Work in Progress Pokemon: Civil War

Fiasom

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INTRODUCTION

Pokémon Civil War is a game that is geared towards an adult audience, and has themes of violence, drug abuse, sex, and all the other good stuff. It covers the events of the newly created region of Abrava, which is home to the three countries of the Abravan Kingdom, the Free Democracy of New Unova, and the League of Elemental Cities, across which thirteen different factions pursue their interests. It is rife with political intrigue, and realism is a major theme and influence in the conceptual design. The game explores moral, political, and philosophical themes. It is planned to be released in eight chapters.

I have been working on the concept since March, and I am getting close to the release of a demo. However, the writing and concept in general, and eventing on RPGMX is taking a lot of my time, so I have not done any coding or spriting and work with what I got with the Essentials Pack. The writing of the game is also growing bigger than what one person can manage in meaningful time scales. Thus I am on the look for permanent team members. See below for more.

STORY

We are bound to Pokémon. It may seem like we are their masters since they respond to our never ending commands and demands, but while they can live without us, we cannot live without them. They are our energy, our weapons, our religion. Our civilization stands on their shoulders. When you consider who is dependent on who, it becomes clear that they are the masters of themselves, while we are slaves to ourselves.
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The flow of blood has not stopped in the Abravan Region since the passing of the last Champion 300 years ago. The Abravan Kingdom is embroiled in a civil war between the Abravan Dictator King and the internationally backed Rebel Minority. Despite the stellar rise to power of the Free Democracy of New Unova since their founding 150 years ago, they still seem to lack the power to negotiate a peaceful resolution to the conflict. All the while the League of Elemental Cities have clamped down on their borders to avoid being sucked into the conflict.


It might seem like your little town has been spared from the worst of the war. But it is not an easy thing for a single mother to raise a child in the depths of an economic crisis. If only Father hadn’t left for the army 5 years ago. At least Mother seems to have finally overcome her grief…

But now, there are rebels spotted near your town.

Can you rise above the petty politics, and save your loved ones from this black hole of violence?

FEATURES
Pokémon

Available Pokémon: All non-legendary, non-ultra beast Pokémon available.

Starters: None – you start with an egg that may hatch into any of the baby Pokémon except Mantyke + Eevee or Ralts.

Legendary Pokémon: They are treated as gods in this game, hence cannot be caught, but may join your party if you earn their respect. The Masterball is the exception to this.

Fakemon: None – perhaps one legendary Fakemon might be added, depending on how the game develops.

Gyms & Badges: No gyms and +20 badges. All badges except the first and last are optional. There are 3 kinds and 6 classes of badges, and you need at least one badge from each class of badges to finish the game.

HMs: HMs still exist, but they work like TMs.

Story & World

Plot: Complex and flexible political plot where thirteen factions pursue their interests, spread across the region. Choices you make in side quests and dialogues impact the main storyline, and determine which (if any) factions achieve their goals.

Characters: Large cast of in-depth characters to be loved, hated, used and forgotten, including your best friend, a wife that goes on a quest of vengeance for her husband’s death, a legendary contingent of the Abravan Army, the Dark Philosopher, the Elemental Lords, the poetic shadow leader of the Rebels, and many more…

World: Massive and detailed world with seventeen cities and villages, and a variety of terrain including jungles, forests, mountains, grasslands, rivers both above and underground, deserts, and an open ocean with tiny islands.

Regional Lore and History: Detailed history that spans centuries, numerous religions centred around legendary and mundane Pokémon alike, three distinct cultures, a region-wide economic system, media, politics…

Choice: As a talking main character you will have the opportunity to develop rivalries and romances with NPCs. Through your choices in the main storyline and side quests impact how the civil war is resolved, and who emerges victorious. The game will encourage specializing in certain roles and strategies, and given that most badges are optional, which badges you want to get will be up to your choice.

Unreliable Narratives: Each faction pursues its own interests, and thus holds a biased view of the political situation. You get to watch the news, read newspapers and books, and talk to NPCs, all of which give partly true and partly false information, trying to pull you in their own interests. To understand the truth, you need to make up your own mind, and decide on your actions accordingly. Your choices effect the world.

Different Starting Locations: Two intertwined but completely different starts to the game that do not merge at least until half way through the game. The male character starts in the Abravan Kingdom, while the female character starts in New Unova. The current demo covers only the Abravan start.

