUALLY MATTER. How about that?
You'll meet new characters along the way, including Lloyd, a traveling "merchant" that came to Ruswal in order to build a fortune, Professor Alucard, who ultimately is a douche and wants the world to die so he can accelerate his process and study demons more. This is one part of the game I didn't really like: Professor Alucard and Lloyd serve as comedic relief in between tense scenarios, but it....really doesn't work out that well. Professor Alucard's running jokes become old and Lloyd just ends up looking like a greedy scumbag more often than not.
Aside from the comedic relief, I really enjoyed Arnice and Lilysse's relationship. It's not really uncommon nowadays to see two girls liking each other, or saying "I love you" in traditional media, but it's always a refresher from the typical romance plots. And the audience knows Arnice and Lilysse are in love, the game even says so.
Even still, it's a story best experienced for yourself, so if you don't want to read ahead, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS BELOW. THIS IS IN BIG BOLD LETTERS TO TELL YOU. THIS IS A DISCLAIMER AND YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
Overall, the story was pretty solid, even if the random tidbits of comedic relief didn't really suit the game's dark and serious atmosphere.
Unfortunately, this is where most of the game is....lackluster.
Before I start, I will say, there are immense issues with controllers on the PC Version of this game, which is what I ended up playing on. I don't know if it was because I was using a PS4 controller, but the trigger buttons didn't work on my version, which included two necessary mechanics to having fun with the game, Transformation and Servan Deck Switch. Both of which I'll go over later, but there are glaring issues with mapping buttons to the triggers that don't necessarily work. And I've tried, believe me. I tried assigning my buttons hundreds of times, with no success. The game just will not map my trigger buttons to anything.
Nights of Azure in and of itself is basically...I'd say 50% Visual Novel, 50% Dungeoncrawler. And when I saw Dungeoncrawler, I mean CRAWLER. Near the end of the game, I had to do so many runs of the game just to try and level up so I could be on par with the final boss. It really got tedious and boring for a little bit while I did was try and hit things with my giant ass sword.
Anyways, the field screen is pretty basic. You have Arnice's HP and SP, which is used to do Special Attacks, and among other things, summon the servants that are listed in the bottom-right corner. Servans are a mechanic kind of like helpers in combat, and by pressing RB plus the button correlating to that Servan, you can Summon it. There are many different types of Servans you can obtain, from sword-wielding dinosaurs to golden statues of lions to metal bombers. I think there are a total of 30 different types of Servans you can get in the game, so there are definitely options. Servans themselves are half-demon apparitions that have come into contact with Blue Blood, and have rightfully turned into Demons, but retain the memories of when they were still human, so they cannot become fully demonized. They help Arnice in her fight by putting down fields of protection, paralyzing enemies, healing other party members and Arnice, and managing crowd control. Eventually, the party I settled on was an Alraune, a Servan who can heal the entire group, Wolf, which deals massive amounts of damage, Arachne, who can tank and crowd control, and Bisque, a mechanical doll that lays down a protective field around Arnice whenever she is knocked down, and can push enemies away with her special attack.
The Servan mechanic itself is pretty in-depth, which is one of the parts I like about the game. You can have a wide assortment of different Servans that basically change altogether how you engage foes, and tackle situations. Servans can also affect your Transformation, with a mechanic called Transformation Rites. It actually matters how your Servans are lined up in combat, because having one Servan in front of the other can completely change your Transformation. Right now, since Alraune is the leader of the Servan Group, I have special access to a Transformation called "Phantom Form". The leader always gets a 2x bonus to their Transformation Rites. But if I were to put Wolf as the leader, I would get another transformation differently called "Rabbit Form", so it actually matters how you set up your party.
By the way, Phantom Form is the best.
Although you don't get Transformation until about roughly 3 hours in, Phantom Form quickly becomes a necessity for combat, as level spikes and difficulty spikes will make your Servans die quickly, and if you don't have a dedicated healer, you'll be struggling to keep your Servan's health and SP up unless you have Phantom Form. Which is one thing I quite disliked about the game: it's difficulty spikes. There's a lot of difference between Level 4 and Level 5, and even more so to Level 6. So you always need to make sure you're up to date, by constantly grinding dungeons for Blue Blood dropped off of enemies.
