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One hundred years after the events of Blackmoon Prophecy, the world of Gaia has recovered from the conflict with Emperor Belmont, Malacore, and Zeul which saw a group of adventurers, today known as the Light Warriors, save the world from certain doom.

The rebuilt Lindblum Kingdom stands proudly as the world's fastest growing economical and military force. With the fierce backing of Esperkind behind the kingdom, it appeared that nothing would disrupt the immense prosperity that Lindblum was experiencing until Esperkind suddenly turned against Lindblum. The game follows the adventures of a young Augurer (specially trained anti-Esper monster summoner) named Zephyr Highwind who is forced to abandon his simple lifestyle of looking after Winter, a white chocobo which belonged to his deceased sister Ezra. With new friends aiding him, Zephyr seeks to put an end to the rising hostilities between Lindblum and the Espers, led by Ramuh, before the conflict engulfs the entire globe.


Blackmoon Prophecy II features twelve main characters, five optional characters, and two guest characters. Expected playtime should be in the range of 40+ hours.

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Blackmoon Prophecy II: "The Crystal War" Story Expansion

Blackmoon Prophecy II is getting, for lack of a better word, an "expansion".

Because of recent interest in the game over Discord and in LPs, my interest in providing updates to the game has been rekindled and I have decided that the Crystal War, an event that occurred one year prior to the start of the first Blackmoon Prophecy game, will be explored in Blackmoon Prophecy II as an optional story arc that will, hopefully, be a few hours in length. A few years back I tossed around the idea of making a short standalone prequel game based around the Crystal War, but I recently decided that it would be cool to allow the heroes of Blackmoon Prophecy II to relive it instead.

The update for this content will be called Blackmoon Prophecy II: The Crystal War. Updates on HOW to access to the content will be provided when I've made some sufficient progress. Suffice to say, it will not be available until late in the game after the party has messed with the timeline a bit. Without going into detail, the result of their exploits will allow them to travel to another timeline in Gaia's past and explore the Crystal War as it unfolded.

Vera will be required to lead the party for the duration of the Crystal War update since she was a major figure in the war. If you're interested in this future update, then get to leveling her up if you haven't! Level 60 will probably be the recommended minimum level for this content.

A few new summons, that will lend themselves specifically to Vera, may also appear. I've added a link to a Strawpoll below for you guys to vote on who you would like to see appear as a summon.

Expect updates in the coming weeks. Though I can't say WHEN I plan for this update to be finished, I'll say that I would LIKE for it to be ready in December of this year to mark the game's two year anniversary since being released.

New summons poll: https://www.strawpoll.me/18815727

Expect more updates in the coming weeks!
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author=UPRC
I'm still confused with that Vahn fight video. Why would anyone want to beat up the first game's hero? :p


This totally happens in FFD's Battle Arena, you know.
author=WCouillard
author=UPRC
I'm still confused with that Vahn fight video. Why would anyone want to beat up the first game's hero? :p
This totally happens in FFD's Battle Arena, you know.
Sounds kwehtastic!
author=UPRC
I'm still confused with that Vahn fight video. Why would anyone want to beat up the first game's hero? :p


Probably because he was the only character on the team that you couldn’t switch out for somebody else that was much cooler. That alone is enough reason to kick his butt. :D

And, well, because he was blue. And some people ‘round here just don’t like the color blue for some odd reason. :P
You could make Vahn a tragic hero who saw everyone die and turned to the dark to stay alive. So he becomes a recurring villan or something.

Random thought.
UPRC
Exciting, but ultimately pointless.
5354
Nope. Story is all fleshed out already and has been since November. :p
Well that's how you get it done. I see there haven't been updates in a while. I take it either you're very busy with personal life. Or you're busy toiling away on the actual game.
UPRC
Exciting, but ultimately pointless.
5354
There hasn't been much progress in the last week and a half or so, yeah. I was sick and then I was hit with a VERY hard week at work where I ended up taking on way more hours than I ever would've wanted. The weekend that just passed also belonged to the ESO beta. Should be buckling down again for more work sometime this week though.
I might be alone in this but in the first Blackmoon Prophecy you mentioned something like a "Crystal War" as a means of giving some kind of introduction to the plot of the game, but only vaguely mentioned in in the intro of the said game. Does Blackmoon Prophecy II touch upon that "Crystal War"? If not, could you add some kind of lore books/NPCs/sidequest(s)/whatever to expand on that?

