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The great hunger of the Abyss has finally been sated, but still not all is well. Conflicts of divine ideology flare up once more in a magnitude not felt by the world since the collapse of the holy city. The world has been born twice over since then, but the scars of the past have yet to be mended. The Night Blade - a relic of the Dark that has tasted the blood of the Goddess Nyfrulia - has once again fallen into mortal hands. With it, a shadow spreads over a nefarious but otherwise visionless empire, its regiment reforged by the rise of a usurper whose true nature can only be attributed to his crimson eyes.

Fear being pivotal to his sovereignty, his reign has seen the village of Hronulum being cast into the depths of the sea and anyone who might oppose his order - Night Blades or otherwise - being made an example of through ghastly means of execution. Many seek to claim this man's life if nothing else than for the greater good of humanity, but justice eludes humanity's grasp and so the world remains lost in shadow...

What would drive a man to such ends, where even those who swear allegiance to him would rather him dead? Does he know the pain he's causing with his own existence? Is it possible that he feels the way they do but is too lost to know freedom? Only the crimson eyes can see.

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The Second Chain

Sometime in June, my chain that I had maintained daily since January broke. I was watching Liberty stream and time just slipped by. Shameful, yes, but the core of the game was completed by that point, so technically, the first chain served its purpose. The game was brought to a releasable form, and all that needed to take place was beta testing.

What was found while beta testing was a whole other beast altogether. Many references to items were broken and certain other small things needed to be adjusted in order to function under all circumstances. Even the layout of the final battle was affected by faulty eventwork, but all that has been ironed out and the game is finally and truly complete.

In that time, I was contemplating cutting out the interactive chapters of Zilmurik and leaving it as a story to be read at any time. It would've saved me a lot of time and effort. What I realized while testing the final battle is that it really does lose a bit of its weight when it isn't compared to the history of the world and how it's expressed via front view combat. The theme is missing and that needs to be addressed.

So here we are - July 1st of 2019. This day is the beginning of The Second Chain. From today on, I will put work into every day until the Zilmurik Chronicles are complete. Having spent time working on both "The Most Dangerous Chicken" for the Abrupt Ending Party and "Finding A Heart" for the Rainbow of Positivity (game pages coming soon), I feel I've broken the stranglehold that the completion of "Tales from Zilmurik" had on my mind. I felt like I was done and that made jumping into new games and such suddenly a herculean task. Nowhere was this more evident for me than during the Rainbow of Positivity where I wanted to make one game, scrapped that, joined a new team, got no work done and made a new game to submit to my old team. I wasn't ready to "gam mak" again, but the spirit is coming back, and I feel confident that The Second Chain will not break!

It's good to be back.
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This game looks pretty good. Congrats on completion, Corfaisus. Added to my "To Play" list.
Once again, really impressed with your mapping skills. Hope you make some good progress here.
InfectionFiles
the world ends in whatever my makerscore currently is
4338
Have you considered ever tampering with the RTP tilesets?
Like making them darker or changing up the colors?
Orr, lighting/fog overlay effects?

I dunno, make it feel more unique.
Because I get the feeling most people might not try this because of the RTP, even though you are a very talented mapper.
Corfaisus
"It's frustrating because - as much as Corf is otherwise an irreedeemable person - his 2k/3 mapping is on point." ~ psy_wombats
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If people don't wish to experience my game strictly because it uses RTP, I feel no loss in not pandering to such a petty demographic. The more fleshed out parts of the game would likely go over their heads, anyway.

Back when I started, there were little to no games that used RTP to a degree that was admirable and the general consensus was that RTP was only used by beginners and others who clearly have no idea how to construct a world graphically, and I sought out to create such a game that might shake up a few naysayers. I could toss it all aside and use rips or some sort, but there's seriously no need when the RTP provides me with everything I need; and if it doesn't, I can simply create a new graphic in the RTP fashion to fit that spot. I haven't given up this promise yet.

Besides, I've made and will continue to make use of lighting/overlay/panoramas only where they are appropriate instead of shrouding the entirety of the world in fog and darkness for the sake of looking "serious".
InfectionFiles
the world ends in whatever my makerscore currently is
4338
I understand completely. And I do commend you for persevering.
I'm rooting for you, that's all.
Deckiller
Just a random RMNer once again.
18121
I think your number one priority should be fixing the broken and deceiving equipment system. After 10 minutes of trial and error, trying to figure out what could and couldn't be equipped at the store (because the arrows are beyond deceiving), I stopped playing out of frustration.