How you get new Servans is through finding Fetishes in Dungeons. Yes, I said fetishes. You filthy people.
By expending the Blood you find in dungeons, you can materialize new Fetishes into Servans. However, one thing I also didn't like is you also need Blood to level up Arnice. So it becomes a point of...yep, you guessed it, going into dungeons and grinding for more Blood.
The rest of combat is...boring. And sometimes wonky in some of the ways it works. For example, Lock-On. The camera turns too slowly to face the target you are locked on to, which in some situations is incredibly bad. And also, you can't turn the camera while locked on because turning the camera makes you switch your locked on target. Which...is fundamentally a bad design when you're trying to constantly find your target because you locked onto something that moves around at 9,000 miles per hour.
Boss design looks cool. You can fight a giant circus-themed Carousel.
I wish I was kidding.
No, but really, I think the boss designs are some of the best parts of the game. You can fight a bunch of dragons, sure, but wouldn't you rather fight a giant circus themed Carousel who has a giant cannon in the middle of its chest?
And yes, bosses drop significantly more EXP (which is used to level up Servans) and Blood, so it's easily the fastest way to grind for Blood. But still not really an efficient way to do it. Which is sad, because the difficulty spikes are so bad and it takes so long to grind for levels that sometimes its not even worth it. As you can see, my Servans are two levels above where I am because the ratio of EXP that you get from enemies and the Blood you get for Leveling up Arnice is so much in favor of the Servans.
There is an equipment system in the game, however, it only lets you equip up to 4 items, and even then, you have to build up Arnice with Skill Points, which you can get from doing Daytime Activities.
One major thing I have about combat in the game, is you do absolutely no damage. Like, at all. You only do 20 damage per attack while your Servans can miraculously deal 200 damage in bursts. Against Level 7+ enemies, they just become literal sponges and laugh at you while you try to attack them. So unfortunately, in order to make any progress in the game in terms of how much damage you do, you have to get ATK boosting items, but most ATK boosting items come with a penalty or some other negative that make it not worth using. For example: Glass Blade. An item that gives you an enormous boost to ATK but the instant you get hit, you die. Like, who would ever use that? And it's not just that, another ATK boosting item can lower your HP and SP altogether. So, yes, there are some glaring problems with how much raw damage you can do without ultimately sacrificing something else entirely. Same for DEF.
There's also a Side Quest option available for those of you who want to waste your time. No really, they are a waste of time because the Side Quests in this game don't give anything meaningful or worthwhile. They're just literally a waste of time. Same with Side Scenarios, pictured above. These are literally only meant for progress in the game, and they do nothing beneficial for you overall. No EXP, no Blood, no Libra (the money in the game), no nothing. Not even affection for dear Lilysse. It's literally just a waste of time to try and do everything because there's no benefit to doing it.
So just stick to killing bosses. Like this guy here. Poor Spider is gonna crushed underneath his foot sooner or later.
So unfortunately, the gameplay isn't as great as the storyline. Which is a shame. I hear they are trying to rework and revamp some of the features in Nights of Azure 2. Hopefully, the first step is that you start to deal more damage and fix the lock-on mechanic so that you can freely rotate the camera while still being locked on to a singular target.
The mature theme of the game is ruined ultimately by tidbits of comedic relief that really don't belong in the game. The gameplay elements don't really work, blend together, or have a consistent theme. It honestly feels like the title was rushed to publish which happens with the majority of games nowadays. And actually, I think Nights of Azure was rushed, if I remember correctly. But still, it is a game by Koei TECMO, and being a longtime fan of their work, I really still enjoy the works that they have been putting out this year. Nioh, Atelier Sophie, Nights of Azure, Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers are all games to count on their list. So while it sucks that this game couldn't be at its best, its still somewhat of a decent effort.