Multiple Endings: There are ten different endings. The ending you reach will be based on the choices you make throughout the game. In one you make a lasting impact to the region for the worse, in another you make lasting impact for the better, and in the remaining eight the status quo is not significantly disturbed by your actions and your impact ranges from negligible to memorable as a passing mention in history books no one in their right mind ever reads.

New Game Mechanics

Non-Nuzlocke Permadeath: Your Pokémon may die, but this requires more than simply fainting. I have two alternative methods in mind, but will need to talk with a coder about whether either is feasible.

Game Over: If all the Pokémon in your party are dead, you have become vulnerable, and you may be killed. While this is an unlikely scenario, there is also incentive to die, too, if you think you can come back from the Ghost World.

Pokémon Aquaticity: How does a Seaking, or a Kingdra move on land? By flopping around? It doesn’t seem very conducive for a battle on land, now, does it? I think it is time to separate the terrestrial and marine worlds.

New Field Effects: At least one new field effect – the Battlefield Field Effect – at most a unique set of field effects for each map/route in game.

Unreliable Pokédex: Gives false nesting information for political reasons, and sometimes due to inaccurate data gathered by scientists. Dex updates can be found throughout the game. A minigame could be designed where the player works for a lab and gathers nesting information.

Flying: Optional but desirable. Instead of making flying instant travel, it would be better if we could make is so that it is simply fast travel in the skies. Though I’m afraid this may require outrageous amounts of mapping and/or spriting, and have no idea how feasible it is in terms of coding.

Special Events: Optional but desirable. The siege in Chapter 2 could be run on a special battle engine. There may be similar or different event in the future of the game.

Character Stats: Optional. Two stats that make sense to me for this game are HP (related to how you get game overed) and leadership (related to Pokémon truancy).

SCREENSHOTS

Deep Lore:

Wut?


Interesting reads!


If hungry Litwicks don't complicate his final journey


Pesky bugs
Colourful characters:

?​


Priorities


May he rest in peace


Someone likes their hard spirits


Strong Language​
Maps and small nuances:


The City of Lazama


Choice & Talking Character


Berry Orchards of Ome - Backbone of the Village Economy

DEMO PROGRESS

  • Concept & Story – 90%
  • Eventing Main Storyline – 50%
  • Eventing Side Quests – 0%
  • Eventing Misc – 20%
  • Mapping – 90%
  • Spriting – 0%
  • Coding – 0%
  • Total – 35% (disregarding spiriting & coding, and 15% factoring them in)
DEVS EX MACHINA (The Team)

Just me, and as a results there is no progress on spriting and coding. I’m working only with what I got from the essentials pack.

CREDITS

Pokemon Essentials by Peter 0. and Maruno, based on work by Flameguru

RECRUITMENT

I see five roles to be filled with regards to the development of this game.

Co-writer: The concept of the game is becoming too big for me to manage on my own in meaningful time scales. What I expect from any co-writer is to at least consistently give me in-depth feedback which allows me to keep progressing and avoid getting stuck, at most to take on whole sections of the writing. There are major blank spaces in the latter chapters of the game, and an entire main character (the New Unovan beginning) remains to be written. I should highlight that I am not expecting co-writers to do my for me, or simply write what I would write. The position of an invested co-writer could be better described as a co-creator.

Spriter: I am working only with what came with the Pokémon Essential Pack, and it is somewhat limiting. I am looking for a spriter to create tilesets and character sprites. There are lots of characters (around 10 sprited characters for the first demo alone), and with regards to the tilesets, I would like at least to have some distinct architectural styles for the three countries.

Scripter/Coder: I am looking for a coder to implement the new mechanics I have written above.

Composer: I do not compose music, so the music I have chosen for the game so far is from my own music library, ranging from electronic to orchestral, and from stoner rock to Mongolian folk. All of this is copyright-problematic music, but then again, we all live in the shadow of Nintendo…

Gamer: This role is about helping with the gaming aspects and balancing. I.e. competitive boss battle teams, balancing field effects, value of items depending on how the new game mechanics change the environment etc.

One person can fill more than one role above, and the same role can be shared between different people. I will start a thread for each role in the Team Recruitment section, and provide their links here, when I am able to do so.

CONTACT

You can find me on Relic Castle, Pokemon Reborn forum and on Discord (once I get used to using it) by the name Fiasom.
 
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PhantomTheEevee

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New Unova sounds great, this feels like a very promising Project - for it's complexity, mentioned characters to love and hate, super-randomized Starter and very alternative setting, the different target audience and how it reminds me on a good session of a tabletop RPG.

I am truthfully wishing you good luck and progress on this, keep it up! There's potential.
 
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