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You are the hero of the Kingdom of Aur, a small island kingdom far in the strange waters of the Mystic Sea! You are a spellsword named Mina, and you battle the forces of evil with magic and sword combined! You have been called upon to face the evil Wizard Garrick, who has held Aur in his sinister grip. This is Magic Quest!

And if you're reminded of Dragon Quest, that's because the game is a bit similar...that is to say a lot similar...what I mean is...virtually identical. The sprites are a bit better. All graphics are made by me, as is the music. This game encompasses the best of Dragon Quest, gets rid of (some of) the worst aspects (You can save anywhere, if you do, you ARE saved by the Queen, but you don't lose half of your money! Eh? Eh?).

Also, the lead is a female protagonist, this time! And there is more story in this game, although, it follows almost all of the beats of its principle inspiration.

I set out to make a game that reminds me of Dragon Quest. It was my first RPG and it was high time I made an homage to it. Here it is.

SPECIAL THANKS TO AVEE FOR FINDING THE BUGS I WAS REALLY LOOKING FOR!!!
THANK YOU RPGMAKERADDICT FOR NOTICING THAT THE CURSEBREAKER DOESN'T TAKE 300 GP FROM YOUR INVENTORY!
THANK YOU DECKILLER FOR POINTING OUT THE GRAPHICS GLITCH ON SASHA!

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New Download Magic Quest, Thank You, bug finders!

This version isn't perfect by any means, but it should be much better!

Special thanks to Iddalai, El_Waka, Deckiller/Decky, Avee, and Coelocanth for spotting glitches. There are likely more to be had, but I shall find them as they reveal themselves.

What I have fixed (I hope):

1. The overlay that limits vision in the dungeons now stays in place until you've fully exited the dungeon...I think.
2. Inn's no longer double fade.
3. Several chests (but I'm sure not all) have been fixed.
4. Both cursed items are once more findable.
5. ATK has been increased on late stage enemies that are just too weak for the intended difficulty of the game.
6. Very minor changes to some lower level armor items.
7. That key dropping monster that that one dwarf speculated existed? That monster is now in the game!
8. Most, hopefully all, text box cutoffs have been fixed.

Unfortunately, I just now realize that I forget to correct the color on the equipment menu that Iddalai pointed out. I can put through yet another download in a few minutes.

EDIT: And it is done. Equipment screen text color has been switched from dark blue to dark red, which is much more readable against black.

Also, I forgot to mention that I lowered the Slime's AGI.
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  • pianotm
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  • 04/21/2021 01:46 AM
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AtiyaTheSeeker
In all fairness, bird shrapnel isn't as deadly as wood shrapnel
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I still find the original Dragon Quest pretty chill, and I'd be interested in giving this one a shot. Grinding and all, even if softened up from its inspiration. A DQ clone in my style is still something on my long-ass to-do list for RM games. Seems this game will be added to said list, too!
I feel so young while playing this game! Only issue I found is that the guy that removes curses do not remove your gold! NOT that I complain! ;) Anyway so far it's good!
pianotm
The TM is for Totally Magical.
26260
Thank you so much!
I've fixed a couple problems and uploaded a new file. You don't have to worry about it. You definitely get an advantage from the original file.
As a whole is good, after all, it has been developed for so long using self-made materials. The old-fashioned DQ system and game plot do not make me tired.
iddalai
RPG Maker 2k/2k3 for life, baby!!
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Here's some feedback:

I started playing, explored around the castle a bit, purchased some equipment, equipped myself and went out.
The first battle completely obliterated me. Dunno if this was a freak accident or what.

Ok, second try!

The title screen is lovingly retro! I can barely read the text at the bottom though.

The custom graphics are a mixed bag. On one had I have deep admiration for those who make all of the graphics for their games, on the other hand some of the custom graphics don't look so good.

I wouldn't say the sprites are better than the original Dragon Quest though :P

However, it does grant the game a unique charm!

I'm not a fan of the main character's design. It's too overused nowadays.

The equipment menu text is hard to read due to it being dark blue over black.

I actually love how the first screen looks like, the symmetry and the custom walls, floor and stairs!

If you want the hero to face the correct direction after teleporting to another map, you can put a face X direction action with a “wait 0.1” before you “show” the new map. That way the hero will face the desired direction while the screen is black. Unless you did it on purpose to mimic old games that did this in such a way.

