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Stone Story RPG
« on: June 11, 2018, 03:28:27 am »

Greetings. This is a personal project I've been working on since 2014 I call Stone Story RPG. It plays as a cross between a click adventure and a western RPG.

Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9YdLPg3ncY

The world design is dark and minimalistic, with all the ASCII animations drawn in a plain text editor. I enjoy playing RPGs but dislike the grind that often comes with those--so I made a bot which auto-plays the boring minutia, leaving you with the important decisions such as what items to craft and what to equip. There are 9 locations to explore, each with an epic boss fight.



I studied classic animation decades ago, yet only began studying text-based art in 2013. I draw inspiration from artwork done in the 90s, such as those by Joan Stark. One of my goals with Stone Story is to show what is possible with ASCII art. Much more is possible still. I care a lot about user experience and try to make games that can be played by anyone, at their own pace, with as few instructions as possible. I believe games are fun because they teach you something. The process by which you learn is the fun.

The devlog was started on TigSource, where the whole development history can be found.

The project is in closed beta, with a discord channel for discussing new ideas and bugs.

Stone Story will be published on Steam for Windows, Linux and OSX, then on mobile for iOS and Android.



























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Re: Stone Story RPG
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2018, 04:12:02 am »

I have been following your developers on Tig the whole time! Love your ascii art and I am super glad you posted here, I am sure this community will welcome you and be super into what you have to share.

Cheers!
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Re: Stone Story RPG
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2018, 04:48:40 am »

what the hell?

edit: ok the shock subsided. this is unbelievable. the amount of ascii detailing is overwhelming.



« Last Edit: June 11, 2018, 04:53:06 am by LoSboccacc »
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Re: Stone Story RPG
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2018, 05:12:27 am »

That's... quite interesting, to say the least. How much GBs of RAM it will take to launch this?  ;D
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Re: Stone Story RPG
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2018, 09:47:53 am »

Thanks all.

@MCreeper As you'd imagine it's a small game, but not that small due mostly to audio files. The installation is currently at 100mb. It could have been designed for a simpler time, but why not go full quality stereo?

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Drew this boss recently. This is what the process looks like:
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He's for one of the last locations in the world:



And here's the process for that scene:
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« Last Edit: June 11, 2018, 09:58:04 am by standardcombo »
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Re: Stone Story RPG
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2018, 10:10:18 am »

That art is incredible. I've never seen ASCII used that creatively.
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Re: Stone Story RPG
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2018, 02:21:43 pm »

Looks like a remastered total conversion of Candybox 2

Not that that's a bad thing, rather, I loved the aesthetics of Candybox 2.
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Re: Stone Story RPG
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2018, 02:37:37 pm »

What.

The.

Heck.

You can do this with ASCII? Wow.
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Re: Stone Story RPG
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2018, 05:08:18 pm »

My name is Raemondo Borgannson and I endorse this game.

    The amount of detail and potential depth in this game excites me.
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« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2018, 02:34:58 am »

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Re: Stone Story RPG
« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2018, 02:19:13 am »

Sweeeet art!
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Re: Stone Story RPG
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2018, 04:39:01 am »

ptw. amazing

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Re: Stone Story RPG
« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2018, 05:15:17 am »

That is some very impressive ascii sir
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Re: Stone Story RPG
« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2018, 08:55:35 am »

Holy shit, ptw. It's hard to believe this is ascii. I do believe it, obviously, but... Wow.
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« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2018, 03:20:54 am »

This is super cool!
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