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  1. So apparently they are "remastering" SaGa Frontier and Legend of Mana for the Nintendo Switch. What do you think about that?

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    2. Kayzee

      Kayzee

      Hehe, I figured you would have something to say about it. ❤️

       

      But yeah I mostly feel the same. Not sure how much will be changed besides upscaled backgrounds, though SaGa Frontier is apparently getting new quests/events. I doubt it will be adding an 8th main character/quest but who knows, there were apparently plans for one that got cut from the original (I heard Fuse of all people was going to have his own quest at one point). I personally really really wish they would overhaul Legend of Mana's battle system, but I doubt they will. Of course I know you think it's perfect anyway so...

    3. That One NPC

      That One NPC

      Yes, Fuse was suppose to have his own quest that would have fleshed out the IRPO much more.

       

      The original has a ton of unused content from items, spells, playables; It's kinda insane. The Fuse quest is like 95%, I am holding out for a Gen quest added to the mix. Perhaps show the fall of Wakatu in a feverish flashback before we find him in the bar at Scrap.

    4. Kayzee

      Kayzee

      Oooh I just heard, but apparently Fuse's quest is gonna be in!

       

      Also even though Gen is definitely one of the most fleshed out secondary characters, I am not sure about a Gen quest. I think it's kinda neat the way Gen's story sorta weaves it's way through a bunch of other character's stories. I think it would be great to see Gen's storyline expanded on a bit, but to me it feels like something that would fit in an expanded version of Lute's quest (the final boss of Lute's quest was the one who destroyed Wakatu, though don't know if this was ever stated in-game).

       

      Also, apparently both the SaGa Frontier and Legend of Mana remasters are making use of AI upscaling (like this) for backgrounds. Maybe sprites and/or textures too in some cases. I thought it did, but wasn't sure. It's kinda interesting to see that technology used for remastering old games like that, though I imagine some might complain it's not redrawn or left as is. Looks mostly okay to me though.

  2. That One NPC

    Come Get Your Candy: Black Rock Shooter

    It just needs a script package plugin or edit to allow for the use of a controller. There's too many gosh darn buttons and hotkeys for a keyboard. Everyone will have different comfort settings, but using a keyboard to play games gives me carpal tunnel. Falcao's system is otherwise a masterpiece of Ace scripting.
  3. Stat growth icons, using the stats I plan to implement for Legacy Frontier.

     

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    I've resolved to give each combat discipline it's own primary damage modifier stat. Hand to hand has Strength, magic has Arcane, melee weapons have Technique, and I am deciding on one for firearms. The main contenders right now are Aim, Accuracy, Focus and Dexterity. 

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    2. That One NPC

      That One NPC

      I'm going for a more realistic stat layout based on SaGa's stats.

       

      TP would fit with something like Dexterity, Stamina, Recovery, anything that relates to actual agility, coordination, cardio, etc.

    3. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      Ah, yeah...I gotta play that series more in depth at some point...

    4. That One NPC

      That One NPC

      It is soooooo good. Like once you've been playing it for something like 20+ years like me, it feels small, depending on who's quest you're doing, but it's just so endearing. So refreshing with so many flavors and characters, secrets and the best part is, they set up the stat and skill/magic system to be semi unique in terms of player choices and the path with which you unlock different abilities through actions in combat and minimum stat requirements. So you might focus Red on martial arts entirely one file, and the next time you play him, focus instead on swordplay once you've learned some f his good H2H Alkaiser exclusives. ANd with no lvls, only action-based stat growth, it's so much different because you're not at all looking for that next lvl, never checking "XP", and it takes longer to "cap out", opening up a much different character growth experience that it's hard for me to explain. It's liberating in a way to not have lvls and xp enter the frame at all. It lends itself to the player getting into every other aspect of the game so much more, enabling one to enjoy a longer pace to the short (technically speaking) quests.

