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All images and info copyright 2012-15 © By Geoffrey Koer
Art by Andy Wintrip




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The Dark Rain Forest. A demonic woods created by a terrible entity. A patiently growing darkness.

For hundreds of years, the island of Andorei has been covered by a huge, ever-growing forest. It always rains, and night ever lasts under the dripping boughs of the trees. The forest is said to be evil, for it houses demonic creatures and grows ever thicker.

87 years ago, king Feran waged war against the Prince of the Forest. He was a righteous king, with a lot of power and many followers. He was able to gather an army of roughly 1000 men, which was impressive considering the growth rate of the forest devouring cities in its wake.

The battle lasted for 16 days, until finally king Feran and his elite had fought their way into the Prince's castle. There, the king drove his magic-embedded sword in the heart of the Prince. What happened next could not have been foreseen.

Bereft of its vessel, the darkness bound itself to the nearest living source: the king. A surge of dark magic entered him, cut at his flesh and dyed him red in his own blood. His screams took the hearts of man and demon alike. It was a painful, forceful pact. In his mind, King Feran saw the pure, raw force that now raged within him, simple yet magnificent, brutal yet honest. He understood, then, that he would have to yield to it, or be destroyed. His mind was changed forever.

Fire and lightning swept through the air as a reborn King Feran slaughtered everyone like a frenzying beast. When calming down he enslaved the surviving soldiers, whom in time would become his demon servants. The king then drowned the city surrounding the castle, transforming it into a lake. The castle, on top of a hill, still stands at the far end of the lake, like a remnant of those days of fire, thunder and water.

For 87 years king Feran honed his skill and grew in power, ever embracing the darkness which swallowed him. He is obsessed with the forest, its growth and how little he influences it all. He entertains himself by manipulating people, exploiting those with strong desire, and crushing those who rebel against him.

At times 'heroes' come along and challenge him, all of whom perish fighting him. It isn't until one female Moonhunter crosses his path that he meets a worthy challenge...

It is now 87 years after King Feran turned evil. People live in fear of the forest, subdued by its dooming omnipresence. Only some dare to enter the night. Those are the Moonhunters, sell swords and bandits that can be hired.

Meet Dark a Moonhunter for hire. When one day she is hired to save a boy named Keshi, she finds out he has a unique power, linking the two together in a way which forever changes their lives.


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Dark (Aya Masters), age 25
You play the game as Dark, a young, female Moonhunter who stands her own in a world ruled by men. Although she is tough, selfish and enjoys using sarcasm, she will defends herself - and those she loves - like a lioness. She fights with demonic, phantom fists.


Keshi (Keshi Maell), age 15
Keshi is a young nobleman's son. He grew up innocent and isolated from the world. He is light-hearted, often scared and doubtful, but he is determined to do what is right. He fights with unique white magic, capable of annihilating demons.


Zihkan (Zihkan Kesh'Kan), age 48
Zihkan is a brilliant scientist, but is socially disconnected from most people. His wild theories about the forest's inhabitants have earned him a bad reputation, but his fascination for the forest has not decreased at all. Although his mind wanders off from time to time, his handiness with guns and potions make him a valuable asset to the team.
 
*One more characters will appear in the game, but has not fully been written out yet. Therefore the information and art will be uploaded at a later date*


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- Side view ATB battle system.
- unique sprite animations for the main characters.
- Shield Break battles: use special magic to break an enemy's defense.
- No overworld or world map, but large, explorable areas.
- No random encounters! Your choice to fight or flee.
- Original art and music (composed by myself).
- A gripping story revolving around character development, history, and sacrifice.
Scripts used:
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- Enu's Tankentai Sideview 3.4e, with ATB 1.2c and numerous add-ons by Mr. Bubble and Kylock
- BulletXt's Thomas Edison VX
- Marc's Simple Shadows
- MysteryMan23's New Game Plus
- Modern Algebra's Battle Scapes
- Erzengel's BMG Unchange
- Dartdaman's Status Screen
- Vixotic's Map Story Title Screen
- Zeus81's Fullscreen++
- DaimondandPlatinum3's Transform Enemies based on Variables (custom for this game)
- Modern Algebra's Kill Auto Shadows
- Modern Algebra's Dynamic Sound Emitting Areas/Events
- Woratana's Neo Save System IV
- Synthesize's Regenerate HP/MP
- Sprite_Picture


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Legend of the Moonhunter OST, YouTube playlist (not up-to-date):
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeAZoz0HiAZbyu-EkQlmZ-SPAHzVprhLC
Soundcloud (up-to-date)


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DEMO 2.0 is out (February 8th 2015).
Demo 2.0, can be downloaded HERE.
Size: 106MB (encrypted, should run without RTP)
File type: .exe
Save games from demo 1.2 are not compatible with 2.0.
The demo is roughly 5-6 hours in length. This is roughly 30% of the full game, excluding side quests.

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All original art, story, and music is copyright 2012-2015© by Geoffrey Koer. Please, do not use any of the resources on this page without permission.



Enjoy, and constructive criticism is always welcome!
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Yours,
~ Geoff
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Good job, so far! I have meandered through the demonstration, and most everything moved along smoothly. The mapping for the game is nicely done when roaming the forests and pathways, but the cities and buildings often come across rather plain; interiors sparse or misaligned. However, since the game is rather new, I am sure the mapping will only improve. One thing that does not need much improvement is the usage of character and NPC movement while doing actions, emotions and speaking parts. The music for each area is also quite nice and fits well. The songs are somewhat repetitive, but are catchy enough to avoid becoming annoying. Keep up the good work!


I have compiled a list of errors and/or suggestions, and have listed them below.


[ General ]
- You may want to consider including an option to enter and exit full screen instead of forcing the player to do so. I found the immediate full screen at the beginning of the game very annoying.


[ Introduction ]
- <Minor> : ( Image of Issue )
-- Menu is accessible following the main introduction, but before control is formerly handed over to the player.


[ Dark Rain Forest ]
- <Minor> : ( Image of Issue )
-- Passage settings incorrect; square below character is impassible.


