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Vacant Sky Complete Edition: Act II+ Released

December 18, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

The second episode of the Vacant Sky Complete Edition, titled Act II+: Night Zero, has just been released! Download it for free here!

Download Mirror (thanks to redditor Pathogen-David)

“The rules governing humans don’t apply to us because we’re not human.” 

Vacant Sky is a modern fantasy RPG following the death and rebirth of Auria Edith, a small-town girl whose violent and unexpected death turns her world upside down. After her equally unexpected resurrection, Auria finds herself drawn into the heart of a mystery involving a cult of masked cultists who will stop at nothing to make her their goddess.

Note to players of the original: If you want to see only new content, save recruiting Vel for last.

The Complete Edition is a remastering of the game, introducing significant improvements in the graphics, story, and gameplay. It has new content for returning fans and expects no prior knowledge, making it a great entry point into the series for new players. Act II+ is available, bundled with Act I+, free for PC now!

  

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  1. Sara
    December 20, 2012 at 2:44 am

    :o

    My reaction: http://i.imgur.com/uAKiv.gif

    Yay, finally got Act 2. :D
    Thank you for your hard work.

    • projectbc
      December 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Enjoy! Hopefully it was worth the wait.

  2. Sara
    December 21, 2012 at 4:14 am

    Maybe I missed it somewhere on this blog, but is there somewhere to buy/download the soundtrack for the game(s)? I am really enjoying it. :)

  3. Axel
    December 21, 2012 at 4:33 am

    vacantsky.bandcamp.com

    You can buy the soundtrack from BandCamp

  4. Sara
    December 21, 2012 at 7:07 am

    What is that makes your basic attack upgrade? Like, Slash 2 instead of 1? Been putting points into ACC and SPD for a while, is it ATK that affects the upgrade? (One of them already learned Shot 3)

    • projectbc
      December 21, 2012 at 10:25 am

      Reaching a certain level. Auria’s attack upgrades at levels that are multiplies of 6.

  5. Sara
    December 21, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Just got to the part where you need to choose, I kept reloading, hoping, wishing I could change it, somehow get a happy ending out of it, but no. Well done, you made me sad. :(

    • projectbc
      December 21, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Sorry! :(

  6. Sara
    December 21, 2012 at 8:52 am

    And could someone tell me what was in the box in that underground area? I accidentally started the “flip the lever” quest and never got to open it or go inside the door in that room. Anything quest related? I can live with choices made, but I can’t with uncompleted quest, I’d have to restart if it’s something quest related. :(

  7. Sara
    December 21, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I need to ask, does the gifts I keep finding serve a purpose or should I sell them? I don’t seem to be able to give them to anyone, maybe I need to progress further?

    Oh and I might have asked before, but do you guys have a forum or somewhere to discuss the game(s)?
    If not, I’ll just keep cluttering up the comment section, ha ha. =3

    • projectbc
      December 21, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      We had a forum once upon a time, but there wasn’t enough activity to justify continuing to keep it up, so feel free to drop your comments here. It’s what the comments section is here for! As for the gifts, you can use them at an event after you complete all three main quests.

  8. Sara
    December 21, 2012 at 11:17 am

    “Ray, you’re sleeping on the floor.” Ha ha ha.
    Let me just say I’m enjoying this game immensely so far. Hope it won’t take too long to get Act 3 ready as well, I get the feeling I’ll want to see the next part as soon as I’m done with this one. Good job making this, I’m loving it. :)

    P.S
    Hope there isn’t some limits to how many comments I can leave here, I don’t know where else to put my thoughts as I play, so this will have to do for now. ^_~

    • projectbc
      December 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      I’m glad to hear it! Act III shouldn’t take quite as long since there’s not as much to change, although there is some new content that needs to be written yet. It’s very rewarding to have someone enjoy the game after spending untold hundreds of hours on it.

      And feel free to keep commenting here. I don’t mind one bit!

  9. Sara
    December 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Does the choices I make change the story at later parts? In particular, the harder choice I had to make earlier, with the team and all. If I pick the other or none at all for example? (Trying to avoid spoilers) Or is it all just minor differences?

    And what was in that treasure box in the underground area? The area with the levers you need to assign team mates to? I missed my chance to get it and I’m wondering if it was anything quest related. Okay, a better question would be, can you miss quest items, as in, cannot go back and get them after that quest area is done? Still missing a wine glass and some artifact or something for two side quests.

    Now for a question about stats, can you change them at all? Like, make Ray less oblivious for example? Ha ha. And I noticed a thing in the skill menu, one of the skills say you need “Speed Demon” to unlock it, but no such skill is in the list. Is that a skill that was given a new name?

  10. projectbc
    December 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Yes, the choices you make earlier on can, in fact, have a significant impact upon the story later on, although it may not be obvious on a first playthrough how.

    I can’t recall what specifically were in those treasure chests, but no quest items are missable as far as I can recall. There is a point of no return in Act II+ (the game will make it very obvious), but you can return in Act III. As for the other party member stats, no, you can’t. ;)

    As for “Speed Demon,” gah! I thought for sure I fixed that. >_< Yeah, it's a renamed skill.

  11. Sara
    December 21, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    If it makes you feel any better, it’s only 1 skill that has the description wrong. :)

    I will however, be forever haunted by the treasure chest that got away.. :(

  12. Paul
    December 21, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Different endings seem to give different names for Act 3 (The Current Angel of Justice, and one other). Will these be released at the same time, as the same program, or separately. Thanks, and great job! The entire game was a blast.

  13. projectbc
    December 21, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    They’ll be released together – no worries there. That said, Act III’ will be considerably shorter than the main Act III, so I recommend holding onto an Angel of Justice-compliant save. Thanks for playing and I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  14. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 10:44 am

    What exactly does “That said, Act III’ will be considerably shorter than the main Act III” mean?

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 10:57 am

      You’ll see when you complete Act II+.

  15. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Who made the music for the mansion? I really like it. :)
    I don’t want to ever leave this place. <3

  16. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Omg, creepiest corridor area ever! I miss the music from before.. :(
    All I feel now is dread and impending doom. I don’t want to be in this place anymore.
    I won’t be surprised if the new woman tries to stab me in the back. She seems shady to me. >:(

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 11:41 am

      It’s okay. Maladorr Manor is actually very warm and welcoming. It wants to be your friend.

      Forever.

  17. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Yeah…. Let’s NOT go into the super creepy door of doom. >_>
    Do I have to go in there to progress? I’d rather not.

  18. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Does these fragments I keep finding do anything? I’ve got 3 now, like some sort of super secret side quest somewhere? :D

    Or just related to the main story?

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 11:52 am

      Are you referring to the Azure Fragments? They’re usable for something in Act III.

      • Sara
        December 22, 2012 at 11:58 am

        Yes, those. I’ve got 4 now. How many do I need? Is there a set amount of them?

      • projectbc
        December 22, 2012 at 11:59 am

        You don’t need a certain amount. They’re each usable when the time comes.

  19. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Virad Artifacts, I showed him the mask already, are there others I can find? If so, what are they?

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 11:58 am

      There are three: The Virad Mask, the Virad Uniform, and the Virad Hood.

      • Sara
        December 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm

        How do I get the hood and uniform? Do I need to find Virads to fight? I forgot where I found the mask. :(

      • projectbc
        December 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm

        All the Virad items are random drops from the Virad in Boris Island’s warehouse.

  20. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    How come she doesn’t like dresses? I think her sprite looks pretty. :)

  21. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    projectbc :
    All the Virad items are random drops from the Virad in Boris Island’s warehouse.

    That was the place, thank you. :)

  22. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Are there specific gifts that suits the different people? I noticed giving a pocketwatch to Zagris got me a positive response as well as an item.

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      Yes. Each person has a special gift that will give a unique response.