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    FAE: [Characters]

    ~ Prime Fae Name: Unknown (Currently occupying the body of Alister Lokey) Age: Unknown Gender: Male Species: Prime Fae House: Chaos Gift: Puppeteer. He possesses the ability to control the minds of chosen subjects, as well as transfer his own consciousness into the bodies of subjects under his control. Occupation: Prime, House of Chaos Motives: Unknown Name: Saito Age: Unknown Gender: Male Species: Prime Fae House: Wisdom Gift: Omnipresence. Saito possesses the ability to watch over Fae in Earth Realm, whether directly present or not. Occupation: Prime, House of Wisdom Motives: Unknown Name: Unknown (Woman In White) Age: Unknown Gender: Female Species: Prime Fae House: Order Gift: All Mother. She possesses the responsibility of assigning Houses to Fae at birth, as well as bestowing their gifts upon them. Occupation: Prime, House of Order Motives: Unknown
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    Noob vs Newb And Why it Matters

    As Franklin pointed out the root word is Newbie. It all comes from Newbie. Newbie was boiled down to Newb, which kids and crude gamers began to create slang words for. They range from Noob, n00b, nub - god knows what now. Noob has evolved and mutated into a general life insult for millennials. You can be called a noob at anytime, for anything if you're under 21.
  6. Hello, and welcome to the community. Also a big fan of the Tales franchise. Any RPG with a 2 player function, but Tales had wonderful battle systems that mainlined some life back into the desecrated, turn based husk of the genre at the time. I remember that and Star Ocean being the games I craved playing all the time.
  7. I started doing a sheet of RTP edits. I started with some more modern looking firearms based off the default pistol.

     

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    What do you think so far?

     

    1. Rikifive

      Rikifive

      Looks great!

    2. PhoenixSoul

      PhoenixSoul

      I actually don't see a lot of resemblance past the first edit. Looks great to be honest.

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    FAE: [Characters]

