Description

A big component of games is the story, but there are games out there where the draw is not the story, the characters, the setting or the gameplay (well, not as much, anyway). It's the sidequests, and that's why we're here today - to make a game based on quests!


What is a Sidequest?
Sidequests are quests that are, quite often, optional. They tend to add more meat to a game and often require the player to do particular tasks in exchange for treasure. Different kinds of sidequests tend to have particular expectations on how to complete them.

They are as follows:

- Fetch Quests: Find items and bring them back to the quest giver. These can be as simple as buying an item from a shop, or as hard as going through a whole optional dungeon in order to find a lost item. They can be integral to the story, or not at all a part of it, but the main component is "Go here and get this for me".
- Battle/Exploration/Tutorial Quests: Usually revolve around aspects of the battle system, exploration or tutorial, which help your character learn how to use various aspects of the game. Usually these are once-and-done miniquests that aim to teach by example. "Jump over 10 logs/Create 3 potions/Use Combo-attack 5 times against an enemy" are all examples of these kinds of quests.
- Kill Quests: Kill x number of enemies for me! These are the most simple of quests, usually, though they can be annoying if the monster in question is hard to find.
- Chain Quests: A series of quests that connect to each other. "Bring this to my friend > it's the wrong item, go get me the right one > take this back to the original guy > now use this to kill an enemy for me > etc". They usually can contain various different types of quests within them.
- Escort Quests: Protect a character or thing until you reach a specific area. Some of these will require in or out of battle protection.
- Gather Quests: Like the Fetch Quests, this requires that you gather a set amount of items, whether from enemy drops or interaction with the environment. They require finding specific items, collecting an amount and bringing them back to the quest giver.
- Timed Quests: You usually have a set amount of time to do this quest in, and usually it overlaps with other kinds of quests, but the main component is that race against the clock.
- Hybrid Quests: Quests tend to overlap various quest types to create a particular quest. For example, a kill quest that also doubles as an escort mission, where you must help an NPC to kill a set amount of monsters for them to pass a test.
- Story Quests: Not usually considered sidequests, these are quests that move the story forward, but can also be used to delve deeper into the lore or characterisation of the game world or characters. They usually involve any of the above quest types but are centred around the story/lore/characters/etc of the game.

- Miniquests are sidequests in miniature. They tend to require very little of the player beyond what they've already done in the game, and rarely (if ever) ask the player to leave the immediate area/zone in order to complete them. Such quests can include aspects of any of the above, however on a much smaller scale. For example, giving someone a potion, asking you to kill rats in a room, asking you to talk to someone in the house next door.


What are we doing?
In this event the idea is to create a game that focuses on what would usually be an optional aspect of a game. The story of the game can be quite short, in and of itself, as the main aspect will be the quests themselves. In this event you can structure the game to follow only sidequests, or have a short story as an aside to the quests, but the main component of the game, the main focus, must be the quests.

You will be tasked to create a game with at least ten sidequests within it, if not more, and those required ten must make use of ten of the listed quest names below, either as direct reference to the quests themselves, or as inspiration for them.

That is: Make game with 10 or more sidequests, but 10 of them must be directly inspired from the listed quest names below. An actual over-arching story/main quest for your game is completely optional.


Rules
- Start on the 21sth of January. Remember to set your site time zone so that you can check this page for the event start and end times!
- Games must be full games. As the story isn't the main aspect, you can have something very short.
- When you have enough details about your game, CREATE A GAME PAGE, at least a few days before the end of the event (remember, game pages need to be checked over. Give time just in case it gets denied and you have to fix something! Last minute game pages will be met with face-palmage and me crossly flailing my arms around asking "Why?! Why do they do this every goddamn event?!")
- End date is midnight of February 19th. Again, please set your site timezone preferences so that you can tell when that is!
- You may team up, if you so wish.
- You may be part of multiple teams, if you so wish.
- You must include a list of the named quests you used in a Read Me file in the game folder OR someplace on the game page.

- Your game must have at least 10 of the named quests below.
- Your game can have no main quest, or something short. The main component must be the quests, though.

The Quests
Pick at least ten of the below names to base ten of your quests on. You may have more than ten quests total, or exactly ten, but a requirement of the event is to have ten quests within your game based on the quest names/titles below.