[ Ipimaru City ]
- <Minor> : ( Image of Issue )
-- Passage settings incorrect.

< Lyibra's Orb Shop >
- <Minor> : ( Image of Issue )
-- Passage settings incorrect.


[ Kracata Road ]
- <Minor> : ( Image of Issue )
-- Passage settings incorrect.


[ Underpass Cave ]
-- Infinite Hofelpaf battle? Each step around the area starts another fight with the monster.


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That face on Keshi is... Just wow :o

You make spoilers and images as followed

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Wow, you people are fast. Within a day this project's been moved already to substantial projects.

 :) Thank you for the feedback, Exhydra! I have already taken care of the minor issues, and I've set the start in normal screen, not full screen. In the demo you can also toggle F5 to switch between full and normal; I will have to give some instructions for that in the title screen, I suppose.

Granted - the town and interiors need a bit polishing. I find it challenging to make these feel natural, and the inherent chipsets of VX aren't amazing for building roofs and whatnot. I'll have a look around the interwebs for interior designs. If you've got any pointers on the like, I will take a look as well.

 :) And thank you for telling me how to make spoiler messages, D&P3. It was obvious when thinking about it, but couldn't find instructions for the life of me.
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 8) *Update*

I'm working on redesigning the houses in Ipimaru City now, and have fixed various little bugs 'n stuff.

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I'll also take a look at the interiors, make them a little more logical, as was suggested earlier. For those of you who are playing the demo; the first area of the Dark Rain Forest has got a few secret places!
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 8) 28/11/2012 *Update*

All previously mentioned bugs have been fixed, as well as a few additional ones found. I have been working on the list of items, and various other thing that aren't immediately visible in-game.

I can entertain you, however, with a new script I implemented for the save system. Screenshot!
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It is not yet compatible with a new game plus script I'm using, so I will hang around the scripts board in a while for that.

I have made three new areas, two of which are quite large. I'm also in the process of hiring an artist to make unique monster art for me. The designs for the third playable character are also being created these weeks.

Last, I intend to re-upload the demo (slightly longer, with several updates & fixes) to version 1.2 somewhere in January/February, in which hopefully some art can also be replaced.

That's it for now. If anyone else has tried the demo, your feedback will be very much appreciated! Have a nice day,

~ Geoff
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 :o 18/01/2013 *Update*

I rise from the dead - or, well, business, to give you a bit of an update. Happy belated New Year, by the by.

:) I was able to get help for some of the scrips' incompatibility, and all works happily together now. Yay!

??? I'm making some nice progress on the largest area in the game so far, having completed about 50% of its tiles. The map is 150x500 blocks, and I create it this large to add to the imposing nature the area will (hopefully) have story wise. Here's the work in progress screen:
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Yes, I like making faces and squid shapes for the areas; it keeps me entertained.

8) The artist I work with for the characters has started sketching the 3rd character in the game! Hopefully the design will be fully done by the time I intend to release demo 1.2. Here's the sketch:
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;) I still intend to upload demo version 1.2, but it will be near the end of February. It will include the new huge area, and introduce the 3rd team member, as well as have 2/3 more boss fights. I estimate that, when uploaded, demo 1.2 will be roughly around 15% game completion in term of areas and story.

Stay tuned...
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Wow, that's one huge map! That most have taken you awhile hehe! Im really amazed about that map, and it gives me motivation to make something grand for my own game as well! The faces and the squid shapes are really cool too  ;D

I will hold on for awhile before I'll try out your demo, I was thinking I might wait until you release the new version with that big map included! But I'm looking forward to try this out! The battle-system seems really promising, with the 'break enemy defence' feature! Can't wait to see how it works  :)
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I've been working hard these weeks, and I am very close to completing the large area, including its events and various new scripts. I still have to finish the final few scenes, and compose the music (which consumes most of my time).

I expect to upload demo 1.2 in 4 days. That way I can finalize everything and test it in the weekend.

Just a little more patience, folks.
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Looking forward to the new demo!  ;D Keep it up!
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Demo 1.2 is out!:

 :o Updates include:
* +1/1,5 hours of gameplay (3/4 hours in total;
* new look for Ipimaru city compared to old demo;
* 1 new team member;
* new areas to explore, including the enormous "Kracata Mountain";
* some enemies/bosses have gotten original artwork (more to follow later);
* revival powder heals more HP, as well as heal spells;
* various spelling & bug fixes.

:-[ Apologies to those who have been waiting for the new demo. Making the music took its sweet time, and I had to fix various new bugs that popped up (and things I had overlooked) that seriously compromised gameplay. I also overhauled the large area's atmosphere, which took up time as well. Add in other excuses from my personal life and, well, you have a belated update.

 8) Demo 1.2, can be downloaded here and in the first post;
Size: 105MB (encrypted, includes RTP)
File type: .exe
Note: demo 1.0 save games are compatible wth demo 1.2; just copy and paste.

Enjoy - and do tell me what you think!
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Small addition: some friends who played the first demo forgot where to go, so for those who also continue their old save:
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Go to Kracata Road, walk left from the church of Arma and then go up (don't follow the path to Kracata).

This gave me an idea. Considering updates (and demo releases) will be months apart, I will make the Moonhunter bar a central 'hub', where you tell the bartender about you current mission. This'll work as an in-game reminder on where to go, without breaking the fourth wall.

I'm also considering putting notes on the wall there,which you can read for how-to-play, tips/tricks, controls, etc. Or, would you rather prefer info to be given at the point in the game when it's introduced? I feel the latter would break the pace of gameplay a lot...

Any thoughts on this?
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For me personally I would like the wall and the bartender better, an easy way to locate things if you forget them! Seems like a good idea :)
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Glad to hear you're on the same page, D_M  :)  Had time to try the demo yet?

In general, I have been puzzling with some story elements for the past few days; I am not sure how to get from one point (where we are at the end of the demo) to the next large event; the pace is quite high in my game, but the events that follow (including meeting the endboss for the first time) is a bit too fast now. I will need to write a logical progression to this point.

