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Alone in a mysterious forest in the dead of winter, Adfer hears a voice beckon to him:

"The summit awaits you, Adfer."

But what is so special about this summit? And where exactly is he? Adfer, one of the world's leading scientists, suddenly finds himself thrust into a mysterious land - and finds himself reflecting on who he is and where he is going.

With demons and harsh weather encroaching, he has no choice but to venture toward the mountain at the center of the forest in search of answers.



A Return to Game Making


This game was started in the final week of the Seasons Event on RMN. It is a short, tightly focused project that is intended both as an exercise in concise game development and as a throwback to the glory days of RPG Maker 2k/3. As a result, I use classic REFMAP and the RM2K DBS unabashedly here - though with plenty of wrinkles included.

Additionally, this is my first personal project in quite some time; the last few years have been kind of turbulent for me, and most of my efforts have been spent on projects by other developers. It's time to make my own works again!


Gameplay


Players control Adfer on an angular, surrealistic journey. Along the way, he'll fight demons, use their powers to fuel his own, and even harness their skills in battle. It's a small game, and there aren't many puzzles, but there are tons of nooks and crannies to discover!

The combat system, while fairly straightforward, is similar to Xenosaga. Players start combat with 3 Skill Points (SP) and have an initial cap of 5. Most skills consume at least one SP. A single SP is restored passively each turn; players can spend their turn to charge an additional SP if they wish. Most of the powerful attacks require 4, 5, or even 6 SP.

Players will find skill scrolls and equipment that will increase their total SP, regeneration rate, or even their starting SP - but at a cost. Savvy players will discover the right combination of equipment as well as the optimal skills that will allow them to become damage-dealing powerhouses! And time is of the essence in Solitary - the game emphasizes burst damage and efficient combat. All bosses have enrage timers and must be defeated before they start delivering nasty attacks.

Solitary eschews the traditional leveling system; Adfer and his demonic sidekicks gain power by consuming ethereal orbs dropped by enemies. This gives players complete control over their party's statistical development. Each playable character has both physical and magical attacks, and both skill types can exploit elemental weaknesses. Thus, players can choose whether to turn a character into a brawler, a mage, or both. Do you desire weaker-yet-versatile characters, or specialists? Both have strengths and drawbacks, but thankfully there is no cap on how many orbs you can consume; if your party isn't working out, you can simply grind more orbs if desired.

The main quest itself is short and intended to emphasize exploration and story; the battle system is explored more thoroughly in an optional area.

Latest Blog

Updated Demo Coming Soon

So yeah, it's been a while. I was supposed to release this game a year ago before setting it aside last February and never touching it again, until yesterday. Looking back, I'm pretty pleased with some of the progress I had been making - the mapping was done and almost all of the systems were evented. I had written design documents and had even scripted out certain cutscenes. I think it's time that I make an updated demo to show some of the more refined mechanics that I've added, as well as to showcase more of the story.

Make no mistake: this will be a small game of about 1-2 hours, and it's on an antiquated engine with a turn-based battle system that most people despise for some reason. It's not War and Peace or anything. I just want to finish telling this story and make an RPG for myself, on my own terms, and with an engine and resources I absolutely adore - something I haven't done in a long, long time. If some people end up liking it, then that's even better.

I felt amazing while I was working on this game, even though I was very ill physically during the process. Ideas came to me in waves and I was feeling the physical high caused by a rush of creativity - one I hadn't felt in so many years. I missed a week of work while sick, and I spent that entire time brainstorming ideas, wasting time with fun (but trivial) tweaks in the engine, and trying to decide what kind of story I wanted Adfer to experience. Ultimately I chose a rather sentimental journey for this protagonist. We'll see how it pans out.
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  • Deckiller
  • RPG Maker 2000
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  • 01/10/2019 05:37 PM
  • 06/26/2020 03:43 AM
  • 01/28/2019
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Deckiller
All of us get lost in the darkness; dreamers learn to steer by the stars.
18889
thanks for your feedback bruh
Rockin' the classic refmap I see. Nice mapping!
Deckiller
All of us get lost in the darkness; dreamers learn to steer by the stars.
18889
author=Blind
Rockin' the classic refmap I see. Nice mapping!

Thanks :) I've always wanted to revisit REFMAP. I made Carlsev/the start of Carlsev 2 when I was brand new to gamedev, and the other times I used the graphics were strictly for events or screenshots.

REFMAP is super nostalgic.
I was a big fan of your Carlsev and Hero’s Realm LPs. I’ll definitely be checking this out. Subbed.
Deckiller
All of us get lost in the darkness; dreamers learn to steer by the stars.
18889
Thanks a lot! Hope you enjoy the demo and/or completed game :D
pianotm
The TM is for Totally Magical.
23248
I really like the combat mechanics in this, and the boss fight is quite a bit more involved than I've ever been able to do. I'd love to see this turn into a complete game.
Deckiller
All of us get lost in the darkness; dreamers learn to steer by the stars.
18889
Thanks! I do enjoy lots of DBS tinkering, lol. Will try to get it done on the 21st :)
Gotta keep an eye on this. how long is complete game going to be?
Frogge
"nothing can beat the power of gay"?
14542
Hey dude, I enjoyed this! Can't wait to do a review of the full version once it comes out.

Only minor complaint I can think about is that I feel a save after the battle with the flies and before the boss would be very useful. I died to the boss once or twice and the text is a bit tedius to repeat since it seems to be automatic and I couldn't just hold shift and go right past it.
Deckiller
All of us get lost in the darkness; dreamers learn to steer by the stars.
18889
author=Mr.Nemo
Gotta keep an eye on this. how long is complete game going to be?

Complete game will be 45 minutes to an hour, approximately.

author=Frogge
Hey dude, I enjoyed this! Can't wait to do a review of the full version once it comes out.

Only minor complaint I can think about is that I feel a save after the battle with the flies and before the boss would be very useful. I died to the boss once or twice and the text is a bit tedius to repeat since it seems to be automatic and I couldn't just hold shift and go right past it.

Thank you sir. Yeah, the boss might be tuned a little strongly. I might use save points because they tend to serve as reminders for people.

I like interesting combat in my works but I also feel this is going to be a story/atmosphere-driven game, so I'll have to balance the two. Deep combat usually requires higher difficulty, which might turn some people off from the game and they won't get to experience some the story's big twists later on. A solution to this is to make the main quest fairly easy and have some optional fights. I've been leaning toward this direction.
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