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Distant members of the royal family are calmly living their lives, scattered throughout the Kingdom of Laurentide. Some are scientists, while others are simple merchants and craftsmen. In the middle of the night, six seemingly random members of the family are kidnapped from around the kingdom in a coordinated effort stretching from the southern tribal lands to the northern ice islands.

After members of the royal family are kidnapped, all evidence points to the Moranthian kingdom. Moranthia, a nearby kingdom to the east, has always had an antagonistic relationship with Laurentide, but economic dependency on one another has kept war at bay. A defector from the Moranthian royal guard provided intelligence as to the whereabouts of the kidnapped royal family members: in Moranthia Castle's prison, held by Prince Crendathien and his wife, Duchess Talutah.

This act of war exceeds all previous actions taken by Moranthia in scope and in cruelty. But why? What plans do the Prince and the Duchess have for the captives? And were the six people taken not random at all?

At Last Alone: Rescue at Moranthia tells the story of Shatter Team Alpha, the top special forces team in the Laurentide ground forces and their mission to rescue the kidnapped royal family members. Led by Calista Strelley and her companion direwolf, Georgie, Shatter Team Alpha also includes Garrard Dwirisa. Strelley and Dwirisa have been partners for years. They are joined by a new archer, Samarah Kessie, who was recently promoted from the ranks of the ground troops.

Take command of the Shatter Team and infiltrate the castle! But watch out, Moranthian troops, royal bodyguards, and mercenary assassins are on guard and will rush you the instant they see you!

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This is my first RPGMaker game. Everyone's recommendation for someone starting is, "Start small," and that's what this is. This game started as a demo for a much larger concept but eventually bloomed into a full story, although it is meant to be the first chapter of a series (series is pending; we'll see if people like it before I decide on wasting everyone's time with the series).

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I wanted to let everyone know that a new game with many of the same characters as Rescue at Moranthia has been released: At Last Alone: Risen

It's been a few years since I released Rescue at Moranthia and, since then, I have been working on a true, full follow-up to the story. But when the IGMC competition opened up last month, I took the opportunity to make the tactical JRPG I'd always wanted to make. And, hence, Risen was born! I feel fortunate that the skills I've built up in the last couple years working on the full follow-up provided me with the ability to put together a complete side-story for Cal, Georgie, and Gary in a short month's time.

If you subscribed to Rescue at Moranthia, I hope you give Risen a try!
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Red_Nova
The all around prick
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These are my notes from the fixed version.


- THIS map here has the outside battleback. SEE?

- I found a lot of instances where the battlebacks are inappropriate for the area. Take some time to look at every map's battlebacks.

- Path issue HERE.

- Coming out of THIS exit here, the move sound effect plays twice.

- Passibility error HERE. I can walk on this armor set.

- A few text box format errors in this scene. HERE is one of them.

- Um, the Prison is NOT empty. Maybe have one character notice the guy in the cell.

- Wait a minute, why doesn't Adraed want to be let out of the cell HERE? I would think that a prisoner would want to be let out. Can't there just be a simple action of one character unlocking to cell door?

- Be careful about overusing Khas' lightning effects. Larger maps lag like crazy when there's a lot of them.

- Samarah and Garrard don't turn up during THIS cutscene

- Text box issues HERE http://gyazo.com/7a643ec09aab585670d454c9d541bc79 .

- THIS seems like an important scene. Why are there no busts this time?

- Check the emotion faces during THIS scene. Blood and dirt randomly appearing and vanishing is really odd.

- Check the whole cutscene, because text box issues are popping up every other box.

- Talutah was super easy. Granted, I was level 29 with all Dragon equipment, so take that with a grain of salt.

- Woah, this last scene was intense!

- Why does Talutah not have any emotional faces? Even when she's screaming that she's in pain, her face is exactly the same.

- Wow. That was awesome!

- Aw, a game over screen? Oh hell, are we dead?!


And that's the end of the demo. Wow. That was really good. While the game needs some serious polish (especially the battles), the overall project has some seriously awesome potential. The character writing was fluid and the presentation was great. I just wished there was MORE. There are lots of opportunities to add in character moments via examining things in the castle. You're on the right track, but it just needs a little more. Something to break up the monotony of constant battles.

But the story alone is why I'm subbing. I reeeeally want to see more!
@Red_Nova: Thanks again for playing all the way through and all the constructive comments! It seems like people have been into the characters and world, so there will be more to come. Probably another 30min-1hr "episode".

Random thoughts:
Battlebacks: Crap! I thought I had those fixed... I'll go back and check. BTW, are there suggestions for good battleback DLC? I'm underwhelmed with the RTP battlebacks.

Path issue, sound, game over screen, other tiny things: Good catch!

