"COATS" - A game of desperate research [+Demo]

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What are you looking forward to the most in future updates?

  1. Cutscenes, Animations and Illustrations!

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  3. Different environments!

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  5. Goofy things that are in the game "just-because"!

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  1. anothergoblin

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    Want to get a better look at the game? Check out this video.

    We were featured in the Official RPG Maker Blog!

    We're also on Facebook!

    "Coats" (as in Labcoats) is the game about a group of researchers doing their best to find

    a solution to a worldwide epidemic turning people into monsters.

    Skinless, hungry, vicious monsters called Skins.

    You play as Randal, Chief of Staff at one of the last remaining research facilities in the country.

    Seeing living people is rare, yet you are one of the fortunate few who not only meet people

    every day - but you have to manage them, as well.

    Together, you go on a journey through the greatest disaster in human history,

    to find a way to deal with the Skins - once and for all.

    You can check out the Intro Video here.

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    Release: The first complete release of Coats is scheduled for September 28th.

    Genre: Modern RPG Management Game.

    Average Demo Time: About 6-10 Hours.

    Game Progression: Working on the last parts of the game

    Recruitment: None at the moment.

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    Features:

    - Guide Randal on his journey to rid the world of the Skins, one way or another. How will you deal with them?

    - Research, in all it's glory! Autopsies, field observation, live specimens, theories!

    - Engineering! Can you keep your facility running in the face of adversity?

    - Road trips! Will you make it on the road?

    - Meaningful choices! You can't save everyone, but you can make a difference.

    - Opinions! Sometimes it does matter what you think.

    - Get to know your crew! Everyone has a story.

    - Several different endings depending on your many choices.

    250+ Maps.

    500+ Switches.

    180+ Variables.

    30+ Common Events.

    1000+ Conversations.

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    Story / Setting / Purpose:

    You play as Randal, who just got his promotion to chief of staff at his very own research facility. He's kind of an introvert, but both decisive, witty and professional. He's a scientist, and he knows his responsibilities. During his first week at the research facility, the Skins attack. The Skins is the latest disease-scare to come to town, but it seems, this time, it could be a real pandemic. It is a disease that makes people lose their skin and go insane, turning them into nightmarish monsters of muscle and bone. Randal has personally feared the day the Skins broke through the military blockades that had previously held them out. Now they're infecting the entire city, and Randal is given one order from the higher ups - isolate the facility.

    As the chief of staff on one of the last functioning research outposts in the city, Randal and his people have been locked inside a quarantine. Randal wants to help people outside, but he also has a responsibility to those inside the facility to keep them safe. Now Randal can do two things: Either wait for the quarantine to solve itself (either through the military presence dies off completely or they actually beat the Skins back) or he can do his job and research. Obviously, Randal keeps his professionalism close to his heart - he decides to go ahead and research the Skins, to maybe find something that can allow him to fight back.

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    Character Bios

    You play as Randal, but you get to interact with a lot of people along the way. Here's a little summary of the most important characters:

    Randal - Chief of Staff, scientist, introvert. Main character. Everyone's boss. Polite, witty, welcoming and friendly. Still, he manages to scare people. Who can perform an autopsy on a Skin, and still not have their heart beat just a little faster...?!

    Porter - One of Randal's old work friends, reassigned to stay at his facility. A kind young man with more wisdom than his age allows. Compassionate and thorough.

    Sgt.Kendel - Responsible for the military presence at the facility, Kendel takes care of the soldiers. She makes sure the perimeters are in check and that breaches are sealed. She's tough and hardened, but still cooperative.

    Lissa - Randal's main lab assistant. Empathic, dedicated and eager. Kind of a science geek.

    Tanya - Randal's secretary, tossed into the facility by the last minute by her aunt (Randal's boss). She's having some trouble adapting to the facility.

    Miguel - A man from outside the compound who sought refuge. Randal decided to save him. Miguel can move in and out of the facility with ease, and is the only one perceptive enough to scavenge supplies from the outside. He's a great asset, even though he's severely paranoid and "twitchy".
    Inspiration and Influences 

    Most inspiration come from I Am Legend(2007)Day of the Dead (1985) and 28 Days Later.

    Some inspiration was taken from the research facility shown in the first season of The Walking Dead TV-series as well.

    Credits:

    Using RTP basics, Futuristic and Modern Tileset (official) and my own artwork.

    Using a few image placeholders for the Sleep Screen, Research Screen, etc. These backdrops will be OC equivalents in the third iteration of the game.

    I have conciously made sure to use as much of my own work as possible. There are no outside scripts, I want this to be a future reference of what I can do on my own.

    Original Artwork:

    The game will contain completely original illustrations in the completely finished version of the game.

    With the help of our own MewSkitty ( butterlux.deviantart.com ) we've begun a process of turning every illustration used in-game into an original piece.

    This will be an ongoing process.