    CHARACTERS ~ Feltman Family Name: Miles Feltman Age: 72 (1948) Gender: Male Species: Fae House: Order Gift: Faedar. Miles possesses the ability to detect whether or not any individual is Fae, human or hybrid. Parents: Agnes Feltmen, Montgomery Feltman Siblings: Chester Feltman Occupation: Mayor, White River Valley Motives: Protect White River Valley Name: Norma Feltman Age: 70 (1950) Gender: Female Species: Fae-Human Hybrid House: Chaos Gift: Memory Manipulation. Norma possesses the ability to influence the memory and beliefs of individuals using the power of her speech. Parents: Edna O'Brien, Cecil O'Brien Siblings: N/A Occupation: Retired Librarian Motives: Find Miles, bring him home ~ Ross Family Name: June Ross Age: 45 (1975) Gender: Female Species: Fae House: Order Gift: Empath. June possesses the ability to detect the active emotions of Fae and humans alike. Parents: Katie Lokey, Mitchel Lokey Siblings: N/A Occupation: Real estate Agent Motives: Settle in White River Valley, protect her family Name: Phillip Ross Age: 42 (1978) Gender: Male Species: Human House: N/A Gift: N/A Parents: Rodger Ross, Mary Ross Siblings: Jordan Ross (California) Occupation: Unemployed Engineer Motives: Protect and provide for his family Name: Melanie Ross Age: 16 (2004) Gender: Female Species: Fae-Human Hybrid House: Order Gift: Healing. Mel possesses the ability to heal the wounds of others using physical contact. Parents: June Ross, Phillip Ross Siblings: N/A Occupation: Student Motives: Adjust to life in White River Valley ~ Elliot Family Name: Nathan Elliot Age: 46 (1974) Gender: Male Species: Fae House: Wisdom Gift: Silver Tongue. Nathan possess the ability to make individuals believe whatever he says. Parents: Rose Elliot, Lucas Elliot Siblings: Jack Elliot Occupation: Construction Contractor Motives: Protect and provide for his family Name: Laura Elliot Age: 46 (1974) Gender: Female Species: Fae House: Chaos Gift: Elemental. Laura possess the ability to control the forces that dictate weather. Parents: Loretta Thompson, Mark Thompson Siblings: N/A Occupation: Dispatcher, White River Sheriff's Department Motives: Protect and provide for her family Name: Luke Elliot Age: 25 (1995) Gender: Male Species: Fae House: Wisdom Gift: Telepathy. Luke possess the ability to communicate with individuals within his line of sight, using only the power of and voice within his mind. Parents: Laura Elliot, Nathan Elliot Siblings: Jason Elliot Occupation: Construction Worker Motives: Propose to Molly Harper, leave White River Valley with her Name: Jason Elliot Age: 16 (2004) Gender: Male Species: Fae House: Chaos Gift: Pyromancer. Jay possess the ability to conjure and control fire. Parents: Laura Elliot, Nathan Elliot Siblings: Luke Elliot Occupation: Student Motives: Learn more about his new neighbor (Melanie Ross), finish high school and leave White River Valley ~ Miller Family Name: Benjamin Miller Age: 45 (1975) Gender: Male Species: Fae House: Order Gift: Invulnerability. Ben possesses an extreme threshold for pain and physical damage. Parents: Gladys Miller, Harold Miller Siblings: Hanna Miller Occupation: Sheriff, White River County Motives: Protect his family, serve the office of Sheriff, protect his county Name: Diana Miller Age: 44 (1976) Gender: Male Species: Fae House: Chaos Gift: Super Strength. Diana possesses the capacity for raw physical strength. Parents: Sheryl Keller, Max Keller Siblings: Max Keller Occupation: Mayor's Assistant, White River Valley Motives: Protect her family, serve the Mayor's Office Name: Harry Miller Age: 16 (2004) Gender: Male Species: Fae House: Chaos Gift: Tank. Harry possesses a heightened capacity for feats of physical strength and endurance. Parents: Diana Miller, Sheriff Benjamin Miller Siblings: Alexa Miller Occupation: Student Motives: Find the courage to quit the football team and ignore social pressure to leave his best friends behind, win the heart of Jessica Freeman Name: Alexa Miller Age: 16 (2004) Gender: Female Species: Fae House: Chaos Gift: Tank. Alexa possesses a heightened capacity for feats of physical strength and endurance. Parents: Diana Miller, Sheriff Benjamin Miller Siblings: Harry Miller Occupation: Student Motives: Help Melanie adjust to life in the Valley, find a new summer romance ~ Song Family Name: Hisao Song Age: 84 (1936) Gender: Male Species: Fae House: Wisdom Gift: Keeper. Hisao possesses the hereditary responsibility of recording and keeping the history and lineage of all Fae in the Valley. Parents: Yua Song, Akio Song Siblings: N/A Occupation: Retired Mayor, White River Valley Motives: Protect his granddaughter Name: Becky Song Age: 16 (2004) Gender: Female Species: Fae House: Wisdom Gift: Page. Becky possesses the hereditary right to take her grandfather's place as the next Keeper. Parents: Monica Song, Daiki Song Siblings: N/A Occupation: Student Motives: Finish high school, earn degrees in literature and music ~ Harper Family Name: Ellen Harper Age: 42 (1978) Gender: Female Species: Fae House: Order Gift: Chlorokinesis. Ellen possesses the ability to communicate with, and manipulate plant life. Parents: Colleen O'Brien, Gregory O'Brien Siblings: N/A Occupation: Florist, business owner. Motives: Run the family business, protect and provide for her family, care for her garden Name: Stuart Harper Age: 43 (1977) Gender: Male Species: Human House: N/A Gift: N/A Parents: Faith Harper, Constance Harper Siblings: N/A Occupation: Bank Manager Motives: Protect and provide for his family Name: Molly Harper Age: 22 (1998) Gender: Female Species: Fae-Human Hybrid House: Wisdom Gift: Siren. Molly possesses the ability to seduce individuals using the movement of her body, and sound of her voice. Parents: Ellen Harper, Stuart Harper Siblings: Peter Harper Occupation: Exotic Dancer Motives: Earn enough money from dancing to go to school for acting in NY, leave White River Valley with Luke Elliot Name: Peter Harper Age: 16 (2004) Gender: Male Species: Fae-Human Hybrid House: Order Gift: Technopath. Pete possesses the ability to communicate directly with machines using the natural electric current in his body, manipulating machines to execute operations and actions within the limitations of their programming. Parents: Ellen Harper, Stuart Harper Siblings: Molly Harper Occupation: Student Motives: Get a degree in programming, get a job working for NASA, win the heart of Becky Song ~ Moody Family Name: Hank Moody Age: 45 (1975) Gender: Male Species: Human House: N/A Gift: N/A Parents: Sarah Moody, Tom Moody Siblings: Sandy Moody Occupation: Unemployed Motives: Get drunk Name: John Moody Age: 19 (2001) Gender: Male Species: Fae-Human Hybrid House: Chaos Gift: Electromancer. John possesses the ability to conjure and manipulate electricity. Parents: Julia Moody, Hank Moody Siblings: Erik Moody Occupation: Unemployed Motives: Protect his little brother, Erik Moody, win the heart of Jessica Freeman Name: Erik Moody Age: 16 (2004) Gender: Male Species: Fae-Human Hybrid House: Chaos Gift: Speedster. Erik possesses a heightened capacity for dexterity and movement speed. Parents: Julia Moody, Hank Moody Siblings: John Moody Occupation: Student Motives: Escape his abusive father, leave White River Valley, win the heart of Alexa Miller ~ Freeman Family Name: Nancy Freeman Age: 46 (1974) Gender: Female Species: Fae House: Chaos Gift: Telekinetic. Nancy possesses the ability to move objects within her line of sight, using only the power of her mind. Parents: Charlotte Walsh, Hector Walsh Siblings: Herbert Walsh Occupation: House Wife Motives: Maintain the Freeman Estate, protect her dynasty Name: Jacob Freeman Age: 46 (1974) Gender: Male Species: Fae House: Wisdom Gift: Super Senses. Jacob possesses heightened capacity for all five senses. Parents: Abigale Freeman, Jeremiah Freeman Siblings: N/A Occupation: County Commission Member Motives: Help run County affairs, protect his dynasty and family Name: Brody Freeman Age: 21 (1999) Gender: Male Species: Fae House: Chaos Gift: Mimic. Brody possesses the ability to mimic the abilities of those he touches for a short period of time. Parents: Nancy Freeman, Jacob Freeman Siblings: Jessica Freeman Occupation: Unemployed Motives: Try to get into college, find his place post-high school football Name: Jessica Freeman Age: 16 (2004) Gender: Female Species: Fae House: Wisdom Gift: Invisibility. Jess possesses the ability to make herself or objects she is touching, invisible to the naked eye. Parents: Nancy Freeman, Jacob Freeman Siblings: Brody Freeman Occupation: Student Motives: Finish high school, maintain her social status and popularity
  9. I have 15 scenes from the first episode of Fae drafted in script form. I stopped working on it due to writer's block and life distraction/compilations. Last year I began adapting that script to a novella sort of writing project. I'm caught up here and need to start converting scenes to posts again.

