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It'd be cool if you could implement a keyword typing system, where the player could type in any word and see if they can get a reaction. Dunno how much work that'd be, though... and there is a certain charm to getting keywords like items, and getting to use them. Also, props for not making your story dependent on them pesky words! :biggrin:
 

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It'd be cool if you could implement a keyword typing system, where the player could type in any word and see if they can get a reaction. Dunno how much work that'd be, though... and there is a certain charm to getting keywords like items, and getting to use them. Also, props for not making your story dependent on them pesky words! :biggrin:
That would be really unique, but the only way I know of doing that would be through name input processing (which would probably only function half the time and require a lot more work). I agree about the charm of obtaining keywords! Props appreciated!
 

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New enemy screenshots! I've been making great progress lately.
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Created in a botched ritual meant to summon a god, this demon has been punishing humanity ever since.

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Beware the deep forest, where gremlins lurk in the shadows and swallow children whole.
 

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The new enemy art looks great! I wasn't so big on the designs on the first page, but this is definitely going to a cool direction. I'll be waiting for a demo for sure. I'm also trying to pull off a souls-like (kinda) on rpg maker, so it's interesting to see different takes on it.
 

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The new enemy art looks great! I wasn't so big on the designs on the first page, but this is definitely going to a cool direction. I'll be waiting for a demo for sure. I'm also trying to pull off a souls-like (kinda) on rpg maker, so it's interesting to see different takes on it.
Orange, thank you so much. I really appreciate hearing that from such an outstanding game developer :)
 

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New screenshots, and major updates!

I recently sent a "proof of concept" build out to several testers, which was a big deal for me. Most things were recieved well, and this process really elightened me to the direction I should be taking with THRONE.

First of all, I'm significantly scaling back randomness. I think roguelike elements flew contrary to my core design philosophies. For instance, I love Dark Souls so much because it strove to give control to players. The fact items were always in the same place was part of the magic which made Dark Souls feel like a real world. Far more than knowing which items to purchase from a GUI, players got to know the exploration space. Item pickups also served as exposition, which is limited in a random system. I want to emulate this type of immersion as much as possible in THRONE, so only randomness in minor items will be retained moving forward.

Secondly, I have decided to lower the time limit to seven moons. Simply put, testers were not sufficiently driven to progress the plot. Previously, I was using a model pioneered by the indie game "Crypt Worlds", but I now realize its system only worked because it didn't take itself seriously. It is one thing to create a walking simulator with a fifty day time-limit, and another to flesh it out with immersive dungeons, fully rendered art, and a battle system. I still hold Crypt Worlds highly as a peice of art, don't get me wrong-- I just need to acknowledge that I'm creating a different type of experience. Because of plot and personal workload, Sol now rises in one week.

Lastly, a few bullets about the combat.
-Combat is more about survival than seeking rewards. Enemies do not respawn, and rarely reward you directly. This is to eliminate grinding for items.
-Running out of "Focus" (functionally stamina) cripples a party member until they sleep or use a rare recovery item. If players manage their focus effectively, this should not be too dangerous.
-Flasks will be refilled upon sleeping in a bed, similar to bonfires in Dark Souls.
-Weapons are now repaired and upgraded by a blacksmith instead of replaced
-Weapons and shields each have "Weapon arts", skills which take advantage of an item's unique attributes. Standard swords allow you to parry physical attacks, for example.
-Enemies will telegraph stronger attacks, allowing players to prepare in whichever way they prefer
-Some battles function more as interesting, potentially dangerous encounters
-I ended up completely rebalancing the enemies and skills. This might not seem relevant because I don't have a public build yet, but geez :p

Anyways, that's what's going on with THRONE right now. I feel like I've resolved some pretty long-standing "identity crises" here.

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Shield Knight Alhambre, guardian of the Eastern Sacrificial Pit.
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"Dristians", which can sap your focus to the point of exhaustion.
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Ser Kaine Jax of the hallowed Membré lineage, resurrected by proxy of serpent.
The complete demo is closer than ever! Thanks for your support <3
 

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I was just really proud of this new boss screenshot! The old screenshots have been updated, now including a new portrait for the goddess' avatar.
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That art for the battler tho. Great work, bro. The quality is jaw dropping. I watched this.
 

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That art for the battler tho. Great work, bro. The quality is jaw dropping. I watched this.
Thanks, friend! It's really nice to hear you like what I create. The demo is getting closer every day, so this is the place to come for updates!
 

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This looks so interesting. I'll give it a play as soon as the game is released.
 

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Really liked the art! When you say hand drawn do you mean digitally or on paper? Loved the concept of "the end is nigh" and the day cycles. Can't wait for the demo!
 

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Really liked the art! When you say hand drawn do you mean digitally or on paper? Loved the concept of "the end is nigh" and the day cycles. Can't wait for the demo!
Thank you very much! I mean digitally, with a tablet and stylus! The demo should be out within the month!

This looks so interesting. I'll give it a play as soon as the game is released.
Glad to hear it! I'm currently in a testing phase, so pretty much all the demo content is complete!

Also, here are some promo images from twitter:
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Anann seems cool. :biggrin: Great to see your game keeps a sense of humour!
 

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Dunno how I missed this dude, normally I'm all over games like this.

Reminds me a shade of Fear and Hunger. I love the enemy designs and tilesets. Looking forward to seeing more.
 

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Dunno how I missed this dude, normally I'm all over games like this.

Reminds me a shade of Fear and Hunger. I love the enemy designs and tilesets. Looking forward to seeing more.
Thanks man! I'll have more to show in the coming weeks, including a trailer. :)
 

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Some art stuff from the demo coming out in 4 DAYS
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Been fixing lots of challenging bugs in the past few days. Very rewarding feeling. I'm excited to see what you guys think when you get to play it :)
 

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Soo... I pottered around Membre and the environs for a bit. Looks, feels, and especially sounds pretty cool. :biggrin: I know jack all about what's going on, and I like it! 'Specially the weird dudes that stand around and just go "OOOONG" when I talk to them. Also love it that I can just make my vows to the (presumably) sun god at the drop of a hat while being inhabited by Zeda. Also also, outhouses marked with the crescent moon! Yaaas! :biggrin:

The custom graphics coupled with tile-by-tile movement make me feel like I'm not in perfect control of my movement all the time. Have you thought about messing with pixel-by-pixel movement? No idea how that would feel, but maybe worth the try?

Also, fighting the enemies (something that I tried to do as little as possible!) felt like I was doing something wrong, but in a good way. I guess. Can I do a pacifist run in this game? Is Zeda a violent goddess? Somehow I feel the crackling, clapping K-a would fit that bill better, but ya never know!

Expecting some better-lit areas to emerge eventually! Loved the shiny mushrooms. What else? Oh yeah, tarot, gawd, tarot! :biggrin: At times I feel like there's a bit too much riffing on Dark Souls, but the tarot is certainly a spark of brilliance!
 

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