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Ara Fell, one week after release. Also, Rise of the Third Power!

  • BadLuck
  • 06/09/2016 01:21 PM
  • 7225 views
All right, first off, I want to thank everyone that helped make this game (in my eyes) successful. We didn't go viral, we didn't stay on the popular new releases on Steam for very long... but one week in, I'm super happy with how well Ara Fell has done so far. I don't want to get into sales numbers or anything like that, but I will say that we're currently on 7000 wishlists on Steam, and we've sold enough already that I think this was worthwhile from more than just a "because I love it" perspective.

The feedback on Steam has been extremely positive (and downright flattering, quite frankly) and we've received a ton of support and well-wishes from the RMN community. Speaking of which, if you have the time to review Ara Fell on Steam or RMN, that would be awesome. Especially on Steam, where even a brief review is helpful.

Moving forward, it's time to start on my next project. Officially, Rise of the Third Power is in production!

This is a game most people haven't really heard of. I started on it while soul-searching with what to do with myself after Ara Fell, and decided to try something a little less fantasy. Thanks to the insistence of Karsuman, it became more of a character-driven political drama than the typical fantasy RPG I started out with. It was right around that time that Amanda Fitch of Aveyond fame told me that I should go commercial. So I dropped Rise of the Third Power and the ill-fated Ara Fell XP was born...

I'll make a proper announcement with my plans for R3P (which I am seriously considering renaming) in a few weeks. Until then, thanks again for the support everyone! It's been an amazing journey going from starting Ara Fell more than 10 years ago to seeing it's completion at long last. The experience really has meant a lot to me, and RMN and the people here have been a huge part of it.

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Solitayre
Circumstance penalty for being the bard.
18257
I am excited for Rise of the Third Power. Let me know if you need help testing.
Oh, I'm sure I will. Thanks for the offer!
unity
You're magical to me.
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Congratulations! I am so happy that things have been going well :DDDDD
Kloe
I lost my arms in a tragic chibi accident
2236
Yay! I'm happy that Ara Fell is doing so well, and good luck with R3P!
WIP
I'm not comfortable with any idea that can't be expressed in the form of men's jewelry
11363
Pleaaaaaaase don't use RM2k3.
Congratulations! I've been playing Ara Fell, about 9 hours in, and I'm super impressed with it. Captures the snes rpg feeling better than most games that try these days.

I'll definitely keep an eye out for what you make next.

I'm also impressed that this is 2K3 at all. Must have been a huge headache to get this all running smoothly.
Frogge
I wanna marry ALL the boys!! And Donna is a meanc
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Conragtulation!
Best of luck with Rise of the Third Power! It looks like it will be a very nice game :)
Thanks everyone! Alas, WIP, unless there's an easy way to port what I've already made into a different engine, 2k3 it is.

We intend to work with EasyRPG to replace the 2k3 interpreted (for both R3P and Ara Fell), then hard code in some changes. For example, in Ara Fell, we're going to code in a Quest Menu. And, hopefully, getting rid of the ATB in the battle system. Assuming this is successful, we'll be adding a lot of quality of life stuff to R3P, so hopefully 2k3 will be less painful for you.
Craze
why would i heal when i could equip a morningstar
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Most people know Sasosonwa as Karsuman; that's the name he had here as admin.

Still, you already know I'm excited for this :) I do agree with WIP buuuuuut I understand the unfortunate reality.
WIP
I'm not comfortable with any idea that can't be expressed in the form of men's jewelry
11363
author=BadLuck
Thanks everyone! Alas, WIP, unless there's an easy way to port what I've already made into a different engine, 2k3 it is.

We intend to work with EasyRPG to replace the 2k3 interpreted (for both R3P and Ara Fell), then hard code in some changes. For example, in Ara Fell, we're going to code in a Quest Menu. And, hopefully, getting rid of the ATB in the battle system. Assuming this is successful, we'll be adding a lot of quality of life stuff to R3P, so hopefully 2k3 will be less painful for you.

That is a very fine approach. My issue isn't really with 2K3's visuals or anything like that. It's primarily just that the thing is buggy as hell and old. With AF, you had to work around its lack of customization via items. If that kind of thing gets sorted out, you have my axe.
Yeah, RM2k3 really does show it's age. I've gotten a lot of comments that Ara Fell doesn't feel like an RPG Maker game. Maybe that's true... until you enter combat or open a menu.

I want to improve the store menus, the equipment menus and combat in particular. Hopefully I can revamp R3P's level up system and party changing system to include both in the default menu.

Hopefully I can add a bunch of new combat options too. I'd love a proper WoW style tank class that can hold aggro.
I downloaded the game from itch.io, but when I go to play it I get the error that it can't open "System3". Please help. I am playing on an old laptop running WindowsXP, but this is new version is compatible, no?
Hmm, no, you should be fine. Look in the game folder, then the system folder. Is there a system3.png file in there? I have no idea why there wouldn't be.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/nsdavnq113t5wbi/system3.png?dl=0

Put that file in the system folder and see if it works.
author=BadLuck
Hmm, no, you should be fine. Look in the game folder, then the system folder. Is there a system3.png file in there? I have no idea why there wouldn't be.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/nsdavnq113t5wbi/system3.png?dl=0

Put that file in the system folder and see if it works.

I downloaded that one, and now I get "Cannot load System2c file". There is a System2 folder that contains this file, but I still get that message.

EDIT: Never mind. I used the Steam key instead and that seems to work fine. I only went through itch.io because you asked people to.

The version seems to be 1.1.1.0 if that makes a difference.

Itchio should be fine. I'm not sure what happened that those files would be missing, but I'll just upload another version. Thanks for letting me know.
that actually smells like rtp dependency
funny though that no one noticed 'til now
anyhow congrats on the game! best of luck on your new beast :D
We replaced some of the RTP files with our own, so they have the same file name. Both of those missing files would break the game immediately so either I accidentally uploaded a version that was missing graphics or the above poster did something weird. I can't imagine either happening, honestly, but I assume it must be the former...
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