The game graphically is okay. It reminds me a bit of a Tales game, which is also probably why I enjoyed playing through the story so much. Just the way everyone's characters are modeled and how they behave during cutscenes really reminds me of the most recent Tales game (not Berseria, but Zestiria). There's plenty of stuff to look at, like Concept Arts, music which you can jam out to, and you can listen to the VAs from the characters ramble on in Japanese. Perfect dream for all you people who listen to Japanese out there.
Also, speaking of music, the OST from this game is AMAZING. There isn't a single song I disliked from the entire soundtrack. Which is really saying something. In fact, I'm listening to one of my favorite boss themes while I'm typing this review simply because I enjoy the track so much.
If you're ever having any doubts as to if you don't like the soundtrack or not, just listen to this piece for a few minutes, and get back to me.
Overall, fairly good execution of the game, but not wonderful or exhilarating. It's just.....good.
So, obviously, like I said before during the Story breakdown of the game, your choices actually dictate which path you go along. If you are in favor of saving Lilysse and make the correct choices, you can potentially go for the True Ending of the story. If you don't, you'll get the Neutral ending (which is the worst ending ever). And depending on the choices you make, some characters will appear in the story, and some won't even appear at all. I'm gonna try and work for the True Ending and see if it changes my outlook on the multiple choice path in the game to see if it even matters.
But yes, there is tons of replayability. As with most games nowadays, after completing the game, you can make a new Save file with all of your progress and continue from where you left off, but before you had beaten the final boss of the game. And there's still so much of the game I haven't even explored or caught onto yet. For example, there's a Transformation named "Nightmare Form" which I have no idea how to get. I'm also not even Level 10 yet, the game's maximum Level Cap. I only beat the game at Level 9. I still have two more Servans I have to find in the world. And I managed to cram all this within 24 hours of playtime (if I'm remembering my save time correctly.)
So yes. Lots of replayability.
Now, it's time for the final wrap-up. In this section, I'll detail if this game is truly one for you, and if you should decide to play it or not.
Would I recommend this game?:
Honestly, if you like story more than gameplay, go for it. But if you value gameplay over story, give this one a pass. I only stuck around because I like story more than gameplay. The gameplay drowns out the best parts of the story, and the gameplay proves only as a barrier to really enjoying the story.
There are some good parts in the game, but there are also some bad parts, and parts that I honestly really really really despise. But overall, it's good. Not great, not terrible. Just....good.
Overall rating of the game: 7.5/10. A good game. But ONLY for the story.
Just giving an update again. I've almost got my V1 Demo re-completed. So many things have changed since my last version. Currently finishing up mapping and NPCs before moving onto battle balancing and plot.
I hope you're all looking forward to it!
If you've been wondering what happened to me and my Soul Effect Project that i published a million years ago... well i kinda gave up on it and worked on a little game Series called TOD the Grim Reaper.
Basically i gave each game (except for the 3rd Game) 1 Week to get finished and published. The Results, as you would figure, went catastrophic and nobody liked the games... (except the game i gave a little bit more of dev time... that game got some likes)
Now i wanted to basically clean up the mess i've created by re-working the games until they became either good or acceptable at the very least.
The first game got done and is ready to get downloaded... some say it's still shitty, but i say it significantly improved on the gameplay. What about the Story, you say? What Story?
Anyway, now i'm at the second Game and if you didn't know, the second Game is basically a copy paste of the first. My Goal for the second Game is to make it not so samey. So i made a diverged path and an alternate ending.
It's soon to be finished.
NOW, for the third game, that people say is my best game yet! (Soul Effect doesn't count, because it's not finished)
I want a HUUUUGE revamp of this game in particular... or maybe not. I basically want to add Conversations/Interactions with enemies a la Persona 2/Undertale style.
For that, i'll be needing a good Writer and maybe some more other people, i dunno.
I know it's too much to ask, because TOD is a not so beloved series, but...
I really want to make this game shine positively! And for that, i need to not make it shitty.
Hope you understand.
Anyway, what's this all about again? A blog to write things on?
This can only go well, i assume...
~Shin the Grim Soul Effect Cheater
So...my latest attempt at a Pokemon fangame is inspired by Sun and Moon and Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, with a bit of Final Fantasy, Zelda, and Tales of thrown in.
