EBF5: Dolls

It’s time to announce the 3rd winner of the EBF5 Foe Competition:
It’s LucasTheFourth with his Voodoo Doll designs!

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He was worried that he made them look too creepy. Well, I made them a LOT creepier.
They will basically use the players’ skills, and also damage the player when they are hit. So you might need to be careful when trying to finish them off.

The Foe Competition is still going, and I think I’ll be needing more plant, fish, and animal type enemies! So if you’re still interested in submitting something, that’s your best bet.

EBF5 Current Foe Count: 85

 

EBF5: Backup System

Hey guys. In Epic Battle Fantasy 4, tons of people mentioned that they didn’t use the backup system at all – they mostly played through the game with just 3 characters and ignored the last one. I’m gonna fix that in Epic Battle Fantasy 5, with some of the following changes:

  • You’ve got 5 characters now, so you’ll be missing out on a few useful skills if you don’t use them all occasionally.
  • Players will now revive and heal quite quickly in backup – so it’s free healing that doesn’t cost a turn.
  • Players that die will now lose their turn, even if they are revived. Dying will be a big deal now, because you essentially lose 2 player turns instead of just one.
  • Party buffs like Protect will affect players in backup too, so they will be ready to fight if swapped out later.
  • Some enemy attacks will damage backup players, so that’s a new threat to watch out for.
  • Permanent stat boosting items will be specific to each player, so you can’t neglect anyone.
  • I might remove the in-battle equipment changing option, because it was hard to use, most people didn’t use it, and you can just put alternative equips on your backup players.
  • The interface will also be adjusted a bit so it’s easier to see the status of your backup players.

So yeah, there’s some incentives to swap out your characters when you get into trouble. Easy and Normal mode players probably still won’t need to do it, so there’s not much change for them, but you’ll have to take advantage of it on Hard and Epic.

Also, I’m gonna add a super-easy difficulty mode, called “Practice”, where you can’t die. For them idle game players.

EBF5: Spell Gifs

I’m still working on spell animations. I’m not sure yet if I want to reveal them all or keep them secret until the battle system is ready. I’m really happy with how most of them turned out – a lot of the old spells feel fresh again after a few changes. I’ve got around 200 animations finished in total.

For now I’ll just share some gifs of a few of the new spells.
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EBF5: Weather

Hey guys. I’ve finished the animations for weather conditions, and I’ll take a moment to explain weather in EBF5.

What weather does is have a constant effect in battle – at the start of every turn you’ll get a quick weather animation and some effects. Stuff like status effects, buffs, debuffs, or damage. It’ll affect both players and foes, so it can make the battle either harder or easier, depending on your equips and what foes you are fighting. For example: Cherry Blossom weather could buff everyone’s magic attack every turn. Rainy weather would get everyone wet.
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Weather will change randomly over a long time – maybe every 20 minutes or so, or after 2 or 3 battles. Each area will have a few weather conditions, and you’ll either have to change your strategy a little bit, or go do something else while you wait for more favourable weather. What it essentially means is that if you replay the game (or even just redo a battle after a game over), the battles will have a different flavour to them and things should be less repetitive.

That’s probably as much as I can say now, the details will be figured out during beta testing, a long time from now.

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EBF5: Skills preview

Hey guys. I’m working on updating the skills from EBF4.
A lot of the animations are being redone, and a lot of skills are getting alternate forms – for example Anna’s spark arrow can target either a single foe, or multiple foes. Gaps in the skill tree are being filled in – Nettle will have a stronger form, Antimatter will have a regular spread form, etc. I probably won’t post much until these are all done.

New skills I’ll have to save for later – the foes and NoLegs need to be done first.

EBF4 had too many skills, so things will work a bit differently this time. Similar skills like Fire, Fireball and Firestorm will become a single skill. I’m not sure what I’ll do with special skills, but there will probably be less of them – and a lot of them will be moved to equips and summons instead.

Also, thanks to NASA for letting me be lazy with space backgrounds.
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