I know that all sounds vague - but I don't want to give away the exact things you will get to do in the game ;)
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I'm sorry that I havn't replied in awhile! Been a bit stressful, and I forgot to update my thread here for a little while now.. I'll make sure to download the demo tommorow and try it out! Hopefully I'll get back with some feedback by the end of the weekend :)

How long is the playtime of your current demo by the way? approx?

Edit: Nevermind just read your patch notes :D
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I'm sorry that I havn't replied in awhile! Been a bit stressful, and I forgot to update my thread here for a little while now.. I'll make sure to download the demo tommorow and try it out! Hopefully I'll get back with some feedback by the end of the weekend

No problem at all; the demo won't go anywhere. I look forward to seeing your work progress too - but take your time :)
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22/04/2013

Boy, this place has come to a standstill.

Time to change that! I have been very busy lately; my wedding is in 3 months, school's entering its final semester and my students are getting near their final exams. On top of that I will be moving to a new house next month. Progress, thus, is slow. But it IS progress.

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Showing off the atmosphere here. Sun rays actually move a little, and the screen tints from a normal bright hue to a slightly warmer red, in accordance with the sun rays.





Experimenting with picture overlay. I will work more on the shadows, and will also come back to the earlier areas (both outdoors as indoors) to add shadow and light. I'm not sure I will venture into the territory of parallax-ing, but this adds depth and atmosphere at least. Ignore the bird - it just kinda flew into the picture.

So, what do you think? On the right track to greatness? goodness? okay-ness?

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I'm downloading the demo now. I'll tell you what I think of it in a bit.
From the screenshot it looks pretty cool.

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I'm downloading the demo now. I'll tell you what I think of it in a bit.
From the screenshot it looks pretty cool.
I hope you enjoy(ed) playing the demo. Any ideas for improvement/criticism is always welcome.

I am now working on adding shadow to all the interiors. The mountain town and Ipimaru City have already been shaded (and look much better). After the interiors are done I may upload a demo 1.2b version, just to show off the new layer of depth & prettiness.
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Been so slow recently, I'm sorry that I havn't replied.. I'm gonna download the demo now and take a shot at it, will come back with feedback! :)

The screenies looks lovely by the way!

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I guess this will be a wall-of text so bare with me, this is my thoughts of what I have played so far:

I think you have done a great job with the intro, It's short but gets to the point instantly and It sets the mood just perfectly.

Haha, I love how the moonhunter that Dark is punching is just lying there bonked to the floor!

I love the menu, those sprites you have put in there looks amazing! First off, Are they custom made? and I wish
I knew how to implement pictures into the status screen, is that done by a script?

I like the atmosphere of your first map, and it feels very dark and a bit scary to be honest. I think you could
put in a little bit more clutter on some places though.
The grassy road looks a bit squareish as well, and doesn't seem to fit to well. I'm not sure how you would go
ahead and give the player a sense of direction without it though, but maybe you could use some kind of sandy looking road instead? I love how the map is laid out though, and you have put in some elements for exploring in there which I like (when finding the dead traveler). I also enjoyed the small 'moral' choice you put in there, due
to looting his corpse! A nice little detail there :)

The battles in the area seemed a bit hard at first (especially when facing 2x monster with the sort of 'upgraded' monster..Laka Dem, I think?) Happened to die on my first encounter with those but after some more exploring to find some curative items it worked fine. You could lower the hitpoints a bit for them though in my opinion, and I think that the Green Vials heal a bit too low amount of hit point to be useful in battle.
The healing amount is pretty much gone if you face 2x monsters and a Laka Dem uses It's rough attack. Maybe 50-60 hitpoints would be a better value for it?

I can't help it but the tune for the forest seems a bit out of place. When I look at the atmosphere of the forest area it feels very dark and gloomy but I don't know if It's just me. A more dark and scary tune would fit better with the enviorment in my opinion, not that the current tune that you are using is bad, It's very nice actually! The battle tune sounds awesome though, and it sort of got stuck on my head there!

The battle system seems very nice and polished, and the animations are just plain awesome! (Especially the
Fantom Virus). I think you could try and add some sort of 'alert' to that spell though so you know when the poison is no longer affecting the monster (I used a normal attack instead of inflicting it with poison again.
A small little detail, but I think it would help the player out a bit more). 
I'm a big fan of ATB combat as well, and the overall battle system looks really cool so far.
I also enjoy that you are using 'touch event' encounters, since random ecnounters can get so frustrating
for me after a while, and the sprites that you are using for the Laka Dom's looks sweet. The sort of 'death'
animation for them was a nice addition to it as well! According to loot drops so far, I'm really looking forward to see what those lesser orbs are used for!

It's a small thing to bring up, but I really love your save points and how the save is handed out (screen toning,
and the sound effects when saving. Along with the layout for the save-file, looks very neat!). I think you
could make it a bit more clear that the savepoint recovers your health as well, it helped me out a lot to
progress further when I knew about that.

Once again, I really love how you reward the player for exploring (found that little shack in the forest with tons
of useful items), I love that you are being rewarded for exploring every corner of the map. And wow, this is one
gigantic map with lots of different areas to explore! Really enjoyed that!

The First boss battle with Puruumba was cool, and I like the fact that they know each other and it ended up more like a 'duel' with each other. The fight was nicely balanced for a first boss enounter, not too hard but not to easy. I enjoy the ATB system that you are using as well, it really puts you on your toes and you need to act fast or you end up at the Game Over screen! I can't wait to see how that will evolve further into the game!

And so I found the boy Keshi!
The second boss battle was a bit more difficult (no dark hide on Puruumba), but very nice balanced as well! I really enjoy the way that you have implemented the usage of skills, and in this battle you really need to use them to finish him off! It was a really cool battle where you needed to focus a lot and almost think ahead on your next move (much due to the darkness spell). Once again the ATB really spices up the overall battle and
if you aren't paying attention you could en up dead really fast, really enjoyed this battle, nice work!
Also love that Keshi is using a slingshot (like a little rascal) haha had me laughing a bit!
(Just so you know, I found 2 Emerald eyes! Thanks for rewarding exploration like always. Not sure if I missed some)

The thing you have going with Dark's weapon being like an own 'identity' or what to call it, or something that
can invade Dark's dreams seems really cool! I really love this feature and I can't wait to see what will happen according to the weapons absorbing the powers of defeated monsters (especially within events). I think It's a really cool feature for upgrading weapons and skills, and It's really, really interesting!

