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Tin Tim
Jun 4, 2012

Live by the pun - Die by the pun





What do you get when you mix an RPG with a dating sim, bad spelling, bad stereotypes and all of the Anime? This game. Sounds bad, huh? Well, to be fair it has some redeeming qualities, otherwise I wouldn't be doing this thread in the first place. But there are still a ton of trashy things in there, which will hopefully make us laugh or shake our heads. Maybe both. To be honest, this game is sort of a guilty pleasure of mine, since I enjoyed playing it like ten years ago, and still did when I rediscovered it recently.

Okay, let's look at the facts.

This game was made in 2001 with the RPGmaker and offers a generic JRPG plot. The good hearted and kinda clumsy hero sets out to find adventure and gets roped into saving the world. We all played that. But the twist is that this is also sort of a dating sim. See, our hero collects a flock of girls throughout the game and can build a "relationship" with each and all of them. And maxing out the different relations gives you access to the seven endings. Most of these girls are kind of stereotypes, but they're generally way more powerful than our hero. You can't fit all of them in your party, so there is actually a lot of unique content for each of them. For example, bringing certain girls to certain locations will unlock stuff for them or just bring different conversations. The whole system behind that is pretty shallow though, and it's easy to max most relationships by the halfway point of the game.

I also said that this game is Anime.

It's actually Anime as all hell. It's so Anime that it even has it's own Tv Tropes page. Visit that place at your own discretion! Aside from being a horrible corner of the internet, it's also full of spoilers. But I still want to share some of the tropes with you, like "Accidental Pervert", "Fantastic Racism", "A-Cup Angst" or "Ms. Fanservice". Yep. But don't get it twisted, there is no Hentai-poo poo in this thread. The dialog also deserves to be called Anime. Not mainly due to the content, but rather due to the style. The creator, only known as Flare, grabbed almost every Anime trope and mashed it together. Also the spelling is awful for the most part. The English translation is credited to RM2KFanBoy, and they did an awful job at it. I will never believe that English is their first language. Maybe if they still would have been in pre-school, but I dare to say that this was not the case. Anyway, while I won't be able to emulate all the emoticons/symbols, I'm keeping the spelling. It'll be a cold day in hell before I correct all of this text. Also, it's kinda funny.

But that's enough exposition, so let's get to the meat of this thread - audience participation. There will be multiple points where you lot will vote on the girls that I should bring with me. You're mostly free, but I reserve my right to bring certain girls for important "secrets" or whatever. Ultimately, you'll also decide the canon ending for the thread. But don't worry, I'll show the rest afterwards. So choose the Anime girl of your dreams! I'm going to run this thread pretty relaxed, with no fixed schedule. Mostly because I wanna have some fun with this, and want to try something different than what I did before.

One last thing though. I don't really know poo poo about Anime or Japan, and don't really give a poo poo either. Feel free to educate/correct me on the way, but don't expect me to be genuinely interested. Jfyi.

Thread conduct

Don't spoil stuff!

Don't be a busta!



Updates

1. The Birth of a Hot Lover
2. Shortest Solo Adventure Ever
3. Cave of Noob
4. Thank You For Being a Friend
5. Heroes do Cry
6. Everything Gets Thicker
7. The Army of One
8. Talkageddon
9. I Hate Your Tittays
10. Yer a Bastard, Ryle
11. Good Times - Bad Times
12. A New Menace?
13. Boat Building Bonanza
14. Meet the Biggest rear end in a top hat in Anime-Land
15. Latyss Rising
16. Like Father, Like Son
17. Rocks Fall, Humor Dies
18. What’s up, Plot?
19. The Best Boat
20. Yo Momma
20,5. Whoops
21. Castle Crashers
21,5. How Flare Got Her Groove Back
22. Looking For Clues
23. The New Girl
24. Guess Who's Back?
25. The Death of a Hot Lover
26. A Rainy Day
27. Mind Games
28. Is That a Sasquatch In Your Pocket, Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?
29. Sightseeing
30. Suddenly, A Wild Plot Appears!
31. Let Me Straighten This poo poo Out
32. Damsel In Distress
33. The Purple Prick
34. A Glimpse Of The Old World
35. I Hate Your Minigames, Flare!
36. First Contact
37. I hope you like to read a lot of words!
38. Storm The Gates
39. Haha, WTF?
40. The Anime Intensifies
40,5. Whoops Part 2
41. Romancing Walker: Revelations
42. Beyond The Veil
43. The Gauntlet
44. The Crossroads
45. The End
46. Hayami's Ending
47. Latyss' Ending
48. Mariel's Ending


Cool Things

Taciturn Tactician posted:

: Aye caramba, Ryle. Es un grande mess you got us into.
: ¡Dios Mio!

Taciturn Tactician posted:



I wasted so much time on this stupid thing

Taciturn Tactician posted:


: I had a normal life once.

Tin Tim fucked around with this message at Oct 22, 2014 around 23:19

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Tin Tim
Jun 4, 2012

Live by the pun - Die by the pun


- The Cast -


Ryle Laster: “Wandering Swordman of Lavas”

Ryle is a typical RPG hero - A young swordsman with a severe case of wanderlust. After finishing his combat training, he wants to see the world beyond his tiny village. He's a real good guy and competent enough to solve the tasks ahead of him, though he's prone to unlucky blunders. Especially when girls are involved or when the plot demands it.



Caris Burnfist: “Paladin of Burning Flame”

Caris is a fighter-girl through and through. She has a brash and large personality, and displays strong emotions in a variety of situations. She brings some physical comedy into the game, and is often a pain in Ryle's rear end. On top of that, she's also greedy and somewhat demanding. The internet told me that she can be classified as "tsundere". Nevertheless, she's good at heart and helps Ryle during his journey. She will learn some of the strongest attacks in the game, but since they're mostly fire based she lacks flexibility.



