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Devour
11-29-2017, 02:51 AM
Hello friends. As part of a fun project I'm undertaking, I basically want to create an interactive story instead of the same old stories and novels I've always been doing. For this, I'll be using the program RPG Maker VX Ace.

I'm doing basically everything. There's a ton of resources online for sprites, music, scripts, etc. and I can use the program pretty well. But hey, we're on a website about creating all sorts of media. So wouldn't it be more fun to get the community involved? :o If you can make music, I'd love to use your music for background music and sound effects. If you can draw and/or sprite, drawings of characters would be fantastic. Artists are probably the most needed of all, as I'd need aforementioned sprites and character faces, aforementioned faces with different emotions and expressions, background and overworld sprites, all that fun stuff. I'll go into more detail.

Optionally, we could use animators as well if animating actual cinematics or (non stick figure) action scenes would be an amazing addition. Larger drawings for CGs of important moments that shouldn't be left to description-by-text are another optional nice thing to have.

The premise of this CYOA is pretty generic. The protagonist is living an ordinary day in high school when an android from the future yanks him from his life and tries to save him... from separate forces that also want him dead. The android takes him back to her time, thinking she can keep him there and re-insert him into his timeline later, but something catastrophic happens which gives the protagonist limited time travel powers. He wakes up in his time again with the ability to save and load the game.

Neither side can act too rashly without making a big scene and altering the timeline too much, so it becomes a careful game of cat and mouse, trying to shake off your pursuers and find a way to use your new powers to tangle the flow of time so irreversibly that time travelers can no longer go back at all. Along the way, your dialogue options and decisions will shape the story, leaving a nice bunch of bad endings, good endings, and a true ending.

I haven't figured this out a whole lot yet myself, but I thought I'd see if I could garner any interest before I started pulling out too many free sources for this project. It won't be too long--and might be able to be beaten in 1-2 hours. Not too big of a project.

Want in?

To reiterate, I'll go into a bit more detail of what I might need. If you're a....:
-Sound FX/Music maker
I'll probably just need music for different moods or different intensities. The game will have a mix of different happy, sad, violent and suspenseful moments. Sound FX will be pretty generic stuff like slamming doors, gunshots, whatever, which I could probably find online.

-Spriter
I'll be hoping for characters. In RPG maker this entails little sprites of this size:
https://i.imgur.com/2i3i8w2.png
(multiple images for a 3 frame walk cycle)
And facial features of this size:
https://i.imgur.com/LgKBEs4.png
With varying different facial expressions. NPCs wont need many but main characters will have a wide range of emotions.

-Artist
In RPG Maker, sprites will be the work of the most quantity. But if any artists want in, some larger and more detailed pieces may be backgrounds for cutscenes, full-sized drawings of main characters, or perhaps a still image of a pivotal moment in the story, rather than leaving those parts to the player's imagination.
Artists could also make the game's UI if they want, because the default stuff looks like ass.

-Animator???
Being a simple game, animations would be rather short. Perhaps they would be scenes of the good or evil android having moments of badassery. Maybe it'd be her going in for a kiss. Maybe it'd be blowing out a wall with a weapon built into her arm. The options would arise just by knowing we had animators.

-Perhaps a map maker?
If you have RPG Maker and are good at making maps, GET AT ME <3

Edit: I'd also love to have ideas for some actual gameplay elements to this. It's RPG Maker, after all. An opportunity to have puzzles or roadblocks in the player's way during tense moments, survival sections if the protag is away from his android protector, etc etc. This thread can be about all sorts of discussion about what this game can hold.

Azarel CS.777
11-29-2017, 05:11 AM
I can make music... but i'm not sure if i'm good enough. I'm still a begginer.