  23. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Which ones respond to what person? Reloading to get it right is getting a bit tedious. >.<

  24. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Okay, Narrowed it down a bit.
    Zagris: Pocket watch
    Vel: Teddy
    Ray: Colone

    Now to guess the rest..

  25. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Seri: Journal

    Hmm, 2 to go.

  26. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Blaise got a tie, because he’s impossible to find gifts for, ha ha. ;D

    Give me a hint for the last person? =3

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      Who are you missing, Rien? She wants a gift as classy as she is.

  27. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I gave Mia the melody box, I mean, music box. Got a winter shard, was that correct?
    What about the last person?

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      Yep, that’s right.

  28. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Does Mia have a crush on Auria? =3

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      What do you think?

  29. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Where exactly do I find Rien? I’ve found everyone else, but her.

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      Most likely, you’ll find her near the south end of the bridge.

  30. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    And what’s with the creepy guy stalking Seri? >_>

  31. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Gave Rien wine, got Archangel Serum, I assume this was the correct reward. She seemed pleased. Do I get to watch the fireworks if I leave the area via the terminal?

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      Yup, that was correct. And no, sadly there’s no actual fireworks event.

      • Sara
        December 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm

        Aw, that one guy hyped it up and everything. :(

  32. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Something that confused me a bit though, I’m still getting EXP from battles, but the party level doesn’t increase and I’m not given any new action points to spend. Is this intentional, a limit put on this act or is it a bug of some sort?

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      It’s the level cap for Act II+.

  33. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Now for something I touched on earlier, the skill Parry says you need to have learned “Eyes of the Hawk”. I’m assuming what it should be referring to is “Silent Focus I”?

    Lock On Requires Eyes of the Hawk II.
    Warp requires Speed Demon II.
    Determination requires Draconic Longevity II.

    Everything else is in order.

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      Yes, that’s correct. I could’ve sworn I fixed it, sorry.

      • Sara
        December 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm

        It’s quite alright, just thought you might want to know it’s there.

  34. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Now for another question, does the Hall of Legends serve any purpose this Act? I mean, you go there earlier and find that empty book, but I’ve not been back there since. Least, nothing happened there when I went again.

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      Not in Act II.

  35. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    “I think it’s time to go back to Maladorr Manor”

    No, no, no, no, no, no. Nope, we are not going back there. Not now, not ever. It was creepy enough the first time! Please don’t make me go back there.. =[

  36. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    So, what purpose does the perfume I got in Act 1 serve, I’ve been keeping it with me forever now.

  37. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    And how come I can’t use Second Wind in combat anymore? It worked once, but not anymore. Is there some special condition that I need to meet?

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      Really! That’s very bizarre. I’ll look into it.

      • Sebastian
        December 24, 2012 at 6:04 pm

        Yup, the same has happened to me. I thought it might be used when in low HP, but I can’t seem to use it anymore! (Act II+)

      • Vasha
        January 14, 2013 at 3:39 pm

        I don’t remember ever using it, and I can’t use it. :( I wasted two level ups (second wind and an enhancement) on a useless skill!

  38. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Is it normal that I can level up to lv15, only for it to reset to lv14, but still give me points to spend in stats? (In theory, giving me the ability to grind all stats to max)

  39. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    And is Prism Slash suppose to take it’s HP cost for every single enemy? Example: Prism Slash costs 400 HP to use, there are 4 enemies. When used, I lose 1600HP, honestly makes the attack pretty useless, consider I’m killed the next time I’m hit unless I dodge.

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Err…nope….>_> How did all this get by testing? Gah!

  40. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    You can only do so much, glad to help by reporting these things. ^_^
    I’m still gaining lv15s, so to speak. My stats are all over 250 now. (Without equipment) Trying to get that uniform helped me gain a bunch of levels.

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      hahaha…whoops. Yeah, that’s not supposed to happen. I’ll have it fixed when Act III comes out.

      Hopefully.

  41. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Does that mean I’ll lose my stats? >.>
    Because, it’s benefiting me greatly, despite being a bug.

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      No, you’ll keep your stats. :P

  42. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    At least I know it’s not intended. I’d be back to be ask why the bosses are such pushovers. :p

  43. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    >_<
    No uniform yet and I just gained another lv15. I'll be maxed out before I find one, curse my luck!

    That being said, I'm having a lot of fun. Any plans for more games once Act III is done?

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      Oh, most certainly. Contention is just the beginning.

      We’ll be running a Kickstarter for the new Vacant Sky game in January.

  44. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    The same as the previous one? The other one was interesting, but as I recall, didn’t meet it’s required funding? What’s the new one about if it’s not the other one from before?

    And, I know it might sound a bit strange, but part of the reason I was interested in this to begin with was due to Auria. Not many games tend to have female main characters, even less have good ones. If this game had some generic male lead I might have ignored it when I first saw it.

    Not to say male leads can’t be good, interesting characters make any game good, just that I find male main characters to be a dime a dozen, or however that saying goes. Anyway, just make interesting characters, I guess and I’ll keep playing. :) (Although more female leads would be welcome)

  45. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Could you tell me where to find the wine glass for the final side quest? It said place of worship, so I thought to check the church, but found nothing. I don’t want to go to the creepy mansion until I find the glass and finish the side quest, but I’ve got no idea where it could be. :(

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      It is in the Viadahn church. If I recall correctly, it’s near the top of the church, on the right.

  46. projectbc
    December 22, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Yes, it’s for the same game (Awakening), but some stuff has changed this time. You can read more about what’s new here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/projectbc/vacant-sky-awakening-reinventing-classical-rpgs/posts

    I understand how you feel about the protagonist, but I don’t (usually) choose a character’s gender arbitrarily. In the case of Contention, I wanted to develop a story about the emotional and mental troubles that a teenage girl struggles with and how her journey affects her development. I’ve told that story now and now there’s a different story that I want to tell, and that story necessitates the protagonist being male just as Contention’s required Auria to be female.

    That’s not to say that I’m not going to have any more female protagonists. Just that the story I want to tell next is something different. Although the protagonist of Awakening isn’t female, there are many female main characters who still play a crucial role in the story, so hopefully that will make it a little less disappointing. :P

    Also – When the time comes, I don’t think you’ll find Dakura to be your typical male main character.

  47. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    That’s okay, I was more so thinking of the games that only use male lead cause it will “sell better”, which is almost every Triple AAA game ever.. >_>

    If it’s cause the story demands it, I’m fine with it and since this game is so much fun, I’d probably want to check out whatever else you guys make. :)
    I don’t normally overlook games just cause their main characters are males though, it’s just that I feel a bit tired of it sometimes.

    Just make him interesting and I’ll probably be okay with it, unless he has the worst personality ever. I have faith you’ll make him okay though.

    So…. About that wine glass.. >.>

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      The protagonist of Awakening is one Dakura Maladorr, a name you should recently have become acquainted with (if not, give it a little longer…). I wouldn’t have chosen him if I didn’t think he had a fun story to tell.

      • Sara
        December 22, 2012 at 2:44 pm

        Wait a minute… Wasn’t that the name of the people who owned the manor? =o

        Now I’m interested indeed.

      • saa
        December 24, 2012 at 2:31 am

        The next vacant sky’s main char is dakura??? Reallyyyy??!!!! OMG! This makes me feel so excited for some reason………

  48. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Found the glass, didn’t see you replied further up. Thank you..
    Do I have to go to the creepy mansion now? =[

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      ‘fraid so! Don’t worry, there’s cookies and punch.

  49. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Virad collector guy is still asking for more, despite having shown him all 3 items. :(
    Quest is incomplete in my log too. Last thing I was given was Red Queen.

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      In that case, it’s a bug. There are three items and Crimson Queen is the final reward.

  50. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Old Junk? What am I, this old man’s delivery girl? >_>
    Old machinery? Don’t think I’ve seen anything that qualifies, any ideas?

