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How Did You Play?

I've been meaning to post this, but I wanted to wait until a few people played my game. Since Tales of Yuria has various paths and outcomes in each area, I'm just curious what happened in your game. I'm doing this for two reasons: 1) Give everyone that's played the opportunity to see what else could have happened in the game 2) I can get a feel for what options were popular/unpopular to help plan the sequel better.

If you haven't played yet and plan to... I've hidden my questions, but careful reading on. Some of the replies may contain spoilers.

1) Larrenburg: Did you cause havoc around the village before meeting the lord and his wife (kill any of the farmer's sheep and/or burn the plant)?

2) Grugg's Lair: Did you rescue Sir Lindsey and Reginald? If you did... what was the outcome?

3) Bhakul Cathedral:
A. Did you give the mage at the Crossroads a Sun Sapphire?
B. Did you rescue Silent Child?
C. Based on the above... what boss battle outcome did you get?

4) The Dark Forest: Did you find the Eastern Tower? If so... did you help defend it, or leave Gilmund to his fate?

5) Winberg Hall:
A. Did you get thrown in the dungeon? If so... how?
B. Did you allow Niall (the son) to join you? If so... did he survive?

6) Did you find the innkeep's daughter, Kaity? If so... did you help her?

7) Did you get any assistance with Cinder at the very end?


Thanks again to everyone that's played, along with all the feedback (good and bad), and the support I've received by many of you, as well! :-)

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1) No. I was a good person.

2) Yes, I did via sneaking game.

3) Bhakul Cathedral:
A. No, he was gone by the time I had one.
B. Yes
C. IDK, I beat the boss?

4) The Dark Forest: I did and helped.

5) Winberg Hall:
A. No. I'm a good person.
B. I told him to get his ass back to his family.

6) Yes and yes, but I regret it.

7) Not quite there yet but I'm hoping I will!
author=Liberty
1) No. I was a good person.

2) Yes, I did via sneaking game.

3) Bhakul Cathedral:
A. No, he was gone by the time I had one.
B. Yes
C. IDK, I beat the boss?

4) The Dark Forest: I did and helped.

5) Winberg Hall:
A. No. I'm a good person.
B. I told him to get his ass back to his family.

6) Yes and yes, but I regret it.

7) Not quite there yet but I'm hoping I will!


The Bhakul Cathedral has 3 different boss variations based on what you did prior. You always fight Xandian. But you can either fight 2 Arch-Demons, 1 of them or none of them based on what you did prior.

Glad to hear you're a good person haha And hopefully, for 6, you won't regret it by the end.
unity
You're magical to me.
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Wow, I think I did almost exactly the same as Libby!

1) Larrenburg: Did you cause havoc around the village before meeting the lord and his wife (kill any of the farmer's sheep and/or burn the plant)?
Nope!

2) Grugg's Lair: Did you rescue Sir Lindsey and Reginald? If you did... what was the outcome?
I also did the sneaking mini-game, I failed the first time, but I was really stubborn so I reloaded and went all the way back to that point and did it correctly the second time around (sorry, I know you discouraged us from doing so XD;;;;)

3) Bhakul Cathedral:
A. Did you give the mage at the Crossroads a Sun Sapphire?
No
B. Did you rescue Silent Child?
Yes! I really liked having to remember what they looked like based on descriptions you got when you were talking to all the Cathedral members.
C. Based on the above... what boss battle outcome did you get?
I don't remember ^^;; But it was probably an easier/easiest version?

4) The Dark Forest: Did you find the Eastern Tower? If so... did you help defend it, or leave Gilmund to his fate?
I think I mentioned it in my comments, but I found the Eastern Tower after I had already met with the lord and agreed to energize the orbs. I did defend it, tho.

5) Winberg Hall:
A. Did you get thrown in the dungeon? If so... how?
Nope, I was a goody-two-shoes and didn't touch anything.
B. Did you allow Niall (the son) to join you? If so... did he survive?
No, I told him to protect his family.

6) Did you find the innkeep's daughter, Kaity? If so... did you help her?
Yes and yes. Though I felt iffy about it, since she didn't want to give back the thing she stole XD

7) Did you get any assistance with Cinder at the very end?
Yes, Gilmund and a group of archers showed up ^_^
author=unity
Wow, I think I did almost exactly the same as Libby!

1) Larrenburg: Did you cause havoc around the village before meeting the lord and his wife (kill any of the farmer's sheep and/or burn the plant)?
Nope!

2) Grugg's Lair: Did you rescue Sir Lindsey and Reginald? If you did... what was the outcome?
I also did the sneaking mini-game, I failed the first time, but I was really stubborn so I reloaded and went all the way back to that point and did it correctly the second time around (sorry, I know you discouraged us from doing so XD;;;;)

3) Bhakul Cathedral:
A. Did you give the mage at the Crossroads a Sun Sapphire?
No
B. Did you rescue Silent Child?
Yes! I really liked having to remember what they looked like based on descriptions you got when you were talking to all the Cathedral members.
C. Based on the above... what boss battle outcome did you get?
I don't remember ^^;; But it was probably an easier/easiest version?

4) The Dark Forest: Did you find the Eastern Tower? If so... did you help defend it, or leave Gilmund to his fate?
I think I mentioned it in my comments, but I found the Eastern Tower after I had already met with the lord and agreed to energize the orbs. I did defend it, tho.

5) Winberg Hall:
A. Did you get thrown in the dungeon? If so... how?
Nope, I was a goody-two-shoes and didn't touch anything.
B. Did you allow Niall (the son) to join you? If so... did he survive?
No, I told him to protect his family.

6) Did you find the innkeep's daughter, Kaity? If so... did you help her?
Yes and yes. Though I felt iffy about it, since she didn't want to give back the thing she stole XD

7) Did you get any assistance with Cinder at the very end?
Yes, Gilmund and a group of archers showed up ^_^


Thanks! Looks like everyone is being good and doing the right thing :-D
1) Larrenburg: Did you cause havoc around the village before meeting the lord and his wife (kill any of the farmer's sheep and/or burn the plant)?
Crime doesn't pay, the flower was an accident.

2) Grugg's Lair: Did you rescue Sir Lindsey and Reginald? If you did... what was the outcome?
I tried, but they went to Heaven.

Bhakul Cathedral:
A. Did you give the mage at the Crossroads a Sun Sapphire?
I missed him.
B. Did you rescue Silent Child?
It was sneaky of you to put two people matching that description.
I guessed wrong.

C. Based on the above... what boss battle outcome did you get?
I fought only Bhakul. Who would have thought failing a quest would be a good thing.

4) The Dark Forest: Did you find the Eastern Tower? If so... did you help defend it, or leave Gilmund to his fate?
Saving him was probably my favorite part of the game.

5) Winberg Hall:
A. Did you get thrown in the dungeon? If so... how?
Kit's sacrifece will be remembered.
B. Did you allow Niall (the son) to join you? If so... did he survive?
I did promise his dad to keep him safe.

6) Did you find the innkeep's daughter, Kaity? If so... did you help her?
I was really tempted, but I saved her.

7) Did you get any assistance with Cinder at the very end?
Gilmund came to my rescue.
Though it was funny how Cinder counter attacked sir Edwin when shot with arrows.


PS If you want people to chose the different options have pros and cons for all of them.
author=Dreamcleaver
1) Larrenburg: Did you cause havoc around the village before meeting the lord and his wife (kill any of the farmer's sheep and/or burn the plant)?
Crime doesn't pay, the flower was an accident.

2) Grugg's Lair: Did you rescue Sir Lindsey and Reginald? If you did... what was the outcome?
I tried, but they went to Heaven.

Bhakul Cathedral:
A. Did you give the mage at the Crossroads a Sun Sapphire?
I missed him.
B. Did you rescue Silent Child?
It was sneaky of you to put two people matching that description.
I guessed wrong.

C. Based on the above... what boss battle outcome did you get?
I fought only Bhakul. Who would have thought failing a quest would be a good thing.

4) The Dark Forest: Did you find the Eastern Tower? If so... did you help defend it, or leave Gilmund to his fate?
Saving him was probably my favorite part of the game.

5) Winberg Hall:
A. Did you get thrown in the dungeon? If so... how?
Kit's sacrifece will be remembered.
B. Did you allow Niall (the son) to join you? If so... did he survive?
I did promise his dad to keep him safe.

6) Did you find the innkeep's daughter, Kaity? If so... did you help her?
I was really tempted, but I saved her.

7) Did you get any assistance with Cinder at the very end?
Gilmund came to my rescue.
Though it was funny how Cinder counter attacked sir Edwin when shot with arrows.


PS If you want people to chose the different options have pros and cons for all of them.


I do plan on having more noticeable pros and cons in my second game. There were slight ones in this one. An item received, help at the end, different game play or a dungeon, etc. I'd say the biggest was the Cathedral. That was the dungeon that took me the longest to complete. I plan on doing more dungeons like that one in my second game, plus more events like the Tower Defense you enjoyed :-)

ALSO--just a bit of a teaser for my next game... I commissioned someone to make custom characters for part 2, so the main 4 characters will have their own distinct look :-) So far one character is complete but I'm excited because now I can really focus on the lore and different races of my world.
Well, actually, I'd recommend more to have them be morally ambiguous instead. The saving of the theif was a hard choice because you could see how both sides were in the right and wrong, but if it had been a bit more balanced in judgement (being locked up in their prison for life, for example) or there was the option of having met a friendly centaur before (thus giving the idea that you could get one on your side instead) then I would have sided with them.

Choices that aren't fully good or evil are a better way to go, I think. That way the player doesn't deliberately ignore a path just because it's bad. Also, some of the choices seemed very out of character for our hedge knight to want to do (that is, like killing people's sheep or not saving someone in trouble).

That's another reason why I did most of the 'good' stuff - because it seemed more logical for the knight not to do bad stuff when he was spouting off about honour and doing good deeds. It broke the narrative a bit to expect him to go "eh, fuck that other knight, let's leave him" or to go around killing peasants' livestock.
author=Liberty
Well, actually, I'd recommend more to have them be morally ambiguous instead. The saving of the theif was a hard choice because you could see how both sides were in the right and wrong, but if it had been a bit more balanced in judgement (being locked up in their prison for life, for example) or there was the option of having met a friendly centaur before (thus giving the idea that you could get one on your side instead) then I would have sided with them.

Choices that aren't fully good or evil are a better way to go, I think. That way the player doesn't deliberately ignore a path just because it's bad. Also, some of the choices seemed very out of character for our hedge knight to want to do (that is, like killing people's sheep or not saving someone in trouble).

That's another reason why I did most of the 'good' stuff - because it seemed more logical for the knight not to do bad stuff when he was spouting off about honour and doing good deeds. It broke the narrative a bit to expect him to go "eh, fuck that other knight, let's leave him" or to go around killing peasants' livestock.

I actually agree. The funny thing is, after I was almost done with the game, I thought about that. I guess I was just going for the silly, comical route for the "bad" choices... but there are a few bad choices that do make you feel like a total ass if you actually do them LOL There are a few moments that can feel a bit dark... but doesn't sound like anyone went those routes. haha

I think if I could go back and redo this game, I wouldn't have made Sir Edwin so "honorable" and talk about it as much. Then when you made the "good vs bad" choices, it felt more natural. You make him an honorable knight, or you don't.

However; when you do make the bad choices... he does talk about it and feels bad, and he usually explains why he made the decision. For example... say you don't rescue Gilmund and leave him to die. Tia struggles with it a bit and there are several cut scenes that play out that you didn't see. She lectures him, he explains why he made the decision... but ultimately apologizes for it.

Sir Edwin also has a tough time if you don't rescue Sir Lindsey. The way back to Larrenburg isn't quite as... cheerful. :-)
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