None of the icons match up at all. If someone shouldn't be equipped, why doesn't it show that in the little menu with the sprites and arrows?

Also, please add escape to your battles when they are random. Without touch encounters and with hard-hitting enemies, it can be very difficult to gauge survival odds.

With all that said, this is one of the best 2k3 games from a presentation standpoint. The writing is top notch, and the visuals are outstanding. You are possibly the best RTP mapper for 2k3.

(Did I totally misread this or is there actually a dragon/human romantic relationship in this game?)

Also, what happened to my buddy? We were going to go east to check out the towns and stuff after the cave...but then he disappears completely and I end up with some pirates.

Also, for some reason I can't explore the town between the starting village and the capital.

Also, none of the houses are explorable in that big capital city, and there are no messages that doors are locked, etc. And no chests, either. :(
If you have any experience with VX mapping, I would love to recruit you for my game, since I completely suck at mapping, period. Loving this, by the way. Subbed!
I like the writing so far. Will be downloading and trying this out. Thanks for the game!
The level design in this game is excellent. Would never have dreamed it was just using RTP. I may give this a go in the future.
My game locks up when we are relieced from the prison cell in the Vermolin dugon
can't move.
Pretty awesome stuff really. I am glad to see other people using RM2K3, the official release at least. I was sure people would just ignore it for the newer makers. Especially seeing well made games is great.

You can learn a lot from these. Great job!

One question though: How do you put custom symbols in the menus? I mean, I know of the special characters in the text, but you have symbols that don't appear in the Help Files such as a different Sword Icon design and the stickman running.
Corfaisus
"It's frustrating because - as much as Corf is otherwise an irreedeemable person - his 2k/3 mapping is on point." ~ psy_wombats
6085
author=Aoleorz
Pretty awesome stuff really. I am glad to see other people using RM2K3, the official release at least. I was sure people would just ignore it for the newer makers. Especially seeing well made games is great.

You can learn a lot from these. Great job!

One question though: How do you put custom symbols in the menus? I mean, I know of the special characters in the text, but you have symbols that don't appear in the Help Files such as a different Sword Icon design and the stickman running.


In order to apply custom glyphs, you have to use RmRecker which is a third-party tool for RM2k/3.
author=fharden
My game locks up when we are relieced from the prison cell in the Vermolin dugon
can't move.


Second That. Anyone got fixed version of the game?
Corfaisus
"It's frustrating because - as much as Corf is otherwise an irreedeemable person - his 2k/3 mapping is on point." ~ psy_wombats
6085
I'd love to throw out a quick fix for this error, but the demo was made in the illegal version of Rm2k3, so I'll have to make a new demo out of the current build.
author=Corfaisus
author=Aoleorz
Pretty awesome stuff really. I am glad to see other people using RM2K3, the official release at least. I was sure people would just ignore it for the newer makers. Especially seeing well made games is great.

You can learn a lot from these. Great job!

One question though: How do you put custom symbols in the menus? I mean, I know of the special characters in the text, but you have symbols that don't appear in the Help Files such as a different Sword Icon design and the stickman running.
In order to apply custom glyphs, you have to use RmRecker which is a third-party tool for RM2k/3.


I see. That tool is not compatible with the official RM2K3 right?
Corfaisus
"It's frustrating because - as much as Corf is otherwise an irreedeemable person - his 2k/3 mapping is on point." ~ psy_wombats
6085
author=Aoleorz
author=Corfaisus
author=Aoleorz
Pretty awesome stuff really. I am glad to see other people using RM2K3, the official release at least. I was sure people would just ignore it for the newer makers. Especially seeing well made games is great.

You can learn a lot from these. Great job!

One question though: How do you put custom symbols in the menus? I mean, I know of the special characters in the text, but you have symbols that don't appear in the Help Files such as a different Sword Icon design and the stickman running.
In order to apply custom glyphs, you have to use RmRecker which is a third-party tool for RM2k/3.
I see. That tool is not compatible with the official RM2K3 right?


It is, actually.
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