Blood Princess Mini RPG

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I made a mini-RPG! It covers the first two-ish chapters of Blood Princess and it should only take 10-20 minutes to play.

Unfortunately, I think it only works on Windows…

Download it here! ←

(If you don’t have the means of playing, I recorded the main footage of the game and DUBBED it! Like a total nerd.)

Once you have it downloaded and unzipped, run “Blood Princess Game.exe” within the “Blood Princess Game” folder.

If you want to play in full screen, press F1 upon loading and check “Launch in Full Screen,” then quit and restart.

Creation Full Screen

Use the arrow keys to move
Spacebar for Action/Confirm
Esc/Insert for Menu/Cancel

To save, press Esc/Insert and go to “Save” at the bottom of the menu. (I highly recommend saving just before completing the nosen herding! (I mean, the game is only 10-20 minutes long, but depending on your luck, a certain battle can either be the easiest thing in the world or a rage quitter if you forget to save 😅 ))

Here are some screenshots!

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It’s a bit silly, and there’s maybe only one line of text from the actual manuscript.

I created in this in RPG Maker VX Ace, using either assets included with the pack, including Game Character Hub, or free ones I found online. The only thing I created from scratch were the character faces for Khalida and Lake, which I already had lying around.

Here’s a sneak peek at the creation process:

Creation Desert Events

Above, you’ll see the most complicated event map. A lot of these things aren’t visible when you first enter the screen. I had a grand ol’ time setting up the switches. </sarcasm>

Creation Edit Event Poof

This event, just above the spirit well, is maybe the most complicated one. It only appears after you trigger another event, it switches party members, changes the screen color…

Creation Edit Event Kill Nosens

THIS particular event gave me so much grief. It’s a conditional event that displays certain text as you advance in the quest.

And for funsies, this next image is the whole map.

Creation Map

In hindsight, I probably could’ve made the whole desert a single, huge map, but I was teaching myself as I went 😅

Eliope only shows up for a second or two, so here’s a pic of the cutie’s sprite.

Eliope

Also, I threw in a reference to Avatar: The Last Airbender and Persona 5. See if you can catch ’em 😛

(If, while playing, you think, “Wow, you dork!” my job here is done.)

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Mapping a Fantasy World

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My next big fantasy, “Blood Princess” (working title) will require a full world map 😉 So, decided to make one from scratch.

Now, I’m no geologist, but I know just a taaad about continental drift.

I started with an oval of the world, drew some fault lines, and then had some land mass bleed out onto the earth. Things begin to drift, collide, create mountains and continents, leaving islands in their wake…

I know I wanted a big “main” continent, so there it is smack in the middle, while the smaller continents are there on the sides. I’m not sure if I gave the world enough water, though :\

Taking the poles and equator into equation, I painted in some deserts, icy wastelands, forests, mountains, and it’s good to go!

Suuure, I could have just painted any old land mass and gone with that, but I thought doing it in a somewhat more scientific way would be more fun 😀

Eventually, I’ll fill out a fair portion with land marks and cities, but for now…hey, it’s a map of the world!

Here’s a gif of the process 🙂

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Of course, you can do this in a much more low-tech, kid-friendly way with some construction paper, scissors, and glue 😀 Use some blue paper as the sea, cut about 1/3 the size out of green paper, cut a jagged outline for pangaea, cut that up, and rearrange over the sea for your own world map!