Zirkonia - 3d tactical rpg

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Zirkonia - 3d tactical rpg

Postby csg » Tue Mar 24, 2015 5:15 pm

Hello Community!
I'm working on my game now for some years and it's i shame I haven't shown it to you awesome folks yet. Irrlicht was my first 3d engine, and I'm still loving it. Keep up the good work!

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Abstract
Zirkonia is a classic turn-based tactical RPG (like Fire Emblem and Final Fantasy Tactics), which is influenced largely by visual novels.
It’s settled in a dystrophic world, a few centuries before its final doom. Borderlands of the know continent, which are constantly attacked by an ancient power since the beginning of history, are giving in more and more. Whole countries are breaking away gradually and disappear in the dark gap - an area that borders the whole land and devours it bit by bit.


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Zirkonia arise from the thought that there wasn't enough love for tactical role-playing games during the last time, especially for the PC. It orientates itself by the named models but follows very different paths in many aspects. The game isn't focused on an unmanageable bunch of characters but on a small group, whose individual development - regarding their skills as well as their personalities - comes to the fore much more.

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Main menue

Story
The once powerful continent Zirkonia is today, many deprived thousands after the crushing defeat by the children of the moon, nothing but a shadow of its former self. Abandoned by their gods and the power of magic, the once proud folk has no choice but to accept and watch the slow and inexorable decay of their world, because since that dreadful defeat, the mainland suffers from a gnawing ulcer, which consumes all the land, only leaving a black void on his way. Baptized as the abyss, the ring of decay draws his circles closer and closer around the remaining bastions and swallows not only the basements of life, but also all the remaining hope. In this grim time, the inevitable death has been accepted as a natural law, as the expiration of mankind in a voiceless disintegration into oblivion.

Announced by heavy quakes, the Kingdoms of South, Icerestris and Luriestor, now also gaze into their fate, as it happened 20 years before to the last big Kingdom Galarah. Desperately trying to convince the Union of Central Zirkonia of granting their peolpe asylum in this last resort, Incerestris threatens the war. But as it did 20 years ago, Zarakis, the Union of central empires refuses to accept refugees. To avoid a further colflict, Zarakis delegates a young priestress to Weroa, the frozen capital of Incerestris. As a supposedly descendent of the dreaded children of the Moon the young women alone should be able to appease the destructive forces of the void and save the region from its almost certain doom. Luriestor however, which has been plagued by deadly earthquakes a lot longer and whose cries for help have been ignored, forms his own troop under the leadership of the from Zarakis exiled Lord Elryms. With the goal of saving one's own country, the small squad tries to kidnap the priestress on her way to Weroa.

In the course of her entrance examination in an arcane fraternity, the young scholar Kyara is assigned by her master to support the squad in its secret endeavor. But quickly it becomes clear that behind the veil of a kind priestress there is much more to read than assumed at the beginning and she finds herself in an adventure that seems to contain more than the Abduction of a young woman ...


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Ingamemenue. Always shows a close-up of the room the player is currently in


Gameplay

You control a small party of heroes on a grid and try to defeat the enemies strategically before you pip out. It's extremely important to keep an overview of the field. That's why the positioning of your characters is decisive to sidestep traps or prepare your own ambushes.

Every character disposes of two resources: action points and concentration points. Those points are used to either perform actions like attack and move or to use special skills. The tactic the character is following at the moment, which can be changed every turn, determines the rate of these points.


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Zirkonia is characterized by an extremely high interaction of gameplay elements and story. The game changes dynamically from its explorer mode (the mode of movement and interaction with the environment like in classic role-playing games) to the battle mode. All in the same environment, there won't be separate battle maps.
Because battles in tactical tend to last quite long, the story of the game is shifted to what happens during that battles and won't be told in stand-alone cutscenes before and after the fights.



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The game attaches importance to the complex system of interaction between the characters. Your characters will be able to team up in battle, which doesn't only activates special skills but influences the relationships between your characters,
To allow the player to customize his party, additionally to the fixed class every character belongs to, the player can freely select a sub class for each of his characters. Sub classes can be learned from other characters of your party, cementing the relationship of teacher and pupil.



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And now some vids! Beware: They are really old, unfortunately.

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Playable characters!

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Kyara, the young mercenary

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Zephe, the adventurous cook
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Cheris, the nearly human alchemist
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Also, I'm working on a presentation video for this game. As I'm kind of experienced with creating anime, I wanted to give it here a try, too:

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And, for the end, some more artwork and other game related stuff!

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Thanks for reading, if you're interested: There are more informations on tigsource!
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Re: Zirkonia - 3d tactical rpg

Postby hendu » Tue Mar 24, 2015 5:58 pm

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That is excellent. And exactly the kind I love too. More than a bit Tales influence, but that's the way I like it.

I wish I could draw that well.
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Re: Zirkonia - 3d tactical rpg

Postby wing64 » Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:07 am

Hey! Good job :D
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Re: Zirkonia - 3d tactical rpg

Postby BlindSide » Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:01 am

Wow this looks great! Nice work
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Re: Zirkonia - 3d tactical rpg

Postby Nadro » Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:55 am

This project looks really amazing!
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Re: Zirkonia - 3d tactical rpg

Postby thanhle » Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:06 am

Great work! Very well balance graphic buddy.

Are there more effects to character skill(s)?

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Re: Zirkonia - 3d tactical rpg

Postby sunnystormy » Thu Mar 26, 2015 9:41 pm

Cool!

Looking forward to when it's finished. :)
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Re: Zirkonia - 3d tactical rpg

Postby chronologicaldot » Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:12 am

Wow - How did I miss this?
Excellent work!
Any updates?
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Re: Zirkonia - 3d tactical rpg

Postby Virion » Sat Jul 04, 2015 3:00 pm

Looks good man. :o
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Re: Zirkonia - 3d tactical rpg

Postby csg » Fri Oct 30, 2015 1:05 pm

Hey guys, sorry for the lack of updates! Gonna post more from now on.

the playable prologue ( roughly 1 hour long ) for the game is now being tested and I'm finishing the last models und Artworks!

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Short scene from our presentation for the game! Will be released together with the prologue.

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Finished model for the ingame tavern.

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More Characterartworks for ingame dialouge

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Re: Zirkonia - 3d tactical rpg

Postby chronologicaldot » Tue Nov 03, 2015 5:47 am

Nice to see this hasn't been abandoned. I imagine it's alot of work. Keep it up! You're doing good!
Out of curiosity, are you doing this alone or do you have help?
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Re: Zirkonia - 3d tactical rpg

Postby csg » Tue Dec 22, 2015 4:43 pm

At the moment, I'm working alone. Doing all gamedesign, 3d, story and programming is a lot of work, though. But I'm almost done with the prologue ( 45min - 1h ).

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right now, I'm trying to finalize my battleeffects! :D
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Re: Zirkonia - 3d tactical rpg

Postby Mel » Tue Dec 22, 2015 5:37 pm

HOLY COW! Keep the good work up! :D

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Re: Zirkonia - 3d tactical rpg

Postby hendu » Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:29 am

I fear you'll burn out and this will never see the light :(
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Re: Zirkonia - 3d tactical rpg

Postby chronologicaldot » Thu Dec 24, 2015 9:38 pm

@hendu - I had a similar premonition. Starfox Shadows of Lylat project was over a year in dev, looked amazing, and still conked out, and that had a whole crew.

@csg - Have you considered any fundraising like Kickstarter? Zirkonia seems to have reasonably good popularity on IndieDB for ranking, though you might need another venue for better publicity.
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