It seems some text is missing from some dialogue, probably overflowing out of the text box.

I like that the battle screen uses only the center part, that's stylish.

This time I purchased the best sword available and the best helmet. But was still weak as heck. I guess I need to grind for better equipment.

Bug: After losing a battle, I exited the castle and the castle music continued on the worldmap.

The game is ruthless at the start.

Just walking back and forth in front of the castle I can meet enemies that either attack me with 5 damage (which is a lot when I have 20 HP) but I can also run into enemies attacking for 9 damage! I felt that was too random.

When I slept at the Inn the screen would first flash black for a fraction of a second, then return to normal and then go black again to play the jingle. Something weird happening there. There seem to be a lot of these small errors, maybe the game needs a bit more polish? For the event it was great though, given the time-frame.

I purchased the Large Buckler, but surprisingly the enemies kept attacking me for the same damage, which was annoying.

I need to grind just to survive the easier battles and they can still wipe me out if I'm not careful.

I think you stated that my game was grindier than yours, I have to disagree. I feel there's much more grind to be had in this game since it takes much longer to level up and get equipment.

The hero kept missing against slimes much more than she should, so I checked the game files and noticed the slime has 86 AGL! Almost as much as what I assume are the last bosses. Should it have that much?

After buying the Gambeson, enemy damage was finally reduced!

Entered the first dungeon, the hero was facing the wrong way. Since it was a dungeon, I exited to save outside, and for a brief moment I could see the whole screen outside of the darkness. The picture that limits visibility disappeared for a brief moment. This happens every time I leave the dungeon.

Almost all of the pots in the next town were empty, to the point of discouraging me of examining them anymore.

The music I felt, was also a mixed bag, with some great tunes like the second town, battle and worldmap, but others (like the castle) were too short short and got tiresome quick.

While exploring the dungeon I found a Magic Belt, which I immediately equipped to find that it was cursed. I should have figured.
The curse however makes a red flash for every step I take, which is very epilepsy inducing. I would suggest inverting the steps with the damage (i.e.: 10 MP damage over 10 steps or similar).

This is where I stopped playing since I kept bumping into small issues and wasn't enjoying myself much. With more polish this could be a cool little game.
But other people seem to like it as it is just fine, so what do I know?

Congratulations are definitely in order, for managing to not only finishing a complete game within the time-frame, but also fill it with custom made stuff! Impressive!
pianotm
The TM is for Totally Magical.
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iddalai
I started playing, explored around the castle a bit, purchased some equipment, equipped myself and went out.
The first battle completely obliterated me. Dunno if this was a freak accident or what.

You start with 100 gold. I recommend getting the Gambeson and a wooden sword to start. The spatha doesn't hit very much harder, but the Gambeson gives you good defense for the first area.

Ok, second try!

The title screen is lovingly retro!

Thank you.

I can barely read the text at the bottom though.

Don't worry about it. It's a spoof of the old Nintendo copyright text. (Although, I do use the actual name I've been using for development, The Courteous Dragon.)

The custom graphics are a mixed bag. On one had I have deep admiration for those who make all of the graphics for their games, on the other hand some of the custom graphics don't look so good.

I wouldn't say the sprites are better than the original Dragon Quest though :P

I'm sorry.

However, it does grant the game a unique charm!

XD

The equipment menu text is hard to read due to it being dark blue over black.

That shouldn't be too hard to fix.

I actually love how the first screen looks like, the symmetry and the custom walls, floor and stairs!

Thank you!

If you want the hero to face the correct direction after teleporting to another map, you can put a face X direction action with a “wait 0.1” before you “show” the new map. That way the hero will face the desired direction while the screen is black. Unless you did it on purpose to mimic old games that did this in such a way.

This breaks the game. I don't know why, but it refuses to trigger the fade in.

It seems some text is missing from some dialogue, probably overflowing out of the text box.

I fix it as I find it.

I like that the battle screen uses only the center part, that's stylish.

It is also 100 percent derived from Dragon Quest. I'm frankly shocked that it took almost no effort to make the RPG Maker 2000 battle screen look like Dragon Quest. Virtually the only difference is positioning of the text boxes.

This time I purchased the best sword available and the best helmet. But was still weak as heck. I guess I need to grind for better equipment.

Oh.

Bug: After losing a battle, I exited the castle and the castle music continued on the worldmap.

