DevLog 4/26/15 – Music!

As promised, here are some songs that will hopefully be in the final game!

Stage 2 Theme:

This is the first track for Ephemeral Unnatural Balance not composed by ExPorygon, but rather Spectral Nexus.

“v fresh 10/10 grape wine”

-Random Friend

 

Stage 2 Boss Theme:

“After having difficulties capturing the intensity of the original,
I ended up instead making a slow buildup to a more powerful climax.
I believe it evokes a more melancholic feel, which fits Shizuha rather well.
It’s quite long for stage 2 but that’s why I made a timeout Last Spell :p”

-ExPorygon

Guest DevLog – Trickysticks & Playtesting

Greetings internet! This is ExPorygon Trickysticks, resident playtester/co-streamer/Porygon harasser. Primarily the last bit.

Ephemeral Unnatural Balance started as concept in early 2013, with production starting late 2013/early 2014. Along the way multiple people joined the team working on this, including SpectralNexus’ wonderful musical contributions and my wonderful compacity to annoy spur Porygon into action. I have a bit of background in Danmakufu as well, producing some scripts every now and then.

EUB is coming along nicely, and Porygon comes up with excellent danmaku patterns both himself and from our suggestions. Concepts are one major part of the process, but implementation and testing are another thing. A concept can be amazing but if it’s not fun to play, too hard or too easy, it needs changes.

This is where I come in! With helpful feedback like “this wave of bullets is too slow” or “there’s not enough time between cycles of this attack” or “You should add Momiji Spark”, I help ensure that the game is the highest quality it could be. Look forward to another demo, and eventually the full release!

Hello hello~ I just wanted to say good luck with your project~ I also have a question, you mentioned you were going to sell this, are you afraid controversy will happen? (Since you’re giving it away for free digitally and not physically)

sylvysprit

I’m not sure what exactly you mean. Do you mean controversy over the fact that I’m selling it at all or the fact that it will also be available for free online?

For the former, I’d answer by saying that there are plenty, and I do mean PLENTY, of Touhou derivative works out there are sold for actual money. The key is to keep within ZUN’s guidelines for fanworks, and one of those requests that fans only sell their Touhou works via traditional Doujin channels, like in Doujin shops or at events like Comiket and Reitaisai. While TouhouCon is far from as established as those examples, I feel that it, as a Touhou specific event, is a suitable place for distribution.

Furthermore, I want to mention that this project was never intended to turn a profit. I conceived this idea years ago with my partner because we wanted to make our own grand contribution to the fandom. As the project grew, I realized that I could make it better than I had ever hoped. The sale is simply to allow me to recoup a little bit of the fairly significant investment I’ve made for the game, mostly in the form of commissioned game assets. In that way, I think I am like most Doujin creators out there in that they sell their works only to make up some of the costs, not to make any real profits. True Doujin works are done as a hobby, after all.

Finally, as to the latter point, I’m intending for the physical sale of the game to be a way for people who want to support me and get the game a little early to do so right at the convention. I fully intend to inform each potential buyer of the fact that a free digital copy will be available later if they want to wait. Moreover, I believe that ZUN’s official guidelines forbid the monetary selling of fanworks online but allows free distribution, as long as it is done on a personal site and not through a large third party distributor. This thread has a lot of good discussions on this topic and it is what I’m basing my information on.

Thanks for the question! I hope my answer was satisfactory.

DevLog 3/10/15

Hello internet, ExPorygon here. At the behest of my wonderful friend Trickysticks, I have decided to try to keep up a proper Devlog for Ephemeral Unnatural Balance. Each day progress is made for the game, I’ll note it here with occasional screenshots, audio, and video clips as well.

But since I’ve not done a single one thus far and quite a lot has changed since the first release, this warrants what I’m going to call a Dev Rundown. Basically, this is a larger version of the typical Devlog and chronicles all significant changes since the last one. Since this is the first one, I’ll just describe all the big changes since the release of v0.11, which was the single stage demo.

Ephemeral Unnatural Balance’s development has been progressing rather slowly. My wonderful work ethic is 100% to blame for this slow progress but I’ve been picking up the slack as of late. Stage 2 is nearly complete and ready for private testing, with only difficulty levels being left to implement. Stage 3’s bosses have also been finished on one difficulty and half of the stage itself as well. Fortunately, all player characters have already been mostly completed far in advance. The second player intended for the demo release needs a slight rework, but she’s mostly ready.