The basic premise:
In Chiron, a fantastic Pokeworld far from the Pokeworld we know today, magic comes from a mystical substance known as Aether. For the most part, Aether is seen as helpful, but for those that would seek to abuse Aether and its power, there is the Order of the Aether Knights--an order of magic knights and paladins that defend the world from hostile monsters and other threats, as well as keeping the peace (though there are other orders too)
But not long after Lusamine, the 250th leader of the order and only the fourth female to lead it, ascended to lead, rumors of otherworldly beasts from another world began to swirl, and what started as intellectual curiosity became a near obsession for Lusamine. While she kept up an air of kindness in the public eye, in private she became cold, angry, and distant from even her comrades.
Lusamine's daughter Lillie, who preferred holy magic to knightly deeds, suspected that something had changed in her mother, and vowed to find out why her mother had been drawn to the darkness, and purge it before her mother did something truly terrifying. Her brother Gladion agreed to stay behind and find out what he could from inside the Order's walls, and wished Lillie luck on her quest.
But being a white mage that preferred to heal rather than fight, Lillie decided to look for help elsewhere--they could fight on her behalf, and she would make sure their wounds were healed and unpleasant conditions purged.
When she was ambushed by a bandit gang on the road, she found help in four best friends--the bow wielding red mage Ash, the shining minstrel Serena, the water specialist magic knight Misty, and the high summoner Brock.
The four friends had been traveling on a summoner's journey--unite the eight Jewels of the Aether to summon the god-Pokemon Arceus. Summoners did not often make the long and perilous journey, but when they did, it was usually in a time of great danger, and Arceus needed to be summoned.
Ash felt sorry for Lillie, and offered to help--maybe summoning Arceus would purge the evil presence from her mother, and banish the otherworldly beasts back to their own world.
Lillie agreed, but little did she know, she would be embarking on the adventure of a lifetime.
What I need help with (using RPG Maker VX Ace):
--Sprites (mainly for Mystery Dungeon style sprites for Sun/Moon Pokemon)
Anyone that can help out will be credited in the credit roll
(I've originally posted this on the RPG Maker Web Forums in 16th of September 2016)
Project Centennial (Desktop App Converter) is a Windows Bridge. This is a tool to bring Win32 and .NET apps to the Universal Windows Platform (and to the Windows Store if you want to).
Why would I want to bring my RPG Maker project to UWP with this?
Right now, you would need it to bring your project to the Windows Store (more on that later), but you can utilize APIs that are available to UWP (Live Tiles for example). As they continue to develop it, more UWP features will be available to Win32/.NET programs as well as porting more types of software(such as VB6).
How it works?
It works like this:
Using a PowerShell script, you take the gameâ€™s installer and install it on an isolated environment.
After being transferred, it will execute the installation, along with tracking the files placed by the installer.
After installation, the file will take the tracked files and build the AppX file.
What do I need to use it?
Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise with the Anniversary Update (Build 14393 and higher)
64-bit Processor with support of Second Level Address Translation (SLAT) (You may see it as Intel VT-x or AMD-V on your computerâ€™s BIOS or UEFI).
Windows SDK for Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Make sure that saves and settings are store away from the gameâ€™s folder. The game will be stored on a hidden file on the Program Files and writing on that folder will fail.
If you are storing info on the Registry, do not use HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE! Quoting the document:
â€œAny attempt by your app to create an HKLM key, or to open one for modification, will result in an access-denied failure. Remember that your app has its own private virtualized view of the registry, so the notion of a user- and machine-wide registry hive (which is what HKLM is) does not apply. You will need to find another way of achieving what you were using HKLM for, like writing to HKEY_CURRENT_USER (HKCU) instead.â€ See the document on the link (at the end of the post) for more information.
Users only need Windows 10 (any edition, 32 or 64bit PC) with the Anniversary Update installed to install and run Project Centennial apps.
Iâ€™d like to note that this may not be accurate.
RPG Maker MV: It should work, as long as all rpgsave files are saved away from the gameâ€™s folder (if possible). I recommend you instead convert the game to UWP app with Visual Studio or Intel XDK, since you can access UWP APIs from the get go.
