The Negative: Devlog #20: Monster Spotlight – Tokoloshe

The Tokoloshe is a Balance monster that harnesses evil voodoo magic to manipulate its foes in strange ways. This monster can force other monsters to attack themselves, shuffle their stats, and move them all around the battlefield at will. This monster also has a few reactive passive skills that cause it to deal damage when enemies perform certain actions, such as attacking or moving.

 

Active Skills

Evil Eye: Deals a small amount of damage, or a large amount of damage if the target is in the center position.

Discombobulation: Target’s stat values are shuffled.

Jinx: Target attacks itself.

Black Wind: Deals a moderate amount of damage to all enemies and moves them to random locations.

Passive Skills

Crossfade: This monster deals 15% more damage to enemies in the middle of their column or row.

Hex: At the start of battle, afflict a random enemy with Silence, and another random enemy with Scorn.

Voodoo: When an enemy attacks, they take a very small amount of damage.

Pressure: When an enemy is forced to move against its will, it takes a small amount of damage.

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The Negative: Devlog #19: Monster Spotlight – Nix

This monster is definitely one of my favorites. The Nix is a psychic ninja that belongs to the Mind class. Its skills are all about dealing quick and clever damage or surviving incoming attacks in unconventional ways. This monster’s sole drawback is that its skills are “selfish” by nature – it doesn’t do much to help your other monsters in battle.

Active Skills

Backstab: Deals a small amount of damage, or a moderate amount of damage if the enemy isn’t in the front column.

Psychic Shurikens: 6 random enemies take a small amount of damage.

Preparation: This monster gains a moderate amount of Speed, then becomes Invisible.

Smoke Bomb: Enemies take a moderate amount of damage, and the weather is changed to fog. (Note: the “fog” weather effect causes all monsters to have a chance to miss attacks)

Passive Skills

Ambush: At the start of battle, this monster becomes Invisible.

Cloak of Shadows: Your monsters are immune to the adverse effects of fog and wind.

Shadow Focus: When an ally takes damage, this monster gains a small amount of Power. This skill can only activate once per turn.

Shadow Clone: When an enemy attacks, this monster has a 15% chance to summon a shadow clone of itself. The clone swaps positions with the enemy’s target before it attacks.

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The Negative: Devlog #18: Monster Spotlight – Soulcaster

Today’s monster spotlight is all about the Soulcaster, a Life-class monster that interacts with its enemies’ stats for its own benefit. This monster is extremely useful when dealing with enemies who heavily rely on buffing their stats. In the hands of a skilled player, this monster is capable of dishing out some massive damage as well.

 

Active Skills

Soul Arrow: Deals a small amount of damage. An additional 20% of the target’s Power is used to determine the amount of damage dealt.

Manipulate Fear: Target loses a moderate amount of Luck, and takes damage equal to 50% of the amount of Luck lost.

Legendary Pain: Enemies take a massive amount of damage, plus damage equal to 7% of their Maximum HP.

Dark Metamorphosis: Swap location, stats, HP, and MP with the target ally.

Passive Skills

Rend Spirit: At the start of battle, this monster steals a very small amount of MP from each enemy.

Soul Shield: When this monster takes damage from an enemy, the damage is mitigated by 15% of the enemy’s Defense in addition to this monster’s own Defense.

Soul Mirror: When this monster takes damage from an enemy, and the enemy has a higher Resistance than this monster, the damage is mitigated by the enemy’s Resistance instead.

Muted Life: When an enemy is healed, this monster steals 15% of the amount healed.

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The Negative: Devlog #17: Monster Spotlight – Asura

The Asura is a hard-hitting Chaos monster that specializes in attacking multiple times per turn. While this monster is capable of dishing out large amounts of damage to one target at a time, its area-of-effect abilities leave something to be desired. In addition, despite having a couple skills that enable it to recover HP, this monster is pretty easy to take down if the enemies focus their efforts toward killing it off.

 

Active Skills

One-Two Punch: Deals a small amount of damage, and has a 50% chance to cause this monster to attack the target afterward.