The text box errors are really bad, my apologies (and after bragging how cool the last scene was! That's what I get for hubris!). I'll have to see what the issue is, because those are NOT happening when I playtest. I'll have to admit: I'm a little embarrassed. Has this happened to anyone else? I've checked the text boxes and busts multiple times and it all plays right in the playtest mode. :/

Talutah's faces: I know, I'm as disappointed as you are. The emotion faces were slightly off from the basic bust and I couldn't photoshop them. And I didn't want to hassle people for help on the boards as a first-time noob. Now that I'm a second-time noob, I'll probably ask for some help.



Linkis
Don't hate me cause I'm Cute :)
1025
Sorry, thought I had messaged you about the words missing a few characters on the end of a text line on the right :( Guess I was going to do it and my cat licked my leg requesting her treats :)

I am very happy to see Red Nova giving so many constructive ideas.
Told you this was a good game :)

NOW GET TO WORK AND MAKE MORE :)
Red_Nova
The all around prick
7616
author=djbeardo
@Red_Nova: Thanks again for playing all the way through and all the constructive comments! It seems like people have been into the characters and world, so there will be more to come. Probably another 30min-1hr "episode".


Sounds good!

Random thoughts:
Battlebacks: Crap! I thought I had those fixed... I'll go back and check. BTW, are there suggestions for good battleback DLC? I'm underwhelmed with the RTP battlebacks.


I'm happy with RTP battlebacks, so I've never needed to look for any. Sorry, but I don't know any DLC you can buy. I CAN, however, point you to the My Own Game Graphics event that just wrapped up. There's got to be something there that suits your needs. Of course, then you run into the problem with style conflict, but cross that bridge when you get to it.

Path issue, sound, game over screen, other tiny things: Good catch!


Oh? So the Game Over screen WASN'T intentional? Ooh...

The text box errors are really bad, my apologies (and after bragging how cool the last scene was! That's what I get for hubris!). I'll have to see what the issue is, because those are NOT happening when I playtest. I'll have to admit: I'm a little embarrassed. Has this happened to anyone else? I've checked the text boxes and busts multiple times and it all plays right in the playtest mode. :/


It's very, VERY easy to miss. Especially if you wrote the dialog, since you tend to see the words in your head instead of on the screen.

I took a look at the game in the editor, and I noticed something perplexing: You have the same scene copy/pasted multiple times. This could be the reason it works for you and not for others, as any fixes you make in one scene have to be copy/pasted to every event. Here's how to fix it:

Just make one autorun event and have that event run as soon as the player steps into the room. You don't have to worry about fixing multiple copies of the same event, and dramatically reduce the number of events on each map and, in turn, lower the file size.

Talutah's faces: I know, I'm as disappointed as you are. The emotion faces were slightly off from the basic bust and I couldn't photoshop them. And I didn't want to hassle people for help on the boards as a first-time noob. Now that I'm a second-time noob, I'll probably ask for some help.


RMN is a very helpful community. You'll be fine.

But you know what the best way to learn is? By playing other games. In fact, there's an event going on right now that revolves around playing games. If you can open up other games in the editor, you can see how they solved issues you had, and learn accordingly.
author=Linkis
Sorry, thought I had messaged you about the words missing a few characters on the end of a text line on the right :( Guess I was going to do it and my cat licked my leg requesting her treats :)


Yeah, you mentioned it. But I couldn't recreate it. But I found some typos, so I assumed that was the problem.

Red Nova's "autorun" idea is solid.

Off to fix and play some other games!! :D
Linkis
Don't hate me cause I'm Cute :)
1025
NO, NO, NO, you don't have time to play other games.
You must correct any problems with this game so I can play it again...
And then create the sequel so Red and I can play that :)
author=Linkis
NO, NO, NO, you don't have time to play other games.
You must correct any problems with this game so I can play it again...
And then create the sequel so Red and I can play that :)


Haha! That's nice! I am definitely fixing things as much as possible on this game before I move on.

The bust messaging system is not working properly right now... But I'll get it working.
I love having characters that can do more than Attack and Defend at the start of the game. That being said, starting off with a party of four, each of whom has around twenty skills, is kind of overwhelming.

Edit: Much as I like the action commands in battle for extra damage/defense, having them mapped to A and D is already getting annoying. Having to constant move my hand up and down means missing some prompts. If the prompts were linked to Z and X, that would be great. Even shift and space would be an improvement, since I wouldn't have to keep moving my hand and break the game flow.

It's also hard to see the circle during some attack animations, making getting the timing right even more frustrating.
author=Kiana
Edit: Much as I like the action commands in battle for extra damage/defense, having them mapped to A and D is already getting annoying. Having to constant move my hand up and down means missing some prompts. If the prompts were linked to Z and X, that would be great. Even shift and space would be an improvement, since I wouldn't have to keep moving my hand and break the game flow.

