“Four Souls Saga”: First Ever Development Video!

It’s been a while since my last post, I’ll admit, but there’s been quite a bit going on behind the scenes. As you can see, the site is looking a bit spiffier since last time. Also, I’ve finally finished the bones of the first few minutes of Four Souls Saga: the first dungeon (100% with treasure and enemies) and the monastery (50%, still needs some cutscene cleanup and a few more NPC’s and flavor events).

To mark this momentous occasion, I’ve made a gameplay video that shows off some of what’s been completed so far. A bit of a parental advisory before you click on this video: There is some possibly offensive content in this game footage, including 2 instances of the S-word, 2 F-words, and an act of sexual harassment against a woman, so basically it’s a high MPAA PG-13 or low ESRB M rating. We at Cat Dragon Studios urge you to scoot any kids under 15, individuals who are easily disturbed by instances of sexual harassment, and extremely conservative adults out of the room before viewing. If you are a parent and you catch your kid, regardless of age, watching this and disapprove of the content, and they know you don’t like them seeing this kind of content, take their internet access away for a week (phone included, stick them with a crappy pre-paid flip-phone for the week and make them pay you for it) and give them a 30-minute lecture about going behind your back and watching “trash media” on the internet. You have our blessing.

With the parental advisories out of the way (because we at Cat Dragon Studios are responsible adults who take the time to fully inform people of the content of our original media), please enjoy the show.

 

If you have finished watching the video, thank you for watching. Please leave any feedback (constructive criticism, concerns, angry accusations of Devil worship, etc.) you have for us in the comments section down below. Have a wonderful day/night, and I hope we made you smile today!

So You Want to Make an RPG? (RPG Maker Tutorial List)

Since I started working with RPG Maker MV, I’ve been watching tutorials on YouTube every chance I get. A quick Google search can bring up tons of written and video tutorials from all over the web, and the following list compiles some of my favorite video resources. Feel free to check out all of these channels, because each presenter has their own style and voice.

1. chigooX: This creator has a sizable library of RPG Maker tutorials for VX Ace (the previous version of the engine), and has recently begun posting tutorial videos dealing with MV as well. His pace is perfect for total beginners who have never touched any version of RPG Maker before, and his style is very chill and relaxed.

 

2. BenderWaffles: He has a series of lively, medium-paced tutorial videos covering RPG Maker MV. The beginning videos start out in VX, but he includes a bonus video that teaches how to port a VX project to MV, which could prove very useful for those of you who have old projects that you started in the previous version of the engine and would like to continue in MV. In addition to his tutorials, he also has several tips-and-tricks and speed development videos to check out as well.

 

3. Echo607: Her tutorials are up-beat, with a bit of humor thrown in…and boy does she have a lot of them! From the basics of the engine to graphics and special effects, she’s got it all. Her voice is on the high-side, though, so if you don’t like the vocal pitch of 85% of female anime characters under the age of 25, then you may find her a little grating.

 

4. SRDude: Another very peppy tutor, he has a style that is very heavy on the humor but is all the same very informative. His tutorials can get kind of goofy at times, but they’re seriously fun to watch and extremely helpful.

 

5. PiratePoots: Don’t let the silly name fool you, this last tutor is another one of the more easy-going ones. His on-going series of tutorials gives you a step-by-step run-down of how the engine works and how to use each of its elements to its best advantage. I definitely recommend keeping an eye on this guy!

 

Well, thanks for popping in once again. Hopefully, a few of these creators will prove to be valuable resources for you as you create your own games…or even serve as inspiration for you to try your hand at game development yourself. If you have a favorite tutorial series you want to share, post a link in the comments below! Have a great day, and happy creating!

Development Screenshots Vol.1

Ever wonder what it’s like behind the scenes of a new RPG? No?  But it’s not as boring as you think, I promise!

Maps

The entire first continent of the game already has a complete overworld map. What do the other continents look like, you ask? Like blank, green slates. Their time will come, though. Oh, they will come…

And what is an RPG without a dungeon. The map of the first dungeon, Seaside Wood, is still under construction, but the basic layout is complete. This is where the story will begin, as our hero, Fang, and his partner, Grall, save a wandering priestess from some nasty bandits…

Battle!

Here, we have a test of the game’s first battle, as our heroes face off against the bandit gang! RPG Maker’s character generator is great for creating place-holder character sprites like these. Now, if only I could get that plugin for animated enemy sprites to work properly…

Equipment

A quick look at my armor list for this section of the game…and, yes, I did create a whole tier of armor made of cheap plastic and polyester. I’m just that kind of gal.

NPC’s!

Interesting NPC’s are as important to a good RPG as a decent combat system and a good story. I like to give NPC’s at least two bits of dialogue, as you can see with this little girl…

And when you talk to her a second time, you get this little exchange:

Don’t think I’m leaving the adults out of the funny dialogue party, though! Just check out this mom, enjoying her day off at the local tavern!

 

Well, that’s it for now. I’ll update you all later when I get the introduction scene up and running. Maybe a gameplay video could be in order for the occasion…? Until then, you can look forward to a post in a day or two listing some of my favorite YouTube channels that feature RPG Maker MV tutorials!

RPG Maker MV and Me

RPG’s are my favorite genre of games…particularly JRPG’s with turn-based battle systems and sprite graphics. Currently, I am working to master RPG Maker MV, a game engine which is built around the creation of just these sorts of games. With a practice game in progress, I’ve decided to share a few images of the custom graphics I”ll be putting in the game.

Ah, custom window graphics…because you don’t want your game looking just like every other beginner’s effort in RPG Maker, even if it is your practice game. I’ve currently got a finished window border, and will be revamping those default buttons and that sad little color pallet soon. Dear lord, those colors are ugly…

The font and colors for the damage text was kind of bland too…so I fixed it. I replaced “Miss” with “FAIL!!”, just for the fun of it, and changed the font up to something a little more modern. I can’t wait to see these when I battle test them later today!

My custom character sprites, also a work in progress. Above, you see what will be the overworld walking sprites for the game’s main character. Yes, that’s a mullet he’s sporting, and, no, his final eye color won’t be green and his clothes won’t be that bland. I created a simple template to build all of my character sprites off of, which considerably speeds up development time when it comes to graphics. Believe me, once you see the finished sprites, you’ll notice how much more impressive they’ll be than…well, this.

I’ll be posting screen shots of the game under development later today, including maps, and some of the NPC dialogue that’s in the game so far. Thanks for reading, and (even if you never come back) have a great day!

Construction Time

Our site is currently under construction as we prepare for our official launch. Unfortunately, we are not ready to take on jobs at this time. However, for those interested in a look at the general tone of our future independent projects, please check out The Star-Runner Chronicles novels.

Thank you for stopping by, and please pardon our dust.