Doomfist: Deals a large amount of damage to the target and moves it to the back column. If a monster is in the way, it takes a moderate amount of damage.

Chakra: This monster recovers a moderate amount of HP and MP.

Barrage: This monster attacks the target, then attacks 2 random enemies for 50% normal damage.

Passive Skills

Crush Punch: After this monster attacks, the enemy takes a small amount of damage.

Remorseless: This monster has a 20% greater chance to deal critical damage with attacks.

Many-Faced: When this monster is healed or gains a stat, it has a 35% chance for the effect to be duplicated.

Fury: When this monster attacks, it has a 50% chance to attack again. This effect can only occur once per turn.

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The Negative: Devlog #16: Monster Spotlight – Jotun

On Facebook and TwitterI asked which of the following monsters you wanted me to reveal today. The choices were between Jotun, The Deceived, or the Alchemist, and you chose Jotun! If you’d like to participate in the next vote (coming in just a few days), remember to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Jotun is a Chaos monster that makes use of a terrain effect called “magma pools”. Magma pools can appear underneath a monster in battle, causing them to take damage over time. Monsters can move away from these pools, which of course costs them their turn. You’ll need to decide if your monsters’ safety is worth stalling the battle longer.

Active Skills

Eruption: Deals a small amount of damage and creates a magma pool at the target location. If this skill is used on your own monsters, it deals no damage.

Volcano: Deals a moderate amount of damage to all enemies, plus 20% damage for each magma pool on the battlefield.

Molten Reflection: This monster splits into 2 separate monsters. Each one has 35% of the original monster’s HP.

Firestorm: Deals a large amount of damage to all enemies. Each position on the enemy’s side of the battlefield has a 30% chance to erupt into a pool of magma.

 

Passive Skills

Lava Spawn: This monster receives healing over time from magma pools instead of taking damage from them.

Molten Shield: While this monster is standing in a magma pool, it takes 15% less damage.

Incinerate: This monster deals 5% damage for each consecutive time it has attacked or used a skill on the target.

Ashes to Ashes: This monster deals 5% more damage for each magma pool on the battlefield.

 

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Introducing: “Learn Kana The Fun Way!”… And a note about the future.

I am excited to announce our newest game, “Learn Kana The Fun Way!

Ever wanted to learn how to read Japanese? The first step is to learn “Hiragana” and “Katakana”, otherwise known collectively as “Kana”! “Kana” refers to the Japanese alphabet – a collection of symbols that each make a distinct sound. By stringing multiple Kana together, you can form whole words or even entire sentences! Learn Kana The Fun Way! is the best way to learn Kana, and here’s why:

  • You probably already know how to play the game itself! If you’ve played Tetris or Puyo-Puyo, you’ll feel very comfortable with Learn Kana The Fun Way!
  • We’ll ease you into learning each Kana by slowly introducing new ones over the span of 20 campaign levels
  • Test your Kana knowledge in either Play Mode or Free Training mode
  • High score table allows you to track your progress and watch yourself improve over time
  • Earn up to 14 achievements. Earn them all, and you’ll have mastered Kana!
  • Easy-to-learn rules, an addictive soundtrack, and fun visual effects ensure the game will hold your attention much longer than other products!

Learn Kana The Fun Way! will be available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Playstation 4, and maybe even Xbox One. It will cost $1.99 on mobile platforms, and $4.99 everywhere else.

The game is already available for purchase on itch.io. This is for Windows, Mac, and Linux only.

The game will come to Steam toward the end of September. Right now, September 29 seems promising. Release dates for other platforms will be announced soon.

Check out the game’s webpage for more details.


And lastly, I’ll leave you with an explanation of why this game was created and what to expect from us in the future:

Despite the fact that I’ve been hard at work on The Negative for the last 7 months, I’ve recently found myself with a lot of extra time on my hands. Although our graphics artists and music/sound composer are working very hard, there are just so many assets that need to be created for the game that I’ve found myself sitting around and waiting, rather than doing anything productive.