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      What, you mean you don’t appreciate history?

      I think the one you’re looking for is in the factory where you fought the Virad.

  51. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Oh I appreciate history, but this old guy sure is annoying. >.<

    Thanks for the tip.

  52. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Old Temple? *sigh*
    Hmm.. Where would that be?

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      There’s a pattern here – the dungeons of Act II. :P

  53. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    I kinda just want to see the next bit of story. u_u
    Where do I find this temple to get the wooden Idol?

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      You can finish this quest in Act III, if you’re in a hurry. :P The temple is where you encountered Kasch.

  54. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Kasch? I’ve been playing in bursts for a few days, I forgot where..

    Was not aware you could do the quest in Act III though. That’s useful information.

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      Take the merchant’s boat to Barette and go north of there. The entrance is in the cave.

  55. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Oh that guy, forgot about him..

  56. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I wish there was a sprint button sometimes.. v_v

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      The problem with having a sprint button is, why would you ever not be sprinting?

      • Sara
        December 22, 2012 at 3:02 pm

        A jog button instead then? =p

      • projectbc
        December 22, 2012 at 3:04 pm

        Auria is lazy.

  57. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    The doors are locked in that dungeon though, how do I get to the room where I fought him?

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      It’s not in that room. I believe it’s just to the right of where you enter the temple.

  58. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    I feel stupid now… I somehow missed the Idol although it’s to the right when you enter.. >_>

  59. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    The music in town reminds me of Persona 3.

  60. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Red Queen is my favorite Title Screen, Seri coming second, the original being 3rd and Vel being last. Nothing against her character or the drawing, but that’s how it is. :)

  61. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    These halls make my skin crawl. =[
    I don’t want to be here and I don’t want to get near that door.. Do I really have to open it?

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      You don’t have to open it if you don’t want to. Nothing’s forcing you to continue the story. :P

  62. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Oh… Well, that was quite unexpected.. I don’t know what to think about it. Poor Auria

  63. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I’m a bit confused as to where I’m suppose to go next. There were no hints about it after I opened the door. Just the cut scene when I left and went to bed. What am I suppose to be doing now?

  64. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Never mind, found out how to progress.

  65. December 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I just finished it. Loved it. My favorite part was Kasch. You murder for action and you murder by inaction. We weren’t given our choices. We were only given the right to choose.

    It’s a beautiful game.

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      Thank you for playing. I’m glad that you enjoyed it.

  66. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Blaise: -10 points
    Mia: +20

    I can understand his concern, but come on. :(
    Even Mr Blondie understood that.

    Still, she should have told them..

  67. December 22, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I can’t buy a paid video game. Will buying the soundtrack help support you?

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      That would be great and very much appreciated.

  68. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Would it be possible to get the title screens as a wallpaper or something? Assuming you’ve got the original drawing somewhere? I really like those title screen images.

  69. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I don’t want to hurt them. :(
    Can I choose not to? Let them win?

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      You have to win the battle to progress.

  70. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Done.
    Everyone is scattered everywhere. :(
    I can’t wait to play Act III and see how it all ends. Could I have prevented what happened to Mia?

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      The final choice provides you with a different outcome.

  71. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    But.. Wouldn’t she? It’s her or them? Is that how it works? :(

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      Afraid so.

  72. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I’d be a hypocrite if I told her it’s okay to do it. Guess I’ll save it for when I replay it.

  73. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Great work though, I was not expecting any of this to happen when I beat Act I.

    So when can I expect Act III? =3
    I’ll be back to clutter the comment section again! >=]

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      Thanks for playing! Sorry again for all the bugs you ran into.

      I don’t like to give ETAs until the game is at least in testing, but Act III shouldn’t take more than a few months. It’ll probably be a short time before I start working on it since January is going to be our big Kickstarter push for Awakening.

      • Sara
        December 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm

        A few months? Aww, I want it now! >.<

        What makes you think Awakening will have a better response this time around? How much do you need to raise in order to make it?

  74. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    124 comments and probably 90% of them are mine.. I feel a bit ashamed of that.. >_>
    I don’t suppose you’d make a forum just for me, ha ha ha.

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      Don’t feel bad at all. You’re welcome to post here as much as you’d like. :P

      • Sara
        December 22, 2012 at 6:29 pm

        *Someone comes to this blog*
        “129 comments? Wow, must be popular”
        “Hey! Almost all of these is just one person!”

        *feels ashamed* :(

  75. projectbc
    December 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Not sure if you saw it, but I replied to you earlier re: Awakening and what’s different this time around: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/projectbc/vacant-sky-awakening-reinventing-classical-rpgs/posts/370658

    The short of it: Some changes in direction and rebudgeting. Now, we’re asking for $8,000, which is less than what we managed to raise last time.

    • Sara
      December 22, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      Looks interesting and the art is pretty, hope it will get enough this time. :)

      • projectbc
        December 22, 2012 at 6:36 pm

        That makes two of us! I’m quite a ways into writing the story and I feel confident that it blows the original out of the water.

  76. Sara
    December 22, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    The original Awakening?
    What’s changed in terms of story? <.<

    • projectbc
      December 22, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      No, I mean the story is much better than the original Vacant Sky’s.

  77. Sara
    December 23, 2012 at 6:14 am

    That remains to be seen. >.>

  78. Dimitris
    December 23, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Hey guys I can’t download the act II .. My computer sais that the zipped file is corrupted .. And I cannot open it ..

    • projectbc
      December 23, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Have you tried downloading from the mirror?

  79. Dimitris
    December 23, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    yes .. I download it regularly but when I open the file I get the same error over and over ..

    • projectbc
      December 23, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      That’s strange. I don’t think anyone else has reported that problem. Could it be that your connection is dropping out while trying to download it?

  80. Dimitris
    December 24, 2012 at 6:15 am

    I tried to download it from another computer and it worked .. Thanks anyway ..

  81. Dimitris
    December 24, 2012 at 6:17 am

    And I do have a question .. I’ m playing vacant sky for a long time, before the complete edition was released and I can’t recall how you unlock the secret door in the malador dome .. I’ve gained access but I’m stucked there ..

    • projectbc
      December 24, 2012 at 10:52 am

      The flickering door or the one after the boss? You open the flickering door by smashing all the seals. The other one is opened after completing all three main quests.

      • Dimitris
        December 27, 2012 at 8:13 am

        I mean the first door when you enter and procceed to the very first room there is a a door that doesnt appear until you do something and the bgm of the room is the same as outside that room. Also, how do you recruit the girl with the purple hair( i cannot recall her name), how does the festival begin and three main quests? (I mean i cleared banivia and up .. The last is orkan right? but i cannot finish it..)

  82. saa
    December 24, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Ehm, so…. I used the goblet of something which was found in the church and now it’s gone >_> , second, on maladorr manor I got the buzzing sounds and get into battle and the sound persists until god knows when (I resetted, sry.) and third http://puu.sh/1EK0I (not important really.)

    Btw, I like that night pizza place, reminds me of that club in P3. XD

    • projectbc
      December 24, 2012 at 10:53 am

      Uhh, whoops!

  83. saa
    December 24, 2012 at 10:18 am

    ^^Used the goblet in battle….

  84. Sebastian
    December 24, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Great gam and great story! I’ve completed Act I yesterday, and I am willing to finish Act II in these days =D
    I’m getting this error from time to time during battles:

    Script ‘VacanWorks CBS New’ line 508: NoMethodError occurered.
    undefined method “is_summon_type?” for nil:NilClass

    I click Accept in the checkbox and am kicked off the game. Hopefully I’m used to save my game frequently, but the error is starting to piss me off!

    Hope you can fix it.

    Merry Christmas!

    • projectbc
      December 24, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      Sorry about the error! I’ve been trying to pin it down. So far, the only lead I’ve got is that it seems to be related to Stormpike. See if avoiding using it will help any.

