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Penumbra Crystallis is an RPG Maker MV game that is heavily inspired by series such as Final Fantasy, and borrows lightly from others such as Dragon Quest. Penumbra Crystallis tells the story of Vahn Vainstrong as he is gradually swept up into plot to drain the Crystals of the Elements by a mysterious entity known as Malacore that will take him and his friends on an adventure that spans the entire globe as they fight to protect the Crystals and the elements themselves.

Penumbra Crystallis was originally conceived as a remake of Blackmoon Prophecy with original assets and all Final Fantasy references stripped away. It has since evolved into a bit more than that, and while the story and world are very similar to what was featured in Blackmoon Prophecy, there are going to be many key departures along the way that will catch returning players completely by surprise, namely the story eventually veering off into completely uncharted territory. This game may have many of the same story beats as Blackmoon Prophecy, and many of them will unfold in the same way, but where you ultimately end will be so far removed from the later events of Blackmoon Prophecy that this is more than just a reimagining. Penumbra Crystallis takes the shell of Blackmoon Prophecy and makes something completely new out of it.

So, if you liked Blackmoon Prophecy, strap yourselves in! This game should not disappoint, and I hope to have the original game's fans all along for the ride on this weird journey!
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What's with the name?
Penumbra Crystallis gets its name from two elements of the original games storyline, the Blackmoon phenomenon (Penumbra) and the Crystals of Element (Crystallis). The term "Penumbra Crystallis" will also appear in-game at one point too, so there's that!

How long is this game expected to be?
I'm still not 100% sure on the length of this game, and I apparently always spit out guesses that end up being wildly inaccurate. My games always seem to take you guys twice as long to beat than I expect, so maybe I'll play it safe and say that you'll finish the game somewhere between 30 and 70 hours.

How many characters are there?
There are nine playable characters. Of the nine, only five are returning playable characters from Blackmoon Prophecy. They are Hans (now a permanent party member), Nobumasa, Oalston, Vahn, and Vera. Who are the other four characters? Well, wait and see!

Is this game worth playing if I played Blackmoon Prophecy?
Absolutely! If you enjoyed Blackmoon Prophecy, then there's no reason for you to not enjoy Penumbra Crystallis. However, if you did not like Blackmoon Prophecy (or Blackmoon Prophecy II), this project is similar. Be warned, you probably won't enjoy this game if you weren't a fan of the Blackmoon Prophecy games simply because my method of story telling and gameplay design hasn't changed much from them. As for why it is worth playing? Well, onto the next point...

Just how different is the story from Blackmoon Prophecy?
You start off in Vahn's hometown instead of Branch Castle, so the differences are evident as soon as you begin. Within the first hour, you will discover that Hans and Vahn are no longer dragoons, Vera's already chilling at Branch Castle and is now from a different kingdom (Artalia, or Lindblum as it was called in Blackmoon Prophecy), the rivalry with Darius unfolds differently, and the Crystals of the Element are targeted in a much different way and for different reasons! And that's just in the first hour or two!

How many assets are original?
All animations, battle backgrounds, sprites and tiles are being made by yours truly. This is a huge endeavour, as I've never done more than the odd major edit here and there in the past. To make it an easier learning process for me, I've used the RPG Maker 2000 RTP and Final Fantasy IV and V graphics as heavily references and sources of inspiration. If you see a sprite or tile and say, "Hey, UPRC, that's a rip!", look a little more closely. I promise it's not!

Portraits for the playable characters are, as usual, original creations by RMN's Avee. He did such a good job for me in Blackmoon Prophecy II that I always find myself going back to him for my portrait needs.

As for side view monsters, they are being created by the awesome level2janitor!

Music is from several sources. Some tracks that Brandon Griggs composed for Blackmoon Prophecy II are coming back, as well as a few unused tracks that he had sent me that never made it into that game. The rest of the game's soundtrack is by Bert Cole and YouFulca (the former is on Patreon, the later sells their tracks on their Japanese website). All music used is delightfully retro sounding.

What's with the ancient game page? Isn't this a new game?
Yes and no! Penumbra Crystallis has been around for a while and has just mutated a few times with this game page frequently being private in the past as I tried to figure out just where it was going. Originally intended to be part of Blackmoon Prophecy, and then a remake of Blackmoon Prophecy... and then finally, renamed into what it is now and turned into an original project that serves as a non-fan game retelling of Blackmoon Prophecy. It's roughly always been the same project at its core, it has just changed names and engines a few times until finally reaching its FINAL FORM.

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Cards, Cards, Cards!

Penumbra Crystallis' card game, Beast Master, is finally playable. I vowed to add a Triple Triad offshoot to the game before I even made my first map, and now I've finally got it up and running.

So, what's the deal with this card game? It's sort of like a hybrid between Triple Triad and Tetra Master. Instead of having four different numbers indicating how strong a card is in each direction, all cards only have one number, which is displayed on the card as their level. Cards go up to level 5 in strength. Now, this card level, this indicates how strong a card attacks in all direction. I know what your reaction is to that. "But UPRC, won't the card game suck if the numbers only go up to 5?"

The thing is, these cards have... arrows! All cards can have up to four arrows, one per side. If you have a card that has an arrow pointing left, and you place it beside a card that does not have any arrow on its right side, you automatically flip it. No arrow means that card cannot attack or defend at all on that side. So, there's a bit of Tetra Master in there as well.

Enough blabbing, here's the beginner tournament in action within the game's arena location (which is also where you can do your traditional arena battles ala FF6's Colosseum of FF7's Battle Square).

Note: Triple Triad theme is a placeholder until a replacement track is composed/found. Bert Cole is probably going to be putting something together in the next week or so that I can use, so I'm pretty excited for that.


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A real shame too, if the screenshots are anything to go by.
Tau
RMN sex symbol
3278
God it sucks this game will never be done.
I hope this is still being worked on. It looks SO good! :(
Oblic
Once a member of RMN, always a member of RMN!
1752
Man... I haven't seen this in a long time, and now I'm depressed it won't be finished. Are you planning on working on it in a new engine?
UPRC
Exciting, but ultimately pointless.
7376
author=Oblic
Man... I haven't seen this in a long time, and now I'm depressed it won't be finished. Are you planning on working on it in a new engine?


Truthfully I just forgot about it long ago. I originally stopped working on it because I just stopped liking the way I was making it. I don't know if I have any future plans for it but I might upload the old incomplete version just for the hell of it.
Oblic
Once a member of RMN, always a member of RMN!
1752
Well, I'm sorry to hear that... but uploading something is better than nothing. Also, I just realized that this is your game! I don't blame you considering the undertaking of Blackmoon Prophecy!
d-o-w-n-l-o-a-d-i-n-g because cool.
Red_Nova
The all around prick
7781
FIVE STARS!

A+!

10/10!

Y NO DOWNLOAD!?
UPRC
Exciting, but ultimately pointless.
7376
WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? GO AWAY.

I really should have this set as private until Blackmoon Prophecy II is done, haha.
Red_Nova
The all around prick
7781
It's also on your main profile page.
Insta-subscribed even though it's 5 years old.
author=metalmariolord
Insta-subscribed even though it's 5 years old.

UPRC
Exciting, but ultimately pointless.
7376
All an optical illusion!
I've subscribed :P Can't wait to see how it turns out!
UPRC
Exciting, but ultimately pointless.
7376
author=Kaliesto
Is this like still a thing?


It is, but it's just a side project. Also, everything I've been working on has been going very slowly for the last 2-3 months.
I'm curious to see how this turns out.
If you need help I would be happy to work for this remake.
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