TRADE Rainbow Dawn: Looking for a Playtester!

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Hello, my name is Jake, and I've been working on my game, Rainbow Dawn for a little over a year now.​
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Engine: RPG Maker MV.
Synopsis:
One day, you find yourself trapped in a dream state. You can't remember anything about yourself, where you came from, and why you've been asleep for so long. Once you wake up, you realize that the entire world has been cleansed of all human souls..! At least, so you are told by your fairy companion, Hope. You need to find other signs of human life if you wish to survive, if there are any left. However... people may have still had regrets before they passed, and it's up to you to fulfill them.. or not.
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Rainbow Dawn is a turn-based RPG with fairly simple mechanics. One aspect that does set it apart is a weapon swapping system: allowing you to switch weapons mid-battle by using skills. This can give you an advantage in battles!
There is also a focus on stat lowering skills, which can also help take down difficult enemies.
In Rainbow Dawn, you explore a open world, full of treasures and secrets, and help solve peoples dying wishes for items and experience points. It's heavily inspired by the freedom that I found while playing games such as Breath of the Wild and Pokemon Crystal Clear, where I felt that the entire world was open to exploring at my own pace.
As this is my first full game, the open world is not incredibly large, and it's not meant to be a 60 hour epic.
It should take anywhere from 4-6 hours to complete.
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Here are some screenshots of what I've done so far!
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I have reached a point where the game is almost 75% done, but I have an issue.
While the story and most of the maps are done, I am struggling with the battle system.
I am not someone who has any experience with balancing and enemy design, and while I have the enemy sprites done (I put a few examples down below), I've been struggling with making the battle system feel balanced and fair, especially in a open world game.
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If anyone would be willing to help with me this, I would be grateful beyond belief, as it's something that is preventing me from finishing the game, and in all honesty, I've been on the verge of giving up on it, as it's something that I have been struggling to do for the past 2 months.
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So, what would you be doing if you decide to join this project?
My role: I've done everything else, spriting, map making, story, etc!

I need help with 2 main things, but the main thing I need help with is the gameplay. AKA: the RPG elements. I need someone that would be able to help with these things:
  • Enemy design. This would involve helping to stat enemies: and also tweak some of the enemies I've created to be balanced for the player. While I have the skills for enemies finished, I may need some of them tweaked in order to make the battles more fun and interesting: especially the boss battles. While I have the ideas for these boss battles figured out, I need someone who can actually make it happen.​
  • Stat Balancing. This is the most important thing I need help with. This would involve tweaking stats and enemies to feel fair to the player, as the enemies level up with the player at the moment (although, that may change.) This would also mean helping with how skills are handled. I have the base skills already made, but I would need help making them feel balanced and fun to use. For example, I need help with equipment and stat bonuses as well, as I'm really having trouble making it feel balanced and fair. This would also involve battle testing.​
If you are interested in helping with Rainbow Dawn, I can also help you out! I can do promotional art for you game, as well as title screens if needed. If you are interested, I have art up on my Twitter account

If you are interested in helping with Rainbow Dawn, you can comment on this thread or send me a message! Thank you so much.
 
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I had to remove the twitter link, as you'll get spambots galore if you leave it there, as they patrol this site like crazy.

That being said I think your balance issue is probably the enemy levels system, as those are tough to handle. What kind of timeline do you have for this to get all done?
 

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I had to remove the twitter link, as you'll get spambots galore if you leave it there, as they patrol this site like crazy.

That being said I think your balance issue is probably the enemy levels system, as those are tough to handle. What kind of timeline do you have for this to get all done?
Thanks for removing the link! I'm not really rushing to get it completed, so whatever times works for other people.
I was really struggling with this, and and I know it's a big request, so, it's all good.
 
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Ok, good. Reason I asked is I do math for a living and IF you are ok with the fact that I got only a couple hours a week to look at this (mainly on the weekends) for now I could do it (I'd set up an excel sheet to figure it out and such). It may be May or June before I finish though due to work obligations.

