JRPG Plot Flow Chart

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Joe Juba Has put together a flow chart detailing the plot of pretty much every 90’s JRPG I have ever played. I plan on using this as a template to create an Uber RPG that contains every single one of these plot points. I don’t really, but it’s a good read.

I recognise a whole bunch of Final Fantasy, some Chrono trigger and some Secret of Mana right from the get go. Need to have a closer look to see what else is hidden in there.

Via BoingBoing

Fable III: Kingmaker, What a pile of shite.

I’m a big fan of the Idea of having games tying into each other. I played the Fable II “A Hero’s Tale” Flash game obsessively to get all the extra Items it provided, and I played at least a little of the “Fable II: Pub Games” mini game to get some money, although not as much as it wasn’t as fun. So when I heard that prior to the release of Fable III they were releasing an augmented reality game called Fable III: Kingmaker (Requires Silverlight) I was a little excited.

I downloaded the “Game” to my phone and to be honest I’m a little disappointed. The Hero’s tale game had you making choices, it was well… A game…. Kingmaker is like a lame version of 4Square.When you sign up to Kingmaker you are randomly assigned to a side, either the Royals or the Rebels. The UK has been arbitrarily divided into regions and you can plant up to 10 Flags a day, anywhere you happen to be. The side with the most flags in a region owns that side. I think you get stuff for owning a region but as I live in a predominantly Rebel territory and I am on the side of the Royals I have yet to see this.

Every time you plant a flag you get 50 gold coins which will be transferred to your character in Fable III, you can also earn more money by planting flags in more than one region on a given day, and by hunting for treasure, which amounts to checking in at one of about 20 different Game stores around the UK. Lion head have partnered with Game and only game for this, which annoys me, what also annoys me is that there is only one Treasure Hoard near me and that is in Edinburgh. I’m not going to go to Edinburgh just to get money in a game.

The interface for the game is extremely clunky and sluggish, it looks and acts like a web page. You have to login every time you start the application, and it gives you next to no feedback on how the “battle” is going. only that there were X flags planted for the Rebels and Y for the Royals, whether this is across the country or in your region isn’t immediately clear, I hazard a guess it’s across the country.

The Treasure Tab seems to have just stopped working of late, so I assume either all the treasure that is available has been claimed or the app is just rubbish. On the Home tab you have the option to quick plans a flag, or you can go to the “Plant a flag” to er… Plant a flag where you are, this is just pointless UI redundancy.

There is no game to this, it’s not fun, there is none of the wit that fable is famous for, this looks like something someone threw together in an afternoon. Oh and if past experience of Fable games is anything to go by it’s pointless as the one thing that your character never seemed to lack in Fable II was money.

If this had little games that you could play to win territory, allowed you to get unique items through it and actually was fun to play then I’d see the point in it. As it is it’s a failed marketing ploy. It’s not going to stop me from getting Fable III, but I was going to get Fable III anyway, it’s certainly not making me rush out there to pre-order it.

Fable III: Kingmaker is available for free from the Android Market and I would assume in the iTunes Store, it’s not really worth getting, but knock yourself out.

Game Design/Development Challenges

I’m posting this mainly so that I have it noted down somewhere that I will remember it. Squidi tried and failed to come up with game mechanic a day for 300 days a while ago, he initially stopped at 50 but has since  reached 109. Some of them are really cool, some of them would never work. But most of them have some pretty neat ideas that could lead to some really cool games.

There seems to be a bit of focus on RPG type games with CCG mechanics in them. But he’s also come up with some fairly inspired ideas which have nothing to do with those game genres.

Squidi it seems has an interest in procedurally created content, so some of the games draw from that. He’s also started what he calls the “Free Pixel Project” which has a collection of sprites he’s licensed under a creative commons licence for all to use.

On the subject of Game design and challenges I thought I’d also highlight that  Nathan McCoy is in the middle of a challenge to create a game a week, which he blogs about and posts the source code to on his blog. So far he’s written 36 Games and although I’ve not played any of them I really like the idea of this kind of challenge so I thought I’d write about here in case anyone was inspired to do the same.

I’ve been meaning to start some game development work for some time now and I think that it’s possible that I might try and go down the route of a personal development challenge like this at some point. (Maybe next year?) At the moment I’m a bit busy with My 365, which I’ve not been posting here very often on account of most of them being crap, and my being lazy. But I think that doing a thing a week rather than it having to be daily might be a good compromise, as someone said to my of 365 projects, “You just end up taking a photo of anything” which I guess is true. Some days I feel inspired and other days it’s hits 10 to midnight and I end up taking a photo of the ground, or my hand, or a wall just to have done something…

Does anyone else know of any good examples of people doing personal game design/coding challenges?

[UPDATE:] This will teach me not to Google before I post:

AGameAWeek.com is a project by “Jayenkai” to do just that.

Zachary Lewis at the Game Studio is also doing a Game a Week Challenge

I’ll update if I find any more.

Because that makes it okay…

So picture this, you are an Arab (Kuwaiti) man, you come home stinking drunk and are really pissed off with your wife. You see her sleeping on the sofa so you take off your head dress and you proceed to beat the living shit out of her with it.

Only it’s not your wife, it turns out it’s your house maid.

Does the maid press charges? No because you are “Nice”. Does anyone say anything about the fact that you wanted to beat 7 shades of shit out of your wife? No… Why well I don’t know. But it’s messed up.

This guy deserves to be put in prison but to be honest I doubt he’ll even get a slap on the wrist…

Via Emirates24|7.