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LordHippoman
May 30, 2013

I, frankly, want this smug Jagen to be my avatar on all forms of social media immediately.




What is Rune Factory?


ďHarvest Moon where you wield a sword.Ē-Yoshifumi Hashimoto, producer

The Rune Factory games are a series of Harvest Moon spinoffs. They focus on a fantasy element, downplaying the traditional farming gameplay to add more weapons, combat, and...sorta plot. Many series mainstays remain, like befriending villagers, growing crops, and getting married, but add some more goblins ní poo poo.

The first game came out in 2007, to fairly positive reviews, but it hasnít exactly aged well, especially in comparison to later entries in its own series, not to mention similar games like Stardew Valley.


So, whatís Rune Factory Two?


The second Rune Factory game came out in 2008, almost immediately following the first game, as if they had...very few changes to make.

This is because they didnít. Rune Factory 2 is very much a similar game to its predecessor, both for better and for worse. The characters are still flat, the graphics still jaggy and awkward, and thereís another bafflingly awful design decision rivaling that of RF1ís Misty Bloom Cave and 2000 Wood Grind.

That being said, improvements were made. The combat feels far smoother, animations look nicer, and several touches that would persist into RF3 and 4, widely considered ďthe good onesĒ were put in place.


Why LP this game?


I did the last one and I have a problem.

Also, I feel like itís a step worth noting. Rune Factory 2 is a pretty underrepresented game, without a ton of information online about it. While I wouldnít call it a great game, itís not awful.

Also 3 and 4 are already covered and if I donít do this one someone else will have to buy Rune Factory 2.


Audience Participation?


Heck yeah. Iíll be needing names for the monsters we befriend for the farm, and thatís on you. So is the name of our hero, and the lucky lady he decides to marry.

Keep in mind that the character limit for names in this game is six.


Oh, god, not Rune Factory 2. Is there another Rune Factory LP?


Iíve got you covered.

If you want to see the good RF games, try Haifischís SSLP of Rune Factory 3, Truthkeeperís SSLP of Rune Factory 4, or TheStrawHatNOís VLP of Rune Factory 4.

If you want to see the first one I did it and itís on the archive/linked above, but I take no responsibility for your decision.


I think you got something wrong hereÖ


I will totally admit, Iím no expert on this game. I donít know all the ins and outs, and Iíll probably be wrong quite a few times. Also, due to the dearth of RF2 information online, I donít have my usual backup sources for when I inevitably have no idea what Iím doing. Feel free to correct me in the thread, I wonít be offended, and Iíll try to update the posts with the better information.


Are you actually doing this? Didnít you say you wouldnít play Rune Factory 2? Will this be the game that breaks you?




