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24752 No. 24752 ID: ea4b0b

Heyo, folks! Making a meep thread for this because this might actually be able to get some traction.

For those of you not paying attention to the game thread, some of us are thinking of actually getting together and making a game, or rather a series of games presented as a single game in Chapters.

We'll be starting with something very VERY small in order to have some kind of progress to work off, but once that is done we will slowly but surely ramp it up with more and more installments, usually featuring entirely different characters and art styles.

And this is the devthread, where we talk about this shit.
First order of business: "who wants to design our first main character?"
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No. 24753 ID: ea4b0b

My personal idea is that we start it from the perspective of an npc trader or something, ust some random dude dealing with the harsh world the main character has to battle through daily or some shit, I dunno.
Discuss this shit yo, the more refinement we get on this thing the better.
No. 24754 ID: 2baea8

I think that, over the course of the Chapters, the characters each ought to eventually play a role in an overarching plot. (Example: Heavy Rain) That would be a long-term goal, though.

For now, we should focus on what genre we want, because without that we don't have groundwork to build on. Medieval fantasy, sci-fi, modern fantasy, simulated acid trip?
No. 24755 ID: ea4b0b

Hm. I am leaning slightly towads sci-fi, because of two ideas I literally just shat out:
Either a sort of parralell yet connected reality type thing, or perhaps a series of simulations that potential crewmembers on an exploration team are being sent through?
These would allow for environments to be ridiculously varied.
No. 24756 ID: 2baea8

I like the simulations idea. It allows us experiment with different genres and character types, while building an eventual coherent party and plot over time. By the time we get to the actual story itself, we should have an idea what we're doing and what we want. I'll throw in my own vote for that.
No. 24757 ID: ea4b0b

Aight, sweetles.
We'll work with that for now, if we dont have any opposition to that idea.
Next let's figure out what kind of setting the first simulation will be:
I like the idea of an npc point of view thing, just some random bloke doing random normal bloke things but in a hostile environment.

perhaps it can be a sort of empathy encouragement exercise? Perhaps a mandatory bit of training for an exploratory squadron so that they dont just kill every random E.T. they come across?
No. 24759 ID: 2baea8

Placing potential crew members in the position of bystanders to encourage tact would make sense.

What exploration crew role should our first main character be? Should we make the captain of the exploration ship the first, or the last?
No. 24761 ID: 5a5dd4


Long story short, I'm an aspiring videogame developer/programmer and I'd very much like to help make something awesome. I've made a few small games for various school projects and a few random things just for shits and giggles. I can also animate and draw with a reasonable level of proficiency. I've worked with sound tools like audacity before, but I know pretty much fuckall about making/designing music or sound.(I'm also the dude running/authoring/whatevering the quest 'Forsaken'. Update for that inbound tonight, btw.)

Honestly though, starting a game from a character or a setting is pretty much the worst way to go about things.

Like, Megaman would still be an awesome game if instead of spacefuture robots you were a wizard shooting people with magic and stealing empowered souls from bosses to save the world from an evil lich. Or Bastion would work just as well with rayguns and chainsaws instead of machetes and muskets. Setting and story can certainly add to a game, but they rarely define it.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that most people are going to play a game for the gameplay more so than the graphics, story, or setting. Obviously there are exceptions to this, like Proteus or visual novels in general or whatever, but even then they are very much a minority among games.

Going 3D isn't really an option unless we have a number of talented and dedicated 3D artists hiding in the woodwork, so 2D is probably the best bet for actually completing anything.

To list a bunch of gameplay/engine styles that I could probably write an engine for without too much trouble:

Visual novel - duh.
Top down action - like the 2D Legend of Zelda games.
Top down rpg w/ turn based combat - like Final Fantasy or Pokémon.
2D sidescroller/platformer - like Megaman, Sonic, Metroid, or a billion other games.
Scrolling shooter/bullethell - like gradius, ikaruga, or touhou.
Roguelike - also duh.
Or something else I can’t think of at the moment. Really, if it’s 2D, I could probably have something working in an afternoon or two.

But yeah, the main things to consider are:

How will it play? Is it fast paced and twitchy or slow and methodical? What are your short term goals? Kill a thing, take a thing to a place, get away from a thing/place, get to a certain place to do a thing? How is the player supposed to feel? Are they STRONG or are they weak? Should they anticipate or dread rounding a corner? Are they free or are they constrained?

Oh, and looking back at the roles suggested in the other thread, I could lead, program, and “collaborate”. It's probably best if those three roles go to the same person, because the programmer will likely dictate what format the assets need to be in. Like, what file format or how sprite sheets need to be laid out or whatever.
No. 24763 ID: 185228

As someone who has dabbled in game projects time to time and seen the rise and fall of what feels like a million collaborative quest projects, you have my support even though you guys don't seem to have a clue what you're doing, 5a5dd4 aside. Let's see if you can succeed where so many before you with a variety of skill sets have completely failed.

Good luck! :D b
No. 24764 ID: 2baea8

Would a tactical turn-based RPG (for example: Disgaea, Fire Emblem, Tactics Ogre) be possible?

If not, I think either a top-down RPG w/turn based combat or a roguelike would be good.
The typical RPG would need to be more story-based, and I personally enjoy games with a good story. On the other hand, a roguelike would be a bit different from most of the indie games showcased in the other thread, and tgchan surely has no shortage of things to throw into it.
No. 24765 ID: 185228

Then we run into the ugly business of getting permission from people to use their creations. In some cases getting into contact with people who have made things earlier in the board's history is going to be difficult or downright impossible due to lack of contact information. Are their creations fair game? Should they just be avoided?

Then it becomes a case of popularity contests. If someone's creations are included and someone else's aren't, why? It's not going to be possible to include content/references/whatever for every single quest author, so what determines picking one over the other? Seniority? Popularity? When things like this have been tried before I have seen shitfits thrown in IRC over it because some people have been excluded, willingly or unwillingly.

Colour me cynical but I just don't think the concept of a tgchan game will ever work out for these reasons. I would dearly love to be proved wrong, but the people who have the talent don't have the time, and the people who have the time lack any evidence I can see of game making chops or basic project management skills.

"Let's make a game because some of us here might have the right skills" is a terrible thing to start with. There is no central theme here. There is no selected group of people who can contribute this or that, and no real motivation for people who could contribute to this project to do so. There is literally nothing to work on.

Besides, there's enough of us working on our own separate projects as it is. I know I've personally already left multiple past collaborative projects due to an eternal reluctance to ever come to an agreement on what the game should be. Find someone to run the show first, that's my advice. Design by committee never seems to work out without someone to have the final say, in my experience.
No. 24766 ID: 9ddf68

I think an RPG of some kind would be the way to go since those type of games tend to be more story based and tg seems to have more skill with making stories then making games. As for what kind of RPG... I want to say Top down RPG but I'm pretty sure I'm just saying that because I still have Undertale on my mind.
No. 24767 ID: 5a5dd4


Yeah, I could probably program a tactical turn-based engine. The problem there would be balance more than anything else.

Like, with a normal rpg you have to balance a spell for like, mana cost and damage and stat scaling and elemental type whatnot.

In a tactical game you have to consider movement for units and range, and different AOEs for spells/abilities into that mix and it'd be a nightmare to get anything resembling balance going.

Like, if you have an adjacent-range spell and a ranged spell, how much less damage does the ranged spell have to do before the adjacent spell is ever a real option? Same goes for aoe and single target spells.

TLDR; the programming wouldn't be much harder, but the game design would be hellish.

And c'mon, 185228, don't be a Debbie Downer. Coming in here just to shit on our parade ain't cool. You are, however, right about pulling/referencing stuff from quests. That will only end in tears and misery.
No. 24768 ID: ea4b0b

On the whole thing about all the drama putting in known characters would cause:
this is EXACTLY why I am suggesting we start the characters from scratch. Is to make this whole idea a non-issue. Maybe references here and there can be acceptable, but we are gonna keep this as independent as we can.

And yeah, I have no clue at all what I am doing here. I have tried directing projects before but it never EVER goes well, and 5a5dd4 seems like he knows what he is doing here, so for now I am gonna pledge my fealty so to speak to him.

ANYhow, to answer his question on gameplay, I am thinking it might be a good idea (for the first part, at least) to be done as a zelda style platformer.
We can try to vary gameplay in later installments, but for now we should stick with that.
No. 24769 ID: 5a5dd4

Hell yes, fealty acquired!

>zelda style platformer
You mean like, rok's feather type stuff, right? If we want platforming to be a core mechanic, I think we'd be better off doing something more along the lines of metroid or mario. A top down or three quarters perspective isn’t the best for jumping around.

I you meant Zelda II, just

Never again.


I have a couple of ideas brewing, but nothing really solid yet. I'll try to make up a huge post outlining a couple of ideas tomorrow, and we'll see where it goes from there.

For the moment, if anyone would want to help out with anything at all, please post in here saying what you’d be willing to do. Off the top of my head, we’re going to need:

-Artists and animators. Characters, backgrounds, menus, and anything else visual needs to be drawn by someone. Animation is a shitton of work; we’ll probably want two or three people at least on art.

-Writers. We’re going to need both some overall plot stuff and, depending on the type of game, dialogue and flavour text. Maybe two people? I don’t write much, and exactly how much and what kind of writing we’ll need depends heavily on the style of game we choose, so I don’t know.

-Music. It’d be really nice to have someone do music for whatever we make. Even if it’s just like, acoustic guitar or something, it’d be better than nothing. I guess either like one person or one awesome garage band or something.

-Sound effects. The bleeps and bloops. Basically; making, recording, or mixing sound effects for sword hits or blaster shots or footsteps or whatever. Also probably one person.

-Level/Gameplay Designers. This’d be like, the layout of levels and position and number of monsters and the progression of difficulty. I can provide the engine and set up a way to easily make and test levels, but this part is a lot of work on its own. This will likely end up being very collaborative, but it’d be good to have one dedicated person making levels.