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  2. LuckyLeafGames

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    It sounds good, please see it through! 
     
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  3. Lars Ulrika

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    Sounds great , do you plan to release a demo soon? 
     
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    Sounds interestingly enough.

    Say, calling skinless monsters for "Skins", is that like some sort of labcoat humour?
     
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  5. anothergoblin

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    I've seen it through thus far! All the basics for the system is done, and it IS playable from beginning to end, it just gets a little repetitive since I'm only about 20-30% done with Day-triggered events and actual story advances.
     
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    I suppose I could, but I'm not very familiar with how to do that. Is it just an early export of what I've made so far? I could probably let people play through the first 30% research, but it's far from done.
     
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    Actually, it's a bit of dark soldier humor. Randal is a no-nonsense cold-as-ice kind of researcher, but he's got this whole team of soldiers backing him up - and they don't really share his attitude.
     
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  8. anothergoblin

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    Demo is up. I don't know how well it works, I've never just made a demo before, but it should be fine. Otherwise, let me know.

    Note: The game does include some art, but it is merely placeholders and will not be part of the final product.
     
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  9. tpasmall

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    Screenshots look decent, giving it a download.
     
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    Allright, found a bug. There's a transitional error when you want to go from the Observational Facility back to Home Base.

    Note: It's been fixed, just not in the Demo version. Got to work on the actual game, can't keep updating the Demo simultaneously >.>
     
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  11. LionHeart48

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    Now this looks interesting.
     
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  12. anothergoblin

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    Added another NPC to the game - Cassie, a fellow researcher who brings surveillance tapes to the compound. Surveillance tapes of Skins in their early moments of infection (for science!). Kinda fun.

    If you guys have any ideas what you would like to see in this kind of game, don't be scared to bring it up - I might've forgotten something!
     
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    Added another gameplay element - Camouflaging yourself and venturing into the monster's native habitat to observe them in a more relaxed state. For science!

    That totals 4 ways of researching the Skins so far. Observing them in captivity. Reviewing surveillance tapes of early infection cases. Photographing them in their docile, relaxed state. Autopsies of recently diseased subjects. 
     
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    Updated Demo released. All links are now linking to it. 70% Research progress or 50 Days of gameplay, whatever comes first.
     
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    Well this is neat. I tried the demo, and even without an introduction of any sort I was drawn in by just wandering about in about a minute. You really got a good atmosphere going with this game, I can't wait to see the full product come out!
     
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    Thank you, I'm very glad to get some feedback on the atmosphere. I've tried to set a rather moody tune, but still having a few humorous moments amongst the characters.

    It'll take some time before the entire game is finished. I'm about 50% finished with the first stage of the game. I've planned on making the game in three "Phases". Phase 1 is Research, the one you get to play in the demo. Phase 2 is Implementation, where you get to work with engineers on implementing a practical solution. Phase 3 is Exposion, Result or Iteration (haven't finalized the concept yet) where you get to use whatever you've created, witness the result and fine-tune the effects.
     
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    This is pretty cool, the game seems interesting from what I'm seeing so far. I have a question about the resource management bit. Will it play any role in developing relationships with the main characters? Like for example, if you tend to favor giving out decent rations then the public will like you more, but the Coats will not like your decision to waste supplies and not work as hard on the research? Or if you tend to scavenge more for ammo, then the guards, and especially Kendall, may be more loyal to you, but the other survivors might resent that you aren't treating them as first priority? Just examples, but was wondering if you had this in mind.
     
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    I've thought about there being some kind of event trigger upon favoring one group over another X number of times, but I'm not sure. See, rations are for everyone - even the Coats enjoy good rations. There are events when you are running low on them, however - no one likes the idea of running out.

    The thing is, everyone will always do what you ask, unless there is a food or ammo shortage. Unless something great interferes with your work, people will work with you - no matter what they think of you. They are professionals. I have thought about some random relationship events though, such as characters being unable to perform their task until you've helped them with something personal, and this in turn making the treshold for how long they are willing to work (when low on food/ammo) greater. And of course, romance options in the future.

    As long as you keep everyone fed by having a high amount of Food, no one really cares about your priorities. As long as you get the job done.
     
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    That sounds pretty sensible. As long as stuff gets done and nobody gets hurt, their professionalism makes them want to work hard. The sidequest idea is interesting though, a kind of variation of what I was talking about, but something a bit more trackable.

    Btw, I haven't downloaded the demo yet, but I will once get to a computer. I've been using a phone to post, though I should be able to download by tomorrow at least. I'll play it then, then give my thoughts about it once I'm through.
     
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    I'm always looking forward to feedback!

    Just implemented an event chain for each character where there's a chance of them getting sick and not being able to carry out their duties. This chance gets smaller if you manage to get a hold of a physician. Haven't worked on teh sidequest thingy yet, got so much else to do first. I'll probably look into it during the second iteration.
     
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