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LordHippoman
May 30, 2013




Whatís Rune Factory?

Rune Factory is a spinoff of the popular Harvest Moon series of farming RPGs, incorporating more fantasy and combat elements. The subtitle is ďA Fantasy Harvest MoonĒ, if you donít believe me. It came out in 2007 for the DS.

Are there any Runes or Factories?

Not really.

EDIT: I lied there are totally runes in this game.

So, weíre farming?

Yeah, pretty much. This game keeps the traditional Harvest Moon elements of harvesting and planting crops, maintaining a farm, trading goods with various locals and such. There will be a lot of chatter with random townsfolk.

Edit: I lied again gently caress farming in this game.

Wait, I thought there was combat?

Oh, there is. Between the farming, weíll be rushing headlong into dangerous caves and dungeons to murder us a bevy of monsters, gather additional resources, and progress the plot. Thereís kind of a plot.

How are you handling this LP?


Iím using screenshot, because there is a ton of grinding involved in certain parts of this game. Iíll try to show off as much content as I can, but this is a pretty big game and Iím pretty bad at it, so I might miss a sidequest here or there or whatever.

Audience Participation?

I mean yeah sure, Iíll be sure have votes for a few things. Names for monsters we tame, which fantasy stereotype we try to marry, the name of our fine farming establishment, etc. If you donít want our main character to be named ďRagunaĒ feel free to call that out too.

UPDATE: We only have Five Characters of space for monster names! It sucks, but restriction fosters creativity! (nothing is getting named DONGS)


why do you keep playing games with anime

gently caress i donít know why does this keep happening to me send help

Table Of Contents:

Update 1: An Intro To Anime Farming

Update 2: Here's Donny!

Update 3: Kardia

Update 4: Hi, I'm Donnel.

Update 5: So, Youíre Living On Mistís Farm?

Update 6: Getting The Boot

Update 7: Carmite Cave Commences

Update 8: Continuation, Concerning Carmite Cave

Update 9: Conclusion of Carmite Cave

Update 10: Axe Around

Update 11: Monster Mash

Update 12: Honey For Nothing, Fish For Free

Update 13: Requiem For A Sheep

Update 14: The Cookie Conundrum

Update 15: Chimera Clash

Update 16: Rescue Mission

Update 17: A Canine Companion

Update 18: Mining Miscellanea

Update 19: The Cook-Off

Update 20: Donnel, MD: Episode 1

Update 21: Donnel, MD: Season Finale: Never Lupus

Update 22: A Layman's Guide To Cave Botany

Update 23: Bovine At An Incline

Update 24: Spelunking Somalier

Update 25: Grimoire and Marriage Results

Update 26: i hate this

Update 27: Hello, Neumann

Update 28: The Worst Legendary Sword

Update 29: Get Rich Quick

Update 30: Fifteen Screenshots Of Donnel Hitting A Stump

Update 31: A Treasure Hunt Miracle

Update 32: Love or Money

Update 33: An Eventful Harvest

Update 34: Forge Onward

Update 35: Fall Finale Festivities

Update 36: mistybloomcavehappens

Update 37: I Do-nnel

Update 38: Ruining My Marriage

Update 39: Battlebots

Update 40: Couple's Therapy

Update 41: Please Use The Game Mechanics

Update 42: Villains and Vehicles

Update 43: Final Preparations

Update 44: Getting Greedy

Update 45: Shadow Dragon?

Update 46: A Terrable Last Stand

Epilogue

MARRIAGE POLL IS CLOSED
Marriage Poll and Voting Instructions!

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LordHippoman
May 30, 2013


Update 1: An Intro To Anime Farming





I think NeverLand is the only thing I havenít heard of since this game. A quick google shows they shut down. What a promising start!




This logo is on the top screen for this whole intro, so Iím not going to include it in the rest of these.



The camera sweeps over some hills as some J-pop plays. Really just insert whatever music you want here.




Our farm will never look this nice in the game.




Mostly because this guy is incompetent.




Mostly because itís me. Also what the gently caress is going on under our anime eyeballs.










charmingruralimagery.jpg



Our hero spots something as his eyebrows creep over his own hair.




Oh, itís an-



AGH. This seriously cuts in like the drat Ring.






Reactions to this LP pictured above.






Or that, maybe.



Probably that.






Impending dragon immolation is no excuse for not giving eachother loving (?) glances.




And now we cut to this.



Ugh. I hated Doors of Pharros.






Cave Farming is a central mechanic in this game. Donít question it too much.





It is winter, and this young anime cannot properly close the window. She will likely freeze to death.











Planting this tree in the winter would be a poor choice, I think, but it seems to have worked out.




Success has come to our farm! Another thing you will not see outside the intro.



get those cotton balls off of your head






Oh no, theyíre multiplying.





The valley is infested.



Alright, Iím going to need a little help here. I need you all to name that guy on the right. That guy from the intro.