I think that’s the main bits. Testers need not apply. We’ll get to that if/when we have something playable.
No. 24770 ID: ea4b0b

That was a typo, ahaha. I meant more of a link to the past sort of gameplay mechanic there
No. 24771 ID: ea4b0b

Also, because it cut off the rest of his message, here is that list he posted copypasted so you dont gotta click into the thread:

For the moment, if anyone would want to help out with anything at all, please post in here saying what you’d be willing to do. Off the top of my head, we’re going to need:

-Artists and animators. Characters, backgrounds, menus, and anything else visual needs to be drawn by someone. Animation is a shitton of work; we’ll probably want two or three people at least on art.

-Writers. We’re going to need both some overall plot stuff and, depending on the type of game, dialogue and flavour text. Maybe two people? I don’t write much, and exactly how much and what kind of writing we’ll need depends heavily on the style of game we choose, so I don’t know.

-Music. It’d be really nice to have someone do music for whatever we make. Even if it’s just like, acoustic guitar or something, it’d be better than nothing. I guess either like one person or one awesome garage band or something.

-Sound effects. The bleeps and bloops. Basically; making, recording, or mixing sound effects for sword hits or blaster shots or footsteps or whatever. Also probably one person.

-Level/Gameplay Designers. This’d be like, the layout of levels and position and number of monsters and the progression of difficulty. I can provide the engine and set up a way to easily make and test levels, but this part is a lot of work on its own. This will likely end up being very collaborative, but it’d be good to have one dedicated person making levels.

I think that’s the main bits. Testers need not apply. We’ll get to that if/when we have something playable.

No. 24772 ID: 0eef61

just do a tgchan roguelike with a bunch of tgchan races as the races and a bunch of tgchan related items and monsters
No. 24773 ID: ea4b0b

We already decided against this mainly because that has the potential to cause a lot of drama and personally to me just seems like something that would almost inevitably wind up as little more than a lot of dumb fanwankery, EG a billion and two rubyquest-themed enemies, cheelop cameos, etc.

Again, it's fine if its just a nod here and there in item descriptions and the such, but it would be best to keep to the nature of this website and use this opportunity to create a new world entirely with new characters and all that.

Not sure if this makes as much sense as I hope, but it is 5 am and I have been up for a day straight trying to get my sleep schedule back in order so meh.
No. 24776 ID: 2baea8

I do have garageband on one of my computers. I can try to mess around with it and get basic music/sound effects. Probably not gonna be epic boss battle scores, but I could get some of the basics out of the way.
No. 24777 ID: 19b3c3

...I already pretty routinely try to break down quest characters into equivalent DCSS builds. :V

Polo would be a KoHu^Ash in troll leather armor (smallish, crossbow, stealth, stabbing, regeneration, 'bio'-armor, 'empathy' sensing), Rokoa would be a TrFE (Huge, unstoppable melee and claws, insane regen, and explosions even though she's terrible with them), Nina would be a HuEn or HuAM (flight, charms, hexes, a ranged weapon and ammo enchanting). Etc.
No. 24778 ID: 2baea8

To note: I have used the program to make background music for school projects before. I understand the layout and basic workings, with the main limit being the lack of actual instruments/musical skill available to me.
No. 24779 ID: dcfc4c


The people who bitch about their own stuff not being included are dumbasses and can be safely ignored. if it's a collaborative project with a loose story, anyone has the capacity to pony up the effort to get their content added.

So fuck 'em.

Really, there is exactly one person in here who seems to know a goddamn thing about game design, but then he is apparently disgusted by Zelda 2 so he obviously doesn't understand it THAT well.
No. 24781 ID: 5a5dd4

So, I've been thinking. (This is your warning that this is a fuckhuge post.)

(Also, please forgive any grammar issues or whatever, I wrote this pretty much at the drop of a hat. If you don’t understand anything because of poor wording or whatever, just mention it and I will try to explain it in more detail.)

Pretty much regardless of what we ultimately choose to do, any game we make will not be the best at what it does. Hell, it might not even be very good. I mean, really, we're basically a bunch of amateurs at best. But we do have one thing that no other group in the entire goddamn world can lay claim to; we have the unique perspective and history of TGchan behind us.

Quests are pretty much an entirely unique form of storytelling. I mean, it's pretty much just us and the MSPA forum quests that have this kind of thing going on, right? And the MSPA forums are a mess of in-jokes and fantrolls so they don’t count. PREQUEL doesn’t count either because reasons.

So, we may not be great at any particular element of game design, but we have a unique perspective, and I think if we want to make something that's actually worth playing we're going to need to draw from that.

So there are definitely two wrong ways to go about this.

This first would be to fill the game with in-jokes and references. Literally nobody outside of TGchan would get any of it, and everyone at TGchan will have been working on it or been around it for so long that nobody will ever really have fun with it. It'd be uniquely TGchan, but it would also be garbage.

The second would be to make a game and make extensive use of TG characters and races and settings. You'd run into many of the same problems as above, and in the end you really just have some generic game that has a cutebold skin slapped on top. It might turn out okay, but there'd be nothing about it that is uniquely TGchan.

So, I’m thinking the right way to go about it would be more to look at the unique properties of quests as a medium and the recurring themes among quests and see what would fit well in video game format.

Themes and properties common among quests, off the top of my head and in no particular order:

Self-discovery, self-actualization, and general character development. Most quests begin with a protagonist that is really more of a caricature than an actual character, regardless of whether or not the character was player defined (by voting on race, gender, etc) or premade by the author. Most protagonists begin with maybe one or two personality traits and evolve and develop from there, both in terms of how well the reader knows the character and how well the characters know themselves. Strongly related to this is the prevalence of amnesiac protagonists, and their additional plight of reconciling what they have become since memory loss with whoever they were before that. How characters face their growth and their acceptance or denial of the things they've done is an integral part of the quest experience.

Excellent examples of this being Muschio, Ridder, Cheelop, Penji, and many many others.

Escapism. As far as media generally goes, quests tend to be pretty escapist. There are two major parts to this; the first obviously being the prevalence of fantasy, magic, and sci-fi elements in quests. Where TGchan is unique is the rules and structures behind these elements. Freedom in quests is a bit of an odd thing; unlike in videogames you never really run into the issue of the creator not having thought of something, because they can just make shit up as they go. On the other hand, the interactive nature of quests means that the rules behind an element must be more apparent than they might be in a movie or book. If people are expected to interact with something, they need some indication of the laws that govern it. If the rules are not clear, the people will test these boundaries until they are.

All of this adds up to what I can really only describe as the nerdiest kind of escapism: the kind that holds up under its own internal logic and is also free of loopholes or exploits.

Really, pick a quest. Any quest. If you can do a thing there will be some rule about how exactly that thing can be done. For expansive rulesets see the Asteroid Quest intermissions.

As a corollary to the above, we hate numbers. Despite what everything I just said might suggest, quest authors tend to avoid numbers wherever possible. That is to say, stats, abilities, and rules are generally more descriptive than numeric.

Like Tom's manly physique, Ruby's girlish figure, Demesi's flight capabilities, or Penji's nigh invulnerability. This basically gives authors more leeway to decide what a character can and cannot do without it coming across as stupid game shit.

Emphasis on thought and consideration over skill and strength. This one should be pretty obvious. In most quests the protagonist is weaker than the foes or obstacles they face. This, along with the slow pace of quests, means that the cunning or thoughtful solution to a problem is almost always better than a brute force solution. This also has the whole 'root for the little guy' thing going on. Oh, and I’d say this is probably also the reason for the whole “TGchan always picks girls" thing.

If even the fucking Tozol is the underdog in her quest, I shouldn't need any other examples.

Speaking of which, TGchan always picks girls. We’re basically a bunch of softhearted pansies and will go way out of our way to help as many people as possible. Even if they’re assholes. Sometimes especially if they’re assholes. And even if helping out may screw us over later.

Exploration. In addition to learning about the characters, one of the main appeals of quests is discovering and exploring the world in which the quest takes place. This ties pretty heavily with the escapism thing, in that the worlds we explore tend to be deep enough to hold up to that exploration and inspection without revealing inconsistencies. This exploration is often as much about the physical exploration, as in finding new places, as it is about uncovering the history of the world and the characters.

Examples being learning about Penji’s former self, the fall of the Malto kingdom, or the mess surrounding Tom and the old chaos god.

So, as far as traits or themes common and central to quests as a medium, I’ve got Character Development, Exploration, Escapism, Rules, Problem Solving, and Selflessness.

I’d think that pretty much covers it. If anyone else can think of something else that is central to the concept of a quest or disagrees with or wants add an idea or thought to something I’ve said here, feel free to respond.

And yeah, this is pretty much where I think we should be coming from. Think about what makes quests quests and what makes TGchan unique, and then consider how those things could be translated into a video game.

I’m going to wait a bit before I post any of my own ideas to avoid limiting other people’s imagination. When we have a few ideas gathered, we’ll figure out which (if any) are feasible, and then hammer out some core gameplay mechanics and get to work.

And I really don't see what my opinion of Zelda 2 has to do with my understanding of game design.
No. 24782 ID: 2baea8

One way to get rid of numbers in whatever game we make is to make all numeric stats hidden. We need them, I mean it's a video game, we can't have a video game without numbers. What we can do is remove those numbers from interfering with player immersion.

In terms of problem solving over brute force, a puzzle-platformer might be more compatible with the idea than a hack 'n slash or a JRPG. Possibly elements of a visual novel in certain parts, to increase character development.

Exploration would need the game to be at least a little bit open world. This isn't completely undoable with a platformer. Super Mario 64, despite being inside of one building, is a game I would describe as an open-world platformer. Kirby and the Amazing Mirror could also qualify, with the various areas spread out, but interconnected diversely and in a complex manner. The latter would be a better comparison to what I'm thinking of, being a 2D Platformer.

