Academy of Arcana [WIP, Demo, Updated 19/03/2019]

modern-fantasy

#81

Its great that after such a long time you haven’t abandoned it, but what I want to ask is about fighting. If we fight are we only going to be able to use the magic attacks of the classes(?) (Like Numerology, Runeism etc. I forgot what its called) after we have learned them. As in, it would be better if we learned as much as possible before engaging in a fight.


#82

The combat system is going to be revamped completely, and hopefully it’ll be tremendously less tedious.

the new idea (which, let’'s be honest, might not work either) is that fro the start you’ll be able to use any school of magic (numerology, runism, etc) and all it’s spells from the start, but they’ll get better as you use and practise them. So, an inexperienced Tarot user would often misdirect or mess up tarot spells, but learn from every mistake.

Inspired by this post: in which failure lets you learn more, but still has consequences you need to deal with. I’m looking into a system which incorporates fairmath and un-fairmath, but that’s only much further down the line.

If you have any suggestions for how you think combat, skills and schools of magic should work, I’d love to take a look at them all, so feel to share.:two_hearts:


#83

I think that if you could use all spells from the start it would be a bit overwhelming in the beginning. And I personally, love discovering the different types of spells for each gift (That means learning about it in the archives, trying it out in the spheres and then using it in battle.) I mean where is the fun in discovering all the different ways in which you can use your gift, if you can use them all from the start :slightly_smiling_face:. But, what I find great is that we get better/stronger with a spell the more we practice it.


#84

Would it be possible to become a primogen?


#85

Honestly, the thought never crossed my mind. I’d have to give it some consideration:

Reasons why it should be a thing:

  • Free exploration and doing what you want to is literally the point of the game.
  • There’s three years of in-game time. You could probably become respected enough to be a primogen.
  • Unique opportunities and interesting situations.

Reasons why it shouldn’t:

  • Coding it sounds like such a hassle,
  • It probably wouldn’t serve a purpose in the story or for the character.
  • It would likely only happen after the main story ends, at which point there is considerably lesss driving force and less reason to play the game? Potentially? Who knows. There could be more reasons to play the game, I guess.

I like the idea and I’ll give it some serious thought, though. Thanks! :two_hearts::rose:


#86

thanks to you for considering it


#87

May I ask what is a primogen? I googled it but it show so many different answers.


#88

A’El sighs and runs a hand down her face. “Oh, boy. You really are clueless, aren’t you? Pretty much all you need to know is that the leader of an enclave - a group of mages with the same gift - is called a Primogenitor. I’m a Primogen for the Entropists. Exeter is Primogen to the Guild of Flames. You’ll meet your Primogen at orientation. Show us respect and you’ll be fine.”

Primogenitors are historically the first ancestors of a species or group. Here, they are the leaders that teach the values of those ancestors. I have taken some liberties in its actual definition, so the confusion is understandable.


#89

How old is the mc?


#90

Maybe becoming primogen it work best as an epilogue of some kind if you reach certain criteria


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#94
Infamous Return, Pt II

tenor

What year is it?
Oh, my. Oh my!
Okay, this is fine. This is okay. No worries.

There has been a major update to the game.

Other people actually exist now, and my cool new name generator makes them random, every time. Yes, that’s right! Every playthrough promises up to 100 new people*, with new personalities, schedules, goals and dreams. (Right now they only have random names. :frowning: Oh, and you can’t actually talk to them? What even was the point of this update?) You can find people by selecting the ‘See who’s around’ option. Maybe you’ll meet somebody.

*100 new people, at the moment. If that’s too few later on, we can ramp that up to as far as ChoiceScript is willing to deal with it.

But, they do like to move around and do things. Every day they’ll spend at a different place. Or maybe the same place. Who knows? Imaginary people are so unpredictable.

With this comes the caveat that I haven’t actually done anything else. That magic system that screws me over everytime I look at the code? It’s still there. That epic adventure we’ve been waiting for? Uhm, yes. We’ll get to that, eventually… probably.