  85. December 24, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Just one problem, not with the game at all.

    The first time Kasch makes you choose between Seri and Vanquish, I chose to fight Kasch because I didn’t know that they’d both die. I am responsible for their deaths, but it was my ignorance that caused it.

    But the second time, I had foreknowledge. If you know something will happen and you do nothing to prevent it, you are responsible. But I don’t have a choice to save both of them. It makes me feel horrible replaying it because this time, I agree that I bear complete responsibility for his/her death.

    • projectbc
      December 24, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      A fair point, though I’d like to point out that before the decision, Kasch says that if you move from your spot, he’ll kill them, and attacking him necessitates moving.

  86. December 24, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    But not moving means killing one of them off while attacking might stall long enough or maybe the demons will protect Kasch instead of killing Seri and Vanquish or maybe any number of things could happen.

    As Seri says, I have to believe that there is a way out. I guess you could say that believing there is a way out is ironically the way out of murdering one of them by intention, but it’s more than that. There are some decisions that you make that reflect the truth like math and science questions, and there are some questions that reflect who you are.

    Obviously, I’m not the same as everyone, but for me a small chance that both will live is preferable to certainty of a death. Foreknowledge takes away that small chance.

    From your comment though, I’m guessing that the scene is designed to force the player to murder someone intentionally. I guess I cheated that scene the first time around, so now I have to actually face it the second time.

    • saa
      December 24, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      I swear both of them alive when I played the original (hitnhinthint). I’m just pissed that there is no option to choose ray as the sacrifice….. yeah, I know……

      Anw, http://puu.sh/1EYpI. So he is a lady, makes just wanna kill him all the more……

      • December 25, 2012 at 12:58 am

        HAHAHA, I got that bug too. There’s an even funnier one where you walk out as Auria and confront “Auria” in the hotel room.

      • projectbc
        December 25, 2012 at 1:08 am

        ahahahaha how does that happen?

      • projectbc
        December 25, 2012 at 1:16 am

        It’s possible to keep both of them alive.

      • December 25, 2012 at 3:33 pm

        Oh really? Is it the “I can’t choose” option? How is that any different from just attacking Kasch though?

        If that is the way to save both of them, it’s weird, isn’t it? You’re not responsible for their murders for not choosing since they both live, but if you attack Kasch you are responsible for their murders because they happen to be dead.

      • projectbc
        December 25, 2012 at 3:39 pm

        No, selecting “I can’t choose” also makes both of them die.

      • December 25, 2012 at 3:53 pm

        Then how……never mind, I’ll start the game over just to unmurder them. I’m sure I’ll find it eventually.

  87. Prolegomenon
    December 25, 2012 at 1:01 am

    so….what’s the deal with the ahem…”nervous photographer” character?

    • projectbc
      December 25, 2012 at 1:08 am

      No one of consequence.

      • Prolegomenon
        December 25, 2012 at 1:19 am

        Ah-ha so it IS Vastale, I knew it!

        That aside…..I can’t figure out gift to give Vanquish ;_; did I miss something?

      • projectbc
        December 25, 2012 at 1:22 am

        You want to get him the Giadayne (Orkan chess) set, which IIRC you can purchase in Viadahn.

      • Prolegomenon
        December 25, 2012 at 1:31 am

        Oh, there it is, thanks….speaking of….I remember getting an exception for Ray when I did my first playthrough by getting Vel first. I can’t seem to get the exception from the same chest in any of the latter playthroughs where I did things in different order, is that supposed to happen?

      • projectbc
        December 25, 2012 at 1:36 am

        I believe Stormpike is in a chest in the factory in Boris Island. There are two versions of the factory dungeon, a normal version and a dark version. If you’re on a route where you go to the dark version, then you need to go to the original to get it.

      • Prolegomenon
        December 25, 2012 at 2:00 am

        Ooooh I see….hmmm, it also gave me a duplicate of the broken gear

      • projectbc
        December 25, 2012 at 2:07 am

        You can never have too many gears.

  88. December 25, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    projectbc :
    ahahahaha how does that happen?

    I believe its when Vel impersonates Auria, and then Auria escapes the Virad to get to Rayonne. Instead of going to the portal, I walked out of the warehouse to buy items, found I couldn’t get back into the warehouse since it was closed, and walked back to the hotel. Then, I met “Auria”, started the whole process again, and this time I went ahead and confronted Weapon and his boss.

  89. Prolegomenon
    December 26, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    *Auria in front of Simon’s house* “I don’t know who lives here.”

    That’s cold, dawg.

  90. Seyhial
    December 26, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    How can I save both Seri and Vanquish from Kasch ? I tried all the choices but I just can’t manage to save them both ><

    • projectbc
      December 26, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      None of the choices he gives you will save them both.

      • Seyhial
        December 26, 2012 at 7:09 pm

        Is it even possible ?

      • projectbc
        December 26, 2012 at 7:12 pm

        Not anymore.

      • Seyhial
        December 26, 2012 at 7:15 pm

        Oh, then there is no point in trying x) I suppose I will just have to keep on playing… Thank you very much for your quick answers and your great work, I really love this game ! I believe it’s one of my favourite ^^ I’m really looking forward to play act III and Awakening ! =)

      • projectbc
        December 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm

        Thanks for the kind words! Feel free to drop me a line if you need help again.

  91. Sara
    December 27, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Out of curiosity, and since I didn’t play the original… How do you save both? Is it some elaborate process or did one of the options given to you enable you to do it in the previous version of the game? Why decide to remove the possibility of saving both? (Although I like the forced consequence of not being able to)

    • projectbc
      December 27, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      In the original, you always saved both. Whoever “died” would just barely survive, so your choice ultimately didn’t matter aside from changing some dialog. The reason was because the amount of branching required was…staggering, to say the least, so though it was kind of a copout, that’s how it worked in the original.

      • December 29, 2012 at 2:21 am

        So…it’s not possible to save both. But you said up there that it’s possible to keep both of them alive…..

  92. Dimitris
    December 28, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I mean the first door when you enter and procceed to the very first room there is a a door that doesnt appear until you do something and the bgm of the room is the same as outside that room. Also, how do you recruit the girl with the purple hair( i cannot recall her name), how does the festival begin and three main quests? (I mean i cleared banivia and up .. The last is orkan right? but i cannot finish it..) .. sorry for the delay of the answer

  93. December 30, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Ok, I Just want to tell you that your game is absolutely epic. I found your act 2+ link and played them straight threw. I still can’t believe it, I actually care about your charters. I have 2 questions. First: any chance of getting you to show those “pro’s” on the final fantasy teams how to wright real characters. and second do I need to wait for act 3+ to be finished in order to import my save or is there a way to import it into your old act 3. I really want to finish the game but I want to finish it with all the mistakes i’ve made and not use a blank slate that is available in your old act 3.

    • projectbc
      December 30, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      Thanks for playing. I’m glad you enjoyed it! The characters are always the heart of Vacant Sky games and they sometimes take the story in directions I never could have planned. Unfortunately, as Act II+ just came out, the revamped Act III is not out yet and your save won’t be compatible with the old Act III. Sorry! Not only that, but a lot of the choices you can make in Act II+ weren’t in the original, so there wouldn’t be any way to continue in the original game.

  94. December 30, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    That’s fine, I’ll try to be patient and wait for your next release. also do you have a donation button, store, or kick starter to help with funding? I want to show my appreciation to your team.

    • projectbc
      December 31, 2012 at 9:18 am

      We’ll be launching a Kickstarter in the coming weeks, so be sure to keep your eyes open for it!

  95. Sara
    December 31, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Just how many are you working on these games anyway? How large a team do you have? >.>

    • projectbc
      December 31, 2012 at 9:19 am

      There are about seven people working on Awakening and five who are or were working on Contention.