Table of Contents



Update 1: Anime Farming 202

Update 2: Arriving in Alvarna

Update 3: West Side Update

Update 4: Bandan The Bulletin Boy

Update 5: Please Fund My Bathing

Update 6: Dai-Kon 2017

Update 7: Barnstorming

Update 8: Romantic Tree Gazing

Update 9: Feeding Frenzy

Update 10: The Second Update In A Row I Can Call Feeding Frenzy

Update 11: Special Bulletin: gently caress Jake

Update 12: Summertime and Sneaking Missions

Update 13: Adventures In Biology

Update 13.13: The Canonical Death Of Bandan

Update 14: Bandan The Bulletin Boy #2

Update 15: Cabbage Scam

Update 16: Bandan Cleans Up Nicely

Update 17: Frigid First Dates

Update 18: Pretty Much The Final Boss

Update 19: The Skeletons In Rosalind's Closet

Update 20: The Greatest Adventure

Update 21: Bridal Showers

Update 22: Childbirth Speedrun

Update 23: Part 1 Finale



Update 24: Anna's Adventure

Update 25: School's In

Update 26: (Further) Into The Woods

Update 27: Making Like A Tree

Update 28: Going for the Green

Update 29: Playing With Giant Swords

Update 30: Trouble On Turtle Island

Update 31: The Best Boss Design In The Series

Update 32: 80+ Screenshots To Make Apple Juice

Update 33: Rune Fighter II: Radish Rage Extra Turbo VI

Update 34: The rear end in a top hat Statue

Update 35: Deus Ex Messhina

Update 36: Taming and Misnaming

Update 37: The Bane of Boss Design

Update 38: The Update Where I Get Mad At Video Games

Update 39: So A Mammoth Walks Into A Protagonist

Update 40: A Cold End To Summer

Update 41: Everything But The Mammoth

Bonus Updates

Marriage Poll


Monsters That Need Names

Pomme Pomme
Orc
Orc Archer
Goblin
Goblin Archer
Goblin Sniper
Goblin Pirate
Goblin Gangster
Goblin Don
Ogre Viking
Orc Viking
Silver Wolf
Buffamoo
Cluckadoodle
Wooly
Ant
Spider
Scorpion
Shadow Panther
Plant
Big Mushroom
Tricky Mushroom
Flower Lion
Leaf Ball
Planchoa
High Orc
Orc Hunter
Death Stalker
Ignis
Blood Panther
Tortoise
Giant Beetle
Flower Lilly
Weegull
Hobgoblin
Chipsqueek
Furpuff
Buffalo
Queen Bee
Hornet
Little Wizard (Red and Blue Variants!)
Ghost
High Orc Viking
Flower Crystal
Hunter Wolf
Fairy
Slime
Necro
Sky Fish
Dorado
Black Slime
High Ogre Viking

LordHippoman fucked around with this message at 01:34 on Jul 5, 2018

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LordHippoman
May 30, 2013

I, frankly, want this smug Jagen to be my avatar on all forms of social media immediately.

Update 1: Anime Farming 202



So, here we are again, huh?




Neverland is no longer in business, and Marvelous is apparently some kind of mega-corporation at this point, judging by my cursory Wikipedia glancing.







We start, just like the first game, with a fully animated cutscene (Which doesnít come across great in screencaps, sorry). Thereís also J-Pop.




Weíve got some cryptic imagery, with shrines and doors to the void and such.





And now weíve got the happy little town setting. This scene could end now, weíve got both requisite parts.







Fear not, all your favorite Rune Factory features, like Mountain, Bed, and Animal will return.



Good hat spotted.





You can probably guess who our lead characters are by now, huh?




window




window
WINDOW



This guy also shows up to make a cameo in the intro, like the first game! I think heís in the third one too.




Our hero, however, could not care less.





I promise, that was as weirdly paced and all over the place as it looked. Sorry, there was really no good way to screenshot all that. My bad.




Thankfully, now we can get into the actual game! New Game is pretty obviously the option to go with here. Wi-Fi support for this game is dead, much like literally every other DS game.











Iíll take your word for it, ???.




Again, taking your word for it, because the text box is blocking most of them.







: Hey, I havenít seen you before. Are you just passing through?


: Passing through? Um, I think so...

: You think so? You mean youíre not sure?




I think the amnesia hit him a little worse than the last guy.


: Ha ha ha!




Some of the pink leaves fall and sway across the screen here.


: Wow...How beautifulÖ


: Oh, you really think so? Hee-hee. Thank you.





: Ah, yes it is! Itís called a ďcherry tree.Ē They bloom with pink blossoms this time of year! Thatís one of the reasons I love coming hereÖ


: Yeah, I think I could get used to this placeÖ




I think sheís supposed to be blushing, or sheís allergic. Springtime does that to people.




I love it when the screen shakes in an SSLP, because I get to tell you all the screen is shaking. Every time.




Actually, itís the ďincoming good characterĒ alarm.





: You promised me that youíd stay my little girl forever!


: Yeah, when I was six! Why are you even talking about this?!


: Donít try to hide it! I overheard you two talking about love and feelings and that sorta stuff!


: Father, we were talking about how much we love the flowers!




Including this shot just for Douglasí happy portrait.


: Youíre the one who scared US!


: Iím sorry about thatÖ This is my father. I hope he didnít scare you too muchÖ


: It-itís okay!

: Well, Mana, who is this fellow, anyway?


: He says heís just passing through town.


: It-itís nice to meet you, sir!

Our hero has already developed a speech tic, I guess.




: As long as thereís breath in my lungs, I wonít let anybody marry my little girl!


: R-Right, I kinda gathered thatÖ


: Father! Will you be quiet?


: Mana, itís only out of concern that IÖ


: But youíre embarrassing me!

: Listen, Iím really sorry about all thisÖ


: No, donít worry about itÖ


: I donít even know your name! Iím Mana, and this is my father, Douglas. And you are?





: What?! Really? Why not?


