I talked a bit in a previous post about the main two inspirations for this game: the game LISA and a few mods for Skyrim. I have a few more ideas that I want to outline, and where these ideas came from.
Because I Like It
The main inspiration for the game is LISA, where you can sort of choose who comes into your party, and there's a few platforming mechanics. However, LISA isn't... fun. Games should be either fun or interesting, and preferably both. LISA wasn't fun, and not interesting enough to keep playing anyway.
Instead, an RPG instantly comes to mind that was fun and interesting, which came out at around the same time as LISA: Undertale.
Combining these main inspirations gave me the following:
Here's a list of various mechanics I want to explore and their inspirations. I could talk about each game in-depth and try to defend my reasoning for including them... but the truth is, this is my project, and I can do things simply because I find them fun and interesting.
I started working on character movement, which I'll talk about next time.