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Made by Team "Might be Magic?" (Kloe, Marrend, Cap_H, and TungerManU) for McBacon Jam 3, Might be Magic: Stolen Love is a Visual Novel/Tactical RPG based off the Might and Magic series, and centered around the theme of inspiration.

The main character, ??? the Thief (nameable character) has the power to inspire others, and recently joined a group of adventurers who are rather uninspired... can Thief inspire everyone, and save both the world and everyone from despair and destruction?

This game features a Turn based TBS battle system, and an old palette.

Oh and now for Marrend's waaaaaaaaay better gam description! Yay!
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For eons, the world of Morn was under the protection of a mysterious guardian. As time passed, that guardian seemed to lose the will to do his duty. Morn, itself, suffered melancholy as he stepped down from his post, and became little more than a legend.


A thief stands before Dago's Inn, a place of rest in the middle of a bleak swamp. She has information for her companions, yet, she only knows the location of one. The others have been scattered to the winds: Wilhelm is under the king's service, Wizzage hides herself among the elves, and the other two are probably in places much like Dago's.

She presses forward, finding her companion too drunk to care about much of anything. Yet, she knows, and trusts, him, and her other companions. She knows what they are capable of. What they can do for this world, if they can just be inspired.

Latest Blog

Captain's big log #1: The party

To be honest I felt like a failure this time around. I wanted to make a good game, as good as some other Marrend's games. Added that it's a fan game, I wanted it to really shine. I still want it and I'm afraid, that I'm not able to deliver it. I'm really slow and got detached from the rest of the team (It's completely my fault) and keep on working with an outdated version of the project and haven't got to play the demo yet.
I'm sorry, guys.
Let's talk about the positive. Kloe, Tunger and Marrend are all really cool people to work with. I love the music, we got from the Man, and I'm glad that I'm not in charge of it. It's far better than a cheesy soundtrack I would put together.
Marrend is our mace wielding god of everything nice and good and together with Kloe they're working on dialogues, which are witty and on spot. Kloe is also our cheerful archer.
But I'm not here to write about real persons. I'm to write few lines about characters. I promise, it's gonna be a different insight than the previous 'Might be Heroes' blog.
The cheerful bunch contains jawless Thief, Marrend from Kentonia, Intellectual Kloe, No-neck Harold, Fake-beard Wilhelm and IDK Wizzage.


The game's cast contains characters which are based on us to some extent. They all have their own tunes, which are superb, and are more than archetypes, or a contradiction of these. We had classes first. They're six original classes from the very first of Might and Magic games (although we call robber thief all the time). And it's interesting how they fit our four characters plus protagonist and Harold.

Pictures used are my first ever drawn on computer. I don't have a proper pad, just a touch sensitive display. Also original hand-drawn sketches can be found here.

The Cleric
This choice was the most obvious.Marrendis just so cleric. It really fits his character around the site. He got his own polite humour, which stands consistent. He's a pillar of the community and I wouldn't have dared to experiment with genres, if he hadn't been on the team. Heck, he helped me with my first accepted description back when I joined RMN in 2014.
I wanted to add some coolness to the design, by making him look sharp (sideburns). The armor was stolen from artworks in the manual of Might and Magic 3.
The final design is far from the cool artwork. Due to my lacking skills, his cheeks got chubby. Thanks to the chosen form, armour is not displayed.


The Archer
Kloebeing an archer is more on spot than I thought at first. I like the class and could be little jelly about Kloe getting it at first. I like it because it sounds ordinary. Others are fancy names fanciers. You can't beat the simplicity of the name. Swordsman is too specific and warrior too broad. The class itself is usually fun to play as it has bows or crossbows and can shoot.
Kloe, i know from forums, is stronk. She's witty and friendly and energetic. Just like an archer, who needs to get quickly in an advantageous position before the battle starts. Her personality resonates with motives of a bow and an arrow.
My approach was to make her both a dreamer and a skilled warrior. She's not really as eccentric and loud as she may seem to be. I think glasses (I took them from her avatar) and practical clothes shows this well. Her affection towards Harold is a significant manner too.