     

    I'm thinking about posting the characters today before I get started on that.

  10. To clarify, I don't like, hate Deadpool. I just value him for what he is, vs the old paper back fanboys, and of course, the new Ryan Reynolds sycophants. -.-

     

    But yeah, D Poolie is awesome, for what he is. And what he is, are moments like this:

     

    Image result for Deadpool Sins of the Past

     

    You know what I mean? XD

     

    And my thing on DP is, when you really sit down and think about how hard it is to make a character like this work alongside the stiff, morose peers of his Universe and genre, it's actually comedic genius.

    1. Kayzee

      Kayzee

      Really I don't read comics at all (or watch movies for that matter), so I couldn't say really. I just think there is something kinda fascinating about characters like Deadpool beyond the joke factor. In any case from what I have seen I probably would prefer Squirrel Girl. :P

  11. That One NPC

    Meta and 4th wall breaking?

    Just saying it was typical Deadpool fare. Check out the Sins of the Past mini series. Very good Deadpool material. It was around the era when Joe Kelly was handling Wade, and actually made significant strides toward making him an actual character. It was the first time he was given a more heroic side, as well as the first time he was unmasked. During this four-part series, he begins a longstanding courtship with Siryn*. These are the types of DP stories that hold actual value, and tame his ridiculousness just enough to make him fit into a real plot with other characters.
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    Meta and 4th wall breaking?