All games are escapist, by nature, but the visual novel elements will give the players a feeling of interaction with the characters, much like interacting with quest characters. I believe Baten Kaitos Origins actually had the player as a disembodied voice inside the protagonist's head, to which he occasionally spoke.

Only suggestion I can think of for selflessness is a hero protagonist.
No. 24783 ID: 5a5dd4


You're kind of on the right track, but at the same time, not really at all.

You're pretty much just listing potential elements for a game, without really considering how they'd interact or how they'd play.

Like, You say puzzle-platformer.

What kind of puzzles? Are we just finding keys to locks, are we answering riddles, are we trying to talk a character out of suicide, are we thinking with physics (and portals), or are we combining the rubber chicken with the anarchist's dildo to slingshot a monkey into the sun?

Is the platforming necessary? What does it add to the game? Why do we need to jump?

And in that vein, Call of duty has dialogue and character development in it, but that really isn't the point of the game. Pretty much every game is escapist, but very few games are actually about escapism (Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, cough cough.)

Does being selfless make you a hero? Are all heroes necessarily selfless?

I guess what I'm trying to say is that games can be about empowerment or fear or exploration or fun or even about games themselves. These central themes don't really define a game on their own, but they can suggest and inform the mechanics and story.

So like, one way to look at it would be this: If I told you that I was making a game about exploration, problem solving, escapism, selflessness and self-discovery, what kind of things would you expect to see in that game?

And not just on a one to one basis. Like, not just 'I expect puzzles because you said problem solving' or 'I expect an open world game because you said exploration'.

It's not so much about the things individually, but how they come together and interact.

If that's not really helping or making much sense, a good thought exercise would be to pick two themes/elements from my list and try to think of a single mechanic that fits both themes, or is a result of two of the themes coming into conflict.

Like, finding condescending notes from your past-self that help you with puzzles, or having the option to run away from problems and deal with the repercussions later, or talking to people and helping them with their problems so you don't have to face your own problems, or exploring the ruins of a city with the unsettling knowledge that this is your fault, or being given a set of problems with mutually exclusive solutions, or

or whatever you guys can think of.

Yeah, I guess this is way farther down the artsy bullshit/game design hole than most people would probably ever want to go, but as far as I can tell it's probably the best way to make something that's actually somewhat meaningful.
No. 24785 ID: dcfc4c


>And I really don't see what my opinion of Zelda 2 has to do with my understanding of game design

Nothing, it was a joke about how you have godawful taste in video games.

But then, you called your video game design sense into question yourself with the giant post about how to make a game meaningful instead of engaging and/or fun.

tgchan wants to flirt and strategize. A SRPG with visual novel elements like the Sakura Wars series is really what you should be looking at, probably with some manner of clusterfuck crossover setting like the Super Robot Wars or Namco x Capcom (and whatever that newer game in the same vein was called) series.
No. 24786 ID: 5a5dd4

Well, I'd argue that 'fun' games are a dime a dozen and a meaningful game is by definition an engaging game, but you know what, dcfc4c? As it stands you've only thrown out insults and one poorly detailed idea. If you want to have an internet pissing contest over game design, put together a short design doc for whatever you think would work best for a TGchan game. If you know as much about game design as you act like you do, I shouldn't need to tell you what this sort of documentation should include.

If you're just hanging around to be a prick, then please, just leave.
No. 24787 ID: 01531c

A guy in here said something about 'keep the numbers hidden'. That's a good foundational principle, to keep the player either largely ignorant or always less knowledgeable than they think they are.
No. 24788 ID: 2baea8

This is probably why I'm not a writer. I'm bad at communicating the things in my head to paper/keyboard, and only average at imagining the things themselves. Just trying to throw out some things to get other people thinking.
No. 24789 ID: 185228

Wow, I didn't think this project would crash and burn this fast. People telling people to get out already?! It's a new record! Yaaaay!

Make the main character Johnny Five Aces.
No. 24790 ID: ea4b0b

Jesus fucking christ I leave this place for just a few hours and we got people going way off topic into the philosophy of quests and the nature of the website itself, the startings of a flame war, and absolutely NO progress on what we actually need here:

First off, shut up. Stop arguing over zelda 2. My stance on the game is that as a seperate title it is an okayish game, but as a zelda game it is just COMPLETELY awful.

Second, we are making this as open as posssible, and chances are we are gonna have a SERIES of games going here to allow us the widest freedom of choice in how gameplay is gonna work. And for our first game, it is going to be some small thing about a civilian going to the store in a dangerous environment.

We need the following things to actually GET ON that shit, yo: someone with access to rpg maker, someone to do the sprites, someone to do writing, and finally one guy has to write some of the jokes and MAYBE options.
Also, considering the chaos we have already gotten into before even GETTING INTO this thing, we might also need someone with some sort of long-rang ability to slap people in the back of the head.

Seriously, I dont wanna see a repeat of that shit guys.
No. 24795 ID: dcfc4c


>As it stands you've only thrown out insults and one poorly detailed idea.

No, I've pointed out flaws in an argument (that people would get upset and cause drama if their stuff wasn't included and we should worry about that), insulted your bad taste in games, and given a pitch.

See, this is so vague and tenuous at this point that a pitch (which is what the last paragraph of >>24785 IS) is exactly what the project needs. Trying to work out MEANING or complicated NPC interaction mechanics or split personality temporal shenanigans or whatever other fancy bullshit you may want to add before the fundamental groundwork of the game has been discussed, settled on, and laid out is worse than trying to run before you can walk. It's trying to run before you can stand. Virtually everyone involved here is a complete amateur, so you have to start at the ground floor and work up.

And it's obvious that discussion of abstract concepts before laying out this shit is a problem, because there is already somebody in the thread talking about how somebody needs to find somebody who can use RPGmaker to make the game when there is no sort of consensus that it would even be appropriate for whatever sort of game people would be making and when somebody in the thread has made engines before and is offering to make one. And it's obviously not because he has experience with it, because he's saying we need to find somebody who has used it.


>First off, shut up. Stop arguing over zelda 2. My stance on the game is that as a seperate title it is an okayish game, but as a zelda game it is just COMPLETELY awful.

From a design perspective, Zelda 2 laid out the groundwork and initial implementation of a good many of the concepts people associate with zelda, ESPECIALLY with regards to the 3d zeldas. How could it be a 'terrible zelda game' when it defined them?
No. 24796 ID: dd19c3

"Let's make a TGChan game" is indeed an awfully nebulous vision. That said, we do have some things to work with.

Proposal, taking elements from other proposals:

Sci-fi, involving simulations. Strategy-RPG with dating sim. Emphasizing exploration, problem solving, escapism, selflessness and self-discovery. Now, what kind of game would that suggest to you?

Selflessness I don't think we need worry about too much. Just make sure there're opportunities for that. It's not necessarily a core game mechanism as much as a matter for the scenario writers.

Exploration and problem solving imply an open world exploration rather than a scenario-by-scenario progression. Abilities that act upon the environment, then, like telekinesis or psychokinesis (going with the scifi theme). Tile-based would be a simple way to handle this, so abilities that can affect tiles and objects or beings in those tiles.

Character growth in terms of pure mechanical capabilities comes naturally with this and can easily be billed as the character discovering things about themselves. As for things like personality and whatnot, that's more a matter of storytelling, though game mechanisms might trigger self-discovery (such as triggers for flashbacks).

No. 24797 ID: 2baea8

I like this idea. Thanks for being civil as well.

If everybody's here to help, can we stop arguing and compromise, please? Insulting people will not lead to a functioning project team.
No. 24798 ID: dd19c3

Yeah, I mean, I made the suggestion I just did because I noticed that people who were arguing were suggesting setting, game mechanisms, and themes. Those aren't exactly mutually incompatible things--if anything, they're complimentary.

I could see the case for a puzzle-platformer of some sort instead, but honestly I suspect the dating sim elements would be there to stay.
No. 24799 ID: ea4b0b

Y'all be right here yo, sorry for losin' my temper like that
As stated before tho, we have a groundwork thing already laid out: the first game is gonna be an rpg. A standard, turn-based and easy-to-make rpg, simply to get a first step to stand on.
Now lets cease the bickering and actually get on that:
let's start with the goal and character and all that, what should we do here guys?
No. 24800 ID: 2baea8

Personally, I think the Sci-fi SRPG is a better idea. We can still start simple with the first simulation, but if we have someone who can make an engine, why limit ourselves to a standard one?

Yeah, dating sim elements is partly what I meant by the visual novel parts. I mean, this is tgchan; no matter what we make someone's gonna wanna hit on it.
No. 24801 ID: dd19c3

The simulation idea talked about before, plus the thought of a character development focus, suggests to me something like some sort of vat-grown entity being ran through test simulations, or something like that.

Probably interactions with others also undergoing those simulations, to maintain some consistent relationships between simulations.
No. 24802 ID: 2baea8

The first sim can still be a normal person thrust into a dangerous situation; to teach the vat-grown, likely combat-intended entity some empathy for what would otherwise be collateral damage.
No. 24803 ID: dcfc4c


If by 'we laid out the groundwork' you mean 'you said that we needed someone on RPGMaker when there seemed to be more discussion re: tactical games,' then yes we layed out the groundwork as a regular turn-based rpg.
No. 24804 ID: ea4b0b

Popping a vote in for this idea
vat grown entity is gonna allow for the absolute highest creative input on its design and persona in my view which might actually allow us to implement some sort of customization tool when The Big Main Storyline gets rolling and going and such

We should for now keep that on a backburner though, and focus on our scenario with the sim.

