What is Starband Troopers? – #2: The Battle System

Hi all, this is Kenneth, the designer wannabe behind Starband Troopers.

The interactive combat system is the heart of Starband Troopers. It is a distinctive marriage between Music Rhythm game mechanic and Battle mechanic that can be found in traditional JRPG.

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Hugo, Scarlet and SNIX-001 prepare for an Ensemble.

What it means by that is, instead of using traditional JRPG approach where you give commands to your characters from a list, you apply your battle commands by completing rhythm game patterns in real time!! By completing variety of rhythm game patterns your characters will have huge number of skills, beneficial to band or detrimental to enemies, at their disposal.

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And it is not all about your characters, your enemies are not just cannon fodders! They have abilities to disrupt your pattern tapping, or do some nasty effects to your characters or the entire band. A simple mistake has dire consequences, so you need to think about what to bring into battle or it will cost you dearly.

In the next post, I will talk about another important feature of Starband Troopers: Customization.

 

– Kenneth

 

Related Topics:

What is Starband Troopers? – #1: Introduction : https://brownieinteractivestudio.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/what-is-starband-troopers-1/

What is Starband Troopers? – #3: Customize your characters :  https://brownieinteractivestudio.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/what-is-starband-troopers-3-customize-your-characters/

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Thoughts Behind The Character Design – Part 2

Thoughts Behind The Character Design - Part 2

Our four main characters live in a futuristic space faring world with musics as their weapon. They maybe troopers but we think that they are rockers in heart, so we discarded all the uniformity as soldiers so we can made them energetic and even a little bit wild.

Colouring also took an important role in the design. Each of our four protagonists were designed to have a specific theme colour: Hugo – Green, Scarlet – Red, SNIX – Blue and Maya – Purple. This not only made them easier to spot on the battlefield, the colouring also somewhat represents their personality traits!

We sincerely hope you guys will like the design and by the way, the proportion of our protagonists will change in the actual game too! I have to say they look even more interesting after the change. See for yourself once our trailer is done!

– Snix

 

Related Topics:

Thoughts Behind The Character Design – Part 1 : https://brownieinteractivestudio.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/thoughts-behind-the-character-design-part-1/

What is Starband Troopers? – #1 : Introduction

MainMenu_bgHi all, this is Kenneth, the designer wannabe behind Starband Troopers.

The game, to me, is a special hybrid: it has a Sci-fi Fantasy theme, it is a roleplaying game that features rhythm game battle mechanics, it has many Customization options and it has elements of a Rogue-Like game built in. In this weekly series, I will talk about things that define Starband Troopers in greater depth. Start by posting this following paragraph, which will give you some ideas of the world of Starband Troopers. Enjoy!

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In the distant future, humanity were enslaved…
The Banshee were the master, the master of the universe.
Icarus was the first to fall, then Hercules was subjugated.
It was Muses who remained deviant, but they were no match to Hercules and their masters.
Then the EP amplifier came to Muses, sound waves worked into magics.
Musicians formed into bands, their wishes of liberation were within reach.
They were the last voices of Humanity, they were the Starband Troopers.

– Kenneth

 

Related Topics:

What is Starband Troopers? – #2 : The Battle System : https://brownieinteractivestudio.wordpress.com/2014/06/27/what-is-starband-troopers-2-the-battle-system/

What is Starband Troopers? – #3: Customize your characters :  https://brownieinteractivestudio.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/what-is-starband-troopers-3-customize-your-characters/

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Thoughts Behind The Character Design – Part 1

Thoughts Behind The Character Design - Part 1

Before we dived into finalizing the game story, we had decided that there will be 4 protagonists in our first game and started to work with them first. We thought that having a more clear image of the protagonists will allow us to create a more in depth background story for them.

Since we wanted the game to have a global audiences, we wanted to have characters that appeal to people in different parts of the world. We will also want them to be easily distinguished between each other and be iconic so that people can easily identify them to be characters from “Starband Troopers”. After our extended period of research and sketching, we had decided on appearances of a tough guy, a sexy lady, a “lolita” and a pretty boy, which we think making each of them unique and yet have appeal to different type of people.

The awesome part is, because Chiu had done such an awesome job on them, we are able to create some very unique story behind the characters and help shaping the “Starband Troopers” universe to what it is now.

– Snix

 

Related Topics:

Thoughts Behind The Character Design – Part 2 :  https://brownieinteractivestudio.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/thoughts-behind-the-character-design-part-2/

 

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Main Characters Update – Maya

Main Characters Update - Maya

Age: 14
Personality: Deviant, Scheming, Prideful

Genius inheritor of Muses Corporation, she was taught from young age to be the perfect exemplar of humanity. She lived her childhood life as an ideal daughter that everyone would hope for. However she despised everything that were assigned to her and desperately wanted to be free. For a long time, she was looking for a chance to escape her father’s iron grip and found her perfect opportunity just before a scheduled appearance in a private school. Without hesitation, she fled from her convoy and boarded another Muse Corporation vehicle.

She eventually found herself in a forward base and found herself marveled by the miracle musics produced by Hugo and Scarlet. After countless time of refusing his father’s demand to return to headquarter, her father finally gave in and trusted her well being to Hugo’s team.

– Snix

 

Related Topics:

Main Characters Update – SNIX001 : https://brownieinteractivestudio.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/main-character-updates-synthetic-neural-intelligence-x-series-no-001-snix-001/
Main Characters Update – Scarlet : https://brownieinteractivestudio.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/main-characters-update-scarlet/
Main Characters Update – Hugo : https://brownieinteractivestudio.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/main-characters-update-hugo/

Main Character Updates – Synthetic Neural Intelligence X series no. 001 (SNIX-001)

This is supposed to be posted on Friday, but just can’t resist the temptation to post it ahead of time and look at Snix’s face :P. So here we go!

Age: Infant (Less than 1)
Personality: Innocent, Curious, Factual

The latest Biodroid project undertaken by the Banshee. He was discovered by Hugo and Scarlet during a raid and was carried to the Muses Corporation within its stasis. When Maya activated him out of curiosity, SNIX-001 instantly identify Maya as his guardian.

Due to his inexperience of the world, he found everything around him interesting. However, due to him being an living computer, he put everything into his logical inference engine and unable to get out of loop with nonsensical questions without a forced restart (the favorite way for Maya is a giant whack in the head).

– Kenneth

 

Related Topics

Main Characters Update – Maya : https://brownieinteractivestudio.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/main-characters-update-maya/
Main Characters Update – Scarlet : https://brownieinteractivestudio.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/main-characters-update-scarlet/

Main Characters Update – Hugo : https://brownieinteractivestudio.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/main-characters-update-hugo/

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Main Characters Update – Scarlet

Main Characters Update - Scarlet

Age: 203
Personality: Strong Willed, fair, Judgmental, Flirty

A Banshee who despises the Banshee intergalactic government for its ruthless tyranny. She instead escaped living an oppressed “normal” life and chose to become a travelling scientist. She warned the Muses Corporation before the Cronus incident that allowed the timely evacuation of its personnel. Branded a traitor amongst her people, she stayed with the corporation ever since. She was later invited by Hugo to join his band and found a new home among her bandmate.

– Snix

 

Related Topics

Main Characters Update – Maya : https://brownieinteractivestudio.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/main-characters-update-maya/
Main Characters Update – SNIX001 : https://brownieinteractivestudio.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/main-character-updates-synthetic-neural-intelligence-x-series-no-001-snix-001/

Main Characters Update – Hugo : https://brownieinteractivestudio.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/main-characters-update-hugo/