Ludum Dare 32 — April 17th-20th, 2015 — Theme: An Unconventional Weapon

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Le Roman de Goupil

by Luke Magitem - Compo Entry

- Use the arrow keys to play -

The idea was to make a little storytelling game, à la Telltale Games. The story follows the journey of Goupil, a little fox who lost his parents. An old and wise owl will give him a very unconventional weapon: the foxy wand, an old stick of which hang little bells. The owl says it is magical and will give Goupil the power of cunning.

I don't really post it to compete, since it's clearly not in a sufficient good shape to do so, but more because I told myself that I'll make the compo until the end.

I didn't have the time to write and set up more than one scene (the prologue, before the arrival of the owl). The same goes for the art. Only some frames are "final", some were made quickly to post something, and the rest is just black backgrounds with plain text describing what's supposed to be shown.

English and french traductions available.

For those who are interested to see the final version, I guess it'll be up in some months, on

- Utilisez les flèches pour jouer -

L'idée était de faire un petit jeu narratif, à la manière de Telltale. L'histoire suit la quête de Goupil, un petit renard qui a perdu ses parents. Une chouette aussi sage qu'âgée lui donne une arme fort peu conventionnelle : le sceptre de malice, un vieux bout de bois auquel sont accrochés des grelots. La chouette prétend qu'il est magique et qu'elle donnera à Goupil le pouvoir de la ruse...

Je n'ai pas vraiment posté pour participer au concours, le jeu n'est clairement pas assez abouti pour ça, mais plus parce que je m'étais promis que je ferai la compo jusqu'à la fin.

Je n'ai pas eu le temps d'écrire et mettre en place plus d'une scène (le prologue, avant l'arrivée de la chouette). Pareil pour les images. Seules quelques unes sont "finies", d'autres ont été faites à l'arrache, et le reste n'est qu'une suite de panneaux noirs présentant des textes décrivant les images qui devraient se trouver là.

Traductions française et anglaise disponibles.

Pour ceux qui veulent voir ce que cela donnera une fois fini, je devrais l'avoir posté dans quelques mois sur

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nurabsal says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 3:49am

very pretty. language was changing randomly on me though

ehtd says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 4:04am

Interesting concept. Continue improving the story and it would be a great game to play.

nonetheless says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 1:06pm

Ambitious plan for LD :) nice foxes, great birds scene, all the best in finishing this :)

Buko-Studios says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 1:08pm

I like the scene, its a nice prototype for what it is!
I'd try this again when it is a little further along.

SyBen says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 3:19pm

Very nice, would have loved to see more ! Also had a moment in the end with bot languages at the same time.

Garris says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 10:00pm

Loved the art. Once finished, I think it would be fun!

kyyrma says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:37am

Unfortunate that you didn't have the time to finish this. I love the concept and the whimsical graphics, and the mechanics seem solid. I'll check back later to see if you have developed this further.

Ranmara says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:39am

Love the art style! One issue I had was I was pressing right to advance the story, but pressed it again too quickly and accidentally chose a story option I didn't want. I think having a different control button to advance to the next scene would help.

Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:48am

I couldn't play it for the web version, I don't know how to "go next" after the first sentence. I tried to click, the space bar, enter key. I'm using Firefox.

The Windows version is missing the "Goupil_Data" folder. I'd really like to test this game to show it to my daughter, she was very interested on how to make a game when I was coding mine.

Luke Magitem says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 12:26pm

Thanks for the feedback everyone!

-I guess that the language bugs are, like they say, "not bugs, but features" =D
It's just that I didn't had time to make all the pictures, so I put in black pics with a sentence describing what should be here, both in french and english.
But if there is a language bug beside of this, please say it.

-Ranmara: Thanks for the advice!

-Mathieu: It was the arrow keys to advance in the game, sorry I not said it before ^^'
I also remade the Win/Mac/Linux versions, it should work now.

adsilcott says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 9:42pm

I love the art! I hope you continue to develop this, I want to know how the story unfolds!

BubuIIC says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 9:20am

Great art. Please work on the game, it would be really cool to have it finished.

Apr 26, 2015 @ 10:16am

Nice starting point, could be really cool with more time.

rburema says ...
Apr 26, 2015 @ 10:46am

- aah! sudden sound effect!
- I really like the graphics, they give a sense of dynamism, despite being fixed

yuigoto says ...
May 5, 2015 @ 3:18pm

Storytelling games are quite ambitious for a game jam, but that's a nice try. It's not finished, but you laid out a nice beginning for the game. Graphics are nice and it feels like an old adventure game mixed with a children's storybook (which is really nice).

I set the volume a little bit high while playing so I really ended up jumping from my chair when I heard the shot. :P

P.s.: played the web version and the development console popped up in front of the game. :/

tanjent says ...
May 10, 2015 @ 10:17am

Good work, ambitous doing graphics for a 48h jam :) Remember reading standard children books to my kid brothers a few years ago, and I can see that stuff like this would be a good update (for tablets) .. so while reading you could ask the kid what they want to do and have a good little interactive story instead of just flipping pages.

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