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My Little Pony: Harmony Eclipsed (updated 8/24/2020)

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Twilight and her friends have disappeared, and chaos is spreading across Equestria! Follow Princess Luna as she searches for the Mane 6 and locates the source of the calamities. (Takes place during Season 3)

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This is a fan project I've been working on for the past several years with several artists, musicians, and playtesters. I've got the first 2/3rds of the game in a rough playable state, though it still needs a lot of polishing and bugfixing. I intend to continue working on it, but I've lost momentum on it for a couple of months now. Since the last season's hiatus is over, I wanted to post my most recent build publicly before the series ends. Hopefully, it will help give me the motivation I need to get back on track.

A few things to know

-The game should be playable in its current build, but there are some missing graphics and other kinds of placeholders. I've done my best to clearly mark when something is a placeholder, so if you see something missing that doesn't explicitly say it's a placeholder or it isn't specifically mentioned in the Known Bugs textfile or in a post on this thread, then assume it's something I need to know about.
-There's still a fair amount of balance and progression tweaking to be done, and all feedback in that regard is valuable
-The game will explicitly tell you when you get to the end of the build, so if you get stuck before that, that's something I need to address
-Be sure to stagger your save files (have multiple saves instead of saving in the same slot every time) in case you encounter a game-breaking bug.
-Before launching the game for the first time, make sure to run the included xp_rtp104e.exe file. It's a pack of default resources that come with RPG Maker XP, and the game uses a lot of the tilesets from it.

Controls are Space to confirm/interact, X to cancel/open menu, arrow keys to move, and hold Z to run. If you want to customize those controls or use a gamepad, launch the game and press F1 to open the controls/options menu.

Game download (updated 8/24/20)

Also, we have a Discord now, so please let me know what you think of the game there!

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Updating to version 1.11
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I can totally vote for giving this a chance considering I was a beta (alpha) tester.

This is a game with a packed story for sure! I can surely state that I enjoyed it! :)

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I'm almost done with the next build, just need to get it playtested and then I'll post it here. Unfortunately, most of my previous playtesters have been busy, so if anyone would like to step up and volunteer to test out what I've currently got, let me know.

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A new build has just been uploaded, new link in OP! I know the series is about to end, but rest assured, I will keep working, so keep an eye out for more updates!

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So I downloaded this and played it for a bit.

That said I think there's awful lot of blunt 'hit them with a bigger stick' combat so far substituting for game depth. And the "solution" to the corruption of the mane six is apparently to beat them really hard until them vomit it out/admit defeat? I know the show didn't do it much better with fixing being discorded by applying UberMagic:RememberWe'reFriends, but come on... Blunt trauma with a side of background pony narration (and occasional random gifting of items with gameplay value that make no sense for those ponies to be carrying around) is rather dull and uninteresting as RPGs go.

I'm not sure what exactly the formula would be for a better/more substantial story. Rainbow Dash claims to be defending Ponyville, but from what? And surely someone would have figured out she's hiding out near Fluttershy's house. And there's no more depth to Applejack's  'story' at all despite her apparently trying to find all the others (the mane six) and having failed and just giving up on them, the farm, her family, and Ponyville. Hopefully there is a bit more substance to the changelings. In my opinion there really needs to be a bit more story and RP/interaction in between the smashing ponies upside the head bits.

Corrupted Luna wanted to rule Equestria and have eternal night (of course that involved removing Celestia from the picture, even if might mean killing her) if we loosely try to tie together show canon and this plot, so shouldn't the other ponies be doing something equally screwy. I think 'The Return of Harmony' having the discorded ponies act opposite to their sort of intrinsic nature was a pretty powerful plot device even if it wasn't really leveraged much. For example imagine:

- Applejack as a greedy, manipulative pony working only for her own benefit [not being honest or working together w/friends and family]

- Fluttershy as a rather unkind pegasus, perhaps even cruel, possibly trying to protect animals by preventing ponies from having pets or say using anypony's mistakes as an excuse to mistreat them [not being kind at all]

 

Right now the game feels really grindy and as though you'd better build the levels so the next arbitrarily difficult enemy will be possible to defeat without a massive item collection or endless rinse and repeat (aka reload and try again).