I am personally thinking our scenario could go like this:

Simulation 1 Hero Guy, herein referred to as dickbutt masterson, is fixing up a machine, IE an air filtration system or a food storage thing or what have you, when he realizes that he needs to buy a replacement part.
Outside his home is some sort of harsh landscape (I am thinking perhaps a Serenity-style sci-fi wild west settlement type thing) with some mildly-troubling beasts that prey on travelers.
He gets some kind of weak personal weapon, then heads out for the long journey to the next town over that has the parts, about a three day journey.

Along the way he is assaulted by a soldier of some kind perhaps, and barely makes it out alive before passing out in the woods and perhaps getting taken in by a hermit to get patched up. Emphasis should be made here that this is a VERY COMMON THING.

He then completes his journey, and it ends with the poor dude buying his part and starting the treck home on some sort of one-way transport.

No. 24805 ID: 2baea8

Another thing to add is perhaps a vigilante fighting bandits in their headquarters, and the fight spills onto the streets, nearly killing Dickbutt. This would emphasize the 'be careful what you're doing, there are people around' part of the training.
No. 24806 ID: ea4b0b

Ooh, I like that! Alright, someone should set us up some sort of notepad type dealy so we can get this stuff written down for easy access, perhaps add something to the original post with the link to said thing later
maybe a google docs thing?
No. 24807 ID: 5a5dd4

I also apologize for flipping shit.

I do not, however, apologize for writing massive posts. (massive post warning)

I’ll probably be less longwinded once we properly pin down an idea.

Welp, I'm a bit late to the idea train, and 'simulation' seems to be a pretty good concept to work from, but right now it seems like most of you are thinking about it as just a framing device. You know, just a reason to explain why a character would actually be in all of these different situations.

So I've been thinking about how the concept of a simulation could affect a game mechanically. Like, what you could do with gameplay rather than story to explore the concept of simulations.

IDEA #1: What kind of person would need to be put into simulations of 'normal' situations?

The protagonist is a soldier/marine/whatever returning from a military operation that can really only be described as a clusterfuck. As such, the protagonist does not consciously remember most of what happened and they're wracked with PTSD and general craziness. They're not reintegrating into normal society very well, so they are placed into a reintegration program involving simulations.

So, the first half of the gameplay would be the rehabilitation simulations, which would basically just be like, talking to people, fetch quests, puzzles and minigames, with zero combat. Everything would be kind of feel-good, society would be a little idealized, and everyone gets along just fine.

The second half of the game would be the protagonist remembering parts of the military operation, and would be heavy on combat, strategy, and generally fucked up situations. Like dealing with a hostage situation that goes south, operating under orders to take no prisoners (and having people try to surrender to you), and generally trying to make the best of situations where there is no 'good' outcome.

So, from the start of the game, the distinction between the two would be very clear. Like, you finish a day of simulation and wake up to a memory. As time goes on, the distinction would become less clear, and events within the simulation itself, like loud noises or familiar sights or whatever, would trigger relapses into war-memories. So like, you might be in a simulation where you have to get a part from a store down the road for whatever, but the second you step outside you're in full combat gear and being shot at. And then, upon acquiring the part and making it back to the building, everything is simulation-normal again and the simulation doesn't acknowledge your memory-hallucinations.

At the most messed up you could have both things existing side by side at the same time, so you'd have to like, flip burgers and complete simulation activities while dodging memory gunfire and grenades.

Blah blah blah, it all leads up to some big reveal about what actually happened, which would be something along the lines of the protagonist trying to be heroic and save the world and totally fucking it up.

And then you wake up and have some sort of real-world conclusion level. I dunno.

Anyways, the main point would be the contrast between the calming, upbeat simulation setting and the high-stress, depressing war setting.

Engine wise, I'm thinking maybe something like Hotline Miami, what with the topdown perspective and mouse aiming. This'd give you lots of room for adventure game type puzzles for the simulation half, while still being suited to the combat of the war half. A dialogue system similar to that in fallout (or any other game with dialogue trees) would easily fit on top and allow for character interaction.

IDEA #2: What kind of person would need to be put into simulations of messed up situations?

The protagonist is a settler/colonist average joe on a colony ship that is headed to some shithole death planet. En-route to the planet, they undergo simulation training to help prepare you for life in the shittiest place ever.

Gameplay would switch between simulation activities, like going to get a part, being mauled by an animal, seeking help and eventually completing your task, and real-world on-ship activities. Ship activities could be anything from team building exercises with your fellow settlers to flirting with whoever to dealing with minor ship emergencies. Maybe somebody freaks out over how they're basically condemned and tries to hijack an escape pod or something.

A big part of the shipboard time could be about talking to your fellow colonists about the simulations and dealing with the fact that you will all probably die on this death planet.

Much like idea #1, the main idea would be to show the contrast between the relatively calm life on the ship and the significantly less calm simulation settings.

With this you could have totally different playstyles between the ship sections and the simulation sections because they aren't so closely related. So, running around on the ship could play like a point and click adventure game, while simulated segments could work more like an SRPG.

IDEA #3: A simulation where the user/patient isn't supposed to be aware they're in a simulation.

The protagonist is a vat-cloned soldier in simulation training. Now, this is a society that uses vat-cloned soldiers, so the simulation isn't particularly good or even very accurate. It's more or less half shitty training manual half propaganda, and is pretty much more about teaching the soldiers to hate their enemies than it is about actually teaching them to fight.

Basically, you'd hit all of the standard video game tropes and parody the hell out of them.

Like, oh no, your hometown that you totally grew up in was burned down while you were off on an errand, and your stern but loving father figure has been mortally wounded! With his dying breath, he bequeaths to you an ancestral family weapon which is rumored to have once been used by heroes of old! (The weapon in is a standard issue military side arm.) But that alone is not enough! After rigorous training with the heirloom, you must set out on a quest to retrieve the rest of the legendary hero's equipment! (A combat knife, an assault rifle, grenades, spacefuture night vision goggles, and maybe a uav controller or something) You finally save the day from the evil threat (the enemies of the nation funding the soldier program) but are mortally wounded in your final fight! You are entombed in the great hall of heroes to be awoken when the world needs you next! (The hall of heroes looks exactly like a standard cloning vat chamber)

So yeah. Parody and satire the hell out of everything and generally make fun of the concept of simulation trained vat-cloned soldiers.

Again, this could work for most game types. Something Zelda styled with a retrieve new item and mcguffin from dungeon format could be interesting to play with.

And a few random other thoughts/ideas.

How does the simulation respond to failure? There isn't any reason for the protagonst to forget what happened between the last save and failure, so playing with the protagonist remembering things from failed attempts at a simulation could be fun. Maybe like, even have the simulation chastise the protagonist for trying to cheat with knowledge they shouldn't have yet, like the combination to a lock or something similar.

IS the protagonist aware that they're in a simulation? Do they try to metagame the simulation like a gamer would metagame a videogame? Do they bother flirting with people they know aren't real? If they don't know about the simulation, how do they reconcile failed attempts and whatever, and how do they react upon finding out that everything they know is fake?

Similarly, are they in the simulations voluntarily or have they been forced into it? If it's voluntary, why have they chosen to do so?

How do the experiences of the simulation affect how the character acts outside of it? If simulation is a common technology, how does it affect other characters?

Simulations don’t really mix well with character interaction/flirting. I mean, if half the characters aren’t real, what’s the point? It’d either have to happen outside of the simulation, or between real-world characters that are in some sort of co-op simulation.

Simulations also don’t really work well with exploration. In-story, everything in the simulation had to be programmed by someone, so having secrets or whatever in a military training simulation would be a little weird. Again, exploration could happen outside the simulations, be that in whatever the real world is or, as is the case in my first idea, within the protagonist’s memories/dreams/hallucinations.

Also, I’m still not sure that a SRPG is the best fit for whatever we end up doing. It seems like it would limit us to a very rigid template of overworld, turn based battles, and dialogue/cutscene when it wouldn't be that much more difficult to have real time combat or sneaking or whatever and whatever weirdness we desire.

Like, really, I think it'd be easier for me to make a compelling real time combat system like you might find in a Zelda or Metriod game than a balanced and interesting turn-based system like in Final Fantasy or Pokemon.

I'd still be down to try whatever if that's what we ultimately decide on, but eh.
No. 24808 ID: ea4b0b

with all due respect, those are fantastic ideas that should DEFINITELY be explored, but at the same time we gotta keep things simple for now.

We shouldnt worry about the overarching plot just yet, more the first simulation.
I am bolding that because that is most what we need to focus on here, and our first thing more than likely HAS to be a bit simplistic in nature. No branching storylines, no real gimmicks to make it different (save for writing), just a simple get-from-point-a-to-b-without-dying sort of thing.
This is so we can prove we can ACTUALLY GET A THING DONE instead of just arguing about what-ifs for the future.

So, as I have said probably three times now: LETS DESIGN OUR SIM-PROTAGONIST, and get to work on the game already

Does anyone here have rpgmaker? we should try to get a sense of the levels we'll be making set up into a workable beta
we'll use the default tiles for now, for visualization purposes, but eventually we'll need an artist or fifty on board to redo those tiles into what will be the final release of the first thing.
No. 24809 ID: 91c1b3

These are brilliant ideas. I'm kinda torn between the first and the second ones though. They tend to focus on different aspects that you listed. (1 is primarily character development and escapism. While 2 is more about exploration and probably selflessness) Personally I would go with #2 because I love strategy games and the different styles seem like they might work together well. First things first though, go with a game demo. (to prove you can make it and to add hype)
No. 24810 ID: 2baea8

I think I like #2 best as well, out of these three. And I'm in agreement on making a demo first, a 'first chapter only' thing to show we can actually get something done. As for SRPG vs real time, you're the only programmer right now, so I think we should go with whatever you're more comfortable.

