VHEL is a 2-D, story based, stealth focused, real-time tactics game set in a science fiction world known as Nor Prime. It follows the exploits of a young Bhacrio girl named Khana Faust, a courier in the southern region of Ivara, who undergoes strange metaphysical changes from a parasite known as VHEL, originally used as a means to power a destructive anomaly known as Skull over 13 years ago and also a parasitic commodity amongst mammoth-like hydrozoans known as Ragnic. As Khana, the player will explore the continent of Ivara in a rudimentary day to day simulation of her life as a courier while also engaging in confrontations with Ragnic -- usually within an evasive fashion -- in heart-stopping confrontations periodically, using alien tactics and strategies unique to this world alone.

Post news Report RSS August 9th - The pace of a snail, the speed of a turtle

Even when you have everyone working in sequence, tightly bunched together to get things done, you'll always run into "downtime". You guys know what I mean. The time during development where the gravy train starts to slow down a notch and not exactly produce any significant work that's mind-blowing. Such is the case now. Considering the fact that everyone has their own social lives to maintain (indie/mod game development being something constantly limited by this), stuff just slows down.

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A lot of credit has to go out to the folks who help with this project daily. You have John who's committed to the bone to help out with music. Tiji who's dedicated to executing A+ code on a moments notice. Noobina who reminds me how utterly ludicrous and unorganized I can be at times. Muff with his great enthusiasm and willingness to help out with the audio; etc., etc..

Even when you have everyone working in sequence, tightly bunched together to get things done, you'll always run into "downtime". You guys know what I mean. The time during development where the gravy train starts to slow down a notch and not exactly produce any significant work that's mind-blowing. Such is the case now. Considering the fact that everyone has their own social lives to maintain (indie/mod game development being something constantly limited by this), the pace isn't as insane as it once was, say like 3 months ago. =P

"OMG, VHEL isn't going to be made! It had so much potential. D=" No, I'm not really saying that if that's what your getting from the previous paragraphs. In fact, since the last update -- if I can honestly say this with a straight face -- a lot has been achieved. Here's a list of said achievements:

  • Paperback design to the gameplay is finished! Now comes the hard part with making, testing, and balancing the mechanics recently invented.
  • Team size is now 7 strong. We even have a new artist -- Blodia.
  • Master storyline script is now 78% complete. I'm far from done, but at least now people are looking at it and giving their input.
  • New code is in production that will hopefully reduce the amount of memory used in-game (loading, buffing, dumping, etc.), maximize the value to the character sprites, and make animations a bit more dynamic.
  • Master walk through for the entire game is now 80% done. I'll be honest with you, the beginning of the game is a bit shallow even though the middle is very strong and varied, but like the beginning, the ending is lacking that special touch. These issues will be addressed once we can stabilize a locked build of the game content.
  • That gameplay demonstration I promised a few weeks back isn't happening -- sorry guys. Too much has been in the way of development for me to even get to it. When and if I can in the future, I will...you know, unless real-time video of the game is shown. ;D
  • Several new characters have been drawn up, but I won't talk about who or what they are. This you'll have to see later.
  • A lot of UI art was worked on. So much in fact, that I'm too lazy to mention what I all did. =P

These things are all fine and dandy to accomplish in a month, but this isn't really the good stuff you all want to see, clearly (it's not even a lot by my standards, honestly). You want screenshots, video; hell, you people want to play the game itself! That will come once the planning and execution is accomplished. We're still in pre-alpha, so give it some time.


Looking for someone who likes reading -- reading VHEL's storyline script, I mean. ;D

Art, game design, and literature are things I'm extremely passionate about. Since VHEL is very intense about being story driven, it helps when I can bounce ideas and whole scenarios off of people. This isn't an open viewing into the world I slaved over, so don't get that impression. However, this is a cry out to the folks who like what this game/universe can become, and want to have a say in it's direction. Not many teams let the audience dictate their game storyline, so this is a pretty solid opportunity. I won't get into the specifics here, but if your interested in helping out and making some magic, just leave a comment. You don't need any special qualifications outside of a lot of time to kill and a willingness to use your imagination a bit.


Done and done

I'm terribly sorry to raise people's hopes up a month ago and not deliver the simple demonstration reel. Yes, I am to blame. I am to blame for wanting to have a life. No worries though, I'm already hard at work to make up for this simple delay and will make sure that your time is well spent spectating. =D

Ciao!

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UnS33n
UnS33n

Hi, i wouldn't mind reading about the story line scrpit. Besides i need something 2 read over the summer. And Yes, i do have the thing u call "Imagaination" :D

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Gen_doom12
Gen_doom12

I think this would be an intersting opputunity for myself to read this as well....even though i dint have said game.

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cobalt01
cobalt01

Hey there, I've been watching your game for awhile now, and it looks like one of the best things going on Mod DB. I'm currently the lead writer on another game, Aero Empire (https://www.moddb.com/games/aero-empire), and I'd love to chat with you about your script, if you'd like. I've been writing for a good ten years now, so I think I could probably offer some decent feedback, if you'd like it, or if you'd just like to chat sometime. PM me if you want to, and we'll get something worked out. Anyway, love the game, and keep up the good work!

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MrChocolateBear
MrChocolateBear

Hey, Mr.12! I started following VHEL about a month ago and since then, I have always looked forward to reading the news updates. Even though you may not have much to showcase in this update, it seems like a lot of behind the scenes work has been getting done. Also, don't worry too much about taking time away from the game to focus on your social life. I think you will find that taking some time to "stop and smell the roses" can benefit the game's production in the long run. It is really easy to tell that you have put a lot of hard work, dedication, and creativity into the production of VHEL, so if nothing else, consider your social time well deserved. =)

I'm currently doing writing for a few games on ModDB, namely Trashman (https://www.moddb.com/games/trashman) and Warm Gun (https://www.moddb.com/mods/warm-gun), and would be very interested in helping you out with your script. Feel free to PM me so we can discuss further. Keep up the hard work and dedication! =D

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tijital-games
tijital-games

oh holy **** best image evar

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