RGSS based engines (VXAce, VX, XP): Same thing with saves and settings saved with MV. Most of the Ruby/RGSS scripts should work, no modifications necessary.
RPG Maker 200x: Unless you can get the engine save away from its folder, it will not work well. The game will still work, but you can't save at all.
Q: I use scripts that use DLLs written in C++. Will these also work?
A: If it is compiled with Visual Studio, check which version was compiled. Not all versions work with it (due to static and dynamic linking support). See the linked document for more info.
Q: What about .NET programs?
A: If your game ships with a .NET program, check the document linked, to make sure it will work.
Q: Script X crashes my game when trying to read a specific file. What to do?
A: I donâ€™t know why exactly, but the script may be trying to read file in a way that is not permitted on files stored there (such as in V.M. of .D.T.â€™s Version/Build Number script, where it tries to binary read a file). If possible, either re-tool the reading code or remove it. Some experimentation is needed.
Q: Do I need to build an MSI file for the installer?
A: No. You can use installers that build an exe installer (You can use MSI installers too). Just make sure that it has a silent installation command line argument (/S for example).
Q: Can I publish the game to the Windows Store after conversion.
A: Yes, but not now. The policies of the Store havenâ€™t been updated yet (although they have launched a sign up page for Windows Developers).
MSDN Document: https://msdn.microsoft.com/el-gr/windows/uwp/porting/desktop-to-uwp-root
After a much needed mental hiatus I am back on track with my Zombie Survival Project that I've mentioned in previous entries.
The game is set within Eden City, a once beautiful town that has become a zombie filled hellhole. Now you the player must take command over a group of survivors to find hope in these dark times.
The player will get to design their own avatar, a basic staple for RPGing. However, I need help deciding the rest of the party...
The player gets to pick 3 survivors from a list. That way you can build your starting team according to how you'd like to play the game.
The player is assigned 3 survivors randomly. This adds variety for every play-through since the chances of getting the same team twice are low.
The player designs 3 survivors to join them. This combines the concept of play variety and player choice.
The player starts solo and must actively seek out allies throughout the city. Gameplay may be harder as a result.
Note that any survivors I've pre-made that can be recruited each have a personal backstory regardless of the options chosen above.
These are my main ideas I'm looking at implementing and I'd love to hear some opinions. Please discuss below. Also feel free to ask me questions that may be relevant to this topic!
Want to apologize to all. I ended up losing my entire project back in August. But it's not all bad! I've revamped the battle system to something simpler for me and I reworked the opening a bit as well.
Please look forward to the updates!
I'm going to apologize in advance for the following post as its often considered poor ettiquette to hold a conversation covering sensitive subjects. And I'm sorry that I should have to be sorry as these are the things that are often most deserving of discussion (but, no, the last thing you ate is juuust as interesting and beneficial ).
I feel it will help to make my political stance clear. I try to be very centred (general empathy seems to make me a little left-leaning though); I recognise that even if both sides of an argument do not present equally valid arguments they are clearly equally incensed and that it is the latter that must be remedied (heck, the prior often just gets ignored). It can be hard to keep a clear head and think rationally for a lot of people. I don't mean that in any kind of condescending way; this is just how a lot of people are (I'm probably the outlier by being pragmatic and a little cold).
That aside, here's where the post really starts. I'm really very fearful of the future. Not the far future, we're doomed from so many different causes that its almost comical (if you get bored sometime read up on dark energy and the acceleration of the universe's expansion for our latest dilemma). I mean our demise isn't really relevant when you cast aside our species' ego; our atoms could have taken so many different forms (and have already).
No, my lifetime is what has me concerned (kek, ego successfully cast aside). For the first week or so of Brexit I was in a literal state of anxiety; we had willingly gone from stability to instability and during the dawn of globalisation we gave a middle finger to the world stage. I guess thats fine; its done. And yeah, we've screwed ourselves a bit, but no-one else's fortunes are looking so hot either. The political side is a bother, but its something I've mostly come to terms with. Not least of all because there's another politcal shitstorm in progress and brooding over Brexit won't help. But if its not the political side of politics that's bothering me then eeeehh what's up Tarq?
