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I think it's been a few years since I've done a LP on SF. Real life has been quite busy, and well working in medicine hasn't allowed me much respite due to current events. But now and then I think I can take some time for myself and get back into the hobby of gaming. Banner of the Maid is a relatively new tactical CRPG that on first glance looks like a cross between Fire Emblem and FFTA in terms of isometric map perspective. It's set during a fictionalized account of the French Revolution so a few familiar historical names are thrown around. The game is built on the Unity Engine. It's made by Azure Flame Studio which is based in Mainland China. It has been translated to English, although the voice acting is in Mandarin Chinese. I'll be going into this completely blind. I won't be screenshotting on the dialogue, so I'll sum up some things.
Hey folks! Remember that time about one zillion years ago when I told you all about the strategy RPG Telepath Tactics? Well, now I'm developing a follow-up game! (Sorry in advance if this seems spammy, by the way--this just seems like the sort of game that folks here would enjoy!) What is Together in Battle? Together in Battle is basically a team management game crossed with a Fire Emblem randomizer. Every time you play, your characters are totally different. But it's not just class and skills that get randomized: it's every last thing about your characters, from their names to their appearance to their personality and backstory! The Premise You’ve arrived in the island kingdom of Dese with a sack of coins and a secret mission to enter the gladiatorial games to find loyal fighters under the guise of competing. Recruit and manage charming characters with their own distinct personalities, interests, and histories. Each day, you’ll have the chance to field them in glorious turn-based tactical battles; and each night, they’ll build relationships with each other, face personal crises, and come to you for advice. You must manage your group’s resources. Stay stocked on food, maintain enough money to make payroll, and ensure that your characters practice regularly to continue improving. But beware: they have feelings! Allow their friends to fall in battle, and they may become depressed. Fail to address their needs, and you’ll risk resentment and desertion. Keep them happy, however, and they will grow close to one another, form fond memories, give each other nicknames–even share their special combat skills! With skill and patience, you will emerge victorious…together in battle. Combat With a deterministic core that never wastes your time, combat in Together in Battle nonetheless features dizzying tactical depth. Shove enemies into environmental hazards, off of cliffs, or into each other; take up defensive positions in tall grass, or hack it down to deny that same advantage to the enemy; set traps and detonate explosives; build bridges and barricades; freeze water; burn down trees. The battlefield environment is yours to command! Content Together in Battle features dozens of random events and side quests; six different playable species; two dozen base classes with branching promotion options for a total of 72 distinct character classes; more than 150 different character skills; and hundreds of thousands of possible procedurally generated weapons and pieces of armor. Characters Every character has a distinct personality, appearance, stat line, skill progression, personal history, named family members, religious beliefs, life skills, hobbies, physical traits, romantic preferences, preferred gifts, hidden secrets–even non-verbal tics and ways of laughing! These details are not just for flavor: they also have consequences for how characters behave in their free time. A baker may use up some of your food to produce cookies and cakes you can eat or sell; a jokester may do funny impressions to boost morale; a blacksmith may repair the group’s weapons. Dancers are nimble; sailors are superior swimmers. Some characters will even undertake long-term projects like growing food, making dolls, or writing a novel! Campaign Creator Together in Battle comes with a capable campaign creation suite to let you build your own full-fledged campaigns! Build characters in the character creator; place them in cut scenes using the cut scene editor; add branching dialogue trees using the dialogue editor; sculpt battlefields and place armies in the map editor; create skills for your characters to learn in the skill editor, and items for them to loot in the item editor. Want to get really fancy? Construct your own scripts, then assign them to items and skills for whatever custom effects you can dream up! The game is planned to release next year. Until then, I'll be here to answer any questions you might have! Curious about something? Ask away! (Of, also: if any of you are planning to be at PAX East at the end of the month, swing by Booth 18066 and you can play the game for yourself!)
Hi there, I've played Awakening a few times and I finished it once in hard (during my Kellam only run). While the main game can offer you a tactical performance if you play without grinding, I've found that the paralogues' difficulty is just stupid. Let me explain: I'm doing a generals only run. My team so far is Kame(avatar) with Nowi A, Tharja with Lon'qu S, Kellam with Sully S (Kjelle was hard enough to recruit with the desolation sorcerers hitting 20-ish x2 on my fastest units, x4 on Kellam and litterally tsunamis of reinforcements), Kjelle which is level 12 so she's on the side for the moment (80 stats aside of 33 HP it's ridiculously low...maybe I should've levelled Sully in EXPonential growth because 9 spd at her join was really bad), Fred with Cordelia A (yes, I reclassed him directly into knight before chapter 5 with Anna's shop that gave me a second second seal and a magister and he was a pain in the ass to get going at the beginning but now he's better than Kellam in nearly everything) and Chrom level 2 with Olivia level 1 (Lucina level 10 with aether and luck +4 has more stats than her father, like far more, but still unusable from the get-go). I've beaten Kjelle's paralogue overusing Kame and Tharja because they were my fastest units and Fred because he was holding silver weapons and his Cordelia support helped him stay relevant. But now I have to beat Noire paralogue. In hard mode. My units have average 30 def +2 and their supports, speed ranging from 15 (Kellam...) to 26 (Tharja without Lon'qu's bonuses). Using rally def I have 36 average total def. The ennemies hit 2x on Kellam with around 42 damage (except maybe Falco knights, and I'm not even sure they hit less). there are shittons of ennemies, all have 8 movement, some use bows, they can't be ORKO because LOLHP and LOLDEF and LOLSPEED. how am I supposed to beat a chapter with so high stats and keep both Fuchrom and Noire alive? The answer is simple: screw no grind and level everyone to 20/20 and maybe reset them to 20/1 until they cap all of their fuckin stats. No but seriously, how can we still call FE a T-RPG after seeing that? And these are my stats using 65% of the random encounters I've had access to+Kjelle's paralogue and Donnel's paralogue earlier. Kellam is 20/5 (he can't ORKO so he doesn't gain as much exp), Fred level 20/8, Kame 14-14/9, Tharja 10-20/6. They have more stats than they're supposed to (except poor Kellam who I'm gonna bench straight after his daughter can do the job better than he ever will). And yet they struggle even with rally-abusing. Noire died when the top ennemy units joined with the middle ones (impossible to kill them fast enough without hero weapons, even Kame deals around 15 damage per hit with steel lance B rank and Nowi A support against 50+ HP ennemies). The worst is that I bet there are paralogues even harder (I mean ennemies with even higher stats). It's no more a T-RPG, it's a stupid grinding game. If generals with 36 def can't tank with potions, it's not normal. In a T-RPG game, there are 3 kinds of levels: 1. The ones with high quality but little number ennemies (and a few low quality fillers), 2. The ones with low quality waves of ennemies, 3. Puzzle maps (lunatic early game is the best example but it is also the best example of a LOLSTATS game rather than a T-RPG since you absolutely can't win these without oversuing Fred, the only units able to tank 2 hits+). And in Noire's paralogue, I see a mix of all these. Meaning you fight fckin hoards of high quality ennemies with max mobility coming from every corner of the map and taking you in sandwich, to recruit a unit who can't do shit and get nearly OHKO by anything. Even Lunatic Donnel is easier to recruit (and he still needs a level up while Noire doesn't require any). How am I supposed to play Noire if I have to reach endgame just to reach the stats requirement for her paralogue's completion? What's this game design?
I would love to know the opinions you guys have of my families that I have on Fire Emblem: Awakening. Both romance and tactical wise. Please no spoilers for anything after chapter 13 D: MyUnit is called a female called Sabine. What is your unit called? Chrom x Sumia = Lucina + Brady Chrom x Sumia = Cynthia + Stahl x Sully = Kjelle + Owain Gaius x Cordelia = Severa + Donnel x Nowi = Nah + Libra x Tharja = Noire + Vaike x Lissa = Owain + Kjelle Ricken x Maribelle = Brady + Lucina Gregor x Olivia = Inigo + Frederick x Sabine = Morgan + Virion x Cherche = Gerome + Lon’qu x Miriel = Laurent + Kellam x Panne = Yarne + (Note: I've only got Owain, Brady, Inigo, Morgan, for boys and Lucina and Kjelle for girls so far children wise. Therefore their isn't many children pairings yet.) :) Thanks