Eyes of Rain A dark spell is cast over an unknown child. Can you break the spell? Do you even want to? 'ABOUT ME', STORY ORIGINS Spoiler Eyes of Rain is a story I wrote years ago that I initially intended to be a comic/manga. I discovered a platform that allowed you to upload your story, and decided to build it there. I fell in love with the branching possibilities of VN/Choose your story games and have since also published a coauthored story on the same platform. Both stories were fairly well received. Many praised the branching and varied endings, and ironically therein was my main issue: My ideas swiftly outgrew what the platform was capable of in its very limited code space. I kept having to cut back on content to make it fit. After multiple readers referred to my storylines and choice mechanics as 'closer to playing an rpg' I thought, Why not just try making one, then? And here I am! My main inspiration for choices, consequences, and gameplay: Bethesda and Bioware GAMEPLAY Spoiler The style of game is top down jrpg with SV battles using MV. Multiple endings based on choices (three main differences currently planned, not including romance choices) Many of the characters are close to immortal, so a 'game over' is tied to one specific character's death (after all KO'd) Main quests and side quests that alter the fate of various characters, and who may or may not be recruitable An item in inventory that opens up a 'camp' where party members can be conversed with (and some potentially romanced), inspired by Dragon Age. Hand-drawn busts for main character conversations Party banter based on location (thanks to Yanfly!) and current events Special sidequests that further develop the characters if you take the time to seek them out and listen to hints. LGBT content CHARACTERS Spoiler A few of the characters I have concept work and initial sprite work completed for (all incomplete art): KENIVA Age: ??? Race: Human?? Weapon of choice: Daggers Special ability: Auto-regen Party member: Yes. One of two initial character starting points. Initial story knowledge: Hunts vampires and their 'leftovers' (undead) with a vengeance. Seeks out Citlali for reasons as yet unknown. Spoiler CITLALI Age: 23 Race: Human ?? Weapon of choice: None initially, then magic imbued staff Special ability: Able to learn any spell contained on a staff Party member: Yes. One of two initial character starting points. Initial story knowledge: A simple baker with a special talent for anything containing strawberries. Spoiler INIKO Age: Approximately 200 Race: Imp Weapon of choice: A sword or bow if he must, but primarily flame magic. Special ability: Time magic, immune to fire damage, flame damage bonus Party member: Yes. Initial story knowledge: Even though Keniva typically kills imps on sight, for some reason she allows Iniko to not only live but follow her around. Even he readily admits he is walking on thin ice, and does not dare risk doing anything to truly anger her. Spoiler More to come as I finish concept work of them STORYLINE Spoiler The story intro shows a sinister woman casting a spell over a pregnant woman. She then wipes the memory of the mother, and leaves. You then choose to begin the story as either Keniva or Citlali, though soon after the story begins they meet up and both join your party. It is learned that Keniva seems to know Citlali somehow, though she has no memory of ever meeting her and neither does anyone else she knows. Keniva insists that Citlali join her in killing vampires, yet initially deflects questions as to why. As the story progresses you slowly unlock deep truths about various party members pasts, presents, and potential futures. SETTING Spoiler The world is a fully invented fantasy world, with limited technology (some lighting mostly) and closer to a medieval feel. There is magic, but it is forgotten by most humans. Other races keep out of sight, and as their world warps and magic twists their kin they only grow more wary of the seemingly unaffected humans. Current races (may add more): Fairy, Succubus, Imp, God, Vampires, Shifters, Humans, Elves IMAGES/SCREENSHOTS After spending a week tweaking tiles to match the sizes of the sprites as closely as possible, I am ready to start putting together the actual maps. I have been spending time making various elements I want in the game work, and have managed to get the quest log, party banter, "campsite", and a few other things the way I want. Now to start building! Added a screenshot of me working on a quest, as well as a WIP of the world map. Spoiler DOWNLOAD LINK Game is slowly being built now, but still will be a while before a working demo is available.