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Will Wright's Spore => Spore: Roleplaying and Story Games => Topic started by: Flisch on November 12, 2013, 04:15:26 pm

Title: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Flisch on November 12, 2013, 04:15:26 pm
*blows off the dust from the spore creation corner*

So, I found a really nifty engine for making visual novels. I thought it would be a great idea to make a game based on our fanfic galaxy. After all a visual novel is only text and 2D-Art, which some of us are capapable of. If Gec is willing to volunteer, we might even get some custom music too, though there are free music and sound websites on the internet too.

So essentially I made this thread for some kind of brainstorming. I only have a very very vague idea of what I want to do with it. Since I'm a big fan of Mass Effect, I was thinking of a somewhat similar setup where you have to recruit members of different species for your ship over the course of the game. As for the actual goal or the story, well that's still up in the air. Right now I am collecting ideas regarding what the story could be about as well as species that are going to be represented in the game and locations of interest.

Disclaimer: This game will feature the old galaxy exclusively, sometime before the mass ascension, so that nauceans, torpals and vis are still around.



Races:

Places:



So yeah, it would be great if you told me what races you'd like to see. You can even mention a species that is already on the list, just so that I can see how popular certain races are. Same goes for places. The only non-homeworld place I remember is Beyon, but there could be some more. Also do not hesitate to make up places you want to see in the game. By the way, places is rather broad and can be anything from an entire planet, a space station or even a single bar.
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Yokto on November 12, 2013, 04:21:18 pm
Visual novel aye? Good luck Flisch. Will be intersting to see what happens.
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: LadyM on November 12, 2013, 04:21:42 pm
I kind of like this.
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Tesla on November 12, 2013, 04:53:11 pm
IIRC, there was also a a kind of underworld moon. I think it was called Scion?
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Inkling on November 12, 2013, 05:05:16 pm
So what's the site?  What do you need from us for this to work?

I know I wasn't here for the heyday, but you could always have a race or two of mine in the background as comic relief.
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Yuu on November 12, 2013, 05:48:56 pm
I too would love to know this VN software.

This is all way before my time so I won't be able to contribute in the lore, but I'd still love to see this be a thing.
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: GroxGlitch on November 12, 2013, 06:00:13 pm
I'm with Yuu, that software sounds like basically what we're trying with the Kosmosis Chronicles, except all in one except trying to hodge-podge it. Actually, this whole concept sounds exactly like the Kosmosis Chronicles, except it's being tried with a group of races that have been dead for IRL years. >.>

I wish you best of luck, but I don't see this going very far.
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: LadyM on November 13, 2013, 05:36:37 am
I always thought our creatures and worlds would make good children's books. Keeping things simple and colorful. Never heard of the Kosmosis Chronicles. Are the races really dead if they only existed in our minds? They can be brought back at any time and changed/tweaked.  :)

edit: found it
We moved over to DeviantArt, retitling the... thing 'The Kosmosis Chronicles". We have a wiki and everything!
http://kosmosischronicles.deviantart.com/
https://sites.google.com/site/wikikosmosischronicles/
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Flisch on November 13, 2013, 05:38:05 am
What do you need from us for this to work?
At this point basically just ideas and information about ye olde times. Later on, when we are in the production process, I may could use some help with artwork and sound, but that's not necessary. It just means it'll take longer then.

I know I wasn't here for the heyday, but you could always have a race or two of mine in the background as comic relief.
Sure. After all, while I am not able to make every race into a playable/interactable character, I still need some variety for backgrounds.

I too would love to know this VN software.
http://www.renpy.org/
It's easy enough to use and seems to have some more depth for people who are well-versed in programming with python.