+ Blood on the Snow
+ The Ballad of the Grey Man
+ Suzy's Catastrophic Day
+ Oops! Suddenly... Cthulhu!
+ The Good, The Bad, and the Etc.
+ Where-ever I Lay My Head
+ Any Port in a Storm
+ Vape Me!
+ The Wrong Bees
+ The Case of the Empty Coffin
+ Midnight Rendezvous
+ Visions and Voices
+ The Last Dancer
+ Dark Side of the Road
+ Curses and Curls
+ The Shopping List
+ Her Sigh
+ Wendigo Mountain
+ Abigail Road
+ Luxuries of Lamplaw Lookout
+ A Twisted Beauty
+ Oops! Suddenly... Cthulhu! Part II
+ Twin Souls
+ The Mystery of the Missing Misao
+ Flowers at Fanninglow Fen
+ The Terrific Tale of One-Legged Lon
+ A Grave Remembrance
+ The Mistress and Her Cicisbeo
+ The Diamond of Gugglebug Gulch
+ Rune of the Moon
+ Ye Olde Guitar of the Blood God
+ The Toprock Narratives
+ The Downrock Diatribes
+ Power Moves and Freezes
+ Kitten Kabootle
+ Precognitive Dissonance
+ Chaos Emerald Weapon
+ Bone of Contention
+ Lord Jim: A Tale
+ Centaur for Disease Control
+ Fedora the Explorer
+ Temporal Pair of Socks
+ The Dragon, the Witch and the Wardrobe Malfunction
+ A Bridge Over Trolled Waters
+ Good Knight, Sweet Prince
+ The Littlest Megabiologist
+ The Dog Who Cried 'Woof!'
+ There's Snow Stopping Us Now!
+ On the Hills of Hervanen
+ Bandits in Bunkaloo Bush
+ All's Well That Ends Well
+ The Mourning After
+ rand(x) Time's The Charm
+ The Merchant of Riffolk
+ Of Dice and Men
+ Little Buoy, Blue
+ My Name, My Rules
+ "Normal" aka "Your Idea of Normal Hurts Me Deep, Deep Inside"
+ Help Me, Gobi One
+ The Golden Idol
+ A Stitch In Time
+ A Parade of Pandas
+ The Great Goatsby
+ Tex-Mex on the Beach
+ I Know What You Did Last Drummer
+ #blame(insertnameherebutesbyworksbestby)
+ Money Talks
+ Witch Upon a Star
+ Hello, Is It Bee You're Looking For
+ Which Hour?
+ Paint it Black-ish
+ These Ain't The Right Trousers
+ Lit Green with Envy
+ The Miracle on Ice
+ Three Crowns, One Euro
+ Dude, Where's My Griffin?!
+ Blackhawk's Down
+ The Gretzky Escape
+ Not Just Another Sidequest



Submission
To submit your game to the event, follow these directions:
- Sign up for this event.
- Create a Game Page when you have enough information about your game to do so. (Please leave enough time for it to go through the queue and to allow for uploading/fixing/etc.)
- When your Game Page has been accepted to the site, upload your game to the game page.
- When your game has finished uploading, come to this page and hit the "Submit" button in the top-right corner.
- From there pick the download of that game and submit it. It should show up next to your name on the list of entries.
- If you have any questions or issues, about this, please PM Liberty before the end date.
- Make sure to include the Read Me file with the names of the quests you were inspired by in the download (or somewhere on the game page).


FAQs
How obscure can we be?
A little obscure, yeah, but not so obscure that people can't figure out where the idea came from on the list. You can fudge the spelling on some of the words, too, as long as it remains similar to the original. For example "Morning > Mourning".

Details

  • 01/21/2017 12:00 AM
  • 02/20/2017 02:00 AM
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Doing nothing or hardly trying
Its cold and there are frostwolves out
Crazuman
I HOPE THIS TIME I'D HAVE ENOUGH TIME FOR FINISH THIS FREAKIN' GAME
This Team has Nothing Whatsoever to do with Dragons
We screwed everything up, but we're trying to fix it now, okay?
Murder She Worf
Team Name
Team Late to the Party
The weather outside is HOT AS HELL, let's make sidequests
Team Probably Not Making Anything Again
HexComet
We Have Slain the Dragon oh look a little girl lost her cat
Team Deckiller
a series of disappointing events
how the heck am I making a cohesive narrative out of this
Side by Side Warrior
When it's all over, we still have to clear up
Aw Hell,l I might as well join... I got nothing better to do.
Oh but it's Klold out side!
https://pics.onsizzle.com/Facebook-a212ce.png
Maybe I'll find time... mabe not... have some glitter meanwhile...
procedural quest generator
Merk-antile
Hecka Cool Boys Studio (Punk + Hekset: Buddy Cop Duo)
Emag Retniw Memories
Team Names Suck
Gam Maek
TEAM SLACKER
80 Hours of Optional Content
A CAT AND HIS CHEERLEADER
Team FFX-2 Clone GOGOGOGOG
Team Name Goes Here
I Love Sidequests
Cute Girls do Cute Things
The Weather Outside is Gam Mak
Team Not Gonna Submit Anything
Team (oh frick i accidentally lost all my motivation)
A Mechanical Garden
Sir Questalot
maybe someday sometime
Team Rat Race
Side Quest for Glory
Machine Hangar
Out questing, please come back later unless you want to join me
Team, get it in
Team Name
Always late to the party
I mak gams therefore I join
Whoops I just failed
Team-a-ding-ding
Studio SaGa Q
Team Blob of Game
Simple RTP Game
Can't think of a name
Sidequest Lord
School, exams, and game making... I am not sure I can finish in time :(

