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T H E S T O R Y

Ruby wakes up inside of a strange metal locker. She realizes she cannot remember most of anything. As she steps out, Ruby gets the feeling something is very wrong about her surroundings. Broken plaster and paint chips scattered on the ground all around her, she shakily begins her quest to ascend from the metal bowels she has been thrust into.

It soon becomes apparent that she is not the only one lost and that she may even have some sort of dark history in this strange place.

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E X P L A N A T I O N

Ruby Quest: Undertow is a personal rendition of the choose-your-own-adventure originally conceived by alias Weaver. It will feature additional scenarios/lore as well as changes to the storyline. One of the defining differences is that certain characters will play a bigger part in the dark tales of the Metal Glen, and most characters will become more personalized, as the source hardly tapped into actual spoken dialogue. A lot of moments from the original will still be implemented into the game.

The game sports an oblique perspective in the aesthetics department and completely custom, original graphics. There will be many different animations for characters and some cutscenes will consist of pictures.

Among the gameplay elements in Undertow are puzzles, exploration, fighting, and running for your fragile life. The Glen is filled with danger and invites you to brave them all. Prepare yourself for a unique horror experience from the developer of Death Proclaimed, the developer of The Longing Ribbon, and the developer of Home.

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C R E A T O R S

  • Jake "Fidchell" Springhorn - Art / Writing


  • Eric "Gibmaker" Hopkins - Programming


  • Felix "The Judge" / "Nitrosparxx" / "KeepListen" - Music


Latest Blog

A Sad Outcome

I thought that I had a game plan for creating this project, but unfortunately things have fallen apart, and both Gibmaker and I have dropped Ruby Quest: Undertow. Now allow me to explain what happened.

The game was a huge, ambitious effort from both of us but it proved too much. Production started a few years ago and a lot can change in that amount of time. I'm talking real life stuff, and sure enough, things changed for both of us.

In Gibmaker's case, since the beginning of this game, he was in a bad spot. In a sense, both of us were, but Gib was fighting his own demons, struggling with an obsession in progress and not feeling like he was getting much out of life. Just recently he managed to find someone that gave him a different outlook and practically changed his way of living. He does not have time much to work on the game anymore, and this is a critical blow, as he is the programmer and debugger. Not to say he had absolutely no time, but work was going slower than it ever has been, and things were beginning to fall apart.

In my case, there were a few factors in my loss of interest for this project. Firstly, while we thought RMXP was a sufficient engine for the game considering Gib and I were familiar with it, the further we went into production, the more I was realizing this engine wasn't up to snuff. At the point where we are with the game, it's basically being held together with duct tape, bursting at the seams. We've pushed RGSS to its limits here, and have encountered countless bugs and performance issues that marred my vision of the game severely. I've come up with the prospect of switching to software like Game Maker or even Unity, but decided against it, as that would mean we would have to learn an entirely new engine, code structure, and interface. It plainly wasn't going to happen. Another factor is just how ambitious I was with the graphical style. There was simply way too much for me to make, so much that I started asking Gibmaker for help with tilesets.

In retrospect, it would have been wiser to make a bigger team, but I thought the two of us could tackle it by ourselves. It was a mistake, almost an impulsive decision without much planning (I didn't even create a full script/outline for the game's plot until we released the demo). That's a personal demon I have to fight myself, my impulsive nature. I heavily regret dropping this project, as I'm sure a lot of people were looking forward to our iteration of the popular source material. We apologize very much for how the production of Undertow came to a screeching halt.

All that being said, we won't leave you guys with nothing. We have a newer build with more maps and events. It's about halfway through the game, but we won't be making anymore of it. We will release this build for you guys, but as it is incomplete in many ways, there is a high chance you will come across bugs, but hopefully nothing game-breaking. This is the least we can do for you guys who were sticking around since the start. We hope it provides some fun in the wake of this saddening blog. It also contains all of the music we have planned to use for the game. We've also included a bunch of fun pictures/plans that we've created in the production of the game. The demo will end while you talk to Tom in the hallway upon returning from the second dark world. It is not a game-breaking bug, it is simply where we stopped working.

Thanks again for taking interest in our project. I can't say for sure if we'll ever work on a game again, but you guys are free to check my and Gib's portfolio of games if you're ever curious for more completed works from us. Thanks for reading!

