Aura Online is a hack and slash MMORPG. Explore a persistent world and uncover the relics left behind by ancient civilizations. Current factions fight for territory and resources in a dynamic world that comes to life around you while you're on your own adventure. When you're away set up shop to share your wares in the field. Defeat monsters that threaten you and uncover the knowledge and treasures of the past.
The catastrophic nature of our universe. A comet often visited the planet of Thesis, orbiting passing through the night sky as predicted. What they didn't notice is how close it got every year. The ancient civilization named the Oracle. They believed it was the answer to all of their woes. When the two bodies met, it caused a great cataclysm that shook Aura and unleashed a column of thunder and lightning, known as the cosmic thunderbolt.
Life was nearly wiped out on Thesis, however, life did survive, but it came at a great price. The world lost most of its knowledge and life. Kingdoms were buried and once-great monuments to the gods lie broken, tilted, and partially exposed. Great treasures became scattered and magic was lost. The world became a labyrinth, beasts flooded where high civilizations thrived. It took many years for nature and life to come back and flourish the world again.
When the player creates a new game, they are brought to the character creation screen. Choose from two genders of human. Customize your face, hair, eyes, and outfit. The Zodiac sign designated to your character determines universal strengths and weaknesses. The player’s nation also determines where in the world the player begins. Not one beginning area has an advantage over
another, but certain classes do better depending on location. The player is introduced to the first book of Thesis and is given the outline of the cataclysm that shaped the world. The player discovers that this is only volume 1. The player must set out in the world and find the complete set of The Books of Thesis. But there are many mysteries in Thesis with infinite paths.
To explore what more areas of the game would look like in greater detail. In the first half of the class, we focus on creating graphics and explore architectural ideas and where shadows will fall. This progresses into more detail, gradually refining the design. Last year I explored an area called Megamath. Now on the opposite side of the game's map, I expand upon a region of the game called Gevurah.
Fantasylore.com has been used as the testbed. Fantasylore was the original name of Aura Online and the domain has been around since 2002. While the game has gone through a few name changes, the game is still named Aura Online, but FantasyLore.com is the main website. The website acts as a game guide and armory allowing you to select your character, see your progression, and items. As the testbed, this is where the alpha testing is taking place with Early Access available to those who join the Patreon. The website and the game share the same database. The prototype is now in a state where the Unity Client is working perfectly with the website.
The area we explore here is a Guild House. Guilds in the game compete for territory with the most dominant guild ruling and maintaining the castle. The Castle is surrounded by vast fields that are farmed on to feed the Guild members and staff. The main way to obtain the Guild House as your Guilds Home depends on the success of your Guild in the area. If your Guild has the most members and they are actively repealing the beasts in the area, they will gain dominance. Other guilds can come and slay the beasts and come in numbers to take over the castle.
Refining the design, World Building 2 has brought this to full color. There are several ways to get around in Thesis. One of the most common ways is Dino mounts. A Dino is a raptor like creature that are extremely helpful to get around. They go quite a bit faster than an adventurer on foot. While not the fastest mode of transportation in Aura, they are quite reliable and will not let you down. There are domesticated and wild Dino's.
In summary, World Building 2 has been incredible for continuing my concept design skills and to paint the picture of this world. The website is working well with the client and finally sharing the database. The prototype is being tested. The World Building has slowed down the progress over there but it is in a good state and will be the main focus once the class is finished. Support the game on Patreon and get Early Access to get the earliest builds, the concepts, and information about the game that is exclusive to Patreon.
This summer I got a partial scholarship to take World Building 1 at Brainstorm School Inland. Which has taught me quite a bit more about developing concept...
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Here is a preview of the prototype from earlier this year. The UI was finally coming together and the panel changing and progression worked.
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