Posts

Test post for testing purposes and stuff. Event is ready and raring to go for sign-ups!
The contest theme got into my blind spot again, guess I'm bad at contest predictions. x.x
Interesting subject though. I'll try to poke some science into my initial plans and get something sorted.

PS. I first read "The Case of the Empty Muffin" and I think someone should totally do it.
pianotm
The TM is for Total Mafia.
9422
I almost commented on this event before you were ready. You probably would have cleared the comment just like you cleared "testing".
Mirak
"It's a million dogs eat a single dog world out there." - A disheartened game developer.
2584
Man the deadline for full game events is getting shorter every time.
I'm gonna do this all solo and whatnot. My vision is already reaching wild and wonderful places.
pianotm
The TM is for Total Mafia.
9422
So...anyone interested in joining me with any RPG Maker engine except XP?
GreatRedSpirit
Off to party at Wancheng on Zhang Xiu's dime!
6149
I'm ready to leave rpg maker open for two and a half weeks, air it out 'n all that. Make sure there's no moths.
Cap_H
Well, well, welp
5251
This event sounds very rm. I like that.

I got some exams before it starts and hopefully will be ready by the time.
kory_toombs
I'm a robot. I have feelings too.
8218

As a challenge to myself I should make something not using RPG Maker.
I wonder if I could pull this off using Ren'Py?
karins_soulkeeper
Marvelabultastically Amazellentice Iridiscenic Flabbermusterry
3086
author=GreatRedSpirit
I'm ready to leave rpg maker open for two and a half weeks, air it out 'n all that. Make sure there's no moths.
Mine's gotten all mouldy and crap. I spent my entire holidays scrubbing it all off :(
kory_toombs
I'm a robot. I have feelings too.
8218

Ohh... I have some questions.

We have to have 10 quests right?

But.... Can it be possible to miss some of these quests?
ie. If I choose to do quest A, I can still do quest B and C, but it will never be possible to do quest D once I finish.
pianotm
The TM is for Total Mafia.
9422
I think the whole point of side quests is that you don't have to do them.
kory_toombs
I'm a robot. I have feelings too.
8218

I'm thinking of relationship choices as quests. So you can choose to do nothing to continue the main story or you can accept a quest to further a relationship. But because you build relationships with certain people other people would start noticing and less choices with them would appear. (ie. a dating novel where you do optional tasks for people to get a desired outcome.) But if you choose to do nothing with everyone you will get the normal ending.

I'm currently looking at python files that would give me some options as quests.
Don't know if I could finish something with 10 quests in that time limit though.
That would be fine. As long as there's 10 quests that have been inspired by the list, it'll be chill.

Man, I keep wanting to start now, but got a week to go before we can. XD Guess I'm in a gammak mood, even despite the headache.
Count me in! Gonna try my hand at these events more often.

If anyone wants to join my team, your more than welcome lol.
Speaking of which, is there any achievements for this event?
Not finalised yet. Since it's an event and not a competition there won't be placing prizes, and everyone is required to make a full game so demo/full isn't a thing either. Maybe just a participation achieve this time around.
Kloe
I lost my arms in a tragic chibi accident
391
Or like "Do at least 10 for this award" "do at least 20 for this award" kinda thing

Also yay! Winter has come! :D
karins_soulkeeper
Marvelabultastically Amazellentice Iridiscenic Flabbermusterry
3086
author=Kloe
Or like "Do at least 10 for this award" "do at least 20 for this award" kinda thing

Also yay! Winter has come! :D
Please no. My bodeh cannot take such high dosage of productivity.
Frogge
I lost my virginity to how good this looks :O
4022
niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiceeeeeeeeee