#1 Quick Fix: Elminage Gothic

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I knew going into this one that I’d be out of my element, but I never expected to be as defeated as I was. On today’s #1 Quick Fix, I’ll be talking about Elminage Gothic. You may have no idea what that game is, and you wouldn’t be alone there – I pay attention to niche games and had never heard of Elminage. Some quick research, however, shows that it’s a small series or first-person dungeon crawlers, and this is its fourth entry. This particular entry was on PSP and 3DS in Japan, and Ghostlight has released a Windows port with higher-resolution artwork and in English as of Thursday. Despite going with a higher-resolution, though, I will note that not all artwork is HD – a lot of the backgrounds in town are blurry on my 900p screen.

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Brainstorming My Dream RPG (Part 4: Traversal)

Wow. It’s been just a few days shy of 2 months since I last wrote one of these posts. Since last time, much has happened. One major event being that I shelved The Turtle Who Had Wings. I may be starting on this sooner, as a result.

One very, very important part to any RPG is the overworld. How do you get around from battle to battle? How do you go through towns and get stuff done to prepare for these battles?

My vast experience with RPGs has led me to seeing many methods of handling this. Some are pretty well-done. Others? Not so much. Of course, like with the previous sections, I won’t go over every single method I’ve ever seen, just the stuff that applies and that I think would work. Continue reading

Under Your Radar: Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel

Singing Hill – Harmonics TYRIA – by Akiko Shikata
Lyrics are in multiple combined languages. A translation can be found here.

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Ar tonelico Qoga CoverWelp. This isn’t gonna end well. Today’s Under Your Radar is Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel. To preempt anyone wondering what that means, all but “Knell of” is written in romanized Hymnos, which is a language created for the purpose of this series. To simplify greatly, it means “Yggdrasil Finale: The Chime That Signals the End of the World”. The Japanese title is much simpler, being Ar tonelico III: Sekai Shūen no Hikigane wa Shōjo no Uta ga Hiku (lit. “Ar tonelico III: The Girl’s Song that Pulls the Trigger of World’s Demise”). Continue reading

The Surrender That Was Inevitable

This post was, honestly, a long time coming. I just don’t know what to do anymore.

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For those unaware, the tenth artist on The Turtle Who Had Wings hasn’t yet quit per se, but all signs point to life forcing his hand. Of course, that also means that’s the tenth artist who’s needed to withdraw from the game. On Twitter and Skype yesterday, I jokingly referred to this as the game being cursed. Continue reading

Jump ToC Rankings (Issue 35, 2014, Issue 36, 2014, Issue 37-38, 2014)

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The Balance That Was Off

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Well, it’s time that I got to going over the feedback I got recently on the latest build of The Turtle Who Had Wings: The Best Forgery Ever™. There’s a slew of issues, though I’ll exclude things like minor glitches that I’ve already fixed and long-standing known issues that I just can’t quite pin down for good. Continue reading

Rundown the Street (July 2014)

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Slow news month. That said, much of the news we do have is of companies pissing off their fans. Funny, that. Continue reading


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