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
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

author=Kevincalanor
author=kentona
author=white_sheba
But I'll make a game for it alone. It is bad?
I guess we'll find out if your game is bad when you release it! :)
Ya, only one way to know it x3

But dun worry too much about it, this is not a competition, even so I don't think that anyone expects a masterpieces out from a ~4weeks deadline. (Although it is possible to pull some real nice stuff out of it though)

I'd go as far as saying that those events is to help people (like me) actually get-up and do something instead of planning a 5-star game forever.



Oh, thank you so much! You're right, this is not a competition, I just had the doubt of the team, thank you for answering me!
Who cares how good it is so long as you MADE it!
That's what contests are for : )

Go DO it and we will love your effort!
If it's a gem to boot, awesome. If not, alllll good.

That's really the expectation for a contest game. A lot of games usually don't make it, and that's rough and happens, and a lot games make it and that's awesome.
I played a number of different contest games, and while usually they are far from perfect, the fact they did have a certain frame and focus usually means that there is some fun in there, or that it's short. And that's always forgivable haha.

Edit: Also, nope, no team making necessary. I say it seems more of a focus here because it is easier to work with a team together if it's only for a short game and only a certain period of time. Much better to test the waters with, especially as most peeps here already have their own games to work solo on.

Most peeps also did solo work before or in other contests and are still doing it, so it's good and fair game. All has pros and cons, my dear.

author=Kylaila
Who cares how good it is so long as you MADE it!
That's what contests are for : )

Go DO it and we will love your effort!
If it's a gem to boot, awesome. If not, alllll good.

That's really the expectation for a contest games. A lot of games usually don't make it, and that's rough and happens, and a lot games make it and that's awesome.
I played a number of different contest games, and while usually they are far from perfect, the fact they did have a certain frame and focus usually means that there is some fun in there, or that it's short. And that's always forgivable haha.

Edit: Also, nope, no team making necessary. I say it seems more of a focus here because it is easier to work with a team together if it's only for a short game and only a certain period of time. Much better to test the waters with, especially as most peeps here already have their own games to work solo on.

Most peeps also did solo work before or in other contests and are still doing it, so it's good and fair game. All has pros and cons, my dear.



Thank you so much for the answer, lad, really.
I feel better now :3
You're welcome : ) You go and do your thing~
I look forward to seeing all you guys end up making!
Versalia
must be all that rtp in your diet
1281
I'm shocked no one brought up Chrono Trigger. The entire second half of the game is comprised of optional content, or you can just go straight to the endgame boss. (In fact, it's one of the few games where you can fight the endgame boss in the first 10 minutes of the game. How apropos!) Chrono Trigger even rewards you for familiarizing yourself with its setting by allowing you to get multiple rewards from the same chest as long as you open them in the future first (if you open them in the past, you already took it, so the future version of the exact same chest is empty).
Anyone want a random member? I know I can't possibly make 10 quests by myself lol
I'd like some practice and this looks fun

(I only have RMVXA and RM2k3)
I'm currently looking for someone to help with one(or more of the following) for my GameMakerStudio project:
- Pixel lifting, most likely for pixel furniture;
- Writing revision;
- Play testing;

Can provide more details on the aimed game if interested. ^^
Pssh, of course you can do 10 quests by yourself.
It can be as easy as "go talk to the person one step away from here" DONE : D
Go pet the cat down the road. Pick some berries. <3

@Kevincalanor I actually have enough teams I am cheerleading for .. but writing revision and playtesting both sound like things I can do!
Would be lovely if you could keep an extra running of the dialogue in a separate text file then.
I knew it was gonna be busy weeks* lol
mjshi
Jack of Most Trades
6305
I was digging through some of my old stuff and found a resource I made that is perfect for this event. Feel free to use it!