That dork. Weíre gonna need a good name for him. I think the limit is 7 characters. Same for the farm, which also needs a name. Or we could go for the defaults, which are ďRagunaĒ and something silly for the farm I canít remember at the moment, but Iím sure weíll want to change it.

Bold your protagonist and farm name ideas, and weíll get to the actual gameplay next time.

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Zanzibar Ham
Mar 17, 2009

You giving me the cold shoulder? How cruel.


Grimey Drawer

Ah, another Rune Factory LP to follow, nice!

I'll probably quickly switch my vote to someone else's better suggestion, but to start things off I say we call our farmer warrior Donnel (or Donny), and his domain shall be the EXP Farm.

BlackPersona
Oct 21, 2012


I always wanted to finish this game, but Rune Factory 3 spoiled me excessively with its mechanics and I could never get back into it. Glad to see you're playing this one, though

I don't have any witty names, so I'll back Donny and the EXP Farm

Rather Watch Them
Mar 28, 2012

Don't worry loves! NEED A CAVALRY HERE!


Zanzibar Ham posted:

I'll probably quickly switch my vote to someone else's better suggestion, but to start things off I say we call our farmer warrior Donnel (or Donny), and his domain shall be the EXP Farm.

This is too good.

hopeandjoy
Nov 28, 2014



Zanzibar Ham posted:

Ah, another Rune Factory LP to follow, nice!

I'll probably quickly switch my vote to someone else's better suggestion, but to start things off I say we call our farmer warrior Donnel (or Donny), and his domain shall be the EXP Farm.

Amazing.

Dragonatrix
Aug 16, 2009

You have offended STRINGIE! You must be punished!


Zanzibar Ham posted:

Ah, another Rune Factory LP to follow, nice!

I'll probably quickly switch my vote to someone else's better suggestion, but to start things off I say we call our farmer warrior Donnel (or Donny), and his domain shall be the EXP Farm.

ThornBrain
Jan 25, 2011


I'll be an rear end and suggest Donner from the Kebab farm.

Glazius
Jul 22, 2007

Hail all those who are able,
any mouse can,
any mouse will,
but the Guard prevail.


Only one farmer I know put paid to dragons.

Giles, from the Ham farm.

LordHippoman
May 30, 2013


Update 2: Hereís Donny!



Time to get this show on the rural dirt road. Sadly, this update is mostly tutorial and (dull) exposition. But I whack a thing with a hoe so look forward to that.



I mean, after this save screen. You get 2 saves in Rune Factory. You might want to have a back up, because there is a game breaking, save corrupting bug in this game.

Iím not making a great first impression here.







Our hero wanders into view.





Heís not feeling so hot.



Well, so much for that main character. Anyone have any backup names?




Thankfully, ďgirlĒ emerges from that nearby hut.



At least sheís having fun.



: Ooh, thatís not healthy! Hold on a sec.



She reenters and leaves the house.





Verge of starvation, but still healthy enough for a practice swing!





: Oh, right. Water! Okay, wait just one moment.







Donít just pour that poo poo on the ground! (I will do this probably 200 times in the game)

: Uh...actually, I meant some drinking water.

: Oh! Here you go, bread and water!




Thereís an eating sound effect to distract you from them not putting a bread sprite here.




: Oh, itís nothing! Say, youíre not from this town, are you? Are you on a trip or something?


: WellÖ to be honestÖ I donít really know myself.


: What do you mean you donít know?


: I donít remember where I was before coming here. I donít even know who I amÖ




I know you all love this plot point.

: MaybeÖ

: Do you remember your name?


: NoÖ

: Well, everyone needs a name.

: Thatís true.

: Why donít you pick one right now?







Thatís a dumb name. When I was younger I remember just taking off the last two letters and naming this man after a pasta sauce.



I will never escape Fire Emblem. The shadow of Wyverns hants me to this day.



HEREíS DONNY

: You do? Thanks. Whatís your name, by the way?





Something about a desert and some weird dragon cult or some poo poo. (YOU BROUGHT THESE JOKES ON YOURSELVES)

: Iím trying to find an inhabited townÖ I havenít thought past that part yet.


: In that case, I have an empty house and field that you can use.

The timeshare market is soaring in Kardia.


: IÖ I donít know what to sayÖ But no, I couldnít possiblyÖ

: Donít be silly! Iím not using them anyway. Besides, I meant what I said before. I think you look like a farmer!

: Do you really think I have what it takes to work a farm?

: Um...well...I think you have talent!

We are going to starve.

: OkayÖ







And we finally hit gameplay! So, the HP bar should be pretty self explanatory. RP (Rune Points) is sort of a Stamina Meter, performing any action consumes that. We can set the B and X buttons to various things, which is why theyíre down there.



Exploring our start menu, we can check our stats and inventory here. None of this really matters yet. But yes, you can use the Hoe as a weapon.



You can also use the watering can. And itís elemental.




The second tab houses our skills. Donnel sucks at everything.



The third tab means we have no friends.



This will be an overview of our farm, eventually, when itís not complete garbage.



We can use the fifth tab to track how much garbage we shove in the shipping box.



