[2D RPG] Towards The Pantheon

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  1. ConnorORT

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    It’s time for Towards The Pantheon‘s 20th devlog! You can find previous ones at http://www.towardsthepantheon.com/index.php/development-history

    Let's start off with one of Leandro's new pixel art videos where he shows the creation of some of our abandoned mansion tiles.


    Leandro is currently working on pixel art for the final areas of the game, which shows how much progress we have been making!

    Since the last devlog, I have been building levels for they Cyberpunk section of the game along with some scripting for computer hacking puzzle minigames. I am especially excited to be working on this area as I get to introduce the character Mishima and work on more of her battle mechanics. New screenshots from the Cyberpunk areas will be coming soon when levels are completed.

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    I've also been playing some games and taking notes of things to keep in mind while developing Towards The Pantheon. For example in Banjo Tooie there are character icons next to each area that you can warp to. This helps players choose where to go even if they have forgotten an area's name. I plan to do the same with Speedster transportation in Towards The Pantheon. Players may forget the name of Freyja's hometown, but if an icon of Freyja is next to the name it implies it is of specific importance to Freyja.

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    I started working on a to-do list that encompasses everything that needs to be completed from now until after release of the game - remaining levels to complete, special effects and attacks to implement, background music and sound effects that need to be recorded, testing that needs to be done, balancing, merchandise plans, looking into possible ports after the initial PC/Mac/Linux release, etc. The list is already 7 pages long and continues to grow, but I am not daunted since development of the game has been going great so far. If anything, I hope the list grows as long as possible to make sure I don't miss anything important. I also have physical notebooks as well as word documents where I write down any random idea I have about the game, in case it may be useful later.

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    Livestreams have taken a bit of a backseat for the moment, as I've been pretty exhausted since the Greenlight campaign. They will continue regularly soon, but I want to avoid anything that would contribute to getting burned out. I am especially excited to livestream lots of soundtrack after all the levels of the game are completed and I begin the polishing phase around the start of May. Livestreaming music work for other projects in the past has been a lot of fun.

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    I've set a due date for the next behind the scenes video of Towards The Pantheon by the end of the month, so that will be out soon. Topics such as project management, game design, level design, character design, are planned for future episodes, but I'm not sure yet what I will cover in the next video.


    Finally, two very talented and dedicated friends of mine currently have their game Tumbling Apart up on Greenlight. Be sure to check it out and vote for them, they'd greatly appreciate it!

    That’s it for this devlog! If there are any topics about the game and its development that you’d like me to cover in a future devlog or in the upcoming behind the scenes videos, be sure to let me know!

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    Thank you, glad you're looking forward to it! I'm working hard to make the best game I can for you :)

    Thank you! Trying my best to have it done around the end of the year.
     
  2. ConnorORT

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    It has been about 2 months since the last devlog, but I'm back! After working 14 hours a day, 6-7 days a week, I started getting burned out. Combined with some personal issues, I decided that I needed to take a break from working on the game. Now that I'm refreshed and excited again, it's time for an update!

    Leandro has almost finished all of the art for the game. Having all the art for the game completed will be a huge milestone for development, and some of the artwork that remains to be finished will make for great pixel art videos which we will be sharing in the future!

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    I estimate that overall development of Towards The Pantheon is at around 50% completion. Here are a few notes about the current state of development:
    • Aside from the mansion section, the game is playable start to finish
    • Over 2000 sprites, tilesets, backgrounds, and other pieces of art are being used inside the engine
    • Over 30 enemies (not including bosses) have been implemented
    • All scripting for major gameplay mechanics are finished (Saving/loading games, battle system, inventory system, dialog systems, overworld mechanics, puzzle mechanics, etc)
    • Over 250 levels have been made for the game (not including mansion levels)
    Now what is left is mostly creative work; writing character dialog, writing NPC dialog, adding fancy attack effects, polishing up anything rough around the edges, lots of testing and balancing, recording sound effects and finishing the soundtrack, and preparing for release. This means that devlogs from now on will be somewhat infrequent, since I will have nothing to write about if I spend a month working on character dialog. Myself and Leandro livestreamed 3.5 hours of work today though, and I will continue to livestream work when I can. I am working a summer job at the moment which will result in my livestreams being less frequent during the week, but I will livestream often during the weekend. I plan to livestream a lot of soundtrack work as I've had a lot of fun interacting with people in the chat while working on music in the past.

