Rune Factory Frontier Diary – Week 2

Another week has ended for Raguna. It’s been full of excitement and new friends.

Raguna spent most of the week training in first dungeon. He is now level 11. He also made some accessories to wear. A belt, pendent and pair of glove type armour things. With boost in defence the monsters in dungeon do very little damage to Raguna now. He also got some books and new pharmacy to make potions. Although can’t make any much-needed health potions just yet. Made some rice balls in preparation for boss battle that will be happening at some point. The barn is now built which also means got first pet monster. The squirrel type one known as a Chitter which was named Ai for lack of a better name.

Kanno moaning about need for food has sent for his two grandchildren. Marriage candidate Cinnamon and her yuonger sister Candy. They come falling onto Raguna outside clock tower. Cinnamon is quiet and spends her time fishing or hanging around places. She gives Raguna a fishing rod so he can join in. Candy talks to spirits mainly known as the Runeys. She can create miracles by talking to them of course you need some before hand. She gives us the harvester for that reason. Harvester is also used for monsters that don’t work in field. Kanno also has taken Raguna on as his student. Raguna quickly finishes his first task and gets fire rod as a reward. The rod has special attack which is a fireball spell. Not right good at aiming attacks though.

Marco seems to have a thing for Candy. Hanging out with her and even blushing when she compliments his house. All very cute and innocent. Unfortunately Raguna not so innocent listened in to Candy and Cinnamon talking in the bath house. Evidently they don’t change appearance much as they age. He was so embarrassed form conversation he collapsed. Serves him right for listening in.

Raguna has also taken to going into Inn late a night to listen to the drunkards. Those being Ganesha, Stella and Turner. Turner keeps trying to drink loads but moans in morning he has drank too much. Ganesha was blushing and looked near passing out at one point. Stella seems to hold down her drink pretty well.

Mist continues to be Mist. She insisted on having a friendship token since Raguna has moved next door. Since Raguna looked silly in earrings I decided to give her them. She was wearing them and they did suit her a lot better than Raguna. One  day it was raining so she decided to hang out at Raguna’s house saying it was best thing to do on rainy days. She ended the week saying monsters would look after Raguna if he farmed in a cave. Of course Raguna already growing some grass and strawberries in first dungeon already.

Rosetta appears in Mist’s house. She has run off from home due to falling out with her father. Rosetta is showing her competitive side to us. She has already asked what Raguna thinks of Mist and even asks him to take her around town although she says that was a joke. Later in week comments on Raguna’s body. She also recounts tales of her and Mist as childhood freinds. Mist falling asleep and forgetting to meet up with her. It’s hard to be mad at Mist.

Near end of week Raguna bumps into marriage candidate Uzuki. She makes her entrance alongside her over protective companion the tiny Tsubute before disappearing on us. During Holiday she makes a reappearance confused as to where Raguna went off to. She’s from far east and is looking for her brother.

Not much else to comment on other characters this week.

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Rune Factory Frontier Diary – Week 1

This week starts with our main hero Raguna (can change his name) arrived in Trampoli to find a missing girl Mist. Mist saved his life in first game of the series. Your not required to play previous game and there is option to say you haven’t. After spending night in church run by the elderly Stella the next morning Mist happens to walk in. All the girls who are marriage candidates have own mini anime introduction clip. After this meeting Raguna finds himself a new home and farm to work on thanks to Mist basically tricking him in her own crazy way. The house is tiny with only really a bed and box to store stuff and while he has decent sized field it’s filled with stumps, rocks and weeds. There is no barn to speak of. Mist is kind enough to give us a couple of tools and some turnip seeds. Obviously she loves turnips and wants some from Raguna in particular.

Farm work can wait and so Raguna went around the village to meet everyone. First stop was church to see Stella although stopped to check the broken clock tower on way round.  Stella sent Raguna on a task to Turner at the Inn in business district. There we met Eunice his daughter and another marriage candidate. She looks chubby/fat and loves sweets. She often is cleaning the inn and hanging laundry to try. Turner her father is chubby too and her Rita mum works there too. Anyway after mistake of Raguna not being a guest Turner sends him out to blacksmiths next. The blacksmith of this game is lovely elf Ganesha and her son Marco lives with her. Now onto the local and only general store as Danny eagerly tells us. He sends poor Raguna off to meet with another local farmer Erik. Erik is nice enough although desperate for a girlfriend. He offers tips and advice on farming although he talks about turnips becoming monsters if left in field as season changes. Eric also sells seeds. Also living in that area is Kross. A depressed man living on his own and sings sad songs in the field. He is one that upgrades the farm. And so ends the little run around Raguna must do and sets to work on field. By that I mean he puts weeds in shipping box. Then ploughs some of the land to plant Mist’s turnip seeds before watering them. While Mist hangs out at farm. Around 5PM Rosetta walks in to take stuff out of shipping bin. She is Mists childhood friend/rival and merchant from town they came from. Much more down to earth then Mist. After taking the weeds and paying Raguna she leaves. So it’s off to bed for Raguna.

