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  1. (Thread permitted by eclipse - apologies for my blunder earlier) Twitter ・ Website [includes demo link!] What is Bright Blades? Bright Blades is an SRPG Studio game I'm currently working on. As the blurb implies, It's a casual, retro-style game. My goal was to create something that was cute and accessible, something that newcomers to the SRPG genre would be able to pick up without intimidation. I think a lot of developers want to focus on creating something really deep and challenging and fair play to them, I think there's a good audience for that, but me? I just wanted to make something bright and adorable: with a tone somewhere between an old school NES game and a Saturday Morning Cartoon. A demo is available on my website, covering the first seven chapters (including the prologue). Click here to head over and start playing - and please let me know your feedback! What's it about? "Once upon a time in the land of Aethara, gods and mortals lived in harmony. But Mankind shattered that peace, raising the Kingdom of Oberon to make war upon the gods. Alone and broken, the last goddess fled to the city of Titania and blessed her knights, the valkyries, with the power to safeguard creation. 1000 years later, the war still rages on..." Bright Blades follows the story of Titania's Princess Freya. For centuries, her people have used their divine might to resist Oberon's invasions. When the Kingdom suddenly turns the tide, sacking her city with creatures called "Godslayers", Freya is charged by her mother with finding a Bright Blade; a legendary weapon whose power may be Aethara's last hope. What can I expect? As you've probably guessed, Bright Blades is not a very serious game. It's not a comedy but it is an intentionally lighthearted story about good, evil, and magic swords. We're using a "Mostly NES" colour palette for everything; only bending the rules a little here and there, to replicate the look and feel of 8-bit games. I've been doing the bulk of the game work myself: doing the maps, writing, development, UI, animations, battle backgrounds... Basically, everything but the character designs and portraits and the soundtrack (which was composed by Johnathan Johnson of Brilliant Shadows and Women of Xal fame). A lot of our graphic work is still being developed, but I wanted to make sure that our game had a different look from most SRPG Studio projects right out of the gate; so I didn't want to show off the project without at least getting something down for everything. We want to make something small and manageable, which also extends to how we've designed the game. Small inventories and party sizes, as well as finite shop stocks, mean you can't just load up a few units with all your best weapons, and we've tried hard to differentiate the 20+ character classes. Templars can heal and protect their friends on the frontlines, Bards support allies and weaken foes with mystical songs, Cannoneers blast targets to bits from a range, and Witches fly through the air raining magic upon their foes. There will be at least 25 maps, each with unique mission objectives: from routing armies and seizing castles to freeing prisoners, finding ancient relics, and saving enemy villages from forced conscription. We want to avoid repetition in chapter goals, ensuring that each level has its own unique feel. As part of that, most missions also have hidden events dotted about the place: which can power up your units, shed new light on the world of Bright Blades, or even unlock special new weapons and abilities.I'm hoping to release a demo soon to show people what we've been working on but, until then, here's a few pics of what we've got so far. Hope you enjoy, and by all means tell me what you think so far! What does it look like?
  2. Hello everyone, If I were to make a fire emblem copycat game but with different characters, story and dialogue and but only keep the gameplay mechanics. Specifically of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, would I get into trouble with Nintendo over copyright disputes? because from what I can gather they can copyright the game, characters even aesthetics. but not gameplay. The reason I'm asking this here is does anyone have any experience with making their own FE inspired turn-based strategy game? and if so what would be the do's and don'ts? to ensure the project, myself and the team do not fall under any lawsuits by Nintendo. I know it may seem shallow to want to copy the mechanics of a game, but I'd rather make a really good copycat than a really bad original game. My other (more personal) objective with the project is to promote cultural awareness of my father country, it's language, dialects, scripture history and culture. there is a lot of media out there in surrounding it like books, movies, and music. But no video games. So that's my motivation for this project, I even found the perfect historic event to take inspiration from, one that would really fit the "FE" archetype I think. So, any thoughts or tips?
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