: I donít know! I canít remember who I am, or where Iím from...Nothing! But I felt like something was drawing me to this townÖ


: Really? Well, Iím glad you ended up here! I guess you donít have plans to go anywhere else, do you?


: Um, not really, noÖ


: Hey, Father, do you think we could lend him that farmland?


: Hmm...Well, nobodyís using it right now, anyway.

I will DEFINITELY use it. For sure.


: Thereís some farmland just inside the town! Would you like to use it?

You canít say no to this. Not that Iím complaining, the game would be real short if you could.


: What? But we only just met, and I couldnít possibly imposeÖ


: Oh, you wouldnít be! Itís just going to waste right now. Really, Iíd feel better if someone was living there.


: Well, let me think aboutÖ




: Y-Yes, sir!

: Father!


: SorryÖ


: Sorry again about my father...But you really should use the farm! Besides, my father and I run the general store. If you move into town and buy things, youíll be helping us, too!

I notice now while transcribing that Mana, like, exclusively calls Douglas ďFatherĒ. I guess it makes sense, but it is repetitive as hell. Throw a ďdadĒ in there, Mana.








And here we go with the decision point. We need a name for our intrepid amnesiac here, and, as a slight spoiler, a name for his farm.

Keep in mind the six character limit, and Iíll take any suggestions you might have. Welcome back to the farm.

LordHippoman fucked around with this message at 02:02 on Jul 25, 2017

New Super Metis
Aug 1, 2014




Call him Kylie and his farm Minog[ue]

Rabbi Raccoon
Mar 31, 2009

I stabbed you dude!

He's clearly a Hippo doing his thing at Farm Awesom

Sylphosaurus
Sep 6, 2007


He is the mighty Bandan of the fine ranch Doorag.

Kerning Chameleon
Apr 8, 2015
Probation
Can't post for 4121 days!


This is the traditional post requesting Troy thanklessly slave his days away on the Misery Farm.

theshim
May 1, 2012

You think you can defeat ME, Ephraimcopter?!?

You couldn't even beat Assassincopter!!!


LordHippoman posted:

: I donít even know your name! Iím Mana, and this is my father, Douglas. And you are?





: What?! Really? Why not?
Think this is the wrong screenshot for there.

You're doing Things to yourself, man. Good luck!

LordHippoman
May 30, 2013

I, frankly, want this smug Jagen to be my avatar on all forms of social media immediately.

theshim posted:

Think this is the wrong screenshot for there.

You're doing Things to yourself, man. Good luck!

Whoops, off by a number. Should be fixed now.

And don't worry, I know. Thank you for your sympathies.

ThornBrain
Jan 25, 2011


Our amnesiac's only remaining memory is a song he heard in passing... That strange wonderous chanting... Agadoo... of the DooDoo farm.

BlackPersona
Oct 21, 2012




We've met the best character, we clearly must name everything after him in his honor. Doug running the Doug Farm (6 Character limit means no -glas )

KataraniSword
Apr 22, 2008

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



Woah boy, you're really committed to pain, aren't you, Hippo? Or you'll need to be committed soon, something like that.

Name our amnesiac Rune and our farm Factory.

LordHippoman
May 30, 2013

I, frankly, want this smug Jagen to be my avatar on all forms of social media immediately.

ThornBrain posted:

Our amnesiac's only remaining memory is a song he heard in passing... That strange wonderous chanting... Agadoo... of the DooDoo farm.

I had to look this up and now I know it exists, thanks Thorn.


KataraniSword posted:

Woah boy, you're really committed to pain, aren't you, Hippo? Or you'll need to be committed soon, something like that.

We'll see by the end of this one. I just did a game I like, so I feel like there's some kind of etherial balance that must be upheld.

I'd also like to call attention to something. I didn't have this game as a kid, like RF1, so I bought it for the LP. While I was shopping, I happened to find the GameStop summary of it, and, uh...



This is not correct.

I don't think even the guy who writes the product descriptions played Rune Factory 2. I loving wish the evil magician FlimFlam was a character in this game, though.

Anyway, I'll cut suggestions/voting off at midnight tomorrow and make a decision. Some strong picks so far, but we'll see.

CptWedgie
Jul 19, 2015



...What.

I can't help feeling like this comes from a completely different game somehow, but I have no idea which one. It most certainly isn't a Rune Factory game.

