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General Discussions / RPGFan Reader Survey 2017
« on: August 15, 2017, 12:27:14 PM »
Hello there folks!
For anyone who doesn't check the main site (shaaaaaame), RPGFan is currently running a survey to find out what you, yes, YOU, think about our current content and especially what type of content you would like to see in the future.

I'm linking the article down below, so please take a moment to fill out our short survey, even if it's just to say "keep doing what you're doing", but especially if you want to help shape the future of RPGFan.

If you ever wanted to see more, less or something completely new, this is the time to let us know! 

Survey info and link

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General Discussions / RPGFan's Youtube Channel
« on: September 06, 2016, 07:06:12 PM »
I already posted this in the Twitch thread, but all the stuff from Twitch also gets uploaded to Youtube, as well as extra content like interviews, some Rhythm Encounter eps and more.

Here's a handy shortcut to some playlists for anyone interested:

Sunday Streaming
Skies of Arcadia Legends
Chrono Cross
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Knights of the Old Republic
Broken Age
Breath of Fire IV
Grandia II
Persona 4 Golden
Lunar 2: Eternal Blue
Zero Time Dilemma
Rhythm Encounter
Interviews

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General Discussions / RPGFanbot is rigged?
« on: June 29, 2016, 03:18:17 PM »
For weeks now, people have been speculating about the legitimacy of RPGFanbot (that lives on RPGFan's Twitch channel), and it's "random" battles.
We all know who's pulling the strings though, so now is the time to speak out, now is the time to avenge your lost XP by voting in the poll! Lets show em that WE'RE NOT HAVING IT!

http://www.strawpoll.me/10622436

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Game Journals / Test
« on: March 07, 2016, 06:17:57 AM »
test

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Game Journals / Maxx vs Grandia II - First Imperessions Journal
« on: September 04, 2015, 10:38:22 AM »
Gather round boys and girls, it's story time.
...Ahhem...
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (or really, really close if you happen to be living in Japan), there was a company named
Sega



Once, they ware known for Wonderboy



Then Sonic



And, at one point, threatened to have this gentleman track and beat the living snot out of you if you didn't play their games.



Why a story about Sega you ask?
Because of this, the Dreamcast!



Before meeting it's doom in early 2001, the system managed to score several, now classic, games.



That's right folks, Grandia 2 was one of them, and now it's making it's way to our beloved PC platform (again). Being a Playstation man at the time Grandia II was first released, I missed out. Well, NOT ANY MORE I say, because it's finally here (again), on steam, AND IT'S GOT ACHIEVEMENTS. If those ego pumping pixel plaques aren't worth the 15 year wait, I don't know what is.



Lets go over our list 'o' port stuff
Grainy FMVs?
Up scaled 3d
Pillarboxing

NOSTALGIA GLASSES


Now to set resolution, rebind a few keys and choose between Japanese and Metal Gear English voices.
Righto, lets do this!

After what I can only assume is an epic battle between good and evil the game skips ahead and we meet Ryudo and his aptly named pet buddy, Skye, who also happens to be a talking bird. No one seems to find this the least bit peculiar, but that's hardly the weirdest thing I came across in the few hours I've spent with the game. At this point, I'm staring to get an odd feeling of Déjà vu. "These voices sound familiar" says I, "lets see what Wikipedia has to say about this". OK, so I'm playing Liquid Snake with a shoulder mounted Colonel Campbell, sounds reasonable, let's move on.
Ryudo is a grumpy "Geohound" (dude with sword, for hire), but the game tries to make it clear right off the bat that no one likes people of his profession.
The game tries to make the above statement abundantly clear within the first few minutes of playing.

Ryudo: Job's done
Man: You're a piece of s**t.
Ryudo: Ok then.

Ok, so I'm paraphrasing a bit, but that's more or less how I remember it.
Right, bop a few monsters, take a few steps, find note on a tree, score a new job. Yep, that's apparently how you hire Geohounds.

Let me just say this right now. This battle system is pure nostalgic gold. I'll gush over it later but DAMN, that's an itch that needed scratching.

So, Grumpy Snake and The Colonel make their way to the nearest town where the new job awaits at their local Church. This is where we meet Jennifer Hale, because she's Jennifer Hale and SHES EVERYWHERE.
Well, at least Jenn didn't play in Metal Gear right?
What's that Wikipedia? Naomi Hunter? Wasn't that Carren Learning? Oh... More than one character you say, well who else did she play? OK, never mind. No, I don't want to read about fish.