  96. Lilith
    January 2, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I have some problems and I really hope that someone will help me. I can’t seem to anything in the orkan mansion. There is a door that apears and dissapears, but how do I open it? I can’t seem to advance further in the game. What do I have to do?Why did that Kasch guy become evil? Does in have anything to to with the choices I made in the first game? I really need a WALKTHROUGH :( Btw I also found some bugs. I can’t use Auria’s skill second wind at all, my game crashes while I am in the temple trying to rescue that guy and find Kasch.

    The plot, the dialogue and the way the characters interact with each other is good. The music and the art are splendid. :D
    There are a few things that I dislike:

    The saving process is KILLING everything that I like about this game. ( Can’t you do anything about it :(?
    The enemies that keep coming back to life when you exit the building or try to save. ( Maybe only a few of them should come back to life, not all).
    Level restriction. ( The monsters are way too tough).

    • projectbc
      January 2, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      First: Thanks for playing, and sorry for the problems you’ve run into! I’ll do my best to help.

      -In Maladorr Manor, opening the flickering door requires breaking each of the glowing seals, of which I believe there are six.
      -The bug with Second Wind is known and should be fixed in the next release.
      -Can you give me specifics as to what happens when the game crashes? Does it happen in battles when you use Stormpike? If so, try to avoid using it and see if that helps.

      What is it about the save process that you don’t like? Is it the resurrecting monsters? If so, I can look into that. Also, if you didn’t know, you can escape from most battles hassle free by selecting Escape in the battle menu. And as for the difficulty – yeah, sorry about that, I’ll try making it a bit easier in the next release. It’s tough to get right; most testers complained that the game was far too easy, and I guess I swung the pendulum too far in the other direction.

      Hope that helps. Sorry again for all the trouble you ran into!

  97. Lilith
    January 3, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Did you say six seals. I only found 3…
    I’ll try to play the game from the beginnig. Maybe I did something wrong.

    • projectbc
      January 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      No, you didn’t do anything wrong. There’s a trick to the manor. You need to enter a mirror when the screen is flashing.

  98. Lilith
    January 3, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    O.o

    I’ll try it right now. Thank you.

  99. Lilith
    January 3, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    By the way does Auria have any love interests? I hope Weapon is one of them ( even if he is a cold blodded killer and a womanizer XD).

    • projectbc
      January 3, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      What do you think?

  100. Lilith
    January 3, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I think that he is. If the game has a dark path those two would make a good couple.

    • projectbc
      January 3, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      Well, whether or not the game has a dark path is a matter of perspective. :P

    • projectbc
      January 3, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      Although, I hope your definition of “good” doesn’t mean “healthy.” :P

  101. January 4, 2013 at 12:54 am

    I have never actually left feedback for this game, despite playing it pretty much from the start. I feel like it’s high time I do so. I love every aspect of this and I’m looking forward to the third act. For now I’m still playing through the second. I did notice one small bug which I do not think has been mentioned — I took my trip to Viadahn and found that I could, after speaking with Meridian the first time and being made to go to bed, re-enter the “hotel room” when I’d awoken and discover the scene with Vel and Ray inside, despite not having met Vel yet. It’s just a minor thing, but I thought I’d mention it.

    By the way, I’m that girl that tried to do a crappy cover of the first act’s opening song. I just adore the soundtrack of this game so much. I’m sorry I didn’t ask before doing so, but I was wondering if in the future I could cover the second act’s opening as well? It’s not something for sure, but I thought I’d ask just in case. :) Again, my apologies for going ahead and singing it without asking at first.

    Thank you for an absolutely delightful and well-thought-out game. Interesting characters, a fascinating world and interesting history, all the different options and the twists and turns of the plot, nice art… Not to mention the great music. It’s definitely up there on my favourite games list compared with everything I’ve played in the past. Good luck with the rest of your projects and keep up the amazing work. As many others said, I’m eagerly awaiting the third act.

    • projectbc
      January 4, 2013 at 1:13 am

      Hello! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! And thanks again for the very kind words! I’ve actually heard that bug report before – oops! Don’t know how that slipped by me. I’ll see what I can do about fixing it.

      And there’s no need to apologize for doing the cover at all! I don’t mind it at all. Go ahead and cover as many of the songs as you like.

  102. Sara
    January 4, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Is Act 3 out yet? >.>
    Anyway.. Just how much replay value does the game have? Will the story change a lot depending on choices you make? Or will it just change small things here and there? (More than one ending perhaps?)

    And more importantly, does the ending have a little boy in it that offers you 3 choices that are pretty much the same? =p

    • projectbc
      January 4, 2013 at 1:06 am

      Afraid it’s not out yet. :P My focus is going to be on Awakening this month, since the Kickstarter is launching this weekend (fingers crossed!).

      As for the story changing – yes, it changes significantly. Like, moreso than in Act II+ significantly. Like, there are three completely different main plots depending on what your choices are. There were five endings in the original, and the new version will have at least six total.

  103. Sara
    January 4, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    If Awakening gets the funds it needs, how long would it take to get it released? An rough estimate? A year? Two?

    • projectbc
      January 5, 2013 at 1:40 am

      Episode 1 should be here by April. In general, because we planned it out better and know what we’re doing, we can probably produce 3-4 episodes a year, so it’ll take around two years to finish it.

      • Sara
        January 5, 2013 at 7:24 pm

        So would you need to buy every episode separately or is it free like Vacant Sky?.

      • projectbc
        January 5, 2013 at 9:30 pm

        The plan is that you can either buy each episode separately, or buy the whole set for a discount. A demo of episode 1 will be available for free, though.

  104. Lilith
    January 5, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    So, I finished Act II.

    MAJOR SPOILER AHEAD

    OMG, this game is one of the saddest ones I’ve ever played. If this was voiced it would be EPIC. I have no idea if my choices in Act I influenced Acts II endings. I really, really wasn’t expecting that. After I opened that door and found out the truth about Auria and Zezzorah I was like O.o. At the festival is there any option to have a date except Mia? I gave all of them presents which they liked and they gave me something in return. Does this mean anything? ( like a better relationship or something). *cries* Why did Weapon die?!! WAHHHHH, he Zaq, Mia and Auria are my favourite characters. Ugh, and that idiot Ray killed poor Mia. Are Ray and Auria canon or something? ( I HOPE NOT cause I don’t like Ray at all). I hate Blaise too… ( He is so mean…). Why did Zaqris had to die too? And Ray just kept geting on my nerves. I can’t believe Auria was jealous of Vel. I really wasn’t expecting that. ( her liking Ray YUCK! They don’t match at all, that’s what I think). I also choose to kill them so I could save Mia cause I like her so much. ( I’d rather pair Auria with Mia than with Ray).

    SPOILER END

    I can’t wait to play Act III. Thank you very much project BC for releasing such beautiful and professional looking games. You guys are the best! XD

    AuriaXWeapon
    AuriaXMia

    FOREVER!!!!! :D

    • projectbc
      January 5, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      Congratulations on completing Act II+! It sounds like you certainly enjoyed it, and I’m glad to hear it! As for the festival, no, there’s no way to take anyone as a date. As for what counts as canon or not…well, if I said anything, that would spoil the fun, so you’ll just have to wait and find out.

      Thanks again for playing and for the very kind words! If you’re enjoying Vacant Sky, we’re launching a Kickstarter for its prequel tomorrow – in which the protagonist is Zezzorah.

      • Sara
        January 6, 2013 at 11:03 am

        If Auria ends up with Ray or something, I’m going to replay the game to have him killed.. >_>

        He’s a nice comic relief, but ugh, he can have Vel or something.

        Now for something I was wondering, after entering the creepy door and getting all that information. Is Auria immortal? I forgot some of the info you got, but from what I recall, her mother was part of some experiment or something?

