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0.0.1a - December 31, 2020

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.

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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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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Posts

Tau
RMN sex symbol
3293
Everyone has to play this game, NOW! seriously great work, should have gotten a Misao haha.
Yes, the game seems good from what i've seen and looks massive. I will try this out soon.
my font isn't right.The font fix files dont work.What to do?
dragonheartman
Developer, Starless Umbra / Heroes of Umbra
2729
Noo don't play this game. Wait for chapter five. haw haw <3
I've been hearing about this.. nice job dude.
I went to check its homepage, this game is not available for download yet, unless you want to beta-test it.
And to be 'allowed' to beta test, there is this ludicrous requirement:
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Important! In order to download the beta, you need to be logged in and have at least 30 points. Remember, it's +1 point for a reply and +5 points for a topic.
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That is posting on that game's own forum.
Well, I have better things to do than posting on a forum just to be allowed to beta-test... so I move on to next game.
dragonheartman
Developer, Starless Umbra / Heroes of Umbra
2729
Fafhred, the reason that is put into effect is because I only need two, maybe three testers. There are a lot of bugs as it is and there's no reason for me to hear the same bug feedback from testers to testers. Once it is ready (which it is absolutely not at the moment) there will be no posting requirements. In addition, I will make an effort to actually promote it. But for now I have been limiting the amount of traffic my game gets because I want people to play something that's good and ready--not something that has so many bugs. x]
Tau
RMN sex symbol
3293
Check the Misaos man you got a nomination!
PM me when you have a download ready.
WIP
I'm not comfortable with any idea that can't be expressed in the form of men's jewelry
11363
I just played this again real quick. The whole intro got changed from the last time I played!
I'm really glad this was featured.
kentona
I am tired of Earth. These people. I am tired of being caught in the tangle of their lives.
21220
Your admins and staffs are on the ball, with their thumb on the pulse of the community
Ciel
an aristocrat of rpgmaker culture
243
I downloaded this like a year ago but never got around to playing it. It looks very RM2K3! (Which is +++)
dragonheartman
Developer, Starless Umbra / Heroes of Umbra
2729
I'm very excited that this got featured! As if I wasn't motivated enough already to work on this I hope you guys enjoy it, because I am rapidly working on chapter seven. 8)
congratz on front page :D
everyone definitely need to play this game. it's epic.
Everyone so needs to download this!
(Including m-me... *click*)
Dude this map is very awesome, I've never got bored with with this game, with many kinds of unique features and mini games this is totally awesome!!! but I think I found a glitch, the house in the entrainment village, the one with 3 treasure chest with gems on it, if you get back and forth the house the treasure chest somewhat refills, so from that I can get unlimited money selling thos gems, but I know you can fix this easily, :) overall 9.9/10 for me!!!
dragonheartman
Developer, Starless Umbra / Heroes of Umbra
2729
ravenduran, thanks. It has been fixed. :]

I'll be updating the game soon.