As you offered a trade, I do need a title screen made for my game Shipwrecked. Or maybe I could have you promote my finished game with some promotional art? We could discuss details via PM if you wish.
 

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Ok, good. Reason I asked is I do math for a living and IF you are ok with the fact that I got only a couple hours a week to look at this (mainly on the weekends) for now I could do it (I'd set up an excel sheet to figure it out and such). It may be May or June before I finish though due to work obligations.

As you offered a trade, I do need a title screen made for my game Shipwrecked. Or maybe I could have you promote my finished game with some promotional art? We could discuss details via PM if you wish.
Of course! I would love to do that! I'll pm you right now.
 

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if you wanna toss me an add on discord, I'd be glad to take a look over things. it likely won't be nearly as good as bgillisp's might, but it certainly would be much sooner.

Zerothedarklord#8459 is my discord, feel free to toss me an add

I just started a new project myself, and I've pretty much EXCLUSIVELY done database work, battle testing (for balancing, testing skills, enchantments, states, making sure everything works properly), and starting lighting testing.
 

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if you wanna toss me an add on discord, I'd be glad to take a look over things. it likely won't be nearly as good as bgillisp's might, but it certainly would be much sooner.

Zerothedarklord#8459 is my discord, feel free to toss me an add
Sure! I'll add you as well.
 

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That could work well. Zero can go first, update it, and I can tweak it in the end and check the math for the level scaling you got going on.
 

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UPDATE!!
Hello, this thread has been dead for a while, as I was lucky enough to get some help balancing my game, thank you so much Zero!! Now, the game is almost done, but I need some extra help.
If anyone can playtest my game and find and report bugs, it's the final step I need in order to totally finish the game.

As a playtester, I just need someone to play the entire game, and make notes on things that can be changed.
In exchange, I would be happy to playtest other games, or do title screens/extra art for a game.
Again, major thanks to Zero for the help.
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If you are interested, post in this thread and I will get back to you as soon as I can!
 

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UPDATE!!
Hello, this thread has been dead for a while, as I was lucky enough to get some help balancing my game, thank you so much Zero!! Now, the game is almost done, but I need some extra help.
If anyone can playtest my game and find and report bugs, it's the final step I need in order to totally finish the game.

As a playtester, I just need someone to play the entire game, and make notes on things that can be changed.
In exchange, I would be happy to playtest other games, or do title screens/extra art for a game.
Again, major thanks to Zero for the help.
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If you are interested, post in this thread and I will get back to you as soon as I can!

I only did a thing or two that was combat related.
 

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I would be interested in play-testing if you could play-test my demo as well :). I am actually in need of assistance with balancing systems as well (I swear one of the harder parts of game development). The only issue with me play-testing is I am MAC only so I would have to have a MAC deployment, is that an issue?
 

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I would be interested in play-testing if you could play-test my demo as well :). I am actually in need of assistance with balancing systems as well (I swear one of the harder parts of game development). The only issue with me play-testing is I am MAC only so I would have to have a MAC deployment, is that an issue?
Balancing systems, you say? go on?
 

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I think your concept is very cool and would be interested in playtesting a few things seeing that I had to shelve my development work for now (basically everything I had is also completely destroyed with limited exceptions). I may pick up on some parts of my own idea in the future given the right opportunity but for now a test job or two in verifying the work of other participants around here would be a good way to start back up. So if you still need assistance with playtesting, PM with any information that may be necessary.
 

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I think your concept is very cool and would be interested in playtesting a few things seeing that I had to shelve my development work for now (basically everything I had is also completely destroyed with limited exceptions). I may pick up on some parts of my own idea in the future given the right opportunity but for now a test job or two in verifying the work of other participants around here would be a good way to start back up. So if you still need assistance with playtesting, PM with any information that may be necessary.
I will get back to you ASAP!!
 

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