All I remember about it was that King Branch set out a war like 50 years before the first Blackmoon Prophecy, but was defeated by the joined forced of Lindblum and Lenadia, or something like this, and...I'm not quite sure what is actually Branch in the first game? PCs and NPCs say that Branch is a kingdom, but wouldn't the "autonomy" describe it better? They were looked by Ivalice or something.
I would also like for some more backstory on the Crystal War. All I know about it was that
(hidden for spoilers)
King Branch was being controlled by either Zeul or Emperor Belmont, and Zeul created Malacore to help K.B. in someway.
Isn't that how it went?

Also, if there are any returning abilities or items like Yasuragi or the Kings Gear, will they be nerfed or no?
I think I saw somewhere in the game profile that Yasuragi will return. Might be my imagination though.
UPRC
Exciting, but ultimately pointless.
5354
I could add something to touch upon the events before the first game, yeah. This game almost ended up being a prequel about that war, but I decided against it because those who played the first game pretty much would've known the ending right off the bat.

I think I wrote Yasuragi down as an ability for Sapphire. Balance will be stricter in the sequel, so while things such as berserk rings or yasuragi will still be effective, they won't be complete game changers like before.
This project is currently on the main page of RMN in the "Spotlight". Congrats!
Sadly, the game kinda crashed for me in the first few minutes of the game, for no apparent reason. Just wanted to report. Might be just my bad luck.

Edit: Happened a second time (on the world map). Might have somethind to do with the mode 7?
Did you try relaunching the game a few more times? Was there any kind of error message while installing the game?
No error message while installing the game. I'll try playing a bit further.

Edit: I'll add a random thought if I'm anyway at it:

Why does Zephyr own... two beds? Also, why can't I sleep in any of them?

Edit2: And again it crashed on the world map. Well, I guess it's my fault for grinding.
Also, transitions seem off on the world map (for example- while getting out of the menu, I experience certain "lag"- it doesn't hurt the game, but it seems wierd since transitions are great inside town). My laptop is new (bought it last month) and has no shortage of memory.
Another thing, atb is wierd, after I perform an attack it stops for a bit (not sure if on purpose).
author=GoneWind
Why does Zephyr own... two beds? Also, why can't I sleep in any of them?
The thought stroke me as well while playing the game, but I seemingly forgot to mention it in my demo review.
UPRC
Exciting, but ultimately pointless.
5354
There are two beds because his sister lived there as well.

The crash was likely from a script or something. I don't know, all VX Ace games seem to crash at random for me.
I didn't finish the first Blackmoon Prophecy, but I guess I'll subscribe anyway.
Won't download the demo because they give me unwanted hype.
Good Luck.
author=UPRC
I'm very iffy on any kind of alternate encounter system other than touch encounters (which I only use for special encounters)...I don't know, maybe I'm just needlessly old school. I always have and always will prefer 100% random encounters in RPGs.


Have you played Bravely Default, yet? Because that was probably the best handle on random encounters I have ever seen! If you (or anyone else who's reading this) haven't played it yet, it goes like this: Encounters are random, but you can double the rate or turn off encounters entirely from the menu! This opens up an amazing array of possibilities: for how I played it, I would double the encounter rate, run around in circles in the first room of a dungeon, grind up a few levels, go to town and buy items/heal up, and then turn off encounters entirely and do the dungeon since ugh no monsters getting in my way when hunting for treasures is the literal worst. You could leave encounters at a regular rate and go about the game as normal, too, or increase/decrease difficulty by switching the encounter rate to 200% or 50%, respectively! You could also do a total low-ball run and go through the game only ever fighting bosses.

Basically, don't feel restricted to traditional random battles or touch encounters or whatever! There is a multitude of ways of re-imagining how you handle encounters, and I think you would definitely benefit from exploring that. I can't imagine the Bravely Default method would be too difficult to implement, either -- I bet you could even event it, if you felt up to it! It'd probably be even easier if you had a dedicated scripter around, or if you caught the interest of someone up to the task.