It's also hard to see the circle during some attack animations, making getting the timing right even more frustrating.

Cool - thanks for the feedback. The timed button press battle script is a little finicky, but I think I should be able to make some changes to it. Thanks for playing the game! :D
I have just one question what is that rule of three riddle?

Can't seem to find the proper combination of those switches to open a a locked door...

author=SuperGamer
I have just one question what is that rule of three riddle?

Can't seem to find the proper combination of those switches to open a a locked door...



You just need three of the four switches turned on. Any three will do. But I'd recommend the switches on the second, third, and fourth floor to on, and first floor off.
this game is so good. not that much of an adventure, It's more like... NVM ^^
any way I love it, i played till the end. like 3 hours and it was great and good luck till the end :3
author=Snowpink
this game is so good. not that much of an adventure, It's more like... NVM ^^
any way I love it, i played till the end. like 3 hours and it was great and good luck till the end :3

Thanks for playing! I'm glad you enjoyed it! I'm working on a more adventurous sequel currently. Stay tuned!
shayoko
We do not condone harassing other members by PM.
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ok i didn't catch half the problems others mentioned but brought up a few more! : D
sadly most if any have still not been handled yet : (
some of mine were a couple areas with chests and enemies that there was no apparent way to get to :/
that aside

Overall thoughts

i did not like this.
its was considerably battle heavy with slightly slow and boring battles.
the classic turn based system with alot of uneeded moves (like seriously i only used 2-3 moves for any character)
a excessive lack of dialog made it tedious just to keep battling with little reward.

for a group that is like the best force ever who is being sent in with only 3 people and a animal...you would think they would already have the highest quality gear available considering there goal...
at least you do not start off as lvl 1! your a veteran and its ridiculous when that happens!

instead you start at 25 with a max lvl of 30.
theres no choices and only one ending which is pretty mediocre.
defiantly should of been a good scene afterwards showing how this event effected your party and maybe even a few others.
it just ended so vaguely


Closing
recommended for people who just like rpg battles,i cant say theres enough of anything else to play it for.
so the only other question is....Are YOU Cals type? :3
Linkis
Don't hate me cause I'm Cute :)
1025
@shayoko, is there any game on this site that you wrote something good about??

If a game type is not what you enjoy playing, then maybe you should consider only playing the kind you DO enjoy.
That way, you can write something nice about a game and not knock everything you play :)
author=shayoko
ok i didn't catch half the problems others mentioned but brought up a few more! : D
sadly most if any have still not been handled yet : (
some of mine were a couple areas with chests and enemies that there was no apparent way to get to :/
that aside


Shayoko: Thanks for taking a shot at playing my first game. Regarding some of your issues: I agree that the battles could be better, and I went a little crazy with the abilities. That's getting balanced out in my next game.
In terms of bugs, I am trying to get it as clean as possible before I move on 100% to something else, so if you have any specific issues (enemies you can't get to? chests?), please PM and let me know.

My comments are about the ending, so hiding, in case someone's reading.

It was rather sporting of Talutah to not just set the heroes on fire along with everyone else. I'm actually not sure why she didn't just do that.

Speaking of which, did all those people die? There was never any indication of those burning people getting "cured," or anything. So with no people and no rulers, I guess this kingdom is gone forever?

And I dunno', I kinda' felt bad for Talutah, too. I wouldn't have felt bad if she just died normal in battle, but for her power to just devour her at the end, and just left screaming in pain. Though at least her husband got off scott free. Yay? For all of Talutah's power, Crendathien seemed like the one who was pulling the strings, so it seems unlikely he's not going to try something in the future. May not be this same kingdom, but somewhere, at least.
OMG ! I can't believe this is your first RPG ! Just WOW !
This was an enjoyable RPG with a very good story , art and characters .
Took about 2 hours play ==> Maybe I stalled a little , kinda slow XDD
I really really really hope that you consider working on this game and making more chapters .

OH first , the game crashed after beating the woman boss ( I don't remember her name XDD ) for the second time , the game just closed . When I try to open my saved files the game closes again . It is really frustrating ..
Never mind , after closing the PC and opening it I can open my saved files and I could finish the game ,too.