EDIT: Because RMN is being stupid, I've uploaded the demo to Mega. https://mega.nz/#!erJUBCJA!3v_CTxZzvr3HzLdQ8bqi1RZPDbQZCdIIBS7409x14K8

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author=Gibmaker
Hi Miimii, Fidchell says it's okay.
:)

Ok thanks so much, I luv this game :)

Here is the link to the playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFKw5Sh-XhRSGE8nMXyvvkFro7VbvasoH

Lots of thanks again :D
Gibmaker
I hate RPG Maker because of what it has done to me
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Hi Miimii, Fidchell says it's okay.
:)
Hi Fidchell, not sure if this post thread is still alive but I have to say that I love this game and the effort you and your team put into it. Not only was I impressed by it's visuals, sprites and atmosphere but it's soundtracks within it. It's sad to see that this got discontinued but it's completely understandable considering the small team and the engine used must have been really hard to continue the game. Nonetheless the current demo was still amazing and scared a majority of my friends who've tried it. I hope that some day, this game can be revived.

I would to like to ask for permission if I could upload the game's soundtracks to YouTube, I will credit the original maker and credit you and Gibmaker as well if that's ok with you? Again Ruby Quest Undertow is a great and well thought rendition, I really wish more people knew about this. Thank you and have a good day :)
Is everything going well ?
its so quiet that its spooky.
Gibmaker
I hate RPG Maker because of what it has done to me
9137
Hello. Yes this is still getting worked on. :) Just hasn't been much to put in an update for a while.

author=gamezbro47
Is this dead or quiet ? Im really startin to get worried here.
Is this dead or quiet ? Im really startin to get worried here.
Well , seems like now may be best time to check in for the month , how is the game doin and how are you guys feeling about the pace of the developement ?
Well , seems like now may be best time to check in for the month , how is the game doin and how are you guys feeling about the pace of the developement ?
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author=Gibmaker
Oh, fan art! :D

gotta keep you guys motivated , i am personally interested in picking up a lost game project called metal glen , but i have no experience in game making so im still seein if it can work out , idk why im mentioning this , its irellevant , anyways , i'll porbably check in with more rubyquest/TGweaver fan art for you guys probably 1,2 per month
Gibmaker
I hate RPG Maker because of what it has done to me
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Oh, fan art! :D
i came here to check up on ya bois and give ye some of dat juicy fanart to keep you motivated , hope you apreciate the gesture :33

and jesus christ why is this picture so big , dont quote it for the love of jesus
author=gamezbro47
the way this is done is astonishing but the lack to somewhat monthly updates are worrying.
Say , do you think the 50% mark is close ?


Sorry to cause you worry. Progress has been very slow, as it is only Gib and I working on it. One way or another, we'll have it done one day.
the way this is done is astonishing but the lack to somewhat monthly updates are worrying.
Say , do you think the 50% mark is close ?
Thank you very much for the compliments!

author=Peepijeep
I have some questions:
Why do you use RPG Maker XP and not the newer versions like VX? Don't they have a better scripting system?


Gibmaker, the programmer, was already very used to the ruby scripting language of XP. To expedite the game's initialization, we decided to go with XP.

author=Peepijeep
Will your game just be a remake of the original Ruby Quest, or are you going to implement more deviations?


There will be plenty more deviations!

author=Peepijeep
Are you only using RPG Maker XP or are you also using some extensions of RPG Maker?


As far as I know, XP and its scripting language is all we're using. I don't know if Gib implemented some voodoo magic in between.

author=Peepijeep
For the monster behavior, do you use an own AI, or are you using the RPG-Maker default functions?


It's a mix of the two, but it's mostly custom scripting that Gibmaker has whipped up. Things like pathfinding and some other behaviors are all things he made from scratch.
I tested the demo. I must say: It is an awesome game. There are a lot of things you guys do correctly. I like your characters. They are "normal" people and no super heroes who can't beat entire armies. Your monsters are not overpowered, but strong enough so scare you.
You guys didn't make a 1:1 copy of the original Ruby Quest, there are a lot of deviations from the original one. I think some parts of your modification of the story are even better. Your dialogues are short, effective and exact.
Your art style of your isometric world is fantastic. It reminds me of the old computer games like X-Com.
What fascinates me is the independent, autonomous behavior of your monsters. They are not just stupid static objects like in other RPGs, they seem to have a own life: They seems to discover the environment while you are moving around.
Also your Soundtrack is awesome! I hope to see more in future.
Unfortunately, I had to look at the walkthrough when I was in the scene where I had to swim around and active some lights....

I have some questions:
Why do you use RPG Maker XP and not the newer versions like VX? Don't they have a better scripting system?
Will your game just be a remake of the original Ruby Quest, or are you going to implement more deviations?
Are you only using RPG Maker XP or are you also using some extensions of RPG Maker?
For the monster behavior, do you use an own AI, or are you using the RPG-Maker default functions?
Honestly, I am fully invested in this project. I'm jumping on and consuming whole every new tidbit.
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