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Premise
Reniat returns to her home village after years away at boarding school to find that the village is nearly deserted. The mine that the village depended on heavily for boosting its economy and tourism has been overrun by monsters and no one has bothered doing anything about it. Having trained as an adventurer, she decides to see what she can do about reviving the town and making a name for herself in the world.

Homework Salesman is a life simulation game with an emphasis on dungeon exploration, completing quests, crafting new equipment and items, and befriending the people in town. The game takes inspiration from the Rune Factory and Atelier series.

Features
  • Befriend each villager by talking to them every day and giving them gifts. Higher friendship levels allow you to learn each NPC's personal story and can also gain you access to new shop items, skills, hidden goodies, and more.

  • Unique items means that each item in the game is treated as a separate object. You can rename equipment, find rare versions of them, upgrade and repair them (weapons have durability), and even enchant them. You can have several iron swords each with different enchantments on them.

  • Six unique crafts: Cooking, Smithing, Tailoring, Enchanting, Alchemy, and Construction.

  • Quests are divided into two categories: story quests that propel your adventure forward, and side quests that are procedurally generated.

  • Features a world encounter system where you can find random events in field maps or dungeons, such as traveling merchants or a bandit who'll offer to spare you for money (or you can kill him)

  • Enemy encounters and (most) treasure chests are randomly placed on maps. You typically won't find the same monster encounter in the same dungeon spot every time. Treasure chest contents are randomly drawn from a pool of items appropriate for the zone you're in. You can also find unique weapons with randomized names, stats, and enchantments.



Check out the official website for the game manual, credits, and more.

Check out the wiki here! http://homeworksalesman.wikia.com/wiki/Homework_Salesman_Wiki

Update Log:
1/27/14 - v1.2
- The last two bosses in the game will now put up an anti-frazzle shield if they get hit successfully by frazzle three times. This shield will dissipate after 2 turns. Note that it doesn't count just frazzling the boss, it will count if you frazzle any boss minions in the fight.
- The Treasure Hunter couple will now appear in the ending cut-scene if you saw their world event.
- Fixed bugs related to Liffely's cooking delivery service.
- Fixed bugs related to the 2nd Colorous Cave quest.
- Fixed a bug where if you somehow manage to defeat the 3rd floor bosses on the same day as defeating Plutonus, the magic shop NPCs would not move into town.
- Added several easter eggs, most of which are references to early testers and other people in the community.
- You now get a quest telling you what to do next if you defeat a certain field boss after defeating the last boss of the Caves for the first time.
- Fixed cut-scene bugs related to the Westerlys move in quest.
- Fixed the Beer recipe so that it tells you that you learned how to make Beer instead of Cheese.
- Fixed the case where using L/R would cause the game to crash when browsing recipes in the library.
- Other miscellaneous bug fixes that I don't recall at the moment.

1/25/14 - v1.1d
- Fixed treasure maps that would have a blank name
- Fixed situation where you were not able to trigger the event with Zathus to turn in the 2nd Colorous Cave quest.
- Fixed Manaleech.
- Fixed several spelling errors in the database.
- Updated the manual to include all equipment and skills.
1/12/14 - v1.1c
- Added Xebec's 2 star event
- Added Treasure Hunters world event
- Added post-chapter 1 optional boss (this boss will be refined/tweaked in the next update as well)
- Nerfed Captain Colorous and Robert slightly
- Fixed the cooking delivery quest bug where turning the quest into Qwilte would cause it to be stuck in the quest log
- Fixed weapon renaming
- Fixed a rare case where Autorevive would cause the game to crash
- Fixed a whole bunch of other bugs

6/18 - v1.0l Fixed the patch system so that it does not rerun patches. Fixed one hole in Colorous Cave F5 that could drop you into a dead end.
6/07 - v1.0k Massive balancing patch. Tweaks to crafting, skills, and more.
5/20 - v1.0j Fixed a bug that would cause Raimur to disappear if you ran away or died.
5/16 - v1.0i Fixed the Monster Hunt: Robert quest so that it can be turned in. Also, fixed the quest so that Robert spawns on save files that were created in version 1.0a. Fixed an issue that could cause the party to spawn with you if you respawn from running out of AP. Fixed an issue that could cause Zathus's character event to not be turned off after completion. Added Battle4 bgm file to the Audio\BGM folder. Life Essence and Ressurect now have animations when used on party members.
5/14 - v1.0h Fixed the Super Grind quest so that it can be turned in now.
5/12 - v1.0g Adjusted the difficulty of the last two bosses and fixed an issue where you could get stuck if you fell down certain holes on the 5th floor.
5/11 - v1.0f Fixed a passability issue on the 4th floor of the cave that occurred after defeating Langian. Fixed an issue that could cause Warp to stop working after seeing a world event on the 3rd floor of the cave.
5/08 - v1.0e Added all RTP audio SEs and a couple other files that the resource checker did not pick up. Fixed an issue that could cause a chapter 2 event to appear.
5/07 - v1.0d Fixed an issue where an npc could be stuck in cave walls. Fixed the skill Templar Strike so that it attacks enemies instead of the party. Added the sound effect Cat.ogg for non-rtp users.
5/06 - v1.0c Fixed an issue where Zathus would stop talking to you during the Plutonus quest.
5/06 - v1.0b Fixed an issue that would cause a boss to appear too early in the game
5/05 - v1.0a Initial Release

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For anyone having trouble with getting Robert to spawn in the forest, I've uploaded the latest version which includes a fix for it.