Fixed. Been going through.

The game is ruthless at the start.

Thank you! This also reinforces the point that I didn't make my late stage enemies nearly hard enough. Decky was saying that my final boss was a cakewalk. I'm not going to change him, though, since I have trouble with him even cheating as a developer. The other monsters, though. Once I get to level 12, hard or easy, monsters just do zero damage if they straight attack. I might give more of the harder ones slam.

Just walking back and forth in front of the castle I can meet enemies that either attack me with 5 damage (which is a lot when I have 20 HP) but I can also run into enemies attacking for 9 damage! I felt that was too random.

You probably got too close to that first bridge. There had been a section in the first area you play in in Dragon quest where if you go to certain points, you face enemies that are supposed to be in an adjacent encounter area. I was trying to replicate that error. I realize that it is kind of silly, though, so I removed it.

When I slept at the Inn the screen would first flash black for a fraction of a second, then return to normal and then go black again to play the jingle. Something weird happening there. There seem to be a lot of these small errors, maybe the game needs a bit more polish? For the event it was great though, given the time-frame.

Oh, I was trying to figure out how to fix this but couldn't. Then I realized just after reading this that I was using the system's inn handler and then putting in a fade so I could do the inn overnight stay that games always do. I went through and fixed that.

I purchased the Large Buckler, but surprisingly the enemies kept attacking me for the same damage, which was annoying.

Buckler gives one defense. Bangle gives two defense. Large Buckler gives 3 defense.

I need to grind just to survive the easier battles and they can still wipe me out if I'm not careful.

I think you stated that my game was grindier than yours, I have to disagree. I feel there's much more grind to be had in this game since it takes much longer to level up and get equipment.

So, I get that your complaints about difficulty aren't supposed to be positive, so my responses to you about it are probably rubbing you the wrong way. I don't mean to do that; I really don't. I'm really just trying to use your criticism to make my game better. But this particular comment has really irked me. You really should not be comparing my game to yours as a way to criticize mine. That's just a monumentally bad idea. I'll tell you, people have been telling me my game was really easy and I was really feeling upset over it. I've been trying so hard to make my games hard but winnable. I really felt like I failed to do what I was trying to do with this game. I'll tell you, your complaints about the game's difficulty have really made me feel a lot better. I am quite encouraged to hear that you had such a difficult time with the combat, when nobody else did. It tells me that maybe the gameplayers that I've been hearing from are just more skilled at playing JRPG type games than most players. Comparing this with yours takes an impressive amount of nerve.

Nothing gives us data quite like actual measurements and numbers. Duration, the way we tell time, is a measurement that gives us numbers. So, here's some measurements for you. It takes me an hour and a half to beat my game on both playthroughs (that is playing the game once and then playing it again in New Game+ mode.). It took other people, among them, Decky and Waka, between two and three hours to beat my game on BOTH playthroughs (according to Decky, it took him two hours flat to beat my game. Waka said two or three hours.): That is playing the game to the finish and then playing the New Game+ mode, to the finish. My game is roughly half the size of Dragon Quest.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION: it took me two hours of grinding to even get to your FIRST dungeon and I was still absolutely obliterated by the mimic. You even did the same thing I did where crossing bridges brings you to a higher difficulty encounter area and I had to go into a hellscape of enemies that could kill me in a single basic attack just to find a fort that was ridiculously hard to find with the encounter difficulty just so that it could give me permission to go to your first dungeon. This is one dungeon out of a bare minimum of four! Unless there's some plot contrivance that stops me from going to the other three; I don't know! I couldn't get past the first one! One for each direction. Meanwhile, you're complaining about having to level up to--me, double checking enemy difficulty--level 3 or 4 on a fast leveling standard to be able to comfortably clear the first dungeon.

Not to mention the fact that the first dungeon is entirely optional! Skipping it entirely will affect the game in no way. Of course, it'll be that much harder to get through the next section without the item that lets you go through the poison swamp without getting hurt. I wasn't trying to be as brutal as not being able to get past the first dungeon, but I absolutely was trying to make it Nintendo hard. I only wish that my game was as unforgiving as yours.

But this all just reinforces the fact that my late level enemies are WAY too easy. It seems to me less like I made the game too hard, and more like you don't like playing games where there's a chance you can lose. Slimes do five damage to you at first level. you have 20 HP. That's four hits to kill you, discounting the occasional critical hit. And you get a healing spell at first level. Even with the too-high AGI, these guys are really easy.