The following day Raguna gets a knock on the door and is met by Anette the local mail girl and some woollys (sheep monster). She hands Raguna some mail before leaving. Obviously it’s her welcome to town letter. Raguna get requests through mail as well mail he must respond to. Spent most of the day looking after field. Ploughing it some more before heading  off and saying hello to everyone. Not much else happened that day… Spent couple of days clearing field. It’s roughly 1/2 cleared and Eric rewards Raguna with a scythe to cut weeds but weeds are only source of income at moment. It’s the thought that counts. Stella also hands us an axe since there are twigs and stumps in field that need removing.
Few days into the week Stella tells Raguna about strange plant growing outside clock tower. Mist talks about strange dream of watering a plant and climbing it up to Whale Island. Putting the two together Raguna waters strange plant and climbs up onto the floating island. The Whale Island then asks Raguna to help. Seems whale is losing rune power and will crash. Raguna decides to help out Whale Island and further explores the island. On it he encounters monsters and then oddly enough Melody. Melody a marriage candidate is in search of a hot spring so she gives Raguna a hammer to smash wall. So he does. She’s happy enough and heads off to open up her bath house in Trampoli. A great place to recover RP and HP once a day. Further onto the island and Raguna exits the entrance cave and sees a mysterious girl watering some flowers and enter a tower. The tower is locked but with some field space obviously could grow some flowers and catch her attention. With no flower seeds Raguna leaves the island. The day after good few are talking about Raguna’s adventure on whale island. Ganesha doesn’t want Marco to go not that Raguna would take him. Few others are puzzled how Raguna got there and Stella notes the giant beanstalk.

Not long after Mist falls ill of course this is followed by Raguna collapsing the next day and meeting marriage candidate the nun and nurse Lara. Lara tells Raguna off and says she intends to stay because Raguna is reckless. Best not make her worry and collapse. Mist has since recovered from her one day cold and asks Raguna to clear her garden of weeds. Raguna can’t refuse her and so cuts the weeds and finds entrance to a dungeon. The dungeons also act as a greenhouse of a particular season. This one is Spring one so can grow Spring crop here year round. After a quick run through dungeon Raguna rests up for the night.

Not long after Mist decides to share a strange dream with Raguna. I mean she shares it not just tell Raguna about it. After leaving house Raguna meets a collapsed girl. Wanting water Raguna using his watering can. Thinking better of it her gets Lara. Back at church come hospital collapsed girl said her name is Selphy and forgot to eat but insists that’s normal. Lara convinces her to stay for health reasons. During normal rounds in village Raguna was told of Lute a travelling merchant he sells kitchens, forges and other home furnishings and upgrades. Raguna is given couple of books to get him started. One for cooking and one for upgrading tools. Lute only appears on a Holiday. A holiday happens at end/start of each week.

Holiday just so happens to be next day and Raguna sets off to meet the merchant. Seems Lute is really an artist but lacks funding. From Lute Raguna purchases a kitchen before heading off to kick trees with a hammer to get some cherries to sell and say hi to everyone. While on way round Raguna meets the wise old Kanno. Seems he is here to investigate the Runeys and dungeons. Further around Raguna heads back to Church district and enters the library to see Selphy will be staying there and reading books as well as selling them. Selphy is also a marriage candidate. Kind of strange because she looks a bit like Colette from Tales of Symphonia but has Haruhi ‘s English voice actress. At least it sounds a lot like her. Anyway after Rosetta buys stuff from Raguna’s shipping bin he heads back to buy more stuff from Lute. A forge to upgrade tools, weapons and make some accessories and frying pan along with a pot for kitchen.

And the week comes to the end. This week was really packed with events but it’s early in the game. Lots of characters to still meet and need to defeat first boss in the Spring Dungeon. Next week should be one filled with more adventures.

