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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

Latest Blog

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
  • Happy (Other)
  • RPG Maker VX
  • RPG
  • 08/25/2011 12:10 AM
  • 06/29/2023 06:12 PM
  • 08/31/2011
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Posts

Ah! It's good to see you guys are alive and well. I got a good laugh out of the new windowskin, too.

author=Krisanna
Like the last news post here states: I've been posting updates on our Tumblr instead.

...


It was 4 months from the last update on Aetherion on Tumblr, with 3 months since the last general update (ninja concept art), compared to a general update rate at 1-2 months, so I was becoming a little worried. But I'm glad to hear my fear unjustified.

With replies like these, looks like I can go hibernate in peace, for so long as it takes 'til the game finishes. Thank you for your responses. :)
Short game, but I have fun playing it. Just another great game. :D
BurningTyger
Hm i Wonder if i can pul somethi goff here/
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I still have lyrics for "Light of the Sun" if you're interested :P I still think it fits since the lyrics relate to the elements of all four members so far . . .
Awesome game! I like it! Especially the great user interface and the great combat system!
Hey! I have started playing this game, and I must say, it's simply awesome! I love everything about this game (HI, FLYNN). Haha, perhaps I'll do a let's play of it if you wouldn't mind! I absolutely love this game! It's great! Kudos to you!
Solitayre
Circumstance penalty for being the bard.
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author=AnneSeraphim
Hey! I have started playing this game, and I must say, it's simply awesome! I love everything about this game (HI, FLYNN). Haha, perhaps I'll do a let's play of it if you wouldn't mind! I absolutely love this game! It's great! Kudos to you!


Totally! Link us if you end up doing it.
Nice Bug when u go to the roof to find the port-thingy. I saved there befor going up and my character would go right without me doing anything and now im stuck since I saved and cant move anymore, so..yeah..wasted time!
Interesting and unique game system! Really great work!
meisam
meisam your not using semicolon properly, and that's a laughing matter.
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quite a good game, It was sad that it was finished so soon but I enjoyed it a lot. thank you, also I don't like when villeins suddenly help the good guys when facing death
shayoko
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515
Great game not finished yet but i love it so far
the drawings are great,the plot is great even the characters are :D

a miner insignificant issue after you get back from the other world going into most rooms in the school even the roof its dark
between the sky,street lights and room lights this should not happen

other then that keep up the amazing work! :D
shayoko
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515
uploaded a play thru on youtube for anyone interested this game was amazing keep up the great work! :D
Wow, nice!

Thanks for the play through and the interest.

I noticed you really like spamming that attack button during the play through, I should find a nicer sound. : P

Re-watching a bit of this made me remember how much I liked this game, which is good since we're still in the middle of working on the new version.
author=Anaryu
Wow, nice!
Re-watching a bit of this made me remember how much I liked this game, which is good since we're still in the middle of working on the new version.


Sounds intriguing! Keep us in the loop :)
I suppose a little hint wouldn't hurt, it has been a while:




To see if we're capable of a 3D game, watch the Halloween event going on now - we'll be releasing a game built in the basic engine that I built for Aetherion+ - that'll be a hint at our progress. : )
Exciting! I was worried this had been abandoned after such a long period of silence. 3D games are an iffy prospect for my pathetic 2GB RAM (and probably outdated graphics card) computer, but I'll be looking forward to it nonetheless!
author=argh
Exciting! I was worried this had been abandoned after such a long period of silence. 3D games are an iffy prospect for my pathetic 2GB RAM (and probably outdated graphics card) computer, but I'll be looking forward to it nonetheless!

I don't know much about computer specs, but we are making everything pretty easy to render/low-poly. Hopefully it'll run just fine.
I plan on posting more up on our Tumblr latenightstudo.co after I get the basic poses/animations down for Alaria as well.
I'm not much on keeping updated on forums, but Tumblr I can spam pretty easily.
slash
APATHY IS FOR COWARDS
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That character model looks great, Anaryu! I'm excited to see what other people can whip up with Unity
author=slashphoenix
That character model looks great, Anaryu! I'm excited to see what other people can whip up with Unity


Then go check out: http://rpgmaker.net/games/5708/ :)
shayoko
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515
id suggest having 4 gigs ram minimally 6 if your into high process games like Sc2 which will bounce between 4-5

How to find how much you use
on windows 7 press ctrl,alt and delete once
which opens windows task manager
then under the performance tab on the left side the memory box is how much your currently using
id suggest having 4 gigs ram minimally 6 if your into high process games like Sc2 which will bounce between 4-5


Oh yes, I'm quite aware. It's just that RAM upgrades cost money. And time.