The hero kept missing against slimes much more than she should, so I checked the game files and noticed the slime has 86 AGL! Almost as much as what I assume are the last bosses. Should it have that much?

Yeah, that is a little high. I wanted the slimes to be able to run away at high levels before you could hit them, but RM2K just doesn't offer a good way to give them the higher initiative.

After buying the Gambeson, enemy damage was finally reduced!

Great!

Entered the first dungeon, the hero was facing the wrong way. Since it was a dungeon, I exited to save outside, and for a brief moment I could see the whole screen outside of the darkness. The picture that limits visibility disappeared for a brief moment. This happens every time I leave the dungeon.

Been trying to fix the overlay erasure. Not sure how well I will do. OH! I have an idea.

Almost all of the pots in the next town were empty, to the point of discouraging me of examining them anymore.

There are two to three pots in each town that give loot. I've got 180 switches dedicated to giving you loot. Because of New Game+ mode, those switches get used twice. I'm overloading you with loot and literally cannot think of what else I can give you.

The music I felt, was also a mixed bag, with some great tunes like the second town, battle and worldmap, but others (like the castle) were too short short and got tiresome quick.

You didn't even hear even one of the good ones, so I'm really grateful you liked what you did hear.

While exploring the dungeon I found a Magic Belt, which I immediately equipped to find that it was cursed. I should have figured.
The curse however makes a red flash for every step I take,

Every four steps. It's set to 1 MP every 4 steps. (Checks in game). Yep, it flashes every four steps.

which is very epilepsy inducing. I would suggest inverting the steps with the damage (i.e.: 10 MP damage over 10 steps or similar).

I've changed it to 3 MP ove 8 steps.

This is where I stopped playing since I kept bumping into small issues and wasn't enjoying myself much. With more polish this could be a cool little game.
But other people seem to like it as it is just fine, so what do I know?

I really don't know the right way to respond to this. I've written six or seven different things. Just don't know what to say. I will point out that the passive-aggressive jab is not lost on me. It changes the tone of your entire criticism, which leaves a sour taste in my mouth. I actually enjoyed your game, and I enjoyed it mostly because of the insane difficulty, though I maintain the Mimic was a bit too much. Comparing my game with yours as a means of criticizing difficulty--wilst being absurdly oblivious to how hard your game actually is--and this passive-aggressive jab at me is really uncalled for.

Congratulations are definitely in order, for managing to not only finishing a complete game within the time-frame, but also fill it with custom made stuff! Impressive!

Thank you.
iddalai
RPG Maker 2k/2k3 for life, baby!!
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This was frustrating, had I known you'd react this way I wouldn't have said anything.

You are overreacting, taking it too personally, blowing my comments out of proportion and making some rather unpleasant accusations.

I had to try and keep my head cool not to lose my temper with your replies and I hope I managed to reply them them fairly without this devolving into a mud-slinging contest.

You start with 100 gold. I recommend getting the Gambeson and a wooden sword to start. The spatha doesn't hit very much harder, but the Gambeson gives you good defense for the first area.


OK, but as a player I won't really know that and will assume the most expensive stuff is the best. Usually offence is the best defence, not here though but that's not an issue.

author=pianotm
author=iddalai
The custom graphics are a mixed bag. On one had I have deep admiration for those who make all of the graphics for their games, on the other hand some of the custom graphics don't look so good.

I wouldn't say the sprites are better than the original Dragon Quest though :P
I'm sorry.


You have nothing to apologize for here.

This breaks the game. I don't know why, but it refuses to trigger the fade in.


I talk about this in detail below.

It is also 100 percent derived from Dragon Quest. I'm frankly shocked that it took almost no effort to make the RPG Maker 2000 battle screen look like Dragon Quest. Virtually the only difference is positioning of the text boxes.


It's similar, but not quite the same since in Dragon Quest you could see the overworld map behind the battle screen. However, I think that the way your game does it, where it frames the battle screen in a black frame, actually adds to its unique style.

Thank you! This also reinforces the point that I didn't make my late stage enemies nearly hard enough. Decky was saying that my final boss was a cakewalk. I'm not going to change him, though, since I have trouble with him even cheating as a developer. The other monsters, though. Once I get to level 12, hard or easy, monsters just do zero damage if they straight attack. I might give more of the harder ones slam.


Enemy attack randomness can also have something to do with how easy/hard they are.

I can't really talk about the difficulty in later stages of the game since I stopped on the first dungeon. But I can comment that enemies dealing zero damage probably means they need to be buffed (unless you're going for that kind of game).

You probably got too close to that first bridge. There had been a section in the first area you play in in Dragon quest where if you go to certain points, you face enemies that are supposed to be in an adjacent encounter area. I was trying to replicate that error. I realize that it is kind of silly, though, so I removed it.


I was literally walking back and forth in the horizontal tiles right in front of the castle so I didn't get nowhere near the bridge.

I didn't even enter the forest because at that time I didn't know there weren't encounter areas for different terrains. I can only assume this was due to RPG Maker battle formula randomness.

I think you should have left that “error” since it also happens in early Final Fantasy games and it's a nice easter egg of sorts. They usually did it in a peninsula. You'll be surprised to learn that I replicated the same thing in my game.

Buckler gives one defense. Bangle gives two defense. Large Buckler gives 3 defense.


For the price I expected it to be better. Sure, I could have saved before and tried each equipment, so that's my fault. With RPG Maker's battle formula, 1 to 3 defense is nearly useless unless the enemies attack for very low damage. (2 defense can negate 1 damage, but it's also dependent on a random factor)

So, I get that your complaints about difficulty aren't supposed to be positive, so my responses to you about it are probably rubbing you the wrong way. I don't mean to do that; I really don't. I'm really just trying to use your criticism to make my game better. But this particular comment has really irked me. You really should not be comparing my game to yours as a way to criticize mine. That's just a monumentally bad idea. I'll tell you, people have been telling me my game was really easy and I was really feeling upset over it. I've been trying so hard to make my games hard but winnable. I really felt like I failed to do what I was trying to do with this game. I'll tell you, your complaints about the game's difficulty have really made me feel a lot better. I am quite encouraged to hear that you had such a difficult time with the combat, when nobody else did. It tells me that maybe the gameplayers that I've been hearing from are just more skilled at playing JRPG type games than most players. Comparing this with yours takes an impressive amount of nerve.


My comments about the difficulty are aren't negative either, I'm just pointing out how I feel about the game-design. I don't think an old school style of game should be easy, but I think it should be reasonable, and I didn't feel that due to the experience I had with the equipment.

Also, in most games you don't get into your first battle and get completely slaughtered, unless the game has balance issues or is indeed that type of game that is purposefully unbalanced.

When you start Dragon Quest, you will only encounter weak slimes in the grasslands and you are encouraged to avoid forests until you have higher levels. In your game I can immediately encounter a Fire Drake which is quite strong for a level 1 hero.

pianotm, how much of an hypocrite can you be? This is the feedback you gave my game:

author=pianotm
OATH
I kind of worried I was going to have the grindiest game in this event, but this one's got me beat by a mile. I think I should have probably been level 10 to tackle the mimic in Trial Bleu. 30 damage in a hot was too much for me at level 5. Interesting ideas in this game. As for choices, I feel like they're all bad ones. No matter what I answer, it's wrong.


You compared my game to yours to say it was grindy! But then I can't do the same thing!?
I know I'm the last person you want advice from, but it would do you well to look into the mirror before pointing your finger at others.

I disagree with your sentiment though, one can only evaluate things by comparing them with other things.

You are also assuming a lot from what I said. I didn't have a hard time with the combat, but from a fellow RPG Maker creator perspective, I simply felt it wasn't reasonable or well balanced.

I can only interpret your talk about “more skilled players” as a jab at me. I'm quite skilled at JRPGs, and played much harder ones, you misinterpreted my comments for inexperience.
I am experienced enough with JRPGs to pin-point potential issues.

Nothing gives us data quite like actual measurements and numbers. Duration, the way we tell time, is a measurement that gives us numbers. So, here's some measurements for you. It takes me an hour and a half to beat my game on both playthroughs (that is playing the game once and then playing it again in New Game+ mode.). It took other people, among them, Decky and Waka, between two and three hours to beat my game on BOTH playthroughs (according to Decky, it took him two hours flat to beat my game. Waka said two or three hours.): That is playing the game to the finish and then playing the New Game+ mode, to the finish. My game is roughly half the size of Dragon Quest.