Rune Factory Frontier Diary – Introduction and Explanation

I have recently restarted Rune Factory Frontier. Decided to write a short diary of in-game week of the game. Not an actual weeks worth of playing.

For those who don’t know anything about Rune Factory the game series is Harvest Moon or farming life sim meets RPG. You have a run down farm can build and improve on and potentially start a family in. Unlike your usual farming sim the main farmer is also the hero of the story. Going into dungeons to defeat the boss at the end and ultimately saving the day. Obviously this side of things effect the farming side as well. Instead of usual farm animals get to tame monsters instead. The farm can be expanded to have a forge and pharmacy as well as the usual kitchen. Not to mention the marriage candidates which has few normal type girls alongside elves and other such crazy characters. Not to mention the RPG storyline.

Quick run through of stuff I might bring up but not explain all the time. I’m guessing the rest you will have some idea of what I am meaning. Your free to ask questions as I progress.

Trampoli is the name of village the game is set in. The village is separated into districts with the main 2 being church and business.

LP is love points for marriage candidates. FP for friendship points which every character has.

The calendar is made up of 4 seasons which are basically like 4 months. The week is made up of 6 days one being specifically called Holiday.

Rune Points or RP for short are the basic energy of the game. Doing something that has an effect requires RP. Watering field, swinging sword, upgrading a weapon etc. Once it is all gone you end up using HP instead.

In the game you gain levels like normal RPG. You also got skill points for specific tool, weapon sets and crafting stuff as well as magic. This effects amount of RP you use and in some what you can make.

Whale Island is huge whale in sky. It’s basically one huge dungeon you climb a beanstalk to get to.

Runeys are cute little spirit things that hover around the village. They need to be managed in order for land to prosper. Balance in most locations is desired but I never attempt to do so.

Summer of Gaming

Although it doesn’t look or feel like Summer right now where I live I know it’s coming or maybe it’s already here, Can never tell. Anyway felt like sharing some games looking forward to playing this Summer.

Harvest moon Tale of Two Towns 3DS

Really looking forward to this game. Partly because I heard foxes are in the game and partly because of Japanese themed village choice. I don’t think I will encounter anyone else for the streetpass in this game though. My Japanese Alpaca farm will be great even if a bit random.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy 3DS

The demo came out recently and gave it a go. The easy mode is just right for me. Not the best at rhythm games but this has perked my interest. Pretty interesting mixe with how the music goes into the performance of the chibis as they go about doing RPG stuff. I hope other music game for 3DS I am interested in Project Mirai also gets released here.

Kingdom Hearts 3D Nintendo 3DS

A bit disappointed with how short the demo was. I still found it more entertaining then Heroes of Ruin. Having cute monster type companions is a plus for me. Bonus points for any fox like one that turns up. Not a huge fan of the series but have played 1 and 2. Sort of interested in the others that were on DS but never got around to buying them.

Art Book Collection Part 2

These books are imported from Japan and have quite a bit of text. That may influence buying the book.

Rune Factory Official Memoirs

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Rune Factory game series is Harvest Moon meet RPG to put basically. The artbook contains art from 1st game up to 3rd and also includes Frontier. It contains a few new artwork not seen anywhere before. For the most part it is a collection of already available and easy to find art. It does contain monster art as well as.

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It is a really nice looking book though. There is quite a decent chunk of text at back of the book. Going to miss out on details of the characters. If your a fan of the series and art it is a nice collection. Not as good as it could have been though.

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Xenoblade The Secret File

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First things first… This isn’t really an artbook. It does contain a lot of really nice artwork and screenshots form the game but mostly it is text. It really like this book even though it has ton of text I can’t understand.

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I would buy the book of English version was to release though. The book itself obviously contains a lot of spoilers. I have tried not to show many spoilers but I like Melia. I can see this book being really helpful if I could understand it. Even so there is enough art and screenshots to make up for lack of understanding. There are pages of just text though.

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It does show concept art for armor and story boards. In particular the later section on Mechon’s is pretty interesting to look at even if it contains lots of spoilers. That is what to expect from this type of book though.

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Macross Frontier Official Complete Book

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Book is for Macross Frontier two movies. Contains screenshots and artwork from both movies but mainly focusing on 2nd movie. It heavily features the cover art and if you remove sleeve get to see concept of it. It has pull out version and later in book version of it. The book heavily focuses on the two main girls. It does includes bits form other characters though.