Therefore, I’ve decided to hire what you might call a “Team B” – a graphics artist and a music/sound composer – to work with me on other games alongside The Negative. If everything goes well, I plan to keep up with this paradigm for the foreseeable future, wherein I’ll always be working on one major project alongside a few smaller ones. Here’s a look at our team now:

Team A (Major Releases)

Zack – designer and programmer, as I’ve always been for our games.

Tim – music and sound composer, as he’s always been for our games. We’re going to have live pianos, organs, cellos, and string parts in the music for The Negative, and he composed all of it!

Maarten – main graphics artist.

JC – graphics, but to a lesser extent than Maarten. In the case of The Negative, JC is in charge of drawing all the skill effects.

Team B (Smaller Releases)

Zack – designer and programmer.

JC – main graphics artist. JC seems to be pretty much working with us full time at this point, so it makes sense for him to work in both teams as needed.

Josh – music and sound composer. I absolutely cannot wait for you to hear some of the music he’s already produced for us. You can hear a piece of one of the songs from “Learn Kana The Fun Way” in the trailer above.

 

Now, I’m sure a lot of people are thinking that it’s pretty random that we put out an educational puzzle game when we’re so accustomed to making complex RPGs. I pretty much just wanted to try something new. It was a breath of fresh air to work on an entirely new genre with a whole new team, and it also served as a great way to learn the intricacies of GameMaker Studio 2 – the new engine we’re using to build all our future games.

Moving forward… don’t expect any more puzzles, or really anything else outside of RPGs. I’ve already been working on designs for several new games, and I have something like 5 or 6 designs ready for smaller-scale (but still very hardcore and even a little innovative – don’t worry) RPGs and roguelikes. I’m going to start actively working on two of these games after Learn Kana The Fun Way! is launched on all platforms, and I’ll need a lot of community input for one of them in particular. I look forward to sharing more details with everyone in the future!

Oh, and don’t worry – The Negative is coming along at a great pace, and I still expect to have it ready for Early Access in Q2 2018.

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The Negative: Devlog #15: Monster Spotlight – The Crestfallen

On Facebook and Twitter, I asked which of the following monsters you wanted me to reveal today. The choices were between Pyromancer, The Crestfallen, or the Astrologian, and you chose The Crestfallen! If you’d like to participate in the next vote (coming in just a few days), remember to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Even though The Negative is a very different game than Siralim, and these games take place in very different worlds, I like the idea of tying all my RPGs together with some easter eggs. I don’t want players to feel like they’re missing out on anything major by not playing an older game, but I think the people who have been with us for a while might appreciate the subtle nods to past games every now and then. The Crestfallen is a good example of this.

The Crestfallen belongs to the Life class, and has a set of skills that are very unique compared to those of other monsters. Most notably, The Crestfallen cannot equip any items – instead, it receives a large, passive boost to all its stats. Of course, if you don’t like that play style, you’re welcome to get rid of the skill via monster fusion.

 

Active Skills

Cleave: Target and the enemies surrounding the target take a small amount of damage.

Sword Dance: Deals a small amount of damage to the target, then this monster moves to a random location.

Blade of Judgment: Deals a moderate amount of damage to the target. This skill is used repeatedly until it misses. This skill has a 100% chance to hit the target, and this chance is cut in half each time it is used during this monster’s turn.

Blade of Mercy: Deals a moderate amount of damage to the target. If the amount of damage exceeds 50% of the target’s Maximum HP, the target is killed.

Passive Skills

Abstinence: This monster cannot equip items. In addition, it has 35% more Power, Defense, Speed, and Luck.

Sweeping Blade: When this monster moves, it attacks a random enemy.

Riposte: When this monster is attacked, and the attack deals less than 20% of its Maximum HP, this monster counterattacks the enemy.

Soulstealer: When this monster kills an enemy, it gains a large amount of Power and Luck.

 

Do you know whose soul might be inhabiting this sword?

 

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