In addition, in regards to character design: #2 and the apparent consensus of sci-fi implies that humanity has space travel. Are there any other known intelligent lifeforms, and is this the first ship sent out? If the answer to the former is 'yes', what sorts are there? If the answer to the latter is 'yes', what problems could the ship have (for the protag to deal with during out-of-sim episodes), given it is the first to set out on an actual journey? If the answer to the first question is 'no', has there been any encounter with life at all, or are the sim enemies merely theoretical for the sake of preparedness? If the answer to the second question is 'no', what kind of planets have already been explored, and how far out has humanity colonized?

Some things to consider for the protagonist's background design, and that of the setting.
No. 24811 ID: 5a5dd4

Without a doubt a demo/first chapter thing will be the way to go with this.

Basically, once we settle on an idea and lay out some basic mechanics, I'm thinking what I'll do programming wise is set up the engine with the most basic features possible and see what works from there.

I mean like, movement, collision, loading levels, basic dialogue, and a basic obstacle like breakable bushes or something similar depending on the game type. All lovingly rendered in the most finely coloured rectangles you have ever seen.

So yeah. I figure we should wait for a few more opinions on whatever idea, then figure out some definite mechanics beyond basic moving and talking and how they’ll play, and then make up a demo. Hell, once we settle on an idea, I’ll probably do another hugeass post outlining the opportunities and limitations that different gameplay perspectives and styles would offer. Like, realtime vs turnbased or isometric vs side scroller vs top down vs three quarter.

And Archivemod, honestly, you seem to have a bit of a hardon for rpgmaker. I’m sure it’s possible to do amazing things with it, but seriously man, I don’t want to brag, but I can pretty much code any style or mix of 2D engine styles for you from scratch, and probably have something functional within an afternoon or two. Isometric real time action? Done it before. Virtual novel? Done it. Topdown zombie survival/twin stick shooter? Done it. Shootemup with a stupid time control gimmick? Done it.

Yeah, I don’t have anything immediately available to prove it. If you demand proof, I could port something to a format that would work in-browser without too much trouble. Or we can figure out an idea, hammer out some core mechanics, and I can spend the time putting together something for the actual project.

And really, an rpgmaker game will take roughly the same amount of work on art, writing, sound, and level design as any game engine I happen to make. The programming is the only bit that changes significantly, and I have that covered.

Although, as a warning, I have midterms this Thursday and Friday. If we somehow manage to sort everything out before then, the coding will probably have to wait until the weekend.
No. 24812 ID: 2baea8

I think the thing with rpgmaker was because this was inspired by those sorts of games from the indie game thread.
No. 24815 ID: dd19c3

You can do interesting things with RPGMaker, but we'd still be working within the engine's limitations, not to mention that it only runs on Windows. In fact, as an engine, it's rather limited compared to other game engines--its main feature is relative ease of usage. A custom engine can be done to the specifications we need rather than forcing us to work within its confines, not to mention being potentially more portable.

I'm not totally wedded to the idea of a SRPG, though I'd argue that there're other paradigms than "overland, battle map, dialogue". For example, taking a page from roguelikes and having everything happen in turn-based time. Nevertheless, I'm perfectly cool with not doing a SRPG.

I'd generally prefer any realtime engine to focus more on thinking than dexterous fingers, including potentially an option to enter orders/actions while paused. However, I'm not completely wedded to that and I've enjoyed action games.

Thinking about it, I like #2 because it gives the most potential for character interaction that actually matters, not to mention that it actually fits the scenario already proposed as the first simulation. Said scenario might need a little modification, but overall I can easily see it being used as a colonial simulation.
No. 24816 ID: dd19c3

Also, it doesn't necessarily have to be a brutal hellplanet, just a dangerous but survivable planet. This would actually be easier to justify for training purposes than pretty much shipping off people just to die a certain death (not to mention the expense involved in shipping people off to an almost certainly lethal planet). Even Slaughter Quest doesn't have you being shipped off to an elaborately expensive execution.

Also, while there're good reasons for a simple first scenario, basic dialogue isn't a particularly complicated thing to code. We could easily have a shipboard character talking you at least through the tutorial stage.

Also, regarding the first scenario's simulated protagonist, it's worth considering that the vast majority of games feature a white (or light-skinned anime style) male as their lead. I'd prefer to see something different. We can talk customization for further games, just bringing up a thought here.

Of course, an easy copout would be using a made-up race without visible differentiation between males and females. It's pretty damn easy to offer a gender selection then, heh.
No. 24817 ID: ea4b0b

Ah, my bad then. I was under the impression we HAD to use it for some reason, ahaha. I do think a standard run-of-the-mill sci-fi rpg is best right now, but as with most things if people think otherwise on these things I'll go along with it haha
No. 24818 ID: ea4b0b

I like the idea of just a random human settler of some kind, but beyond that I dont see much problem with whatever y'all might have in mind yo
No. 24820 ID: 91c1b3

I feel like it might be better (and easier to make) to only have our main char in the fights for the first quest/demo. (even if it's a strategy rpg) It would make the later addition of allies (and their usefulness) more apparent{can't think of appropriate word} if the guy goes without for a while; it would also make more sense (from a training perspective) if everyone started out on their own to learn the basics of the system. (fewer distractions and all that)
No. 24821 ID: ea4b0b

I was thinking the same, actually. Just a single dude going out into a dangerous world to buy a new part for the thing that makes his food warm or something
I actually have most of the idea for how we are gonna do this laid out in my head, if you guys wouldnt mind a bit of a railroading here.
No. 24824 ID: 5a5dd4

Go ahead man, lay it out for us. Preferably in as much detail as possible.

Obviously, pretty much nothing is set in stone, but it'd be nice to have a detailed plan or outline to build on.
No. 24825 ID: 2baea8

And what will we be wanting in music for the menu/first area? I'll try to put together something not-terrible using this program's built-in instrument emulator.
No. 24826 ID: ea4b0b

Alright, so it starts as follows:
The story starts with a bunch of code flashing across the screen, ending in an ">initiate simulation" before the screen goes white, then fading back in to our good friend HERO X "herefore referred to as dickbutt.
Dickbutt is first found hunched over working on a machine of some sort, I am thinking perhaps a water purifier.
It sparks, causing him to flinch back. When he gets back over he realizes the pump casing is cracked, meaning he has to go buy a new one.
Living in what is the deep space equivelant of the wild west, this is a bit more of a task than just heading out to buy one across the street. He lives in a relative ghost town, not much other than a saloon and a general store making up what can be entered.

Once dickbutt is given a chance to stock supplies up at the general store and maybe grab some buffing items at the saloon, he sets off on the two-day-trip through the woods.
He makes it about halfway into the woods before he is beset by bandits, but he is able to barely fend them off at the expense of some rather heavy wounds. He manages to get further in before passing out from exhaustion, and wakes up being cared for by a hermit who has dressed his wounds. (This will serve as about the halfway point, as well as a shop, seeing as our hermit brews up some fine liquors and natural remedies)

Once you are done there, the hermit directs you on how to get to dickburg so you can buy your parts, and you manage to get there with no more hassle than normally expected.

Once you arrive, however, things are in a bit of chaos: some kind of bio-engineered monster (AKA the real main character) is spotted wrecking shit up, and dickbutt has to dodge the debris of the resulting chaos and gunfire and all that.
He gets caught by the monster, however, who slowly approaches him, but after a lucky shot manages to stun the thing long enough for authorities to capture it and drag it away.

After a brief bit of respite, dickbutt manages to FINALLY buy his part and catch a tram ride back home, then the simulation ends.
No. 24833 ID: ea4b0b

still waiting on some feedback for this
No. 24834 ID: 91c1b3

I just don't like the hermit idea for some reason. I really couldn't say why. Oh well, on to the rest.

If it's supposed to be a demo or first stage(which is a demo of whats to come to the player) shouldn't it start off with at least hinting why the main char is in a simulation? Especially if we go with there being other people on the ship that help him.

An idea I had was an intro describing the planet or their reason for the trip. Stating something about needing extra training to survive the harsh planet maybe. Interior shot of the simulation room before it switches. Someone wishes us luck or gives us a last bit of advice before we start. Then the simulation program start thing. It would give insight as to why we are in the simulation, and that there are other people on the ship.(who we will interact with later) (I don't know for sure though, I'm not a writer)
No. 24835 ID: 9ddf68

Ok so the plan is for us to be Dickbutt fighting the bio-engineered monster which we will paly as later on or would we be the bio-engineered monster playing as Dickbutt fighting ourselves? The way you worded it makes me wonder who we really are in the game.

I also have to agree with >>24834 here about the hermit, it just kinda feels forced. Might be better to say that some people traveling from whatever town we're going to, to some other town for whatever reason run into us along the way so they patch us up and feeling as they met there good deed quota for the day decide if you want any more supplies from them you will have to buy/trade for them. Don't know just an idea.

Oh and if anyone is still looking for a reason why someone would send people to death planet just say that the planet is high in resources so it makes any risk or casualty worth it, at least on a business standpoint.
No. 24836 ID: 2baea8

The 'bio-engineered monster' is a representation of the protagonist's potential for collateral damage, to encourage caution. Nearly being killed by their analogue's foolishness deters doing so to others, by putting them in another's shoes. Literally.
(If the protagonist is a synthetic, the bio-engineered monster may very well be the actual protagonist. I pictured it appearing more like a 'bionic man' rampaging after some petty crook or whatever though, if the protag is human.)

And I agree on the hermit, too cliche. The travelers sound good.
No. 24837 ID: ea4b0b

aight. good ideas yo! I like the idea of replacing the hermit with travelers.
And yeah, that is indeed the goal of this: putting bioman into a civvy's shoes
No. 24838 ID: 9ddf68

Soooo... are we still colonist even as the bio-man or what? Cause what I'm getting here is we started out as some kind of Vat-grown thing for the military being trained/taught through simulations, to a human colonist taking simulations to prepare for the hostilities of the world we are about to colonize, back into ... what a Vat-grown colonist?

