So funny, personal stuff to talk about. If you want primarily game development stuff, go ahead and skip this paragraph. For the past couple weeks, I was feeling pretty mentally worn out. Whenever I get excited or eager to do something, I have a tendency to go 110% right out of the gate in hopes of maximizing productivity. I shifted my daily routine around and even put some things aside to make more time for Wayfarers. It probably wouldn't surprise anyone that I soon got burnt out form working on it and hit a slump. I then started to sink into the quicksand of self-doubt that I'm sure a lot of solo developers end up in at certain (probably multiple) times in a project. I then started to compare my game to others that were also made with the RPG Maker engine and ended up only seeing all the things Wayfarers didn't have. It doesn't have this like X game. It doesn't have that like Y game. Thankfully, with the help of some friends that reassured and encouraged me, I was able to step out of that doubt. There are still a lot of core things I want to improve on for Wayfarers, but I need to remind myself not to wear too many hats at the same time.
Okay now for some game dev stuff! More story stuff! No surprise there. As suggested by Blazej, I started using draw.io to make flowchart of major events in the game. It makes it a lot easier to keep track of events, choices, and outcomes that will affect the story later on. Here's a little snippet of a section I recently finished.
I'm also still working on certain functions and mechanics I want to include in the battle system. This one I made is of Daphne "transforming" when I put her in a certain state. Here's a video of it:
The transformation is really just changing one battler sprite sheet to another. The easiest way for me to test this was to just make a Daphne battler sprite with red hair to prove whether or not the scripting I copy/pasted and adjusted worked. But I really want to switch to a battler sprite that has a different idle animation. If you happen to be someone that does battler sprites, or know someone to recommend, please send me a link of your/their work. Next I want to work on some Archie related attacks/skills.
Speaking of Archie, the "best boi" according to someone on reddit, I have a little something to show everyone:
I commissioned capochiino to make pictures of some of the characters. Nothing is set in stone for Archie's outfit so I let them interpret what kind of outfit they can see Archie wearing. I think it turned out really well.