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    Now that the game is fully playable, it has really taken shape. The work that lies ahead is the game development work that I find most interesting and enjoyable, so I look forward to digging into it. That being said, I'm also making an effort to avoid getting burned out again, which means development will be a little bit slower but more steady. I'm still aiming for release by the end of the year, but if the game is not up to my standards at that time then I am comfortable with delaying it if need be. Although devlogs will be a bit more infrequent, be sure to follow the project on our various social media pages as I will continue to post updates whenever I have something new to share!

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    Thank you to everyone who has supported the project, I really appreciate it! I'm blown away that we were Greenlit on Steam in just 13 days, that the amount of people who are following the project continues to grow, and that the game is finally at my favorite phase of development. There's a lot to be excited about and a lot of work to do, and I look forward to hearing what you think when I have new screenshots, soundtrack demos, and devlogs to share!

    That’s it for this devlog, if there are any topics about the game and its development that you’d like me to cover in a future devlog or in upcoming behind the scenes videos, be sure to let me know!

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  3. Ice Apollo

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    sorry to hear man hope things get better for you

    impressive work man
    still cant wait to play it
     
  4. ConnorORT

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    Hey everybody, the making of Towards The Pantheon part 2 is now up on Youtube! I talk about our new title screen, our battle system, programming priorities, area and level management, and more! Check it out and let us know what you think along with any topics you'd like me to talk about in future episodes!



    Thanks Ice Apollo, I appreciate the concern and the support! :)
     
  5. Ice Apollo

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    I'm very impressed by all the work you have put in
    and the explanation on the battle system
     
  6. ConnorORT

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    Hey everybody, part 3 of the making of Towards The Pantheon is up on Youtube!

     
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    Hey everybody, check out Towards The Pantheon's new timelapse pixel art video that shows the creation of our picnic scene artwork!

     
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    The Making of Towards The Pantheon part 4 along with new pixel art videos are up on Youtube! Let us know what you think!







     
  9. ConnorORT

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    A prequel game for Towards The Pantheon titled Towards The Pantheon: Escaping Eclipse is planned for release on October 12th!



    A soldier wakes up in darkness with a headache - Where is he, and how did he get here?

    Towards The Pantheon: Escaping Eternity is a prequel mystery minigame to the upcoming full length RPG Towards The Pantheon. Follow the journey of this soldier as he must solve puzzles and explore to escape from nowhere, discover how he came to be here, and face what lies ahead. Towards The Pantheon: Escaping Eternity offers a unique experience that provides lore and suggests at some themes that will be found in Towards The Pantheon.

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    Follow the development of Towards The Pantheon on social media!
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  10. ConnorORT

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    The soundtrack for Towards The Pantheon: Escaping Eternity by Connor O.R.T. Linning has been released!

    Purchase the album on Bandcamp to support development of Towards The Pantheon! Towards The Pantheon: Escaping Eternity Soundtrack, by Connor O.R.T. Linning

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    A soldier wakes up in darkness with a headache - Where is he, and how did he get here?

    Towards The Pantheon: Escaping Eternity is a prequel mystery minigame to the upcoming full length RPG Towards The Pantheon. Follow the journey of this soldier as he must solve puzzles and explore to escape from nowhere, discover how he came to be here, and face what lies ahead. Towards The Pantheon: Escaping Eternity offers a unique experience that provides lore and suggests at some themes that will be found in Towards The Pantheon.

    Towards The Pantheon: Escaping Eternity is set to release October 12th, 2017.

