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Tobias
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Episode 2 Screenshots!

Posted by A Tobias 3 years ago
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!



Yes.

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!!
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Zenereth
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I'm really new to the whole "Alora Fane" universe thing. I've played the original Mardek games, and stumbled upon the this just today. I gotta say I'm pretty open minded with the idea. This looks like it could be a very fun deviation from the original series.

This chapter feels like it comes together nicely. Just keep doing what you're doing. I'm sure it'll be great!

P.S. "Encounter" would be a more suitable word than "Battle."
23 Netherlands rloax SanguineMelancholic
Mania
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Yay, screenshots! :D

At first I thought those masks on the walls of Mardek's room were windows, but clearly they are masks. I assume they belonged to Enki or something? They don't seem like the sort of thing you'd generally find in Bold homes. Unlike huge cauldrons of green goop. Who doesn't love green goop? Oh and there is some light or something I guess, but I think what's in the goop is the real mystery here. And child Deugan and Mardek are still adorable.

I'm glad the stammer is toned down, it did seem excessive in the original. And I like the water tiles!

I will inspect every single object in the game and if they don't all tell me how the objects feel I will be sorely disappointed. If they do then I too will be rock hard.

Ooh, a new character?! That actually makes me curious who that is, and where that place is too. Is it a new version of Donovan or just a whole new character altogether? I bet she's just a giant red herring, this is her only appearance. See, she even has red text, how fishy. Also, why is there a darkened ring in the lower left of that image?

I think I get what Dhor means. It's the day Meraeador split into Meraeadyth and Dhor. That explains everything, right?! Also, huh, I just realized Mardek isn't in that screenshot, does that mean we get to control Meraeadyth, or is this a cutscene? Interesting! Oh, and she has a different sprite when she faces left than the one for facing right!! I'm noticing so much on this image.

I guess Lenialianea wasn't at home because she was actually at Deugan's house? I wouldn't be surprised if she's more surprised that the two boys barged in on them than about what Mardek is saying.

Meraeadyth is such a hardcore metal fan. How can Miasma get to you through the droning noise? That earpiece with the goggle must also serve as a headphone, I bet. I also like the forest tiles, they're a bit more varied than the AFC ones.

I like the idea about haikus for monsters! It's a fun way to get people to want to collect all collectibles and having to piece them together would be interesting. I do like acquiring lore in game, getting a new encyclopedia page is much more fulfilling than getting a random consumable or X amount of gold.

"THIS CUTE PUNGENT PET
ITS WAGGLY EARS
FILLED WITH SOUR MILK"

I want to see this monster.

Rabbish, so cute.
And I do like the idea that Meraeadyth uses a robo-canine in place of Miasma. Mardek and Deugan must be real envious.

Mardek smiles and laughs as Meraeadyth contemplates the sad fate of all those who she loves.

Then Mardek stands back with a smile on his face while leaving his friend alone to deal with a man of mystery. Unbeknownst to either Deugan or the mysterious man, he took the necklace. Meraeadyth knows, but she is too afraid to act, lest Mardek assures she follows her mentor's fate.

Another new character! Maybe? I guess she could also be the Goznor Shaman's replacement, or maybe another shaman who's here for a visit. Or maybe she's Deugan's mom!! OR IS SHE VERHN?! I am curious who these new characters are and what role they play, if they are even entirely new.

Hm, Meraeadyth is very Abstract, interesting, since as a scientist she probably focuses on making Real inventions, too. And Sylvia is very Real and very Grave, I guess that would be fitting for a shaman, assuming she is one. And Deugan just cannot handle having firmly grasped her. I guess a name for battles and attacks could be the very generic 'encounters' and 'actions'?

I wonder whether there is a giant Coconoct leader out there called "El Coco Loco" or something. I sure hope so!!

Mardek is sad that the mysterious man has figured out his plot and is showing resistance. I do wonder what is actually going to happen here, I strongly doubt we'll get two children and two adults ganging up on one child or something like that, that would be sort of absurd. O.o Oh, and the UFO is a white rock in this version, interesting! It says something about the GdM, I think. Hm, and I guess in this version Mardek and Steele will actually know each other before chapter 2, I wonder if that changes anything.

Mardek, fed up with the resistance, blasted Steele and destroyed Sylvia. Deugan is shocked into silence while Meraeadyth tires to stands up for herself. But it is too late, Mardek has revealed his true form, they are doomed. Anyway, I guess Sylvia leaves to escort Steele home or something, leaving Deugan and Meraeadyth to witness Mardek's possession. I wonder what they think about it? I guess Meraeadyth might be more doubtful about it, given the way she looks. "Stop being silly, Mardek."

Satisfied with the slaughter of the day, Mardek goes to bed while his mother contemplates the sad fate of those who have fallen. May Saul watch over their souls. Also, I guess Mardek is asking what happened with Meraeadyth and her mentor and something happened between them that ended up with the mentor locked up and Dhor horribly injured which left him all grumpy leaving Meraeadyth quite sad. Naturally Mardek is enjoying this tale very much.

"At just the fresh age of 10, Mardek is a masterful manipulator, feigning a kind heart but actually being a complete hedonist whose only worry is how he can enjoy himself the most right now, nothing else matters, nor does anybody else."

I do wonder what the role thing means though, hm. And I hope we get entries on monsters and places and artifacts and people!! Hm, I do wonder who the other people are though. The last one has to be Rohoph, so then that leaves someone somewhere in the middle. Is it this game's version of Gallovar or something? I guess we'll see!!


These images are very exciting anyway, I look forward more and more to these two episodes! There's a lot of changes and a lot of them really do look for the better. There seems to be much more story in this version, I can't wait to find out more!


Oh, and of course...
Happy birthday A Tobias!