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Both Sheryl and Ranka get their own character section with two pages to show them off. Ranka’s introduction page I prefer. The new outfits from 2nd movie are heavily focused on. Older outfits do make an appearance as well. It does show enough detail for those wanting to make costumes of older outfits. Some of the art has been reused though.

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Unfortunately they only show in detail two concerts. One Sheryl and one Ranka concert. It would have been nice to see more details on other concert stages as well. With Ranka they did choose her best concert scene though.

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They do show pictures from the live concerts as well. There are others bits like that. Obviously interviews and bits of information. It does contain a sizable amount of text but if you really like the series (even if your not fan of movie/s) this is a really nice book.

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Later Ports: Love them or Hate them?

I feel like venting out my frustration regarding Later Ports. Seems to be an ongoing trend in games industry and felt need to share my thoughts on it.

If a game is in demand to be played on another console it wasn’t released on it makes sense to release on that? Well in a way yes but it doesn’t justify adding a ton of extras on top. By adding those extras in it’s insulting the people who brought the original game. There is often no way for them to access new content unless they buy the later port. The extra content also adds further insult to the game. It’s basically saying the game isn’t good enough and needs extras now. If people really wanted the game there should be no need to add extras on to it unless it is a remake.

Another side effect of later ports which isn’t nice is localizing. Those who brought a console in one country expecting the game to localize on that console it was initially released on only to be told it’s releasing on an entirely different console as an exclusive. While it won’t effect those that brought multiple consoles for those that can’t afford a ton of consoles it’s an off putting experience. Especially when company localizing the game heavily hints at possible multiplat release or even releasing game on the original console of release with added extras included.

In my view there are no gains to be had from late ports other then insulting everyone involved. Just my opinion.

Rising Star Games Art Card RPG Idea

This is a work in progress.

Objective

The idea of the game is to marry/befriend your opponent or NPC cards thus add them to your household. The winner is whoever ends up with biggest household and profit at the end. Can be played as an RPG or more of a card game style.

What is Needed

1. RSG Art Cards – Needed to be sorted into two piles

2. 6 Sided Dice – Can have more sides if needed for more players

4. Score Sheet – Sheet to keep record of progress of players/character. Best write any numbers in pencil.

Example of one including extended rules:

Name: (can be your own, character on card or made up) Number: (only for 2+ players – 6 sided dice will a number between 1 and 6)

House: (Level of house)

Money:

Liked Gifts:    Hated Gifts: (used if you intend on using actual food/drink for the game)

Animals: (Name of Animal and heart score)

Crops:

LP: (Name of opponents and how much LP has been won with that character)

FP: (Name of opponents and how much FP has been won with that character)

5. Counters – Can use score sheet or one colour for LP and another for FP

6. Gifts – can be imaginary or you can use food/drinks (the player would have to eat/drink the gift of course)

7. Animals – can be written or use models/plushes

Game Set-up

1. Sort the cards into two piles: Character Arts Cards  and Event Art Cards

2. Select your character from Character Arts Card pile.

3. The Score sheet needs to be filled in for each perosn playing. Character Arts Cards with no players don’t need to have one filled in. Just note of chosen number. Each player can start with 1 animal.

The Game

Each game consists of three or four turns per a day. Morning, Noon, Afternoon and Night.

The dice is important as it decides what take place during the game. Even umbers: 2, 4, 6 | Odd Numbers: 1, 3, 5

Start of Round

Player 1 rolls dice.

Odd Number = Character Encounter

If there are other players roll dice again. If you get your own number or one that hasn’t been allocated to character card reroll dice until you get different number.

Roll dice to decide outcome of encounter

Even Number: + FP/LP with the encountered character art card

If you get max amount of LP/FP they join household. You can only have 1 character max LP join your house.

Odd Number: – FP/LP with the encountered character art card

If using food/drink the opponent must eat/drink based on what they put they hate/like

Even Number = Event

Pick event card. If card has animal on card can add another animal to score sheet or add FP to one already owned

Otherwise roll dice.

Even Number: + Money

Odd Number: – Money

Mini amount is 0.

Repeat. End of 3 or 4 turns money is added based on number of animals owned and FP with animals and house level.

The dice is rolled by any player to decide season change.

Even Number: Stays Same

Odd Number: – Changes to next season (crops die)

After that players can use deduct money to increase animal FP, house level or buy corps.

This repeats until someone has either gotten everyone to live in their house or players wish to retire. If player retire they can add up total point including total FP and LP, money house level, animals and crops. The one with highest score wins.

Money is increased in 100s. FP and LP only increased by 1s.