      • projectbc
        January 6, 2013 at 11:24 am

        Yes, Auria is effectively immortal (which is why she survived Blaise shooting her at the start of the story). If she ever has a child, though, she will pass her immortality and power onto the child and become human again (as happened with her mother).

  105. Lilith
    January 5, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    The protagonist is him?! OMG, I really want to know his whole story. I can’t wait! XD

    • projectbc
      January 6, 2013 at 12:11 am

      Look forward to it! Having been putting the finishing touches on the story’s first draft lately, I’m confident that it blows the original out of the water.

  106. Sara
    January 6, 2013 at 10:58 am

    projectbc :
    The plan is that you can either buy each episode separately, or buy the whole set for a discount. A demo of episode 1 will be available for free, though.

    How much do you plan to sell it for? I mean, while I did enjoy this game, thus far. I’m not going to pay like 50 euro per episode or something. >_>

    • projectbc
      January 6, 2013 at 11:22 am

      Ha! No way. I’m thinking somewhere in the vicinity of $10 USD per episode or $60 for all 8. They have a lot more content (and production values) than each of the original acts.

      • Sara
        January 6, 2013 at 8:06 pm

        Can I pay in $ then? Would you release it on here as a pay and download or going to try and make it available on services such as Steam?

        Does funding the kickstarter when it’s launched give you a free version of the whole thing if you fund enough? >.> (If you fund more than 60, I’d guess?)

      • projectbc
        January 6, 2013 at 9:17 pm

        I’m certainly going to try to get the game onto Steam, but failing that, it’ll be offered for purchase up on our website. If you pledge at least $10 on Kickstarter, you get episode 1 for free. If you pledge at least $45, you get all eight – which is a discount from the $60 it will be for non-Kickstarter backers, so you get a good deal by pledging!

  107. Sara
    January 6, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    projectbc :
    Yes, Auria is effectively immortal (which is why she survived Blaise shooting her at the start of the story). If she ever has a child, though, she will pass her immortality and power onto the child and become human again (as happened with her mother).

    Does all the children become like the mother? Or just the female ones? What if she has more than one child? They become semi immortal? (Can’t die from wounds, but old age?)

    What happens if she never has a child?

    • projectbc
      January 6, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      It’s unclear what would happen if she had a male child. The Archon attribute is passed in full down to her firstborn child, so after that, she would be a regular human again and so a second child would also be human. If she never has a child, she remains as she is forever.

      • Sara
        January 6, 2013 at 9:15 pm

        What if she has twins? :p

      • projectbc
        January 6, 2013 at 9:22 pm

        Who knows?

        (probably fanfic authors)

      • Sara
        January 6, 2013 at 9:16 pm

        So the only way she can die is by having a child? (No matter what she does, she’ll keep getting resurrected)

      • projectbc
        January 6, 2013 at 9:19 pm

        Correct.

  108. Sara
    January 6, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Is that why Mia is all, “I’m a monster, let’s kill everyone” when you first meet her? But wait.. Wasn’t she killed if you choose their side, but if she’s like Auria, wouldn’t she resurrect? I forgot what she said prior to that, so maybe she’s not like Auria.. >_>

    I.. I might need to replay the game again, huh?

    • Lilith
      January 6, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      She was killed by Ray’s spear which is blessed. ( That means she can die)

      • projectbc
        January 6, 2013 at 9:26 pm

        Mia and Auria are fundamentally different, even though they’re both Archons. What being an Archon means is that you have the soul of something else embedded inside you and you take on some of its attributes. Demons possess flawed immortality and can be killed by blessed weapons. As Mia has a demon inside of her, she inherited that trait. It’s unclear what, if any, limitations Zezzorah’s immortality had, but Auria also inherits those.

  109. Sara
    January 6, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Ah, that explains it, thanks. Um, who was Zezorah again? (And what’s with all the Zs, geez) >.>

    • projectbc
      January 6, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      (Act II spoiler warning!)

      Zezzorah/Dakura Maladorr was the founder of the Virad, 2000 years ago. He originally possessed the power of Night Zero and was using it to destroy the world. He was eventually defeated by the Orkan church and sealed away inside of Annelise Edith – Auria’s mother.

      • Sara
        January 6, 2013 at 9:59 pm

        So Awakening focuses on his story? Rise to power? Progression from rich boy to “hitler” of the Vacant Sky universe, so to speak? >.>

        I’ll admit, I was interested in his story as I played, so now I’ll definitely get Awakening one way or another. Even if I have to back the whole thing myself. :D
        Although, doing so might not be the best financial idea for my right now. >_>

      • projectbc
        January 6, 2013 at 10:02 pm

        You hit the nail on the end. Awakening covers the how and the why, showing his rise to power, the unification of Orka, and the creation of the Virad. It answers a lot of questions and raises new considerations for the story as it moves forward. Of course, there are many new characters, some of which are even more interesting than Dakura himself.

  110. Sara
    January 6, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    projectbc :
    I’m certainly going to try to get the game onto Steam, but failing that, it’ll be offered for purchase up on our website. If you pledge at least $10 on Kickstarter, you get episode 1 for free. If you pledge at least $45, you get all eight – which is a discount from the $60 it will be for non-Kickstarter backers, so you get a good deal by pledging!

    I hope you do manage to get them on Steam, I think you’d get even more sales that way. Surely during a sale at any rate, everyone buys stuff they find interesting at 75%, ha ha.

    But, that’s probably not a concern right now. Just hope you’ll look into it. I like steam as it keeps things organized, even when uninstalled.

    • projectbc
      January 6, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      I definitely intend to try, although it’s really quite difficult!

      • Sara
        January 6, 2013 at 10:01 pm

        Really? I was under the impression Valve/Steam was quite welcoming of new games from small developers. Although I’d imagine you’d need something solid to present first.

        But really, I’ve got no idea how it works as far as getting your game onto steam, so any light you can shed on that would be appreciated. :)

      • projectbc
        January 6, 2013 at 10:05 pm

        The way it works is that you submit to a service called Steam Greenlight, where you try to get users to vote up your game. When it gets to a certain number of votes, it gets considered for release on Steam. It’s not explicitly said how many votes are necessary, but it’s a lot.

  111. Sara
    January 6, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    projectbc :
    You hit the nail on the end. Awakening covers the how and the why, showing his rise to power, the unification of Orka, and the creation of the Virad. It answers a lot of questions and raises new considerations for the story as it moves forward. Of course, there are many new characters, some of which are even more interesting than Dakura himself.

    If Awakening gets really popular, here’s hoping anyway.. Would you then consider making me a forum? :D (I’m joking.. Only maybe not?)

    • projectbc
      January 6, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      If there’s enough interest, I would be more than happy to start up a forum. Granted, Kickstarter will be the de facto Awakening forum until and unless it becomes too crowded.

      • Sara
        January 6, 2013 at 10:10 pm

        Kickstarter has a forum for it? >.>
        Meh, I like it here. I don’t wanna move out. :(

        Besides, without me, how will we ever break the comment section with too many comments?

      • projectbc
        January 6, 2013 at 10:10 pm

        You present a compelling argument!

  112. Sara
    January 6, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    projectbc :
    The way it works is that you submit to a service called Steam Greenlight, where you try to get users to vote up your game. When it gets to a certain number of votes, it gets considered for release on Steam. It’s not explicitly said how many votes are necessary, but it’s a lot.

    Oh yeah, I tend to browse that from time to time. Do submit it when you meet the qualifications for it and I’ll be sure to try and get as many votes as I can. ;)

    • projectbc
      January 6, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      Much appreciated! I’ll probably wait until the game is closer to release, though.

  113. Sara
    January 6, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    <_<
    How come it's mostly just me here?
    I mean, does that say anything about how popular this game is?
    Does it get many downloads? I'd love to see more people here, discussing stuff, but I'm guessing most were around for the original release or doesn't feel like commenting, huh?

