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.

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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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Chrono Trigger’s Wind Scene

(I need a break from Pitch Wars revisions.)

Ah, Wind Scene. Also known as the overworld music from 600 AD in Chrono Trigger. And for me, the most nostalgic song of the entire game. Yes, even the main theme song. Even Schala’s theme.

Check out my most recent favorite rendition by Malcolm Robinson:

It makes me go like this:

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Hand-to-chest, tears-in-eyes.

I love this song so much I need to write an essay about it.

Chrono Trigger is one of my favorite games. It was the game that inspired me to write when I first played it all those years ago. I love the plot, I love the characters, I love the world, I love the sprite artwork… siiiiiigh. Although it’s now over twenty years old, I still think it’s practically a perfect game. I even played finished it again just a few weeks ago. On New Game Plus. Within three days. Because NG+ OP AF.

For those of you who’ve never played Chrono Trigger, go play it!!

Anyway, Wind Scene. Allow me to offer some backstory.

In Chrono Trigger, you play as a young man named Crono, who’s excited for the Millennial Fair. He’s to meet his best friend, Lucca, an inventor (and honestly, one of my earliest fictional role models). At the fair, he bumps into a cute young lady who calls herself Marle, and she asks him to show her around.

However, once they reach Lucca’s invention, Marle’s pendant reacts to the machine and sends her off into a wormhole. Oh no! Heroic-yet-silent Crono offers to go after her. He finds himself in a strangely familiar land, where…this song plays. Wind Scene.

Now, little me was SPELLBOUND.

When you play as the silent protagonist, you’re just as confused as he is. As familiar as the surroundings are, no one knows about this “Millennial Fair,” an evil sorcerer is terrorizing the land, and all you want is to find the pretty blond girl and go back home. Then you find out that your best friend sent you 400 years into the past! And Wind Scene is perfect at capturing that feeling. The wonder of wandering your hometown in the past! Not knowing how you got there! Having to ask for help in pubs with a bunch of scary drunk people, all by yourself! The mystery of Marle’s heritage! And of course, saving the world by traveling to various timelines to protect the future, and you aren’t even aware of this yet.

Listening to Wind Scene and having all that nostalgia flood back to me is the most amazing feeling, and I wish I could pass on this fluttery feeling of love. But nostalgia develops in a certain time and place. For those of you who hadn’t grown up with Chrono Trigger, all I can do is share my words, a powerful song, and urge you to play it, yourself.

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(Go play Chrono Trigger! The DS version is available from GameStop, Walmart, and eBay, among other places.)

The Starriest Summer in RPG Maker

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while.  Back in 2014, I got RPG maker and decided to recreate the first chapter of The Starriest Summer, “The Machine,” as a game.  It’s really short, only takes a few minutes to complete, and some of the tile sets are glitchy.  As I made it back in 2014, it has some old artwork 😛

You can get the game here!  It’s free, of course.  http://www.mediafire.com/download/wmurjujb1o1m41t/Game.exe

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