I wish you best of luck, but I don't see this going very far.
:( Thanks a lot...
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: LadyM on November 13, 2013, 05:43:44 am
Your not going to know how far this will go unless you try. Do it because it's fun and you like doing it. Remember Sagan4? It's still going and the reason is because Hydro believes in it and keeps it going. It still has a fan base and still evolving. ;)
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Oviraptor on November 14, 2013, 07:07:20 am
I endorse this product and/or service.
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Slinky on November 14, 2013, 02:46:00 pm
I came long after the Great Spore Rush ended. However, I am still interested and I can do some arty things, maybe.
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Flisch on November 17, 2013, 10:05:36 am
I started browsing the creature index for some races from ye olde days. Cause nobody else does it. >: (

Does anyone, by any chance know where I can find a picture of the Quillarians?



Also, how do you think this should be handled in regards to the original creators? Most of them aren't around, so I can't ask them for permission but I'd be genuinely surprised if they said that I am not allowed to use them for this game. What's your oinion on the matter? :-\
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Kenotai on November 17, 2013, 10:17:42 am
If you PM them they should still theoretically get an email. If there is no reply consider it public domain. Plus you aren't making money off of it anyway.
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Flisch on November 17, 2013, 10:20:47 am
You can turn off getting E-Mails through Pms. I did it too, because I didn't want my E-Mail account to be spammed with messages I see every time I log in to GS anyway.
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Inkling on November 17, 2013, 10:30:28 am
Yeah, the email connected to my profile is one i check maybe twice a year.

Oh, and

(http://img173.imageshack.us/img173/995/quillaranmaulingfinalxk8.jpg)

Drive-by fan art! I call it: Quillaran Mauling. These guys are too awsome. 'Specially the various multicolored eyes.
There are two things I dislike about this. One is that I went overkill with the special effects. Two, I totally spaced the toothy tentacles. I realized right in the middle of coloring. Maybe I'll draw another so I can get it right.. >:l
Like a Quillaran gladiator or something. :D~

Ohyeah. If you want to see it clearer, and less jaggy, drag the picture into the url bar. Or save it and open it.
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Flisch on November 17, 2013, 11:49:52 am
Thanks ink! For some reason I associate the old galaxy with the quarians, so I was sad when I couldn't find a picture of them.



On a slightly unrelated note, I found out how to display different sprites based on variables. So that means we can have different races for the captain based on the player's choice!

That reminds me, I really need to practise some facial expressions... Or I extort Gauph to do them for me. =_=
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Yuu on November 17, 2013, 06:50:26 pm
About RenPy, doesn't it get pretty confusing after a while?

All those choices...  @_@


Thanks ink! For some reason I associate the old galaxy with the quarians, so I was sad when I couldn't find a picture of them.

Err, I think you mean the Quillarians.

Personally, I associate it with the Kazea, but hey, to each his own...
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Flisch on November 18, 2013, 09:15:54 am
About RenPy, doesn't it get pretty confusing after a while?

All those choices...  @_@
If by choices you mean multiple branches, well you can make additional script files. So you can divide big branches or different acts by making their own script files. It also helps to declare images in their own file, so they don't take away too much space. I found that the original script file is best used for declaring characters and variables and put everything else into their own files for convenience.

Thanks ink! For some reason I associate the old galaxy with the quarians, so I was sad when I couldn't find a picture of them.

Err, I think you mean the Quillarians.

Personally, I associate it with the Kazea, but hey, to each his own...
Well, I associate multiple races with the old galaxy. Kazea, Nauceans and Quillarians among them. I'm not sure why the Quillarians, honestly. They were never quite active in the RPs.
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Oviraptor on November 18, 2013, 09:20:33 am
I started browsing the creature index for some races from ye olde days.

You could cross check your list with this one: http://www.getphpbb.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=113&mforum=oviraptorworld (http://www.getphpbb.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=113&mforum=oviraptorworld)

Not sure if those are all Old Galaxy creatures or not, but the last edit was in March, 2007.

Edit: Also, for all information Oifan-Umtag, I recommend using this (http://ladympire.com/wiki/index.php?title=Creature:Oifan-Umtag) instead of the forum. It's got all the information in one place.
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Flisch on November 18, 2013, 12:21:41 pm
I started browsing the creature index for some races from ye olde days.