  114. Vasha
    January 9, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Hi, people! I finally got around to playing this… and it crashed as soon as I pressed New Game:

    Script ‘Skill Shop’ line 222: SystemStackError occurred.
    stack level too deep

    I’m surprised, because nobody else seems to have gotten this problem. It’s kind of annoying, because the first time I tried playing the original there was a crash, and now there’s a crash again! D:

    Any help?

    • projectbc
      January 9, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      Gack, that sucks! Are you trying to start a new game in Act I+? I remember someone mentioning this way back when it was first released, but I can’t seem to recall off-hand what the fix was. When did you download it? Could you try downloading a fresh copy?

      • Vasha
        January 12, 2013 at 2:36 pm

        I just redownloaded it, and it’s working fine! ~YAY~!

      • projectbc
        January 12, 2013 at 3:38 pm

        Great!

  115. January 12, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Hi, I’ve only been playing about 25 mins (loving it so far) but had a query re the keyboard controls for the game.
    I noted a couple referrences to the Map (or one in particular anyway in East Naven post office where they insist on giving you one). From what I can see though there isn’t actually a map in-game, or at least I can’t seem to find the keyboard button for it. If there is one could someone please enlighten me ?
    Also tried using the ‘X-box’ controller for PC with this (still no button triggers a map!) but moving is really difficult with the analog stick as keep doing diagonals. Is there anyway to get the game to use the D-Pad on the controller ?

    • projectbc
      January 12, 2013 at 11:48 am

      There’s no “map button.” Rather, if you went to the post office in East Naven, you received map items. Using them from the menu brings up the map. With regard to the controls, there’s no built-in support for 360 controllers, it just uses the default USB mapping. You’d have to configure the controller in Windows to do so.

  116. January 12, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Thanks for the swift reply Projectbc

  117. Sara
    January 13, 2013 at 6:07 am

    It’s about that time again. :)
    How is act 3 coming along? :D

    I do have a serious question though, with Awakening trying to get it’s funding sorted, who is working on Act 3? Or I guess, once it does get it’s funding, will Act 3 be delayed in favor of making Awakening Episode 1? I don’t recall how large your team is, but I’m going to make the assumption you don’t have too many people to be splitting work onto.

    • projectbc
      January 13, 2013 at 11:32 am

      I’ll still be working on Act III. I’m never just working on one project at a time, because I frequently get writer’s block or just bored and then need to change gears for a while. I’ve been working on the Complete Edition concurrently with Awakening for the past year or so. Just priorities change from time to time.

  118. Sara
    January 13, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Will you be able to release Act 3 and thus finish the complete Edition this year?

    • projectbc
      January 13, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      I sure hope so.

  119. Sara
    January 13, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Might be a bit early to tell, but once Awakening is done and over with, do you plan to expand on the Vacant Sky Universe some more? Obviously I don’t know how this story ends, but sine Awakening is prequel of sorts, any plans on making a game set after this one?

    • projectbc
      January 13, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      Absolutely, although it’s too early to tell what form it will take. Awakening wasn’t originally intended to exist, actually. I was intending to just continue forward with the story after Act III, but the game we wanted to make was frankly way out of our sights financially so we decided to try something different in order to get better as developers and to hopefully raise the budget we need to continue forward with the story.

      Frankly speaking, I think Awakening gives away too much too soon – you’re going to get a lot of answers, more than I wanted to give at this stage. :P

  120. Vasha
    January 14, 2013 at 3:41 am

    So… another error. :/

    This one happens when Rayonne is fighting with Weapon. It’s always his first turn (after performing Night Wind, that is). This is the error message:

    Script ‘VacantWorks CBS New” line 508: NoMethodError occured.
    undefined method ‘is_summoning_type?’ for nil:Nil Class

    I’ve tried the battle twice, and both times it crashed here. Help? D:

    • projectbc
      January 14, 2013 at 9:45 am

      That one is related to Rayonne’s Stormpike ability. Not using it should stop the error.

  121. Vasha
    January 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Oh… Well, that sucks. Not using Rayonne’s stormpike is going to make this battle more difficult. But I will do it!

    • projectbc
      January 14, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      Sorry ’bout that! :<

  122. Vasha
    January 14, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Okay, so I finally got to finish the game. Yay! I’m replaying with some different choices right now (SPOILER: I’m really missing Seri D:). Have a few random questions, though:
    1) Maybe I’m just going crazy, but on the first playthrough I thought I saw an item shop in Orka that let you buy an item that gives Blaise an Awakening, but now I can’t find the shop at all! Am I just making things up? o.O
    2) In Auria’s hometown, there’s a cliff at the far south edge with a chest on it, but I have no idea how to get to it. Is it possible, or are you just taunting me? Same goes for in the Maladorr mansion, actually. In one of the mirror-rooms, there’s a chest behind some bars. Can I get to that or not?

    • projectbc
      January 14, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      Congrats on beating it! Make sure you hold onto your complete game in case you don’t like the new outcome you achieve.
      1) It’s in Orka, although I don’t remember which district. It should be there and accessible.
      2) They’re not accessible in Act II+.

      • Vasha
        January 14, 2013 at 4:30 pm

        Will do!
        1) Well, at least I know I’m not going crazy, then. :P
        2) Yeah, that’s what I figured. Just checking.

      • Vasha
        January 14, 2013 at 4:31 pm

        1) It’s not in the cafe, is it? Because for some reason I can’t talk to the person behind the counter. :/

      • projectbc
        January 14, 2013 at 4:37 pm

        No, it’s not. I remember it’s on the right side of one of the districts – either the first or third, I believe.

      • Vasha
        January 14, 2013 at 4:34 pm

        Oh, another question:
        3) When you’re giving gifts to people at the festival, does it make a difference who you give what to?

      • projectbc
        January 14, 2013 at 4:37 pm

        Yes, it does. Each person has a preferred gift that they want.

  123. Vasha
    January 14, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I just found the item shop! I didn’t realize that’s what it was because a) the black sign kind of blends in with the black ground, and b) All of the other enterable buildings have that gray and blue sign. But yay!

    Gifts: Aah, I figured. Cool!

  124. Vasha
    January 14, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    So… I just bought Blaise’s Gunner’s Gambit skill, and it’s totally broke. I can use it with no EP, even though it says it costs 1 EP (not sure whether or not it takes away an EP if you have it, but still weird.) And it doesn’t hit a random enemy. It hits the enemy you target. :P

    • Vasha
      January 14, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      Okay, if you have EP it does get rid of one, but you don’t need EP to use it.

      • projectbc
        January 14, 2013 at 4:49 pm

        Whooops. >_>

      • Vasha
        January 14, 2013 at 8:46 pm

        Haha, it’s really fun to use at least! :P Pretty powerful, especially in large groups. Even when I’m just fighting two virad, it consistently does 770 damage each time. Though I still haven’t been able to pick up a Virad hood >_>

      • Vasha
        January 14, 2013 at 8:50 pm

        Okay, well it WAS fun. Until it just crashed my game. What’s up with these exceptions crashing? At least I saved just before this battle!

        Script ‘CTB by Charlie – Scene_Battle’ line 1506: NoMethodError occurred.
        undefined method ‘push’ for nil:NilClass

      • projectbc
        January 14, 2013 at 9:04 pm

        Gah! Sorry about that. :< There was so much new stuff in Act II+ that it's inevitable that some of it scraped by testing (believe me, if you knew all the stuff that WAS caught, you'd understand). I'll do my best to fix it in the next release.

      • Vasha
        January 14, 2013 at 9:05 pm

        Yeah, I bet! It’s still fun, though! :) And hopefully I like the path my choices are taking me, cuz searching for that Virad Hood is really getting me some good stats! :P

  125. Sara
    January 14, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Seeing Vasha break your game more than I did makes me laugh. :D

  126. Sara
    January 14, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Vasha :
    Yeah, I bet! It’s still fun, though! :) And hopefully I like the path my choices are taking me, cuz searching for that Virad Hood is really getting me some good stats! :P

    Infinite LevelUPs bug ftw!