Devour
11-29-2017, 05:45 AM
It wouldn't be too complicated of songs. All you need to go over dialogue and such, is stuff that's like a minute and some long, hard to notice that it's looping. The longer the better though. It just doesn't need to be that difficult of a composition, and it'd be basically all guitar and piano. For some examples:

Sad/tense: https://www.looperman.com/loops/detail/116767/sad-lofi-by-heyhobo-free-80bpm-hip-hop-piano-loop
Eerie: https://www.looperman.com/loops/detail/114746/angel-of-death-by-rasputin1963-free-58bpm-cinematic-vocal-loop
Ambient: https://www.looperman.com/loops/detail/116876/funky-fender-rhodes-shizz-by-rasputin1963-free-80bpm-funk-piano-loop
Happy: https://www.looperman.com/loops/detail/111582/vintage-happy-piano-by-bakobone-free-90bpm-hip-hop-piano-loop

These aren't the best examples. I wouldn't put them into the game because they're too short and not really enjoyable enough to listen to. But if it sounds like something you can make then go ahead and have some fun :o I could give examples of what I need if I know peeps are on board and what they can do.

Azarel CS.777
11-29-2017, 07:17 AM
... and it'd be basically all guitar and piano.

Well shoot. I don't really "speciallise" in those type of sounds.

theTDguy
11-29-2017, 08:53 AM
I may consider donating some sprites. I need to know what to specifically do though.

Devour
11-29-2017, 02:22 PM
Well shoot. I don't really "speciallise" in those type of sounds.
What do you make?

I may consider donating some sprites. I need to know what to specifically do though.
What kind of sprites do you want to do? Character/NPC sprites, faces, background scenery or objects?

theTDguy
11-29-2017, 03:09 PM
I'm mostly familiar with pixel art, but I don't think I'd be able to make character faces or background scenery.

Azarel CS.777
11-29-2017, 08:27 PM
I make some electronic-sounding things.

Natsura97215
11-29-2017, 11:05 PM
I dont know if it will help you, but you can use this website for the sprite: http://gaurav.munjal.us/Universal-LPC-Spritesheet-Character-Generator/

Devour
11-30-2017, 12:23 AM
I make some electronic-sounding things.
This would be good :) I honestly need stuff of any mood. Ambient stuff for dialogue, heavy stuff for tense moments, happy and sad and melancholic, whatever. If you want to make anything I'll likely find a place for it.

I dont know if it will help you, but you can use this website for the sprite: http://gaurav.munjal.us/Universal-LPC-Spritesheet-Character-Generator/
I'll check this out :p

Azarel CS.777
11-30-2017, 12:27 AM
Eh, no thanks. I'm going to experiment some shit and improve and practice and do some other things before i'm "brave enough" to collab with people.

Devour
11-30-2017, 01:40 AM
Ok uh... thanks for offering to help then ;)

Devour
12-02-2017, 06:59 AM
Working on the intro, and then playable demo soon once it's done. Maybe that'll give people a better idea of what I need.

Wew

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/233618741068431360/386476593440227328/unknown.png

Edgy wew

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/233618741068431360/386476959820939265/unknown.png

Cute wew

https://i.imgur.com/wk6oHTg.png

Natsura97215
12-02-2017, 08:14 AM
I see you use the sprite generator. The pictures look great, for me it will be a nice game !

op45667
12-03-2017, 08:34 AM
Hello friends. As part of a fun project I'm undertaking, I basically want to create an interactive story instead of the same old stories and novels I've always been doing. For this, I'll be using the program RPG Maker VX Ace.

I'm doing basically everything. There's a ton of resources online for sprites, music, scripts, etc. and I can use the program pretty well. But hey, we're on a website about creating all sorts of media. So wouldn't it be more fun to get the community involved? :o If you can make music, I'd love to use your music for background music and sound effects. If you can draw and/or sprite, drawings of characters would be fantastic. Artists are probably the most needed of all, as I'd need aforementioned sprites and character faces, aforementioned faces with different emotions and expressions, background and overworld sprites, all that fun stuff. I'll go into more detail.

Optionally, we could use animators as well if animating actual cinematics or (non stick figure) action scenes would be an amazing addition. Larger drawings for CGs of important moments that shouldn't be left to description-by-text are another optional nice thing to have.