You could cross check your list with this one: http://www.getphpbb.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=113&mforum=oviraptorworld (http://www.getphpbb.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=113&mforum=oviraptorworld)

Not sure if those are all Old Galaxy creatures or not, but the last edit was in March, 2007.
I think the index is somewhat complete, at least when it comes to old galaxy races, but some threads don't have any pictures anymore and a few threads are even missing completely. ChaosCreature (creator of Baobas) had a habit of deleting his own threads after a while, which means I cannot use his creatures at all.

Edit: Also, for all information Oifan-Umtag, I recommend using this (http://ladympire.com/wiki/index.php?title=Creature:Oifan-Umtag) instead of the forum. It's got all the information in one place.
Thanks. I knew there were wiki-articles for some races, but I couldn't find them. At any rate, right now I'm just collecting pictures of the races so I can practise and do some concepts. :D

This'll be useful later on though.



Edit: Oh look, I did some scribbling in preparation for the game. You can call it concept art if you want.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c390/Flisch/2013-11-19001249.jpg)
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Rysworld on November 18, 2013, 05:00:10 pm
I like this idea.

I'll be keeping tabs on it.
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Yuu on November 18, 2013, 08:57:23 pm
Is that a... dice?  ???

Awesome sketches, btw. Totally nailed that ViS and Mallen.
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: LadyM on November 19, 2013, 07:08:32 am
Your starting to peak my interest in doing things with the Mallen again :P
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Flisch on November 19, 2013, 07:39:46 am
Is that a... dice?  ???
I needed something to keep the paper from curling up for the photo. Plus I always have a die lying around for various purposes. >_>

Awesome sketches, btw. Totally nailed that ViS and Mallen.
Well, the Vis are hilariously easy to draw.
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Yuu on November 19, 2013, 11:15:31 pm
I needed something to keep the paper from curling up for the photo. Plus I always have a die lying around for various purposes. >_>

You don't happen to have any burn marks on you, do you?  >_>
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: PikMini on November 20, 2013, 04:12:19 pm
ah, i knew you were talking about renpy!

i've been meaning to learn it for a while, i last made an attempt about a month ago
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Yuu on November 22, 2013, 12:08:36 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IxSpGihtlk

A battle system... for RenPy?   :o
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Flisch on November 23, 2013, 01:06:23 pm
So... I went through the entire creature index and got 38 races. :|

Holy ****

Unfortunately, there weren't any pictures of the urshan left. Does anyone know where some are left? Otherwise I might have to try to contact Biocat.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=4IxSpGihtlk

A battle system... for RenPy?   :o
I don't want to come across as bitchy, but the general RenPy talk should probably be done in its own thread. This thread is only for the game project. :)
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Yuu on November 24, 2013, 12:24:34 pm
There's a RenPy thread?

Also, I was kinda just surprised at what they did with it so I posted it here to see your thoughts on it as far as the game's concerned.
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Cyst on November 28, 2013, 07:56:03 pm
Is that a... dice?  ???

A die~


Singular of dice is die.

Also, I would totally download this game.
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Oviraptor on November 29, 2013, 05:28:03 am
So, what's the next step, Flisch? What do you need from us?
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Slinky on November 29, 2013, 07:59:32 am
A lot of apologies and our first child when she turns 16, most likely.
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Flisch on November 30, 2013, 08:33:44 am
So, what's the next step, Flisch? What do you need from us?
As I stated in my first post, I need mostly ideas. What do you want to see, species-wise. Also which locations should I visit in the game. What kind of locations should I make up. What should the story be like, roughly. I have ideas, but this project is supposed to be about the fan-fic galaxy and not entirely about my own personal fantasies. The more input I get from you, the more this game will represent the collective idea of the fan-fic.
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Oviraptor on November 30, 2013, 04:55:06 pm
Some of the stickied threads at the top of the board might be of help as well (specifically the map and timeline).