But what this fervent obsession of mine has provided is evident direction. I now have half a plan on how to move forward. It goes as such:

  • Finish people. Make them fully fleshed out. Let them have hobbies, personalities, skills and whatnot, in addition to letting the player actually interact with them like humans (if the player so chooses, of course.)
  • Finish the first few gameplay scenes. So far it’s a really long introduction to absolutely no game content. We can fix that.
  • Have an internal debate about redoing all the magic mechanics. Cry.
  • Scenes, scenes, scenes. So, my major problem (ignoring the abovementioned) is that the game has this wonderful weather and calendar system, that spans the entirety of three years. That’s a lot of time to do nothing. And the exciting bits are also really only supposed to happen a few months down the line. An evident solution is to flood it with extra content, other storylines, quests, and a world full of events. (I can probably guarantee right now that this will either be the greatest thing ever, or the greatest waste of time ever, but there is only one way to find out.)

So, given that these are my goals for the foreseeable future, I’d very much like your help with suggestions of things you’d like to be able to do (and do NOW!), so I can at least push out some playable content while I fight the ghosts of my own design.

I thank you very much for your time, and have a fun time.

[Note: I do not recommend touching the Goto Scene option in the stats menu. IT makes things not work sometimes, unless you go directly to the Academy Hub, because that’s where everything happens from. The weather, the people, their movements, the date, the everything.]


#95

something that I would love is more books in the library explaining the different schools if its not too complicated :slight_smile:. And welcome back :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:.


#96

Deal!

And thank you. :heart:


#97

So, here’s something interesting:

I just finished my basic random character planning, and did some of the basic math. It seems that there are over 2 000 000 000 000 000 000 different random character possibilities. Can you catch them all? Even more important, can I make ChoiceScript generate them all?

I managed to find this little tidbit of information from the wiki:

Although for our purposes there is no real limit to the size of the number this data type can contain (either negative or positive, or the number of decimal places).

Heh, nah. I’m at least somewhat reasonable.

I’m looking forward to this mess of coding. Wish me luck!


#98

Wow… very entertaining game, i can see this game is Huge!!!, training with Sasha already took huge amount of time , imagine if there are more battles in future :slight_smile:

By the way, are Sasha and Diane both RO ?? I am fond of them :slight_smile:


#99

That’s great to hear!

Yes, the battle system is a bit lengthy at the moment, but that can become tedious very quickly. I’m trying to rework the system, so let’s be on the lookout for that update, sometime.

As for the romantic options: All students are romance-able, but also have their own romantic persuasions. With the current character generation system I’m working on, characters can be gay, straight, bisexual, asexual or polyamorous. If a character isn’t necessarily compatible with your MC, that doesn’t completely exclude them as a romantic option. It’s just supposed to make it a little bit harder to gain their romantic favour.

Currently, though, the plans are that A’El and Exeter are gay, Sasha is bi, and Haeptomec is straight.

I’m not sure if you particularly meant Diane, though, because she’s married.


#100

Something that I notice is that the gift of death doesnt do much damage compared to, for example, the gift of flame. Is it because I chose to be a girl of death and the little damage output to show that I havent trained my skills yet. Or is it that the School of Numerology isnt as compatible with the gift of death?


#101

Some core concepts that I had initially were that the different types of magic each would have their strengths:

  • Chaos - it’s so unpredictable.
  • Science - it’s absolutely predictable.
  • Time - it changes the state of battle by reversing or forwarding time and, consequently, everybody’s stats.
  • Aether - it cheats. It manipulates the MC and the Opponent by magic trickery - barriers, copies, all the good stuff.
  • Water - Mostly restorative but with slow damage, or expensive and incredible damage.
  • Earth - Mostly protective and incapacitates the opponent. Somewhat predictable.
  • Air - Light, inexpensive attacks, evasion and impeding the opponent.
  • Fire - Destructive. High damage output and expensive attacks. Somewhat chaotic.
  • Light - Impedes the opponent and does medium damage attacks.
  • Darkness - Severely impedes the opponent and does light attacks.
  • Life - Restorative, and manipulates the opponent’s stats.
  • Death - Deals damage over time, and makes the opponent’s attacks less effective.

I plan on keeping this core concept when I rework the entire battle system.

Gender should have no influence on the battle system.

As for the schools of magic, though, they also play a major impact on battle, depending on the gift used. Each school, like Numerology, or Summoning, interacts differently depending on the gift, and that’s mainly what the archives are supposed to be for. The idea was that the player has to actively go study their craft by reading the books and then deciding which to practice.