In The Heart Pumps Clay, players take control over Mara, a swamp witch, her golem, Bud, and the aptly named Crow as they climb the Tree of Life in order to obtain the Source of All Things. Gameplay consists of fixed battles set at choke points on the map. However, after every battle, Bud will lose some of his max health, so it's up to the player to balance Bud's waning strength with their urge to open the many deliciously tempting treasure chests along the way. Battles are the traditional rpg affair, but the unique cast provides an interesting party dynamic that slowly evolves over the course of the journey. Mara's spells can be devastating, but she has to shift between elements, which also synergizes in different ways with Bud. Bud is a tank and a physical powerhouse, and Crow is a thieving little rat with wings. Consumable items can be stolen or crafted during battle, but they're removed after each battle, so if the player wants a safety net, they better plan ahead. If they fail a battle, though, no problem: hp and mp are restored and the player is returned to the map as if nothing happened. Features: -Mostly original assets, including character portraits, battle animations, and enemy graphics. -An original soundtrack. -A vibrant cast of characters in a concise, well-presented story. -Well-balanced battles with an emphasis on strategy. -Character progression comes through a variety of equipment found throughout the Tree of Life, including equippable spells for Mara. -About 1-2 hours of gameplay. Credits: Spoiler Lead developer: Kasey Ozymy Character Portraits: Jason Vanderslice Most spell graphics: Cameron Bishop Scripts: MOG Animated Title Yanfly:Ace Core Engine Ace Message System Ace Battle Engine Battle Command List Ace Equip Engine Skill Restrictions Steal Items Ace Menu Engine System Options Parallax Lock Screenshots: Spoiler Here's my contest entry page: http://contest.rpgmakerweb.com/game/view/id/404#.U7DTxLGmV0o And here's my rpgmaker.net page: http://rpgmaker.net/games/6541/ I hope you guys enjoy this one; I've really put my all into it this month. Good luck to all the other contestants!