KataraniSword
Apr 22, 2008

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



CptWedgie posted:

...What.

I can't help feeling like this comes from a completely different game somehow, but I have no idea which one. It most certainly isn't a Rune Factory game.

A cursory googling of the phrase "evil magician flimflam" gives me a Playmobil DS game, which seems much more fitting.

Incidentally, that same Playmobil game has its Gamestop description mixed up with an entirely different game too:



Something tells me the people behind Gamestop's website don't give a single goddamn poo poo about video games.

That said, it's probably telling that Rune Factory 2's product description got shuffled around in what appears to be DS Shovelware Hell.

Solumin
Jan 11, 2013


Oh man ground floor of a LordHippoman LP

I like DougJr for our intrepid hero/farmer, because we aspire to be the best character. Or someone pic a good Legend of Mana/Sword of Mana hero name.

Dragonatrix
Aug 16, 2009

You have offended STRINGIE! You must be punished!


Solumin posted:

someone pic a good Legend of Mana hero name.

There is only one: Chumpy

Glaive17
Oct 11, 2012

What is there left to discover about donuts...?


Pillbug

LordHippoman... Why do you do this to yourself? I am concerned for your wellbeing... Not that it will stop me from enjoying this, though!

Well, if we want to make a tradition of naming Rune Factory characters after Fire Emblem characters they look like, we could name him Gaius. Don't have a farm name suggestion, though.

Last Transmission
Aug 10, 2011


Ty vote goes to Troy working his Field Farm.

KataraniSword
Apr 22, 2008

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



Glaive17 posted:

LordHippoman... Why do you do this to yourself? I am concerned for your wellbeing... Not that it will stop me from enjoying this, though!

Well, if we want to make a tradition of naming Rune Factory characters after Fire Emblem characters they look like, we could name him Gaius. Don't have a farm name suggestion, though.

This is especially cruel since it would be a constant reminder to Hippoman of a better Rune Factory game.

Glaive17
Oct 11, 2012

What is there left to discover about donuts...?


Pillbug

KataraniSword posted:

This is especially cruel since it would be a constant reminder to Hippoman of a better Rune Factory game.

Ha, I didn't even think of that, how could I forget the best dwarf friend?

Coolguye
Jul 6, 2011

Required by his programming!


TooMuchAbstraction
Oct 14, 2012

Hubris

Fun Shoe

Mana does look pretty vapid...not that our protagonist is doing any better.

Coolguye
Jul 6, 2011

Required by his programming!


she looks like she's about to swallow my soul and erase all memories of my existence

Space Kablooey
May 6, 2009





I don't care how the dude is named, but the farm must be named Jasper

LordHippoman
May 30, 2013

I, frankly, want this smug Jagen to be my avatar on all forms of social media immediately.

Alright, polls are closed.

A lot of really strong suggestions here, but my favorite character name has to go to Syphosaurus' Bandan because we'll be staring at that thing a lot, and I think HardDiskD has the right of it in naming the farm Jasper in tribute to an old friend.

I'll start recording and hopefully have the first few updates ready soon, though they will unfortunately probably be 90% meet and greet with the villagers.


CptWedgie
Jul 19, 2015


Coolguye posted:

she looks like she's about to swallow my soul and erase all memories of my existence

Yeah, that picture definitely gives me the creeps. Kinda like she's liable to go on a rampage to annihilate all her competition at the slightest provocation. Competition for what... I'm not sure, and I most certainly don't want to know unless it involves her coming after me (and that just so I can try to fight her off).

LordHippoman
May 30, 2013

I, frankly, want this smug Jagen to be my avatar on all forms of social media immediately.

Update 2: Arriving in Alvarna

Fair warning before we really get the ball rolling here, this update and the next will be very dialogue heavy. Iíll be showing off getting the hang of the town, mostly, as well as meeting all the villagers weíll be interacting with, so thatís a lot of text. I donít like it any more than you probably do, but itís a bit of a necessary evil.

Thankfully this is the single biggest chunk of dialogue in the game, so Iíve got that going for me.



Our hero is Bandan, as suggested by Syphosaurus. It really clashes with his hair, but I guess thatís better than blending in.

Oh, by the way, while youíre naming the hero in this game, he does a little air punch when you enter a letter, and staggers back when you delete one. Itís kinda cute.