So, I think we need to think of a general plot-line so that we can build a frame out of it.
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: LadyM on December 09, 2013, 05:57:41 am
He had a plot line that looked good, you should post it Flisch. I'm curious to see what other ideas you have going. Can we use the wiki to help build the story?
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Flisch on December 09, 2013, 07:17:19 am
Can we use the wiki to help build the story?
Not sure what you mean by that?
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Oviraptor on December 09, 2013, 09:28:46 am
I'm not sure what you're thinking for the plot, but I feel like a a story happening on the early side of the time wouldbe best. There was still a lit of wonder, and everyone was still trying to find their place in the galaxy.
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Slinky on December 09, 2013, 11:38:19 am
Flisch is king??
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Oviraptor on December 09, 2013, 02:30:28 pm
Haha, fixed.
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Flisch on December 10, 2013, 04:24:15 am
I'm not sure what you're thinking for the plot, but I feel like a a story happening on the early side of the time wouldbe best. There was still a lit of wonder, and everyone was still trying to find their place in the galaxy.
I was thinking more of the time when most of the races had established themselves and the RPs were in their prime. Think Beyon etc. I just believe that at the beginning the different races weren't involved with each other culturally as they were later on and personally I want as much diversity as possible in the game and not have the races be more or less huddled on their homeworlds still. Think Star Wars, where every space station is crowded with hundreds of different species.
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Hydromancerx on December 22, 2013, 01:17:35 am
Unfortunately, there weren't any pictures of the urshan left. Does anyone know where some are left? Otherwise I might have to try to contact Biocat.

I had a lot of old races here in my Spore fanfic slideshow.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ1ZSUkm2qQ

Also some old pictures ...

(http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2010/154/5/1/Golden_Age_of_Pre_Spore_by_Hydromancerx.jpg)

(http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs29/f/2008/181/f/6/Spore___Beyon_City_by_Hydromancerx.png)

I started browsing the creature index for some races from ye olde days. Cause nobody else does it. >: (

Does anyone, by any chance know where I can find a picture of the Quillarians?

Classic
(http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h202/Hydromancerx/Spore/quillaran.jpg) (http://s65.photobucket.com/user/Hydromancerx/media/Spore/quillaran.jpg.html)

Neo
(http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2010/292/4/8/quillaran_2010_by_hydromancerx-d313vl7.jpg)

Also a Torpal-Quillarian Hybrid ...
(http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs12/i/2006/282/f/f/Torquill_by_Hydromancerx.jpg)


Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Flisch on December 22, 2013, 07:56:05 am
Thanks Hydro! Unfortunately, I can't see the video. Is it possible to do a screenshot with the Urshan?

Also: What does the Classic and Neo mean on the Quillaran? Is it just an artistic redesign or is there some in-universe explanation behind it?
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Hydromancerx on December 22, 2013, 01:18:22 pm
(http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h202/Hydromancerx/Spore/catalog_urshan_zps6a848415.jpg) (http://s65.photobucket.com/user/Hydromancerx/media/Spore/catalog_urshan_zps6a848415.jpg.html)

1. Here is a still image of the Urshan.

2. Classic ment the original drawing that Areku had me make for him. The Neo is a newer version I did back in 2010. Think of it like the Sombrerons had diffrent looking versions.

3. Also look what I found! The old Prison Escape game!!!

Download (http://www.mediafire.com/download/22vg3819ian59vg/Prison_Escape.zip)

4. On a side note I have a lot of saved pictures of ...

- Nauceans (Of course)
- Kazea
- Torpals
- Fluffels
- Borak
- Baobas
- Wexian (some)
- ViS (some)

Also ...

- Sagan 4 (Of course)
- Fermi 5
- Cyto

And I have personally made fan art of many of the species in the "golden era" of Spore fanfic.
Title: Re: Let's make a game about our fanfic galaxy!
Post by: Galactic-Voyager on February 07, 2015, 10:25:48 am
You forgot mine! The Vian!