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Dragon Quest + Demo is Live!

  • Ljink
  • 12/20/2017 10:03 PM
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Yup, the first public demo is available now to download. I've tried my best to make this a solid and enjoyable experience. In order to get the best look out of 2k3 games in the official release or fan translation, please run the game in full screen mode.

It's finally here! The Demo For Dragon Quest + is available to everyone this time around, and if you've tested the old game before, testing this version is like night and day, so get it a try!

Notes:

* Gameplay Demo is 90 Minutes, or 1 Hour and 30 Minutes long. After that time is up the game will shut down. You however, can restart as many times as you'd like. I put a time restriction on because not only is Dragon Quest a rather short game, but I want the full experience to be there when the full game releases.

*If you find any bugs, please notify me when you can. Preferably with Screenshots if possible.

*If you have any feedback regarding difficulty, dialogue, etc. also make sure to notify me.

*The game SHOULD work without the RTP installed, if it doesn't you'll have to install the 2k3 RTP for now.

*If you run into any soft locks, which can happen based on the custom menu system/switch management, also take a screenshot of it. I haven't encountered a soft lock in test play in some time. I just ran through the demo without any issues, so it is at least a sound and solid demo.

*Some events like meeting God scenarios, new story developments, were removed to enhance the demo experience.

Again, I truly hope you enjoy this demo and I hope that it at least lives up to Dragon Quest fan's expectations. If it doesn't. don't hesitate to tell me.

I hope you enjoy it!

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Hello, been playing through your game.
Had several issues with the demo.
((Every issue reported past here is from running afm_game _starter.exe to play the game due to a Direct draw error. All bugs or errors, if any are using RPG_RT.exe in windows 7 capability mode are past this date and time 01/14/2018 11:42 AM))
https://image.ibb.co/mO0Ymm/Screenshot_2018_01_13_05_13_35.png
This appears twice a minor thing.

https://image.ibb.co/dZ7kz6/Screenshot_2018_01_13_05_56_39.png
At the naming screen the -> arrow doesn't do anything so I have to hit space to move on.

I don't know if you can do anything about this but...
https://image.ibb.co/ebpb6m/Screenshot_2018_01_13_05_26_43.png
It's possible to get a she-slime right when you get out of the castle.
This isn't too big a deal, but they can kill you in 2 hits at that point once you learn you just have to stick to the town with the stick until level 2.
Also the stick and cloth are not already equipped.(seems a bit arbitrary for them not to be? Does it have to do with stats when you first start?)

https://image.ibb.co/nFSqXR/Screenshot_2018_01_13_06_03_41.png
https://image.ibb.co/keGTK6/Screenshot_2018_01_13_06_03_43.png
Adventure log II & III don't save. I checked with a church later on and it does the same.

I lost some progress later on because of this once I grinded for the bronze sword to cut through the monsters without effort and encountered a bug with reading a book in of zome guy named xen (or was it zen?) that caused the game to crash like so.
https://image.ibb.co/cChJK6/Screenshot_2018_01_13_05_51_50.png
Back to grinding to level 1 for that sword I suppose.

I doubled checked with the Xan crash, it's consistent. To anyone playing this demo don't read the book.
Do not go to the well in Maira, it will also likely cause the game to go to a black screen, if you want to know what is down there go to the priest in town first and save.

Try not to go in and out of the castle you start the game in too much either, there appears to be a very slight chance you'll get the same black screen as the other two, I have no idea what causes that. Same thing happened when I cast frizz on a scorpion twice killing, a black screen a second later. Though that could be any encounter and was a coincidence. No way of really replicating it.

Also I found that if you mash the menu button you can walk slightly faster, so you might get more playtime if you do it.
author=DQ13235
Hello, been playing through your game.
Had several issues with the demo.
https://image.ibb.co/mO0Ymm/Screenshot_2018_01_13_05_13_35.png
This appears twice a minor thing.

https://image.ibb.co/dZ7kz6/Screenshot_2018_01_13_05_56_39.png
At the naming screen the -> arrow doesn't do anything so I have to hit space to move on.

I don't know if you can do anything about this but...
https://image.ibb.co/ebpb6m/Screenshot_2018_01_13_05_26_43.png
It's possible to get a she-slime right when you get out of the castle.
This isn't too big a deal, but they can kill you in 2 hits at that point once you learn you just have to stick to the town with the stick until level 2.
Also the stick and cloth are not already equipped.(seems a bit arbitrary for them not to be? Does it have to do with stats when you first start?)

https://image.ibb.co/nFSqXR/Screenshot_2018_01_13_06_03_41.png
https://image.ibb.co/keGTK6/Screenshot_2018_01_13_06_03_43.png
Adventure log II & III don't save. I checked with a church later on and it does the same.

