DUÆL [VN/RPG Hybrid] [SciFi/Fantasy](Now with voice acting!)

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DUÆL [VN/RPG Hybrid] [SciFi/Fantasy](Now with voice acting!)

#1 Post by Mole-chan » Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:08 am

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Walter is a teenage boy who enjoys a popular fighting game. There is one particular character, a swordsman named Cadfael, who he is most skilled with. He even notes he feels a certain connection to the character, as controlling him has become so natural.

However, he does not know that Cadfael, and many others, actually exist in their own reality, which is quickly descending into chaos. Several have somehow managed to forge a connection with "our" world, being controlled by a "partner" who has a knowledge and perspective they don't, in order to get the advantage they need to survive.

But Cadfael is becoming weary and desperate to overthrow the evil instead of simply fighting for his life, and tries to contact Walter. He succeeds, and forms a much more literal connection between them.

Now with Walter able to control Cadfael in battle, their lives have become deeply entangled, and Walter finds himself involved in a fight to save this secret world.

This is where their adventure begins.


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Cadfael
(cad-fai-el)
Age: 19
A mysterious swordsman originating from a popular fighting game in-universe. Little is known about Cadfael's past. His rough appearance and reaction to Walter suggests he was a peasant, and still may not be well-to-do.
Normally quiet, but can be quite rash and endlessly inquisitive and curious. Though experienced in battle, he sometimes does not immediately realize his own limitations.
Acts as a foil to Walter, in that while both are very soft-spoken, Cadfael is open to the world and makes friends easily.
He also acts as his guide initially, exposing him to the parts of the world the game did not show.

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Walter
Age: 17
A young man from “our” world. A shut-in for the most part, Walter is at a distance from everyone, but does not consciously acknowledge it.
He is considered an “outsider” in the group, and communicates mostly to/through Cadfael.

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Lucille
Age: 15
A young, inexperienced magic user. She is quiet and apologetic, but eager to learn and serve.
Much more overtly emotional than the rest of the cast, and easily worried. Strongly implied to have been failing at her craft for several years,
which may account for her inferiority complex and eagerness to prove herself. She seems to have known Cadfael from
when they where both younger, but hasn't seen him in years.

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Kuruk
(koo-rook)
Age: mid-30's ish?
A large bear-man that relies mainly on physical attacks. Acts as the “voice of reason” in the younger, more impulsive group.
He tends to be overly protective of his group, especially Lucille, which is reflected in his combat position as a damage sponge.

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DUÆL uses a combination of visual novel gameplay and turn-based battle mechanics (courtesy of Jake's wonderful battle engine). It has 3 endings. There is some adult content, but it is completely optional.



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Dev Team:
Programming/Art/Writing: Mole
Editing: TomoyoIchijouji
Score: Korochi, Ziassan, XelaAlex
Battle Engine: Jake

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I hope you enjoy it!
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Re: DUÆL [VN/RPG Hybrid] [SciFi/Fantasy] [BxB]

#2 Post by written » Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:26 am

I guess I'm the first to reply.

I've been lurking about this site for ages, but never really came out of the shadows up till now.
And seeing that no one said anything about this yet... well here goes:

Overall I really, really liked it!
The writing was different from most vn's, I liked how in depth you went and made us feel for the characters.
I liked the music, but sometimes I felt like there was quite a long time between scenes that had songs, like there was too much silence.


I've also manadged to get only 2 of the 3 endings
the one where Lucille and Kuruk die and where Cadfael's coller desintergates (it was quite sad...) and the one where they are revived and Cadfael comes through the portal and Walter finds him by calling his mobile number
and I just can't figure out how to get the third one, also I don't really know how I got the second one, I can't really remember what I've done differently...? Could you please make a guide?

Oh, and you said something about adult content, is that when
Walter decides to spy on Cadfael at the river?

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Re: DUÆL [VN/RPG Hybrid] [SciFi/Fantasy] [BxB]

#3 Post by unknown5 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:06 am

congrats on finishing! tried to dl, but having trouble. will try again later in the day.
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#4 Post by Fairy Godfeather » Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:09 am

Downloaded. I'm going to try and play this later. It looks interesting.

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Re: DUÆL [VN/RPG Hybrid] [SciFi/Fantasy] [BxB]

#5 Post by Mole-chan » Tue Jul 02, 2013 12:19 pm

written wrote:I guess I'm the first to reply.