Tangentially it seems quite silly to have Luna advisecaution so bystanders won't get hurt (in a seemingly empty place no less) and then the very next course of action is to scour the hotel and confront 'Applejewel'.  

 

P.S. 

I think the graphics could be more custom and pony-y, but that's a matter of polish that isn't super critical.

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Well, there is literally like a single pony working on this game.

I agree on the boss fights especially would require some work to differ more from each other and not being plain tank boss battles.

For your critique you are voicing, are you having any suggestions on how to make it in an (in your eyes, at least) better way?

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I understand that. And it's certainly true that I tend to be a bit critical and to more clearly see the problems than that what's working well.

In my previous comment, I tried to explain a little bit of what I perceive to be the game's shortcomings and what would make it better in my opinion.

As it is combat is somewhat dull and grindy (e.g. rinse and repeat). You just get more experience to get more levels to get more HP and Damage Potential to beat the next stronger big bad. And in my experience you spam skills until the MP is gone and then resort to regular weapons because the former are much stronger in general and you need to take as little damage as possible to avoid losing/game over. This might be mostly a balance issue of some sort and a limitation of RPG maker's combat in the sense that it's very win/lose unless you go to some length to work out alternative outcomes.

Also there really should be, imho, more game content of some sort between 'bosses' and a bit less constant combat (slimes and snakes all over the place, changelings, etc). Some actual investigative elements and meaningful interaction with the citizenry would help. There is very little discovery required besides "check all the trash cans" kind of monotony. Why is every place just seemingly abandoned, it's really not clear that this corrupting darkness should cause that kind of change in general. At least in Cloudsdale you're presented with a plausible pseudo-explanation for the empty streets, albeit it's difficult to grasp why this would be happening.

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With combat, do you refer to mostly the bosses? I agree with they are way too tanky and would require more interesting attack and defend patterns.

I agree on there needs to be more reasons to explore, honestly. The dev just recently added some treasures since before 1-2 builds I think. Also, he is not done with the storyline and the game isn't at it's (story) ending yet, so he simply  is busy on that regard as well.

TBH, I enjoyed the storyline overall, or the telling of it. I actually surely had a great time playing the game. ❤️

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Thank you for the feedback. I'm already working on a few ideas to enhance the boss battles, but it is my first attempt at making and balancing a game and I have tended to be conservative and not go too far outside what I know works. Specific suggestions would be very welcome, though they should come with the understanding that I am free to pick and choose suggestions as I wish and not every suggestion will make it into the game. The emptiness and lack of wandering ponies is mostly due to me being terrible at writing flavor and fluff dialog. Based on what you and my testers have been telling me in this most recent build, the next iteration will probably add more wandering NPCs to areas, but they will only have placeholder dialog until either I or one of my other occasional helpers gets around to writing for them. Also, my intended approach for showcasing the corrupting influence of dark magic was for the Mane 6 to each become the dark side of their elements rather than the opposite. Rainbow Dash is Blind Loyalty, Applejack is Half-Truths and White Lies, etc.

Oh, and don't worry about the changelings. They make a return at the end of the current build, which is only the beginning of the game's third act. It will probably be another 3 builds before the game has the full story I have planned out.

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I wonder if @Rikifivecan give advice in general and in specific considering he is very experienced in game design and RPG maker. He is also a mod or admin of an RPGmaker community.

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I'd really appreciate that. Experience is one thing I sorely lack, and I'd love more suggestions from someone who has made all these mistakes before and can help me avoid them.

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Found a major bug that needed fixing, updated the download link again

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I was playing and the game died at destroying the first seal; Twilight asked for her and the princesses to be left alone for a few minutes and then the game went to a black screen and stopped responding to any key presses.