Ryudo, persuaded by a sack'o'cash, reluctantly accepts the escort mission and stumbles to the inn while being a pr**k towards everyone in earshot.
That last one is on me though, I like to explore and chat with NPCs. Well, actually I don't, but I feel obligated to due to my Obsessive Completion Disorder (though limited free time and a review deadline some time during this century act as a miracle cure for my condition).

Where are we going again? Big ominous tower. Exorcism you say. Wait outside?
Sure, what could possibly go wrong?...

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Single-Player RPGs / Lets design a jRPG (and then I'll try to make it!)
« on: August 04, 2015, 05:28:49 AM »
Just before my vacation a few weeks ago I bought a butload of game design software on Humble, which included RPGMakerVX Ace. To celebrate this fact I decided to start this thread as a loose think tank. There really aren't any rules other than whatever you come up with shouldn't be overly complicated.
As the thread grows and ideas start pouring in (or rather, if :) ) I'll start populating the appropriate sections with the ideas that I think I could pull off might work well together to form a cohesive game.

At the moment the section structure will be simple:

Characters:
Hiro - The hero

The unlikely hero with a mysterious past, raised by his stepfather who also happens to have a mysterious past.
He's a happy, lazy, carefree lad but under that calm exterior is a man plagued by the mystery of his past.
Did I mention he was mysterious?

Dazle - the childhood friend

Childhood friend of Hiro who shares his mysterious past, supposedly arriving on the same night as Hiro she is taken in as an adopted daughter by the innkeeper and her husband after she was found on the doorstep of their inn.
Although she and Hiro share a growing mutual attraction, they are reluctant to act on it out of fear of possibly being related.
Also, mysterious.

André aka Agent Danger - The other childhood friend

Although his real name is André Hickenbottom, André prefers to go by the name of his "Professional Brawler" alter ego, Agent Danger.
Big boned and rather sensitive about it, André dreams of one day becoming a Brawl Entertainer.

Story and important plot points:

Systems:

Other:

As I said, this is a think tank so feel free to post any ideas you have or would like to see. Also, please don't be too upset if for some reason your idea gets cut or replaced after being initially added.
Final note, no promises about weather this actually gets completed. Even with game making software it's still a pretty big commitment to drive all the way home, nevertheless I'm game to try so lets give it a go and see what happens :)

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To commemorate this tremendous milestone I have decided to do some shameless advertising.
So, GO WATCH MY STREAM!
The 100th subscriber gets a shoutout and whole lot of carefully selected and lovingly crafted nothing.

Not convinced?
Well, have I got a treat for you!
My stream includes:

-Forgetting what I was just talking about
-Spacing out
-Promising I'm finally going to play game x but never actually do
-Going on about something completely unrelated to the game I'm playing
-Spacing out
-Randomly loosing my accent
-Constantly mixing up terms while attempting to explain the game I'm playing
-Spacing out
-Poor attempts at being funny
-Forgetting/being too lazy to do a sound test and not noticing my mic is off.
-Spacing out

And much, much more Spacing out!

Still not convinced? Here's the cat again:


To kick things off I will be streaming today at:

20:00:00 UTC (GMT)
22:00:00 CEST
06:00:00 AEST
13:00:00 PDT
16:00:00 EDT

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Game Journals / Breath of Death VII (Livestream on twitch)
« on: December 19, 2014, 02:35:16 PM »
The Steam sale is upon us and with it comes the Breath of Death & Cthulhu saves the world bundle.
I never tried to stream an RPG before, so this will be a bit of an experiment for me, especially since I have a cough that will most likely last all winter.
I shall make my way through the game for your amusement in an attempt to entertain and poke fun at something that's probably way more funny than I am.
Other features of the show will include
-my feeble attempt at reading game text fluently
-spacing out when I get tired.
-twitch being twitch
If that sounds like a great way to spend a Friday then you can catch the stream at:

http://www.twitch.tv/maxxplays

I intend to start at about 9pm CET, that's about 25 minutes from the time of this post. If you miss it then I'll probably be floating about on my channel for a few days until twitch decides to delete it (Unless of course I'm not happy with it, in which case I'll bin it and it never happened).