(You'll know you have trouble if you can't find him on a rainy or cloudy day, as he always spawns when that happens)

Note: the game has an internal patching system that only gets triggered in Reniat's room, so if you're using a quick or autosave, make sure you go to her room to patch the save file.
Ronove
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It's bragging post time! We have the first person we know for sure has finished HWS! She's a tumblr user (and friend) named Risamadara and she finished the game in 46 hours, 25 minutes! She is dedicated with her love of the game (we should definitely enlist her help for beta-testing further parts!) and shows us we really have a lot in the game you can do! Wow! Where are you guys at and how are you doing? It's a beast of a game for sure but we like hearing how you're all doing!
nhubi
Liberté, égalité, fraternité
11099
I feel like I've been playing it about a month...does that count?

Actually 30 in game days have gone past, and since I average about 30-45 minutes per day, I'm probably around 18 hours so far. However since I like the crafting/alchemy/mining/harvesting etc. I have no idea how long it is going to take me to reach the end of the chapter. Is there and event that tells me when I've got there? Or is it a case of when I have no more quests to do I'm done? Because I've still got about 50 sodding hares to kill and the frightened little buggers keep running away from me now.

Not to mention Robert, he's handed me my buttocks on a platter a number of times so far. I'm going to have to climb the rankings quite a bit before I take him on again.
Ronove
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At the end you'll see a party at the pub! That's when you know the game is done (but you can do a few things after that as well like buy the mine and get a nice miner named Maddox). So it's after Robert and after the second round with Capt. Colorous! You can do it! :D

I'm super glad you enjoy the crafting! It can really take your days away. :P
nhubi
Liberté, égalité, fraternité
11099
Oh I have to take on the spooky captain again, after Robert? ...arrgggh, definitely going to need to craft some wicked weapons and mangle some diseased bunnies!

Right that's a couple of hours of this evening covered, and the weekend, and next week.

So just when is Chapter 2 coming out?
We're aiming for later this year. Currently on break for the rest of this month to celebrate the release, and also to work on other projects.
nhubi
Liberté, égalité, fraternité
11099
Good, that'll give me time to finish this one :)
nhubi
Liberté, égalité, fraternité
11099
I'm actually trying to take my time with this game, hoping it'll help me contain my excitement for the upcoming Rune Factory 4. I'm about 2 weeks in and still on the third floor of the cave.
I'm having a little bit of trouble with one of the randomly generated quests.

What is the probability of the Gay Snake showing up on any given day? I've only seen him once, and as I was adventuring alone at the time he gave me a sound thrashing.

Next time I see him I'll prepare my party more thoroughly, but I'm starting to worry that won't happen again! It's been several days.

Thanks!
author=RoyIII
I'm having a little bit of trouble with one of the randomly generated quests.

What is the probability of the Gay Snake showing up on any given day? I've only seen him once, and as I was adventuring alone at the time he gave me a sound thrashing.

Next time I see him I'll prepare my party more thoroughly, but I'm starting to worry that won't happen again! It's been several days.

Thanks!


It's a very low probability and there's a fixed number of days before it has a chance to reappear. You can also find Gay Snake in the cave on the 3rd floor so you can look for it there if you can't find it in the forest.

You can also raise friendship with Horton to get a chance to encounter all of the elites in Blackbird Forest at once.
Back again and I found some more bugs: the storage #2 don't hold 300 itens, it keeps at 100.
Then, when I faced Reimur (for real) I lost and now I can't find him anymore for round 2, checked everyplace until I got to the Pirate's place. Speaking of which, after these events, when I got to him, the exploration quest completed even that I didn't win the battles with Reimur and Colorous.

There's some passability bug too in the map just before where Colorous is waiting: There is a flag that lets you go straight through it and into the "black screen" and then you can get to the door by crossing another flag, letting you skip all the switches and just go forward.

I can't trigger the event that you find the two guys in chains anymore too, after I skipped it. :P

The buffs Manarage and Enrage don't subtract 1 durability from Staves. Staves and Ironplate tooltips show that Staves give +3 Def and Ironplate +3 Mat.

That's it for now. Will let you know more when I find it. :P
Thanks for the findings! I'll try to get them fixed in time for the next build.
Hey, I've got some problem with this game. When I open exe my whole computer just crash. I can't play it normally because when I enter menu, my mouse just reacts very very slow. What should I do? :(
What are your computer's specs?
Mine computer is Presario x1000 with Windows XP.
Yeah that thing is too old to run the game. Are you considering a new computer anytime soon?
Not really. :D *sigh* that's to bad. I really wanted to play this game.:)
Ronove
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I'm sure soon (maybe?) there will be a nice LP for it! So until you can one day get a new computer, you can make due with that? It's too bad old computers can't play it well though.