I lost some progress later on because of this once I grinded for the bronze sword to cut through the monsters without effort and encountered a bug with reading a book in of zome guy named xen (or was it zen?) that caused the game to crash like so.
https://image.ibb.co/cChJK6/Screenshot_2018_01_13_05_51_50.png
Back to grinding to level 1 for that sword I suppose.



Currently working on these bugs, seems some of them are timer based and some are just silly on my part. Like killing an enemy twice, I had that happen once during a playthrough and I guess I need to put in some wait operations for further stability. Thank you for taking time to give feedback, issues should be resolved by midweek or Friday.
author=DQ13235
I doubled checked with the Xan crash, it's consistent. To anyone playing this demo don't read the book.
author=DQ13235
I doubled checked with the Xan crash, it's consistent. To anyone playing this demo don't read the book.

Also, I haven't been able to re-create that Xen crash. There's no event/code in the book of his house. That's strange. I'll try though.

Just tested Maira well, and I haven't gotten any black screens. This is really weird. I tested the game well enough to make sure there wouldn't be any soft locks/screens. Could you try to replicate that issue? I can give you a God Mode demo if you need it so you won't have to grind.

Edit: This may be because of the differences between RPG Tsukuru 2003 and Rpg Maker 2003. But in the update, I've made sure you don't need RPG Maker to run the game. Please, instead, run the RPG_RT.exe to run the game.

Edit 2: Actually, I just patched up these few issues. Will be uploading a new version soon.
author=Ljink
Currently working on these bugs, seems some of them are timer based and some are just silly on my part. Like killing an enemy twice, I had that happen once during a playthrough and I guess I need to put in some wait operations for further stability. Thank you for taking time to give feedback, issues should be resolved by midweek or Friday.
I figured, but I like to make sure things don't go overlooked.
Speaking of the timer in the upper left seems to be broken,but I have around 40 mins playtime atm. We'll see what happens once it reaches 90 mins.
author=Ljink
author=DQ13235
I doubled checked with the Xan crash, it's consistent. To anyone playing this demo don't read the book.
Also, I haven't been able to re-create that Xen crash. There's no event/code in the book of his house. That's strange. I'll try though.

Just tested Maira well, and I haven't gotten any black screens. This is really weird. I tested the game well enough to make sure there wouldn't be any soft locks/screens. Could you try to replicate that issue? I can give you a God Mode demo if you need it so you won't have to grind.

Edit: This may be because of the differences between RPG Tsukuru 2003 and Rpg Maker 2003. But in the update, I've made sure you don't need RPG Maker to run the game. Please, instead, run the RPG_RT.exe to run the game.

Edit 2: Actually, I just patched up these few issues. Will be uploading a new version soon.
RPG_RT.exe only gives me direct draw errors, so I've been running afm_game starter.exe to play. Chances are that's why I'm getting half the errors and blackscreens and such. I think it's Windows 10's fault personally from what I looked up about it. There is a chance that there is a way that capability mode or a old driver file fixes it, but I haven't had the time atm.

I did mash the interact button near the book, but it's more likely the building itself. Going through the game normally feels better for finding these sorts of things. The fights are brief unlike the original, so it doesn't set me back too much, level 1 is just a pain.
author=DQ13235
author=Ljink
Currently working on these bugs, seems some of them are timer based and some are just silly on my part. Like killing an enemy twice, I had that happen once during a playthrough and I guess I need to put in some wait operations for further stability. Thank you for taking time to give feedback, issues should be resolved by midweek or Friday.
I figured, but I like to make sure things don't go overlooked.
Speaking of the timer in the upper left seems to be broken,but I have around 40 mins playtime atm. We'll see what happens once it reaches 90 mins.
author=Ljink
author=DQ13235
I doubled checked with the Xan crash, it's consistent. To anyone playing this demo don't read the book.
Also, I haven't been able to re-create that Xen crash. There's no event/code in the book of his house. That's strange. I'll try though.

Just tested Maira well, and I haven't gotten any black screens. This is really weird. I tested the game well enough to make sure there wouldn't be any soft locks/screens. Could you try to replicate that issue? I can give you a God Mode demo if you need it so you won't have to grind.

Edit: This may be because of the differences between RPG Tsukuru 2003 and Rpg Maker 2003. But in the update, I've made sure you don't need RPG Maker to run the game. Please, instead, run the RPG_RT.exe to run the game.

Edit 2: Actually, I just patched up these few issues. Will be uploading a new version soon.

RPG_RT.exe only gives me direct draw errors, so I've been running afm_game starter.exe to play. Chances are that's why I'm getting half the errors and blackscreens and such. I think it's Windows 10's fault personally from what I looked up about it. There is a chance that there is a way that capability mode or a old driver file fixes it, but I haven't had the time atm.