POST STREAM EDIT:

There we have it.
After several hours of playing I'm apparently no where near the end of this supposedly short game. Of course, trying to find each and every chest in every dungeon, getting hopelessly lost and having my ass handed to me after forgetting to save on several occasions may have padded things out a bit but I still had fun :)

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RPGFan: Site / Specifying regions in news articles
« on: December 08, 2014, 05:51:40 AM »
Every so often you guys will bring us news like "Game x is coming to PSN" or similar. It would be nice if you would standardised specifying the region that this news is applicable to since it's not always there. I get that the staff is mostly based in the US but you have a lot of European (like myself), Australian etc. readers that would benefit from the news being a little more specific regarding regions.

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Game Journals / Maxx plays FFXIII - based on a true story [SPOILERS!]
« on: September 25, 2014, 04:34:47 PM »
My dislike for the game is probably well known by now.
I've brought it up in discussions countless times, and have been down right mean to this poor kitten of a game in the past.
Is it really that cute and innocent though? Am I really the bully here or is there a seedy and rotten core behind those big innocent anime eyes?
That's what I decided to find out, and since I don't have the hardware needed to stream a PS3 game, I'll do the next best thing. I'll write about it.
This is going to be a chronicle of my trip down the corridors of Final Fantasy XIII. I intend to see it through to the end, and keep at it until the credits roll. So, over the next few days, weeks or maybe even months I plan on updating this thread with mostly useless but hopefully mildly amusing commentary about my playthrough.
At the very least it will be something that keeps me playing, if not for the enjoyment of the game itself, then for the opportunity to release some of that pent up creativity and let loose with a rant.

Why am I doing this you ask? Because I feel like it, and I don't want to flood the Game Journal thread with updates that may or may not spark more FF related discussions.

So, here I am. Finally set up my PS3, dug up the game from the dark pits of my backlog and I'm ready to go. Will I still hate it, or have I changed enough as a gamer to give it that opening it needed to win me over? Only one way to find out!
OK ladies and gentlemen, here...we...GO!

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RPGFan: Forums / Shameless advertisment section/sticky thread
« on: July 15, 2014, 08:12:38 AM »
Every now and again people come through these boards advertising something, be it their indie game, youtube channel, website etc. Might be nice to have a section to house all of these. It would keep the main sections cleaner while making these topics more accessible to anyone that's actually interested.

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RPGFan: Site / E3 2014 Writeup
« on: July 07, 2014, 08:08:58 AM »
Always enjoy reading about your individual and overall picks for best of E3 so,simply put, is it coming or are you guys skipping it this year?

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Single-Player RPGs / Rainbow Moon
« on: July 05, 2012, 01:42:42 PM »
So, I just bought Rainbow Moon. Looked good in the previews, promises a ton of content. What could possibly go wrong here you ask? Well, the only thing that makes me feel uneasy is the "booster packs"... There's just a few too many and they are rather cheap, makes me worry that they may have intentionally made the game a tedious grind to make some extra ca$h on the boosters... I'm about to launch this bad boy, so all will be revealed soon enough.

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General Games / Your biggest gaming addiction
« on: June 23, 2012, 11:49:21 AM »
Every now and again, a game comes along that swallows you up entirely. Mine wasn't actually an MMO or even an RPG. It was a mod for the HL1 engine called Natural Selection. Looking back that game took giant chunks out of my free time, and while I wont say I regret it because it had a mostly fun community and I had some good times with those guys and gals, the realisation of how much of my time it actually consumed is pretty scary.

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I'm sure most of you at one point or another have "broken" a game. Weather it was excessive level grinding or finding that sweet skill combination, there's usually some way to exploit a games system to become that supreme titan powerhouse.
I'm putting this in the RPG section because these games are the easiest to break and will most likely dominate the topic (if it actually catches on).

There's just one rule: no cheats.
I'm on the fence about glitching, but if its just a minor one that doesn't really qualify as cheating then go right ahead. You may also want to use spoiler tags if the "break" involves some key plot point in the game.

Ill get the ball rolling with good old FFVII.
Ill go right ahead and say that I've pretty much broken every FF game I have ever beaten, but FFVII was probably my worst offence. I found a rather nasty combination of "Knights of the round" on double summon coupled with "mimic" on the other characters. This essentially bulldozed through anything the game threw at me at the cost of a single summon. My battle against Sephiroth pretty much went went like this : "Sephiroth casts shell -> dies".

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