The sixth tab is a shocking reveal that Mist does not give a poo poo about us.



And this last one is for key items. We have none yet. Now that thatís out of the wayÖ



Here we are on the farm. It, uh, looks great.



One of her homes. She has two.

: Yeah, but Iím not asking you to let me work on the land here or anything.

: Donít worry about that. Itís better for me to get all the help I can!


: B...butÖ

: This is the field. I have not done any work on it for a while, so itís overgrown.



Thatís not normal.



This wolfman in a nice coat represents the specter of gentrification in this poor community.



: What? Thereís a monster here! Step back, Mist! You got any kind of weapon?






Combat is pretty wonky in this game. That square on the ground doesnít really represent where youíre going to hit well, as I whiffed this hit.



Got Ďim that time. The hoe can knock down enemies. You can also charge it up for a stronger hit. A lot of weapons share these properties, less lovely ones.



The soul flies off the screen, and Iíve accidentally made progress tilling this soil. Speedrunners, take note.





: Iím also okay. But I think I killed the monster.

: Oh, no, itís just fine.

: What?

: Weapons and tools have a kind of magic called ďRetornenĒ!




Screenshot included to prove I didnít make that up.

: Itís a kind of magic that sends monsters back to their original place.

: Original place?






PETA signs off on Rune Factory.

: Oh really? Well...Iím glad that I didnít kill it!


: Anyway, I was impressed by you there! Did you learn swordsmanship somewhere?

That was a hoe.

: I may have, but my memoryÖ

: Oh, yeah.



I really like to imagine an awkward pause here.



: Donít they usually appear above ground?

: There are people called Earthmates who can summon the monsters.



Holy poo poo Donnel let her finish a single paragraph.





: Really?

: Well, anyway, you saved me! Thank you so much.

: Hey, itís nothing.

: Donnel, I really owe you for this!

: No, really it was nothing.



I seem to recall that being the arrangement before the monster hoe battle.



Letís be honest, Donnel is destined to work this lovely field for the rest of his days.



: Youíll work here! Iím so happy.

: But, why are you doing so much for me?

: Iím not really sure...I feel that you have potential.

: Potential?

Solid Snake is getting a run for his money.

: Yeah, I feel that you seem to understand the ways of the earth.

: Is that so?



Actual mental health care is still considered heresy in the world of Rune Factory.

: Oh, really? In that case, Iíd be happy to work on the fields for a while.

: Great. Just get out there and get working.

: Okay.





So, all the basic farm tutorials sorta get shoved here. I shortened most of them a little bit, but Iím including them, because the game explains things pretty well. If you donít want to read them, feel free to scroll down until I say ďMechanics Chat is done now.Ē

How do you plow the fields?







Weíll need to get all that random poo poo off the ground before we can start farming here. That means shoving most of it in our pockets.

: Press the B Button to use the hoe. The icon of the item youíre using appears at the bottom right of the screen.


How do you grow vegetables?

: Press the L and B buttons together to change the item you are holding. Itís important to remember you can only sow vegetable seeds in plowed areas. Press the L and B Buttons together to change the item you are holding from a hoe to seeds. Press the B button to sow the seeds.



This is the big important thing. You make sorta 3x3 squares with each seed packet.

: Next, water the seeds with the watering can.



: You can water 12 squares each time you fill the watering can.



(I just wanted to include this shot for the two typos)



This is important.



This is generally good advice in real life too. This update has caused me to collapse twice already.

What are HP and RP?







Thatís really all you need to know about this one. Pretty much ANYTHING decreases Rune Points. Run out, and you start using your HP instead. It is easy to watering can yourself to death in this game.





: Why? What would happen to me?

Youíd go to the First Forest.



: You recover HP and RP by sleeping in your bed. Itís best to go to bed early if you get tired. Anyway, no matter what you will automatically fall asleep if you are still up at 6am. You canít work 24 hours!

Mechanics Chat is done now.



Alright, nearly done here.



: Use them to grow some vegetables.



This is actually 9 seeds because of how the planting works. Nice!






Mist, you conceited rear end in a top hat.



Donnel is only interested in that sweet EXP.

: Wow! How exciting! What a great name!

Mist loves grinding.

: Okay, Iíll be here at lunchtime tomorrow, so ask me then if thereís anything you need to know.



I went ahead and tilled the field in a 3x3 square here. I know thereís an outlier there, but I was just too lazy to also pick up the log. conserving RP!




Take out the seeds.



Do an 80ís victory leap.



And weíve got us a Radish Square!



As I try to water it I see that Mist only left one charge on the watering can. What an rear end.



Time to resupply. (Note how my RP is decreasing fast. Itís pretty limited early on.)



And thatís it for the day. I wonít go into this in such detail in the future, just wanted to show off the basic rotation.



Up north of the field is a whole lot of nothing. For now.



Time to explore our new house.



Well, itís spacious, at least. The Donnel head on the top screen has also entered the house.



All we really have so far is the aforementioned bed, which ends the day, and the diary.





