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Aetherion is a roleplaying game created in one month for the 2011 RMN Summer Games Competition. The contest’s theme was Surrealism.


What is it about?

The world of Aetherion is a strange place where dreams and reality are closely intertwined. The world is periodically threatened by Raythe, bizarre otherworldly entities that prey upon humanity’s weaknesses and fears. To protect the world from the threat of Raythe, the ARC Institute was founded, to study and protect against the Aether, the mysterious realm from which Raythe originate.

Take on the role of Edan, a new initiate at the ARC Institute, as he learns the secrets of the Aether and takes up his mission to protect the world from the looming nightmares that threaten it.

Credits

Giving credit where it's due:

1. Rei-: for some awesome music!
2. heisenman: VX Tileset edits
3. Whitecat: Extra icons

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Dimensions of 2 or 3?

This is a question we've long been pondering, and we've done a prototyping on both sides of the spectrum.

I want to ditch RPG Maker because of resolution limitations more than anything else.
Krisanna (artist) wants to ditch it because she's not good at spriting; environments in particular.

So we started working in 3D, and we've gone through a lot of tests, iterations, and prototype games (BoutallesTogether, Death Wish, even Ginger) to make stronger and better tools and learn our limitations, capabilities, and tools.

After several iterations we came up a 3D model design we liked and built it so it animates well:






So why 3D for a hobby game? Because we don't want to keep it a hobby game. I'd like to Kickstart and eventually sell the project.

While I enjoy making games and can do it in my spare time for fun, for Krisanna this is work - and as such is mentally exhausting.

So we need to either making money on some of these projects or she has to get a part-time job to help deal with the medical bills and costs of finding a residence in the city we moved to for my job.

The best solution to us seemed to be to do a commercial project. An unpleasant decision for me.

Trying to Kickstart or sell an RPG Maker game just felt... childish? Inappropriate? But I've seen a lot of successful people using it - people who aren't making junk games (though there are plenty of those.) So maybe keeping it 2D and in RM is a possibility?

So the questions we're pondering and would like some input on:
1. Do you think RM is okay to use and go commercial with?
1. Should we go with 2D or 3D?
  • Completed
  • Anaryu
  • Krisanna
    Solitayre
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  • RPG Maker VX
  • RPG
  • 08/25/2011 12:10 AM
  • 05/13/2015 02:15 AM
  • 08/31/2011
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Posts

Woo, an Anaryu game! Looks good, mate.
InfectionFiles
>Two mirrors facing each other<
1787
Looks awesome!
Original art on the characters and monsters?
author=InfectionFiles
Looks awesome!
Original art on the characters and monsters?

Yup!
author=InfectionFiles
Looks awesome!
Original art on the characters and monsters?

I drews thems. 8D
Adon237
if i had an allowance, i would give it to rmn
1603
author=Krisanna
author=InfectionFiles
Looks awesome!
Original art on the characters and monsters?
I drews thems. 8D

Wow. You are a great artist! :3
*is dying inside*
Marrend
Bludgeon of Inspiration
10936
I expect a mind-blowing game from the team that made Averice. Seriously, Averice must have been the first game on RMN that I saw/played, and was absolutely stunned by it (though it was kinda difficult for me).
This looks fantastic, downloading now. :)
GJ!
Finished this a few moments ago. Loved every bit of it, especially the battle system. It was kind of like Grandia with a caffeine overdose. Which is a good thing, at least as far as I'm concerned.

Final Boss guy could have used a faceset, though. I guess time constraints are merciless.
author=Erilex
Finished this a few moments ago. Loved every bit of it, especially the battle system. It was kind of like Grandia with a caffeine overdose. Which is a good thing, at least as far as I'm concerned.

Final Boss guy could have used a faceset, though. I guess time constraints are merciless.


Glad you enjoyed it, agree with your hidden comment, we had a couple more I'd have liked too (enraged Edan, serious Flynn, etc.)

Since this won't be stopping here, expect many more facesets to be added. : )
Definitely will be making more, especially for NPCs. Faces really add life to conversations.
I already love Flynn from my playthrough <3
Solitayre
Circumstance penalty for being the bard.
13639
author=Archeia_Nessiah
I already love Flynn from my playthrough <3


Vandeli was his evil twin.
This is beautiful!!Downloading ti right now.
I'm having so much fun with this, it's not even funny. Good job guys!
Max McGee
My name is Legion: for we are many.
8247
this looks bossome.
Have to say this game is beautifully made and executed, the battle system is a work of art in itself.

/me resists urge to make Harry potter parallels.
Ketsumio
I guess he's an Xbox and I'm more Atari
1020
This game is awesome!!! I am loving it! :)