I can only assume you are feeling particularly stressed about something and taking it out on me. Or you wouldn't accuse me of having the nerve to compare games, and then immediately do it yourself again.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION: it took me two hours of grinding to even get to your FIRST dungeon and I was still absolutely obliterated by the mimic. You even did the same thing I did where crossing bridges brings you to a higher difficulty encounter area and I had to go into a hellscape of enemies that could kill me in a single basic attack just to find a fort that was ridiculously hard to find with the encounter difficulty just so that it could give me permission to go to your first dungeon. This is one dungeon out of a bare minimum of four! Unless there's some plot contrivance that stops me from going to the other three; I don't know! I couldn't get past the first one! One for each direction. Meanwhile, you're complaining about having to level up to--me, double checking enemy difficulty--level 3 or 4 on a fast leveling standard to be able to comfortably clear the first dungeon.


You keep reading my feedback as “complaints”, which is just plain wrong. I'm not complaining about anything, I'm simply stating my experience with the game thus far! So that you can judge it for yourself if you need to make adjustments or not!

When you first gave me your feeback on OATH, I could have told you how to play it (like you've been doing with me), but I didn't because it would feel like I was brushing away your feedback.

I didn't want to discuss my game in your gamepage, but now I feel the need to justify myself.

I have no idea how you took 2 hours of grinding to get into the first dungeon, I don't think anyone who played the game did that, unless they were playing the unbalanced event version of the game (which I didn't test because I was ill).

As soon as you get outside you can grind up to level 4~5 in front of the castle or the forest nearby, it will take you maybe 5~10 minutes. Then you are ready to find the Outpost, during the journey there and back you'll level up enough to enter the ice dungeon (should be level 8~10), while exploring the dungeon you gain enough levels to beat it (people usually reach the boss at ~15).

You keep mentioning the mimic, but that is an optional battle, the chest has a different color to clue the player that there's something different there. On your defense though, you could not possibly know this! Which is why I didn't mention it before, because it would be unfair on you and your feedback. Instead it spurred me to find a way to mitigate this issue.

I'm as shocked as you are, when you mentioned how grindy my game was and then I played your game and found it grindy as well. How can you not see this?

Not to mention the fact that the first dungeon is entirely optional! Skipping it entirely will affect the game in no way. Of course, it'll be that much harder to get through the next section without the item that lets you go through the poison swamp without getting hurt. I wasn't trying to be as brutal as not being able to get past the first dungeon, but I absolutely was trying to make it Nintendo hard. I only wish that my game was as unforgiving as yours.


Just like the mimic, I had no way of knowing that your first dungeon was optional.

But this all just reinforces the fact that my late level enemies are WAY too easy. It seems to me less like I made the game too hard, and more like you don't like playing games where there's a chance you can lose. Slimes do five damage to you at first level. you have 20 HP. That's four hits to kill you, discounting the occasional critical hit. And you get a healing spell at first level. Even with the too-high AGI, these guys are really easy.


You're making all these incorrect assumptions about me, based on the information I gave you.

Would I really make my game “unforgiving” as you say (I disagree with this assessment though), if I didn't enjoy playing games were I could lose?

I don't like games that are unreasonably balanced, but I have no issue losing, specially in games such as your own where there's no penalty for losing.

The slimes are easy (and annoying when you miss 4 turns in a row), but when the first enemy in the game can damage you for a quarter of your single hero's HP and has 6 times more AGL, then I find it unreasonable and perceive problems with this balance in the long-run.

I can only comment on what little I played, thus my perspective is only based on that section, it's your duty as the creator to judge my feedback accordingly and understand if there's something you can use or if I'm totally off.

I don't know if the later enemies are easy, I quit playing before that, you are the one who will be able to assert if you indeed need to rebalance the enemies based on my feedback or ignore it.

Yeah, that is a little high. I wanted the slimes to be able to run away at high levels before you could hit them, but RM2K just doesn't offer a good way to give them the higher initiative.


You can create a battle event where if the hero's level is at a certain point then the battle will end with the slimes running (you can write it in text as if it was the battle system and make it skip automatically).

Been trying to fix the overlay erasure. Not sure how well I will do. OH! I have an idea.


RPG Maker 2000/2003 has a lot of quirks and I've had that issue in the past. What is causing it, is that the teleport event is conflicting with the parallel/automatic event that shows the picture (or other such events you may have, even potentially common events).

A way to fix it is to delete the event that shows the picture (or other parallel/automatic events) and instead change the teleport event to activate them after doing it's thing or doing it before it shows the map.

Per example: “hide screen”, then “teleport”, then “show the intended picture”, then “show screen” (if you had other parallel/automatic, then activate them here using a switch, remember to de-activate that switch when the player leaves the dungeon).

Then you make sure that all teleport events inside the dungeon activate the same functions and it should work fine to create the complete illusion of darkness, etc.

There are two to three pots in each town that give loot. I've got 180 switches dedicated to giving you loot. Because of New Game+ mode, those switches get used twice. I'm overloading you with loot and literally cannot think of what else I can give you.


I'm pointing out that many players will not bother with examining the pots any more, after they notice that 90% of them are empty and the others have nothing special.

Every four steps. It's set to 1 MP every 4 steps. (Checks in game). Yep, it flashes every four steps.


I don't mean to be annoying, but checking the files, it's 4 MP every 1 step.

I've changed it to 3 MP ove 8 steps.


Dunno if this is important to the gameplay, but this new setup nerfs the curse (from 32 MP damage to 24 MP per 8 steps).

The reason I mentioned this in the first place was because I had people complain in the past about Poison status causing a red flash per step which was really harsh on the eyes, so I had to change it to deal the same damage but only flash every few steps (i.e.: 1 HP per 1 step becomes 10 HP after 10 steps so it flashes less frequently).

I really don't know the right way to respond to this. I've written six or seven different things. Just don't know what to say. I will point out that the passive-aggressive jab is not lost on me. It changes the tone of your entire criticism, which leaves a sour taste in my mouth. I actually enjoyed your game, and I enjoyed it mostly because of the insane difficulty, though I maintain the Mimic was a bit too much. Comparing my game with yours as a means of criticizing difficulty--wilst being absurdly oblivious to how hard your game actually is--and this passive-aggressive jab at me is really uncalled for.


There is no passive-aggressiveness here, I have no need for it. I tell things to people straight.

I was honest about everything I said, bumping into small issues frustrated me and I wasn't enjoying myself. I don't feel the game is on a level I can consider “good” and I said so, with more polish I would probably enjoy it more.

The reason I mention other people enjoying your game, is because I know how hard it can be when people don't enjoy our games, so I wanted to end this by reminding you that I was the exception. That other people liked it just fine, so that you'd keep that in perspective! To gauge whether or not to act upon my feedback.

TheRpgmakerAddict loved it! And he's got pretty good taste in RPG Maker games.

Now... after all you said I can only perceive your comments as being in bad-faith, and cannot believe you when you say you enjoyed my game, you certainly didn't show it before.

I also don't care for your insinuations and find them offensive to the point of never wanting to address you again.
pianotm
The TM is for Totally Magical.
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Iddalai, I disagreed with you comparing your game to mine. It sounded like sour grapes. I acted on every single piece of feedback you gave me except for my art and music, including your complaints about difficulty. I adjusted armor values. I adjusted creature values. I fixed font color. I made changes that may or may not fix the main character's direction on leaving dungeons (I think I forgot to address her going into the dungeon). I fixed the inns. I fixed the dungeon overlay. I tried to address every single problem you pointed out. Every damned one! I went through your feedback repeatedly trying not to miss a thing, but I think I did miss direction fixes for entering dungeons. I altered the MP damage rate when cursed. Actually, I admit. I didn't change the number of pots that have items in them either.

Because, I disagreed with the fact that you chose to compare my game to yours while incessantly complaining about difficulty. That was over the line, especially since it definitely wasn't a one to one comparison and your response to me demonstrates clear sour grapes. Also, "complain" isn't an insult. What is your problem with this word? You are making complaints. Do you want me to use a "nicer" word? That won't turn your complaints into not-complaints. If you weren't complaining about difficulty, you wouldn't even mention it. What word am I supposed to use? My game has a problem with balance. I am trying to address it.

There is an overall tone of hostility to your critiques that I wasn't going to let stand. I called you out on it. You needed to be called out on it. Also:



Please explain how this is 4 every 1 step or 8 every 3 steps.
iddalai
RPG Maker 2k/2k3 for life, baby!!
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You cannot be reasoned with. I think I was fair in my comments and replies. But you're being stubborn and seems like you ignored what I said (not talking about game feedback here).

