You wake up with no memory. Your day is starting off great! Nepenthe is a hand-drawn RPG with a terrible sense of humor. Set in the strange world of Carithia, you play as a mysterious bald dude who lost his memory. Yes, you read that right.
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June 12

A Look Back (and a new competition!)

So it's been just a few weeks since release, and I want to take the time to look back and say thank you. (Warning: I may ramble on about personal life experiences, so feel free to skip to the end if you're here for the competition)

I started working on Nepenthe over a year ago, and didn't expect to take more than a week on this weird idea that I had. Oops. A few months later, and I had a growing story, enough to start looking to share it. Nobody outside my family had seen it yet, so I did what every new game developer does: eat a pancake. After that necessary step, I emailed Toby Fox (the developer of Undertale), asking for critique. To my surprise he responded (If you're reading this, thanks for being awesome!), and gave some great advice to boot: make your own art. I was using the default RPG Maker assets at the time, and his criticism was enough to decide to go full-out artist
When drawing the art for Nepenthe, I used a single box of Prismacolor Watercolor pencils,a felt-tip pen, and a standard pencil--all on normal printer paper. That's all. I still have the box, and it's only half used up. Make of that what you will, I guess. I scanned the art in, then used Photoshop to edit it for use in-game. A few months later, and the art was all set.
I now had a working demo, and wanted to share it with the world. I was sort of broke at the time though, so I set up a Kickstarter project to fund Steam and advertising costs. To my surprise, not only did I get funded, but I made over 600 percent more than asked! This let me focus on getting the full game up and running, and so that's just what I did. I think you know the rest of the story.
So now here we are. Without your support, encouragement, and critique, I would never have been able to do this. I would name you all, but that would take up too much room to type in this already giant post. ;) For those who supported financially so I could make this, thank you. For those who found bugs, and told me about them (even if it took a few months to fix), thank you. For those who messaged me, saying how much you enjoyed playing, thank you. For those who messaged me, telling me I'm utter trash--really? What were you thinking? Thank you for caring enough to message me, though. So yeah, um... thank you!

As a small way of giving back, I have included a little ARG Alternate reality game ) in the last update. The first person to reach the end of the ARG, and message me the final link (you will know when you find it), will get a free copy of Heartbound , an awesome upcoming RPG by Pirate Software . (Warning: the out-of-game content may be PG-13) Enjoy hunting! :)
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May 30

Bugs destroyed and lives saved

It is now possible to beat the game without killing! If you're looking to do a pacifist run, here are some tips:
  • try using items on enemies - they may react in unique ways...
  • try avoiding fights in the first place - if you never fight you never kill.
  • try being a nice guy - be willing to take a few punches!

There are also a number of bug fixes as well, so that should be nice. You guys really helped me out with some of these, so a big thank you to everyone!

What's up next in the world of Nepenthe? Well, I'm working on Steam Achievements, but don't hold your breath. It may take a while. Also, there may be some translation stuff as well... looking forward to telling you more as the story develops.
-Yitz out!
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“There is charm packed into every nook and cranny... The game’s ‘self-aware’ style of humour when observing interactables is wickedly funny in places, and your perseverance in exploring every detail of the environment does not go unrewarded. Yitz, clearly, is a connoisseur of RPGs and knows how to squeeze humour from basic gameplay elements.”
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“Reminiscent of all of the made-up video games I'd scribble in the margins of my homework at school when I was a kid”
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About This Game

You wake up with no memory. Your day is starting off great!

Nepenthe is a hand-drawn RPG with a terrible sense of humor. Set in the strange world of Carithia, you play as a mysterious bald dude who lost his memory. Yes, you read that right. Meet some very polite monsters, and battle both them and your sense of self-dignity in epic bullet-hell fight scenes.

Definitely not a potato in a trench coat

Sporting a childish hand-drawn art style, Nepenthe is sure to either make you love it at first glance, or throw your computer away. The developer of Nepenthe takes no responsibility for such actions, and recommends drinking chamomile tea. “It’s really soothing,” he says. “You should really try it one day,” he says. “What was I talking about?” He asks. There is an awkward pause.

designed for non-psychopaths, mostly

With three different endings, and countless side-quests, Nepenthe is designed for ultimate replayability. This can get quite annoying if you need to share a computer with someone else. Trust me. Almost every monster can be spared, for added challenge and less violence. They can also be killed - don’t worry, you psychopaths! If you enjoy dad-jokes or Chinese water torture, Nepenthe is for you.

Nepenthe is designed for both casual and hardcore gamers alike.

  • Explore two modes: "Adventure" or "Story," to find the play-style that best suits you.
  • "Adventure" mode is a bullet-hell extravaganza, with ever increasing difficulty as the game progresses.
  • "Story" mode's battles are easy one-click things, designed for those who just want the story, not the gameplay.
  • Enjoy stunning hand-drawn art along the way

Join us, as we stare into the Orb together.

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Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: anything made in the last decade
    • Processor: one that works
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: a toaster - you really shouldn't have trouble
    • Sound Card: one that makes sound
    • Additional Notes: make sure your computer is on
    Minimum:
    • OS: anything made in the last decade
    • Processor: one that works
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: a toaster - you really shouldn't have trouble
    • Sound Card: one that makes sound
    • Additional Notes: make sure your computer is on
    Minimum:
    • OS: anything made in the last decade
    • Processor: one that works
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: a toaster - you really shouldn't have trouble
    • Sound Card: one that makes sound
    • Additional Notes: make sure your computer is on
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