Well, my poorly parodied friend, its the social side. The people surrounding me repulse me. Like, more than before. People are being openly offensive which is never great but is worse when its invalid. Bigotry is, well, big now. One win for nationalism has overriden decades of developing tolerance for others. Here's the thing about your nationality; you have nothing to do with it. Its where you fell out of your mother. Just because you we're blessed to fall on a particularly good patch of dirt doesn't make you entitled to it; you are entitled to nothing you didn't build with your own hands.
Disagreements in these kinds of affairs rarely work out. And thats fine with me; I don't want to be everybody's friend. But I need to get along with you. And you need to get along with me. That's how society works. And I can't get along with people the way they are currently behaving. And its a failing on my part; I'm the one who can't adapt (although my obstinance in the name of reason is becoming a point of pride tbh). So when I, admittedly foolishly, get myself sucked into these altercations every now and then its my own fault for not just putting my head down and acting like this unwarranted contempt is totally acceptable.
I guess what bothers me most is a lot of these strong nationalists (frankly, often racist) never seem to have spoken to a brown person. No really. An actual conversation; not an acknowledgement or a transaction. And not even something about their culture in some half-pre-determined attempt to learn about 'them'. That person was not a representative of their people. Alot of nationalists have, seemingly, never had a conversation with certain ethnicitiess about idk sports or science or whatever's their thing. And its not that surprising. I mean, those kinds of encounters are what make a person realise we're all y'know people and other hippy sentiments. While it would be wrong to despise a group for a bad interaction with a certain type of person its more understandable than similar dislike from minimal interaction entirely.
Now back my own concerns. I am now a member of a minority; it has become the bottom line of each of these farces discussions that Brexit is the precedent that we don't have to take kindly to tolerance 'round here. And unlike other minority's in this country who shouldn't be thought to hold certain motives due to having the wrong skin colour or holy day, I have explictly expressed my apparently unpopular views. This majority united over their express dislike of minorities; When they succeed in eliminating the visibly different how long before they start removing the other undesirables (like us 'terrorist sympathisers')? With the IPA well underway are the thought police really that far behind?
I often find it hard not to go into tangents (as you've probably observed) so I should probably stop. The TL;DR is we share this planet so just please learn to play nice finally. With everyone. And if you want to hate strangers just do it in private. Or when I'm out the room. C'mon, spare my feelings; I thought you liked white people.
It's been quite some time I ever left something in our Touhou Project x3 Well, let's get back to it shall we?
*Ahem* Hullo hullo everyone~ Welcome back to another entry of Minerva's Touhou Diary This entry we're just going to talk about our very old project and what's going to happen to it in the future. I haven't left any updates in our project in a while up to the point where it was inactive xD But fear not, We're not abandoning this project, all the work and effort that we put into it so far will not go to waste for all you Touhou people out there!