: All right, letís go! The farm is just to the east of here!

: Just to the east of here. Got it.




Iím finally in control now, and not much has changed since RF1 with this main screen here. HP should be self explanatory, and RP is Rune Points, which are expended when we take pretty much any action other than movement. Run out of RP, and you start having to spend HP. Thankfully, the RP stranglehold is a bit less constrictive in this game than it was in the last one.




Iím not going to show that huge map most of the time, so just the bottom screen will do. In another nice change from RF1, our character automatically runs, instead of having to hold down the R button to do so. R now toggles between running and walking with a single press.




The inventory hasnít seen many changes. Notably, we do have slots for the X and Y buttons now...but more on that soon.

You can also see the stats for our hero up on top there. Level 1, as to be expected, but at least we have 150 G! Whatever that is.




These skills, while not connected to our overall level, level up independently while using the actions theyíre connected to. Helpfully, the game actually explains what each of them does now.

Notably, Magic is here, as a new skill, that lets us reduce how much RP magic costs, holy poo poo, good.




This third tab is for the stats of our monster allies...of which we have none at the moment. Soon enough, though!




Here we can track how much villagers like/love us, on a scale of 0 to 10. Apparently Douglas and Mana arenít too friendly yet. The Love stat applies only to eligible bachelorettes, so we will never recieve the coveted Doug Love.

Also, yeah, Manaís a marriage option, but you guessed that, Iím sure.




The last tab (that Iíll be covering, the last one is just settings) is for Key Items. Got nothing, letís move along.




Two screens to the east, Douglas and Mana are waiting at the farm, just like they said theyíd be. Convenient. You canít explore before coming here, by the way, as Bandan will just say he needs to go east and find the farm.








: Wow, this place is huge!

: It actually hasnít been used in a while, so itíll need a little workÖ Hee-heeÖ

: I think I can handle it. Donít worry.

: Sounds good. Here. Take this hoe and watering can. Go ahead and try them out!

: Uh, you mean like, right now?







He gives a very wimpy swing of the hoe.




: R-really?

: Yep! Now try the watering can.




Youíre going to ruin Douglasí shoe!


: Wow! You already water so well!

: Yeah! If I didnít know any better, Iíd say you were born to do this! Thereís a natural farmer somewhere in you, kid!

Douglas didnít read the other LP.


: We can give you both together for 100G. Itís a special sale price! Take it or leave it!


: What?! 100 for both?! Thatís cheap! Too cheap, kiddo!




Well, who could disagree with that pitch?! Plus, you canít actually say no.


: THank you! Well, good luck, Bandan! Oh, we also sell seeds at our house, so be sure to stop by sometime!





This keeps happening.







...Who set this as the default? Is this a joke to you? You think itís real funny, huh?

Some wounds wonít heal.




Thankfully, we can wipe that away with the aid of our old friend, Jasper, at HardDiskDís suggestion.




Itís good.


: Thanks!

: All right, looks like youíre all set, then! Well, you should get to work and start making money!

(secret thread poll: is it ďAll rightĒ or ďAlrightĒ?)


: Um...y-yeah, I guess youíre rightÖ

: See you later, Bandan!

: See you later, Mana.




I feel like youíre pushing it, Mana.


: O-okay! Will do!

: Thanks! And good luck!




Now, we could get some extra advice from Mana, but I think weíve had enough dialogue for the next...long time. So I guess Iím doing it.




If you played the first game, itís pretty much the same stuff. L+B allows you to quickly access your tools, so letís take out the Hoe we bought from Mana.




You hit B to hoe a square. Simple enough. However, if you hold the button downÖ




You can charge it, and get up to 3x3! It took until rank 3 for tools in Rune Factory 1 to get that ability, and itís great to have this early. Now, if youíll excuse me, Iím just going to curl a finger on this handy monkeyís paw and get back to the update.




Well, not all the squares were tilled, because there was poo poo on them. Just hit A to pick it up, and then make the quintessential human decision, KEEP/TOSS/EAT. Iím Keeping these Medical Herbs, theyíre kinda handy.




I know I said I wasnít going to talk to Mana, but if you ask her about planting crops, sheíll give you a free packet of seeds!




Also Douglas.




The way seeds work in Rune Factory is pretty simple. When you use them, theyíll be planted in any tilled soil in a grid around you, making a 3x3 square. If you notice Iím loving this upÖ




You remember better than I did. Maybe I should have listened to Mana. Ah well.