You were the one who started by comparing our games in your feedback. A fact you pretend to ignore over and over. But then you offend me because I did the same!? What the heck, man!?

How exactly are my comments "sour grapes"? It makes no sense.

Acting upon my feedback does not excuse your behavior.

Because, I disagreed with the fact that you chose to compare my game to yours while incessantly complaining about difficulty.


You didn't disagree, you exploded in a huge block of text. That's when I figured something weird was happening here.

I never said "complain" was an insult. But I like to clearly define things. I provided feedback and for a lot of it I wasn't annoyed of disliked the stuff, but I mentioned what I noticed (like the game being ruthless at the start). You used "complain" in a rather negative way as if I had attacked you consistently as means to justify your behavior.

My game has a problem with balance. I am trying to address it.


I'm not sure it has. This will the third time I try to tell you that I was the only one who thought the game was unbalanced. I don't think you should change your whole game based on a single person's feedback.

There is an overall tone of hostility to your critiques that I wasn't going to let stand. I called you out on it. You needed to be called out on it.


I am literally speechless at this sentence. The hostility was all in your head. I had no need to be called on anything I didn't do. But you DO need to be called on your BS.

The version of your game that I have is "Magic_Quest_2ndBugFix", this is what "curse" looks like on my end:



I assure you that I didn't change anything. I believe we may have different versions of RPG Maker 2000 Official English version (it's the only explanation).
I can also confirm that indeed the screen flashes red for every step I take, because I tested it, in case the interface text in the program had errors.

I never said you dismissed my feedback, what I said was that "explaining to a person providing feedback, how to play the game, feels like brushing their feedback aside". Which it does and which is why I didn't tell you more about the mimic.

I had an issue with something you said, and I kept that on my gamepage, off of Waka's event. Then you come here, right on Waka's event page, and throw my "thank you" back at me.


Because it was insincere. I first checked the event page and found you being all thankful, then I visit the gamepage and I'm throughly insulted.

First, I wouldn't have commented about it at all in the event page if you hadn't posted that comment (other people simply replied on their gamepage), secondly I didn't bring anything to the event page with my comment alone, you did, after exploding again.

I don't think I have anything else to tell you. I will only reply again if I feel the need to defend myself from your insults.
pianotm
The TM is for Totally Magical.
26260
You were the one who started by comparing our games in your feedback. A fact you pretend to ignore over and over. But then you offend me because I did the same!? What the heck, man!?


Okay, you're right. I'm sorry. I didn't realize that.

How exactly are my comments "sour grapes"? It makes no sense.

Acting upon my feedback does not excuse your behavior.


I am sorry.

I never said "complain" was an insult. But I like to clearly define things. I provided feedback and for a lot of it I wasn't annoyed of disliked the stuff, but I mentioned what I noticed (like the game being ruthless at the start). You used "complain" in a rather negative way as if I had attacked you consistently as means to justify your behavior.


I'm not trying to use it in a negative way!

I'm not sure it has. This will the third time I try to tell you that I was the only one who thought the game was unbalanced. I don't think you should change your whole game based on a single person's feedback.


Yes it does! The difficulty is fine in the beginning! But then it gets easier and easier and easier, and nothing I change seems to help!

The version of your game that I have is "Magic_Quest_2ndBugFix", this is what "curse" looks like on my end:

I assure you that I didn't change anything. I believe we may have different versions of RPG Maker 2000 Official English version (it's the only explanation).
I can also confirm that indeed the screen flashes red for every step I take, because I tested it, in case the interface text in the program had errors.


What the hell? I swear, it's never looked like that for me! It's not supposed to be like that! That's nuts! That's way too OP!

I never said you dismissed my feedback, what I said was that "explaining to a person providing feedback, how to play the game, feels like brushing their feedback aside". Which it does and which is why I didn't tell you more about the mimic.


What I was trying to say and failed miserably at was that I wanted the player to have a resource obstacle to work around. And yes I did dismiss that particular piece of feedback, but you did have point about how the stat increase should have some kind of function, so I did boost the Large Buckler slightly. I don't know if it was enough to make a difference, but the DEF increase is now 1, 2, and 4.

You didn't disagree, you exploded in a huge block of text. That's when I figured something weird was happening here.


I'm sorry. I didn't mean to insult you.
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