 

(Also, it seems like the costs of some of Celestia's skills are wrong, unless I'm missing something. Mass Light costs only 1 mana despite hitting all enemies and dealing a damage type that all bosses seem to be weak to, and Raise costs 240 mana despite it being impossible for Celestia to have more than 100 mana.)

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Are you using the latest build? (seemingly it isn't in this topic yet? @iSmartMan)

Edit: My bad. The one I posted is supposed to be for testing ATM and not meant for the public yet.

I think that the was the end of the previous build and the next one should be a bit further in the plot, but I didn't play it yet.

Edit2: So that's supposedly where the end of the latest build should be. @iSmartMan usually always looks for testers, especially on his discord server. and looking for them provide him with helpful feedback. If you wish to and are willing to do that...you can ask him about that.

 

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@Borg I apologize, that's a bug with the current public build, but that's where it ends anyway. I forgot to put in the message saying it was the end of the build. As @Bas said, I've currently sent the next build out to my testers, and it should be ready for public release in a couple of weeks at most. I'm also considering posting my Discord server publicly at that point, and potentially offering beta builds there for anyone who wants to test them. Be patient, and the next build will come.

As for the Celestia skills thing, that was an oversight on my part, and it will be resolved in the next build.

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At last, a new build has been posted (see top of thread)! In addition to advancing the story, this new build includes a new Tent item that will allow you to fully heal your party at save crystals. Also, you can how hold Z to run, which should make some of my testers very happy. Lastly, I've decided to open up a Discord server (see top of thread, below the link to the current build) for discussing the game and collecting feedback and suggestions, so I would really appreciate if everyone would join and let me know their thoughts.

I'm planning on going back over all the encounters in the game and rebalancing them, so the next public build will probably take a few months. If anyone is interested in helping me out by testing my in-progress beta builds, feel free to ask on the Discord server.

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I'm having an issue where I get to the part after the battle with Nightmare Moon where the screen stops after Luna and Celestia talk, and the music plays on a loop but the game is not responding to any key presses. I've tried reloading to the save crystal before you enter the palace, but the same thing happens again.

 

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10 hours ago, Snoodles said:

I'm having an issue where I get to the part after the battle with Nightmare Moon where the screen stops after Luna and Celestia talk, and the music plays on a loop but the game is not responding to any key presses. I've tried reloading to the save crystal before you enter the palace, but the same thing happens again.

 

Huh, that's a new one. I'll look into it tomorrow.

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Fixed the bug, new build link in the top post, make sure to grab it!

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Fixed a bug that let the player walk through walls after going into the shop in the Town Near Rock Farm. Updated build in the top post, grab it if you haven't gotten that far yet, otherwise message me on Discord for a version that can fix saves experiencing this bug.

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I am reporting 2 bugs:

 

1. When my party of ponies went to Nightmare Rarity's city (Manehattan?) without having full HP, that messed up the level of one of the ponies (sorry I forgot who) and that ponies' stats became less than what their level should be.

 

2. I have a save file where Celestia's light attack that targets all enemies suddenly turned really cheap (like 1 MP or so) and her resurrection ability suddenly turned really expensive.  It started out correct, but is not correct now.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1iTsNZLogXmqRxI4pbOu01DmgR6AkkcsL

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First off, really thanks for registering for that feedback post!

1. Was it Luna and level1 by any chance? Did you use a savegame of a prior game version?2.

2. I remember the light attack was 1MP in earlier builds, so prob a reset on a thing resetting it to that or something.

Do you know where roughly either incident might has happened?

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1. I think so.  Anyway when I play the game again I'll let you know if it happens again.

2. The version of the game I was playing was the one available at 12/19/2019, so before the January 19 build.

3. #1 happened at the start of Manehattan (Nightmare Rarity) and as I said the pony entered without being fully healed and that messed it up.  I went back and healed everyone up and tried again and that fixed it.  #2 I'm not sure sorry.  I have the save files for #2, though:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1iTsNZLogXmqRxI4pbOu01DmgR6AkkcsL

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1. The version of the game I was playing was the one available at 12/19/2019, so before the January 19 build.

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