My ideas at the point are very bare-bones, so I don't have much to say. This is my first game project, and I'm pretty nervous, so I'm not aiming for anything too impressive. I feel directionless, but here's what I have so far:
The setting is sort of contemporary meets fantasy. In her snowy hometown, Paula goes for a walk around the neighborhood. She talks to some of her friends and other eccentric people/creatures she meets. Maybe she gets into a fight.
Top-down, exploratory. The focus will mostly be finding and interacting with NPCs. It'll play like an RPG, but I want the writing to help contextualize how the world works. Here's an idea I had for how a healing spell might work in this type of game:
What kid wouldn't want to know a spell to summon candy?
I can provide the art myself. I've never made sprites before, but I'm planning to learn as I go. For music, I'll probably just use some cc-licensed music that fits the snow-covered environment.
I'm unsure about the engine at this point. I've downloaded Gamemaker and RPG Maker VX Ace lite. I don't have any coding experience, but I've toyed with the latter for a little while. If anyone has any advice, I'd really appreciate it!