A lot of things has happened with me and my partner in crime over the last few months so our progression towards the Touhou project grinded into a halt. We didn't have much to show as well since it's just mapping and creating the proper assets over the past few months, pretty much we've been trying to get some good ideas implemented into it :3 So hopefully with the New Year of 2017, we can get something actually going~ So just to summarize, this project is quietly being worked on. I'm really sorry to everyone who has waited so long for at least a demo, I did promise a demo over the past 2 years or so but as we learn the fundamentals of RPG-making, we had to change our ways to where we needed to learn what game making was all about. I'll admit, when I wanted to get the demo out as soon as possible when I released the game page (which was like since 2012 xD), I was not thinking of the important aspects and I did rushed a bit with the project. With so many positive promises from many people, it was really heart warming to see what I've been doing before was making people happy to see it, I was like "I'm going to do better!" So here I am along with my personal pixel artist who offered her kitty services to me to speed up the project progression, we're really trying our best to make a good Touhou fanmade project x3
In all honesty, I really can't say for sure when and if we'll ever get a demo out for you guys to try since we're constantly learning, not to mention life has hit us with school and work so we're busy at the moment :3 I just hope that those who saw this project since the very beginning, hopefully you guys are still waiting x3 All the time and effort will not be wasted, I promise to you Sadly I wish I have something update worthy to tell to our supporters, but for now, we're going to work on it quietly and keep the suspense in all due time xD But once we do, I'm going to open the project page once again and it'll be back to the life it has since those very 4 years~
That will be it for this diary page of my book, the Touhou project will not be abandoned, we will spend our time and effort for a very long time to give out our very first project for you guys to enjoy ^~^ So once again, see you guys on a very later entry of my diary! If you have any questions regarding the future of Touhou Tales, you can always leave something here xD
Since i've joined this amazing community I have received a lot of advice and tips regarding how a dungeon should be made, and such. I've also received a lot of support from you guys here as well as a small circle of people who I discuss this project with. Non the less i'm not here to list all the praise I am getting, i'm here to discuss the direction my game is taking as of January 2016- Present.(2017)
I would like to start of and give a percentage of where i'm at so far. I am around 8% done with my game so far. This percent seems pretty tiny to most people who might read this, but ironically this is the hardest amount of effort I have EVER put into a project let alone a possible commercial game.
What have I done since last year exactly? Well, to start I have made my main Protagonists a lot more likable and given them personality. Compared to early 2015 or late 2014 these characters i made are more relatable and also fit the era they live in, (ex. 1950-1960) Also I made the locations in the game more simplified and constrained most of the towns into one country (america) but also gave some locales to places like the pacific isles, and even the Soviet Union.
Whats the plot synopsis on your game GWIT?
Below are some screenshots of the game so far.
So you just got zapped by a flying saucer, whats next? You don't feel different, no cuts, or any thing serious. But why do you feel all tingly around your chest and hand regions? Well what if I told you that you have been hit by an atomized bio weapon created by a species that wants to destroy the earth and the entire milky way galaxy. But enough of that you have "space magic!" or AstroMagic. Astro magic is an amazing form of weaponry, all the user has to do is concentrate their body's energy and mind power and they can unleash a slew of dangerous attacks!
What kinds of Astro Magic are their?: According to the species that created this technology it is scientifically classified in 3 types. Attack, Support, and Status type
Offensive: The user who now is a walking weapon can use the elements found on their planet of origin as an attack. If for some accidental reason a HUMAN would possess this sacred tech they could unleash attacks made of Fire, Ice, Electricity, Radiation, Light Beams, and the very Ground itself.
Support: When there's war to be waged your going to have casualties. Thankfully for you science has invented a supportive type of Astro Magic. The user has the ability to cure illness', restore health to their fellow soldiers, and even bring back organic things from being medically dead!
Status: Not enough research
Tired of that large bussel of everyday life? That dull feeling of waking up at exactly 6:00 AM because of the horrendous traffic accident/ jam on your street keeping you from your boring office job 20 miles into town? Well look no longer because you could be moving to the best little town on earth! Wheatville! This small little suburban region is located just west of Duncaster and Hosts a variety of small town things!
Population: One of the many reasons to move to this wonderful little farm town is it's meager population. Wheatville holds only 45 people in its limits. It's an everyone knows everyone kind of place pal. Lines to go to the store, gas stations, and even the bathroom are not going to be a problem here.
Tourist Areas: Wheatville holds two of Freedom-Land's most famous tourist landmarks, Mt. Hamburger, and the Freedom Express Station. Mt. Hamburger is a stunning 2500 ft high and bolsters an amazing miners paradise of a cavern. This magical mountain is an adventure for hikers, explorers, and historians alike. The Freedom Express is Freedom Land's oldest railway station that connects this little farm town to the rest of the country. The line starts here and ends in the huge Freedom Metropolis.
WildLife: This tiny little town also hosts a large population of animals and fauna. From the extravagant Gorton Snook, to the adorable Blat.
Crime Free for 20 Years! You read that right this town has been criminal free since 1935, thanks to our wonderful boys in blue who work that extra 110% to keep ruffians off the street and our citizens safe!
Well what are you waiting for?! Move to Wheatville silly!