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In a world where CHAOS reigns... no, wait...
In a world in need of heroes, four young... nah. Okay. Here we go:


Welcome to BOSSGAME. In BOSSGAME, you fight bosses. That's it. That's the game. There are bosses, and you get to fight them.

Lead four young, aimless adults on their heroic quest to figure out what the hell they're doing with their lives. Fight witches, liches, bears, robots, and trees, in battles that will test your mind and your cunning and probably your patience. Learn new skills to fight bosses even harder. Tweet about the bosses. Flirt with the bosses. Fall in love with the bosses.

There's an big world out there and it's wonderful and strange and full of bosses.


Features:

  • Maximum bosses. Each boss has a special set of skills and strategies specifically designed to mess up your face. They'll respond to your tactics intelligently, and outsmarting them isn't going to be easy. Do your best to keep their CHAOS in line, lest they get even stronger.

  • A character-focused story, with loads of loveable and hateable folks to meet and chat with before they beat you up - featuring original character art by accha!

  • Customize your crew before each fight with lots of skills and gear. Combo, buff, quest, and evolve your abilities - all in the heat of battle.

  • No walking. Just bosses.

  • No money, alchemy systems, crafting, or minigames. Just bosses.

  • Exactly one proper tea party, hosted by a kindly old lady who is actually a boss.

  • Exactly one pair of hot bishounen twins, who are both bosses.

  • I'm sure you see where I'm going with this.








Welcome to BOSSGAME. Enjoy your stay!

I talk about BOSSGAME on my Twitter a lot! If you're on there you should totally follow me for all the latest and greatest BOSSGAME news :D


Latest Blog

Status Update 1: Completionist Run

Hi, everyone! It's been a while! I've been meaning to post a status update, but I wasn't sure what to put, so I putzed around about it. But I'm getting antsy and I'm sure you're curious, so, let's catch up!

Status & Progress

BOSSGAME is coming along well! In the past month or so, I've written a lot of dialogue - something like 20+ small VN-style cutscenes - and began implementing them in the game. I've also made lots of little tweaks to combat, specific bosses, skills, and executed on a lot of polish that needs to be done. This is all for a playtest build that I want to send out to a small testing group ASAP. I got hung up on the writing in particular. I have a lot of faith in the characters I've written and the themes of BOSSGAME, but I'm generally nervous about my writing, and pushing through that to put words on the page took some getting used to.

Opportunities

To be honest, I had forgotten I set a completion date when I originally posted about BOSSGAME here, and it just flew by, so... whoops. Progress is coming along! However, a couple (good!) things have happened that have made me consider BOSSGAME's future - which has in turn made me slow down my pace a bit, instead of diving into "get the game out the door" mode, which I'd normally be entering about now.

The first is that I've had some contact with artists who would be able to spruce up some places where BOSSGAME's art still relying on the VX Ace default (backgrounds, battlers, and such) and would really benefit from a matching style :) I've also been hunting for a musician!

The second is that I've been approached by a few people who would love to see the game go further and possibly find a place as a commercial game. I've talked to a few people about publishing and it's something I've been considering! BOSSGAME is pretty unique in its format, and I think there's a lot of people who would really enjoy it. But, if I was going to sell the game at a price, I would personally want to make the best game I could manage. This means I'd spend more time working with artists, bugfixing, and polishing it up to a mirror's sheen - which means longer development time.

(For what it's worth, if I did sell the game, I'd definitely come up with a free version or something that I could post here on RMN, as well!)

What's Next

So I'm at a crossroads! I would love to finish up the game as soon as possible and show it off to people. I think it's a lot of fun, and I know you would all enjoy it. On the other hand, I've been trying to push myself as a developer, and part of that is:

I want to release more complete games! I've made dozens of scrappy games in the past 8 years or so since I started in games, but I have never really trained my patience on a larger project. Until BOSSGAME, the biggest game I made (in hours spent on dev) was It'll Look Great On Your Résumé, which took me about 4 months from start to finish. In comparison, I've been working on BOSSGAME steadily since March 2015 - like, 15 months now. Woof. I've never had the discipline to focus on a single project for so long. It's been a strange and great experience and part of me wants to push it farther!

That's where I'm at! I'm steadily pushing forward. This weekend I plan to send out a small playtest and get feedback on a zillion changes I've made since the last one. I'll do my best to keep you all updated as much as possible. Thank you for listening and thank you for your BOSSGAME love!


~slash
  • Production
  • slash
  • accha (Character Artist)
  • RPG Maker VX Ace
  • Strategy RPG Visual Novel
  • 04/04/2016 12:38 PM
  • 08/16/2016 01:58 AM
  • 05/30/2016
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unity
You're magical to me.
11142
I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS FOR A LONG TIME! Subbed! :DDDDD

In the end, the name of the game is just BOSSGAME. But somehow it feels like the perfect name! ^_^
Red_Nova
The all around prick
7483
Yeah, I've been hearing you talk about this game for a while now, so it's nice to finally see a page for it. Subbed!
NeverSilent
Got any Dexreth amulets?
5329
This sounds so good! I wish I could subscribe more than once.
slash
I didn't want to wake up 40 years old and working a job that I hate.
3891
You all are the best ;___;

Thank you! Your enthusiasm motivates me to greater heights and hype!
NeverSilent
Got any Dexreth amulets?
5329
Good luck with the last parts of the development process! Gotta build up the hype for the Bosses!

