Emerald Mirage Of Tales

Started by Avara September 18th, 2013 3:25 PM
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Avara

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Introduction
Some of you might remember a hilariously awful hack from 2013-2014 named "Mirage Of Tales: A New Age Dawns". Inspired by my love of class-based RPGs and "Choose Your Own Adventure" books, I started the project after having just discovered ROM hacking, and was too excited to jump right in. Thus, there was next to no planning and I was learning how to hack (and making things up) as I went along, so naturally, it was simply horrible to play.

I removed the download links because the demos from 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 no longer reflect my standard of work now. The project has been started and restarted many times, first based on FireRed, then Emerald, and today it is based on the Pokéemerald decompilaton.

Over the years, I've been working hard to improve my skills in every aspect of ROM hacking and recreate my original vision. It's always been a solo project in the past but in 2020, mgriffin became my partner in developing the game. That's enough of a history lesson now, I think. Welcome to Mirage Of Tales 2.0!

Setting
Avlar is a peaceful country with a rich history, famed for its vast woodlands, rolling hills and towering mountains. You play the role of an orphaned sixteen year old who was lucky enough to gain a scholarship at the Pokémon Trainer Academy in Umber Valley, a quaint little town situated in what's known as the Ore District.

The day of your graduation comes, and it's time for you sit your final exam, get a job and go out into the big wide world with your Pokémon by your side. Which profession will you choose? What kind of person will you become? It's all up to you. Every decision you make has the potential to change the course of your experience.



Careers
Should you want to, you have the ability to choose your own trainer class. Each different profession has its own distinct objectives, missions and storyline branches. Choose wisely - you can only pick one!

Trainer
The "default" profession, you are automatically granted this title on the day of your graduation. You'll have no boss to do things for and no HQ to report back to. If you'd like to play Mirage Of Tales the way you'd play a traditional Pokémon game, having freedom without constraints, this is the path best suited to you!

Rogue
Like Trainers, these lone criminals are their own bosses. Trainers can obtain the Rogue title by committing small crimes or tricking people into getting what they want.

Ranger
You have the option of joining the Avlar region's widely respected Ranger Union. After your initial Academy-style training, your duties as a Pokémon Ranger will involve protecting endangered Pokémon, taking care of the environment and helping those in need.

Researcher
Join Avlar's Research team and become a Pokémon Researcher! You'll be doing field work or collecting all-important data for your Pokédex, and you'll even be whisked away to exclusive unexplored areas.

*Note: other Careers included in previous releases will be added later as expansions.


Other Features
  • Choice based gameplay; every in-game decision can alter the story in some way
  • An alignment system; choose your character's personality
  • Overworld wild Pokémon encounters like LGPE
  • New Moves and Abilities, updated to Gen 7
  • The Physical/Special/Status split and Fairy type
  • Over 100 custom items and my very own Berries
  • Custom regional variants for some Pokémon
  • A regional Pokédex including my favourite Pokémon from all generations
  • Custom sprites for Trainers/OWs and updated Pokémon sprites for a fresh new look
  • Various quality of life changes, such as EXP gain upon Pokémon capture
  • Many other secrets that I am not willing to spoil!

Discord Community
I do have a Discord server in which small updates are posted. Meaningful updates will be posted here, but if you'd like to follow day-to-day progress on Discord or chat about the game you would be more than welcome to join our little community.


Credits
If I have forgotten you, please let me know! I would never leave you out intentionally. Writing the storyline(s), mapping, scripting, trainer/OW/item sprites, general user interface graphics, and anything else not listed below was done by me.

  • mgriffin - For more code related things than I could possibly count, helping me perfect the OW sprites
  • Pret & all PokéRuby/PokéEmerald contributors - For the decomp
  • DizzyEgg - Battle Engine Upgrade, Pokémon Expansion & Item Expansion
  • Myself, Zeo254, Magiscarf, Hek-el-grande, Flurmimon, Chaoticcherrycake, ThatsSoWitty, Alucus - Tiles
  • Chaos Rush & MrDollSteak - The DS-style 64x64 Pokémon Sprite Resource (Sugimori Palettes)
  • DreamOrDestruction - Suggesting the title "Mirage Of Tales", which I would never have thought of by myself
  • animeoverlord - Unwavering support for several years, providing ideas
  • Tunak - Unwavering support for several years, providing ideas
  • ranger016 - Suggesting the addition of the Ranger career and providing ideas

Download
There is no download link at present, but we are working on the project almost every day so a release is imminent!
Avara x

Reject217

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whoa, the ideas for this game sound so fantastic, I'm literally sitting here with my jaw open just thinking about it. I have a feeling that this game isn't going to come out for a while (due to the many routes one can take while playing), but it will be a good one. I wish you good luck on completing this game. :15:

Orifiel

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The idea is really interesting.
As I can see in the screenshots. The game looks good so far.
I like the way you map, but It's like a little less-life, sort of.
Oh well, another FireRed hack. People hack FireRed for easy
reasons, still I love 3rd gen better. Anyways, keep that up.
I'll be looking forward for the complete progress of the game.
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Avara

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Thank you so much, i really appreciate the feedback.

How could I improve the maps?

Does anyone know if the name Fire Agate is taken by another hack? I've searched but can't find one.

Orifiel

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Thank you so much, i really appreciate the feedback.

How could I improve the maps?

Does anyone know if the name Fire Agate is taken by another hack? I've searched but can't find one.
No one has taken that name yet.
~ Pair | Character | Previously L96 ~

Lucifer-san

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This sounds like this is gonna be quite awesome with the different decisions that one can make. For a name what about Pokemon:Mirage Of Tales or Pokemon: Book Of Dreams or something another. Heh anyways, im looking forward to the game hope you finish this project. If you need a beta tester I would gladly lend assistance so anyways good luck.
I arise from the dead, finally.

Avara

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Ooh, I like mirage of tales. Thank you! It's going well so far, but at the moment I only have events that can go one or two ways, and I'm trying to make them go more ways in newer scripts if that makes sense haha

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Hmm is progress still going on for this hack as it has a lot of potential. I hope it doesn't end up being scrapped or something it would be waste. If not I can't wait until you have something to show for your effort.
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Avara

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Working on it as we speak! =) I am planning to release an alpha soon. Not a short alpha though, I only want to have like 1 alpha release 1 beta release then the final release rather than having 37636 betas.

Alpha will go up to the 5th Gym (if you want to do the gyms) or if youre not interested in doing the gyms the alpha will stop after an area called Verlume Villas.

Hope to have a release nxt week once its perfect and I add a few more trainers in =)

Reject217

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I wonder if I can create multiple saves for all of the different routes :p
Some of the hacks that I like:



I also support Pokemon Liquid Crystal, Glazed, and a few others who either have large banners or none at all.
I'm often not on, but when I am, I show my support in likes :-D
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I love this hack idea, will definitely play once the alpha is out.
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Avara

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You can create multiple saves, but the storylines all do lead to the same events in the end. You're able to do all the careers to a certain extent, so just because you do one of them doesn't mean you wont be able to do others, if that makes sense.

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You can create multiple saves, but the storylines all do lead to the same events in the end. You're able to do all the careers to a certain extent, so just because you do one of them doesn't mean you wont be able to do others, if that makes sense.
so, one has the potential to do all 3 jobs? that is so epic :t294: