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'hobonation'com/MaerchenSig005'gif PREFACE: Maerchen, a two dimensional RPG in development by Nord1c Design, grants you control of "Karl", a teenage boy living in Renessaince-esque land remniscent of Northern Europe (particularly the Norwegian Peninsula)' You are quite happy in your village' You have lot's of friends, and there is plenty of work and play to keep you occupied in this serene, snowy world' Though civilization is starting to make it's mark on the land, and the village folk are constantly pushing outward, there is wilderness all around you' Your parents have warned you not to venture into the deep forests, or even to go outside of the village walls, but what do they take you for!? Of course you go outside' Of course you enjoy playing with your friends in the natural, foreign world a mere few kilometers away' Of course you sneak into your grandfather's attic and discover a book of ancient lore, written in the Dynasty of Mages' This is the introductory...

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I've got some more screenshots for you today, one of which has been seen before by careful modDB forum browsers, the other of which is brand spanking new. In any case, these where designed to showcase how some of the predesigned levels will look, this week specifically those in forest realms. If

Posted by San-J on Dec 20th, 2004

I've got some more screenshots for you today, one of which has been seen before by careful modDB forum browsers, the other of which is brand spanking new. In any case, these where designed to showcase how some of the predesigned levels will look, this week specifically those in forest realms. If you haven't dropped by in the forums, to clarify this, most of the game's forests, grasslands, etc. will by pseudo-randomly generated through a complex algorithm that ensures that you'll never play the same game twice, but also that the layout's make sense. The rest of the game will be predesigned, to ensure top-notch quality in important quest areas, etc.

Just to clarify, all the sprites (including the shaded trees) in those shots are pixel art made in MSPaint by me, without the use of any complex program. Yes, I had to boast about that XD

In terms of non-graphical progress, this weekend hasn't been very successful, as I'm stumbling over some relatively simple issues. I'll probably take a break until Christmas is over, and then I'll resume the actual programming portions of the game. In the mean time, I have a bit of designing to accomplish, as well as some recruiting to do. If you are interested in programming (particularly making a map editor program, or designing netcode architecture), composing music, or drawing either concept art or actual in-game media, please contact me.

I've decided a few things in terms of gameplay mechanics. First, as a tribute to old-school RPGs, there will be turn-based combat in Maerchen. Modern gamers, do not worry. All minor to mid-range battles will be real time, much like action RPGs, while the highest-level boss battles will open up a turn-based menu through which you must carefully plan your every strike. Secondly, I've come up with an awesome ability that may be the characteristic that will set Maerchen apart from other RPG's. One of your character's main abilities is the ability to conjure any object from the game, and place it anywhere. Think of it as a 2d gravity, except rather than picking up an object, you conjure it instead. Of course, your choices will be dependent on your level, so you cannot conjure a mansion on top a horde of baddies if you are level 2. Still, it will be a crucial and integral element of the gameplay, and the solving of many quest puzzles will require it. For example, some quests might involve crossing a crevice in the crusts of the underworld, but there is no bridge, and any attempt to jump it would probably result in a fiery death. So, you conjure a bridge! Also, you could use this to design your very own piece of land. It could very easily become an in-game level editor.

Anyway, I've got a little surprise for you guys pretty soon, so keep your eyes peeled.
~Sangye

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duckedtapedemon
duckedtapedemon Dec 20 2004, 11:00am says:

Looks good, I hope you find someone to make some great music for the game.

Will there be some sort of limit to the conjuring, and how much of a role will it play?

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San-J Author
San-J Dec 20 2004, 12:42pm says:

Thanks for the continual support man. As I've said before, I really appreciate it, and it means a lot to me.

I haven't started writing any of the spell code yet, but I suppose there will be some sort of limit to conjuring, probably in your limited Mana, like in traditional RPGs.

Ah, the luck of posting this right before a mega SF update :(

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Michael
Michael Dec 20 2004, 4:38pm says:

awww san-j

it wasn't so much of a mega update like but sorry non the less, your stuff looks great :)
nice trees especially

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San-J Author
San-J Dec 20 2004, 10:25pm says:

No no, I didn't mean it like that. Your stuff is looking incredible, and artistically superior to anything I've seen in any mod here, and more original than any game that has come out since NOLF, or one of those LionHead games.

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Released Jun 9, 2007
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