The premise of this CYOA is pretty generic. The protagonist is living an ordinary day in high school when an android from the future yanks him from his life and tries to save him... from separate forces that also want him dead. The android takes him back to her time, thinking she can keep him there and re-insert him into his timeline later, but something catastrophic happens which gives the protagonist limited time travel powers. He wakes up in his time again with the ability to save and load the game.

Neither side can act too rashly without making a big scene and altering the timeline too much, so it becomes a careful game of cat and mouse, trying to shake off your pursuers and find a way to use your new powers to tangle the flow of time so irreversibly that time travelers can no longer go back at all. Along the way, your dialogue options and decisions will shape the story, leaving a nice bunch of bad endings, good endings, and a true ending.

I haven't figured this out a whole lot yet myself, but I thought I'd see if I could garner any interest before I started pulling out too many free sources for this project. It won't be too long--and might be able to be beaten in 1-2 hours. Not too big of a project.

Want in?

To reiterate, I'll go into a bit more detail of what I might need. If you're a....:
-Sound FX/Music maker
I'll probably just need music for different moods or different intensities. The game will have a mix of different happy, sad, violent and suspenseful moments. Sound FX will be pretty generic stuff like slamming doors, gunshots, whatever, which I could probably find online.

-Spriter
I'll be hoping for characters. In RPG maker this entails little sprites of this size:
https://i.imgur.com/2i3i8w2.png
(multiple images for a 3 frame walk cycle)
And facial features of this size:
https://i.imgur.com/LgKBEs4.png
With varying different facial expressions. NPCs wont need many but main characters will have a wide range of emotions.

-Artist
In RPG Maker, sprites will be the work of the most quantity. But if any artists want in, some larger and more detailed pieces may be backgrounds for cutscenes, full-sized drawings of main characters, or perhaps a still image of a pivotal moment in the story, rather than leaving those parts to the player's imagination.
Artists could also make the game's UI if they want, because the default stuff looks like ass.

-Animator???
Being a simple game, animations would be rather short. Perhaps they would be scenes of the good or evil android having moments of badassery. Maybe it'd be her going in for a kiss. Maybe it'd be blowing out a wall with a weapon built into her arm. The options would arise just by knowing we had animators.

-Perhaps a map maker?
If you have RPG Maker and are good at making maps, GET AT ME <3

Edit: I'd also love to have ideas for some actual gameplay elements to this. It's RPG Maker, after all. An opportunity to have puzzles or roadblocks in the player's way during tense moments, survival sections if the protag is away from his android protector, etc etc. This thread can be about all sorts of discussion about what this game can hold.

I made a thunder sound effect if u want to use it http://www.mediafire.com/file/vig17bn1m5n2z1m/thunder+%281%29.mp3
I also made a small remake of a popular GD song, At The Speed Of Light, using organs and a slower tempo: http://www.mediafire.com/file/unfv5573uzlb7sc/speed+of+light+organ+2.mp3
EDIT: I replaced the old link with a new one because I forgot to add the pitch
Eerie stuff http://www.mediafire.com/file/njjkdkoqj1tzai6/biohazard+2.mp3

Devour
12-03-2017, 10:06 PM
Oh, hello friend with 1 post. Fancy that you're checking this thread out. I'll see if I can use those sounds once I get to work :o

I'm also about 1-2 hours of work away from finishing the intro/playable demo........!!!

https://i.imgur.com/UCtpd6A.png

With the demo done, I'll hopefully have a way of accurately listing what kind of stuff I need.

Devour
12-04-2017, 08:10 AM
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ss96pyuffzak4ck/Chasing_Phantoms.exe?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/ofdclovfljlx80i/Chasing%20Phantoms.exe?dl=0)

The demo's done!

So in here, all the sprites I used were free resources off the web. If you see basically anything in here that looks like something you can do, go ahead and do it lol. Google how RPG maker vx ace handles sprites if you want.
All the sound effects are defaults given to me in the program. Same with the music.
I dunno. If you see basically anything in here that makes you think "I could do better..." or for some things like the backgrounds, if you can do those at all, then hit me up and I'll show you how to do it.

