Well this stinks. And I was on my way to continue development until Windows 10 crashed with a MULTIPLE_IRP_COMPLETE_REQUEST error, so I had to refresh my PC, keeping the in-development game of course. This isn't the first time a PC crashed on me, and won't be the last. (Finally! it wasn't the development of the game that made a PC crash!) Anyway, the PC is refreshed and I'm getting things re-installed. I'll continue development once everything is back to normal.
The menu, the battle system, almost everything is getting either a better script, or a different script entirely and what I mean scripts, I mean the RGSS scripts.
Like I said a bout a couple of nights ago, development is going to be a little bit faster at least, giving the time I have some more free time on my hands.
Currently, I am going to be using some or most of bigace360's scripts. I have no clue for a battle system script, but I'll be looking (I may not even mess with looking for battle system scripts).
The script changes may not even be set in stone yet, so far I have no issues with the current scripts, except for the sounds, certain missing ones for now. I'll find them, or remove them from the current battle system.
Afterwards, due to the lack of drawing anything on paper, or PC, I'm going to make and add placeholder images for some things I'll be adding.
I've been doing a few things as of lately. Lately I've been thinking of weapon names. They are separated from the RPGXP preset weapons. (Names may be misspelled, but will be spelled correctly before the game is released.)
As you can see, characters, who will be in for the whole thing, gets the more weapons treatment than the temporary ones, sadly, this may end up to a solo RPG game, with a difficulty curve, due to not adding anyone else yet.
Also I think I'm almost out of unique weapon names.
That's all for now, now I better get back into making the story, then some other things.
Also, I am going to say this, the game is no longer split into parts, instead I will put the full game in there.
Due to the later RPG Makers (Mostly RPG Maker VX Ace and MV, It's getting kind of hard to find good modern RPGXP tilesets, especially for a Modern Metropolis setting. but I may have to go way back with a internet time machine to get resources again, or manage to get a good looking modern day city tileset. Since I'm trying to make it in a 2011-ish setting, it's getting kind of hard to. Welp, doesn't mean I'd give up easily though. In the meantime, I am updating the Bios for characters who are going to be in the game.
As I got my hands busy with things, and developing Part one, I don't know how to draw and am asking for help. I can't draw for crud right now and I'm asking for a title image for Part 1, and character portraits for these characters:
Akiko (with dagger not pistols)
Kita (though I haven't even shown her)
I'm also going to need a battle BGM for now. Sorry if it's a bit much, but I have my hands tied right now. T.T
This will probably be the last demo shown as the storyline has been completely renewed, and the characters, and enemies, are stronger... As well as this little fresh start, the game may not be as BIG as the late 2015 Demo. Anyway, I'm still in the midst of going through maps of the older versions, yes I still have those apparenlty. So here's how the demo will go this time.
You will be able to save the game, as the demo is just a small piece of the full Part 1, which is still in development. There's more freedom than just doing the story portion as I also allowed the game instant access to both 3-Minute Survival (formerly known as Final Arena Mode) where you run around fighting off enemies in the area, and Exploration mode where you play as Akiko and explore areas with two explorers. Though these two modes are limited to a certain extent, because it's a demo, You'll be able to continue playing the game once the full version of Part 1 officially comes out.
Some new features I kind of added into this fresh start, starting with the obvious Autosaving.
I decided to have three ways to save; Saving in the menu, Save Points, and Auto Saving. Though it's ridiculous to have Save Points in a game that you can Manually save, I wanted to keep the Save Points, at least the normal and recovery ones, from the previous version that I stopped and decided to scrap-ish.
The second is a scale in some maps, though before I decided to have the 1024x768 resolution, I decided to keep these maps the way they are.
The third is a few map rennovations/remakes. I started map rennovating for the old maps, I also decided to remake some maps that were not as good (Shadowing Forest for example didn't even look like a forest in the demos or the previous versions, it was all clunky).
Well, that's all for now. I'll keep you posted about any new things that'll happen, or if I feel like showing another useful item from the older build(s).
One more thing. The demo and the full Part are kind of being developed at the same time. You see (I'm revealing a development thing), I develop part of it, decide to say "That's probably good enough for a demo", copy and paste into a new folder, then start doing compression thing (this time I'll be using the Nullsoft Setup Install thing as I found that it's free and open source). Afterwards, I release the demo, I did that in the past and so far I think it'll work well with the fresh start too.
Item addition is a lookback in the list of Items I managed to move into the "fresh start" in the development cycle. This item in particular had to be kept.