The watering can completes the basic crop process. Hoe the soil, Plant the seeds, Water the seeds. They do need to be watered every day, or they will die, at least on our farm. This sucks, but in a minor relief, RF2 has added that handy jug of water over Bandanís health bar. That shows how many tiles of water youíve got left before you need to refill the can.




You can do that in any water source, like this well. Itís pretty handy, honestly.




Thatís enough Farm 101 for now, though. Letís see whatís inside our new house.




Itís already pretty spacious, no need for an upgrade this time around. Thereís a secret (kinda) on that bookshelf as well.





Heís more excited than I am.




Like last time, you equip spells on your X button, and can swap between them quickly with L+X. Canít really test out our new Fireballís effectiveness until we get into combat, though.

In general, magic is a bit more useful this time around. Spells can also be upgraded by finding spellbook pages, but thatís a long time coming. This is also the only spell weíll be getting for quite a while, so we might as well get used to it.




The blue diary is a save point.




The Shelf and Fridge can be used to store items you donít want clogging up your inventory, although it is pretty big. Thereís a ton of room in them too, so space really isnít a concern in this game.




It sure is.




Sadly, we canít use this fire to forge anything. Donít worry, that mechanic is still gated behind bullshit.




Thatís all there was to see on the first floor, but weíve also got a second to look at.




Thereís...yet another Diary. Huh.




You can use the bed to end the day and wake up at 8:00 AM, with full HP and RP, but it hardly seems like the time to do that now. We just got here.




Thereís another bed with an identical purpose, like, 10 feet away for reasons unknown. Also, that bookshelf isnít interactive. Darn, no more forbidden magics for Bandan.




Thatís all there is to see in the house. Letís head into town. This gate is directly south of the house, and it leads into the East End of Alvarna, which Iíll be covering in this update.




There are already people! Time to do the natural social thing and just stand in front of them, barring passage until they speak with us.







: Ahh, really?! Iím Julia. I run the baths in this town. Stop by sometime! When you step into one of my baths, you get 100 times healthier. Itís true!

: Really?

: Really! So make sure to come to my baths every day!


That is sound advice. For hygiene and monster slaying reasons. Now for her blue haired friend.




Getting a strong good feeling about Rosalind here.


: Hi, Iím Bandan.


: Nice to meet you, Bandan. My brother and father might cause you a bit of a headache, but, please, be nice to them.


: Oh, donít worry about it.




Bit of an odd literal first conversation topic to broach with someone.


: Okay, Iíll keep that in mind!


: Thank you! Well, Iíll see you later, Bandan.


: See you later, Rosalind!




Right, then. Now that weíve got our first introductions out of the way, letís start exploring the town. Iíll just head East to West, and I can probably toss together a lovely MSpaint map if people want that.




Our first building is The House Of Many Axes.




Or, uh, the Sharper Edge Blacksmith, but I like my name.









Tanya is on the Douglas tier of good characters, by the way.


: Come on! Arenít you glad you have a fun mother like me?


: Iíd rather have a normal mother! *sigh*...

Well, letís interrupt this conversation before the teen angst sets in.





: Hey there! My nameís Bandan. Whatís yours?


: Iím Roy. Where are you from?


: Actually, I donít know myselfÖ


: Heh, what kinda answerís that? You have amnesia or something?


: Thatís a big word for someone your ageÖ

I realize I made the teen angst joke earlier, but I actually have no idea how old Roy is supposed to be. Maybe heís like, seven?




Iím glad amnesia really is that widespread a problem in the Rune Factoryverse.


: Iím tending to Manaís farm at the moment.


: That dried out piece of junk? Good luck growing anything there!


: I know it wonít be easy. But I kinda like the challengeÖ Thatís why I figure Iíll be staying around here for a while...Guess Iíll be seeing you around.

: Well, if you ever have any questions about anything, you can always talk to me!

: Thanks, Iíll keep that in mind.

Alright, letís talk to War Mom.




: Yeah, Iím new here. My name is Bandan. Iíll be living at the farm just outside of town.

: Ah, yes...Douglas was telling me about you. My name is Tanya. Nice to meet you.

: Nice to meet you too, Tanya!