    STEAM: Towards The Pantheon: Escaping Eternity on Steam
    ITCH.IO: Towards The Pantheon: Escaping Eternity by ConnorORT
    GAMEJOLT: Game Jolt - Indie games for the love of it

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    Follow the development ofTowards The Pantheonon social media!
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  11. ConnorORT

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    Prequel game Towards The Pantheon: Escaping Eternity is out NOW!
    Download it free from Itch.io and Gamejolt!
    Itch.io: Towards The Pantheon: Escaping Eternity by ConnorORT
    Gamejolt: Game Jolt - Indie games for the love of it
    Due to complications the Steam version will release soon in the coming days. You will be able to find it at:
    Towards The Pantheon: Escaping Eternity on Steam

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    Follow the development ofTowards The Pantheonon social media!
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  12. ConnorORT

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    Hey everybody! I've released a new Towards The Pantheon teaser video where you listen in on a conversation between Freyja, Bam, Mishima, and Phenez by the campfire! These campfire sequences happen often throughout the game to give players insight into the thoughts of Towards The Pantheon’s unique main characters!

     
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    Hey everyone! I just put out a new episode of my podcast The Connorcast and in it I discuss some of my influences for my 2D RPG Towards The Pantheon - ranging from Seinfeld to The Shining to Merzbow! Check it out on Youtube or Soundcloud:



    Soundcloud: Episode 9: Towards The Pantheon inspirations

    I am currently working on the soundtrack, then moving onto sound effects, and then onto further work getting it ready for eventual release. Here are a few more screenshots from development!

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    Find more info about Towards The Pantheon at Towardsthepantheon.com

    Download the prequel game Towards The Pantheon: Escaping Eternity free now from Steam, Itch.io, and Gamejolt!
    STEAM: Store.steampowered.com
    ITCH.IO: Connorort.itch.io
    GAMEJOLT: Gamejolt.com

    Towards The Pantheon on social media:
    Facebook: Facebook.com
    Twitter: Twitter.com
    Tumblr: Towardsthepantheon.tumblr.com
    Soundcloud: Soundcloud.com
    Instagram: Instagram.com
    Twitch: Twitch.tv
    Google+: Plus.google.com
    Pinterest: Pinterest.com
     
  14. ConnorORT

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    In the making of Towards The Pantheon part 6, lead developer Connor O.R.T. Linning teases some new soundtrack demos, discusses his latest set up, answers questions from viewers, and talks about broken umbrellas and expensive cars!



    Find more info about Towards The Pantheon at Towardsthepantheon.com

    Download the prequel game Towards The Pantheon: Escaping Eternity free now from Steam, Itch.io, and Gamejolt!
    STEAM: Store.steampowered.com
    ITCH.IO: Connorort.itch.io
    GAMEJOLT: Gamejolt.com

    Towards The Pantheon on social media:
    Facebook: Facebook.com
    Twitter: Twitter.com
    Tumblr: Towardsthepantheon.tumblr.com
    Soundcloud: Soundcloud.com
    Instagram: Instagram.com
    Twitch: Twitch.tv
    Google+: Plus.google.com
    Pinterest: Pinterest.com
     
  15. ConnorORT

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    A new teaser trailer has been released along with Towards The Pantheon's Steam page!



    Add Towards The Pantheon to your Steam wishlist so that you get notified when the game is released!
    Towards The Pantheon on Steam
     
  16. ConnorORT

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    After almost two years of grueling full time development the anticipated 2D RPG Towards The Pantheonhas a release date of May 16th, 2018. While lead developer Connor O.R.T. Linninghad been thinking of dates between April and June for quite some time, the date was solidified during a shower one morning and the Lagwagon song ‘May 16th’ from the legendary Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 soundtrack began playing.

    Development of Towards The Pantheonstarted when lead developer Connor O.R.T. Linningcollected a long list of RPG clichés and decided to avoid as many of them as possible while designing his game. Gone are elemental types, elixirs, elves, inns, and generic love stories. Instead players of Towards The Pantheonwill ride hamsters, journey through a survival horror inspired mansion, collect dead memories, make new friends, and partake in regular chats around the campfire. Artist Leandro Tokarevskijoined soon after to create the pixel art for the entire world using a palette of only 16 colors resulting in a vibrant and distinct world full of charm.

    Towards The Pantheonfollows the journey of Freyja the warrior, Bam the cat, Mishima the electropunk, and Phenez the ghost as they strive to defeat the source of a malevolent regime The Sworn Light at The Pantheon. To make the gameplay of Towards The Pantheonmore unique, elements of adventure and survival horror genres have been implemented. The standard HP/MP system for party members has been altered so that every character has their own stat system. For example Phenez the ghost only has Necropoints which means that he must hurt himself to be able to attack, and Bam the cat has Energy Points which are restored by snoozing or using catnip.

    With a world containing over 10 distinct regions to explore, 45 enemies to battle, 80 soundtrack songs to experience, hundreds of items to collect, hundreds of NPCs to interact with, and over 15 hours of gameplay, Towards The Pantheonis the unique type of game for those looking for a new and fresh adventure.

    In October 2017 the horror/mystery themed prequel game Towards The Pantheon: Escaping Eternitywas released for free and received an 89% positive score on Steam. The game was praised by reviewers and streamers for its original premise and dark atmosphere.

    Towards The Pantheon’s release date of May 16th also brings lead developer Connor O.R.T. Linning’s journey full circle. 15 years ago he spent his time at school creating an episodic pixel art story accompanied by trading cards that he distributed among his friends named ‘May 16th’. Now at age 26, he’s bringing that same love and dedication to storytelling and game development to Steam, Itch.io, and Gamejolt.Towards The Pantheoncan now be added to yourSteam Wishlist! http://store.steampowered.com/app/709510/Towards_The_Pantheon/

    Links:
    Website: http://www.towardsthepantheon.com
    Press Kit: http://www.towardsthepantheon.com/index.php/press-kit/
    Steam Page link: http://store.steampowered.com/app/709510/Towards_The_Pantheon/

    Social Media Links:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TowardsThePantheon
    Twitter: Towards The Pantheon (@PantheonDev) | Twitter
    Tumblr: http://towardsthepantheon.tumblr.com/
    Reddit: Towards The Pantheon • r/TowardsThePantheon
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/towardsthepantheon/
    Twitch: Twitch
    Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/114060823024573957788?hl=en
    Indiedb: http://www.indiedb.com/games/towards-the-pantheon
     
  17. ConnorORT

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    After almost 2 years of 90+ hour work weeks, the exciting new game Towards The Pantheon is out now on Steam & Itch.io!
    Steam: Towards The Pantheon on Steam
    Itch.io: Towards The Pantheon by ConnorORT

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    Towards The Pantheon is a turn based 2D RPG with unique twists on the classic formula. Gone are genre standards of elemental types, elixirs, elves, inns, and generic love stories. Instead players of Towards The Pantheon will ride hamsters, journey through a survival horror inspired mansion, collect dead memories, eat copious amounts of sushi, and partake in regular chats around the campfire.

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    In Towards The Pantheon, a group known as The Sworn Light have been gaining power throughout the world through divide and conquer tactics. While the humans, felines, electropunks, and ghosts argue amongst themselves, The Sworn Light are taking advantage of each situation in order to take ultimate control. One day Keltoi village chief Wuotan summons his strongest warrior Freyja to embark on a long and dangerous journey. Her mission is to trek towards The Pantheon to defeat the source of The Sworn Light before the world falls into chaos. Along the way Freyja and her party will battle deadly enemies, make new friends, and encountered long forgotten horrors!

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    Features include:

    • Over 10 hours of gameplay including sidequests and myriads of secrets.

    • Unlockable NewGame+ mode and cheat codes for additional replay value.

    • Ability to switch between party members in the overworld to use their unique mechanics.

    • An eclectic original soundtrack consisting of over 65 songs which incorporate elements from orchestral, noise, drone, breakbeat, and chiptune genres.

    • A massive fully connected overworld with the ability to ride Speedsters to cut down on backtracking.

    • Turn based combat system where each character has unique battle stats and mechanics.

    • Collectible cards and combos found throughout the world that can be used during battle.

    • More than 10 regions to explore including lush forests, cities full of kitties, electropunk metropolises, barren wastelands, and a dark mysterious mansion.

    • Dialog and support systems that allow for further character development and stat boosts.

    • A unique and complex overarching story line that ties together all subplots and backstories.

    • Over 45 unique enemies and a dozen boss battles.
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    We hope you enjoy the game!

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