As for feedback for your actual demo: I HAVE SOME THOUGHTS and I hope you will hear them. nwn

Firstly some gameplay things: dude, you goooootta start the player out with either a beginners item pack or some moolah to spend on gear/items. I was tearing my hair out in the first cave because those jerkass Blearies kept blinding my dudes, and I had no way to counteract it since YO I WAS BROKE. It was just frustrating! (Alternately, updating Reiner's healing summon so he can cure basic status effects might be useful? Like either giving him a second skill or just expanding on Sunbathe might be good!) Also, this might be a personal thing, but I was HELLA MIFFED that I couldn't nap in my own bed and had to drop a whole fifty bucks on a hotel room in my own home town. I mean, sure, I get that Reiner might not be into the whole sharing beds with dudes a little over half his age, but there was totally a guest room he could have used, and barring that, there's always the bathtub. ;(

The progression of the game was a little frustrating as well, since 1) having to backtrack through the first dungeon kind of sucked (no treasure! All the puzzles were solved!), and 2) it felt like I was only going to places because I had to go to the places, not because the story was driving me there. Now, this can be kind of unavoidable and hard to spice up when the plot is "PARTY, YOU HAVE A MISSION IN THIS PLACE; GO TO THE PLACE~", but I would actually challenge you to perhaps ditch that plot entirely! Why not have Reiner take Zephyr on a training exam (same reasons as going to Dawnmarch: he's gotta test this flabby little nobody out!), only to have another Augurer show up and frantically beg for back up in Dawnmarch? This then creates a sense of urgency to get back to Cid, since WOAH HOLY CRAP THIS WEIRD HORSE CAME OUTTA NOWHERE and this is totally a problem and the boss needs to hear about it. This also gives Cid impetus to think about going on the offensive, since if Cockney horses are just popping up in villages and sassing everyone, shit has clearly gotten real and those Esper fuckers need to slow their damn roll. As is, it just kinda sounds like people don't like the Espers Just Because and that Cid is kind of an asshole for wanting to wreck their shit. If Espers are actually encroaching on human territory out of nowhere and it feels unexpected and ick, there's reason for the audience to get on side with the main dudes instead of thinking "harumph maybe Cid is just FANTASY RACIST~~~".

I mean, obvs you don't have to do exactly that, but do you see what I'm getting at? Making the player feel like there's something at stake is a great way to make them want to progress forward! I felt like things were just kinda happening because they were happening, and that I was leading Zephyr around because he had errands to run, and that's not exactly a great way to keep the player engaged for an entire game. I mean, maybe this kind of plot moving about gets turfed as soon as the actual plot kicks in, but I think you could even stand to ditch it right off the bat.

As for the actual characters: idk if it's just because it's early on, but so far the four characters we've met seem really one-dimensional and trope-y. Which, hey, being an archetype isn't necessarily a bad thing (I mean, I am the hugest sucker for the stoic knight character trope!), but when it becomes all the character is, it can get a little dull. Yes, Zephyr is super nice and chirpy and loves his chocobo: what else is there? Yes, Reiner is anti-social and serious: what else is there? Yes, Haughtley fucking hates kids (and 25 year olds apparently) and he wants you to get off his lawn: what else is there? These are all things you can start to explore really early on, just through how the characters interact with one another (and even NPCs/random events!).

I'd recommend checking out A Very Long Rope to the Top of the Sky, if only just for the opening scene. I'm not especially far into it, but so far the main 3 characters are all extremely distinct and well developed, just from how they interact. It's definitely worth checking out if you need a good sample on how to do this! I think you already have a pretty good grasp on how to write distinct voices, since yes the characters all sounded like themselves and dialogue wasn't just "I am here to deliver your plot coupons", but I still think you can dig a little deeper and really find voices for each of them.

The tone also felt a little confused: is this supposed to be a comedic game? Because a lot of the dialogue sounded really goofy (in a good way!), but didn't seem to fit with where the plot was going. Now, don't think this as me telling you to serious it up -- I'm thinking the opposite, actually! If your natural flavour of writing is kind of silly and comedic, I would actually encourage you to run with that. A lighthearted, self-aware FF fangame would actually be super fun to play, I think. nwn

As for the visuals, you have the aesthetic completely down. I felt like I was looking at real life actual maps straight from FF6, so that was tickling my nostalgia bone really nicely! However, not only were they nostalgic, they were also well planned and nicely laid out -- so you are definitely solid on your mapping. The sprite/portrait edits are also super fantastic! I was digging that some of the random NPCs were brightly coloured and fancy looking, since I then had no idea who was gonna hop on to my party and who was just a well-dressed random dude, so props to you and your team for that. nwn

Overall I think this game has a lot of potential! You clearly love what you're creating, which is fundamental in making a good game. Keep it up, and I hope development goes well! <3