  127. Sara
    January 16, 2013 at 10:28 am

    So I went back and just, leveled up a lot more and I think I might have accidentally the whole stat sheet now. >_>
    I’m going to start over and not abuse the system this time. Deleting my save just in case. I feel awful about it.

    Any plans on trying to fix these “bugs” or will they remain?

    • projectbc
      January 16, 2013 at 11:16 am

      >___>

      It’ll all be fixed (hopefully) with the next release (Act III). It’s actually a lot of work to distribute a new release, so I try not to do minor updates for fear of having to keep track of all the different versions and which sites haven’t been updated yet.

  128. Sara
    January 16, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Any idea what caused it? I mean, one does not simply break the level up system. :D

    Either way, I’ll be happy to break Act 3 for you too. ;)

    • projectbc
      January 16, 2013 at 11:50 am

      I haven’t looked into it yet. Crunch week for Act II+ was really draining so since release, I’ve kind of distanced myself from it so I can relax. The code in Contention is really, really old and really, really bad, so it’s a huge chore to fix bugs and implement new features.

  129. Sara
    January 16, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Why not clean up the code then? I’ll admit I know nothing about coding games, so excuse me if my question come off as extremely ignorant. >_>

    It’s just, I’ve never played a game where I could pretty much accidentally break the leveling system.

    • projectbc
      January 16, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      Because in the time that it would take me to do that, I could finish programming Awakening, and probably half of another game. Improving bad code is very difficult and time-consuming, especially in a language like Ruby which is notoriously impervious to refactoring.

  130. Sara
    January 16, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Okay, try not to break the level system in Awakening then. :)

    • projectbc
      January 16, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      Seeing as how there’s no EXP or leveling, that shouldn’t be an issue. :P

  131. Sara
    January 16, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    You never know, you thought these acts were fixed and look how much stuff me and Vasha managed to break. :D

    But since your page mentions early beta access, I can help by completely breaking the game early?

    • projectbc
      January 16, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      Indeed. Luckily, the new engine and tools VSA are built with will make it much, much, much easier to debug.

  132. Sara
    January 22, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Act 3, finish it and release it right meow!

    • projectbc
      January 22, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Yes, ma’am!

  133. Sara
    January 28, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Um, kinda unrelated, but do you guys mind if I borrow the names of some of the characters and use them for characters I create in other games? (As in, play, not create)
    They are fairly unique and probably won’t have been taken in games that require unique character names for you to play. (Like MMOs)

    So I guess I’m asking for permission? Just in case.

    • projectbc
      January 28, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      I don’t mind at all! That’s very flattering.

      (As an aside, I finally caved and am looking into setting up a forum.)

  134. Sara
    January 28, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Be sure to link it here in the comments. :)

    And thanks for the permission.

  135. Keltena
    January 30, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    I hope this is still the right place for questions; I wasn’t sure if I should clog up the Reddit page with them.

    Anyway, there are two things I’d like to ask. First, I’ve been taking notes on bug reports I notice while playing, plus some opinions on writing and game balance — I’m assuming you’d want to hear the former, but I wanted to ask if want crit on the latter before just giving it to you. Also, is there a preferred way for me to get that to you, like commenting here versus creating a thread for bug reports on the Reddit or emailing them somewhere? (Although I’m not quite finished with Act II yet, so I’ll wait until I am to give you my notes regardless.)

    Second, I noticed the fanwork contest and I’m starting to get really interested in it. However, I just started playing Vacant Sky recently with the Complete Edition, so I’m not going to know the whole story in time for the deadline unless I get and rush through the old version, which I really don’t want to do. So: is it okay for me to enter the contest with a fanwork made only with knowledge of Acts I-II? I’m asking mainly because I’m thinking of writing fanfiction — probably not plot-heavy fic, but still writing. (I’m not bent on winning or anything, but I’d like to write something and the contest deadline seems like a nice motivation.)

    Thanks in advance!

    • projectbc
      January 30, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Sure thing. Ideally, I’d like to start moving these discussions to reddit (easier to navigate plus a searchable archive) but this is fine.

      First, thanks for playing and for taking notes on the bugs! The Complete Edition has been a nightmare to test, so unfortunately quite a few things have slipped by us. If you could put them up on a thread on reddit, we can start a public list of all the known issues. As for the critique, feel free to send it along, though you might want to wait until after you’ve finished Act II.

      And as for the contest, that’s perfectly fine! Don’t let the close deadline discourage you; we’d love to see what you’ve got, regardless of how much you get done!

  136. Mg
    February 12, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I got this error in Virad Warehouse.

    script ‘VacantWorks CBS New’ line 508: NoMethodError occured.
    undefined method ‘is_summon_type?’ for nil:NilClass

    • projectbc
      February 12, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      That seems to be a problem with using Stormpike. It appears to be bugged in the current release. Avoiding using it should solve the problem. Sorry about that!

  137. June 23, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    I have to say, I am mostly impressed about what you have done with the series as a whole (though I am stuck fighting against Weapon as… Ray, the one guy I stopped using after getting Rein and Vel. Yeah, rage mode thanks to getting hit by Vital hits in every attack).

    I never expected several of the plot twists that have surfaced, though it would kind of explain why the demons stopped having interest after everyone else were at the levers.

    I do have one complaint though (excluding enemies have a good three to five vital hits in succession on occasions), is that it is quite easy to be lost. Sure there is a journal, but it doesn’t seem the individual entries for quests are updated.

    Either way, I hope the team best of luck with Awakening and hope that you all finish Act III +… along with coming back to Act II+ to fix that Stormpike bug because I believe THAT would help me against Weapon.

    • projectbc
      June 23, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      Thanks for playing and for dropping by to comment! Please accept my humblest apologies for the balance issues and bugs in Act II+. Stuff like the Stormpike bug never should’ve made it past testing and I’m sorry it’s hindering your ability to finish the game. In the original Act II, most players complained the Weapon fight was so easy it was anticlimactic, so I think we swung the pendulum too far in the other direction – whoops!

      • June 23, 2013 at 10:13 pm

        I believe you might want to buff his health or defense up a bit and tone down on his critical ratio a tad… Then again I have no good grasp when it comes to balance in games, not yet. So don’t take my word for it. Either way, I initially thought he might have been overpowered when my first instinct after seeing two vital hits in a row was to try to heal up every turn when he gets one in.

        Didn’t think it would have been better to just whack him over and over. Haha! Anyhow, I apologize for that complaint of mine. I didn’t give up at all. Once again, I wish the team best of luck!

    • June 23, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      I take it back, about the problem with Weapon… because I just killed him with three hits. I feel awfully stupid about complaining about the vital hits from him now.

  138. Endafresh
    June 29, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Just to let anyone know (if they happen to be reading this)
    Two quick things
    -The official Act III+ will not be done until AFTER VS:A has had at least one episode released. The main reason for this is because VS:A was kickstarted and people paid money for it so the devs wanna get paid and pay the bills and thus they gotta focus on that first.
    -I’ve been fortunate enough to receive permission to mod the game. I’ll be going over several of these issues for Act I+ and II+. I also am aware of the Stormpike issue and may be able to figure out how to fix it, hopefully. I’ve spent enough time with scripting that I’m becoming fairly comfortable with it, although diving into the actual ‘wall of script’ script editor just makes my head hurt.

    It doesn’t help that the stupid RPG Maker XP developers didn’t bother to allow for resizable windows. On Linux Mint, one thing I loved was that EVERY SINGLE WINDOW IN THE OPERATING SYSTEM could be resized! Just…awesome :)

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