You know that could work, At this point in human history they have found out the means to create bio-engineered species and make them stronger and more resilient then humans and send them into dangerous areas (like death planet here) to set everything up so it's much easier and smoother when the humans finally arrive on the scene. Could make for an interesting story. A whole ship filled with these bio-creatures heading for an extremely hostile planet and there goal is to set up a base/settlement for the human colonist so they don't have to deal with the full brunt of whatever the planet has to throw at them since there little town will be already set up to protect them by the time they get there. And the simulations the bio-creatures train with are used just as much to teach them how to survive as well as to tech them never to harm humans. Could be useful for some charter building later on down the line.
No. 24839 ID: ea4b0b

I was thinking more along the lines of something not human, actually. like
COMPLETELY non-human, save for self-awareness and the capacity to make decisions.
Again though, we should be focusing less on the overall plot and more on the first sim until we get there.
Staying on topic, I am still thinking a sort of firefly-esque wild west kind of thing would be best for the first area.
No. 24840 ID: 5a5dd4

Okay, so.

Sorry for being slow with feedback, I went to take a nap after dinner yesterday and just sort of slept for 13 hours. Threw all of my plans off. I woke up hella rested, though.

So, ideas/ thoughts.

Honestly, I'm not really sold on the idea of bioman/ SPESS MAREEN yet. Most of you guys seem alright with it though, so here are my ideas relating to that:

So, firstly, why is bioman in this simulation? I'd assume it's either as a part of a training thing, and the simulations make up the soldier's early life, or it's some sort of punishment/corrective training, along the lines of anger management courses.

If it's initial training, it strikes me a bit odd that a company is basically labeling the bioman as a threat. It's like; the very first thing a living being is taught is that it is dangerous and is expected to cause harm unless otherwise taught. It’s presumptuous and prejudiced and all sorts of weird. If we go with this, I think we definitely need to consider what sort of society creates soldiers and basically tells them that without the help of society they would be little more than beasts.

It'd be interesting, but I don't think it's what you guys are leaning towards.

If it's corrective training, presumably the bioman has been in simulations before, and is also used to their normal, 'real world' strengths. I imagine being forced into scenarios where you are less capable than you should be, less than you remember being, would be incredibly frustrating. Long story short, there'd be a ton of room for characterization of the protagonist, but again, I don't think that's what you guys are really aiming for.

You also run into the questions: is this the bioman's very first simulation, and is he aware he is in a simulation? Both have pretty significant ramifications. If this is his first simulation why is it not just about getting used to the simulation? You know, learning to walk before you run get mauled by wild animals and taken hostage. If it's not, what is the bioman expecting out of this simulation? How does he react to being a powerless chump? If he doesn't know it's a simulation how does he react when he finds out? If he knows it's a simulation, does he act differently because of it? Everything is fake, why should collateral damage matter?

The main problem, I think, is that dickbutt isn't a very relatable main character. Being a vat-clone tends to do that to you.

So, what I'd do is make the whole thing as corporate and as utilitarian as possible. Like, if a current day cubicle-filled middle-management-stricken business were to organize a colonization effort with simulated training, what would that training be like?

The demo/first chapter of the game would go something like this:

Everything is dark.

Then, a light emerges from the darkness. As it grows closer, you begin to recognize the light.

It's a powerpoint slide.

Welcome to the simulatron 9000, it reads.

You click to the next slide. Only, you don't click. There's no mouse. There's no computer.

The slide changes regardless.

You read through a few slides with information about the company, the ship, and the colonization effort. At least you learn why you're standing in the darkness with a powerpoint slides when it gets around to the simulation slides.

When the slides finish, another bright light consumes your vision.

When you regain sight, you find yourself sitting on a simple wooden chair in a large, grassy field below a cloudless sky. An endless field. Arranged before you in a circle are 19 other people sitting on 19 identical chairs. They all look about as lost and confused as you do.

A voice speaks. It does not sound to have a proper source, and almost feels to originate from within your head.

It explains that you are now within your first proper simulation. You are to engage in a number of icebreaker activities to acclimatize yourself to both the simulation mechanics and you coworkers.

And so you do. [Tutorial! movement, basic combat, dialogue, saving, etcetera. Also, flavour and background text from talking to you coworkers.]

Icebreakers done, a door appears in the field. The voice, apparently a coordinator of some sort, informs you that entering the door will take you out of the icebreaker simulation and into your first solo training simulation.

You hang around and chat for a bit longer, then step through the door.

A large, unkempt man in stained coveralls stands before you. “Eh you.” He says. “Communications are out, a beast must've knocked down one of the lines again. You're gonna have to head over to the next town to pick up a part for this latest job.”

He shoves a clipboard containing the part specifications into your hands and waves you off. There's also a bit of cash for both the part and supplies for your journey.

And then the rest plays out pretty much the same as Archivemod's plan, but with the suggested changes and random wildlife instead of bioman at the end.

Two distinct gameplay segments, one of which is solely tutorial and world building, the other which is the first level proper with more world building on the place our protagonist is ultimately headed. A bunch of opportunity for silly dialogue and corporate nonsense, and a few good opportunities to show off how weird engaging in simulated activities would be.

What do you guys think?
No. 24841 ID: 5a5dd4

Oh goddamnit, missed those last two posts.

Uh, nothing's idea could work pretty we'll with what I said about the simulations identifying the soldiers/biomen/whatever as monsters or beasts that must be trained.

I'm also cool with a wild west/scifi/frontier-ey setting for the first solo sim. I don't think anyone has contested that yet, so it'll probably be what we go with.
No. 24842 ID: dd19c3

I think knowledge of the overall plot or at least overall premise is necessary for establishing the first scenario; the general informs the specific. Both the big and small picture are necessary. Not to mention that it allows for things like foreshadowing and whatnot, but that can probably wait for future installments.

Bio-engineered colonists isn't a new idea and has good reasons. Worlds with conditions more suitable for nonhumans or altered humans, mirror protein worlds (the Freefall webcomic has such a rationale for its genetically engineered protagonist--she's part of a test run before mass producing them to colonize such worlds), etc.

That said, if we just go with a nonhuman race that's cool. Plenty of precedent for that on TGChan. Regardless, there're reasons for training simulations--and I think I overall prefer a general colonist, engineered or not, over an engineered soldier. Still plenty of reason to have self-defense training to deal with dangerous wildlife and whatnot.

The scenario about travelers in a wild west-esque setting sounds good.
No. 24843 ID: ea4b0b

Sweet, so we are decided on the first level then.

Going back to the engineered thing, y'all be raising good points.
Going on with the overarching plot, the reason I am pushing for the bio-engineered lifeform thing so hard is for quite a few reasons, starting with design freedom and going on through things like setting up morality conflicts, a chance to rebel against the creators, etc. and uh
basically I have very fond memories of tozolquest and it might affect my decisionmaking from time to time and you should slap me if it gets bad.
As I said, I aint the leader here and this is exactly why
I can be a right stubborn tool about some things without realizing it until too late

I'm gonna go with whatever you guys feel would be best here regarding WHAT the main character is, and while you are chewing that out I am gonna do some drafts of the overarching plot to allow for all the various simulations the main character creature will be put through/
I am thinking something themed around extradimensional travels, mainly because I have had no small amount of success using the idea of parallel realities as a driving narrative force in the past and also because of the nigh-infinite freedom in design this allows in writing.
No. 24844 ID: ea4b0b

The first of Many, MANY ideas whizzing about my skull right now is that the main character thing, (herefore to be refferred to as Bobby) is being designed as a sort of handle-it-all juggernaut for surviving the harsh and unpredictable universes that they are gonna be sending his kind into.

For example, one universe could have formed such that gravity as both a concept and a physical property of matter never came to be, meaning that all matter would immediately drift apart if based around that concept.
We are talking "if you fuck up you FUCK UP" level shit here, though with the right calculations and time it is easy to avoid such realities with such wildly varying physical properties that it would cause issues like that.

So what would fall within the realm of allowable transgressions against the base model of reality would be that enough similarity of some sort exists to our own universe to allow travel to the new one with little issue, and that nothing is particularly non-euclidean.

I figure that later on the character would be given news that some kind of shielding equipment had been created to allow for travel into the more dangerously differing universes without any harm coming to them, but they are highly temperamental and require much optimization and tweaking to fit the needs of that universe, allowing us a sort of progressible unlocking system for new worlds that makes enough sense beyond "you just cant go here yet" that it would allow for suspension of disbelief to remain throughly intact.

I have no clue how to start playing with concepts of alternative rules of reality however, so at best we might have to just stick with the whole "bizarre, alien landscapes" type deal.

On the plus side, this would also allow different games to be made in all different veins, such as topdown zelda type things, platforming, even galaga style things, and if we manage to get someone later on who is skilled in 3d modeling on board, perhaps even progress beyond that.

This is all of course hypothetical, being just my current stream of concious typing out of how this could play out.
It actually feels really good to really flex that scifi muscle again though, its sorta like scratching a really bad itch you didnt realize was there.
No. 24848 ID: 91c1b3

I'm not sure If I like the alternate realities part, but here's something to add to it if you go for it.
Devil survivor: Strange journey did something similar to alternate realities in a way that I really like. It had different sectors you could phase to, and each had different themes and some special tiles, but keeping some overarching themes during the game. They also had different monsters and stuff too.(hard to describe, but the sectors felt both distinct yet similar; in a good way)

As for your reasons for the guy being bio engineered; design freedom is not as important I think. How many times have you played some Bethesda or elder scrolls games and spent upwards of 40 mins making a char look right, then not bother to look at him again. (other then to check out how he looks with bad ass weapons and armor) As for morality choices, you can have someone not sure of his choices (moral relativity) if he is put into a new and dangerous environment. He(or the player) would have to choose his morality in dealing with the new planet. (or the simulation thereof) I'm not entirely opposed to the idea, but I'm not convinced really. (or you can make the decision without me because I am neither an artist nor writer, and therefor would only be able to contribute ideas and in-game bug testing)
No. 24849 ID: ea4b0b

no no man, as I said this is just one idea of many. I haven't fleshed many others out yet is all, but I do have other ideas. Honestly, it just depends on which one sticks hardest.
No. 24850 ID: 2baea8

I like this idea for the protagonist/crew, for reasons already stated. Questions of morality, design freedom, etc.

