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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Teams Members Entry
Doing nothing or hardly trying
Its cold and there are frostwolves out
Crazuman
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
I HOPE THIS TIME I'D HAVE ENOUGH TIME FOR FINISH THIS FREAKIN' GAME
Team Late to the Party
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
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 HOT AS HELL, let's make sidequests
The Weather Outside is Gam Mak
Team Not Gonna Submit Anything
Team (oh frick i accidentally lost all my motivation)
Sir Questalot
maybe someday sometime
Side Quest for Glory
Machine Hangar
Out questing, please come back later unless you want to join me
Team Rat Race
Hecka Cool Boys Studio (Punk + Hekset: Buddy Cop Duo)
Team, get it in
Team Name
I mak gams therefore I join
Whoops I just failed
Team-a-ding-ding
Studio SaGa Q
Team Blob of Game
Simple RTP Game
Always late to the party
Can't think of a name
Sidequest Lord
A Mechanical Garden
School, exams, and game making... I am not sure I can finish in time :(

Posts

Craze
i bet she's a diva with a potion popping problem
13616
Cap_H
Feedback badges would be a nice addition!
Other than that I'm glad that it doesn't start right away.

Yeah, it's fine that it doesn't start immediately... I was mostly just curious.

Kylaila: you could be a "does this work on your computer"/tester for random people if you want to get on a team lol?

edit: I JUST noticed the V&V reference. nice... especially since that game was nothing but side quests
Hahaha, I wasn't really serious when I asked.
Tho I could be a happy tester so long as the project is fun : ) *chuckle*

Edit: Also, cheerleading!
Wouldn't mind it myself though.

Really, I don't think it's against any rule in place.
"If it's not prohibited, then it's allowed", and such XD
Hells to the yeah!
I work better under a deadline,so it's time to get serious.
Time to put effort (those words came out of my mouth).
Woo, this seems quite doable, ergo I signed up. And the premise could tie in well with the game I'm working on. Now to accumulate more resources and prep and brainstorm. >.> Brainstorm the snow clouds away...its bloody cold outside and there are frostwolves out.

Sidenote: if anyone wants to be an npc, just toss me a message. (using your sprites, pref already in MV size, is welcome too.)
I am so ready to make a FFX-2 clone that I want to start now. ;w; I-I'll be patient don't worry!
You guys got me to come out of the woodowork over here. :P This would actually tie in well with an idea for a short game that I've been throwing around.
Nice! I love dicking around in games, so an event based entirely around sidequests is like catnip to me.

One question: does planning for a game count as starting a game, or are we going by the "you don't officially start your game until you actually create the project in the editor" rule? I got a specific idea in mind, and I want to plan stuff out so I can use my time more effectively when the event starts.
oddRABBIT
I feel bored. How odd.
2334
Wow, only five teams have been formed so far.
Craze
i bet she's a diva with a potion popping problem
13616
Healy
Nice! I love dicking around in games, so an event based entirely around sidequests is like catnip to me.

One question: does planning for a game count as starting a game, or are we going by the "you don't officially start your game until you actually create the project in the editor" rule? I got a specific idea in mind, and I want to plan stuff out so I can use my time more effectively when the event starts.

i mean once you enter the event i think it would be impossible to NOT think about it. just don't like, open up the editor or worry too deeply about stuff yet.

Make_it_MagiK
Hi everyone, first of all this event looks interesting, but i have a question: if the quests, which i want to make are needed for advancing in the story, they would be story quests, isn't it? That means that they couldn't be counted as side quests and my game would be disqualified... Am i right?
Thanks in advance!

i'm not liberty but that's my understanding, yeah.
I have two arms, so I guess I'm signing up for this.
author=Make_it_MagiK
Hi everyone, first of all this event looks interesting, but i have a question: if the quests, which i want to make are needed for advancing in the story, they would be story quests, isn't it? That means that they couldn't be counted as side quests and my game would be disqualified... Am i right?
Thanks in advance!

They would be counted as main quests, yes. Unless the story in your game is completely optional of course. If they -add- to the story, however, without being necessary for the main plot to run, then they'd be counted as sidequests.

author=Kylaila
Can I participate in a team to earn a badge by playing cheerleader / doing nothing?

Lol. You already know that answer. ;p

author=Healy
Nice! I love dicking around in games, so an event based entirely around sidequests is like catnip to me.

One question: does planning for a game count as starting a game, or are we going by the "you don't officially start your game until you actually create the project in the editor" rule? I got a specific idea in mind, and I want to plan stuff out so I can use my time more effectively when the event starts.


Like Craze said - it's pretty hard not to think about stuff. Since this isn't a competition I'm going to be more lax than I would be and say you can start writing stuff and plans down but don't open the engine until the start date.




From the sounds of it most of you are fine with waiting. I wouldn't shorten the ending of the event if I made the start a little faster, though, in case that was a worry. It'll still end on the 12th, either way.
pianotm
The TM is for Totally Magical.
25703


With this lot, I'm glad it isn't a contest, otherwise the rest of us would pretty much just be watching this group take home all the points.
oddRABBIT
I feel bored. How odd.
2334
Eh, I'll probably never do anything to even start a project for this, or, if I do, complete it, but I might as well try. I'll join.
author=oddRABBIT
Eh, I'll probably never do anything to even start a project for this, or, if I do, complete it, but I might as well try. I'll join.


My exact sentiments here, Odd.
Hence my "team" name. (Is it really a team if it's one man?)
I don't think I'll have time to make a complete game for this, but would love to be involved in some way, so putting my hand up to playtest anyone's game if they need!
author=pianotm
With this lot, I'm glad it isn't a contest, otherwise the rest of us would pretty much just be watching this group take home all the points.

"Welp. I was joining for fun anyway."
How amazing that an event lined up with a time period where I'll have a bit of free time and a lot of urge to game dev. :D Got something bubbling in my brain already; this will be fun.
pianotm
The TM is for Totally Magical.
25703
A Maki game? Yes, please!
Guys, I signed up for this event unintentionally, how do I withdraw from it ??? Help me!!!