Orubia Aquary: “Priestess of Healing Water”

Orubia is a healer and Ryle's friend since they were children. She's the most innocent and friendly member of the group, and somewhat clueless at times. She's always trying to help people and wants everyone to be happy. You get her deal, right? While she's not a real mage, priest or cleric, she still has access to the most potent healing spells. Other girls also have healing skills, but she is just the best for the job. Of course, that also means that she sucks at raw combat. But she'll learn some Holy attack magic and is the only one that gets a variety of those spells.


Latyss Grynwind: “Elven Summoner”

Latyss is a summoner who also has access to wind and ice magic. She's the only elf girl in the party and elves are pretty rare to begin with. I think she was one of Flare's favorite girls, as she gets a good chunk of backstory along the line. Her main character trait is being reclusive and distant, because that's how elves are. But she'll become a good friend to Ryle and will open up after you increase her attraction. Her attacks are varied and strong, so she's a good choice for most battles. Of course, she will be frail, but her later spells make up for that. Especially when she gets access to all her summons.


Hayami Raienji: “White Class Shinobi”

Hayami is a Ninja, and Ryle encounters her by chance. At first, she sticks with him in exchange for a favor, but it quickly becomes obvious that she knows something important and wants to follow Ryle as long as she can. Hayami is outgoing and cheerful, and is also notable for having the biggest breasts in the party. Yes, this is canon and will get pointed out multiple times. As a result of that, she is also the most sexualized girl of the group. Though, that whole angle dies down completely after she's been with you for a little while. Despite having an annoying verbal quirk, she is an overall pleasant and likeable character. Her combat skills focus on elemental group attacks, and she has a few utility skills that stay useful during several parts of the game. However, it takes a long time before she gets really powerful.


Fina Delstar: “Descendant of Savior”

Fina is the daughter of Flare Delstar, who saved the world and ended the war with the demons. This locks her into the position of the "Messiah" for this game. She tries really hard to stay humble though, and is constantly worried that people expect more from her than she can deliver. While she is smart, righteous, and full of courage in battle, she is also an anxiety ridden mess when the plot demands it. And her many worries are constantly brought up for most of the game. She will learn some very powerful moves through story events, and does not have to learn them via actual level-ups. But you still have to invest some time with her as she is a required member for the last stretch of the game. She is the only character that gets forced on you, so you better come to terms with her being annoying!

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Mariel Shells: “Gunner and Gadget”

Mariel is a nerdy inventor girl. She is the master of guns, bombs and all kinds of technical gadgets. Ryle met her by chance during his investigation in Cellen, and she joined his party due to a pretty weird chain of events. "Weird" is also a good word here, because that is what Mariel's character is like. She will be easily confused, and is prone to cry for various reasons. I would say that she is retarded, but a more friendly term would probably be "a ditz". But if the game wants her to be, she will be a pretty competent fighter, just like the rest of the girls. She has a pretty useful spread of abilities, and a lot of her attacks and items are unique. She's also doomed to be the punching-bag/comic relief.

Tin Tim fucked around with this message at Jun 20, 2014 around 18:38

Tin Tim
Jun 4, 2012

Live by the pun - Die by the pun


The Birth of a Hot Lover

Let's get this party started



Of course, we'll skip nothing.


yay

Okay, right off the bat you can see what I meant by the writing being anime. I'd hit the emote cap pretty fast if I would try to emulate this. And gently caress inserting a bunch of little images.

Anyway, this is Lucitta, a demon-girl and our introduction tool. She's also a super-secret girl hidden in the game.

"By the way~ Could you answer couple of questions?(You better or ELSE!)"

In true JRPG fashion, she asks us a few mysterious questions. Also, the text in brackets is a common style in this game, often indicating an inner monologue. I was under the impression that your answers slightly influence the relations to the three girls you start the game with. Since that is not important, I answered whatever I felt like. But it turns out that I was wrong, as vilkacis told me. It's no big loss though, as the rewards from the question are of minor impact. But I still list them under the choices I made.


"First question: When your party is surrounded by enemies, your first action is?"



+1 Mind and Attack

"2nd question: As you just arrived to a new town, where you prefer to go first?"



+1 Mind and Defence

"Alrighty then! Here's the 3rd one: Do you travel for reasons or just for fun?"



Learn Meditation, +1 HP and Defence, equip Survival Knife, Leather Armour, and Bandanna

Meditation isn't the best skill to get here, but it's good enough.

"Yoshi! (OK) That's about it. I'll be somewhere in this game. Try if you can find me, hmhm. *nod*"

The text will often include the translation of a Japanese phrase in brackets. But it's pretty inconsistent and some words get used a whole lot, so I'll take some leeway with that.

"Oh, I almost forgot. Please choose which way you prefer to start the game."


Skip nothing.

"Roger!! This includes the opening introduction & the game theme song. You won't regret it! Well... time to go. See ya in the game, good luck!"

Cue generic JRPG plot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZQRwsECs7Y

Some of this is actually important for later, but it basically boils down to - Big evil does evil things, till good savior rises and beats it. Then the world is happy and safe for ever. Or is it?!

Afterwards we land on this screen.

You can actually choose from three different theme songs, with mostly different animations. Go nuts if you want, but I think "Heroes" is the best.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulwKb5WlGZs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PV3oXK_BS8g

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gqC6vql_1o

Welp, after all of that we can finally get into the game!


come on

A small village located at northeastern part of Factoria Continent. Lavas Ville.

The text highlights certain things, so I'll also do that when it makes sense.



This young swordsman is Ryle Laster. He is the main hero of this game.

"I better get going.... (Won't do any good hanging around here for all day.)"