It's not like Fallout though. The character won't be designed by the player, but bio-engineered super-colonists gives us a lot of design freedom. And between in-game sprites and character portraits/cutouts from the visual novel sections on the ship, the player will be looking at them a lot.

I think different planets would be better than alternate realities, just in my opinion. I've used that idea as a cop-out so many times I've become jaded against it.
No. 24851 ID: ea4b0b

true. Perhaps a link-to-the-past type "light world/dark world" type dealie?
No. 24852 ID: 9ddf68

well if we are coming up with plot ideas mine was that 'Bobby' and crew are heading out to this new world and for the first half of the game it is just the simulations and little intermission/visual novels where we get to know the crew more and maybe even set it up a bit like a dating sim if people really feel up to it. Mid-game we finally hit planet side and then have to set up the main base and fight off the local wild life all under a time limit of xx days/weeks/mouths or however long until the human colonist come. when they final get there the send down a security unit (guys with guns) to make sure the town you set up is really safe for the colonist. once they figure that yeah it's good and safe they hit a kill switch or something that kills off all or at least most of the bio-colonist and push them off into the wilds so they don't stink up the place and move the human colonist in. 'Bobby' and maybe a few others survive because of a glitch or luck or something.

The Idea with this is to build up relationships with all the other bio-colonist while the simulations drive home that you are never to harm a human then at the time of the human colonist arriving flip the kill switch killing off most if not all of 'Bobby's' friends forcing him into a conflict with himself. He has been taught since 'birth' never to harm a human and here they are and they just killed off all/most of his friends and he just doesn't know what to do. I think it would make for some good charter devilment material but I'll let you guys decide if this is a route we want to take or not.
No. 24853 ID: 2baea8

I like it. Possibly make the members of the crew 'Bobby' interacted with the other ones who survive, forming the 'party' for the second half of the game (planetside after colonization, either surviving in the wild or fighting against the humans), with the ones the player never bothered with dying. Sort of like a Devil Survivor deal.

I think we have enough duality just with in-and-out-of-simulation sections. If we go with something more puzzle oriented, it'd definitely allow for more complex setups, but otherwise it'd just seem kinda gimmicky.
No. 24854 ID: 9ddf68

I was kinda suggesting that some of the people 'Bobby' talks to die as well adding a little more punch to it in the end... or we could do something like in Mass Effect 2 where if you do certain things for a certain character they survive. And if you want to be a dick about it make it that everyone is savable but you can only save 1 - 3 of them to add something to replay-ability
No. 24855 ID: ea4b0b

No. 24856 ID: 2baea8

Yeah, maximum of 3 savable no matter what. First three whose 'save triggers' are hit are those saved, the rest die, no matter how much you put into those afterwards.
And make none of this clear in-game. From a player perspective, the deaths are basically random.
No. 24857 ID: ea4b0b

This is a really good idea
morality choices are only good when you don't know you are making them and that is exactly what i like to see
No. 24858 ID: 91c1b3

No foreseeable/obvious way to stop it, yes. Random no. (having people randomly die is just terrible, but making it so you never knew you could save them in the first place is ok. I also just realized I called the game the wrong thing in my last post. My bad.) The rest of the idea (about the humans betraying them) is pretty cool.
No. 24859 ID: 2baea8

The fact that picking all the dickass options makes everyone else die also nails home the theme of selflessness.
No. 24860 ID: dcfc4c


Basing anything off dickass options is just shitty infamous-style morality. If you want to make a game based around a morality system, you should really be trying to do it better than other games. Especially than games that do it badly.

Also, the idea of just saving whichever characters you trigger first is pretty bad because you will almost certainly end up in a trap where avoiding saving certain characters is only practical if you are actively a dick to them, which is stupid.
No. 24861 ID: 2baea8

I'm not talking 'kick puppies, murder babies', that's a psycho. I mean dickass as in inappropriate jokes, chastising people for instead of being supportive, refusing to let go of petty grudges, etc.
No. 24862 ID: 9ddf68

you know you don't have to make all of the options of getting someone to like or dislike you be verbal. Maybe one of the things to get someone's 'save trigger' is to do something in one of the simulations. I mean you are going to an extremely hostile planet so maybe if you can go through all the simulations without dying you prove to bio-colonist A you can get things done so PING 'save-trigger' reached. To reach Bio-colonist B's trigger you need to befriend Bio-colonist C first because B has a crush on C but is to shy to talk to C so you have to introduce them. And Bio-colonist D's trigger can be reached just by talking to the guy. These are just some idea's I've had but if we do set up the visual novel part as a dating sim you could also be able to give gifts to certain people to try and reach there save-triggers that way.
No. 24863 ID: dd19c3

You really need to be careful of creating requirements that would require a guide to figure out. This is a common weakness of VNs. In fact, I think notions of a 'morality' system should be nixed--individual actions should instead have their own consequences, like being a jackass to someone might alienate them and make them less cooperative. You know, consequences that make sense instead of arbitrarily (or so it'll seem to the player) setting death flags for NPCs. And don't think they won't notice that people die just because you're mean to them.
No. 24864 ID: ea4b0b

let's uh
let's NOT do this. We should keep the choices so that they are kinda obvious in hindsight.
A good example would be the recent game yahtzee put out, poacher, where you are presented with a lot of subtle things that you dont really realize are morality choices until they are pointed out to you.
For example, in one scene the groundskeeper for the mansion you hunt rabbits on attacks you for getting you stuck in another world, and I accidentally shot him on reflex. As it turns out, that was just as much of a dick move as I thought and it made the ending a bit more of a bitch for me.
We should focus on things that arent QUITE obvious, but are noticeable enough that they dont feel cheap.

And please, lets try to avoid circuitous routes like that entirely, I never enjoy them in games and I see nothing but complaints about them for the most part.
No. 24865 ID: 91c1b3

Alright, the betraying thing plus the rebuttal to my issues with a bio-baby were good enough to convince me that it might be the right way to go. We have some ideas for the general plot of the game, we have the theming and the general plot of the first level (scify western?), and we may be agreed on a test tube terror mc.

I think that
would make for a great intro to the game. (with each not-person being given a designation or name and the mc's being chosen by the player) Does anyone object to it?
If we go for it we would probably need 2 songs for the intro (corporate or cheesey music for the slides and an idyllic one for the field), some art and writing for the slides (in retro style?), and a system for walking and talking.
No. 24871 ID: ea4b0b

I am actually really digging this idea for an intro
I can probably manage the writing part of that:

(slideshow starts, cheezy elevator music playing in background:) "Hello, soldier! Welcome to the first of MANY orientation slides presented to you by Tantalon Industries! Today marks the day of your first-ever training simulation, this first step towards the start of your career as a planetary terraprimer!
However, before we begin, we should have you meet your fellow Mod-clone troopers! You play nice, now!"
(The slideshow clicks off, and you wake up out of a sort of glass pod, then are directed by a rather bored man in a labcoat towards a room full of what will later become the people you work with. You get to know them, then the rest of 24840's post would play out.)

Now,clearly this has a lot of refinement to go through, making it sound more, well, GENUINE I guess, but I think it will do as a beta line until we get to the refinement stage of our first game here.
No. 24872 ID: 2baea8
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Tried to make something for the slideshow, and it came out as annoying elevator music with what is supposed to be electronic sounds from the simulator in the background. If we're not going to be doing anything commercial with this, and nobody better at this is interested, it may be better to rip off or remix music from other things.
No. 24873 ID: 91c1b3

I might be able to help do some music work later(qualifications are 7 years as a tuba player, 6 months as a trumpet player, and almost no music creating experience); but I have homework due in an hour, and a paper and other stuff due tomorrow morning so it won't be done for a bit. Logging off the board til tomorrow.
No. 24874 ID: 2baea8

If I had actual music clips to edit together I might be able to do better. I'm definitely not a musician of any sort.
No. 24875 ID: 9ddf68

Ok my question is would this all take place before we get on the ship, when are first arrive on the ship, or what?

I'm just wondering are we going to do the simulations before we even enter the ship or would we do them on the ride over. Because they way we've made it sound up to this point was that we were already on the ship and were doing the simulations not only to train us for the planet we are heading towards but also to kill time on the way over. I do like the intro Idea but I'm just a little confused on where we actually take the simulations.

Oh and since we are starting to get to the point of actually making music how far away would you say we are from concept art? Just wondering what the Bio-colonist would look like and maybe some environments. (like the ship we'll be traveling on)
No. 24881 ID: ea4b0b
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I'm gonna be dead honest here I really dont think that is gonna work yo
I might bring on a friend that knows how to work music well enough though, and here is a sample of their work so you all can judge for yourselves.
This one might work particularly well for one of the more action-intensive scenes, maybe a battle or a race later on in the series?
No. 24885 ID: 91c1b3

I wouldn't say I'm a musician either. All of what I played was in band class and that ended 2 years ago.(no practicing outside school) We only had to write our own song 3 times in 7 years, so I have almost no experience in writing music; but since we were taught and tested on our knowledge of musicality, I think I'm somewhat decent at that. [I wrote out like 6 sentences here that show what went wrong with the song and what to know to do it a bit better next time, but decided against submitting it because it sounded a bit long. It's saved if you want to hear it later.] What program did you use to make the music?

