Classicality

Classicality – Part II – Closing

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“Welcome to a world without song.” Drakengard… is an interesting game. In a time dominated by Final Fantasy and other more… straightforward(?) RPGs, it was absolutely out on its own. And Yoko Taro’s insane genius at storytelling absolutely contributed. It’s a game that is best left experienced… but only if you have the patience. Like many aging games, it suffers from problems. Even still, it remains a journey in itself, even with its multiple endings … Continue reading

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The Sun

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All in The World knew the Song of The Sun. The Sun provided, though many knew not how it gave so much while staying so far from life. Through all time, The Sun gave Light, in seeming abundance stemming from the infinite. Though there were those who thought It’s influence finite, still Life drew on The Sun’s power more and more. Power went beyond Fuel, beyond Solar, into the abundance of Light that permeated the … Continue reading

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The World

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Primordial. The World had always existed, and was endless. Since even before there were those who could describe it as having existed at all, The World simply was. Those that lived in it were many, over countless kingdoms, nations, and confederations. They fought here, cooperated there, a seeming cycle of annihilation and rebirth marring The World, but never threatening it. The World changed, though in response, not in retribution. It evolved, the movement of entropy … Continue reading

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Signal, Week 8 – Progress

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Sorry about last week – I was out and about, at Dragon Con in Atlanta, GA.  Good times to be had – you can see the best of many fandoms there.  I go back and forth about whether I’d ever want to be more than just a fan (or drunken wanderer) at Dragon Con, or any such convention.  I can sometimes imagine visions of myself in front of a fairly large group of people, talking … Continue reading

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Signal, Week 7 – ETHER

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Excerpt from Enceladus documentation: ETHER – “Magical” Attributes to Inorganics (Encoded Talent H—- Equipment R—–) Select items (typically in-game weaponry) have attributes which manifest like MAGUS abilities at first glance.  ETHER involves coding encodes specific environmental programs onto items so that, in certain scenarios, the items will cause an alteration in the surrounding area.  The range of effects is dependent on in-game usage, whether that be offensive or defensive.  Some items have non-combat abilities such … Continue reading

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Signal, Week 6 – The Inventory

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So I’ve already talked a bit about weapons in Iravelon, but I figured I’d say a few short words about items in general. Items, really?  Isn’t that pretty basic, just swords and axes and staves, armor, potions and such? Well sure, there are those elements – weapons, armor, healing items, etc.  But some of the specifics go a bit further.  Firstly, each character has their own type of weaponry – Ian uses polearms, Lou uses … Continue reading

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Signal, Week 5 – Random Encounters

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Last week I talked about some of the problems with RPGs in general.  I want to, within the next few weeks, touch on (lightly) some of the ideas I have to circumvent the problems of RPGs (to a point) while allowing for the structures to remain in place.  It’s about trying to promote fun in whichever way the player might like.  One structure of RPGs I touched on was battling in RPGs, specifically ‘Random Encounters’.  … Continue reading

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Signal, Week 4 – Tropes, Tedium, and Classical [J]RPGs

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I’ve never really been shy about the fact that Iravelon, particularly Shades of Resonance, is heavily influenced by the role playing games of the 90’s and early 2000’s.  I mentioned before a specific influence being Golden Sun, but I’m sure that more references would be (or already are) apparent whether I’m consciously aware of them or not.  I would go as far as to say the fact that Iravelon is influenced by so many great … Continue reading

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World Lore – Time (Part 1) – Thinking Fourth Dimensionally

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Thinking Fourth Dimensionally – The Pitfalls and Possibilities of Time Travel via Back To The Future “Wait a minute… waitaminute Doc… You’re telling me you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean?” Time travel has been a fascination of mine for most of my life.  One of my favorite movies (or series of movies) growing up was Back To The Future – not just because of the great characters, comedic moments, or even the … Continue reading

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Signal, Week 3 – The Final Frontier

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Wait, it’s Saturday.  Crap! I spent a good bit of time earlier in the week writing up a few posts, but I haven’t had a chance to finish most of them or I want to wait until later to put out there. So this week I’m going to say this: Iravelon takes place on a planet. No Mans Sky, which has planets that you can go to, came out with a serious update in the … Continue reading