"(And I should say farewells to everyone.) It's gonna be a long trip."

"Oh, I almost forgot about this Beginners' Guide I got from Shisho (Mentor). (I don't like to read though...)"

Yeah, gently caress books and go on adventures!


Well, now we're in control so let's look at the basics.


The game uses a pretty simple menu which I really shouldn't have to explain. It has been around since for loving ever.

Ryle is pretty much your average swordfighter hero. Good damage, speed and some beef. He'll become pretty powerful, but not a real powerhouse. He starts with two skills. A buff for himself and a sword strike that also has a chance to make enemies lose a turn in combat. His gear isn't really worth mentioning, and most of the descriptions aren't funny or interesting at all.

Let's take a look at that Beginners' Guide.





Let's skip that first point.



- The main characters other than the hero are all girls and each girl has different feelings about the hero. So it is up to the player to decide which one of them the hero will end up with.

- For more information about how to enhance the relationship with the girls, please refer to the magazine, Hot Lover.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to be a horndog.

Since we don't have that magazine, let's check the last point.


Duh, this is basic RPG conduct.

Actually, let's rummage through our own bookshelf.


"Oh! What a mess!"

"(Huh? It's...?)"






While the first item is another tutorial, the second is the only way to exactly know how all your relationships look. Real easy to miss such an important thing. I'll explain the relationship details in the second update though. For now, let's learn how to be a Hot Lover!

Flipped the pages of Hot Lover to Chapter1, "Strategy on getting CHICKS".



- Next, by increasing the Attraction, your relationship with that girl becomes better and she'll act more friendly and intimate.


- Higher the Attraction of the girl, better the chance for you to reach an happy ending!


- If the Attraction of any girl is too low, the game might be over! So be careful.


I actually never had that happen.

- Now, let me coach you how to reach the happy endings!




I'm going to abbreviate this as it's not that funny.

You'll gain attraction points for solving puzzles or finishing dungeons with the girls, or by triggering a variety of world or plot events. You can also gain single points for fighting a gazillion battles with the same girls. Attraction builds rather rapidly in some sections and there is a helpful item in the late game. So yeah, attraction is easy to gain and having all the endings open is not hard at all.

Progress Events are just a fancy name for scenes that you can trigger with the girls. This often depends on location and relation, or even on items. These scenes will usually have a choice in them, and you get a neat boost from doing the right things. Honestly, there is a good deal of stuff for each girl that you can trigger during the game. I'm not going to show the things we miss though. Sorry, but I'm not insane.

Also that's enough tutorial-crap for now, let's head out!

Ryle's village only has three other houses and is very boring. So let's just cut to the chase.


Told ya about the spelling.

"Yes, I have to pretty Pressi~ *nod*"

"Will you come home soon? Pressi miss you so much~ *weepy*"

"....."

Get used to these loving dot responses. Also, Preshes belongs to the one Elf family in town which we'll meet later.

Let's say Hi to the initial girls, only to say goodbye immediately afterwards.


This house is right next to Ryle's and is the place where his master lives with his daughter.

Let's steal poo poo from him.


"(It's....!)"




"Shisho (Mentor)... *tearful eyes* I understand..."

Porn is so cool

And it's actually straight porn, despite what the title may suggest.



"Yes sir, thank you for the advice!"

"I can see you are good at close combats, but the swords have limits in range, watch out for those flying creatures. Also, you won't automatically learn special skills by just leveling up. So take a note of it."

Thanks for those pearls of wisdom.

Let's meet the first girl, I'm sure ya'll are really excited for that!



Her name is Caris Burnfist. She is the only daughter of Ryle's mentor, Brad.

Yep, she's seriously named "Burnfist". Because she has fire attacks, you see? ... Anyway, people familiar with the RPG maker will notice that she uses the default sprite for the female hero. But since there is a lot of original art in the game, I can forgive this. Caris is your generic fighter-girl. Strong, brash, quick-tempered and all that stuff. While she's kinda bland overall, she will have the strongest emotions/reactions towards Ryle. Also she will learn some pretty powerful attacks, but lacks flexibility since they use fire.

"So how do you feel? Are you ready for it?"

"I AM the Shisho's best student. Can't believe you are asking me this kind of question!"

As far as I can see the only other student is Caris, so boasting about being the best out of two is very lame.

"...Baka! (Stupid) Don't rely on other's reputation, I want to hear YOUR own confidence!"




So here is the "gimmick" of the conversations with the girls.



You have to choose between two lines. One will raise attraction and the other will decrease it or will sometimes do nothing. For the most part, the right choice is pretty obvious. There is also a hint option which usually is totally useless, or states something painfully obvious.

Like in this case.

Depending on which answer you choose, her feelings about you may improve or just do the opposite.

Obviously, the first option is the right one.

"Of course I too have some concerns. Being first time to travel far away from the village after all..."

"......"

"No matter how much practice I had from the past, I'm still a novice during the real battle..."

"OH REALLY~?"

"I think you will do fine since you are prepared mentally."

"During this trip, I don't want any stupid mistakes out of pressure."

"Be careful, I don't want this turn out to be your last farewell!"

"Hey! Don't say that..."

Attraction 5 >>> 7

And this is how you make girls fall for you. By saying exactly want they want to hear.

With this done, onwards to the next girl.

One house down, lives the Elven family.



Her name is Latyss Grynwind. She is an elf maiden and a very private person.

She's named Grynwind cause elves like nature and she has windmagic, get it? Latyss shares the standard elven traits of being reclusive, intelligent and kind of cold. Like Mr. Spock. She will get some neat summon spells and becomes a pretty powerful, but frail, mage in the long run. You have to put in a bit of dedication to raise her attraction, but it's not too bad since she has her own little side-story with progression events. The other person in the room is her mother, but she's boring.

