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  1. So I was thinking about an old project that I had worked on and trying to remember why I stopped.  It was called Temptation Seed.  I realized as I looked at it that I'd done a lot of work on the game, but that I had stopped because I couldn't figure out how to implement certain systems that I've since learned how to do (it mostly just required the use of common variables which I wasn't great at using before another project that forced me to learn fast).  I'm wanting to update it to MZ because it's just easier in so many ways, but the task is daunting!  It's probably gonna take me hours to redo everything!  That being said, I think it can be done and done well!

  2. I think I should start including a new character in my games:  Buck Zerogo.  He's a freedom fighter.  This is funny, but only if you know what the true cost of freedom is.

    1. kyonides


      Well, not many people know about its true cost anymore... unless they live in countries ravaged by war.

    2. Aslanemperor


      Tell me...  Have you paid YOUR buck o' Five?

  3. Aslanemperor


    Hi there! Welcome to the forum! Lurking is fine. I'm pretty sure most people do it.
  4. Aslanemperor

    Hi everyone

    Hi! Welcome to the internet. We are everywhere, including Texas! MWUHUHUHUHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!! Anyway, hopefully you'll be able to have fun with our shared hobby!
  5. Aslanemperor

    ya-hallo~! I have come bearing art!

    Thanks for answering my query! I love that you thought this through and I understand some of the context of the art you've put forward now as well (like the fact that all the ones like that seem to be some brand of "evil")
  6. Aslanemperor

    ya-hallo~! I have come bearing art!

    Sooo... The story teller in me is wondering about something in your pictures. A lot of your characters have an almost identical set of energy tentacle things coming out of their back. Is this a racial archetype like an angel's wings, or some sort of magical thing? My brain immediately jumped to a weird place where it's an arcane artifact drifting through the multiverse that several of your characters have ended up with. How far off am I, or have you at all considered this? Did you just draw it because it seems like a cool effect and I'm overthinking it?
  7. I'm a little confused. Is this "cultural festival" an in game event you're asking about? If so I'd say just make sure it ties into the rest of the game as a whole. An example of this done well would be the beginning of Chrono Trigger, where a festival is the backdrop for the opening plot. Your post makes it sound like there's some sort of online thing going on where people come on and meet virtually over the internet. If that's the case I'd have to know a good deal more about it than you've mentioned before deciding whether I'm interested. Your video doesn't help to explain things if this latter option is what's going on.
  8. I'm having to remind myself that I don't need to make maps that will never be used.  Building a massive "school" for the beginning of my game.  Part of this are fake dungeons for practical exams.  The thing is, the players will only be entering one of them.  Here I am freaking out about how much time it's going to take to build 6 separate biome bases for dungeons.  But five of those just need someone to stand in front and say "this classroom is being used by another group."  Simple answers...  Sometimes they're the hardest to come by!

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    2. Aslanemperor


      I get what you're saying, but in terms of storyline the dungeons aren't "real" dungeons.  They're testing areas for students in the school who are being trained as a sort of military brand of adventurer.  There are treasure chests, but they only contain tokens to be turned in at the end for a higher grade.  There WILL be a ton of optional dungeons.  Particularly, I plan on having at least two characters who learn their best skills through exploration (a martial artist who needs to find special teachers and a Wizard who has to study ancient tablets to learn powerful spells).  There will also be dungeons for the best weapons.  Of course, I am still working on a ton of foundational things, which is why I haven't made an actual post about it in the games in progress forum.

    3. That One NPC

      That One NPC

      Martial arts is one f my things, and I have put a great deal of thought into how one can be used over many decades. I'm sure you have many great ideas, but I also have some of my own you just don't see often because they come out of trying to one in every single RPG I've ever tried to make, more or less.

      I strongly suggest creating discipline trees similar to magic, within your martial arts system, and skill sets. I suggest using stances within each discipline to alter the nature of the characters stats for that battle via making these stances unique status states. So a Then you can create scenarios such as knock skills where his or her stance is disturbed. Things like sleep or other status' might break their stance as well.

      An example of how you can picture this is, in real martial arts, certain stances generate more offense, defense, speed, or chance to block or avoid, even improve countering windows or control range. These things can be represented and used to the player's advantage to strategically use their monks so-called mastery and control of martial combat.

      Each tree would have its own stance set emphasizing that discipline's strengths, but also being balanced enough that those who miss some Masters aren't let feeling somehow broken. If you use something akin to this, you should make their first and primary discipline pretty well balanced for general purposes, to make sure those who don't grind Mastery don't hate the character.

      It may be possible to change the available skills you can use depending on the stance you are in, or from your basic stance. This will improve the strategy of using your monk in battle much more, particularly if you spend time balancing each stance. For example a tanking stance shouldn't let you use certain offensive skills.

