Hi there Pangaeans!
It's been a hectic week so this post is less about what I've done and more about what I have in mind once the game is complete.
So what have I done? Animations. Nothing but. I completely redid all the old animations and added some new ones. There's a couple that don't look great; childish even. But they're just placeholders until I know what I'm dealing with and pout something better in it's place. Some of the attacks are teasers for what's to come. For example, Water Combo will be Level 5, the maximum level you can upgrade a spell, but Magnum Shot will stay Level 1. It's up in the air, but for now I'm putting the level with the name. Either way, the upgraded name will be a part of the description. The battle sprites will be able to cross the screens finally and show more than just swing or shoot. It's still basic movements, but it looks much better than before.
Speaking of battle sprites, after doing some of the animations, I realized I'm still heavily limited in what I need to make the game look good. When I get the down time, I'm gonna start making customizing sprites for special circumstances and characters. One example you will see is called Rock Armor. I put some animations in place for now, but I plan to customize Zero in special rock armor as a "transformation" technique. There will be other transformations like this and for other characters, but I don't want to go crazy. Transformations are cool, but only when they're necessary.
Because I've had a LOT of distractions the past week, I'm taking the next two weeks off from creating the game. The first week to get caught up and the second to go on my annual family vacation. So for the next couple of weeks there won't be a weekly update. I'll post in from time to time because...well, let's be real, I SAY I won't be working on the game, but we all know I will. Not near as much, but even sorting through my music files and drawing up new dungeons on a napkin count (yes, I draw on napkins. My memory sucks and I need notes at all times).
Thanks for all your support, everyone! It's been an uphill week and I'm still climbing, but I'm always motivated because of all of you!