"I'll be gone for a long time... Well, I guess you don't really care. ...Haha..."

"...."

Nope

"(She really IS speechless as usual.)"

"...Did you already meet Orubia?"

"I gotta go."

"Later... (Regardless, she'll think about you more than I can ever do.)"

Welp, Elves are weird I guess?

"Won't you be worried about me at all?"

"Uh?"

"Let me see... About 2% of what Orubia would worry."

Jfyi, we'll meet Orubia in a moment and she's a bit special.


This choice is a bit tricky, since the first one seems to be right. But it isn't. Also the hint is totally useless.

"Even 2%, I feel very flattered to find out that you care for me..."

"...?"

"I thought you wouldn't even care."

"I don't even talk to the person whom I don't like a bit.... Why don't you start get going? Night shall fall soon."

"Right.... then I see you later."

"....."

Attraction 5 >>> 7

That's Elves for ya! But honestly, Latyss will become one of the more likeable characters as the game progresses.

Well, only one girl left.

She lives next door with her father. It's weird how every adult in this village is a single parent.



Her name is Orubia Aquary. She's been friends with Ryle since childhood.

You can guess why she's named Aquary, right? Since Orubia is Ryle's childhood friend, she starts with a higher attraction and is one of the easier relationships overall. She is basically the typical shy, cute, nice and plain girl that millions of other stories have. Her deal is healing magic and she is the only character that gets access to a variety of Holy spells later on. Also, she will always say "Dear Ryle", which is a Japanese term of endearment I suppose?

"So you decide to go...Dear Ryle."

"Yeah. Finally I am independent."

gently caress living on my own in this tiny village. The world is my oyster now!

"....That's true."


The right choice should be obvious. And the wrong one isn't nearly as funny as you may think.

"Come on- Aren't you happy for me leaving this village?"

"I am. I really do!"

"Then good! Come on, no more long face."

Yeah, stop horsing around.

"My training under Shisho is finally over! I really want to see you happy."

"But we've been together for so long. Now seperate...I just feel sad."

"Hey it's not like we will never gonna see each other again."

"Of course not! You must come back in one piece."

"I can't guarantee you that..."

"Yes you will!"

Attraction 8 >>> 10

Well, we're done here so let's go on an adventure!

..in the next update, that is.

Tin Tim fucked around with this message at Mar 15, 2014 around 21:25

AfroSquirrel
Sep 3, 2011


I really hope that these game can keep up its ~amazingly subtle~ naming sense. Everyone and their dog is named after some mythological figure or other nowadays, so giving someone a good honest name like 'Shinkicker' can be a nice change of pace.

Brainamp
Sep 4, 2011

Ambition cannot be stopped.


I'm not sure what it is about games like this, but I always feel like you have to see them through to the end, if only because of how amazing the logic that went into them is.

And that punctuation. I get that it's trying to be as an aside in dialogue, like writing out their thoughts, but still it hurts.

RZApublican
Nov 6, 2007

So many horrible memories for Past Karkat...

Just looking at the font the menu in the title screen uses I could tell this was an RPG Maker 2000 game without having to see the next screen.

They're seriously trying to do a dating sim in RPG Maker 2000

Good luck, Tin Tim.

ultrafilter
Aug 23, 2007

I'M A BUTTWIZARD

AND ALSO A BOOBWIZARD COME TO THINK OF IT


Speaking of Ernest time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0o2V3Uj3xjA

SSNeoman
Jul 19, 2011

Villain tip: Next time kill
someone I actually like.


I think this is going to be ~sugoi~ (awesome)!
So what are the odds of the villain being not-Sephiroth who will resurrect the evil CHAOS who in turn will become the final boss?

Dr Pepper
Feb 4, 2012

Don't like it? well...


Well this is the most Anime thing I've seen all day.

Godspeed, Tim Tim.

Still, it looks like despite how and amateur it is, at least a bit of effort went into it.

Lotish
Dec 10, 2008

I pick up my Devil Axe...
...and DEVIL!


I was thinking the same thing: This game shows effort for being made almost entirely by one dude and then translated by some gaijin anime fan.

I laughed out loud at that intro: Words words word BEYAOOOOOM ZWIN KKPSSSSHHHHHH! words words BEYOOOOOOOOM~!

Lotish fucked around with this message at May 12, 2013 around 21:05

Crane Fist
Jun 5, 2012

We are the dogs
Beaten without any remorse


What the gently caress kind of bullshit even is this

vilkacis
Feb 16, 2011



I played this, like, ten years ago or so, but it's even more aggressively than I remember. Maybe I just have a lower tolerance these days...

Looking at the code, it doesn't seem like the choices in the beginning influence relationships. Rather, they alter your starting stats, equipment and abilities a bit.

Surrender: +1 HP and Agility
Intimidate: +1 Mind and Attack
Escape: +1 MP and Defence

Any place: +1 MP and Agility
Rest: +1 HP and Attack
Scout: +1 Mind and Defence

Test myself: Learn Meditation, +1 HP and Defence, equip Survival Knife, Leather Armour, and Bandanna
To explore: Learn Vision Stance, +1 Agility and Attack, equip Short Sword, Clothe, and Bandanna
For the mission: Learn DKI Charge, +1 MP and Mind, equip Survival Knife, Clothe, Wrist Band, and Bandanna

If you skip the questions, you get the Short Sword, Clothe, Wrist Band and Bandanna, but no stat bonuses and no skill, which is probably the most interesting thing about this part.

Meditation: "Breathing technique to boost offense & defense." Base power 10, some variance.
Vision Stance: "Boosts agility & defense by extended sense." Base power 10, slightly influenced by Mind, some variance.
DKI Charge: "Boosts offense, defense, & agility by this stance." Base power 5.

