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0.1.2a - July 22, 2021

Synopsis
Join Amalia, a tracker from the simple orphan colony of Tulron, as she discovers the veiled world of Alcuria in search of her friends.

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Legacy 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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July Demo Release!




Hello!

I'm excited to announce I've released a new demo of Starless Umbra.

New Features

An additional 90 minutes of gameplay with minigames, dungeons, additional story content, and a village segment to complete the vertical slice.

Gamepad and couch co-op support. Play with a friend! I have no idea if this is fun.

Smarter AI! Players won't just stand in poison and take damage anymore. As an aside, this added some really interesting emergent behavior. Enemies might move out of the poison, but if you use knockbacks you can bully them back in for a deadly combo.

More interfaces. Shops/Item Trading, settings screens, and tweaks to the existing menu screens to keep things as friendly as possible.

A Note on Bugfixing and Polish

I did spend several weeks tidying up the existing content, but I've gotten to a point where there's diminishing returns. I'd like to think this is more polished than the last demo, but there's still tons I can do here. I don't want to let this detract too much from adding new content, so for now this feels like a good checkpoint. If you encounter any issues or have any suggestions I'll certainly document them.

Challenging Myself

It's no secret games like Xenoblade Chronicles and FF7:Remake shaped SU's battle system. With that comes the challenge of balancing a myriad of systems I hadn't really considered with traditional turn-based gameplay. I deliberately do not have healing items to stockpile. Instead, you heal between battles. This came with great difficulty (hah) as tweaking enemies to make gameplay challenging is an ongoing, tedious process.

Additionally, cooldown management is a big part of enemy encounters (cooldown state and status effects persist between battles) so I'm designing in this gray area for me where I don't want this to be purely action-based (I love my stats) but then there is some dexterity involved so you're not just spamming skills and standing in place. That said, difficulty is subjective. I wanted battles to be engaging/challenging but it could be frustrating to some players. I made jumping back into the game pretty quick, with an option to drop down the enemy stats if you find yourself dying repeatedly.

Anyway, I'd love to know what you think. Please enjoy the demo!
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  • dragonheartman
  • GameMaker Studio 2
  • Action RPG
  • 02/20/2008 08:51 PM
  • 07/23/2021 01:19 AM
  • 01/01/2030
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dragonheartman
Developer, Starless Umbra / Heroes of Umbra
2748
On Win8 with my i7 ultrabook fullscreen gets a staggering 25fps due to some filtering algorithm I can't figure out how to disable. The game runs like butter windowed, but the point is 2k3 is just really hard to work with these days. Heroes of Umbra still takes precedence, as it's a much easier project to tackle and it's already feature-complete.

I'll revisit SU in, let's say, the start of 2015. Ideally it'll be something that I can be even more proud of, without ripped and edited resources from obscure SNES JRPGs? Who knows. I'm still around though and working on stuff.
I'm excited to see this project is still alive and well after so many years. ;p It's always had a lot of my respect. Just serves as a testament that Rm2k3 games can still be great in the right hands (and with enough time and dedication!).
One of the best RPG Maker games, I highly recommend it.
One of the best RPG Maker games, I highly recommend it.
One of the best RPG Maker games, I highly recommend it.
Is the full release gonna be put up soon? I've been looking forward to playing the whole game for years and haven't heard any news since 2013...
dragonheartman
Developer, Starless Umbra / Heroes of Umbra
2748
Unfortunately not any time soon. RM2k3 is not a viable engine for me any more, so I'm planning on writing my own. You can check the website for more information and updates. Once I have a more formal plan I will update here too, of course.
So long as Ransack makes a cameo from Heroes I can wait.
dragonheartman
Developer, Starless Umbra / Heroes of Umbra
2748
Ransack will definitely be a thing.
Oh my. I can't wait to play this in your new engine
I think Dyn C++ is enough to make a good retro game.
Not perfect, but still good enough.
But I hope you come to bring a full release to SU someday
^^
dragonheartman
Developer, Starless Umbra / Heroes of Umbra
2748
I hope so too!
Thanks~!
I really like this game, but for some reason, my attacks cannot generate EP, is anyone else suffering the same problem?
dragonheartman
Developer, Starless Umbra / Heroes of Umbra
2748
author=Yoshiking777
I really like this game, but for some reason, my attacks cannot generate EP, is anyone else suffering the same problem?

That's my fault, sorry.
I posted a fix here:
http://www.starlessumbra.com/post/120108979846/first-of-all-great-game-and-idea-i-am-eagerly

Hope that helps. Thank you for playing.
0 of 10 episodes complete.....I got this feeling this is not ever going to be completed.
dragonheartman
Developer, Starless Umbra / Heroes of Umbra
2748
We'll I've effectively started over this year.
It really was hard for me to come to the conclusion but I don't think RPG Maker 2003 gives me the freedom I need to complete something that I'd be completely satisfied with.
author=ryan7251
0 of 10 episodes complete.....I got this feeling this is not ever going to be completed.

No offense lol, but that's a really awful attitude to have. Comments like aren't nescessary. We should be encouraging each-other in this community; especially people like DHM who have poured in nearly a decade of work.