About the thing I said with decreasing the hitpoints for the Laka Dem's, I think I have to take that back.
At the beginning when you face them with Dark alone, they can be pretty tough.. but I guess it would be weird
to encounter them when you have found Keshi. You could always make a different version of them and increase their hitpoints and damage after you have aquired Keshi to make it a bit more appealing (But I think It works in it's current state too, It was just a bit hard the first time you will encounter them).

After talking to the guards of Keshi's hometown they are blocking the way to the savepoint so I lost my
chance to save there (I'm not sure if It's intended, so that you won't be able to go back to the forest
area thogh.) You have also forgot to put a switch on Keshi after the event with the guards, he will appear
again standing infront of the guards after the event is over. (Check picture).



I think Ipumaru City looks great!, and I love how you established 'sections' for the town (Like District of Lords).
I can't enter any of the buildings except the pub and the Inn
(But I guess that's because It's in the middle of the night and it would be kinda weird to just stumble into people's houses when they are asleep).

I'm really looking forward to see why the bartender refuses to serve Moonhunters. It's always fun with a
story-oriented detail, where people look different upon the professions that characters have (and the reason behind why they dislike them).

I'm not sure what to do in the city, I tried talking to the guard to the west of the city and he says I should
go take a look at the Inn, but when I get there the Inkeeper just introduces himself. I'm not sure how to
progress from here. I will stop playing here for now, but if there's a way to progress I will come back and add
the rest of the feedback later, and end it with the overall thoughts of everything after that!

I really enjoyed it so far, but I will try and share some more in-depth opinions when I get back to it!

Cheers!

Edit: I just realized that the vials aren't giving the player 30 hp as a base.. but rather 30% of maximum health... nevermind on what I said about the vials xD
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D_M, thank you for your elaborate criticism! I will break it down in a few points and comment on it - as well as help you through the section where you are stuck in the city. To prevent spoilers, here it is in a, eh, spoiler.
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I love the menu, those sprites you have put in there looks amazing! First off, Are they custom made? and I wish I knew how to implement pictures into the status screen, is that done by a script?
I am glad you like the face sprites and status-screen pictures :) Yes, they are custom made by an actual cartoonist, whom I know very well. The pics in the status screen come from this script.

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I'm not sure how you would go ahead and give the player a sense of direction without it though, but maybe you could use some kind of sandy looking road instead?
I have put in some clues if you talk to the other Moonhunters before you leave. This first forest is purposely a maze - but a maze that rewards exploration.

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I think you could try and add some sort of 'alert' to that spell though so you know when the poison is no longer affecting the monster
Not a bad idea - though we wouldn't want things to become too easy, now would we? ;) I'll see what this would do and how to implement it.

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I think you could make it a bit more clear that the savepoint recovers your health as well
True, that is why I will put this 'instruction' board in the Moonhunter bar, with tips and tricks, for those who want to read it. This way the pace of the game won't be compromised.

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(Just so you know, I found 2 Emerald eyes! Thanks for rewarding exploration like always. Not sure if I missed some)
You may have missed some super secret areas... but you did find both emerald eyes. Bravo!

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You have also forgot to put a switch on Keshi after the event with the guards
Huh, that is strange... I will play-test it again. Maybe if you talk to the other guard it won't happen? You're the first to mention this bug :) I'll look into it.

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I'm not sure what to do in the city, I tried talking to the guard to the west of the city and he says I should go take a look at the Inn, but when I get there the Inkeeper just introduces himself
Perhaps something happened to the events when Keshi stayed behind. Normally you follow Keshi to his house in the district of lords, and enter to bring him back. After that you can go to the inn and progress.

I am glad you enjoyed yourself so far! Exploration and finding treasures is a large part of the game, and there are always secrets to be found in the forest. There is still a lot of gameplay left in the demo - so do let me know when you play again :)

I look forward to trying your new demo later on!
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@Geokoer, Maybe I should include my feedback in a spoiler too? I reveal a lot of spoilers in the text, so I was just thinking that it might be for the better :P

I will make sure to let you know when I pick the demo up again. Probably this weekend, looking forward to it a lot to be honest! :)

I'll try and break my comments and feedback into some smaller sections next time I play. (To prevent you from being bored with those walls-of-text).

I hope you will like the new demo when you try it out, It has gone through some major changes since the last version (Hopefully for the better xD).
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Don't worry about long texts; I enjoy reading generally, especially your experience of my game. Thanks or putting the comments in a spoiler :)

I may start over again in your new demo (I suppose that's better in any case) to fully see the changes. I hope my previous thoughts on your new auras/etc was useful too. Good luck!
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Don't worry about long texts; I enjoy reading generally, especially your experience of my game. Thanks or putting the comments in a spoiler :)

I may start over again in your new demo (I suppose that's better in any case) to fully see the changes. I hope my previous thoughts on your new auras/etc was useful too. Good luck!

Okay, that's good to hear because I tend to ramble on a lot when I try out a game hehe!

Yeah the changes has been made mostly in the part of the demo and a new savefile will now be needed to follow everything as it should be according to the new changes (The main reason why I disabled the possibility to download version 0.2). The thing is though that I have worked a lot on the content after the demo and the continuation of Chapter 1, but all of the content is not there yet. I was thinking about adding some more playtime to the new demo (which would not end when entering Town of Duke), but since It's not fully complete yet and I have worked on other areas as well I think I won't be able to extend the demo until I release the full chapter 1.. (A bit sad for the people that have played my demo before, but the changes will present you with a whole different experience any way.)

Yeah, I have read through the things you said about my features and I'm very grateful for your feedback! I will make sure to reply to the post when I have a little more time to spare.
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Just played a tiny bit (To the first waypoint) and this is what I have to say.

1. The intro was well done
2. This is only and idea, as this is your game, but maybe the "New Game" (and others) could be moved down a bit?