The fact that Mind influences Vision Stance would seem to make it the best choice as it'll scale throughout the game.

I may have a problem.

Ulvirich
Jun 26, 2007

A real man wears a kilt ya wee bastards!

They couldn't even be arsed to use the same color for the hair in the portrait and sprite on the three girls you visited. I get the feeling this is but a small dink compared to the rest of the game.

Tin Tim
Jun 4, 2012

Live by the pun - Die by the pun


vilkacis posted:

Looking at the code, it doesn't seem like the choices in the beginning influence relationships. Rather, they alter your starting stats, equipment and abilities a bit.

Surrender: +1 HP and Agility
Intimidate: +1 Mind and Attack
Escape: +1 MP and Defence

Any place: +1 MP and Agility
Rest: +1 HP and Attack
Scout: +1 Mind and Defence

Test myself: Learn Meditation, +1 HP and Defence, equip Survival Knife, Leather Armour, and Bandanna
To explore: Learn Vision Stance, +1 Agility and Attack, equip Short Sword, Clothe, and Bandanna
For the mission: Learn DKI Charge, +1 MP and Mind, equip Survival Knife, Clothe, Wrist Band, and Bandanna

If you skip the questions, you get the Short Sword, Clothe, Wrist Band and Bandanna, but no stat bonuses and no skill, which is probably the most interesting thing about this part.

Meditation: "Breathing technique to boost offense & defense." Base power 10, some variance.
Vision Stance: "Boosts agility & defense by extended sense." Base power 10, slightly influenced by Mind, some variance.
DKI Charge: "Boosts offense, defense, & agility by this stance." Base power 5.

The fact that Mind influences Vision Stance would seem to make it the best choice as it'll scale throughout the game.


Thanks for the info! While doing a bit of research for the thread, I read that it would influence the starting relations. Made sense to me so I ran with it. Now I'll have to adjust the first update a tiny bit.

Dr Pepper posted:

Well this is the most Anime thing I've seen all day.

Godspeed, Tim Tim.

Still, it looks like despite how and amateur it is, at least a bit of effort went into it.
Yeah, that is the main point why I decided to make a thread about it. I mean, it's trashy and kinda funny but that wouldn't be enough. The creator put a good deal of effort into making this game what it is. Especially when you consider all the stuff that you'll only see when you bring certain girls or raise their relation.


AfroSquirrel posted:

I really hope that these game can keep up its ~amazingly subtle~ naming sense.
For the most part, yes.

SSNeoman posted:

I think this is going to be ~sugoi~ (awesome)!
So what are the odds of the villain being not-Sephiroth who will resurrect the evil CHAOS who in turn will become the final boss?
You may or may not be surprised.

Crane Fist posted:

What the gently caress kind of bullshit even is this
Come on, Serum. Your eyes should tell you that it's dumb Anime bullshit. It's right there!

RoeCocoa
Oct 23, 2010


If anyone else decides to download this game and play along may Pikachu have mercy on my soul, every version I've found has a file missing from the CharSet folder. You'll have to grab a copy of RPG Maker 2000's RTP (version 1.0, not version 1.32) and copy the file "Vehicle.png". Only if you want the game to run, though.

Moronic Farce
Sep 21, 2008

"Farce... You'll always be the brony of my heart"
Samahiel, August 30 2013


So its an rpg but the actual draw is to romance your party members?

Didn't know Bioware made RPG maker games.

Brony Hunter
Dec 27, 2012


Oh god this game I played it very extensively back in the day, it's both amazing and TERRIBLE at the same time. It is quite impressive how much effort and detail the creator put in, though. Even if the entire game is literally a downward spiral from here.

Yep, if you guys think this is "LOL ANIME" now, you ain't seen poo poo yet.

Tin Tim
Jun 4, 2012

Live by the pun - Die by the pun


Brony Hunter posted:

Yep, if you guys think this is "LOL ANIME" now, you ain't seen poo poo yet.
Slope goes up, slope goes doooooown.
I'm actually a bit worried if this could end up as a trainwreck when we meet certain characters and witness the "party dynamic" that they kick-off. I don't want to spoil it, but breast size is a legit part of the narrative and characterization. Yeah.

Anyway, second update will come in a couple of days. It'll also have the first voting and I'll make an info post for the characters.

Brony Hunter
Dec 27, 2012


Not to spoil too much madness, but there are armour and accessories in the game that can only be equipped by girls with certain bust sizes. Some of them are literally underwear or corsets, yet are generally superior to the "real" armour Ryle can equip.

Crane Fist
Jun 5, 2012

We are the dogs
Beaten without any remorse


Brony Hunter posted:

Not to spoil too much madness, but there are armour and accessories in the game that can only be equipped by girls with certain bust sizes. Some of them are literally underwear or corsets, yet are generally superior to the "real" armour Ryle can equip.

You lied to me, Tim. Dumb anime bullshit doesn't even begin to cover how this is going to end up, does it?

Tin Tim
Jun 4, 2012

Live by the pun - Die by the pun


Well, I may have sugar coated the truth a tiny bit. But tbh, the subforum has seen worse games than this and there are parts that I seriously find to be good. There sure will be some a lot of bumps in the road, but I think we can all get a laugh out of this.

Brony Hunter
Dec 27, 2012


I have to say, Brad Burnfist is the greatest name ever. He belongs in a Reb Brown movie, not some silly Anime dating sim game.

heiden
May 31, 2005

by Pipski


Quite curious about A-cup angst.

SSNeoman
Jul 19, 2011

Villain tip: Next time kill
someone I actually like.


heiden posted:

Quite curious about A-cup angst.

