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(Willing to release under different name, or no name, if a good team comes together) Greetings, RPGMaker Central, my fellow game developers, players and enthusiasts alike. I am Angry Choco, or Mike for short. I have been messing with RM titles since RPG Maker 95 for the Sony Playstation, but never released anything, even during my time on 2000 and 2k3. I took a long break from RM, but my passion for story telling has never left me. After just over a decade of creative writing on RP boards, I have returned to RM to hammer out several story concepts in JRPG format. The first of these concepts is Legacy Frontier. This game draws inspiration directly from - and pays homage directly to - Square's SaGa Frontier. I am sure more than a few of you are intimately familiar with this game. It's certainly no stranger to me, as I have spent (and still spend) hours playing this title. I want to be clear about the nature of Legacy Frontier. It takes place in a unique universe, on a unique world, with unique characters. By all rights, Legacy is a stand alone game that has nothing to do with any game from Square's SaGa franchise. It just has properties and elements which are reminiscent of SaGa Frontier. It is a tasteful love letter to one of the greatest rpgs to come out of the 90s. It was rough, messy, and imperfect, and yet somehow it got away with every last bit of it. The goal with this project is to recreate some of the aspects that make SaGa Frontier so timeless, in a different setting with new aspects and features to tell an original story with an original cast of characters. The cosmos is a vast and ever-expanding labyrinth of burning stars and spinning planets. This swirling orchestra of energy and matter plays home to innumerable variations of life. But the cosmos has a secret...she hides both wonders and horrors alike. . . 'Acosta' is a smuggler from the Angora star system who makes her living trading weapons, medical supplies, food, and technology between planets and star systems. She leads a lonely life on the razor's edge. We find her on a space station in the middle of a financial quarrel with a crew of fellow smugglers. Acosta has an outstanding debt and it's finally caught up to her. Betrayed and set up by her current employer, she makes a hasty escape. Her foes give chase and just as a deep space dogfight is about to ensue, Acosta's ship is sucked into an anomalous void of energy. When she reemerges from the void, her tiny ship is cutting through the atmosphere of Terra, a small planet with cultures ranging from late medieval, to post-industrial, to post-modern. As her ship careens toward the surface, so too does a meteor of unknown origin. Distance between them is created during descent, but they both land in Hedoras Region, a quiet, post-industrial area of the Karakus Nation. Terra is a world in turmoil. Her cultures and peoples are divided by war, politics, and resistance to the growing influence of technology, and the Karakan stink that always seems to follow it. Karakus has occupied and assimilated most of the continent, threatened only by the vastly superior technology of the Tanis Region. Primitive kingdoms such as Lagira struggle to maintain independence and identity in an ever-changing world that seeks to industrialize everything. Acosta crashes in a wooded area north-east of Mosberg, a small, cozy town tucked into a sleepy forest. The mysterious meteor crashes south-east of Hedoras City in a large forest. The impact blast shakes the region of Hedoras to the core, and leaves a massive crater in Hedoras Forest. Faris Hogerdy and Jean Deckland are acquaintances from around the streets of Mosberg. Faris is a well educated young man who is yet to find his path in life. On the morning of his 21st birthday, his mother has sandbagged him with an eviction notice. It's time he spread his wings and find that aforementioned path. Jean is a rough customer with a reputation for having a questionable past. To those who know him, he is merely a complicated man. Sierra Petrova is a Special Agent for the Karakus Intelligence Bureau. She has been assigned to investigate the incidents in Hedoras. She is a dedicated, loyal, no-nonsense Agent who is determined to figure out exactly what transpired in Hedoras. The paths of these four individuals will collide, forming an unlikely bond of friendship. They will embark on a journey to navigate the political and militaristic waters of Terra, and discover what secrets this mysterious meteor may hide. Genre: [JRPG] Hybrid (Fantasy/SciFi/Modern) Characters: 21 (22 if you wanna get technical ) Depth & Flow: So far, there are no plans to give certain characters individual quests. Instead, it is one massive quest with many optional side characters who expand player access as they are recruited. In true SaGa fashion, Legacy has a main quest line, and it will be beefy and long enough to satiate the average palette. In addition to that main quest line, there will be many sub, side, secret, and character quests. The world of Terra will be ripe with secrets, easter eggs, and optional content for the player to explore and discover. The 22nd character for example. Someone has a secret! Features: Large, diverse cast of obtainable characters that both challenge and reward the player. Skills and magic are learned by preforming skills and magic on enemies. Combo attacks pair skills and magic to deal major league damage. Characters have bonus features like item crafting, lock picking, and mini quests. Automobile vehicle that can travel overworld roads to quickly switch regions (vs the standard airport travel), as well as transition into cities and towns. Radio stations for vehicle. [Your ideas here!] Screenshots: All I really have right now are some drafts I did of a few key Karakan Regions. I was mainly giving some texture to the World of Terra, and testing some tile set combos. They are by no means final drafts or concepts I'm married to. I'm not even a mapper by trade. I am looking for just about every position on this one but there are a few which are in high demand. STORY WRITERS It's not that I won't be writing a lot of the story, but there are many characters, many side quests, etc. Some help is always a welcome dynamic. PROGRAMMERS Balancing the actors, classes, enemies, skills, items, and gear. I will make the templates and concepts for every last one of them, that's never an issue. EVENTERS Pretty straight forward. Eventers, you know who you are. MAPPERS I am looking for individuals accustomed to and skilled at parallax mapping. Interior, exterior, dungeon, and overworld maps. Fantasy, Modern, Sci-Fi, and Steam Punk themes required. ANIMATORS I need some skilled animators to manage, even create skill animations for use with skills, magics, and even Eventing. This is huge because I suck at animating. In addition, Script Coders, Graphic Designers, and Composers are welcome too. Goes without saying I will need a fleet of game testers. Lord knows, I'll need testers. ^-^' You can find me on Discord: Loco Choco #6154 I've set up a server for the game developers. Thank you all so much for your time, I hope to hear from someone, at some point.
Kayzee posted a blog entry in KilloZapit's Magical FairylandHere is a little script I was working on for my test game made to count tallies when each stat is used and randomly raise them after battle. It's kinda like the stat leveling system in Final Fantasy 2(j) and the SaGa series, but it works a bit differently. Mostly it is different in that experience levels still exist and are used both to determine your max over all stat level, and whenever you gain a level you get a big random boost to your stat tallies. The actor class's stat growth curves also determines how much each stat level is worth. Anyway the basic idea for how it works is stat tallies are used as percent chance that that stat will level up after battle, so if a stat is tallied 100 times it will always level up, but if it is tallied only 10 times you have a 10% chance. Tallies are remembered across battles but the level up chance only happens at a battle's conclusion. If a stat is leveled up a flat 100 is subtracted from the tally, and it can go into the negative. This practically means stat increases are random but predictable over a large period of time, and since your level acts as a cap for how many stat increases you can have and your class acts to show how many each are worth, the fact that the stats always grow at the same rate is not as important. It's probably not going to be useful for most people's needs since it doesn't try to exactly match the system used in the old games, and is mostly me just experimenting with the mechanics. It might be useful as a base if anyone wants to do something similar though! Here is the script: