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

pianotm
The TM is for Totally Magical.
25703
author=karins_soulkeeper
Chaos in crowning ceremony!
Princess dons magical cloak, Empire's gift of peace; disappears, leaving no trace.

Princess Found!
Days after disappearance, Princess returns, accompanied by Imperial Mage. Suspicion remains.

Fire at the Palace!
Princess' quarters burst into flames, saturday night. Her ladyship, mysteriously unharmed. Investigation on-going.

Film at 11.
Cap_H
DIGITAL IDENTITY CRISIS
6615
Guys, feel free to join Side By Side Warrior if you fancy mimics and rm 2K. The scale of my (our) game is minimalist taking place on a small tropical island.
I would especially appreciate a sound guy.
kentona
I am tired of Earth. These people. I am tired of being caught in the tangle of their lives.
21227
Given my absence from making any serious games in the past X years, I have no real idea if any of these skills are possible in RPG Maker VX Ace. Would someone be willing to help me out or at least point me in the right direction/tell me if it is possible to do?
pianotm
The TM is for Totally Magical.
25703
kentona
Given my absence from making any serious games in the past X years, I have no real idea if any of these skills are possible in RPG Maker VX Ace. Would someone be willing to help me out or at least point me in the right direction/tell me if it is possible to do?


It all should be possible. I don't know how complicated it will be. I usually cross that road when I get to it.
If I only had my Advanced Game Dev class to do this semester, I'd be on this like a Dragonborn on a SideQuest.

Sadly, with that math class on the plate too, I don't have time to pour into a cohesive contest game. :(

Best of luck, chaps!
The correct answer is to spend two hours looking for scripts, another two trying to get one you found to work, another hour trying to find out why its crashing, and the rest of the day surrendering yourself to that bottle of liquor because it isn't going to drink itself!
pianotm
The TM is for Totally Magical.
25703
GreatRedSpirit
The correct answer is to spend two hours looking for scripts, another two trying to get one you found to work, another hour trying to find out why its crashing, and the rest of the day surrendering yourself to that bottle of liquor because it isn't going to drink itself!


Finally, go to Yami, Hime, or Yanfly and get a version of the script that works right.
Cap_H
DIGITAL IDENTITY CRISIS
6615


This is killing me.
(Saving butterfree looks like a good sidequest)

author=pianotm
GreatRedSpirit
The correct answer is to spend two hours looking for scripts, another two trying to get one you found to work, another hour trying to find out why its crashing, and the rest of the day surrendering yourself to that bottle of liquor because it isn't going to drink itself!
Finally, go to Yami, Hime, or Yanfly and get a version of the script that works right.

"Hello, Im Cap and Victor ruined my life."
pianotm
The TM is for Totally Magical.
25703
Cap_H
"Hello, Im Cap and Victor ruined my life."


Oh, you poor, poor soul. I'm sure you were taken in by the beautiful functionality and the neat effects. I hope you've learned that proprietary scripts are bad scripts.
author=pianotm
Finally, go to Yami, Hime, or Yanfly and get a version of the script that works right.


I don't see that fixing the bottle full of booze problem though!
pianotm
The TM is for Totally Magical.
25703
GreatRedSpirit
pianotm
Finally, go to Yami, Hime, or Yanfly and get a version of the script that works right.
I don't see that fixing the bottle full of booze problem though!

That's provided you actually see it as a problem. After all, the bottle's not empty.
If we're sharing great sidequest names, here are some of my personal favorites from the Fable series;

Execution Tree / Execution Tree Rescue
Blackmail!
Treasure Island of Doom!
Bored to Death
A Day at the (Chicken) Races
Gnomes are Great!
Gnomes are Evil!
The Key to a Greater Key
The Man Who Knew Just Enough
author=Cap_H
This is killing me.
(Saving butterfree looks like a good sidequest)

author=pianotm
GreatRedSpirit
The correct answer is to spend two hours looking for scripts, another two trying to get one you found to work, another hour trying to find out why its crashing, and the rest of the day surrendering yourself to that bottle of liquor because it isn't going to drink itself!
Finally, go to Yami, Hime, or Yanfly and get a version of the script that works right.


"Hello, Im Cap and Victor ruined my life."


How...how do you people know my routines?! Except instead of booze I have chocolate... >.> (although sometimes instead of an hour it takes like 8...but then I get it working in the end...usually by staring at yanfly's code or tips n tricks and learning that ONE KEY WORD I NEED!...success?)

Also dat King of the Butterfree is always great to see.

More Quest Names:
The Queen and I, a Tale of Extortion and Patriotism
How to Tame a Rowdy Mole
Dude, Where is Thine Chariot?
Encounters of a Furry Kind
How I met your Mother, and her Starship
Cute Girl needs saving from Capitalist Fairy! Send Help!
Cthulhu, Savior of Mankind
The Search for Rufus
Between Gaia and the Stars

(If people can guess what inspired these, (games, music, media, etc) they get an internet cookie)
@kentona: If you need help with stuff, I'm happy to give a hand. >.<)b
Been a while since I used Ace, but you're more than welcome to pick my brain as well, Kentona. =^~^=
author=kentona
Given my absence from making any serious games in the past X years, I have no real idea if any of these skills are possible in RPG Maker VX Ace. Would someone be willing to help me out or at least point me in the right direction/tell me if it is possible to do?


You can do it. I saw it in the stars, in everyone's eyes and in how brilliant your ability is. And if you ever struggle, people will help you at the drop of a question.
You are worthy.
NOW GO.
Caz
LET'SBIAN DO THIS.
6366
>:OOOOOOOOOOO

Has Team Kentonberty risen to the challenge of Team Marimoceaz?!
Craze
i bet she's a diva with a potion popping problem
13616
i can't see your challenges from up on top of my mountain of ms
kentona
I am tired of Earth. These people. I am tired of being caught in the tangle of their lives.
21227
if the challenge is 'Most likely to flame out without submitting anything', then... yes.