We're the developers of a fan game called Pokémon: Phoenix Rising, ask us anything!
Pokémon: Phoenix Rising
Hi Reddit, I'm posting on behalf of a small indie team that I lead, and we're making a Pokémon fan game as a means of stepping into the game development industry and learning more about it. We've been developing this game casually for about 5 years and anticipate a release early next year. The game will completely free, and will be for PC (other platforms to be announced later) created using RPG Maker XP and the Ruby scripting language. To get a good feel for what we're doing I recommend checking out our first trailer.
What we're doing differs from other Pokémon games because we're going against the conventional "collect all badges" route, and are focusing on RPG elements and story driven gameplay. To see some of the work we've been doing click this link to our imgur album.
More about the game:
To aid with the AMA, those of us involved have bio's listed below. Any general questions will be handled by /u/seveneveratenine and some by the team members listed below. You can direct a question specific members if you wish!
Approved team member accounts:
/u/seveneveratenine (Game Director)
/u/supahsanti (Pixel Artist)
/u/TheMightySpinda (Concept Artist)
/u/WackyTurtle (Concept Artist)
/u/Urnighter (Sub-Reddit Admin)
Position: Game Director
Favourite Pokémon: Sigilyph
Bio: Gav has been developing games for over four years. His main area of interest is in Level Design, and Team Management however he works in almost every area of the game and oversees all development. He is currently studying Multimedia Programming & Design and hopes to enter the game industry permanently once he is finished this degree. His main interests include gaming (duh!), skiing, drawing, web design, and more.
Name: Josiah Kunz
Favourite Pokémon: Gliscor
Bio: Josiah is an American programmer in charge of the scripting code. His real-life time is spent working on his Ph.D. in Physics (accelerator and computational), but he also loves programming Pokémon fangames! Phoenix Rising enjoyments include adding new features, updating user interface, and maintaining the game (debugging). Other enjoyments include almost any Blizzard game, competitive Pokémon (on Pokémon Showdown!), and admiring Gav.
Position: Gameplay Developer
Favourite Pokémon: Gengar
Bio: Wackyturtle is an English game developer who has been working on fangames for over three years. His main project is Pokémon: Legends of the Arena, and his role on the Phoenix Rising team is to write and develop the gameplay itself, as well as contribute to storyline development. His interests include watching obscure foreign films, eating bread and getting in arguments with strangers over the internet. One day he hopes to become president of a small island nation or, failing that, a film/video game journalist/screenwriter.
Position: Pixel Artist
Favourite Pokémon: Serperior
Bio: Santi primarily works with pixels, but is trying to branch into new mediums. He started out doing horrible pokemon splices back in the day, but has been making sprites from scratch since 2011. Currently studying to become a mechanical engineer at uni. While pixels and art are but a hobby from him, they are hobbies he loves. Interests include gaming, eating, sleeping, breathing, drawing, pixeling (?), and procrastinating.
Position: Concept Artist
Favourite Pokémon: Spinda (obviously)
Bio: Spinda is an American Artist with a history of spending way too much time drawing, reading and writing when he should be sleeping or eating. When he isn’t doing one of those three things though he spends a large amount of time working on a few game design endeavours of his own, and plans to one day become a game director or writer; when he figures out which he has more fun doing. A recent addition to the Phoenix Rising Team; Spinda mostly covers character sketches and concept art for the game.
Looking forward to your questions!
Edit: This AMA is over now, thank you so much for your questions!