Hi. I’m ersatz (they/them). I don’t hack or sprite, nor do I intend to start. Why, then, am I making a post on a forum primarily for hackers and spriters? Two reasons:
First, just to express gratitude and admiration for this community. I’ve played in full a number of Fire Emblem fangames that I found on this site (current favorites: Requiem, Storge, Blessed Heart, Vision Quest), and I’ve gotten many hours of interest and joy from them. They’re remarkable works of art, and the fact that they’re made in a non-commercial context makes them even more so. So thank you all for your collective efforts in developing this medium.
Second, I do write. Specifically, I have written a 90+% complete script for a Fire Emblem fangame of 24 chapters in the GBA style. Without false modesty, I think it’s pretty good. At any rate, it takes tonal inspiration less from medieval European history or Tolkien-style fantasy, and more from things like Ursula K. LeGuin, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and the ancient history of the Mediterranean.
I wasn’t sure if it would be appropriate to try to share the script here. On the one hand, making a rom hack is a lot of work, and I wouldn’t necessarily expect anyone to want to do it for someone else’s script. On the other, I’ve noticed in my readings on the forum that sometimes, people whose interest is primarily in hacking describe writing or planning out a story as an obstacle to making a game. In this sense, a complete script could be a useful asset, in the same way a complete set of custom portraits would be.
My idea is that I could make a “Creative” thread, on which I would offer some comments on the story and make the script available to read. On the off-chance anyone wants to use it, they could get in touch with me and we could talk about it (certainly, I would give any game-maker total creative freedom concerning mechanics and gameplay, but I might want some input on visual presentation). But since, so far as I know, nobody has ever tried to offer up a complete script in quite this way on this forum before, I thought I’d first solicit community opinions about the usefulness and feasibility of it. I’ve probably already gone on a bit long, so thanks for your patience, and again, thanks for all the games.