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Specter

The Average Nobody
Update 29

It has been nearly 14 months since i first started development, and nearly 1 year since i posted about this project publicly on the forums. To celebrate this, i made a commentary-less video going over what i currently have installed in the mod. While some earlier versions of textures and artwork aren't featured in the video, i think it'll give you a pretty good idea on what to expect. The list of changes has become so long that i think it's better to show you everything so far instead of listing everything new.

The video can be watched here:

Thank you for reading and Happy Holidays and Merry Xmas!
Looking good so far
 

Rabosion

Member
Update 30

Today i want update you on my Chao progress.

In Chronicles, you collect up to 40 different chao. For this mod's first release, i scale it down to the 20 common chao. The rare chao will come later... I've worked on a signature pose for each of the common ones.


Let me introduce you the Common Chao! Squad from Chronicles
Here are the poses in the base color scheme (based on the pets mod's chao for consistency - see
https://mb.srb2.org/threads/pets-personal-followers-community-update.28607/page-3#post-529362 )
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And in this screenshot i'm giving them color schemes corresponding to their chronicles look. I still got 9 more to do, after that the first set of frames is done.
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I want to pixel the following sprites:
- walking (see earlier update) was already done in the base colour but looks a little off to me, might adjust it...
-eating
-getting hit
-crawling
-jumping
-greeting
-hugging
-sleeping
-pain and sickness (optional)
-intense emotions (optional)
-begging for food (optional)
-tip-toeing and running (optional)
-flying (custom one is optional since the pets mod already has one - https://mb.srb2.org/threads/pets-personal-followers-community-update.28607/page-3#post-529362)

I put some as optional so the mod won't be in an endless limbo. I also don't need to make separate sprite animations for every single chao atm. As they're common chao, i think it'll be okay to make them mostly recolors of the base form. As with the poses, i'll attempt to give each chao something personal.

Thank you for reading!

Edit: bad internet made me post the same post twice. I removed the double.
 

Specter

The Average Nobody
Update 30

Today i want update you on my Chao progress.

In Chronicles, you collect up to 40 different chao. For this mod's first release, i scale it down to the 20 common chao. The rare chao will come later... I've worked on a signature pose for each of the common ones.


Let me introduce you the Common Chao! Squad from Chronicles
Here are the poses in the base color scheme (based on the pets mod's chao for consistency - see
https://mb.srb2.org/threads/pets-personal-followers-community-update.28607/page-3#post-529362 )
View attachment 59349

And in this screenshot i'm giving them color schemes corresponding to their chronicles look. I still got 9 more to do, after that the first set of frames is done.
View attachment 59350

I want to pixel the following sprites:
- walking (see earlier update) was already done in the base colour but looks a little off to me, might adjust it...
-eating
-getting hit
-crawling
-jumping
-greeting
-hugging
-sleeping
-pain and sickness (optional)
-intense emotions (optional)
-begging for food (optional)
-tip-toeing and running (optional)
-flying (custom one is optional since the pets mod already has one - https://mb.srb2.org/threads/pets-personal-followers-community-update.28607/page-3#post-529362)

I put some as optional so the mod won't be in an endless limbo. I also don't need to make separate sprite animations for every single chao atm. As they're common chao, i think it'll be okay to make them mostly recolors of the base form. As with the poses, i'll attempt to give each chao something personal.

Thank you for reading!

Edit: bad internet made me post the same post twice. I removed the double.
these are probably some of the cutest chao sprites i've ever seen, if i'm being honest.
 

Rabosion

Member
Update 31
Today's quick update is a continuation of the previous chao update. All 20 (common) Chao now have a color scheme corresponding to their Chronicles look. I also added in extra frames to spice up the chao hatching animation.

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unknown-36.png

Now i'm implementing them into the SRB2 engine. Sadly it's going less smooth than anticipated. Due to the large amount of frames, i tried to optimize it using the wiki. I put in limited sprite freeslots with the thought of using numbers in soc sprite definitions. Sadly, i can only put letters in there, else the wrong frames display. Luckily, using FF_Animate starting from Z allows me to use some frames with numbers. Thus, even though i must rename a bunch of frames, i now understand the tricks to make it work.

While i restructure and reorganise my sprites, have this gif of the first* chao hatching from an egg.

*first from the listed chao above using the new animation. I think i uploaded a Belgog hatching with less flair in a previous update. Since Belgog is typed rare in chronicles, idk what i'll do with him yet.

srb20168-1.gif

Thank you for reading!
 

Rabosion

Member
Update 32
Today i want to show off some background work. I have finished the row of Chronicles clouds. I also use the GFZ1 upper clouds from SRB2 because it gives a nice teal vibe like og Chronicles.

The Clouds:
srb20172.gif


I'm also making bigger chronicles mountains. My previous smaller ones only work when pasted on top of the clouds. The result looked a bit too pixelated imo. Instead i want to create more depth, so with my giant skybox i need bigger mountains. Still working on how it looks best with the limited amount of colours.
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The goal is to recreate the background scenery somewhat from the original game and add little twists around it. First order of business for the background is to finish the mountains from Chronicles' Cutscene art, and build from there.

Thank you for reading!
 

Zahltier

Member
Update 32
Today i want to show off some background work. I have finished the row of Chronicles clouds. I also use the GFZ1 upper clouds from SRB2 because it gives a nice teal vibe like og Chronicles.

The Clouds:
View attachment 60301

I'm also making bigger chronicles mountains. My previous smaller ones only work when pasted on top of the clouds. The result looked a bit too pixelated imo. Instead i want to create more depth, so with my giant skybox i need bigger mountains. Still working on how it looks best with the limited amount of colours.
View attachment 60303


The goal is to recreate the background scenery somewhat from the original game and add little twists around it. First order of business for the background is to finish the mountains from Chronicles' Cutscene art, and build from there.

Thank you for reading!

Wait, did this level ever release or are you turning it into it's own game or what?
 

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