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3. Rain sounds like somebody pissing.
4. The beds in the INN look like they're on the wall.
5. The menu is the default, it's not hard to change it up.

Example~ (It's pretty easy to switch things up. Ignore the whack color scheme going on, I was messing with the window skin.)
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6. The characters seems cool.
7. The dialogue is written well.
8. I'm interested as to who/what this prince dude is. I'm will continue playing.

Not about your game, but avatars look better when they're 105x150...
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@Boe: as you've summed up your experience in handy bullet points, I will answer the same. Thus!

1. Thanks. I like keeping it short.
2. I considered that as well, as what you show does look better.
3. still better than the VX RTP rain.  ;)
4. I will have to change the beds then. Never really thought much of it.
5. default menu - true. But it works fine for me, and I don't need it to be visually overhauled.
6. coo'. Thanks.
7. I focus a lot on making the dialogues interesting, but it does take long to make.
8.
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(9). I suppose that would fit better for the avatar, but... I don't care.  :P

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This looks cool. o.o It's about time I downloaded it! I'll leave my comments below as I play through and such. :p

(Sadly, I wasn't able to play through much due to whatever the lag was caused by. ;9)

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Gosh, that artwork at the beginning is just fantastic. ;_;

Hmm...experiencing quite a bit of lag so far. Maybe it's just my computer, though. D:

I love how you gave the sprites some more special frames. Neat. :p

Hmmm...not sure what's up with the grass. O.o It's kinda strange...

Oooh, I like the music in the forest! :)

Still not sure how I feel about the pixel-like graphics being meshed with the RPG Maker ones. D:

Neat battle music, too. :D

Battle was kinda tough, died on my first try. o.o Can I only use food outside of the battle?

I'm gonna stop here for now, because my computer may be having some insane lag right now. D:


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Alright, overall I really liked the way the scenes were done. :p The art is just fantastic! Also, I loved the music. The battles were a little tough, though. And I wasn't a big fan of the graphical mixtures. :s Overall, I really liked it! Certainly had a lot of detail into it. :p Oh! And the characters and dialogue were handled well. That's always what I'm looking for, so you've passed that test. B)

The biggest problem (which may be due to my computer, but I'm not sure yet) was the lag. ;9 I have a relatively old computer, so it might just be me, though.
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Thank you, Doctor yuyu...babe... there must be a story behind that name, it is quite curious (in the good sense) ;)

Yes - the experience with the lag is mostly from slower machines with less RAM-memory. The areas are huge - with many events and details - which causes slower computers to have significant drops in frame rate.

The battles are relatively fast paced, and therefore can be intimidating. I am currently "upgrading" the Moonhunter bar, to give it a message board with gameplay tips and tricks. In a few weeks I want to replace demo 1.2 with 1.2b; no added story elements, but general fixes, the tutorial board, and added shadow to towns/interiors.

I am very happy you liked what you played so far! Happy you like the music - I compose it myself.

 :o Your computer may have more lag in the final area in the demo, which is twice the size of the forest at the start. Just a heads up...
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Well, the "dr" thing was a part of some RMRK running gag recently. xD I should get rid of that at some point, lol. :p

I came up with "yuyubabe" many years ago, when I was little and loved the show "yu yu hakusho". Eventually, I learned that "yuyubabe" is cheesy, and started going by "Deannomite" in most places. For some random, unexplainable reason, I chose to go with "yuyubabe" when I signed up at RMRK. I thought about changing it to Deannomite, but I decided that it would be confusing and I like being "yuyu". :B The end!



It probably is my computer, then. :p I'm going to need to clear some RAM space, I think it's getting full, too. I always make smaller maps and connect them with transfers, so I didn't even really notice how bad my computer is with bigger maps. ;_;

If I ever find the time to clean up my computer, I'll try it out. B) At this rate, I don't think this machine can handle the final area. ;____;



By the way - I like the battle animated. :p And the character faces are fantastic!
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Not a bad story to the name. :)  Mine is just a mix of my first and last name. Meh.

Glad you still like parts of the game, despite the frame rate drops. I have a relatively new laptop, so it runs the maps quite well. I believe size and the sheer amounts of events eat up memory.

Don't worry about missing the game; it'll be a process of many years, for certain.
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I always thought your name was a re-spelling of "Joker"! :p
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Aha! I like that explanation! I think I'll roll with it in the future. Groovy  8)
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Zihkan (Zihkan Kesh'Kan), age 48
Zihkan is a brilliant scientist, but is socially disconnected from most people. His wild theories about the forest's inhabitants have earned him a bad reputation, but his fascination for the forest has not decreased at all. Although his mind wanders off from time to time, his handiness with guns and potions make him a valuable asset to the team.
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Too cool! B) That artwork never ceases to amaze! :tpg:
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Thank you, Yuyu; I shall relay the message to the artist. I'm sure she  will appreciate it  :)

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Different topic: as I am working towards moving to a new house, and getting married in July, updates may be a bit slow. I haven't had the opportunity to work on the game for two/three weeks now, truly sorry.

However! I am thinking of periodically releasing the music from Moonhunter, putting it either on Youtube or on Soundcloud. Or both, because what the heck. As every theme has a story to its creation, I will probably include a little background story to how I composed each piece of music. Yes - for those who did not yet know: I compose the music myself :)

If I can mange it I will upload the first song(s) this weekend. Expect it to be fully online Sunday/Monday.
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I can't seem to get a YouTube video embedded... or I don't know how. I thought th code was [movie] but that didn't do much. So i give you a direct link to the first of a series of videos - which really are only music soundtracks. Hope you've got a good bass in your speakers...

Legend of the Moonhunter - OST
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boL8swxkbr4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boL8swxkbr4</a>


01: The Forest Awaits.

This music plays during the opening scene of the game, and is also the main theme.

History
I had composed an earlier version of this piece in 2002 (yes, Moonhunter was an idea 11 years ago already); I did not have my current music software or experience, but the melody has stayed almost entirely the same. This version I went for orchestral instruments, adding toms near the end.

