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Title: Truth be Trolled - a fantasy detective story in glorious 1080p!
Post by: Honza on 22 May 2020, 00:48
TRUTH BE TROLLED

The Story:
When an attempt on her life is made, princess Mirabelle realizes there is no one she can trust. Except, perhaps, a troll. Widely regarded as the missing link between a human and a broom, trolls are the latest fad in the kingdom of Glenmore. Buy a troll egg, boil it, and you get the perfect servant.  With their sturdy constitution, efficient brains and none of that “free will” nonsense, trolls make ideal cleaners, cooks and clerks - and, as Mirabelle is out to prove, investigators.
And thus Mirabelle’s troll enters the messy world of humans. He has to search for clues and ask uncomfortable questions, all while being treated as a glorified home appliance. He has no power here, but he has a sturdy constitution, an efficient brain, and maybe even a tad more of that "free will" nonsense than anyone suspected. Feathers will be ruffled, secrets uncovered. Truth will be trolled.


 (https://i.ibb.co/t8PZQgq/truthbetrolled-menu-thumb.png) (https://i.ibb.co/Tg4nZ7j/truthbetrolled-menu.png)

(https://i.ibb.co/LxvxSLP/truthbetrolled-princess-thumb.png) (https://i.ibb.co/ZfG1rkb/truthbetrolled-princess.png)
Mirabelle's cat is acting suspicious.
(https://i.ibb.co/VMxsVJ4/truthbetrolled-city-thumb.png) (https://i.ibb.co/4d1h6S2/truthbetrolled-city.png)
Behold the kingdom of Glenmore!
(https://i.ibb.co/tJ7JQQr/truthbetrolled-book-thumb.png) (https://i.ibb.co/gM8YCKS/truthbetrolled-book.png)
A bit of world-building.
(https://i.ibb.co/hCMmFN0/truthbetrolled-privy-thumb.png) (https://i.ibb.co/LRSdL6G/truthbetrolled-privy.png)
As medieval toilets go, this is a fancy one.
(https://i.ibb.co/D4cThnB/truthbetrolled-hut-thumb.png) (https://i.ibb.co/DDNyFpn/truthbetrolled-hut.png)
Deep in the forest, in a secluded hut, a man knows what others don't want to know.
(https://i.ibb.co/mF40JGT/truthbetrolled-spa-thumb.png) (https://i.ibb.co/gMW5KBv/truthbetrolled-spa.png)
The local journalist is all about the naked truth. Expect some cheeky parallaxing.





Features:

Also:
a 16-direction walkcycle with stopping frames:
(https://i.ibb.co/KK4dXqr/truthbetrolled-walking-back.gif)(https://i.ibb.co/2y5kCWH/truthbetrolled-walking-66-back.gif)(https://i.ibb.co/3rVpDTG/truthbetrolled-walking-45-back.gif)(https://i.ibb.co/jhGDr7j/truthbetrolled-walking-22-back.gif)(https://i.ibb.co/mvRKTHH/truthbetrolled-walking-side.gif)
(https://i.ibb.co/JnGqGwQ/truthbetrolled-walking-22-front.gif)(https://i.ibb.co/dP8pKdG/truthbetrolled-walking-45-front.gif)(https://i.ibb.co/b1GxNZ0/truthbetrolled-walking-66-front.gif)(https://i.ibb.co/6DMq4FQ/truthbetrolled-walking-front.gif)

Detailed hand-drawn animations + jumping mechanics:
(https://i.ibb.co/HCx1Qms/truthbetrolled-sample-animation.gif)(https://i.ibb.co/48CkDpy/truthbetrolled-sample-jump.gif)



Development Status
Um... let's say "early stages". After working on this on and off for two years and more or less full-time during COVID, it's clear that I've bitten off more than I can chew by myself in terms of intended production values. So currently the plan is to release a short demo and then start spamming the recruitment section :). Stay tuned!
Title: Re: Truth be Trolled - a fantasy detective story in glorious 1080p!
Post by: dactylopus on 22 May 2020, 06:10
The art and animation look fantastic!

