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I’ve been doing some conceptualizing for the game that I’m definitely going to finish some time don’t worry about it. I’ve just about got the spear to look the way I want; it probably needs a few tweaks, but I’ll cross that bridge when it comes. I also did some sketches of my OC, Momoko, to parse how she’ll move about in game a little bit.
This sketch page has more notes for my game along with a decent sketch of my OC, Momoko the kitsune samurai. The UI is coming along, conceptually, so I’ve turned to gameplay now: specifically, defending.
My research indicates that the Japanese didn’t “wield” shields in the European sense; rather, they “wore” or carried and deployed them, which meant their hands were free for weapons that required two hands.
Some more character design work on my new original character, Momoko the kitsune Samurai. This sketch page has got a bit of everything: an armored outfit for her that I’ll need to refine, some spear concepts that are coming along, a simplified look for easier animating, and some notes on her name.
From what I, a half-Japanese man with only 2nd- and 3rd-hand knowledge of Japanese and Japanese culture, have researched: when kanji is used as part of a name or other word, it can generally be pronounced however you want it to be pronounced? I might be way off.
Here are some studies of fox anatomy and spears because I’ve had an idea for a plot and setting and characters again, in a never-ending march of thoughts that torments me at every moment and prevents me from following an idea to completion.
Here’s a few plant fellas for the game that I’m totally still working on don’t worry about it it’s fine. One’s a tortoise of currently indeterminate composition and the other’s a fairy with a cornucopia.
For lesser plant enemies to get got, I came up with the veggie sprites. I considered consolidating everything into my preexisting character, Coby the corgi-tree, but the sprites wouldn’t be thematically consistent for him.
I’ve also kinda gotten attached to the tortoise and fairy. They’re neat.
So, I’ve been sitting on some sketches for a while for no particular reason. This one has a bunch of skeleton studies of sorts on it. There’s: a dog druid, I guess; a crow plague doctor/shadow monster; and a bull cyborg. I did some turn-arounds of the skulls, but I clearly don’t quite understand pelvises yet.
These are character concepts for the game I’m still totally working on (I opened it up and stared at it all day a couple of days ago and everything!). The problem: filling levels with Pokémon-able enemies without having to flesh out each and every one as full characters. The solution: some enemies, like the Calcium Crew, fold into an overarching character that uses them, like a necromancer.
So here’s the notes I scribbled out for the next piece of the overworld hub. The Shop/Workshop handles your inventory and the abilities of the other overworld facilities.
The stock of the Shop portion is dynamic and directly reflects the item drops of the region and sub-region that you were on before leaving the dungeon. While not unlimited, this allows players the chance to just purchase the items and materials they were looking for, if RNG was not kind.
The player can also upgrade both the facilities and their inventory. This includes:
- Adding region shortcuts to the dungeon entrance
- Adding inventory slots for use
- Adding new items to the crafting menus for the shop and tree
- Increasing the amount of item that can stacked in an inventory slot
- Increasing the capacity of the barracks and the number of teams that can be logged
- Expanding the stock of the shop
In terms of crafting, you create and enhance equipment in the shop while you create restorative items over at the tree. The equipment you can make here provide a variety of enhancements to your units, such as increasing stats and adding passive traits.
I’ve drawn some SPOOP units for the Deep Woods in Starfall Dungeon. The two common units are a set of psychic mushrooms and apparently a turtle skeleton. The turtle skeleton definitely needs work to be viable as a unit; it’s too complicated and the limbs need to be changed.
In terms of Boss-class units, we’ve got:
Captain Battical!, a superhero-themed bat. A defender of Justice and Innocents, he uses his powers to shield other units from attacks while dealing out attacks of his own. He’s a real radical dude or whatever.
Pumpukeen is a haunted set of clothes and a Jack-o’-Lantern. Lost souls trapped in the Deep Woods ultimately join the collection of souls that compose Pumpukeen. They wander endlessly in the dark, providing a light to lead whoever they find to safer parts of the Forest region. As a unit, Pumpukeen has numerous sword strikes that target multiple enemies, pierce defenses, and inflict burning.
Marie Anette is a possessed marionette. A right classy puppet, dancing on strings that extend infinitely into the sky.
She’s not much of an attacker; her main attack involves floating over to a target and spinning her legs at them. Her primary role involves using her strings to delay enemies and puppeteer allied units to effectively use their skills on her turn. And maybe revive fallen units? Or would that be unbalanced?
She’d probably appear as a boss in the City region, continually summoning reinforcements that you’ll have to get through.
Echelon is probably a Boss-class unit for the Industrial region. Him’s a steam-powered, cyborg Minotaur.
He’s the first to have the unique Heat mechanic: every action performed and every attack suffered increase a Heat metric. This metric is directly tied to Echelon’s damage output, growing as more Heat is generated. But, when the Heat exceeds its maximum value, he is disabled for a number of turns. Additionally, he has a skill that specifically reduces Heat, as well as some attacks that have Heat reduction as a side-effect.
It’s really similar to Sharla’s mechanic from Xenoblade Chronicles.