It saves the game. Not too surprising.

If we check the picture frameÖ



How long have you been there?



: You can draw what you like on that screenshot here. Apparently the screenshot that you drew on can be exchanged with friends at the strange shell on the beach.

This is a lie, since Nintendo Wi-Fi for the DS has been terminated.


Donít do this.



Screenshots? That sounds dumb.



Oh, we have this shelf too, but we donít have anything here yet. Apparently the omniscient text box knows we can fill it up with Ivan, though.



We have a whole town to explore now, but thatís enough for one update. Join us next time while I hunt down a bunch of characters and have to make like 20 more portraits.

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Zanzibar Ham
Mar 17, 2009

You giving me the cold shoulder? How cruel.


Grimey Drawer

Hah, I didn't even know you did a Fire Emblem LP, I was just trying to think of some farmer-warrior to name him after.

Anyway, I only have RF3, so I don't know what's gonna happen here. Mist already seems pretty suspicious though.

Last Transmission
Aug 10, 2011


Zanzibar Ham posted:

Hah, I didn't even know you did a Fire Emblem LP, I was just trying to think of some farmer-warrior to name him after.

Anyway, I only have RF3, so I don't know what's gonna happen here. Mist already seems pretty suspicious though.

To her Donny smells like a sucker.

Zanzibar Ham
Mar 17, 2009

You giving me the cold shoulder? How cruel.


Grimey Drawer

Last Transmission posted:

To her Donny smells like a sucker.

Must be a toxic asset. I bet Mist got taken in by the real estate bubble right before it burst.

Gnoman
Feb 11, 2014


LordHippoman posted:

Oh, we have this shelf too, but we donít have anything here yet. Apparently the omniscient text box knows we can fill it up with Ivan, though.

Please don't fill your kitchen shelves with townsfolk. It won't end well.

LordHippoman
May 30, 2013


Gnoman posted:

Please don't fill your kitchen shelves with townsfolk. It won't end well.

There are no police in this game, there are no laws, Donnel will do what he must for the sake of Farm.


Zanzibar Ham posted:

Hah, I didn't even know you did a Fire Emblem LP, I was just trying to think of some farmer-warrior to name him after.

Anyway, I only have RF3, so I don't know what's gonna happen here. Mist already seems pretty suspicious though.

Mist is really just pushing indentured servitude on random amnesiacs.

Glazius
Jul 22, 2007

Hail all those who are able,
any mouse can,
any mouse will,
but the Guard prevail.


Looks like you could tend to two whole plots of seeds a day. Maybe three if you were feeling frisky.

Fat Samurai
Feb 16, 2011

To go quickly is foolish. To go slowly is prudent. Not to go; that is wisdom.


This is a good game, and I'm sad I haven't played the sequels.

Glazius posted:

Looks like you could tend to two whole plots of seeds a day. Maybe three if you were feeling frisky.

IIRC, you improve faster than in mainline HM games.

Junpei Hyde
Mar 15, 2013

AndhisnameisMarcoDiaz


Glazius posted:

Looks like you could tend to two whole plots of seeds a day. Maybe three if you were feeling frisky.

It's a major hurdle early on but you clear it pretty quickly and there are ways to restore RP.

silversatyr
Jul 29, 2014

Go on an adventure ordained by fate?
-->Okay! I'll grab my stuff!

-->Eh.

Zanzibar Ham posted:

Ah, another Rune Factory LP to follow, nice!


Wait, there's another one?



Man, I didn't get far into playing Rune Factory - mainly because by the time I'd picked it up I'd already played Rune Factory 3 and so the everything was clunky and painful. I imagine that if I'd played it first out of the series I would have have probably liked it a bit more and maybe even finished it. Maybe.

Donny... what a fitting name. He's gonna be grinding that XP like no-one's business.

Zanzibar Ham
Mar 17, 2009

You giving me the cold shoulder? How cruel.


Grimey Drawer

silversatyr posted:

Wait, there's another one?

Yeah, of RF4 to be exact - http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3759496

silversatyr
Jul 29, 2014

Go on an adventure ordained by fate?
-->Okay! I'll grab my stuff!

-->Eh.

Thanks! I just found it before checking here again (who knew searching forums could produce results?) but I appreciate the link non-the-less. Also, yay, another Rune Factory LP to read. Feel like I've hit LP jackpot.

marshmallow creep
Dec 10, 2008

I've been sitting here for 5 mins trying to think of a joke to make but I just realised the animators of Mass Effect already did it for me


If I had known the girl's name was Mist, I would have recommended the name Boyd.

LordHippoman
May 30, 2013


Update 3: Kardia

(Note: Hey, so, there are a lot of character portraits in this update, and holy crap some of them are sorta grainy (ANN ANN ANN). That's my bad, but the official art for the characters who have it doesn't squish too well. I'll be looking into ways to improve that as we go on.

Note of note: Hey, thanks to some help from Lotus, the portraits no longer suck. Thanks again!)