The story sounds interesting, too.  Kudos on using your quarantine time for something useful!
Title: Re: Truth be Trolled - a fantasy detective story in glorious 1080p!
Post by: CaptainD on 22 May 2020, 07:25
Plot sounds fascinating and the visuals are out of this world!! REALLY looking forward to this one.
Title: Re: Truth be Trolled - a fantasy detective story in glorious 1080p!
Post by: sthomannch on 22 May 2020, 07:41
Agree, looks absolutely fantastic and sounds interesting!
Wish you success and lot of energy
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Post by: Ilyich on 22 May 2020, 11:11
Looking excellent! Loving the tons of flavour in the decidedly hand-drawn artwork and animations, really impressive stuff! Looking forward to seeing more, best of luck!
Title: Re: Truth be Trolled - a fantasy detective story in glorious 1080p!
Post by: rongel on 22 May 2020, 11:16
Wow! The graphical style and the animations look just amazing. Really like the detective stuff too. You must have put a lot of work into it... I mean 16 direction walk cycle! Good luck with the demo, and hopefully you get more people working on it!
Title: Re: Truth be Trolled - a fantasy detective story in glorious 1080p!
Post by: Pogwizd on 22 May 2020, 11:55
I am just going to say what others already have - these graphics look absolutely stunning! Really looking forward to playing the demo when it's out :)
Title: Re: Truth be Trolled - a fantasy detective story in glorious 1080p!
Post by: Crimson Wizard on 22 May 2020, 13:37
I'm frankly afraid, wondering how this game will run in AGS...
Title: Re: Truth be Trolled - a fantasy detective story in glorious 1080p!
Post by: Honza on 22 May 2020, 14:44
Thanks everyone for the positive feedback and encouragement! Feels good to finally have something to show - people were starting to give me weird looks when I claimed I was spending weekends "making a game" for two years :).

I'm frankly afraid, wondering how this game will run in AGS...

I was worried too and it does seem to be on the edge of AGS capabilities, but so far it runs okay (only lags a bit here and there) as long as I close other applications and preload bigger animations. I tried Visionaire for a bit but couldn't get used to it, so I decided to go with AGS and hope for the best. We'll see what happens once the game gets bigger - worst-case scenario I release a downgraded low-res version and make a "remastered" one in another engine. Hope it doesn't come to that though, AGS has served me well so far :).
Title: Re: Truth be Trolled - a fantasy detective story in glorious 1080p!
Post by: Cassiebsg on 22 May 2020, 17:07
Looking absolutely lovely. Very unique style indeed.   (nod)
Title: Re: Truth be Trolled - a fantasy detective story in glorious 1080p!
Post by: Durq on 22 May 2020, 21:05
I like the premise, and the art is breathtaking! I'll definitely be looking forward to the demo.
Title: Re: Truth be Trolled - a fantasy detective story in glorious 1080p!
Post by: Ali on 22 May 2020, 21:08
You had me at 16-direction walkcycle. Looks great!
Title: Re: Truth be Trolled - a fantasy detective story in glorious 1080p!
Post by: CrashPL on 22 May 2020, 21:46
Absolutely adore these animations and the general art style and setting - best of luck with the production!
Title: Re: Truth be Trolled - a fantasy detective story in glorious 1080p!
Post by: Grundislav on 23 May 2020, 16:57
This looks amazing! Always nice to see more high resolution AGS projects.
Title: Re: Truth be Trolled - a fantasy detective story in glorious 1080p!
Post by: selmiak on 24 May 2020, 16:07
absolutely awesome! Please keep posting more productions screenshots :)
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Post by: Blondbraid on 24 May 2020, 23:34
This looks great, the graphics are a real work of art and reminds me a lot of Macinarium in the colors and level of detail, and the plot sounds interesting too!
Title: Re: Truth be Trolled - a fantasy detective story in glorious 1080p!
Post by: Olleh19 on 24 May 2020, 23:57
Keep it up! Looks fantastic buddy!  8-0
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Post by: Yanek_Crispbread on 25 May 2020, 10:15
This is a work of genius. Beautiful art.
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Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 26 May 2020, 16:31
OK but we will finally discover exactly what is the Schnibble of Azimuth?

More seriously : Now that's what I call a true high-resolution game. Gorgeous in every way.
Title: Re: Truth be Trolled - a fantasy detective story in glorious 1080p!
Post by: Honza on 29 May 2020, 13:48
Happy people like the graphics, thanks everyone! I was taking snapshots while drawing one of those backgrounds to see how much time it actually takes me, so here's a bit of making-of:

(https://i.ibb.co/cbd6zKP/hut-progress.gif)
Title: Re: Truth be Trolled - a fantasy detective story in glorious 1080p!
Post by: Blondbraid on 29 May 2020, 17:32
Happy people like the graphics, thanks everyone! I was taking snapshots while drawing one of those backgrounds to see how much time it actually takes me, so here's a bit of making-of:
This is so beautiful, you can really see the effort that went into it!
Title: Re: Truth be Trolled - a fantasy detective story in glorious 1080p!
Post by: Cassiebsg on 29 May 2020, 22:23
Quite agree!  (nod) Lovely. I always love to see these "making of"...

Just one remark... you forgot to post the time...  (laugh) So... how much elapsed time does that gif cover? 
Title: Re: Truth be Trolled - a fantasy detective story in glorious 1080p!
Post by: Honza on 29 May 2020, 22:33
Quite agree!  (nod) Lovely. I always love to see these "making of"...

