(I think in about ~2-3 weeks we will be able to show you some new stuff, until then Cres is working on making money via commissions)
Currently I'm just programming and balancing some things on the combat system.
But that's not something that I could "show"...
Anyway, today I thought I should talk about how I choose the order of characters on the list.
By "list" I mean, the list for the Offbeatr campaign.
Please keep in mind, that this list is NOT final!
I'll still make lots of changes to it, but I thought I'd give you some insight into the selection process.
I'm thinking about selecting 12 characters out of our cast as candidates for this list.
Here's a quick glance of 10 of them:
Theres still 2 characters missing, one will be most likely Shiwa (the green haired wolfgirl).
And the other... uh... don't know.
But I'm pretty sure that I'll pick this cast of characters as "possible candidates" for the game.
So... in which order do I choose them?
And what actually effects my decision?
Of course, there's lots of reasons for different placements in a list.
Lets talk about some of them.
1. One big factor would be gameplay:
I think it's important, to have as much variety in playstyle in the game as possible.
This is why I categorized them into different classes.
Two major classes would be close-combat-focused and balanced.
Close-combat-focused characters have (mostly) no ranged attacks (only mid range at max).
But they are usually either stronger or faster, and they usually do more damage.
Balanced characters do have ranged attacks, but they're not necessarily as strong as close-combat-focused characters when it comes to close combat.
There are also other classifications, as Chrysoula (the harpy) can fly, or Sanura (the black panther) can summon (shadow?) clones of herself.
2. Another big factor is the characters looks:
I think it's very important to have characters with different hair-color and skin-color.
So the placing on the list also gets effected by this.
Ferania has white skin, while Aurora, Esmoda and Minori have tanned skin and Sanura is even a bit darker.
And yeah... I guess we want to have as much "balancing" as possible between cats, wolves, bears and the harpy.
Looking at the list, there's more wolves than anything else.
3. Voice actress preferences:
This actually also has a bit of influence on which characters get choosen in which order.
In the end, each VA (currently 5 female VAs) needs to voice 2 characters anyway.
Of course they need to bend their voice a bit, because the characters should sound differently.
But they can choose which character to voice, and I think it's a good idea to try to match personalities.
Because this way, the VA can voice the character more convincing.
(not that there's much voice acting to do... but still)
4. Element attacks:
This is less important, but I think about this anyway.
I figured it would be nice to have as much variety in the elements as possible.
So, how does the current list look like, and why is it like that?
1. Ferania - wolf - silver hair - balanced
2. Catheline - cat - orange hair - close combat
3. Chrysoula - harpy - ??? - balanced/flying
4. Aurora - wolf - blonde hair - close combat
5. Claire - wolf - brown hair - balanced
6. Esmoda - bear - white hair - close combat
7. Chiira - cat - blonde hair - balanced
8. Minori - wolf - black hair - close combat
9. Sanura - cat - dark brown hair - close combat
10. Grizelda - bear - red hair - balanced
11. Shiwa - wolf - green hair - close combat
As you can see, I tried my best to mix the character-traits in this list as best as possible.
I also took into consideration stuff like character stats and individual abilities.
But that's a different story.
Anyway, I hope I could give you a bit insight into what I'm thinking and planning.
And about the 12th character?
Well... maybe she's a dragongirl, as that's something missing on this list.
But I'm not sure yet.
(other possibilities would be foxgirl or a jackal or something completely different, maybe a cowgirl?)
And please keep in mind, that this list will most likely make several (slight?) changes before the final list is done.