Who will you be? Chronicles of Tiadar is Recruiting! Personal Background: Spoiler Chronicles of Tiadar is inspired by a text- and art-based roleplaying game I created years ago in college. I spent weeks creating a vibrant world with the sole goal of inspiring craft and creativity within my friends: telling stories, roleplaying in chatrooms, and drawing art (both good and bad!). I suffered from depression during those days and creating that world was a form of therapy. Unfortunately, however, with depression comes loss of interest in previously beloved hobbies. What I once found joy in, I eventually couldn't bring myself to even look at. Five years later, I rediscovered my old account and was blown away by the detail I put into the worldbuilding. And the gears began rolling in my head to put this world into RPG Maker with the same goal I had previously: to inspire excitement and imagination in the characters we can create. This is a rather personal project in that it brings me back to those bittersweet days of enjoying art while battling depression. But I hope I'll be able to pull through and make something really special for everyone! Story Background: Spoiler Tiadar and Arkenea, two vastly different worlds. A world of light and a land of darkness. It is said Arkenea was first born as a shadow from Tiadar's angelic radiance, with its own denizens spouting demonic wings to contrast with the Tiadari's angelic wings. The two worlds got along for hundreds of years, with teleportation tunnels allowed from city to city known as Aerways. Unfortunately, while Tiadar flourished and thrived in peace under the guidance of a King and Queen, Arkenea turmoiled under anarchy and chaos. The residents of Arkenea desired domination. They desired the magic, life essence, and light that Tiadar boasted. They wanted power. And thus their insatiable need for more was their demise. As the residents grew addicted to magic, craving the energies to fuel their bodies, they went mad. They evolved, and eventually cracked, turning into mindless shadow beasts now called Jintaci. The Jintaci have begun wreaking havoc upon Arkenea. What was once a place for all Arkenean life, is now a withered, dying planet. Many Arkeneans were saved from their world, either from madness or starvation. They fled to Tiadar, and were welcomed (by most) with open arms. Fifty years later, the Tiadari and Arkeneans live peacefully together, save for the odd radical, but the dark world of Arkenea has not ceased its desire for more magic. Aerways across Tiadar, once connected to the dark world but now severed, have become corrupted with Arkenean taint. These corrupted Aerways, called "Arkways," spew forth Jintaci into Tiadari lands. Three factions have emerged to deal with these demons, each through vastly different ways. Who will you join? General Gameplay: Spoiler Chronicles of Tiadar is an open-world, fantasy roleplaying game with the hopes of providing hours of fun and replayability. Create your own character by choosing your race, class, and looks. Explore the world of Tiadar either alone, or by choosing one of three factions that will influence the over-arching yet totally optional story. How will you save Tiadar from the shadows of Arkenea? Teleport around the world map, or trek the open world world on foot, as you close the chaotic rifts known as "Arkways" that have been wreaking havoc on Tiadar, spilling in demons from Tiadar's dark sister world, Arkenea. Either alone or with your faction, you will eventually find yourself at especially powerful rifts known as "Corrupted Arkways" that will take you to Arkenea itself, and an especially powerful monster! Fight enough of these demons, complete quests for your Faction, your Country, or the numerous towns across Tiadar, and you might find yourself strong enough to fight the toughest Jintaci in Arkenea: known simply as Amatae's Demon. Customization: Spoiler At the beginning of the game, you will be able to: Choose your race: Tiadari or Arkenean. These races will provide a special race-only ability. Design your character. Depending on your chosen race, some choices in color and style may be limited. Pick a class. Chronicles of Tiadar offers 9 different classes each branching into 2 of 4 specializations. These specializations include Tiablade, which provides melee abilities; Warwitch, the spell caster specialization; Seraph, for healing and supporting; and Champion, for taking hits and buffing your teammates. Players will be able to access both sets skills for their chosen class, but weapons and stats continue to make their influence. Focus on Intellect, Attack, Wisdom, or Defense - or try to balance your stats and work a hybrid playstyle! After you've created your character and enjoyed the prologue, you will be able to join 1 of 3 factions, each of which features a unique storyline to experience as you fight through Arkways and eventually beat the final boss. As an open world game, the factions are optional - you will be able to fight Arkways and eventually defeat the final boss without the story. There are 4 different countries, each with a capital and 5 different towns. Your class or faction (if chosen) will determine your starting town. Classes: Spoiler Screenshots: Spoiler The game is still in very early development so screenshots are lacking. Here is my current "sketch" of the full world map along with how the explorable regions are planned. They're square-shaped as opposed to a more natural organic look simply due to how RPG Maker works (I didn't want maps with black spaces on the edges). The numbers are the level brackets. We are using a fluid enemy scaling system in order to keep the world "open" yet still limited, with the brackets being: 1-10, 5-15, 10-20, 15-25, and 20-30, with 30 being max level. Above is the current "prototype" for character creation, using Yanfly's Common Event Menus. Following this is SumRndmDde's Character Creator plugin. Characters: Spoiler You! Choose whoever you want to be, from your race and gender, to your class and specialization. You will be able to design your own character from RTP assets with limitations based on the race you have chosen. "The Youngest" Princess Luxwyn and "Apprentice Aerway Patrol" Rudy These two join you in the beginning, but you are free to leave the story before they join if you are keen on experiencing Tiadar completely alone. While these two come with default classes (a healer and a melee fighter, respectively), you are free to choose which class you would like for them as soon as they join. Faction-Specific Party Member Should you choose to follow the story, your 4th party member will be related to your chosen faction's storyline. This game is quite a bit under development with a few team members helping to breathe life into it! We are still a ways off before having anything to show for our hard efforts. Once we do, I will request we move this thread into the "In Development" forum. I hope you liked what you saw, and are interested in keeping updated with any advancements! And of course - if you would like to help - we would love to have you!