Obviously it says what it does already, however when you obtain it, it is kind of like an exclusive item to Akiko, except that everyone can use it as long as she's in the party. That means, if she somehow.... oh I don't know.... starts to feel unwell and takes a day off or so, she will be removed from the party, and the item will go with her. Of course you won't be able to see the item in any Kita related parts of the game (obviously). The angel feather revives all characters to 100% health, and can be used forever, though not completely forever as before getting it, you have a choice of accepting the item or not as well as it (spoiler alert) disappears in a later portion of the story.. The Icon used is an edited version of the default RTP Icon, with an added glow to it to make it look sort of Divine in a way. Well, that's pretty much it for THIS item. As in a point of view, it's a crutch. Anyway, I better get back to developing, and it's going to be slow... again. The next item that also hit the game is Alcohol (Wiskey, Wine, and Ale).
In the past, Wiskey, Alcohol, and Ale did hit the now scrapped version of the game, and I managed to bring them back, with the cost of losing the Vitality of each character... haven't made a sober/drunk system though, so no drunk characters yet.
Although you gain SP, you lose a portion of HP. Each one down the list is stronger than its previous beverage, And they all can take a toll on characters who have high HP. No side effects, except for HP loss this fresh start around. Though HP Poison will probably still exist in the game for other things.
That's all for this blog... thing, don't know why I put this in here. Anyway, back to redeveloping a proper Part 1 without any "off the trail" decisions that I have done.
I started this project technically in 2011, then decided to develop it completely as an indie game. That was when I was about 18-19 years old. Since then I am trying to clean up my past messups, various resources have been used, so I decided to start from a cleaner slate. Also I have friends, mainly one I know in rl, who wants me to play these other games, which I do. I'm also looking for a job so development of this game has been veeeeeeeery slow. I also wanted to try out any new RPG makers (VX Ace and now MV) during the time the game was in development. I also want to draw and possibly make actual character designs for each character, as well as add a few other things (mainly because of the fighting game project which has been in hiatus for a while now). Anyway, because of circumstances, nothing since my last post in this site has been done, but I will try to pick up the pace somewhere between after Christmas and later because I currently have lost some entusiasm, which I will get that back soon. SO right now, I'm currently trying out RPG Maker MV, which had just came out, and seeing what features can be used. If I get a job and have enough money to buy RPG Maker MV, then I may convert the project from XP to MV. Anyway, I'm going to end the long note here. See you next post.
I found, and added a script which can change the default resolution (640x480) to a bigger resolution, with the strain of manually stretching every single thing in the game. This will take a while because not only the maps need to be upped in map size, due to the resolution now being 1024x768, but I will have to manually alter the main scripts, and some pictures while trying to not stretch them, to match the resolution of the game by hand. However, not all scripts I'm going to use are in the game yet, so all the scripts are unaltered, for now. However, I will attempt to keep some features from the game intact as well as add a battle system script, again. I decided to use the same Side view script as before, but moving it to function similar to the default system, no more ATB. However, the ATB Icons, mainly the characters, will be used for bio cards, or whatever I'm going to call the items, so a lot of things have shifted to the new start. After the maps, the pictures, which was in 640x480, will be upped in canvas size, thanks Paint.net for having that feature. Well, that's all I can type for now. I'll keep you all posted on progress, and results.
Although I have not copied/pasted the good maps into the fresh project, there is something I did change for the new version...
Before, I added necessary Items, and eventually made new equipment during progress. This made things out of order in the Items Menu. Now, I have decided to order them. This change also allowed me to make Equipment Sets for some odd reason. I am currently doing the Dagger Type weapons for each set, excluding first equipment as these are equipped when started. Accessories are excluded from this. These equipment sets may have matching weapons/armor. I haven't decided yet.
Industrial (plus element versions)
Endless Dream (plus element versions)
*Names may change
--Characters will breathe--
I added a new script from a site which allows the characters to breathe, without more sprite images. This will definitely be a keeper.
--Where are the pets in the game?--
I have not moved the pet system into the new start yet and am still currently moving things over. Please be patient for that....
--Started on graphic importing--
Starting with the windowskin, I imported a few graphics from the previous version of Memorie (the late 2014 Demo). I'm still importing the recommended graphics and then will move to map copying from the Late 2014 Demo to the new start.
I will attempt to bring out a Late 2015 Demo, just because I want to show you the changes by letting you play the game, of course this will have a readme file of some sort as well. That's pretty much it for a progress report. I'll keep you posted.