I've been lurking about this site for ages, but never really came out of the shadows up till now.
And seeing that no one said anything about this yet... well here goes:

Overall I really, really liked it!
The writing was different from most vn's, I liked how in depth you went and made us feel for the characters.
I liked the music, but sometimes I felt like there was quite a long time between scenes that had songs, like there was too much silence.


I've also manadged to get only 2 of the 3 endings
the one where Lucille and Kuruk die and where Cadfael's coller desintergates (it was quite sad...) and the one where they are revived and Cadfael comes through the portal and Walter finds him by calling his mobile number
and I just can't figure out how to get the third one, also I don't really know how I got the second one, I can't really remember what I've done differently...? Could you please make a guide?

Oh, and you said something about adult content, is that when
Walter decides to spy on Cadfael at the river?
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

As for the endings,
The last ending is the bad ending, so that is why you are having difficulty getting it. Endings are determined by two things: a) Cadfael's friendship meter at the right, and b) the amount of times your team dies. So it is not necessarily any one series of choices that gets an ending, but how well you played overall. To get the bad ending, you have to have a very low friendship meter and your team mates must die a minimum of 7 times. I hope this helps.
I may make a guide later, if you think it will help. ^^

For adult content,
That could count! But it wasn't what I meant. There is an optional ero scene in chapter 5. If you confess to Cadfael and follow along with his flirting later, it will be available.

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#6 Post by Mole-chan » Tue Jul 02, 2013 12:19 pm

unknown5 wrote:congrats on finishing! tried to dl, but having trouble. will try again later in the day.
I'm sorry you're having trouble downloading. D: But thank you! ^^

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#7 Post by Mole-chan » Tue Jul 02, 2013 12:20 pm

Fairy Godfeather wrote:Downloaded. I'm going to try and play this later. It looks interesting.
Awesome, thank you! >V< I hope you like it

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#8 Post by Hijiri » Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:36 pm

Doing my first play through and I ran into this error:
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#9 Post by Mole-chan » Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:01 pm

Hijiri wrote:Doing my first play through and I ran into this error:
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Thank you for the report!
I'll look into it.

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#10 Post by Mole-chan » Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:14 pm

Hijiri, please replace the old "scripts.rpa" file with this one, it should fix the error. ^^ I will update the distributions as well.

Once again, thank you for reporting this!
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#11 Post by silverpikachu99 » Wed Jul 03, 2013 4:36 pm

Wow! Congratulations on releasing this game :) It looks very promising- and I love the art! I'll definitely give it a try!
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#12 Post by Mole-chan » Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:10 pm

silverpikachu99 wrote:Wow! Congratulations on releasing this game :) It looks very promising- and I love the art! I'll definitely give it a try!
;v; uwa, thank you so much!

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#13 Post by Ota » Thu Jul 04, 2013 1:06 am

Just finished this game and I have to admit I've had a really fun time playing it!
Walter and Cadfael make an odd but cute couple together :mrgreen:
I got the bad ending when everyone dies and Cadfael and Walter could not unite. It's so sad ;__; after several attempts, I got the satisfying ending ^_^
And I really like the battles. Thank you for making this game xD
...and this topic is the reason why I register this forum to be able to comment about your game. JSYK :p

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#14 Post by Mole-chan » Thu Jul 04, 2013 1:11 am

Ota wrote:Just finished this game and I have to admit I've had a really fun time playing it!
Walter and Cadfael make an odd but cute couple together :mrgreen:
I got the bad ending when everyone dies and Cadfael and Walter could not unite. It's so sad ;__; after several attempts, I got the satisfying ending ^_^
And I really like the battles. Thank you for making this game xD
...and this topic is the reason why I register this forum to be able to comment about your game. JSYK :p
>V< aah, I'm glad you enjoyed it. and I feel so honored that you registered just for this. X'D
XD Inorite? They weren't even supposed to be..but they grew on me over development.
And that's actually the normal ending, if you'd believe it. Yeah, this game's a bit of a downer... xD The real bad end is really difficult to get, it seems. I'm glad you eventually got the good end, though! 8D
I'm glad you liked the battles, too! >V< You have mostly Jake to thank for that. He made the lovely battle engine I used here.

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#15 Post by unknown5 » Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:57 am

wow, enjoyed playing this! loved the cinematic style and flavor.
feels like you put a lot of your heart and soul into it.
i liked .hack//SIGN, so your story had a similar vibe that i liked.
oh, also i didn't realize it was BxB when i dl'ed it, lol. not that it
matters to me. a good story is a good story. =) congrats!
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