Now that Donnel has suddenly acquired real estate and a business, he needs to begin networking. Weíll do that by trying to barge into every house and business in the town.



Sadly, we happened to stumble into town on the ubiquitous ďHOLIDAYĒ, so pretty much everything is closed.




Kardia is separated into 4 tiers and a beach. Weíll be going clockwise around. First is ďMATERIAL ITEMSĒ, the worst named store of all time.



To the left of that is the hospital, where we eavesdrop on this manís checkup.







Sweet god look at that doctorís mustache.

: Lara, fetch me the usual nutrition drink, could you?

Everyone in Kardia still buys V8. No wonder farming is so lucrative.


: OK.

: Thanks, Dr. Edward. You always help me out. And not just that, everyone in the town is thankful you came here.


: When I came to this town, I finally felt like my true self for the first time. I believe that itís vital for us to live in harmony with the earth...Iím the one who should be thankful.

: Iím so happy to hear that. Okay, thatís it for today.

: Take care.




Godwin walks right past Donnel without acknowledging him. He refuses to technically meet us until the plot demands it. I am going to introduce myself to these other NPCs though.







Expect to see this guy a lot as I water myself to exhaustion in my own yard.

: Okay.





: Hey, youíre the guy who came to Mistís farm! Nice to meet you.

: Nice to meet you.

Iím beginning to think Donnel is incapable of speech unless heís repeating what someone just said.




I refuse to take this advice.




One more building to the left is the Hot Spring (Donít worry, Iíll include a map at the end if you get confused)



Building 1 on the second tier here is the Hot Spring.



We canít go in there yet.



Rounding out this side is Neumannís Farm. This will be a source of much grinding later, but for now, no oneís home.



The third tier only has 2 buildings, and the one on the left side is Mayor Godwinís house.



Which he has apparently locked himself inside since we last saw him at the hospital.



Over to the right, we have some benches and this strange fellow.





: Hello, my nameís Ivan. Iím a traveling salesman.


: My name is Donnel. How are you doing?




: Iím here on the holiday every week. So come along anytime, eh?


: Yeah, okay.

We will be wanting to do that. We have no money right now, but Ivan sells some pretty important stuff for our house.




The fourth tier of town is entirely this square here. Honestly itís not too important, but sometimes festivals and things take place here.





Back on the right of Tier 3, this is where the best character in the game lives. But heís not here at the moment. We could go inside, but thereís nothing and no one to see right now.




South of the mansion there is this church. It is actually open.




Ah, the Sorta-Cross, the sorta-symbol of vaguely-Christianity.







: I donít know!




The juvenile delinquents run away.


: Phew... Iím pleased youíre happy, but I wish you wouldnít play such tricks!

Letís greet the poor priest/rabbi/sheik/cleric/bighatman





: My name is Donnel. How do you do?


: Itís very nice to meet you. I hope to see you at church on holidays.

: Thank you.






Oh whoops I accidentally tried to put out your scented candles, sorry Wesley.

Wesleyís a cool guy, but thereís honestly not much to do at the church, so we wonít be seeing him all that much.




Camusís (i cannot escape the past) Farm is to the left of the church, very close to Neumannís.




We cannot go in yet, naturally.



The blacksmithís is also a no-go.




The inn, thoughÖ








: Iím going to Carmite Cave right now, so Iíve no time to wash my face.




Both of these kids are supposed to be like, in their 20ís I think? Despite acting like 10 year olds.


: Those kids of mine! What? A customer was here? What if they saw me flapping about?




: Thanks, but I already have a place to stay.

: Oh, itís you! Youíre the one living with Mist, right?

News travels fast in about 3 hours, I guess.

: Thatís right. My nameís Donnel.


: Iím Lady Ann.

Is that her first name or like a nickname, or...



I mean, they could have if they both didnít awkwardly just shuffle past us. Weíll see them in time.




The last building in town is the pub.




This one is also closed, but not for the usual Holiday reason. Itís just too early. Weíll be back, after we check out the beach on the right edge of town.





Iím pretty sure you had to swim into that thing in Donkey Kong 64.



Iím always surprised by DK64.





: Iím Sabrina. I run that seaside shack over there.

: My nameís Donnel.

: Oh, youíre the one Mist caught hold of.

: Huh?

Donít look under the shelf, Donnel. Just donít, itís not worth it.



A glowing recommendation from the weird shell woman.

: Anyway, that mysterious shell over there is connected to other worlds! Apparently you can exchange messages and items with people from those other worlds.




This is another Wi-Fi thing. Again, impossible now. Also this means one of the marriageable characters is unattainable now, because you needed an item from here. Ah well.








This dock and Sabrinaís shack will be helpful places for some early game cash making.



However, HOLIDAY again. But we can enter the pub now, so...









: No, heís not been here.

: Oh really? Let me know if you see him.

: Sure will. Anyway, gonna stay for a drink?

: Iíd love to, but I gotta find Zavier. See you around.


: Is the coast clear?



Iím not sure why Emmett asks that, considering he was the one watching out for Zavier but eh look this update is dragging and Iím joke desperate.