I enjoy the second half of this tune the most. With the toms and soft hi-hats I hope to add a sense of urgency, breaking the calm. I wanted to give the brass dissonance to enhance the eeriness and add suspense.
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I really like the songs inside the game, and that you upload your own pieces for the OST is awesome! :D

I think you need to put the [yt] tag in order to make the youtube vid embedded by the way. Just put the link inside that tag and it should work :)
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Thanks, D_M! I am glad you like my compositions. The [yt] tag works now, I believe.

I will do a weekly update with 1 or 2 OST videos, and a bit of a background story to them.
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Double whammy today for the OST uploads.  ;)

Legend of the Moonhunter - OST
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42SZv_XuphA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42SZv_XuphA</a>


02: Dark Rain Forest.

This is the main theme of the forest that covers the game world. There are/will be many variants to this one theme.

History
When composing this theme I wanted to do something new, music wise. Dark, mysterious forests are typically accompanied by similarly eerie music. There are plenty of RPGs who do this. The feeling I wanted to go for was a rhythmic and catchy tune, not as much scary as it is simply enjoyable. The main character, after all, is not afraid of the forest, and more or less goes through the motions in the first half an hour of the game. I hope this establishes a different atmosphere than a threatening, looming forest with demons everywhere.

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Legend of the Moonhunter - OST
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7bso2s6eik" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7bso2s6eik</a>


03: Battle Echoes

The game's battle theme.

History
Battle themes are, to me, the most fun to create. Upbeat tempos and getting it on with drums and beats. This theme I felt should be funky and catchy, modern and nice on the ears. I'm a big fan of composing a network of instruments around a simple-to-follow melody. Creating harmonies with other instruments through chorus, chords and a big, fat bass. The 'echoes' in the title comes from the synthesizer staccato sounds that pan and echo around. I like adding classical instruments to a song like this; the piano melody is soft, introductory to the later half where the drums kick deeper and the electric guitar, again, 'echoes' the melody, in a harder way. Only after I finished composing I noticed I left out cymbal hits. I chose to keep them out, as I feel the tune doesn't need climactic hits as such.

-- For those who paid attention: All three melodies (and later the boss battle theme too) are written in the same key. I did this on purpose, to easy the transition into the game, as well as make it all feel connected on a musical level as well. Later on melodies will, of course, vary more greatly.
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25/06/2013: Sexy Ipimaru

Alright - I have now moved to my new house and am settling in quite nicely. It has pond for my turtles, who love the additional swimming space. These weeks a lot of friends and family come my way, as I will get married in roughly 2,5 weeks. Exciting times!

The little I have been able to do is making Ipimaru sexier. I've added shadows, greatly enhancing atmosphere:
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I have also worked on making the cathedral (on top of the mountain) more atmospheric, using shadow and light. Maybe I will tweak the light a bit more, not sure. If anyone has ideas, do tell; I'm fairly new at this.
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Over and out. It may be a few weeks until my next update. Social obligations come first, alas!

Oh - and a feature not mentioned in the demo: for widescreen, press F5; this will retain scale proportions with widescreen monitors.
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07/09/2013: Still alive

Wow, time flies. In the meantime I had my family over in Indonesia, I got married and started work after the holidays again, coordinating a school musical while I'm at it. But this Moonhunter project is not done! I'm still at it. In fact, I may not have passed the 20% mark yet. Here's the latest screen of what I'm doing:
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I will probably update the demo soon to version 1.2.2. Not much changes in gameplay, or additions to it, but bugs will have been smoothed out more, all enemy art will be original and all the graphical updates of late (screens of the towns, shadow, and stuff) will be in place to be checked out.

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This looks great!,
Let me know if you need a simple spriter. ( I would love to do some icons, or skill icons)
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247/09/2013: Title screen

Quick update. I'm re-imagining the title screen. Here's a pic:
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The grass will have a simple wavy animation to it, just for enhancing the atmosphere a bit. The logo and text will fade in after a while. I will also update the music, making it more like forest and night sounds.

Thank you for the offer, Rekios! At the moment I don't need a spriter, but if I get in a pinch I will contact you  8)
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Relax, I am not dead. Nor is the project. I am working on it still! However, I have hit a bit of a snag.

During my latest test battle (in-game) against a new enemy, I usually get a method error around halfway of the battle. It refers to the ATB 1.2c script for Tankentai SBS. The error is about the following line:
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  @base_act_count = base *  100 / act_type[1]

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def change_act(act_type)
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    when 0
      base = @battler.at_speed * @battler.agi
      base = @battler.at_speed * @battler.agi / act_type[2] if act_type[2] != 0
    when 1
      base = @battler.at_speed * @battler.agi / @battler.speed_level
    when 2
      base = @battler.at_speed * @battler.agi if @battler.low_speed_level == 0
      base = @battler.at_speed * @battler.agi / @battler.low_speed_level
    when 3
      base = @battler.at_speed * @battler.agi if @battler.speed_level / 2 + @battler.low_speed_level / 2 == 0
      base = @battler.at_speed * @battler.agi / (@battler.speed_level / 2 + @battler.low_speed_level / 2)
    when 4
      base = @battler.at_speed
    end
    if act_type[1] <= 0
      @base_act_count = 1000
    else
      @base_act_count = base *  100 / act_type[1]
    end
    @base_act_count = 1 if @base_act_count == 0
    @battler.act_count = 0
    @gauge.bitmap = Cache.system("act_bar")
    @battler.atb_count_up = false
    @battler.at_active = false
  end

This is the first time it happens. The only new addition to this battle (apart from new enemy skills etc) is that one temporary teammate is added that auto-battles.

Can anyone help me out why this error persists, and explain to me how I can get rid of it?

Other than that progress is slow - but progress IS made. I hope to update the demo soon, which won't add much gameplay, but will have some quirks fixed (oh, alright. And a little extra gameplay).
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Problem update: Seems it had to do with one of the skills the aut-character used. Removing it seems to have done the trick.

Sorry for making everyone wait so long for updates. In the meantime, have a wallpaper I made of every originally created enemy thus far for the game. Find it here:
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I am working on it, people! Promise!
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I...I'm alive? I'm alive!