: Well, um, not obsessivelyÖ


: Oh, thatís a shame. I am! Obsessed, I mean. Just canít get enough of them!

: O-Okay...Whatever does it for you, I guessÖ



: Unfortunately, though, monsters never come into town, so I donít have a chance to try my blades out on any of themÖ*sigh*...

: Oh...Thatís too bad...I guess.




: Th-They shouldÖ?


: Yes, they should! Should you decide to become a real man yourself, come on by! Iíll show you all sorts of fine weaponry!


: Uh, okay, thanks...Iíll keep that in mindÖ








Hereís a good reason to chat with Tanya, more free stuff! New, Rune Factory 2 content free stuff!


: What is thisÖ?


: A Skill Seal for a shortsword. Equip it along with the correct weapon to use it. There are lots of other Skill Seals out there. But thatís the only one Iíve got for you. I hope you can find more!

: Thank you!




Before we go, Iíd just like to point out that Tanya is not false advertising, there are a TON of axes in here. Tanya will serve as a Weapons merchant for the game, though unfortunately she canít forge your tools like Leo in the last game. Weíll also be getting some side-quests from her to satiate her bloodlust.




Thatís enough of the blacksmith, though. The next building to the west is the Bathhouse, but itís closed for now. Weíll check it out later, but for now, Iíll just say itís a daily refill to your HP/RP. Pretty handy stuff.

Onto the next one...







The General Store has some familiar faces in it.







Douglas.


: Father! Iím sorry about him. Really.


: N-No, donít worry about itÖ


: Donít let him get to you. Youíre welcome here anytime!




Thereís really nothing else to note here...except that I think they stole this table from Donnelís house in Kardia.




...Hey, wait a minute. They stole that sign too! Anyway, this shop is the same as PARTS in the last game, it stocks seeds for farming.




Hereís another familiar sign, and the last building in Alvarna's East End. Or the first, I guess, if youíre going left to right.







: *sobbing*... Huh? What do you mean?


: It means that itís important to experience everything for yourself. Here, you should be fine now.


: Thanks!




That is a five star hat. Literally, I think. I can make out at least one star.




: Hmph! My fortune-telling is NOT nonsense!

: Well, whatever it is, I donít accept it!




Ray here looks like the chillest man in existence. And, yes, there are characters named both ďRayĒ and ďRoyĒ in this game, and it kinda infuriates me.


: As a doctor, I cannot accept something that isnít based upon sound science and reason.


: Youíre both as stubborn as ever.





: How do you do? The nameís Bandan.


: Iím Ray. Nice to meet you.


: Same here.

...I promise this gets more interesting eventually. Iím also a compulsive liar.




So, Natalie runs the Clinic, which deals in healing and status recovery. If I play this anything like the last time, youíll want to get used to the inside of this building.


: Thanks. Thatís good to know.


: By the way, my sisterís a fortune-teller. Sheís still learning, but maybe you could humor her once in a while.


: Heh, sure thing!

Letís see what Alicia can do for us.








: Letís see what it says...Hmm...Youíre not from this town, are you?


: Uh, thatís right.


: Really?! I did it! I really am an amzing fortune-teller after all!







gently caress I SHOULD HAVE CALLED THE THREAD ďRune Factory Part 2: Cabbage TendencyĒ.


: What? No, no, I wasnít thinking that!


: Hmph! Donít lie! My readings are always right! And even if they are off a little bit sometimes, whoís to say I canít help make them happen?


: (Thatís not exactly fortune-telling if you help MAKE your fortunes come trueÖ)


: Ah! Right now, youíre thinking, ďItís not really fortune-telling if you help make your fortunes come true!Ē


: What? No, no, of course I wasnít!


: Hmph! Well, I think Iíve made my point...Whatís your name?


: Iím Bandan.


: My nameís Alicia! And, as youíve probably surmised, Iím a fortune-teller! Iím particularly good at love readings and foretelling the weather! Itís nice to meet you!




Alicia is actually a very helpful character, but weíll get more into that in the future. Sheís also an eligible bachelorette, so if you think Bandan should wed that hat, itís possible.


: O-okay!

Now then, hereís our last character for the update.




: Nice to meet you too. My name is Bandan. Iím living at Douglas and Manaís farm.


: Ah, thatís rightÖ I heard someone new had moved to that farm. Tell me, have Douglas and Mana forced you to buy their goods?