The Paladin
I thinkHaroldis the simple member of the group. We needed a sixth character and Kloe came up with Harold. He's a date with a twist. It's easy to make him inspired and to find a way under his chest plate.
Drawing him was more of a challenge. Everyone knows him from MV and my drawing skills are nowhere close to the original design. I knew, I needed to keep the iron bandana and red overgrown spiky hair. Marrend chose the weapon. In battles they create 'The Dynamic Duo' withRobinKloe. He again wears natural colors of iron and leather and pink cloth. He's slightly darker than Kloe. They both wear capes. His chin is wide.
I feel, that he was mild as a character, when I was drawing him. I'm sure, Marrend and Kloe gave him the needed structure in dialogues.


The Knight
Tunger's character is an interesting one.Wilhelmis not your usual goofy knight, who solves everything through power (like Jeremy Clarkson). He's a philanthropist. He doesn't talk a lot, just like Tunger. Also, I like him as a date. I'm usually against younger woman/older man tropes. But that's from a male point of view. Recently, I found out how much does it make sense from a woman's perspective. Wilhelm wants to be more of a mentor, almost a father and he wants to share his wisdom. Thief should be the active one here, making first steps, while being charmed. And Wilhelm slowly falls for her.
I really like his quest for knowledge. It's somehow presumable that Marrend is a pieceful character and Wizzage is probably an aggressive one, cuz 'who cares about peasants.' It's nice to have Wilhelm among them, the guy has the biggest sword around and is hesitant to use it. His shield is more important to him. He can sit on it while reading or playing lute.
He wears an armour, which is directly taken from the Isles of Terra manual. Actually it combines knight's and druid's pictures. The Color scheme is simple. It mostly keeps natural colors with red/pink being his his signature color. It's dominant color of his leggins and he has his shoulders painted with it.


The Sorceress
Wizzageis avatar, which represents me in the game. I hope she doesn't use Engrish. It is only natural, that I put the most energy in her. Designing her was easy. I wanted her to look like me, if I were a 40 years old female elf. I even gave her the same varsity jacket I wear. And she got a big sword and sexy Xena-like dress beneath. She is sexy but bitter and resents males. She's cool and powerful, tongue-in-cheek when necessary. Frankly, I made her much cooler than my actual self. To balance her raddity, I made her really broken. She may seem to be only little bitter and annoying at first, but as you got further with her, you will discover her heart full of holes and emptiness, lack of motivation, even a personality crisis.
Again, she ought to be an interesting date. She is heart-broken and it's hard to make her act differently than a jealous stepmother. No, it's hard to make her care enough to be jealous. And she got nothing visible to live for. No simple goal like Marrend or Wilhelm got. You need to change her personality completely to find a way. You need to give her goals and help her to fulfill them. Eventually, she'll be happy again.


A Thief
It's you. I almost succeeded with this one. I recommend to check on original sketches here, cuz they can tell you much more about her and my intentions. She is strong and has a power. The power to inspire others. However she's weak too. Fragile, I would say and the appearance makes the player care about her the same way he cares about the protagonist of Oneshot and through her he cares about the world around and romances happening it it. Also, I made her really plain. The player knows nothing about her. She wars a short plain dress. It almost looks like a large t-shirt. No belt. She has a backpack with her daggers in it. The good thing about the backpack is, that there is probably something more hidden in it. Her haircut is innocent and It should remind us of cute actresses like Mia Farrow and Goldie Hawn in the 60s.
In the end, she became my favorite character to work on. Most of the time, she is cheerful, but may become more serious later on. The most important about her is that she never stops giving us second chances.


That's it. As I stated before, my perception may differ from the actual game. It's totally ok.
Next time, We will travel around the land of Morn. We will visit all major locations and I'll try to bring up, what is behind them.