That's pretty good I guess. It'd be better if they turned the drum down and changed the ending a bit.(either adding some to make it sound like the end of the song or making it so that it could loop; because right now it just... stops.) Do they play the actual instruments or are they from a program?

I think they're going to start once we're in space. As for concept art... no clue, maybe a week? (trying to be optimistic, it will probably be longer than that)
No. 24886 ID: 2baea8

Yeah, definitely better than anything I could do with this. If we can get them on board that'd be good.

I'm using Garageband. It's supposed to be used to edit together clips from actual instruments (or to remix songs), but has an instrument emulator that I'm terrible with. I have rhythm when it comes to dance, not music.
No. 24889 ID: ea4b0b

Aight, I'll try and get them on board then. Considering that is their first try, I think they'll be able to do just fine music-wise for us.
Let's start on the next step: we should mock up a few map ideas for our first levels.
I'm thinking we start with the town.
If nobody is against it I am thinking the introduction rooms are gonna just be simple unfurnished rooms so we can skip straight to the more open areas like, as I said, the town.
I am thinking for example that the initial starting area where the simulation itself actually BEGINS be a poorly-lit and slightly-ramshackle wood house with bits of machinery peeking out here and there, to go with the whole sci-fi western vibe we are going for.
Anyone wanna map this stuff out in mspaint or something for us?
No. 24890 ID: 2baea8
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Simple map of my headthoughts.
No. 24891 ID: ea4b0b

Alright, that seems about doable then
I'll get to work on some sand tiles, get it so we can make a mockup from that
Someone else needs to get the saloon houses up and going, since I cant draw houses for shit haha
Make sure they are made with scrap metal here and there, we are going for that "serenity" kinda vibe remember.
No. 24892 ID: 2baea8

Oh, forgot the saloon. Put that in place of the chapel, then.
No. 24893 ID: dd19c3

Not so sure about the thought of having save points. There're things to be said for allowing saving anywhere. Such as the ability to quit quickly if something arises, allowing people to make play sessions as short as they need to (not everyone can devote hours at a time to a game), and not having to annoyingly replay entire sequences like fighting all the way to a difficult point and then listening to dialogue again.

Mind, the last point can be mitigated by good save point placement. As for the other points, that can be dealt with by having a specific quit command that saves to a special slot so you can resume. But the problem with this is that it can still be exploited, it's just more annoying to do so (force-quit via the OS's task manager then reload).

Mind, another solution is to make the intervals between save points short, no more than say ten or fifteen minutes, or even less. I think this would be the ideal way to handle save points.
No. 24894 ID: 2baea8

Save points after long boss dialogue is a nice thing to have, with a warning that says 'this is a boss fight, keep a backup save in case you aren't ready'.

I think we should have limited save points in the Simulation, but at any time outside of it.
No. 24895 ID: ea4b0b

My idea is to have a save-anywhere function, but save points also heal y'all to full hp and whatever the shit else we plan on poppin' in.
They can also serve as a good reminder that "hey, you just beat your way through a massive dungeon, might be time to save your shit so you dont gotta redo that shiznit bro"
No. 24896 ID: dd19c3

I'm cool with that. I just got the random idea of save points acting as an exit point for simulations, but I think it'd make more sense to be able to pause them at any time to attend to stuff in the 'real world' (i.e. shipboard).
No. 24906 ID: ea4b0b

Just a heads up, I kinda fell horrendously ill and it might take longer than expected to get the sand tiles done because I can barely even SEE STRAIGHT right now
In the meantime, someone should try to get the buildings for that first area sketched up inside and out for us, if anyone would be willing to do that yo.
More deets the better yall
No. 24914 ID: ea4b0b
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ok managed to knock out a sample thing for the sand and path tiles
a BIT iffy on the path look, might work that one out harder in the actual tileset, but as it is this would be about what it would look like.
No. 24915 ID: 2baea8

I think the path should be a bit darker.
No. 24916 ID: ea4b0b

Righto. Looking over it again it looks more like grass then a pathway. I'll save that for when the sand turnss over to grass on the way into the forest bit, and just start the path up from scratch again.
No. 24918 ID: ea4b0b

Also, the light bit is sand, in case I misunderstood you there haha
No. 24919 ID: ea4b0b
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Okedoke, reworked the path a bit, added a glowstrip and scattered dust over what I had after editing the colors
keeping the original handy for grass
I'll edit it later so it has corners and intersections for the path, but for now it looks good to me, but if anyone has feedback itd be vastly appreciated
No. 24921 ID: 91c1b3

You might want to either make the sand tiles a bit larger or make the wavy line things in it a bit more noticeable.(maybe darken them a bit? or make them brown or orange instead of green?) Because as is, it just looks like a solid yellow square with nice edging.
No. 24922 ID: ea4b0b
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Like this?
No. 24923 ID: ea4b0b
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or is this better?
No. 24924 ID: a68e3e

Have you considered using RPG maker for this? The newest one is pretty damn powerful
No. 24925 ID: 91c1b3

This one's better I think. It gives it a bit of texture.
He (Archivemod) really wants/wanted to use it, but
said he'd be willing to make a system for it. (ctrl+f maker for full convo about it)
No. 24926 ID: ea4b0b

I think we already had a small argument about that actually
theres a new one though?
No. 24928 ID: a68e3e
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Ah, I see.

I wouldn't say 'new' new but it's the newest one that some people don't have. Solves all the problems the previous version had and it even allows you to create your own character sprites in the engine itself.
No. 24929 ID: ea4b0b

That was less really wanting to use it and more my lack of an understanding that HEY WE GOT SOMEONE WHO CAN PROGRAM IT FROM SCRATCH
No. 24936 ID: 1766db

Why use RPG Maker? Game Maker has pretty much everything you mentioned and much more flexibility. Although I have no idea what happened to it since it got bought up, I stopped using it long ago.
No. 24940 ID: ea4b0b

We aint usin rpg maker we cleared this up ages ago please stop
We have a programmer on board who said they'd be helping us make this thing up from scratch yo

I'm only gonna start discussing using game maker or rpg maker or whatever the hell if the programmer decides they want out of things before things are up man

Now can we please get back on topic and get those art assets done? We still need someone who isnt me to draw the houses and such
I am really only good at floor tiles and walls, most furnishings and such are completely beyond my scope and full-on houses might be even worse
Remember, if you get confused about size a tile can be any multiple of 32x32, or even smaller ate 16x16 if we wanna go microsize here.

We gotta get enough assets up to mock up our first few maps, yo. Once I am done fine-tuning the sand tiles I am gonna work on the interiors, lots of busted-up wood and metal grates and the like.

Meanwhile, I want some of you guys to work on some props and items and such. If you arent confident on animation, as long as it is mechanical there is a good chance I can modify it to be animated.

now lets GET GOING ON THE ASSETS so we can actually plug this shit into whatever thing the programmer is gonna make for us and get it rolling

ALSO: I made us a google doc to keep this shit organized, someone mod it into the original post for me please!
No. 24959 ID: ea4b0b

Aight, gonna try to hammer out some interior tiles, starting with the starting house I guess?
No. 24960 ID: ea4b0b
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Aight got a sampler done
No. 24961 ID: ea4b0b
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And with the dumb red pipe thing moved so you can see the full tile on the bottom right
No. 24963 ID: ea4b0b
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possible conept for the machine? I can easily make this broke looking later, fyi
No. 24969 ID: ea4b0b
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An old pipe tileset I made a long-ass time ago, might be of some use here as decoration or function somehow.
No. 24974 ID: 2baea8

Pipe fixing minigame?
No. 24976 ID: ea4b0b

maybe, if it doesn't take away anything from the pacing.
No. 24982 ID: 01531c

Less 'match the parts' more 'weld the leaks, change the valves, watch the pressure'

Pressure gauges at each pipe cap let the player know which ones are close to blowing, and valves are commonly placed, but pressure gauges are uncommon in the system. You have to figure out simple pressure physics to understand when to open/close which valves to make the whole system work/explode.

IF your goal is to destroy the system, the AI will be opening relief valves and managing regulators.
IF your goal is to manage the system, the AI will determine what parts will break down first.
IF your goal is to sabotage the enemy, the AI will prioritize responses for each fluid to make it hard to burst the right pipe caps.

This is a simpler idea than it sounds.
No. 24983 ID: 2baea8

The second would be good for repair minigames during the virtual novel ship portions of the game, which I believe was mentioned before. The other two would fit with the after-landing portion against the humans.
Depending on scenarios, all three could fit at some point or other during the sims.
No. 24984 ID: ea4b0b

That sounds like an interesting idea, I think that would be a decent thing for while we are in the city, perhaps we need to do a small repair job to earn the part?
No. 24986 ID: 9ddf68

could make for an intro part to the first simulation too. I see it as something like this

"Hey guy, you need to fix this. Some animal got in here last night and tore this place apart before we could chase it off"

(pipe minigame)

"Ah damn it all to hell, looks like it also broke the [item name here] and unlike those pipes this won't hold together with a quick fix. We're going to have to replace it. Go check the general store and hope they have the part in stock, otherwise you're going to have to head on over to [town name here] to get the part before this turns into a problem"

or you can put the minigame in somewhere else if you can make it fit. I mean this simulation is meant to prepare you for colonization so you might as well throw a few minigames in them if you plan on using them again later in the game.
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Grand idea man, I would def. go in for this one. Also, I realized having the starting area hut segregated into its own screen might be a good idea, see diagram.
rectangle marks the borders of the screen, the top bit scrolls with you as you move up.

To-do: make some objects for decorating the landscape. Broken fences, hitching posts,
a thick wire running along the ground from the hut to other buildings perhaps?
maybe an optional side-branch that will lead to a housing structure where you can learn a special skill that carries over between simulations??
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So is anyone else even gonna do anything here?
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No, because this has been a pipe dream from the beginning.
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Fair enough. /ollies out
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