Why would you be?
Seriously I never heard of this game until yesterday and my psychic powers can already tell me what will happen.

Lascivious/Haughty and buxom Girl A who is very proud of her body and assets is showing off and laughing haughtily/trying to hug the hero. Tsundere/Jealous/Whatever Girl B who does not possess such properties gets mad at Girl A for having said properties. Girl A either teases or brushes her off, unbeknownst to her that she has just deeply hurt the feelings of Girl B, seeing as Girl B has a complex on this matter. Girl B gets sad/upset and internally depressed. Scene ends. Audience laughs.


Replace characters with whichever are appropriate for your story. Pay me money for psychic services.

(Tin Tim, I am looking forward to this. I'm just making fun of common anime tropes. Don't take this as me being an rear end )

SSNeoman fucked around with this message at May 13, 2013 around 17:55

Robhol
Oct 9, 2012


I like how the protagonist always refers to his mentor as "shisho", and the guy's name turns out to be Brad. At least give him a Japanese name or something so that it kind of makes sense.

David D. Davidson
Nov 17, 2012


Now then let's see what this piece of crap says about it's creator:
Okay the most obvious thing is that his name is Kyle, I mean seriously? he is 14 years old and has a crush on a girl name Christina and is a fan of bad anime, and an unironic one at that. His favorite Dragon Quest game is 3 it had a similar opening. His favorite anime is Slayers and has seen Evangelion at least once possibly got through it a second time. He also watches a lot of fansubs and has a complete fan translation of To Love Ru and an astronomical amount of hentai games on his hard drive. He's not good at talking to girls otherwise he wouldn't have made this. This is exacerbated by the fact that he has no close female relatives outside of his mother.

Colorred
Dec 26, 2012


SSNeoman posted:

Why would you be?
Seriously I never heard of this game until yesterday and my psychic powers can already tell me what will happen.

Lascivious/Haughty and buxom Girl A who is very proud of her body and assets is showing off and laughing haughtily/trying to hug the hero. Tsundere/Jealous/Whatever Girl B who does not possess such properties gets mad at Girl A for having said properties. Girl A either teases or brushes her off, unbeknownst to her that she has just deeply hurt the feelings of Girl B, seeing as Girl B has a complex on this matter. Girl B gets sad/upset and internally depressed. Scene ends. Audience laughs.


Replace characters with whichever are appropriate for your story. Pay me money for psychic services.

(Tin Tim, I am looking forward to this. I'm just making fun of common anime tropes. Don't take this as me being an rear end )

My god, you just summarized every harem/romance anime ever

Tin Tim
Jun 4, 2012

Live by the pun - Die by the pun


SSNeoman posted:

Why would you be?
Seriously I never heard of this game until yesterday and my psychic powers can already tell me what will happen.

Lascivious/Haughty and buxom Girl A who is very proud of her body and assets is showing off and laughing haughtily/trying to hug the hero. Tsundere/Jealous/Whatever Girl B who does not possess such properties gets mad at Girl A for having said properties. Girl A either teases or brushes her off, unbeknownst to her that she has just deeply hurt the feelings of Girl B, seeing as Girl B has a complex on this matter. Girl B gets sad/upset and internally depressed. Scene ends. Audience laughs.


Replace characters with whichever are appropriate for your story. Pay me money for psychic services.

(Tin Tim, I am looking forward to this. I'm just making fun of common anime tropes. Don't take this as me being an rear end )
Haha, no worries it's cool! Your prediction powers are actually pretty accurate. You're not dead on, but very close.


So, I've updated my Op a tiny bit. See, I did some digging in the game files and now I tend to believe that RM2KFanBoy is real and wrote all those dumb words. Some of the chars have other names in the files. For instance, Latyss is called Rathis and that sounds like the typical R>L thing these types of translations have. Also, I forgot about a certain thing at the end of the game that is a very strong clue. Really, with the diferent things laid out, it would be a pretty elaborative plan for just masking spelling errors.

Also, I've made a small info dump in the second post. So you can always read up on the deep characters in this game when you're unsure during votings.

Next update will come in an hour or so.

Tin Tim fucked around with this message at May 14, 2013 around 22:20

Tin Tim
Jun 4, 2012

Live by the pun - Die by the pun


Shortest Solo Adventure Ever


Just south of Ryle's tiny village, this signpost can be found. The general logic of this game is to do things in order of appearance. So Lailai Town is our first goal.

But before we'll get to that, let's do some fighting!

Ah, Slimes. Forever damned to be killed by newbie adventurers. The battle system is as simple as the menu was. It's turn based and you just punch in your orders.

Though there is one neat thing about battles in this game.

Each character has an animation for their standard attack, and for most of the special moves. I'll try to show the majority of them.

Anyway, these Slimes are suckers and Ryle can almost kill them in one hit, while only taking like 1-2 points of damage in return. They also drop health potions so there is zero danger here.

But there is another enemy in the area, and it's the most annoying thing ever. Brace yourself for hilarity bullshit.



"Wait for WHOM?"

This is the Dasher. He's part of a series of enemies that talk and are very wacky. I'm sure Flare thought it would be innovative to break up the usual battle formula, but he was wrong. Cause what you end up with is watching the same unfunny scenes over and over, as those guys are common encounters.



"Get OUTTA here!"

Anyway, the Dasher spends his first two turns buffing his agility, before doing this...

"Now, take THIS!! Dasher's "Super Ultra Move"!!"

"The final move?!"



"Superrrrrrrrrr - Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaash- !!"

CRASHES INTO SOMETHING

"Ouch! It HURTS!!"

"Cut it out!~"



"Self-destruct?"

so funny

If you don't manage to kill the Dasher in time, he'll just suicide without doing any damage to you. And beating him will only safe you the annoyance of seeing the whole scene, as you'll get 1Xp and gold either way. I really hate this, and there are more enemies like him...