Just one remark... you forgot to post the time...  (laugh) So... how much elapsed time does that gif cover? 
27 hours since I started counting, so about 30 total I'm guessing, + smoking breaks and pointless wall-gazing... yep, I'm slow :).
Title: Re: Truth be Trolled - a fantasy detective story in glorious 1080p!
Post by: dactylopus on 30 May 2020, 07:44
Thanks for posting that gif.  It's very insightful to see the process and the time estimate.

With all of the details in the image, I'm not surprised it took that long.  It looks fantastic.  I'm guessing it will be quite a while before this game is released, but it seems like it will be worth the wait.
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Post by: Racoon on 30 May 2020, 16:00
This looks awesome Honza. The backgounds really remind me of "A whispered world", wich is my favorite adventure :) but the troll is really one of a kind, love him.
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Post by: ToeKnee on 14 Jun 2020, 17:40
The graphics and animations are wonderful. I can't WAIT for this one to come out. The story will be fascinating.
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Post by: javixblack on 14 Jul 2020, 19:58
Duuuude, you're very talented! that graphics are lovely, and the plot looks pretty interesting so far!
As a infrequent animator (just for hobby), I really like those animations, they are very careful. Can wait to see more!
Title: Re: Truth be Trolled - a fantasy detective story in glorious 1080p!
Post by: Honza on 23 Apr 2021, 18:08
I just realized I haven't made any updates in almost a year, so just to bump this a little bit and show that this project is still alive (and to celebrate finally breaking a long procrastination period), here's Mirabelle walking:

(https://i.ibb.co/0sc65JW/mirabelle-walking.gif)

Some bigger news and updates hopefully coming soon-ish (but no deadlines or promises, apparently I'm not good with those ;)).
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Post by: rongel on 24 Apr 2021, 17:46
Looks great, just like all of your animations and graphics! I'm glad the game is back on track.

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Post by: FlyingMandarine on 10 Jun 2021, 15:22
Looking good, Honza! Love the attention to detail - every art piece you post looks so polished!

Also, is it just me or do you really like drawing naked people partially hidden behind objects? 🤔
Title: Re: Truth be Trolled - a fantasy detective story in glorious 1080p!
Post by: Honza on 10 Jun 2021, 17:10
Looking good, Honza! Love the attention to detail - every art piece you post looks so polished!

Also, is it just me or do you really like drawing naked people partially hidden behind objects? 🤔

Hey Patrice, thanks! And yeah, I kinda recycled that gag in Off The Clock. But twice is enough, promise to not use it again any time soon :).
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Post by: ThreeOhFour on 19 Jun 2021, 07:00
This looks so good, even though I fear for any artist who puts this much time into a project! Superb detail in everything, love it.
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Post by: Matti on 24 Jun 2021, 14:28
I just realized that I haven't posted in this thread yet! This looks really nice. Your art skills are superb and the animations look fantastic. The premise sounds fun too  :)

Good luck with the development! I'll try out Off the Clock soon(ish).
Title: Re: Truth be Trolled - a fantasy detective story in glorious 1080p!
Post by: Honza on 24 Jun 2021, 19:58
This looks so good, even though I fear for any artist who puts this much time into a project!

That's a well founded fear :/. Some time ago I was catching up on your and Grundislav's podcast, and the part about people who get too ambitious with their first project, quickly burn out and never finish was scary. Well, at least I've got the jam games now, we'll see what happens with this one. Not giving up on it just yet, but might take a detour to something much smaller first.

Good luck with the development! I'll try out Off the Clock soon(ish).

Thanks, let me know what you think when you've had the chance to check out OTC!
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Post by: ThreeOhFour on 26 Jun 2021, 06:43
That's a well founded fear :/. Some time ago I was catching up on your and Grundislav's podcast, and the part about people who get too ambitious with their first project, quickly burn out and never finish was scary. Well, at least I've got the jam games now, we'll see what happens with this one. Not giving up on it just yet, but might take a detour to something much smaller first.

Man you can get too ambitious with your 40th project, believe me. Caution is always the key. :=
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Post by: isatche on 27 Jun 2021, 13:10
I absolutely adore this art style to say the least. Illustrations are beautiful!
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Post by: Nowhere Girl on 08 Jul 2021, 14:00
I decided to give some feedback too. I really loved "Long in the Tooth", I'm waiting for a full version, and since I learned that you made more games... I liked "Off the Clock", it was really funny, but particularly since I discovered that you're also making this game... Are you still working on it? Anyway, I think that "Long in the Tooth" should have priority, but if "Truth Be Trolled" sees the light of day, it would be great too.