But good news! For one, I finally have a job now! I'm a custodian at the Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa in Michigan City Indiana and I've been working there since last month. It's a well paying job with benefits and a union, so I am covered like gravy on mashed potatoes. Steady income is good income. But that ain't stopping me from making this game.
Also, while I haven't had the time with this new job or my sleep schedule to get to work on modelling environments, I have made a 'buncha textures and have even made new characters and have gotten to work on more sprite sheets.
These are just a few of the texture tiles I've made
also, I made a handful more characters! First up, here's the shop keep, Shop Keep... I haven't thought of a name to give him yet.
Up next here's Space Sheriff Tex Moghadam!
Cyber Division Hawk's Eye, Karun Acharya.
With Karun there, I wanted to create a character that will serve a similar role to Roll Casket in Mega Man Legends, with a personality similar to Ed from Cowboy Beebop but without the childish tendencies and more coherency. I just thought that basically making her a cyborg cyber-goth would be rad as fuck, and making her Indian rather than caucasian would make her different from most goth characters. As the stereotype is that they're pale and miserable and usually white, when there's goths of every color and nationality and race, and I've known goths for most of my life. Most of them are some of the liveliest, loveliest and coolest people you could ever talk to. And they don't loathe everything. Most goths I've met are more than capable of happiness and are very personable.
Tex I just created on a whim. I wanted to make a cowboy, and I thought "why not make him middle eastern?" So I made him middle eastern. I chose Yemen because outside of all the death and famine and poverty and that frivolous war Saudi Arabia has with Yemen and other neighboring countries, you don't hear much if anything else about Yemeni people and culture. Or much of anything positive about any middle eastern country in the west outside of some select progressive outlets like AJ+ or NPR maybe. I even asked some random Yemeni people via DMs on Twitter if making a Yemeni cowboy would be okay since y'know. I'm not Yemeni, and they said "why not?" so I went through with it.
The romance Tex and Karun will have will be very much your typical "I like her but how do I say it?" "I like him but when should I say it?" type of romance. Where you know they have a thing for each other, but they're always shy and blushing around each other, too afraid to hold hands or admit their feelings, awkwardly having conversation, that type of shit. Old trope I know, but fuck it I think it's adorable as long as the build up doesn't last too long.
Speaking of Karun and romance, here's her brother. Ramesh Acharya. The Knight Skipper.
Ramesh and Raziya used to be very passionate lovers. But their differences in their beliefs of justice as well as their loyalty to their respective forces are what put their relationship on hold. Even if they still have feelings for one another, and still cross paths and fight together on occasion. He is still on good speaking terms with his sister though. Just as long as motives between the Chronos Templaria and Archangels aren't brought up.
I wanted to make Ramesh a punk, and Karun a goth just for symbolism of unity in differences. Sort of an equinox of the socially ostracized. For his Knight Skipper form, I based Ramesh's armor off of early 90's tokusatsus and Sirius from Bomberman 64, with some inspiration from The Moonlight Knight from Sailor Moon. His role in the game will basically be like Sirius, except not a secret enemy (sorry to spoil Bomberman 64's completionist ending) and with a romantic sub-plot to the main protagonist Raziya. Not to mention some illuminati and antifa shit goin' on with his motives. (Not that those groups are related. Far from it lol I support antifa when it comes to their goal of exposing and in self defense, punching fascists in their fucking faces by the way as long as they're actual neo-nazis or alt right shitstains or kekistanian condom accidents.)
So with the love situation, I wanna give Raziya several love interests of multiple gender identities. You won't see any sex scenes or anything lewder than a bikini or a kiss, hell pursuing them is totally optional and won't be brought up too often once the scenarios are completed. But you have your choice of making her have an open relationship with any to all of them with most being okay with open spaces, or to stay monogamous to just one partner. And the two biggest ones are Ramesh and Ebmarah since Raziya is gonna be bisexual. I would make her pansexual, but I'll give her a thing for muscles. Like she'll certainly put personality over looks, but I gotta give her more of a type than just alive and pleasant to talk to. Who knows maybe I'll eventually make a pans character when I get a good idea for the general look, sex, race and personality I dunno.
Speaking of Ebmarah, I'm still working on her sprite sheet.
As for worlds, things like actual environments to walk and jump on and interact with, nameless NPCs and enemies to have battles with are still stuff I got planned in my noggin for the most part. Working on this thing is not easy. But Dwezil Bezique has a lair now! The Blackened Heart Of Ypos-Erets.
EDIT: I forgot until just now! I also made another character. Joshikaiju.
I based her look loosely off of Japanese legend Akira Hokuto, and from old monsters in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. or Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger. In fact she was originally my entry in a fan art contest I took part in during one of Shout Factory's old Super Sentai Spectacular streams! I drew it with a shitty Wii U art program called SDKPaint. You may need some different measure of viewing the replay though like the Wayback Machine or something since they hid the video. Dammit why did you have to hide it SF?