Any way the story itself is really good based on a good background ( base ) , that it could be helpful if you consider making it a longer game . It seems to have more deep and events to it and I want to know more about this world , about the royal family and their powers and of course more about the heroes and their back story , especially Cal & Georgie . OMG! That wolf is just too cute ( I WANT ONE )


Let me talk about those Lovely characters that you created ( like I am in love with them )
Cal : She is a really good and caring leader ( A BEAUTIFUL WHITE HAIR GIRL WITH A SWORD AND A WOLF ... WHO WOULDN'T LIKE IT ? ) I suppose she has a tragic past that has something to do with the royal family or something like that . But , a heart warming story about how she met Georgie .
Georgie : Ah ,My lovely girl! how cute! I'd love to hear her voice sometime . No doubt that she is a very loyal friend and a good fighter . Maybe you can make her notice a hidden door like she noticed the guard .
Garrard : He is like the best to lighten up the mood with some jokes or comments . I thought he had a crush on Cal at first but I guess not . I think he could be a Womanizer ( I don't mind it at all XDD ) But , I really ship him with Samarah .
Samarah : At first she was all shy and quite , but as soon as she got to know Cal , Georgie & Garrard she became more talkative .

About the combat , It would be cool to see more mini bosses ( with unique character and maybe a backstory to some of them ) rather than two or three normal enemies together .

Sorry for the long reply , I had fun beating the game .
will their be a sequel ?
author=WatashiDake
OMG ! I can't believe this is your first RPG ! Just WOW !
This was an enjoyable RPG with a very good story , art and characters .
Took about 2 hours play ==> Maybe I stalled a little , kinda slow XDD
I really really really hope that you consider working on this game and making more chapters .

OH first , the game crashed after beating the woman boss ( I don't remember her name XDD ) for the second time , the game just closed . When I try to open my saved files the game closes again . It is really frustrating ..
Never mind , after closing the PC and opening it I can open my saved files and I could finish the game ,too.


Any way the story itself is really good based on a good background ( base ) , that it could be helpful if you consider making it a longer game . It seems to have more deep and events to it and I want to know more about this world , about the royal family and their powers and of course more about the heroes and their back story , especially Cal & Georgie . OMG! That wolf is just too cute ( I WANT ONE )


Let me talk about those Lovely characters that you created ( like I am in love with them )
Cal : She is a really good and caring leader ( A BEAUTIFUL WHITE HAIR GIRL WITH A SWORD AND A WOLF ... WHO WOULDN'T LIKE IT ? ) I suppose she has a tragic past that has something to do with the royal family or something like that . But , a heart warming story about how she met Georgie .
Georgie : Ah ,My lovely girl! how cute! I'd love to hear her voice sometime . No doubt that she is a very loyal friend and a good fighter . Maybe you can make her notice a hidden door like she noticed the guard .
Garrard : He is like the best to lighten up the mood with some jokes or comments . I thought he had a crush on Cal at first but I guess not . I think he could be a Womanizer ( I don't mind it at all XDD ) But , I really ship him with Samarah .
Samarah : At first she was all shy and quite , but as soon as she got to know Cal , Georgie & Garrard she became more talkative .

About the combat , It would be cool to see more mini bosses ( with unique character and maybe a backstory to some of them ) rather than two or three normal enemies together .

Sorry for the long reply , I had fun beating the game .
will their be a sequel ?


Thanks so much for playing my game!! I'm glad you liked it so much! Sorry about the game crashing... That's the first I've heard of it, but there was an issue with the script that comes on after that battle (particle effect things... ugh!).

I'm glad you beat it! :D

For a few of your comments:
1) Thanks for all the compliments on the characters - I'm in love with them too. I found the art for Cal and absolutely fell in love.
2) Yes, there is a ship was Sammie. I'm glad you picked up on that.
3) Gary is a womanizer and does have a history with Cal.
4) There will be a sequel - it digs into the history of Cal, the world, the royal family - all of it!
5) Georgie does get a "voice" of sorts in the sequel. It all makes sense in the world and I'm excited about it.

Not to pester for a subscribe, but if you subscribe here I'll make an announcement when the sequel is made. Also, you can follow my dev blog on instagram @djbeardo206.

Thanks again for playing my game! :D This made me so happy!
author=djbeardo
Thanks so much for playing my game!! I'm glad you liked it so much! Sorry about the game crashing... That's the first I've heard of it, but there was an issue with the script that comes on after that battle (particle effect things... ugh!).

I'm glad you beat it! :D

For a few of your comments:
1) Thanks for all the compliments on the characters - I'm in love with them too. I found the art for Cal and absolutely fell in love.
2) Yes, there is a ship was Sammie. I'm glad you picked up on that.
3) Gary is a womanizer and does have a history with Cal.
4) There will be a sequel - it digs into the history of Cal, the world, the royal family - all of it!
5) Georgie does get a "voice" of sorts in the sequel. It all makes sense in the world and I'm excited about it.

Not to pester for a subscribe, but if you subscribe here I'll make an announcement when the sequel is made. Also, you can follow my dev blog on instagram @djbeardo206.

Thanks again for playing my game! :D This made me so happy!


Followed and Subscribed !!
The Sequel seems amazing . Cannot wait to see it <3
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