Natsura97215
12-04-2017, 09:28 AM
Heya there ! I see the demo is finaly done, but sadly I cant test it for the moment. I will give my comment soon, I promise !

op45667
12-04-2017, 01:07 PM
really intrigued to make a Youtube video on this :D
EDIT: demo link isnt working?
Edit2: I've tried using different browsers too, are you sure u made the right link?

Devour
12-04-2017, 04:13 PM
Sorry about that. I didn't set an expiry date on the link but it stopped working for some reason... Here, I reuploaded it.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ss96pyuffzak4ck/Chasing_Phantoms.exe?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/kvew68q6ylujr71/Chasing%20Phantoms.rar?dl=0)

Also a youtube video would be fantastic.

op45667
12-04-2017, 04:41 PM
The video will be posted* maybe tomorrow, or Wednesday
be sure to check out my channel LuluDoesYT for daily content and random flash animations :D

op45667
12-04-2017, 05:55 PM
I have a question.
Is it the end of the demo after Miu [redacted]

Devour
12-04-2017, 06:00 PM
Yeah, that's the end. But I'm also going to edit that out because spoilers :p

op45667
12-04-2017, 06:28 PM
The video is ready :D
I have a long ass description tho
its goin up tomorrow :D

Heres a useful picture (maybe)
file:///C:/Users/pings/Desktop/th_dnh_ph3/resource/img/System_ScriptSelect_Background.png
copy/paste the link (without the [/IMG])
right click the image, then press save image as
(P.S. This is from the game Touhou Danmakufu. If you want everything to be original, I suppose I kinda suck at drawing :p)

op45667
12-05-2017, 02:40 PM
The video is out!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc_FMLXBOS0

Devour
12-05-2017, 05:05 PM
I'm so triggered by that video. It's...
-12 fps
-Doesn't know pressing Enter interacts with the environment
-Doesn't know pressing X backspaces in name creation
-Starts mashing enter not reading anything (or at least letting the viewers have time to read it) halfway through the video
-Tries to say "he and Devour made this game" in the description when nothing he did is in the demo

I'm sorry mang but that's terrible. Here's a slightly better one...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vicL_BTc6to

op45667
12-05-2017, 06:04 PM
R.I.P
-wait, it was 12 fps?
-I was in a hurry, since I had a basketball game and homework, so I didn't really acknowledge that there were interactions
-Add a controls page XD (same with the hurried part, so I didn't have time to explore most of the stuff that existed)
-I need to fix that habit while recording, since I read very fast and I usually skip game chatlogs
-I was wrong on this part :(

When the full game comes out, I'll be sure to fix those mistakes (Probably I'll have to stick with 12 fps, since my computer is kinda slow and wasn't specifically made for gaming and holding RAM)

op45667
12-05-2017, 06:30 PM
Fun little roll call type song I made (play it looped, since the beat is short and the end follows right into the first beat)
http://www.mediafire.com/file/nvi0q0nul0luxr0/roll+call.mp3
heres a submarine underwater soundeffect, with the sonar ping
http://www.mediafire.com/file/yy7kxujq3jidswu/sonar.mp3
Some earrape school bells
http://www.mediafire.com/file/f3y3mlch39h5per/bell1.mp3

AsePlayer
12-09-2017, 05:23 PM
I wanna be a character in it ya boi
U said I wud be scientist-san
Not sure if you're gonna change that or whatever




thx

Xyskal
12-09-2017, 05:24 PM
I too would like to be a character. Although I don't think we cemented what I would be either.

Devour
12-12-2017, 07:51 AM
By the way, if anyone wants to join the discord for this I made one. It's here: https://discord.gg/WUrNjdr

Join for a hella look into the creation process as I talk lots about the ideas I'm trying to come up with, and the story and stuff. If you want to just chat about making content or if you want to be a character in the game, that'll be there too.

Dharma
01-13-2018, 01:46 AM
test