: Thanks, Emmett.

: Thatís the last time I let you hide here!


: Okay, got it. Thanks. Catch you later.

He seems like a nice guy, and he will never stop clutching that wine bottle.




: The nameís Donnel. Nice to meet you too.

: Ah, youíre the guy who came to live on Mistís farm. Or so the rumor has it.



Even Donnel is getting second thoughts here.

: It seems that she likes you a bit, too. Well, good luck!

You canít fool me, Emmett. I saw the friendship menu last update.

Now, unlike pretty much everywhere else we can visit on Holidays, Emmettís pub is actually open for business.








Emmett sells a lot of food. Itís expensive, but can be handy in surviving in dungeons, because itís way more filling and restorative than just shoving raw vegetables in your mouth.



Now that weíve seen all of the town we can see for now, I spent the rest of my RP tilling some extra field squares.




And, with that done, itís time for bed.



A new day means a new full bar of HP and RP, and we always wake up at 6 AM.



And it looks like Donny has guests!




Here he comes.



Holy poo poo

Look at that man

Iím in love.









AFTER HIM, DONNEL! (Next time.)

Hereís the map as promised, by the way. I could have just stolen one of the existing ones online, but no, this is my second screenshot LP, Iím clearly at a higher tier. The MS paint tier.



Iíve made a grave mistake.

Next time, weíll finish up the meet ní greet and get gearing up for some adventure/farming.

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Zanzibar Ham
Mar 17, 2009

You giving me the cold shoulder? How cruel.


Grimey Drawer

Huh, didn't think we'll find ourselves in a planned community.

Pvt.Scott
Feb 16, 2007



I vote we woo Lady Ann and try to leverage that into a foursome with her two kids.

Ratoslov
Feb 15, 2012

Now prepare yourselves! You're the guests of honor at the Greatest Kung Fu Cannibal BBQ Ever!


I vote we have sex with Edward's moustache. Not Edward, just his moustache.

Rigged Death Trap
Feb 13, 2012

BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP


Introducing Doctor Belmont and Mayor Dracula.

Junpei Hyde
Mar 15, 2013

AndhisnameisMarcoDiaz


I know we can't but I vote that we marry Jasper.

LordHippoman
May 30, 2013


I interrupt this important Mustache V. Jasper Romantics Debate to bring good news.

The LP farm has received a generous bounty in the form of new portraits by Lotus to help make up for my terrible portrait making skills! And they're good!



Look at that Ann! She doesn't look like a slime monster anymore!

Thanks to this generous donation, upcoming updates will look much less bad. Play will not improve in the slightest.

Glazius
Jul 22, 2007

Hail all those who are able,
any mouse can,
any mouse will,
but the Guard prevail.


So is Jasper one of those laughing drunks, or is he just high on life?

KataraniSword
Apr 22, 2008

but at least I don't have
a MLP or MSPA avatar.
I am my own man.

Glazius posted:

So is Jasper one of those laughing drunks, or is he just high on life?

Jasper is typically completely sober, if that answers your question.

I think Emmett is the only one who drinks outside of cutscenes, to be honest. (For good reason; wine is a lovely-rear end recovery item.)

Rabbi Raccoon
Mar 31, 2009

I stabbed you dude!

Is anyone else kinda creeped out by Donnel's in-game portrait?

Zanzibar Ham
Mar 17, 2009

You giving me the cold shoulder? How cruel.


Grimey Drawer

I thought so too, but it makes sense considering he's just figuring out he's been conned into servitude in a really dumb way. I'd be pretty embarrassed.

Alavaria
Apr 3, 2009


Though according to the map, Donnel's house is larger than Mist's house...

Though perhaps it doubles as a factory

Zanzibar Ham
Mar 17, 2009

You giving me the cold shoulder? How cruel.


Grimey Drawer

One thing's for sure, which is that Donny shouldn't ever marry Mist. We mustn't let the Stockholm Syndrome win!

Linnear
Nov 3, 2010


I just started on RF 4, and I miss some these simpler character designs in the first one. Anyway, I thought Bianca's gimmick was surprisingly charming.

LordHippoman
May 30, 2013


KataraniSword posted:

Jasper is typically completely sober, if that answers your question.

I think Emmett is the only one who drinks outside of cutscenes, to be honest. (For good reason; wine is a lovely-rear end recovery item.)

Pretty much, although we will have a sidequest later that revolves around drunken mistakes. Not Donnel's, sadly.


Rabbi Raccoon posted:

Is anyone else kinda creeped out by Donnel's in-game portrait?

He's got these weird things under his eyes, I'm not totally sure why.


Alavaria posted:

Though according to the map, Donnel's house is larger than Mist's house...

Though perhaps it doubles as a factory

The map is not entirely to scale, except for the Jaspers.


Zanzibar Ham posted:

One thing's for sure, which is that Donny shouldn't ever marry Mist. We mustn't let the Stockholm Syndrome win!