Nearly all music tracks for the game have also been finished. The only exceptions are the Stage 4 theme, Stage EX theme, Ending theme, and Credits theme. There may be a few additional tracks that I might decide to add, but that will be done at a much later date. Once I’m comfortable releasing a video of Stage 2 I’ll be sure to release the appropriate tracks here as well. I’ve also been tweaking a lot of the tracks I already thought I had finished as some of them are older and not quite up to my current standards. Because of this, any music heard in any release of EUB is subject to change in the next version.

On another artistic front, I now have an official artist for the game. I’ve decided that the existing character portraits present in v0.11 will instead serve as placeholders for official commissioned art specifically for the game. I’d like to present the official artist of Ephemeral Unnatural Balance, Sixten! Sixten is an experienced Doujin artist who is responsible for a number of manga-related works. I highly recommend checking out his website.

Here are a couple of examples of some of the character art that will be present in the game:

image
image

With all that in mind, I’m also making another announcement. I have decided that I’m going to showcase the full finished game at this year’s TouhouCon. For those who don’t know, TouhouCon is a new western Touhou specific convention that started last year. It’s held in Anaheim, California, USA and takes place during the weekend of September 18-20. In addition I plan to sell physical copies at the convention if possible. Right now the tentative plan is to sell physical copies (to help make up for the production costs) and to distribute digital copies online for free after an undetermined period of time following the convention.

This means that all assets lifted from copyrighted sources (i.e. ZUN) that are currently present in the game must be replaced before the final release. Here’s a brief list of what you should expect to be replaced in the upcoming versions (excluding character portraits):

-Shot graphics
-Enemy sprites
-Background textures and sprites
-Sound effects
-Player shot and bomb graphics

Fortunately, I have plans in motion for replacing nearly all of these. For boss sprites, I’ll be making my own out of the art that Sixten is providing for each character. It’s a bit of a time consuming trial and error process, but I’ve managed to find a way to manipulate still portraits into animated sprites as you can see here:

image

Generic fairy sprites will be a bit more tricky as I lack any portrait to manipulate. Fortunately, I know one or two spriters that can hopefully provide the missing sprites. I just hope that they don’t look out of place next to the new boss sprites. For background textures, I’ve found a number of websites out there offering a variety of images and textures for commercial use. Many of these textures have already been put to use. Sound effects used to be something that I worried about until I found this amazing library of sounds, all free to use commercially. You may recognize many of the sounds in this library, as multitudes of japanese developed games also utilize it. Finally, shot and bomb graphics are either going to be made by myself or one of my acquaintances. In fact, my friend AchySolrock has already developed new player graphics for nearly all the players as you will see in the next showcase. Anything not listed has either come from a royalty free source or was made from scratch by myself. This includes the various visual effects and system graphics.

TLDR: I’m gonna try to sell the game, so graphics, sounds, etc. are subject to change.

Well, I think that about wraps up this Dev Rundown. These rundowns won’t be very frequent, maybe once a month if enough gets done during it. Unlike a certain other person coughSparencough I won’t be using this Devlog as a glorified diary of developments. What this means is that future Devlogs will not be nearly as wordy and may sometimes just consist of a bulleted list. In fact, not even future Dev Rundowns will likely be as long as this post was.

Thanks for reading and don’t hesitate to drop a question if anything comes to mind!

I played the first stage of EUB and I felt the controls were a bit clunky. Not by much, as one can get use to it, I suppose. Anyway it has an amazing OST, but is Rin a human or a demon in this game? Also will there be any other player characters or just an exclusive one character damaku?

kyaksa

(So sorry this took so long to answer, I swear Tumblr didn’t notify me or something)

Define clunky please, if you can, since the controls are identical to any other Danmakufu developed game and should be the same as any typical main series Touhou title.

Rin Satsuki in this game is a Kirin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qilin) so not a human, but a youkai instead.

There will be two additional player characters. One additional player will be available with the upcoming 3 stage demo and the final one will be available with the release of the full game.

Thanks for the question