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    Reygekan
  Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:02 am
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Necrofear: Alpha Edition

There is an extreme amount of cursing in this game. If the ESRB were to see this, this would, as a result, get an M rating and therefore I feel obligated to warn those that are easily offended to stay away from the download link. The rest of the content is appropriate for a younger audience, the language is not.

No, really, I mean it. I tried censoring the system and the first three dungeons once at school. IT TOOK OVER THREE HOURS.

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[1F]: Introduction
[2F]: Screenshots
[3F]: Download Link
[4F]: Features
[5F]: Storyline Information
[6F]: Characters
[7F]: Coming Soon
[8F]: Credits
[9F]: Known glitches, untested equipment
[10F]: Criticism/Praise

(1F) Introduction

I can't exactly say I'm a newbie. I've been making games in Game Maker since I was in sixth grade, so I've had a lot of experience with games. I CAN say I'm a newbie in that this is my first finished game.

Wait, finished? Then why post it here? Why not completed games? Well it's not exactly finished. I call this the Alpha Version.

I have done a playthrough of the game and fixed all the glitches I found (and damn did I look hard) but the truth is I may have screwed something up while fixing everything, or just not caught everything. So the first reason that this is the alpha version is that this has not been properly tested. The second reason that is the alpha version, rather than the beta, is that It's going to receive a content update. More on that in 7F, but this is far and away from being a truly complete game. Sure, it's finished storyline wise and will pass as is, but I don't see it as complete. Maybe this needs a move anyway. If I'm wrong, mods, feel free to slap me with a brick and move this.

This game was originally started almost two years ago (so yes, some of the writing is that old) until it was shelved for almost a year. I then picked it back up for a bit for school and completed a couple more dungeons, but it wasn't until these last few months that I updated the system and just went "let's do this."

So I did. And it has taken so much of my free time it's insane, but I did it. I. Did. It. For now anyway. :)

I feel that it's only fair to say, that the game is sarcastic. A lot of it is just pure sarcasm. I even tried to make fun of some WRPG and JRPG stereotypes WITHIN THE MAIN CAST. I designed some of their appearances around this. I designed one of the main towns around a similar notion. The fact is that the game is meant to be fun. I've tried to keep it strategically deep and exciting, but at the same time, it's a game. I know it's a game. And so I have some fun with it, and I hope you do too.

I can't promise you a stunning, gorgeous game. I did this by myself on my own free time. Only two characters have custom spritesets and one is a carry over from an older game. The sprites in this game are 95% RTP.

I can't promise you a complex, in-depth storyline. The storyline is okay, passable maybe, but the truth is if I wanted to really write a story, I would've written a novel (I did actually, but that's another topic entirely.) The game is currently a bit weak here, but I hope to fix that a bit more later on.

I can't promise you some new battle system, as I'm not a great scripter- I edit, that's it. I can promise you only what I have, and that's a game that I finished because I wanted to, and that I hope is at least an interesting and unique experience, if nothing special. With that said, let's move on :)

And no, neither of the two guys in the first screenshot are the main characters. Only one is even playable.

(2F) Screenshots
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(3F) Download Link

I have the RMXP RTP, download.
That guy might but I sure as hell don't. Download.

(4F) Features

Battles are done in a side-view, ATB battle system.

Every character has only 10 levels in this game, and a level up is achieved not by getting kills, but by beating dungeons so it's a measure of progress, not farming. This means that yes, every boss is as hard for you as it was for me when I played through it.

50 weapons, all unique. Yes, ALL UNIQUE. I don't mean "iron is stronger than bronze, bam, unique." Every single piece of equipment has some kind of tactical advantage or disadvantage. ALL of it is useful, even your starting equipment. ESPECIALLY your starting equipment!

Speaking of equipment, every character can equip a weapon, shield, armor, accessory, and bonus ability that give great bonuses, but are hard to find.

More skills than I'd like to think about, all different with their own trade offs, like weapons (all equipment really) I strove to make everything useful. You might think "oh Triple Attack is better than Double Attack" but there are many scenarios where that simply wont be true.

About a dozen optional bosses, seperate from a dozen sidequests, all with their own unique rewards.

129 different maps means that you have a lot to get through. The game time will vary, but doing the sidequests, reading all the dialogue, and experimenting with characters and equipment will net you at least 4-5 hours, if not more. At least, that's what it took me, but then again I can walk through walls, teleport anywhere, and win any battle I want to instantly so I guess it might differ for you.

Pretty weather system :)

6 different, playable characters with their own skillsets and their own Overdrive abilities. More on them later.

Stats do not change by level up, but can be radically altered via equipment choices. This is a game built on using what you have and what you gained to face new challenges, not to hit level 99 and one-shot everything. Low numbers and a low damage cap means that even with optimal damage settings some strategy is going to be required.

9 different endings, gained through conscious player decision-making and an unconscious record of the methods you use to play the game. You could go "all good" or "all evil" with your decision making all you want, if you don't change your playstyle you wont get them all. :)

You can escape from 99% of all encounters, even boss fights. You also get a full heal after every enemy encounter. You're still going to need items. Every group of enemies is different and some will require different tactics than others, and while you could ignore them all, and hey, if you don't want to fight you don't have to, you might not get the money you'll need to buy the items you'll need for the big boss battles when they come around. (Okay, I'll be fair, all the big boss battles are entirely optional but I mean, come on. :P)

The ability to play as your final boss rather than the party. (As a result, there are more endings that involve the world ending than not.)

