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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
  • 09/26/2021 01:12 PM
  • 08/31/2011
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Posts

author=MiguHideki
Cool! I really love it! You guys are really good :D


Da'aww, thanks~ X3
I gotta be honest with you, once I downloaded this game and played it, I love it.. the battle system was really decent, and the enemies are slightly tough than I thought it would be and unexpected would finish in 2-3 hours so I was bit disappointed :_: hoping it will continue more storyline into it and perhaps 30-40 hours gameplay? XD this is the first and the best rpg game I ever played so far, LOVE IT.
BurningTyger
Hm i Wonder if i can pul somethi goff here/
1289
Well she said they'd be continuing, but the saves from the pilot game won't be usable as there are too many changes. Anyway I'm definitely enjoying things especially the "Break" system. I'm playing on "normal."

Dammit i suppoae i should have gorund for the final spells before saving- i thinks the final boss is fiendish even on-kindergarten miode.. ⑨..
But I'll beat this. .. and I'm sure i'll wanna sing!
And I only hope the new part, i if possible, includes some of the elements of the old part- after all even if the final boss of the summker version is defeated the Raythe will still be around, and I'm sure that there are other mysteries to solve. I have a pretty good guess to why Edan's magic is so strong however, but I'll need t see if I'm right. (I wonder if he likes Yakitori?)
author=zonepower
I gotta be honest with you, once I downloaded this game and played it, I love it.. the battle system was really decent, and the enemies are slightly tough than I thought it would be and unexpected would finish in 2-3 hours so I was bit disappointed :_: hoping it will continue more storyline into it and perhaps 30-40 hours gameplay? XD this is the first and the best rpg game I ever played so far, LOVE IT.


We're still working on it. I'm working on a new character's facesets as I type this! 8D; BurningTyger's right though, the pilot saves won't be usable. There's a lot of changes coming up.
Oh my god. This is one of the best RPG maker games i ever played. Just LOVE IT!!

BAD: Finish the first part in 3 hours...

I wait for more.

Thanks Krisana!!
I loved this! i really wish it wasn't so short, any plans on a second part? the battle system is pretty damn good for using it again.
author=MiguHideki
is this done? did they made it long?

This version is done. It was like a chapter done for the contest.

author=secretseeker
I loved this! i really wish it wasn't so short, any plans on a second part? the battle system is pretty damn good for using it again.

We're working on it. I can say the battle system is getting a big upgrade, and we're adding another character while continuing the story and touching up old stuff.
Will the party size remain at 3 or will you be increasing it?
author=argh
Will the party size remain at 3 or will you be increasing it?


The number of active characters in combat is 3 and will stay there, but you'll have more than 3 characters available, along with a way to switch them out (maybe even in battle, but this mechanic is still in progress and won't come into play for a while.)
i love the battle style, too bad the story was short. woulda loved playing more of it, i was like wut? done already? hahaha battle was KINDA hard, but could have been made more of a challenge (i think). and again, great game
BurningTyger
Hm i Wonder if i can pul somethi goff here/
1289
Don't worry, there will be more.
*edit 11/7* Now that I've got my singing voice back I've decided to re-record "Light of the Sun" and share it.
Holy shit I'm in love with this battle system.
It's been four months since the last update. On behalf of us watching for the expanded edition, I was wondering if we could hear some sort of progress report? Like if the game is on an indefinite hiatus? I'm sure we would all appreciate it.

I enjoyed the game very much, and I'm sure many people are curious about the expanded edition.
author=the13thsecret
It's been four months since the last update. On behalf of us watching for the expanded edition, I was wondering if we could hear some sort of progress report? Like if the game is on an indefinite hiatus? I'm sure we would all appreciate it.

I enjoyed the game very much, and I'm sure many people are curious about the expanded edition.

The 'expanded' version is very much in development, just probably not quite like you think it is.

Here's a preview of the one of the new dialogue portraits:


Sadly I can't show any in-progress screenshots (though there is plenty to show!)

We also have a new secret team member to help with the dungeon and exploration area aspects.
author=the13thsecret
It's been four months since the last update. On behalf of us watching for the expanded edition, I was wondering if we could hear some sort of progress report? Like if the game is on an indefinite hiatus? I'm sure we would all appreciate it.

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

I like blogging, but not spamming this place too much, although it'd probably help with views and things...
either way... just haven't felt comfortable with it. Once we have more visuals I hope to post some screens and things.