Still, since I want some money and Xp, I have to grind a few battles here. While doing so, something happens...




You can trade your Victory Points for rare items. Please talk to the gray haired man with sunglass & a red long coat. (Vash wannabe) He can be found at many towns.

Let me tell you about those drat Victory Points. As the game told us, they can be exchanged for rare items. And you want to do that, as you'll get some good stuff from it later. After fighting five battles you'll gain one point, and they don't have to be in short order since the game keeps track. There is also a small chance that you'll get a lucky bonus and receive more than one point, but it's pretty rare. You're also guaranteed to get that bonus if the fifth battle is a boss, and I think bosses give some points regardless of battle count. I'll get a bit deeper on this later though.

Anyway, I made some cash and a level so let's go to town.

Places on the world map will have a name pop-up when you touch them. I'll show that later.



"This is Lailai Town. (I know. I know, the most typical lines~)"

Why aren't you laughing? It's really funny to break the fourth wall!

So here's the deal - This town is the most generic tutorial-town ever. 90% of the residents tell you dumb stuff about the game that I really don't want to transcribe. And you also don't want to read it, right? Right?...

Well okay, have an example of the only "good" one.


"HP stands for "Hit Points", meaning how much pain & injury a person can take."

"Then how about MP? Daddy?"



"But I want them back! How?"

"Take a good night sleep. Then you will be fine!"



I mean, this one is at least a bit cute, but the rest is plain annoying. As are the conversations that don't deal with the game...



"(Whoa! What a RUDE kid~)"



Anyway, the only useful thing here are the descriptions of different status effects. They are hidden in various bookshelves in the village.







Now you know!

Since I got a bit of money, I also swing by the shopping area.

I buy a few pieces of better armor, but skip on the general store since I already got potions from the battles.

Oh, you wonder about the shopping interface?

It's as simple as any other menu in this game. This is the general store, and you really only need to buy MP restore items. You'll be able to sustain yourself with party skills or treasure drops. So just stuff your girls with Jello and you're golden!

In this area, I also find one of the few clues about where to go next.

A mess, you say? I'll investigate that immediately!




I think I know what's coming here...

"I'm heading Southern Cray City to the south. Can't you let me pass?"

"Right now, dangerous incidents are happening down at Southern Cray. We limit the people crossing the bridge."

"Limited crossing? Can you tell me what's going on over there?"

"Large number of deaths occured just recently. That's all I know."

Sounds like they need a hero down there.

Well, the guards tell me that I also need a pass to cross the bridge, which can be gotten from the elder in Lailai town. No surprise here, right? Also, I'll often abbreviate conversations like this, when they have nothing going for them.

On the way, I fight many more battles and grind some VPs since there is one more useful thing in Lailai. I already hate typing that name


The Bar.

Inside are more annoying conversations..



..but also important services.

Like the LOVE Counter!

For a bit of cash, you can see the attraction points with each girl and also hear their most private thoughts. About you!


Att > 7


Att > 10


Att > 7

These lines will change depending on the stage of the relation. But I honestly don't know about each exact threshold, so I may end up overshooting a tier and the respective line.

Next up, that rear end in a top hat for the Victory Points.


He'll insult you when you come here with less than 5VP. Cause that's the amount you need for his first item and he'll always insult you when can't meet his price. He has a chain of rare items and the VP cost will increase quite steadily.

"Do you want to trade your 5 Victory Points with my RARE items? Hmm? What do you say?"

"OK, why not?"

"In that case... I'll give you THIS!"




"......"

"There's only one of this in the entire world! It just feels like letting my own baby go~ And now in your hands! Lucky you man *smirk*"

"(What a CHEAP basterd~ It's a plastic toy bat *tears*)"

Now, now. It sure is a piece of poo poo, but it's somewhat useful this early on.

Ryle doesn't really need much Mind and the other stats are more useful.

His next item costs 10VP and I'll have to grind them up soonish. See, while his items get good, it takes a bit. And the natural progression of the game doesn't give you enough VP to stay in line with his curve. That means, I need to grind so that his trash items will have any use for me at all. VPs are kind of an issue for me in this game. The reward thingy adds some variety but it takes ages to earn them. On top of that, I'll also need VP to ensure that I have all the endings later. What I'm saying is that I'll do a lot of grinding for this LP.

The last service in here is obviously the Inn.

But I don't need to rest.

Instead I take a stroll on the second floor. Up there, another hint about the south can be found, but also a "super cool secret".

There are several orbs scattered around the world, and they allow you to watch a lol-random scene. A few of them are actually funny, but this one is not.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfGnZSKIGEA
I think it's supposed to be one large oral-sex joke?!

Well, we've spent enough time mucking around. Let's get poo poo done!


"How are you sir? My name is Ryle. Could you tell me about the pass needed to cross the Blue Bridge?"

"Young man...it's too late now. Even if you have the pass, you can't travel alone."

And so it begins...

"??"

"Something terrible is happening at... Southern Cray City-!! And if you go like this, you'll get KILLED!"



"Get killed...? By whom?"

"No one knows who the killer is. What we know so far is that all those who travel alone, got ambushed from nowhere! And those with 2 or more people in groups, reached the city safely. So you need a travel companion at least."

I kid you not when I say that this isn't just the most ham-handed justification for having a party member. There's some plot behind it later.

"So can I get the pass after I bring my buddy along? Is that it?"

"Usually I would just give it to you as long as two of you are going together...But a couple of days ago, I could not find any more passes in my house. So I searched it and could not find it in this town!"

You didn't expect this to be easy, did you? The elder says that someone stole the box with the passes, and that somebody else found pieces of the broken lock near a shrine. Makes total sense.