    It was still a stereotypical Deadpool story. It's called Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe. In the plot, the X-Men, having had enough of his BS, send him to an institution for rehabilitation. The therapist handling his case is actually Psycho-Man in disguise. Psycho-Man brainwashed him, overwriting the voices in his head with a new one that only implanted suggestions and impulses of violence and destruction. This caused him to kill every super hero, and every super villain, in the entire Marvel universe, or at least those present on Earth. Afterward, he breaches the 4th wall to enter our reality, confronting the artists and writers of Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe. Afterward he tells the reader "he'll find us soon enough." It was an over-the-top, home-run Deadpool gag that only served to create a laugh and propel the character's obscene ridiculousness to new heights of lowbrow fuckery. And it actually has a follow-up story called Deadpool Killustrated. In it, DP has been killing all the variations of Marvel heroes and villains, and has realized that an infinite amount of variations exist for every character. He hires a team of eggheads to help him erase every Marvel character. After that comes Deadpool Kills Deadpool. NOw it's revealed that the DP from DKTMU, is now known as Dreadpool. Dreadpool has been killing every variation of Deapool, while a variation of Deadpool has been hunting Dreadpool. Meta enough yet? DP is one big joke. Everything about him is fantastically broken and foolish to the core.
  13. "You mustn't give your heart to a wild thing. The more you do, the stronger they get, until they're strong enough to run into the woods or fly into a tree. And then to a higher tree and then to the sky."

    — Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn), Breakfast At Tiffany's

     

     

    Truer words have seldom been spoken.

    1. Kayzee

      Kayzee

      There would be some that would give their heart willingly even so. :3

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    Meta and 4th wall breaking?

    Depends entirely on the nature and context of the game, but regardless, it depends on the player, not the game, or the situation, or how clever you thought it was. To the more intelligent, mature player who is probably more directly invested in your plot and characters than the average person who just wants to kill monsters and lvl up, it will almost always translate as a juvenile, lowbrow moment that will compromise not only your integrity as a story teller and writer, but possibly the esteem and merit of your game. We all love to reach for Deadpool to excuse this as totally, 100% acceptable, but Deadpool is a juvenile, edgy mess for rebellious tweens. He is literally a passive aggressive hissy fit thrown by Marvel to get under DC and Deathstroke's skin. I feel as though Deadpool is one of the worst examples one could provide here. His entire character concept is a goofball clown who exists to generate cheap, silly laughs and lighten some of the shit Marvel was trying to do in the 90s to be darker and more complex. If you plan to break the 4th wall often and use that sort of crude, childish humor, I suggest you design a game concept with characters that directly facilitate those sorts of vibes. In a serious, artistic game with great characters and stories, that sort of writing an humor will clash and feel forced, let alone out of place and disappointing. A few cheap laughs are not worth it in the long run. There are better ways to break an egg than crushing it in your hand.
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    What features would be included in your dream RPG Maker?

    Not to be a wet blanket, but it sounds many of you are ready in a roundabout sense to upgrade from RM. The RM people have never, and will never, set out to create a top shelf, pro editor for pro devs to execute their visions in full. It's a junior edition editor for beginners of a younger demographic to wet their toes in game development. Now I'm not at all saying RM can't or shouldn't be use by skilled hands to create solid games. We all know this to be true. I'm just saying, when you reach the point where you are wishing for better features, it's probably time to check out another editor, and free yourself from the low-hanging RM ceiling where limitations are concerned. Personally, I'd like RM to change it's base model a bit to keep up with the competition, and assert itself as a mid-shelf engine for anyone to take a stab at development. Not full-on Unity levels of complexity, but not the same old model they've been tacking bells and whistles to since '97. You need a decent free image editor. I use Paint.net and it makes everything so easy and simple. Tiles used to give me crippling anxiety as well, until Paint.net. Now I just use this: Each block accounts for one whole tile. Using a top layer image, you simply add the objects you desire, using the background grid to line everything up to perfection. Tiles are not such a hassle for me anymore, and I sympathize with anyone going through that. It's no longer a necessity of working with RM.
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