Hey guys, if everybody could answer these questions as best as they can, that’ll help me plan out a schedule for everybody so we can keep on track with the project! Anyone can answer any of the questions–the names are just for the people that might best be able to answer the question.
Ashley and Phillip: About how long would you say it would take to write up a story for the game? Some of the art assets will be dependent on the story (say, an object an NPC needs that will drive the plot forward), so this is something we’ll want to finish up first.
Everybody: How do we want to split the work load for the art assets? Do we want to split the work? As an aside, which art assets will we need to make on our own? These are the only ones I can think of without browsing RPG Maker’s preexisting tiles:
- jungle trees
- sandy dunes/desert environment elements
- snowy environment elements (buildings? trees?)
- shadowy monsters & bosses
- overworld temples/mines/stuff that aren’t regular buildings or castles
- overworld watchtowers (on that note, will we need a separate asset for when the watchtowers are lit?)
- resources/objects to be fetched for NPCs
Everybody: Should we upload pixel maps of our portions of the world, just like Phillip’s overworld pixel map, or just let everyone wing it?
Phillip: Are there size restrictions or anything we need to keep in mind when creating these maps?
Phillip/Everybody: Will we need scripts for the game? Do we want to split up the search for these scripts, or leave it to one person to compile them?
Phillip: You mentioned making the world lighter (or less overcast? something like that) whenever you lit a watchtower. Will we need a separate overworld for that?
Everybody: Will the lighting of the watchtowers affect the individual maps we’re making? Like, since the lit watchtowers mean that humans can spread out a bit more, do we want to add shops and NPCs if the MC (main character) visits old places again, or just not change anything? Do we want to make less drastic changes, like eliminating the monsters?
Phillip: About how long did it take you to make 1 pixel map? (The old town)
Everybody: How will we compile our individual maps into a single game? Send them all to one person to compile at the end?
Everybody: Audio–how do we want to handle this? Does RPG Maker come with premade sound effects and music?