It's about time!! It's embarrassing how long ago I started on this reboot of MARDEK... I mean, most games take years to finish, and I've spent less than six months on this, but even so, it shouldn't have taken nearly as long as that. I'd come up with a bunch of excuses... but instead I'll just show off some SCREENSHOTS of episode 2! Like the post full of episode 1 screenshots, some might be spoilery, so you have been warned!
I bet it was nothing important and will not be mentioned again.
I've actually toned it down a lot, though! Actually!!
Also, on a technical note, I'm not entirely satisfied with the colour of the grass in that tileset. Such a trivial little thing, but a big deal to me. I'll need to keep tweaking it until I get something that feels just right.
It's rock hard.
This person is not even remotely important. I mean, obviously.
What period of your life? What?! You must tell us!!
Also, this one is very similar to one I showed before.
This is more amusing in context. I hope.
In case you hadn't noticed, though, this episode covers the second half of the original chapter 1... but clearly more thought has been put into adding actual meaningful story to it.
You might have seen this already!
But not this! Treasure chests are a ubiquitous feature of RPGs, and so I wanted to include them in some form... But since the episodic format doesn't really support gathering a collection of rubbish you'll never even use, I wanted to try doing something a bit different.
In each and every treasure chest, you find a 'poem fragment', which looks like that.
Each 'dungeon' has a small number of monsters that appear there, and a 'stone flower bud' for each of those monster species. Each flower bud has three slots for poem fragments, allowing you to insert your gathered pieces in order to complete a haiku that describes that particular species.
Once you complete the haiku, you get a special prize...
Personally, I feel that 'lore' is more meaningful a treasure than 'things', and so this to me makes opening treasure chests much more interesting. It also serves to increase the significance of each monster species; by learning more about each one by gathering poem pieces, it becomes less forgettable, more meaningful.
Meraeadyth's PUP - which has been redesigned - is used by her instead of equippable miasmon. Here it is, showcasing the shoddy, unfinished animations that exist at the moment... by which I mean no, surely its shadow is simply magic!!
How intriguing! Are you intrigued?? I know I am.
These two little boys desperately want to look like pretty ladies, but they just can't agree on who gets to wear the fanciest jewellery.
Also, this totally unknown and new and unimportant character replaces Mugbert from the original. Improvements!
Also, Sylvia! That's certainly a person's name.
I just noticed that Meraeadyth's PUP's display icon thing is outdated. WHOOPS. Also, characters' emotional states - as determined by the plot - persist beyond single 'battles'. Deugan is tense here, for example, because of plot events, and so he'd start each 'battle' tense. Also, I keep saying 'battle' because that's not really what they are... but maybe I'll find a more appropriate term for it one day.
See? Clearly not a battle.
I wonder who this mysterious person actually is. No, it's not obvious. What do you mean, 'his name is right there'? I don't know what you're talking about.
I did a lot of reading about how to actually write in a King James Bible style of English, with 'thou' and 'ye' and 'thine' and such, but I'm sure my actual writing is full of cringeworthy errors despite that. No doubt I'll have to rewrite it quite a bit!
Saul again. Ooh.
The Encyclopaedia! Which would have a different list of characters for each new episode. HOW EXCITING.
So yes. MARDEK. My computer has been running at a snail's pace recently, making working on it very difficult. I've been trying to acquire a new computer to rectify the situation, but that's taking time too! Hopefully once I do get it, I'll be able to FINALLY finish off the few remaining little things and can release the first two episodes! Finally!! It shouldn't take too long now! I hope!!