I mean we'll see how the voting goes, maybe the thread has it too.


Linnear posted:

I just started on RF 4, and I miss some these simpler character designs in the first one. Anyway, I thought Bianca's gimmick was surprisingly charming.

I've never played any of the later RF games, but reading the LP of 4 I can definitely see that.

LordHippoman
May 30, 2013


Update 4: Hi, Iím Donnel

Welcome back. Itís finally not a holiday, so we can get to meeting the rest of the townsfolk, as well as actually checking out some of the shops. Thereís a fuckload of dialogue in this one, so Iíve split it into two updates although itís just one day. (I promise there will actually be gameplay soon.)



Itís raining today.



That means I donít have to water these crops today. Good. More RP for me.




Today we can actually enter ďPartsĒ.



Or uh, we could, if I knew what ďtimeĒ was.




I passed the time by tilling some more squares until this happened!

Weíre Level 2 in Farming now. Higher levels in the Farming skill will cut the RP costs of things like using hoes and watering cans. Most skills do that to their corresponding actions, but there are some special skills as well. Though we wonít have to worry about that for a long time.



Itís around 8:00 or so now, and the fields are looking far more tilled. Donnel, however, is getting the urge to explore.



This little path is east of Mistís house.



Thereís a cave! But Donnel is terrified of dark spaces. Itís okay, Donnel. Youíll get there.



Or maybe he just read the sign.



Well, good to keep that in mind, I guess. However, for the first of many times in this update, Donnelís socialization senses have kicked in. Thereís an easy to miss townsperson who needs to be aggressively greeted.



Pretty much as far west as can be travelled from Donnelís farm, we find this lady.



I hope you like this line.



Jesus thatís not a necklace thatís a cage on your neck

: Is there a reason that I should be?

: My nameís Sharron. Iím always searching the Kasimir Ruins. The townsfolk always seem to be frightened of the fact that Iím always alone in this kind of place.

: Itís not a bad thing to be into ruins. Itís kinda mysterious.



I think itís less the Ruins thing and more your gray pupil-less eyeballs, Sharron.

: Ha ha ha!



Oh. Well, uh, bye.



Letís just go to PARTS.





This man spins around. Itís very cinematic and hard to capture via screenshots, so please rotate your monitor/phone to achieve the desired effect. Thanks.



: What! Daddy, those ones go here. How many times do I have to tell you?! Youíd be lost without me!

I think we see who the true mastermind behind the PARTS is.



: Iím Donnel.

: Itís a pleasure to meet you, Donnel! Where are you staying?

: Iím staying at Mistís farm.



Donnel is regretting so many actions right now.

: What do you mean, Ďsuckeredí?


: Let me guess. She told you, ďI think you have talent,Ē right?


: Hey, how did you know that?

: I know because thatís what she says to everyone!

Oh gently caress itís a Ponzi scheme. The olí Amnesiac Ponzi scheme.

: Well, I didnít have anywhere else to stay, so Iím grateful she took me in.

: Since youíre staying at a farm, you could probably use some supplies. My house is an item shop, so feel free to stock up on things.

: Thanks.





So, instead of directly selling crops, we can just dump them in those boxes by our house and Rosetta will sell them for us. We can also dump garbage in there if we just want to mess with her.



: No. My name is Donnel.




: Thank you.

: Say, where are you staying at, Donnel?


: Iím renting a farm outside of town.



: Is something the matter with her?

: No, no. Of course not. Just a bit strange, is all.

Stranger than the Ruins Cage Neck Woman?


: Sometimes itís hard to figure out if sheís being serious, or just spacing out.

: Ha ha...Yeah, I think I know what you mean.

Well, thatís enough PARTS for one day. Now that weíve discovered Mistís dastardly schemes, letís go to the Library and read up on the local indentured servitude laws.





: Perhaps you should read a book sometime.

Donít make fun of Neumannís inability to open his eyes.

: Ha ha ha!




Oh boy I hope youíre ready for some Fantasy Names for real life animals.

: Okay, sorry to disturb you, Russell. It was a nice distraction for me.

Do they...hate each other? I canít tell.



: Hi, Iím Donnel.

: Nice to meet you. So you must be the one who came to Mistís farm.

: Yes.

: We also sell books here at the library. We have a variety of interesting titles, so please drop by now and then.



Oh poo poo, Donnel can be a wizard.



: I...work at the libraryÖ

(Oh boy Iím not looking forward to transcribing this characterís dialogue.)

: Hi, Iím Donnel.

: OhÖ so youíre the one... who came to Mistyís farmÖ

: Thatís right.

: I thought soÖ Will you be in town long?

: Iím not sure yet, but Iím in no hurry to leave.

: I seeÖ WellÖ I look forward to seeing you aroundÖ

: Thanks.

There are also children here. Donnel is a friend to all children.







: My nameís Donnel.

I was considering doing a ďMy Nameís DonnelĒ counter for this update, but I figured that joke would get old fast. Also the last time I did a counter I managed to gently caress up counting.