"Yes, the old ruin to west from here. It's called Kah Mana Shrine. Now the place is abandoned and full of monsters."

"Then it's settled, I'll go to that shrine and find the pass by myself."

"Good luck then young man! But I have a piece of advice before you go. You need 2 people in order to enter the shrine.

"Huh? Because of the killer?"

Don't be dense. He's in the south!

"No, I'm saying because there's a place in that shrine requires 2 people to open the path. I used to play there when I was a little kid...Oh the good old times-"

Yadda yadda yadda, let's just get on with it!

"(Hmm...now the problem is who I should go with. All I need is 1 more person..)"

"How about going back to...Lavas Ville?"

Yeah, HOW ABOUT THAT?


The game has a linear main plot, this just refers to the unique content for each of the girls.

Since she's closest to the entrance, let's start with Orubia.

"So Orubia. Hmm...(She IS the easiest to ask."



Let's check her hint.

She can't come with you this time. But...

Ah, dang. Well, I guess it makes sense. A ruined temple filled with monsters isn't the right place for a sweet girl that only has a bit of healing magic. However, you can still ask her...

"Dear Ryle....Looks like you're doing fine now."

"Nah, I am in some trouble now."

"Oh no! What happened?!"

Ryle explained what happened so far

"So you need a partner, in order to enter Southern Cray City?"

"It's not that simple~"

"But it's true, isn't it? Then...who will you bring with? Mr. Burnfist?"

"No, dummy! Why do you think I'm here for?"

Rude!

"Huh~ ? Then my daddy. But he recently got arthritis!"

"(Can't you figure this out by now? We didn't become friends few days ago you know~)"

"Oops? Did I say something weird?"

"OK! You WIN! Time to be honest with you! I came for you! You are the one I can count on at the time like this."

I like to think that Ryle strikes a dramatic pose while epic Anime music is blasting in the background.

"...Huh~ !? But I can't! First of all...daddy needs my care, and I'm not even a real mage yet..."

"And based on what you said earlier...We have to live together, don't we?"

"(Come to think of it...She's right!)"

Crippled by his fear of cooties...

"...Yu, You don't have to worry about that. I won't leave here anyway..."

"I understand...I shouldn't pushed you so hard. Sorry!"

"But...I'm actually glad that...that you asked me to come..."

Att 10>>>13



With her unavailable, we're left with a choice between the other two girls.

Either...



"What Ryle! Why are you looking at me like that?"

Hint: You can be more intimate with her by taking her. BUT you will get further apart from Latyss.

Or...



"What do you need?"

Hint: If you aim at her, take her with you! However, things will get tougher with.

Make your choice!

Please bold it so that I can easily scan the replies. The voting will be open for a couple of days. I'm out of the country for the weekend, and can realistically work on new updates sometime next week. So I'll probably close it around next Monday or so.

Tin Tim fucked around with this message at May 22, 2013 around 22:25

Dr Pepper
Feb 4, 2012

Don't like it? well...


Caris Burnfist because, come on, her last name is Burnfist.

ultrafilter
Aug 23, 2007

I'M A BUTTWIZARD

AND ALSO A BOOBWIZARD COME TO THINK OF IT


Yeah, Caris seems like the highest comedy value right now.

SSNeoman
Jul 19, 2011

Villain tip: Next time kill
someone I actually like.


Latyss
She's a summoner. It's a no-brainer.

This game's dialogue makes my head hurt.

And we're going into a shrine to steal a literal box of plot coupons. Reach for the stars, Ryle.

SSNeoman fucked around with this message at May 14, 2013 around 22:51

Heavy Sigh
Nov 13, 2011

They've planted corn everywhere.

Dr Pepper posted:

Caris Burnfist because, come on, her last name is Burnfist.

Seconded.

RoeCocoa
Oct 23, 2010


SSNeoman posted:

This game's dialogue makes my head hurt.

Let me assure you, it only gets worse.

Take Caris, because I took Latyss when I played.

Leal
Oct 2, 2009

"Butt Bounce?"
"Butt Bounce, kupo."


Burnfist, cause if Dragon's Dogma has taught me anything everything in the beginning aught be weak to fire.

Brainamp
Sep 4, 2011

Ambition cannot be stopped.


Miss Burnfist, I have hopes her name will make this bearable.

Polsy
Mar 23, 2007


Tin Tim posted:

So, I've updated my Op a tiny bit. See, I did some digging in the game files and now I tend to believe that RM2KFanBoy is real and wrote all those dumb words. Some of the chars have other names in the files. For instance, Latyss is called Rathis and that sounds like the typical R>L thing these types of translations have. Also, I forgot about a certain thing at the end of the game that is very strong clue. Really, with the diferent things laid out, it would be a pretty elaborative plan for just masking spelling errors.

You convinced me to dig a little further and it seems like yeah, it's real, and RM2KFanBoy made more changes than I would've given him credit for.


the town layout is a little different


though the HBoy magazine is just where it should be (it's just called a H [that is, ecchi] book)

Actually all the dialogue and monsters appear to be (mechnically) identical up to this point so perhaps RM2KFanBoy just changed up the graphics and town layouts. And added...comedy touches to the dialogue with the translation (the welcome guy just says 'This is Lailai town' straight up)

alcharagia
Apr 23, 2008

What.
Did you say.
To that horse.

Burnfist because, after all, the magazine is called HOT LOVER.

Endorph
Jul 22, 2009

You are all DOOMED



Man, now I feel kind of bad for the original Japanese creator. This is some of the most tortured translation I've ever seen.

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David D. Davidson
Nov 17, 2012


Okay you can now transfer everything I said from the creator to the translator. but otherwise everything is so far pretty standard hentai/ecchi garbage.

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