What's up, all? So, there's a couple things I wanted to mention...
A) Yay for over 100 downloads! Over 100 personages are witnesses to the ridiculousness that is Neo Jado. Thanks for all the support!
B) So, there's these Misao Awards thing at the end of the year? Not sure how they work, but it looks like you can nominate a game from their gamepage. Vote for Neo Jado for Best Storytelling, maybe?
By the way, even though we all know Neo Jado has the most badass soundtrack ever compiled, the sound and music award is for original custom works, which we don't do and therefore don't qualify for. So don't vote that. Thanks in advance if you do vote!
C) I'm gonna open up a game design blog about this later, because I want to discuss battles in Neo Jado. Specifically the issue with the party.
Party members will come and go as quickly as it pertains to the story. This really hampers the feel of the party, where in most other RPGs, you gain party members and build them up, and they mostly stay together for the rest of the game.
Conversely, I feel that having all the core protagonists together at all times, through all the dungeons and adversity, really limits what we can do with the story. For example, the story scenes in Borton would not have been possible (plausible), if Sledge had been with Phenix the entire time, despite the fact that they were both in the same city. There's a dozen or so other protagonists that will encounter scenarios where they similarly can't be together.
This weak party element is the reason we were encouraged to up the gameplay with minigames, puzzles, obstacle courses. Now I'm still trying to gather my thoughts about this, but I'd love to hear what you all have to say about it.
So, Neo Jado was nominated for a few categories for the 2012 Misaos: Best Characters, Best Setting, Most Promising Demo, and a few others I think. I'm not sure how this works, but it looks like the voting period is this month. You get one vote per category for each user. If anyone's interested, you can access the voting ballot from the events section.