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9.0.0b - February 1, 2013

Synopsis
In Starless Umbra, you play as Andoru in a quest to attempt to return home to save your sister after bandits raid your village. This simple task complicates itself quickly, as a strange phenomenon leaves you not only away from your village, but with little direction in a completely new continent.

As you travel, you'll learn the people around you aren't what they seem, and ties begin forming between yourself and others as your past is revealed. Unfortunately, no one can answer the simple question: "how do I get back home to save my sister?"

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Latest Blog

2020 is over!

2020 is over. To briefly reflect on the past year, it has been stressful in ways I'm sure don't need belaboring. On the bright side, I feel like I've endured a year of both personal and professional growth. I've also cherished the positive life moments a bit more. Most notably, I'm a dad now. ("This COVID thing will totally blow over by the time our daughter arrives." --me, completely wrong circa last February)

Anyway, hello 2021! Time for game updates.

I went almost eight years without a release. Yesterday I finally broke that streak. I'm not very good at sticking to dates I set for myself; however, I did push myself to publish something before 2021, no matter what that something was. In good old "Release Something" tradition, I did it! There's now a new download of the latest something I could share with you guys at the literal 11th hour of 2020.

What happened? Why did it take so long? I talked about this a couple months back, but the short story is that Heroes of Umbra became a thing and I don't like leaving projects unfinished, even if they take roughly 15 times longer to complete than planned.

It's not a lot, but mostly everything is there in some shape or form. It's not a true vertical slice--most notably the demo doesn't have any minigames (yet!!)--but it should give you a bit of an unrefined taste of what I'd like to try to accomplish. If you have an opportunity to give it a try, please let me know your thoughts, what you'd improve, if you see this as something you could get into, and so on.

As an aside I did realize right before I published that none of the plaintext data is obfuscated or hidden in any way. Ooops. Feel free to mod the demo to taste. Crank the profanity to 11 or give your characters millions of HP.

To indulge you with the history of this project, I remember the first maps I made dabbling with RPG Maker 2000. I used the circle tool to draw a Mickey Mouse-shaped island with the default RTP assets in all their saturated glory. My mom asked me if I was into a girl who liked Disney. I wasn't. I had just gotten done playing Kingdom Hearts though.

I then went on to create a series of dungeon mazes and a village. With no direction and a vague "find adventure" plot I submitted a demo to GamingW.net. My ego was shredded. But I kept it up and learned to appreciate the criticism and continued to be inspired by contemporary game developers. It's weird to think of a time before the adjective "indie" described video games.

The older I get, the tighter I embrace my childhood dreams. I'm so grateful for all the support I've received in the near two decades I've struggled to make an RPG. The sincere messages I occasionally receive mentioning how they used to play the game way back when it was Dragon Heart or how they still have their scratch and sniff stickers are my fuel.

Enjoy the demo! I hope to share more with you guys in 2021. Thanks for your support.
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  • dragonheartman
  • GameMaker Studio 2
  • Action RPG
  • 02/20/2008 08:51 PM
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Posts

dragonheartman
Developer, Starless Umbra / Heroes of Umbra
2729
author=Zadok83
This game is GREAT! It's definitely among the best RPGs I've ever played, indie or mainstream. The minigames are so fun, but it's a shame that there are some you can't play but once. The game isn't finished yet and it has HUGE potential from what I've seen. I was sad to see "To be continued" but I know that the best is yet to come. I can't wait until this game is finally completed!
Thanks, I'm glad you like it. Despite some of the game's issues which will eventually be addressed, I am glad you see potential.

FYI there will be some sort of arcade in the future where you can revisit all of the game's minigames and puzzles from one location for prizes, etc. (Like Gold Saucer from FF7.)
Looking forward to more of the game being released.
dragonheartman
Developer, Starless Umbra / Heroes of Umbra
2729
I'm glad you guys are looking forward to it. As always, it's in steady progress!
Melkino
solos collectors on purpose
2021
I got to the end of the demo a little while ago. It was so much fun, and I'd love to see more! :)
The variety of sprite poses were really cute, and the puzzles and minigames were enjoyable too.

By the way, I think I found a small bug: I can heal a bleeding character for free by equipping and unequipping the Mindwrath essence instead of using the bandage on them.
dragonheartman
Developer, Starless Umbra / Heroes of Umbra
2729
author=Melkino
I got to the end of the demo a little while ago. It was so much fun, and I'd love to see more! :)
The variety of sprite poses were really cute, and the puzzles and minigames were enjoyable too.

By the way, I think I found a small bug: I can heal a bleeding character for free by equipping and unequipping the Mindwrath essence instead of using the bandage on them.
Leave it to RM2k--thanks for pointing this out! haha. I will likely think of some workaround eventually!

I'm really glad you liked it.
I came here to say that facebook is encouraging me to play this game.

unfortunately I now have a Mac and haven't touched any RPG makers in about 5 years. kind of a shame. I kind of miss it. but I wouldn't have the time now anyway.

I don't remember why I still post here, even.

what day is it?
dragonheartman
Developer, Starless Umbra / Heroes of Umbra
2729
That's awesome man. If you get bootcamp or something maybe you could play it? Or there's easy rpg in a couple years, haha. I've still got a lot to do.
This game looks really similar to another one I tried a few years ago, but that one was named Dragon Heart.
Many of the details on this seem to match up, so I suppose it just made a title change.
Even your username seem to imply something. ;)
That's because Dragon Heart evolved into Starless Umbra.
dragonheartman
Developer, Starless Umbra / Heroes of Umbra
2729
Dragon Heart is just a myth!

Nah, I just changed the name so I could be a bit more original and nab a domain.
I have this game on my computer. I'll give it a playthrough one of these days! Looks pretty rad, and I've heard good things!
Meh, I was hoping that your download would have the music files in em... I love editing midis with FL Studio and making them into epicMP3s....
dragonheartman
Developer, Starless Umbra / Heroes of Umbra
2729
author=Somaru
Meh, I was hoping that your download would have the music files in em... I love editing midis with FL Studio and making them into epicMP3s....
Me too! Email me and I'll send you any you're interested in editing.
Yo dragon. Nice to see your on RMN now. I still frequent SU though it's with my nephews account.
how do you get through the catacombs? I may have an older version of the game where this is fixed. Also, what level do you have to be to defeat the dragon in the mountains, and who has to be in your party?
easily my favorite indie rpg game whens the next update planned for
dragonheartman
Developer, Starless Umbra / Heroes of Umbra
2729
author=Justicelord
easily my favorite indie rpg game whens the next update planned for
Thank you! Umm a couple months or so. Maybe Christmas? I'm not really sure. :<
Tau
RMN sex symbol
3293
So, any progress updates for us DHM, haven't heard from you in a while?