: Thatís a nice name. Itís nice to meet you, Donnel. You know what? I like to collect all kinds of stones. Hee hee! If you find any good ones, give Ďem to me, okay?

This seems like a good place to note that, like in a lot of these games, you can give the NPCís gifts to raise their affection levels towards you for various benefits. They all like different things. Cecilia likes rocks.




Alright, thatís enough talking to random kids. (For one screenshot.) Letís check out those magic books.



Right now Russell only sells one book, Teleport. Itís expensive as poo poo for now.

Magic in Rune Factory costs a portion of your RP, and is infinite use once youíve purchased it.



: Iím Donnel. And you are?

: Nicholas. Nice to meet you.

: Nice to meet you, Nicholas.

: So, where are you from, Donnel?

: Actually, I donít rememberÖ Right now, Mist is letting me stay on her farm.

: Really?

And thatís the end of that conversation.



The Hot Springs are here, but again we are stymied by time. Honestly, the opening time for the Hot Springs being so late sorta hamstrings its usefulness, but Iíll talk about that more once we can get in. For now though, Neumannís farm is next door.





: No, I didnít see him today.

: Right...Okay, sorry to bother you.

Sabrina starts to head out of the store.











...Huh.





Okay, I swear these shots are not out of order. He just shouts this. The script for Rune Factory is a little wonky sometimes.



: Ha-ha-ha! Youíre the one that came to the fabled Mistís place.

: Itís nice to meet you.

: Oh yeah, that place of yours is cramped and falling apart, eh? Let me know if you ever need any home improvements! Iíll make a home from that house!

Hoo boy, this is the big grinding spot. Letís see what Neumann wants for that.









Holy gently caress. For reference, every one of those logs you saw on the farm? Thatís 1 wood. There are some faster ways, but no matter how you slice it, this is going to take a long time. Tom Nook, eat your heart out.





Rune Factory is getting real on you here.



...Can we trick him?



drat, we nearly tricked him with our 100G.



Neumann also sells some ingredients. Theyíre mostly overpriced and weíll be able to make them ourselves eventually anyway. That thing on top is Monster Feed, but weíll be able to make that even cheaper and easier soon.



: Nice to meet you too. Iím Donnel.

: Ahh, youíre the one who came to Mistís farm, eh? Itís all over town.

: So it seems.

: It must be hard to lose your memory. I hope you can get it back soon.

Thatís nice. Next up is Godwinís house.



Hell yeah

: Iíd like the festivals involving food to be held at the Sainte-Coquille home again this year. I hope theyíll be grand affairs!




: Work hard, think of how you can help the town develop.

: Of course I will, Mr. Mayor. Okay I have to go now.

Thereís no punctuation there in the script either. Jasper has no time for commas.





: I wonder what I can do for the town.

: Thank you, Felicity. Iím always happy that you are thinking of our town. But for now I want you to put your health first and get better, okay? I donít want you to overdo it.

Felicity is sick with some mystery fantasy disease. She still has a job, though, so sheís apparently pretty tough for someone withering away from magic malaria or whatever.

: Okay, I got it.

Letís greet the mayor.





: Ah, youíre the guy who came to Mistís farm, eh? Iíd like to give you a big Kardia welcome!


: Thank you very much.

: I hope you stay in the town for a long time.

As someone pointed out earlier, Godwinís similar look to Dracula makes this sound pretty shady.

Now, Godwinís house serves a gameplay function. To get into the various caves (Dungeons), weíll need passes from him, like that sign said. Letís try and get one.





: Ah, passes to caves, eh? Iím the one who issues them. Since there are monsters in the caves, I donít issue passes to just anyone.





So we have our first concrete objective. To get into the first dungeon, weíll need to till 100 squares of field.

That seems like a good stopping point for now, so I donít flood this with screens. Next time, weíll finally finish up the town exploration and start preparations for Carmite Cave.

LordHippoman fucked around with this message at Sep 28, 2016 around 04:36

KataraniSword
Apr 22, 2008

but at least I don't have
a MLP or MSPA avatar.
I am my own man.

Oh geez.

Fair warning to anyone playing along: Later games in the series (mostly 3 and 4) add a lot of quality of life improvements to the system, but in the first game? Magic (past Teleport, Heal, and the status-curing spell) is utterly useless. The most notable problem is that unlike using items/weapons, magic needs RP. It can't be cast from HP. Hippoman has been doing a decent job of illustrating, but your RP is absurdly finite, especially early on and/or if you don't carry along a heavy stack of food to chow on (which... can be incredibly difficult in the heat of combat). The bigger problem, though, is that the amount of RP that magic burns is enormous. Sure, attack spells can do some pretty heavy burst damage, but when they cost 10x the RP of a normal attack and don't do 10x the damage, it's a losing proposition in any and all battles of attrition.

Don't try to do magic in RF1. It's not worth it.

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Junpei Hyde
Mar 15, 2013

AndhisnameisMarcoDiaz


However, the 3 spells that aren't utter trash are super useful and you should get them all asap.

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