Both a weapon range system and a magic affinity system for different strategy making and character picking.

(5F) Storyline Information

The game centers around a mercenary (wannabe mercenary at first) named Vice, who finds himself hired to collect pieces of the Diamond Shard by Julia, an emissary of the Silver Knights, and reassemble them so that they may be destroyed. The Diamond Shards are part of the Diamond Rope the Silver Knights had once shattered, a rope that although serve no useful physical purpose can connect different worlds together. The connection is still there, although weakened, and a new threat is surfacing to use that very connection and break into the human world, where it doesn't belong.

(6F) Characters

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(7F) Coming Soon

+More Equipment
+More sidequests
+More long dungeons (no level ups at the end but who cares)
+Storyline improvements
+Backstory fleshing
+Custom spritesets for the entire main cast
+Illustrated Cutscenes
+Unlockable Characters, if demand is high enough
+ARMAG EDITION, if demand is high enough :)

(8F) Credits

Music:
Maestro rage

Scripting:
Zeriab
Atoa
Blizzard
Sandgolem
Ccoa
MOG
ForeverZer0
game_guy
Uncle Lanzer
ShadwLink1993
Me (but only for edits, I kind of suck.)

Art:
Me
Enterbrain
Whoever did the Pirate Map Tilesets (I'm sorry I don't know who you are ;_;)

Did I forget someone? Sorry. :(

(9F) Known Glitches and Untested Equipment

Dreth walks downwards until taking an action in battle

I have not tested most of Eva's/Julia's equipment which is regrettable because I totally forgot about the God Gem. So uh, try not to abuse it if it's horribly broken.

The fancy collapse animations isn't set up for all the bosses

(10F) Criticism/Praise

"So...am I actually going to want to play this, or is it just an orgy of swearing and blood?" -My girlfriend.
"Your projects have always been entertaining, even if they didn't work." -My Comp Sci teacher.


Last edited by Reygekan on Sun Feb 13, 2011 2:20 am, edited 3 times in total.

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    moog
  Sun Feb 13, 2011 12:31 am
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dude, holy shit.


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    moog
  Sun Feb 13, 2011 12:34 am
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ok, so from what ive seen so far that this project seems very immature. Extreme cursing? ok? no biggie. I feel the main reason no one has checked out this topic is because the mapping posted above is awful. I didnt read everything in this thread (nor do I plan to) but so far this looks like a joke man. honestly. if this took two years it needs to look better, man.


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    moxie
  Sun Feb 13, 2011 1:23 am
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Yeah, I don't want to be mean but to be honest glancing at your screenshots makes me not want to even read the rest of the topic. :(

You don't have to have amazing, 100% custom graphics but you need to be able to make something appealing out of what you have. Between the extremely awkward mapping and the battle sprites floating on a detached-looking background, you obviously need to work on your presentation before anyone's going to pay much attention to the contents.

First priority should probably be improving those maps. I would recommend taking a look at as many mapping tutorials as you can find, and stopping by the mapping critique thread.

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    Reygekan
  Sun Feb 13, 2011 1:53 am
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The screenshots were just posted to hit the limit, I'll update them some other time with some reasonable ones. (I've already been told they need a fix. A lot more polish is going to be added into beta)

Thanks for the responses.


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    moog
  Sun Feb 13, 2011 1:58 am
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its more than a "fix" dude. LOOK AT THAT TREE. Come on, man.


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    Reygekan
  Sun Feb 13, 2011 2:06 am
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The tree's that way on purpose.

When opening the editor I found that I had left a few debug characters in there. I'll be replacing the link and the screens today to some that represent the rest of the game better. (After I compress everything really.)

The game being made over two years =/= two years to make. This was an on and off thing, as previously stated. It's also only an alpha, as in, bare bones minimum.

After this comes beta, which is where I update the graphics, change the system around, add in the new content, fix the bugs, and add the polish.

I understand that posting that map in particular was probably a mistake, and the rest aren't very highly polished, but that isn't the central priority at this stage of the game.


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    So fist
  Sun Feb 13, 2011 2:14 am
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hey rey, your download files are set to private so we can't access them.


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    Reygekan
  Sun Feb 13, 2011 2:21 am
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I was updating the files with the new ones :) I left a couple debug only NPC's in the old downloads. This typically shouldn't happen because I don't want to update the alpha too much, but rather do a fixing sweep in beta.

They're all fixed now.


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    Jaiden
  Thu Apr 21, 2011 6:21 pm
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I can offer a bit more critique on your maps that might help.
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Your mapping is very square. You have a lot of caves that are plain and..well...square! You have a lot of mapping errors on the map with the trees. Even if they "intentional" it looks quite terrible. If its a "broken world" or something that gets fixed later in the game, then display the fixed version not the broken version, if you get what I mean. Don't be afraid to add a little more activity to your maps, nature has shrubs, flowers, weeds, different colored grass, and mishapen mountains. Not square nonsense.

On the positive side, I like the first screenshot of the two characters. I'm assuming you drew them yourself, which is kind of cool. Also the white cave really isnt bad, it just needs to be shapen a bit more.


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