Tutorial on parallel processes:
https://rpgmaker.net/resources/167/

Resource:
pianotm
The TM is for Totally Magical.
25703
AHHH!!! Good one, mjshi!
Craze
i bet she's a diva with a potion popping problem
13616
author=Kylaila
Pssh, of course you can do 10 quests by yourself.
It can be as easy as "go talk to the person one step away from here" DONE : D
Go pet the cat down the road. Pick some berries. <3

have any of you guys done those scouting trips for kids interested in the outdoors where you have to collect stickers or stamps from various state parks?

karsu and i's current plans are hovering somewhere in the "island tour, cute girls, and burgers" camp and also yaoi
author=white_sheba
author=kentona
author=white_sheba
author=Liberty
Uh, well, what would the team do in that time? Like, if it's a team, it actually needs to be people who helped with the game, not random people who are just friends or something. XD
But I'll make a game for it alone. It is bad?
I guess we'll find out if your game is bad when you release it! :)
Is it not for the sake of quality, my dear, but for the fact that it necessarily needs to be a multi-person team?

I think we're both getting confused by this - you can form a team, but they can't be last second additions to your group. That is, after you've finished making the game, put someone on the team who didn't help (which is what your question sounded like). If they're not on the site, but helping you make the game, then that's fine. If they're on the site, helping you make the game but don't want to tell people that, that's fine too. You don't -have- to put their name on any list until the end, just make sure that they actually made the game with you, is what everyone is saying.


Of course, no, you don't have to have a team. You can solo this one if you want to. I just wanted to point that out.


@Link_1221: I'm pretty sure they were just trying to help, dude. No need to be snappy like that. Let's all be friendly!
author=Liberty
~~~~

Of course, no, you don't have to have a team. You can solo this one if you want to. I just wanted to point that out.


Teaming up with people is half the fun on small events like this. However since this is my first RM game I'll be completing (my other projects are near-ish demo or complete, but need a few more months) and the first one I'm posting here I want to solo this one. Then let it show that I'm willing to put forth effort and whatnot so people will have a tiny bit of confidence in me, hehe. Also to show that I won't just be a leech or game thief. >.>
Added some more quests to the list (thanks Kenton!)


There will be a McBaconJam event in the future that is all about teaming up with others, so there's that too. But yeah, up to you whether you aim for team or solo. ^.^
pianotm
The TM is for Totally Magical.
25703
+ The Dragon, the Witch and the Wardrobe Malfunction


XD
author=Liberty
@Link_1221: I'm pretty sure they were just trying to help, dude. No need to be snappy like that. Let's all be friendly!
I should be allowed to ask for clarification without someone trying to dismiss everything I'm saying. (which btw, is an issue with the idea we are currently working on. I wasn't trying to be nitpicky towards the rules and making up scenarios that won't even happen)Someone who isn't even running the event after I said I was only interested in your opinion. Yeah, no thanks. That was me trying to stay civil. I erased other more aggressive things I wanted to say.

And it's slightly insulting that you put 1221, cause 2112 isn't just random numbers xD But I'll let it slide in the interesting of staying friendly, Laberty. For the record, 2112(twentyone-twelve, not two one one two) is an important milestone in Canadian Rock history.

Hmm, that comes of as serious. I'm not being serious.
author=pianotm
+ The Dragon, the Witch and the Wardrobe Malfunction
XD

Plus points if you can make this work in a non-comedic scenario.

Dammit I want to start already.
I always mess up on numbers, sadly. You've no idea how many times numbers have caused achievements not to send to people and I've looked back through the list of names I try to send to and go all "It's one of those fucking number names, I just know it ;.; "

So many times. So, so many. orz
Sorry about that.

I'm not always online so people who know the answer usually answer on my behalf. I don't mind since it just shows that the community tries to be helpful to each other, and if the information is wrong, it's easy enough to correct. The reply seemed a little dismissive, but I'm sure the intention was in the interest of helping. In future, though, if you'd prefer to just ask me only, I'm always open to PMs. ^.^
author=karins_soulkeeper
author=pianotm
+ The Dragon, the Witch and the Wardrobe Malfunction
XD
Plus points if you can make this work in a non-comedic scenario.

Dammit I want to start already.


I know how and where. It good.

<3
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