      Some great things to learn might be Chi skills, but Chi forms would be awesome things to unlock for them that are like legendary skills, and legendary feats within the canon of the game world. Something the masters keep mentioning to you early on, and you come to find are possible to obtain and use.

      Examples would be:

      Form of the Monkey
      Form of the Crane
      Form of the Mantis
      Form of the Eagle
      Form of the Tiger
      Form of the Dragon (Elite form that has more than one perk)


      This type of thing. Some ideas for perks beyond the obvious buffing are things that end up helping your allies and complimenting their areas of expertise, like somehow supporting the mage, or fellow warrior.



    4. Aslanemperor


      I like the idea, but I think that may be a bit ambitious for my rather modest skills.  I believe I'm pretty proficient with the events system, but I'm still a total newbie with installing and using Scripts and Plugins.  I have zero coding knowledge.  I have a project I'm planning for far in the future that would make use of ideas like this, but that project would probably require a team to complete and it would require for me to learn a lot more.  

  9. I voted "no" because there's no "Maybe" option. Have people who played your game commented on how much they like the music? A quick glance at Steam has most soundtracks listed around $6 USD on average. Very few go over $9.99, and this is with sellers taking into account Steam grabbing a cut of their sales. I don't know how much time and effort you put into creating this music, so I'm not sure how much you're invested in it making a profit to make up for all of that labor. That being said, a fair price is whatever people are willing to pay for the product. I would actually advise putting a few select tracks on sites like Newgrounds, Youtube, and Soundcloud. In the description, mention that they're tracks from the soundtrack from your new game title, available at wherever you are offering it. Not only will this give you a chance to see whether people like your music, you will be actively advertising your game! In the end, I think you may have to settle for offering a much discounted price. You may have better luck instead offering a "deluxe" version of your game with some sort of badge or something, and a copy of the soundtrack included. Some people will buy anything if it's a bundle, even if they wouldn't have bought the separate pieces otherwise. Finally, I'll say that for me, you'd have to be an AMAZING composer for me to consider it worth buying your soundtrack. There are very few composers like that, and the only one who I can think of off the top of my head is Nobuo Uematsu (there are a couple of others, but their names aren't popping into my head right now). I'm not in the niche clientele who really loves gaming backdrop music, but I'd dare say I represent an "average" user: I love music, I can find myself enamored with gaming music if it's done well enough, but it's not something I go out and seek. --------------------------- I truly hope your game is successful. I would really love to see more quality games being put out there. Further, I hope that people rave about your soundtrack and you discover you can get even more from it than $10! In the meantime, prepare for the harsh world that is the free market system, and hope that your time, effort, and talent have translated into high quality in the eyes of your consumers! Good luck!
  10. Well.  Just put in a ticket for an error I've been getting.  I thought it was only for one thing, but apparently it's for viewing any thread.  Forgive me if you've asked a question and I can't help.

    1. Rikifive


      Should be working now, sorry for inconvenience. :c

      By the way, may I ask if you'll be getting any response to the ticket? I don't have an access to these and I wonder if anyone is actually watching over these.

    2. Aslanemperor


      I haven't received even an automated response.

    3. Rikifive


      Just to be sure, you have filled the "Contact Us" form at the bottom, correct?

      As for the lack of automated reply, out of curiosity I tested it on the other forums™ I'm a member of staff to see if anything pops out there, but apparently it just is like this. There was no automated reply informing about successful ticket submission, so I guess it's normal.

      What I fear is the possibility, that no one replies to these, so if that would happen to be true, I'd contact the lead admin to ask what could be done with this. Should you get a reply, please notify me about this, if that wouldn't be a problem of course.

  11. Aslanemperor

    Tent style items

    Hey there, folks. I'm hoping this will be an easy one since I'm sure it's been done in other games using VX Ace and even older games. Currently, I only know how to limit item use to in or out of battle. I can't figure out how to do things like "tent" where they are conditional to being in specific places. This will be useful for my current project (which I've been dragging my feet on for far to long, I know) but absolutely necessary for several ideas I have for the future. If there's a tutorial or maybe some sort of script I'm missing, please let me know.
  12. Aslanemperor

    Plants You Can Find In Hot Places?

    I have a few thoughts, but bare in mind that you're probably going to have to do some editing of tilesets. Firstly, hot weather plants are mostly up to you. Mostly when you get to close to a volcano, you're not going to find real plants because it's actually to hot. The area around the mountain will probably be what we think of as tropical plants: palm trees and plants with frond-like leaves. For the more mystical ingredient style plants, I recommend simply changing the color of flowers to be unique. Maybe a flower that is red in the center fading to yellow at the edges? Perhaps make the leaves black and red to invoke feelings of burning coals? Actual plants that grow in volcanic soil include several species of bright, colorful flowers, a few types of tea leaf (Great for potion recipes), certain types of potato, peas, bamboo (tends to grow in hot climates regardless), even Eucalyptus. Of course, I feel that primarily the alchemy ingredients you'd find around a volcano would be more in the realm of minerals and crystals rather than plantlife. Definitely include some rare magic crystals as that's a staple in fantasy crafting. For more sprites to work with, there are a few pages in the forum that have free resources (with attribution) that you can look over. It may take a minute to get them, of course, since websites don't last forever, so don't be discouraged if several links are broken. My advice moving forward is to save the resources to your computer with some sort of file name indicating the attribution that is required for future reference. If it's downloaded, it doesn't matter if the website goes down. Hope this was helpful! Good luck on your game!
  13. Here's a thought:  A boss that has infinite transformations which are procedurally generated.  Player has to pay attention to dialogue to figure out that there is a way to stop them from transforming for a time so that they can finish them off.  Each time the boss gets low it says "This isn't even my final form!"  What's even more fun is that eventually such a boss will spawn some challenges to see how many bosses one can get through before finally dying.

    1. AVGB;KBGaming


      I already have something like this in mind for my main game project.

      Probably not exactly like this but close/very similar.

    2. Remi-Chan


      Just sounds like aggressively boring padding to me.


      Final bosses are more than just a gimmick. They are a culmination of all the player has learned throughout their journey, resorting to cheap obnoxious trickery like this is basically just patronizing.

  14. Aslanemperor

    A super cooking RPG

    Ok, I have a GREAT idea, I think. It would be REALLY time consuming and complicated, but I think in the end it might actually be a completely unique project. So, here are the basic ideas: The game would start with the main character coming down stairs in the morning. His mother is making breakfast and asks him to help. She needs three things: Eggs, Flour, and Milk. In this, everything is a pretty standard fetch quest like the beginning of virtually every other RPG. Eggs and flour will be relatively simple. Eggs simply require that the character search piles of hay for hidden eggs (something anyone who's ever raised chickens knows happens more often than not). The milk will require a milking minigame. The flour will require the player to pick the wheat, then do a wheat grinding minigame. The ingredients are brought to their mother, who uses them to make pancake batter. She will then hand them the ingredients and have him do a pan frying mini-game! This is to introduce one of the main aspects of the game: Cooking! There will be a major overarching storyline, but much like games like Pokemon, the storyline isn't actually the point of the game, but rather a means to draw the player to new areas to discover and grow. The true central premise will be around Preparing and cooking food. From start to finish, players will be able to manipulate ingredients for quality and suitability in specific recipes. Hunting different creatures can lead to obtaining specialty ingredients (even special wood to use for the fire). What's more, the object won't be to always get the high score in all the minigames and obtain all rare ingredients! Some recipes require that an ingredient not be ripe, like Fried Green Tomatoes. Some recipes will require the ingredients to be almost rotten, like bananas in a Banana Bread! Flour might need to be ground at a lower score in order for it to be more coarse for Whole Wheat Bread, and actually usually will be best at a medium score. Whipping heavy cream will also require a medium score in the mini-game as whipping cream to much will turn it into butter! The quality of a dish will be graded based on the ingredients included, the preparation methods chosen, and the mini-game scores. In the other aspects of the game, food will be a recovery item, and really just needs a basic level of competency to be useful in that regard. The main character will be able to use a variety of weapons, and which weapons they use will effect the quality of the ingredients. For instance, a club will be useful to make certain monster meat tender. A knife may be needed to properly harvest more delicate meat. Which sort of magic you use on different slimes will effect the quality of the gelatin you harvest. As you play the game, there will be dialogue which effects secret scores, things like kindness, rudeness, intelligence, etc. These scores will have an impact later in harvesting the rarest of ingredients. The ultra rare ingredients will consider multiple factors when determining the final quality of the ingredient, sometimes even the results of a battle (weapons and party members used, how many rounds, etc). Imagine this: A rare fruit that requires A: A high kindness score, B: Main Character using a knife and knowing the Precision Cut skill, Harvested as early in the day as possible when it ripens, defeat of the guardian beast with nothing "shaky" which would be a secret quality on weapons and skills. Normally I like to make everything I make free, but this would probably require a team at least a year to finish, even with so many ideas already in place. That being said, I don't think anyone would hate the idea of paying for a game this complex. Anyway, what do you think? What sort of system would you use to build something like this? Would this be something you would want to try working on? (To be clear, this is not me recruiting, simply gauging interest as I am not in a position to even start working on it yet)
  15. I'm also down for helping with story, ideas and dialogue. I can do some eventing and map building as well. I can build a story about just about any topic. I'll check you out on discord when I have more time to discuss details.