First time posting with the forum's new layout. No, this project isn't dead at all. As usual, things are busy and working alone can be tedious. I'm currently asking for help about terrain transparency here: http://rmrk.net/index.php/topic,48668.msg558737.html. I am also e-mailing with the artist I work with about some more art.

So sorry - no new screens or real progress so far. I will update more stuff again later, including a polished version of demo 1.2.

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The artist I work with has made some new pictures for the intro of the game! They are absolutely wonderful.

1. The Dark Rain Forest in all its spooky glory.
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2. the king marching into the woords with hs army.
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3. King Feran defeating the demon Prince of the Forest.
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I have also updated the story part and added small 'banner' pictures to the main page. I am thinking of refreshing a lot of screenshots as well, due to art/monster updates. But those may come later.

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The Dark Rain Forest. A demonic woods created by a terrible entity. A patiently growing darkness.

For hundreds of years, the island of Andorei has been covered by a huge, ever-growing forest. It always rains, and night ever lasts under the dripping boughs of the trees. The forest is said to be evil, for it houses demonic creatures and grows ever thicker.

87 years ago, king Feran waged war against the Prince of the Forest. He was a righteous king, with a lot of power and many followers. He was able to gather an army of roughly 1000 men, which was impressive considering the growth rate of the forest devouring cities in its wake.

The battle lasted for 16 days, until finally king Feran and his elite had fought their way into the Prince's castle. There, the king drove his magic-embedded sword in the heart of the Prince. What happened next could not have been foreseen.

Bereft of its vessel, the darkness bound itself to the nearest living source: the king. A surge of dark magic entered him, cut at his flesh and dyed him red in his own blood. His screams took the hearts of man and demon alike. It was a painful, forceful pact. In his mind, King Feran saw the pure, raw force that now raged within him, simple yet magnificent, brutal yet honest. He understood, then, that he would have to yield to it, or be destroyed. His mind was changed forever.

Fire and lightning swept through the air as a reborn King Feran slaughtered everyone like a frenzying beast. When calming down he enslaved the surviving soldiers, whom in time would become his demon servants. The king then drowned the city surrounding the castle, transforming it into a lake. The castle, on top of a hill, still stands at the far end of the lake, like a remnant of those days of fire, thunder and water.

For 87 years king Feran honed his skill and grew in power, ever embracing the darkness which swallowed him. He is obsessed with the forest, its growth and how little he influences it all. He entertains himself by manipulating people, exploiting those with strong desire, and crushing those who rebel against him.

At times 'heroes' come along and challenge him, all of whom perish fighting him. It isn't until one female Moonhunter crosses his path that he meets a worthy challenge...

It is now 87 years after King Feran turned evil. People live in fear of the forest, subdued by its dooming omnipresence. Only some dare to enter the night. Those are the Moonhunters, sell swords and bandits that can be hired.

Meet Dark a Moonhunter for hire. When one day she is hired to save a boy named Keshi, she finds out he has a unique power, linking the two together in a way which forever changes their lives.
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I have been steadily working on the game the past weeks. Many things have been updated:
- new battle backgrounds
- original enemies
- began with weapon upgrades for Zihkan
- new skills
- working on new areas

With that many small things upgraded I decided to refresh the screenshots. Some were far too old, and now everything is up-to-date with what the new demo will look like.

New demo: No, not yet! I plan on releasing demo 1.3 in June. I hope it will add +1 hour of gameplay (maybe more) compared to version 1.2 - pushing the total gameplay for the demo to around 6 hours. And THAT... is only 1/4th of the main story.
I must be crazy... pfff...


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Some battle backgrounds I'm working on.




Something went wrong at the bottom of the cave; somehow the lighting effect in photoshop didn't match. I will fix that soon enough.
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I've been busy! Adding new maps is taking time. I'm now photosoup-ing a city that was flooded and is now a lake.



Hop to get some feedback at some point, friends. It's lonely talking to myself.
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Heart almost skipped a beat. almost.

Just a sign of life is good enough.  8) Otherwise it feels so silent here  :-X
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This looks really awesome! The new art you have is truly impressive. This is really cool and I can not wait to see more. I just looked through some pixel art and I'm going back to read the story.

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Wow. This looks great! I'm surprised to see how atmospheric you're able to make things look using the VX engine!

I'm downloading it now so I can play it in the morning.

BTW, did you draw the character portraits yourself, or do you have an artist. Cudos to whoever drew them. Same goes to whoever composed your OST, lol. I'm reall looking forward to hearing these songs in-game!

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Thank you for the kind words. I work with an artist, so I'll relay your message; it's always nice to hear work is appreciated. I myself compose the music, so I'm happy to hear you like it.

I hope to have a new demo out soon, which may not be fully compatible with the current one, but I'll keep everyone posted.
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In-game screens of the latest area. Seems to work rather nicely. The drowned city and one house's interior:




Next up is getting all the items and enemies in place, the music, events, and then onwards to the castle...
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I love the way your latest screenshots come together. I love the messy and broken abandoned feel they have. Very nice!

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Didn't read the caption yet but instantly thought "looks like you are walking on water."

Turned out to be a good thing.

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Business makes one busy.

I am, as always, still busy with Moonhunter. No pictures or any real updates, so just for all of you who are waiting (and for those who aren't), a little goody to pass them time.

I have uploaded all the music I've made for the game thusfar to Soundcloud. Click-y the link below to go there and listen to the songs, including some that are not in the current demo.

https://soundcloud.com/geokoer/sets/lotm

If you like a song, tell me here or on Soundcloud!
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Very lovely OST! ;__; Really sets the mood for the game! Do you do the music writing, or is that a teammate? :D

Also, those last screenshots look awesome. I'm going to try to give this game another playthrough sometime, now that I have a computer that isn't terrible. :]
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Glad you like the music! It is something I compose by myself, and kind of 'my baby' in the game. I feel catchy tunes and melodies can add enormously to the atmosphere of the game.

