Once, Picasso was asked what his paintings meant. He said, “Do you ever know what the birds are singing? You don’t. But you listen to them anyway.” So, sometimes with art, it is important just to look.

Marina Abramović

Beloved Rapture
A Cinematic Adventure RPG.




The textures in this screenshot look a bit more grainy and blotchy than the others... lots of visual "noise." And the perspective on the table seems a little wonky... (Maybe it was a design choice? xD)

Resonate ~call out my angel~

Looking great! You have some real visual talent! #Subscribed ;P

The President of Nintendo has passed away

Wow, this is horrible. :( We have this man to thank for so many of our childhood classics. Nintendo has been in need of new leadership for a while now, but still, poor Iwata. ;____;

Of demo releases and the IGMC

Super exciting! xD I look forward to playing the new Tristan demo as well.

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Testing a visual style! :^D

The first one is half-finished hahah

Wow, these look great buddy. ;D

This is mostly nitpicking, but perhaps you could adjust the dark outline around the sprites, to make them more "painterly" as the backgrounds are.

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Looking good loathsomedove. That's a nice first effort.

The swirled clouds at the bottom of the first screen aren't totally consistent with Rm2k3's RTP (not that that's stopped anyone before, lol)... so maybe tinker with that a little? Lightning is a nice touch though. Why are there carpeted stairs leading up to the tower? Is it meant to be comical?

For the second screen... is that scene at night? I would experiment with an overlay or screen-tint to convey that more effectively.

Btw, welcome! xD

The Religion thread

"...And so religions, to a large extent, became divisive rather than unifying forces. Instead of bringing about an ending of violence and hatred through a realization of the fundamental oneness of all life, they brought more violence and hatred, more divisions between people as well as between different religions and even within the same religion.”

“Many people are already aware of the difference between spirituality and religion. They realize that having a belief system—a set of thoughts that you regard as the absolute truth—does not make you spiritual no matter what the nature of those beliefs is. In fact, the more you make your thoughts (beliefs) into your identity, the more cut off you are from the spiritual dimension within yourself.”


^ Pretty much sums up my attitudes about formalized religions. In the mordern age, they've became little more than ideologies, belief systems that people identify with, and use them to enhance their false sense of self. Through them, we try to make ourselves "right" and others "wrong." (Look no further than the recent Gay Marriage thread for an example...)

I *would* call myself agnostically spiritual--because I do believe there are forces in the Universe than are beyond human comprehension, that subtly guide and protect us (if we are tuned in to them). But it is for that very reason that I don't believe we should presume to create any rigid dogma, from forces of love that are meant to unite us. The ancient religions have become so overlaid with extraneous matter that their spiritual essence has become almost completely obscured by it.

Supreme Court strikes down bans on gay marriage in US

I now invite someone to make the "Was hitler all that bad" thread

too late.

Also one of RMN's staff basically just resorted to the argument that "gay marriage will kill off the human species" so I'm not sure of the level of integrity this debate can go on with.

John Artwork 2015

The old manga style will still be used in-game, as it tends to mesh a lot better with Rm2k3. A lot of the newer portraits are for fun/promoting the project. xD

But thanks for your comment!

Old version:

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Very cool Luchi, altough the cliffs don't look very natural. Also the encounter meter doesn't look very fitting with the rest of the graphics. It looks a bit too smooth.

Hmm, I disagree.

I actually like those cliffs - they've improved quite a lot from the earlier versions. They're not any worse than your typical-fare RPG cliff tiles. Luch's stuff is some of the most refreshing in the screenshot topic lately IMO.

The only gripe I have his that whack square-shaped autoshadow... get rid of that shit. xD