: Uh, well, kind of, actually! Heh hehÖ


: Well, in truth, they really arenít bad people, so donít hold a grudge against them!


: Ah, thatís good to know.




Ö



I feel like this is a fair, semi-ironic note to end on. Next time, we meet the rest of the townsfolk, and get one update closer to the part of the LP Iím not dreading.

LordHippoman fucked around with this message at 02:19 on Sep 2, 2017

Rabbi Raccoon
Mar 31, 2009

I stabbed you dude!

Douglas' mustache makes me uncomfortable

Last Transmission
Aug 10, 2011


LordHippoman posted:

if you think Bandan should wed that hat, itís possible.

So far? Yes, actually. That hat is glorious!

Solumin
Jan 11, 2013


What is this, Toxic Masculinity: The Game? A real man buys stuff and swings his sword around!

Anyway, marry Ray and run the chillest farm.




....what, no marrying dudes? Well, at least that hat more than makes up for it! Alicia has my vote for now.

theshim
May 1, 2012

You think you can defeat ME, Ephraimcopter?!?

You couldn't even beat Assassincopter!!!


Ah, the best part of a Rune Factory game: meeting all the completely insane people in the town and deciding who to marry based on attire

e: if only because I'm assuming warmom is off-limits

LordHippoman
May 30, 2013

I, frankly, want this smug Jagen to be my avatar on all forms of social media immediately.

Rabbi Raccoon posted:

Douglas' mustache makes me uncomfortable

I don't like how the two halves don't really seem to touch but otherwise it's good.

theshim posted:

e: if only because I'm assuming warmom is off-limits

War Mom is off limits because she got married once and that means she's basically a million years old in Rune Factory World.

We've met four of the seven marriage choices now, and I'll be setting up a poll again once we get all of them. I want to get married ASAP in this game because it locks off a TON OF STUFF for...plot reasons. I'm being really cagey about this but I think it was an advertised feature of the game.

LordHippoman fucked around with this message at 22:51 on Jul 26, 2017

IAmTheRad
Dec 11, 2009

Goddammit this Cello is way out of tune!


Warmom would be the best wife. Shame she's a billion years old in fantasy terms because she's married and has kids.

Without spoiling who the waifus are, I can't say who I decided on playing the game for the first time. A whole lot is locked behind marriage for reasons. Probably why this Rune Factory isn't as well remembered as 1 or 3 on the DS.

LordHippoman
May 30, 2013

I, frankly, want this smug Jagen to be my avatar on all forms of social media immediately.

Solumin posted:


Anyway, marry Ray and run the chillest farm.

....what, no marrying dudes?

You know, it's actually interesting you bring that up. Apparently, if you look in the game's files, you can find that Ray has a wedding dress portrait! So, at some point in development, Ray was meant to be a female character.

Kerning Chameleon
Apr 8, 2015
Probation
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LordHippoman posted:

We've met four of the seven marriage choices now, and I'll be setting up a poll again once we get all of them. I want to get married ASAP in this game because it locks off a TON OF STUFF for...plot reasons. I'm being really cagey about this but I think it was an advertised feature of the game.

Yeah, it's like A Wonderful Life in that regard, though not nearly as extreme.

It's a shame really, I wish these farming life sims did make married life more integrated into the core gameplay rather than a "post-credits reward" thing, and the only two games that really do that are among the least liked due to dated gameplay mechanics (and in AWL's case, a dearth of interesting content relative to the expected playtime).

Space Kablooey
May 6, 2009





TBH I thought Ray was a chick as well.

cuc
Nov 25, 2013


LordHippoman posted:

I can probably toss together a lovely MSpaint map if people want that.
The good news is instead of drawing everything in MSPaint, You only need to MSPaint over this concept art taken from wikia.

Deceitful Penguin
Feb 16, 2011


Man, why are the best characters never romancable in these games?

Sword mom is obviously the best character thus far

Mzbundifund
Nov 5, 2011

I'm afraid so.


LordHippoman posted:



Getting a strong good feeling about Rosalind here.

I'm excited already.

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KataraniSword
Apr 22, 2008

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



Deceitful Penguin posted:

Man, why are the best characters never romancable in these games?

Sword mom is obviously the best character thus far

The best characters are always, inexplicably, parents.

Except in Rune Factory 4, where you can't marry the best people despite them both being obviously single.

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