I would almost advice you wait a month or so, until the new demo comes out; it'll be packed with goodies, original monster art and many more things!
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Glad you like the music! It is something I compose by myself, and kind of 'my baby' in the game. I feel catchy tunes and melodies can add enormously to the atmosphere of the game.

I would almost advice you wait a month or so, until the new demo comes out; it'll be packed with goodies, original monster art and many more things!

Very cool! :-) Another awesome RMRK musician! (We tend to have a lot of musical folks around here)

And in that case...I'll wait til the next demo! ;o
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Hello friends,

My goodness, the delays... Full time work gets in the way nowadays, but this project will continue!

So what have I been busy with, in terms of the game? Well, I have been making some unique sprite animations for characters, specifically the big baddie that wil be met. I am designing big baddie's castle, too, taking up some time as well.

To put things in perspective, this is my to-do list for the new demo:
- finish castle interior design (a couple of maps)
- compose 3 or 4 more songs
- scripting 3 more major events
- create unique battle animations for big baddie & his henchman
- create unique sprite animation for the protagonist.

This with the time span of <30 mins per day... oh boy.

I strave for december, as some free time pops up during the holiday season. I hope to be able to finish the new demo around that time, too, and upload it (with some new screens).

Until then, here's a wiener dog with a bone. :sdog:

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Hello all!

I've composed the song that will play when meeting the main antagonist (or, bad guy) in person: King In The Flesh. This will occur in the upcoming demo as well. Personally I like the organ solo around 1 minute the best. Nothing beats an organ with loud toms to indicate someone evil, eh? Let me know what you all think.  :Vg;


Anyone know, by the by, how to embed SoundCloud in a forum post?
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Cool song. :)

Looking at a post by Malson. This is the code to embed them -

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He had some numbers in it, but I have no clue where you get those.

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It looks like this when posted.


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Thanks! It works!


it takes a little tweaking; clicking the share + embed options in SoundCloud gives a whole code:
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<iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/179735975&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe>

Somewhere in that mess you can see the code
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. That is, I suppose, the one that's needed.  :sdog:
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What's up people! I am getting excited; started working on the final area and events for the new demo (which will come end this month, if all goes well!) and I've composed a new - though simple - piece of music for one particular area: Domradal, known as the drowned city.


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Here's a little backstory (can be found on the main page too):

Domradal used to be a large city, 87 years before the start of the game. The previous (demonic) ruler of the Dark Rain Forest was defeated by king Feran all those years back. However, the king himself turned evil and broke the northern dam that bordered Domradal, flooding the entire city. Only the old castle remained, which is where king Feran lives.

For 87 years the flooded city has slowly decayed, and gone into oblivion. It is such a desolate, cursed place not even demons dare to go near it. Or maybe they fear their demon king...
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Damn you're putting a lot of effort into this game o.o It's coming along nicely! :)
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Been hard at work with the final area for the demo. And dayum - I took way too long. Here's a screenie:



This is (part of) the throne room of the bad guy. Considering the castle has not been looked after in over 87 years, it is partly in a state of decay; torn rugs and curtains, stains and cracks. Wha' cha think?

One more area to go after this - the hortus (inner garden). Then it's scripting and events...

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Also: updated character art! The amazing artist who does my monsters has also drawn the characters. Here they are:
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Keshi (Keshi Maell), age 15


Zihkan (Zihkan Kesh'Kan), age 48

Please don't use these images without consent...

More info on them can be found in the start of this thread. Later on, one more character will be added.

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So beautiful ;_; your mapping has a lot of unique color to it! ;o
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Thank you! I think I'm getting the hang of it; I probably should redo some older areas to make them more interesting  ;)
Though I'll keep that for another time...
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Thank you, Zexion! If you'd like, do play the new demo when I release it this weekend.  :D

Final area I've been mapping:



Now it's a matter of writing the events, and having an epic battle in the moonlight. I am working to being done this weekend! It took me a little longer than initially thought, but I like the way the backgrounds have worked out.
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And, of course, right before I get to finish the demo... my laptop gets its infamous blue screen of the deadsies...

I have gotten a back up (of all my stuff, thankfully), but without my music programs and RPG maker I won't be able to finish the final scene - not until I get myself a replacement piece 'o hardware. Can't keep borrowing my wife's lappie forever...

Please be patient a little longer my friends... hiccups and bumps in the road...
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Oh gosh, that's terrible ;___; glad you saved everything though! :)
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Okay - it seems the laptop is back... though all I did was reinstall windows. I had it checked by a repairshop, and they couldn't find any hardware problems in their diagnoses. They said it could be from having older 32-bit programs/plugins, clashing with my windows 64-bit system. As I do (or, did) have many older music plug ins for composing, this may be true...

I am reinstalling programs now, including RPG VX. Hopefully the laptop keeps working, though I think I won't install my music programs just yet, until I've tested them on another platform - to be sure.

Thanks for waiting, everybody... please be a little more patient. I am cautiously optimistic that the laptop is okay now...
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Small work update:

The laptop was on and off this past week. I figured it was a corrupted file of sorts; a friend of mine mentioned it could also simple be a loose connection of the hard disk. Removing and screwing it back - that did the trick! Now let's hope I screwed it back tight enough for a few more years, eh?

As for Moonhunter: the scripting and eventing for the demo is now done. Hurrah! I am working on finalizing the exterior of the bad guy's castle; it looks awful compared to the interior. I'm thinking of composing that final piece of music after all, now that the laptop's stable again. I intend to do so (and upload the demo) this weekend.

Hang in there, dear folks. Things are back on track again. To prove it, here's a wiener dog.  :sdog:
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DEMO 2.0 is out!

Demo 2.0, can be downloaded from this address.
Size: 106MB (encrypted, should run without RTP).
File type: .exe

Save games from demo 1.2 are not compatible with 2.0.

The demo is roughly 5-6 hours in length. This is roughly 30% of the full game, excluding side quests. All previously shown areas are available!

As always, let me know what you think, and tell me if you find any bugs / spelling mistakes / others. Your feedback is much appreciated!  :D

~ Geoff

Update Feb 11: I included the RTP after all, after some people said they couldn't open it without.
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