By the way, you wouldn't happen to maybe want a tester for this game? Because I'd absolutely like to do that.
Ratty524
The 524 is for 524 Stone Crabs
12652
About time! :)
Craze
i bet she's a diva with a potion popping problem
13234
No walking. Just bosses.


i feel like you might have the leg up on W&R here
kentona
One of RMN's Top 10 Admins of all-time
20443
Craze is just upset you mimicked his game naming style.
slash
I didn't want to wake up 40 years old and working a job that I hate.
3891
author=Ratty524
About time! :)
author=Zeigfried_McBacon
Its about time.

Haha, no joke :P I think updates will come a lot faster from here on out!

author=NeverSilent
By the way, you wouldn't happen to maybe want a tester for this game? Because I'd absolutely like to do that.

I'll probably make a blog post about playtesting in the near future - I've got to get a new test build set up, first.

author=Craze
No walking. Just bosses.
i feel like you might have the leg up on W&R here

Craze tbh if I could make the main menu a boss, I would.

author=kentona
Craze is just upset you mimicked his game naming style.

Typical Craze. He should probably be upset b/c Wine & Roses was so good that I was forced to spend a year desperately trying to mimic it.
Ratty524
The 524 is for 524 Stone Crabs
12652
author=slash
author=Craze
No walking. Just bosses.
i feel like you might have the leg up on W&R here


Craze tbh if I could make the main menu a boss, I would.

What's stopping you? :P
Craze
i bet she's a diva with a potion popping problem
13234
seriously.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FpigqfcvlM

just do it

also w&r was based on megaman anyway so w/e

edit: for clarification it was based on megaman's structure, not that particular vid
slash
I didn't want to wake up 40 years old and working a job that I hate.
3891
OK.

Really tho this is gonna happen now. Your wish is my command.


actually i had a totally cool plan to make a boss attack you to at random while you flip around on the menu screen so

edit: I can see the bits of MM in Wine & Roses... also, I dig that vid series.
Exactly one pair of hot bishounen twins
I'm sold. Now how can I successfully flirt with them to bag me two hot bishies... err, I mean lower their guard so I can defeat them with ease!

featuring original character art by accha!
His game art is beautiful, especially Painted Heart. Corbin ! Mirror Boy looks adorable too.

Who knows, maybe fighting all these bosses will teach these guys how to be... LIKE A BOSS!

...Now I'm imagining Corbin/Zophie/Agiel from Painted Heart making a cameo and you having to fight them.

Looking at the screenshots, it's neat how the battle character portraits can change (if they're in critical condition/statused/out of SP?).
slash
I didn't want to wake up 40 years old and working a job that I hate.
3891
author=HikiNeet
His game art is beautiful, especially Painted Heart. Corbin ! Mirror Boy looks adorable too.

Who knows, maybe fighting all these bosses will teach these guys how to be... LIKE A BOSS!

...Now I'm imagining Corbin/Zophie/Agiel from Painted Heart making a cameo and you having to fight them.

Looking at the screenshots, it's neat how the battle character portraits can change (if they're in critical condition/statused/out of SP?).

She! :D and yea, she did a fantastic job with the art in Painted Heart. I was super excited when she was able to help me out with Bossgame! I gave her some pretty simple character designs and she did the fantastic illustration work you see here :D

And yup! The portraits change from happy -> upset if you're out of SP, and turn gray once you've acted for the turn.
So does it change to upset if you're low on HP?

Consider that Painted Heart boss idea (with accha's permission). References/cameos to past games are usually well-received after all if Mirror Boy is any indication.

By the way, I thought accha was a male 'cause her site (accha.carbonmade.com) said Antonio Clark. That's what happens when I make assumptions. :(
Marrend
Guardian Gorgon of the Description Thread
17561
I've heard snippets about this game. I hear it's boss.
charblar
"wait you made this a career?"
3552
It's here!!!!!
slash
I didn't want to wake up 40 years old and working a job that I hate.
3891
author=HikiNeet
So does it change to upset if you're low on HP?


Nope, it just has to do with your Shield (SP) - I'll probably write a little dev blog about the combat basics soon :D

author=HikiNeet
By the way, I thought accha was a male 'cause her site (accha.carbonmade.com) said Antonio Clark. That's what happens when I make assumptions. :(


Haha, I saw that site too - I think her URL is out of date :P

author=Marrend
I've heard snippets about this game. I hear it's boss.


I hope it lives up to the rumors -__-)b

author=charblar
It's here!!!!!


Yea!! I'm excited!! \o\ \o/ /o/
CashmereCat
Self-proclaimed Puzzle Snob
10378
Yayyyyyyyyyyy.
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