I did mash the interact button near the book, but it's more likely the building itself. Going through the game normally feels better for finding these sorts of things. The fights are brief unlike the original, so it doesn't set me back too much, level 1 is just a pain.


Wow, that's strange. I'm on Windows 10 and RPG Maker 2k3 runs great. This is another reason why working with 2k3 is sometimes a pain, the resolution. I can help you troubleshoot the game in fullscreen mode. Afm game starter kind of runs games a bit choppy in my experience. But at least it works.

I'll get a converted version up with the official release of Rpg Maker 2003 so people can play this game without issue. In the newest update I've taken out the timer so you can play freely. Please give that one a try.
author=Ljink
Wow, that's strange. I'm on Windows 10 and RPG Maker 2k3 runs great. This is another reason why working with 2k3 is sometimes a pain, the resolution. I can help you troubleshoot the game in fullscreen mode. Afm game starter kind of runs games a bit choppy in my experience. But at least it works.

I'll get a converted version up with the official release of Rpg Maker 2003 so people can play this game without issue. In the newest update I've taken out the timer so you can play freely. Please give that one a try.
I have an education version of windows 10 so that may be it?
I decided to run the game in compatibility mode to go around the draw read error that I still get with RPG_RT.exe even with the latest patch. I really wanted to try something else so it'd be one less step for anyone else playing, but this seems to be the only way I can find.

Right click RPG_RT.exe
Go to properties.
Go to the Compatibility tab.
Run this program in compatibility mode for (Windows 7)
I'd suggest this to anyone having the same problem with windows 10 or 8 or 8.1 with Draw Read errors.

The save files transfer over fine btw.
I'll be testing those areas earlier for bugs with RPG_RT.exe now.
I don't have a black screen at Xen's house or at the well in Miora at all now. I also now can't move faster spamming the menu. I can save in II and III now.
I'll stop play at Rimuldar level 10 since that is around where world's speed record holder (https://www.speedrun.com/run/1zxoolkz) is at 90 mins without RNG manipulation.
The guard in castle Radatome's treasury says to bring our princess back to us twice. Damage tiles sometimes don't damage you after a second step on the electrical floor in same castle.
A guard in Garai in the house you need a magic key says after asking him where the grave is by hitting "yes" says.
"I can't gell you that."
The stairs near that same guard don't seem to work and acts as a floor instead

In the tomb of Garai 1F there is a piece of paper on the wall that looks important, yet doesn't interact with anything. (is it like that normally?)

On B3 of the grave of Garai there is an invisible tile blocking progress on the left part of root right above the grave for some reason. There is also a root that does the same on B2 near the same set of stairs that lead to it.
Actually it's all the roots with that sprite. (I just figured out having the sunstone means I notice these things in a different way, it's supposed to hinder people fumbling around in the dark. Nvm lol)

Druin Lord's pretty much are a non-encounter with how much they forget.
Wolf Lord has the same problem as he casts fizzle too much.
author=DQ13235
The guard in castle Radatome's treasury says to bring our princess back to us twice. Damage tiles sometimes don't damage you after a second step on the electrical floor in same castle.

Due to the way the custom step counter is evented/coded, that's something I have to deal with at the moment. It doesn't use 2k3's damage terrain. I'll see if I can make it a tad more accurate, but I wouldn't expect much.

I've fixed the dialogue errors.

author=DQ13235
A guard in Garai in the house you need a magic key says after asking him where the grave is by hitting "yes" says.
"I can't gell you that."
The stairs near that same guard don't seem to work and act as a floor.
In the tomb of Garai there is a piece of paper on the wall that looks important, yet doesn't interact with anything.

The Guard in Garai is supposed to say that based off the Japanese translation/script.

It's like, Garai's Grave is so cursed that he doesn't want to let you know or be the cause of your death.

Took the stairs out too, It was supposed to put a bar/pub in there but I decided against it and forgot to remove it. It's gone now!

Glad the issues have been lessened! Thanks for the feedback!
author=Ljink
author=DQ13235
The guard in castle Radatome's treasury says to bring our princess back to us twice. Damage tiles sometimes don't damage you after a second step on the electrical floor in same castle.
Due to the way the custom step counter is evented/coded, that's something I have to deal with at the moment. It doesn't use 2k3's damage terrain. I'll see if I can make it a tad more accurate, but I wouldn't expect much.

I've fixed the dialogue errors.

author=DQ13235
A guard in Garai in the house you need a magic key says after asking him where the grave is by hitting "yes" says.
"I can't gell you that."
The stairs near that same guard don't seem to work and act as a floor.
In the tomb of Garai there is a piece of paper on the wall that looks important, yet doesn't interact with anything.


The Guard in Garai is supposed to say that based off the Japanese translation/script.

It's like, Garai's Grave is so cursed that he doesn't want to let you know or be the cause of your death.

Took the stairs out too, It was supposed to put a bar/pub in there but I decided against it and forgot to remove it. It's gone now!

Glad the issues have been lessened! Thanks for the feedback!

Yep! I figured it might be something like that for the guard, but I have to be sure anyway. I bet the monsters were originally the same way, but I still have to comment on it. Having a blast with it so far. Being able to change the battle music keeps it fresh.
author=DQ13235
author=Ljink
author=DQ13235
The guard in castle Radatome's treasury says to bring our princess back to us twice. Damage tiles sometimes don't damage you after a second step on the electrical floor in same castle.
Due to the way the custom step counter is evented/coded, that's something I have to deal with at the moment. It doesn't use 2k3's damage terrain. I'll see if I can make it a tad more accurate, but I wouldn't expect much.

I've fixed the dialogue errors.

author=DQ13235
A guard in Garai in the house you need a magic key says after asking him where the grave is by hitting "yes" says.
"I can't gell you that."
The stairs near that same guard don't seem to work and act as a floor.
In the tomb of Garai there is a piece of paper on the wall that looks important, yet doesn't interact with anything.


The Guard in Garai is supposed to say that based off the Japanese translation/script.

It's like, Garai's Grave is so cursed that he doesn't want to let you know or be the cause of your death.

Took the stairs out too, It was supposed to put a bar/pub in there but I decided against it and forgot to remove it. It's gone now!

Glad the issues have been lessened! Thanks for the feedback!
Yep! I figured it might be something like that for the guard, but I have to be sure anyway. I bet the monsters were originally the same way, but I still have to comment on it. Having a blast with it so far. Being able to change the battle music keeps it fresh.


Yes, same with the monsters. But yes, thanks for making sure. I'm glad you're having fun with the game! During development I found the original battle music to be okay, but it gets annoying after a while. Which is why all the themes are included. If you're feeling adventurous...try Battle Music from 13... XD
Accidently hit new game. Still having the name problem where the -> arrow doesn't work properly.
Playing the silver harp doesn't make monsters come at you, it does the exact opposite.It kills the music, stops encounters, and doesn't let you open the menu.
Also you can't be damaged by terrain.
However you can still travel to towns and such. That fixes the menu and music as a result.
This a little thing you put in to make travel easier for now?
The encounter rates seem to be broken now as well even without the harp after exiting a town same for damaging terrain. This also works in dungeons.
The princess disappears when you rescue her and runs from the walls to go behind you. It scared me to be honest.
Fatima says theif instead of thief.
After you return the princess she says stat away from you instead of stay away from you. (That's easy to miss if you don't talk to her.)
Speaking of is there actually a different way to talk to her besides the item?
Also there is a set of stairs taunting me forever in the throne room.
I can't get the flute and progress further since I can't find the NPC, so this is where I'm stopping anyway.
I can't fight anything after all since the harp broke the game.
author=DQ13235
Playing the silver harp doesn't make monsters come at you, it does the exact opposite.It kills the music, stops encounters, and doesn't let you open the menu.
Also you can't be damaged by terrain.
However you can still travel to towns and such. That fixes the menu and music as a result.
This a little thing you put in to make travel easier for now?
The encounter rates seem to be broken now as well even without the harp after exiting a town same for damaging terrain. This also works in dungeons.

I became aware of the Silver Harp error a couple days ago and I have fixed it. It's like when I fix one buy 4 more appear. It's getting annoying. But yes, I've fixed the functionality that has caused you so much trouble. Will be updating today.

author=DQ13235
The princess disappears when you rescue her and runs from the walls to go behind you. It scared me to be honest.

Hum...haven't encountered that myself. Strange. Perhaps it's a result of the Silver Harp bug as well.


author=DQ13235
Fatima says theif instead of thief.
Fixed now.

author=DQ13235
After you return the princess she says stat away from you instead of stay away from you. (That's easy to miss if you don't talk to her.)
Speaking of is there actually a different way to talk to her besides the item?

Fixed, also there will be a way to interact with her in the post game as she becomes part of the party. For the main game I wanted to make sure to mimic the first game when handling the princess.

author=DQ13235
Also there is a set of stairs taunting me forever in the throne room.
I can't get the flute and progress further since I can't find the NPC, so this is where I'm stopping anyway.
I can't fight anything after all since the harp broke the game.

Stairs in the throne room are for post game as well. The Fairy flute is in the game. You must make sure to do the sidequest in Rimuldar before obtaining the flute though. And the NPC, Roric will tell you where to find it.

That Harp was game breaking and I hate that I found out about it too late. I will be updating everything and putting up a new demo soon. I'm glad this is a demo and not a full release, no telling what bugs will be created from fixing others. Thanks again for your support in finding these bugs.

I've made a quick patch for the game, you can get it in the downloads section.

Just extract it in the same directory as DQ+. Should fix most of the errors you've found today.
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