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Frogge
༶•┈┈⛧┈♛ G a y ♛┈⛧┈┈•༶
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author=Kloe
Strategy Puzzle Tactics RPG Visual Novel

THAT'S A LOT OF GENRES

Err... This looks pretty nice, I look forward to see what you 4 end up making :D
pianotm
The TM is for Totally Magical.
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Subscribed!
Marrend
Guardian of the Description Thread
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Funnily enough, the suggestion I pitched to the team was "an RPG with visual novel elements," taking inspiration from my experiences with Heartache 101 and Memories Neverlasting than the Might and Magic series. Suffice it to say, things have changed quite a bit since that initial pitch!

So. Anybody else want the title-music to Heroes 2 in their head?


*Edit: On the New and Notable section too! WOOOT! I think that's a first for me?
unity
You're magical to me.
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Hehe, nice! This looks like it's gonna be good :DDDDD
Red_Nova
The all around prick
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Ooh! I like the look of this. Subbed!
If Luchino had a child with the VX/ACE RTP creator, this would be the result. I'm really diggin' it.
Marrend
Guardian of the Description Thread
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Attempting to update the CSS. Personally, the text color seemed a bit dark.

*Edit: Though, let's give a big thanks to Kloe for the initial CSSing! YAAAAAY!


So, how's this color working for everybody? More readable?

*Edit2: This is also, literally, the first time I've messed with CSS.
Kloe
I lost my arms in a tragic chibi accident
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author=Marrend
Attempting to update the CSS. Personally, the text color seemed a bit dark.

*Edit: Though, let's give a big thanks to Kloe for the initial CSSing! YAAAAAY!


So, how's this color working for everybody? More readable?

*Edit2: This is also, literally, the first time I've messed with CSS.

Edit2 wise, same!

Yup, it's better, thanks Marrend :D
Also thanks to Ziggy for helping with the CSS, he lent me some bits which I edited to make this!
Cap_H
DIGITAL IDENTITY CRISIS
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author=Frogge
author=Kloe
Strategy Puzzle Tactics RPG Visual Novel
THAT'S A LOT OF GENRES

Err... This looks pretty nice, I look forward to see what you 4 end up making :D


Nah, we forgot fantasy.
Kloe
I lost my arms in a tragic chibi accident
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author=Cap_H
author=Frogge
author=Kloe
Strategy Puzzle Tactics RPG Visual Novel
THAT'S A LOT OF GENRES

Err... This looks pretty nice, I look forward to see what you 4 end up making :D
Nah, we forgot fantasy.

It said I could only have 5, it cut the rest out ;w;
Marrend
Guardian of the Description Thread
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Those would be the gameplay tags, so...
Oh wow, the expected completion of this game is on my birthday! I'm looking forward to playing this game!
Marrend
Guardian of the Description Thread
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You know, maybe it was just me seeing other McBacon games upload their stuff early, but, I've decided to upload what we had. We hope it is enjoyable!

*Edit: It has nothing to do with the outside possibility that absolutely nobody will be able to upload by the time the event is over.
Kloe
I lost my arms in a tragic chibi accident
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This is how I name Thief... and plus this sentence sounds so cool now!
Marrend
Guardian of the Description Thread
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I've typically named Thief "Emmy" or, when in a rush "A". However, the idea struck me that her name is Jessica Vanessa Cartwright.


This is in no way related to allowing her to have the same initials as the creator of the Might and Magic series.
Kloe
I lost my arms in a tragic chibi accident
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Okay, game updated with jump sounds, faces to moreso match sprites, though not all have changed and fixed certain jumps and passibility, extra mapping, empty chest fixed and a couple other misc things.

Also don't try to escape from battle, it often results in some kind of glitch, it's happened to me once or twice.
Marrend
Guardian of the Description Thread
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Which battle glitched?

*Edit: Never mind. There's only one battle where running is an option.
Kloe
I lost my arms in a tragic chibi accident
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The Optional Flower one.


Also it ends after the gobline fight right?
Marrend
Guardian of the Description Thread
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author=Kloe
The Optional Flower one.

Right. Could you be more specific about the glitch you're noticing? I've only managed to run from that fight twice, but, from a processing standpoint, it works as intended.

author=Kloe
Also it ends after the goblin fight right?

Pretty much! It's a really short demo!
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