MSN History Timeline

30 09 2012

From here:
http://www.alfagame.net/newbbs/viewthread.php?tid=2439
Additional info here(need to reply to view som part of the post):
http://www.alfagame.net/newbbs/viewthread.php?tid=3041

For people interested in the background story and MSN 1.
This may clear up some confusion or maybe increase more confusion. This list is made quite some time ago, there are stuff that may have been corrected in new MSN game releases … meaning it may be outdated or wrong in some parts. So it’s not foolproof. This list is made by a game member and edited by a player later. If not wrong, this info is what included in the MSN2 commemorative booklet.

I also omitted MSN3 timeline because of MSN3 spoiler.
And please finish the main story of MSN2 before reading this as it is spoiler for MSN2.
Under cut.
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MSN3 prequel review and download

22 09 2012

STORY
MSN3 Prequel is the adventures about Rayche & Cadywit these two brothers(I know they look wa-y different to be brothers. This is their story…). They were NPCs in MSN3. When they were kids, there was a disaster at their village and their parents died. 8 years later, they both formed a mercenary group and take missions. In this game, there will be people joining them on the way(7 ppl total including the brothers)



There isn’t much connection to MSN3 as this is an independent story but it talks about the origin of Dean’s 3rd son(which is Yuluo’s) name. Because of MSN3 spoiler I cannot say more about Dean’s 3rd son… Also, this game talks about how Aleno’s parents meet and give birth to him/her. Aleno is the caretaker in MSN3.

For this game, the head give the artists more freedom to use their own styles compared to previous games. Meaning there is no strictly following a certain style and colour for all artists. So you can see some characters look different in style and colouring.

Also…the dialogue boxes become smaller than ever! Smallest I’ve seen. ^^; If want to translate it is very hard without modifications.

BATTLE SYSTEM
The creator already warned many times that the battle system is very very weird.
I think the battle system is ok and is more about strategy compared to normal RPG games.

The battle is automatic and the characters will attack without your command.
For each turn, the characters will trade position from the front to the back position and vice versa.
What you need to do is before battles, you need to arrange the characters into the 6 box positions, 3 in front and 3 in back.
You can only put 4 ppl into the battle group so arrange wisely.

Each characters also has different effects during the front or the back.
Like during the back, Rayche will block attacks up to certain points made to the front person and absorb the rest.
Cadywit will increase the attack of the person in front.
At the end of each turn, there will be a small timer and a few different stones for you to use, you can heal, change places, increase attack or increase help value.
For each battle, you can use 2 stones at first and it’ll increase 1 stone for each 5 turns.

Battle Screen Tutorial

SPECIAL FEATURES
This game has relationship system where your relationship increase if you battle a lot with each other. They’ll also interact with each other during battle(but dialogue zips through fast!) if your relationship is high enough. Relationship drops if they are not in your battle party. So relationship managements are necessary too for endings.

There are also lots of endings and stories for each character to collect. You have to collect individual stories by camping around on the map. Mostly, you have to camp around a certain landmark like the lake or a camping shelter etc. It is easy to spot.

There is an achievement system. You’ll be given achievement points if you can fulfill the requests in the adventure logbook. Like fight with a certain monster, reach a certain level in the Battle Arena, getting an ending, getting a story. All of these can be traded for points.

What does points do? Points are used to buy engravements. These engravements are power-ups that you can equip to each person. Each person can equip 2. Power-ups include increasing HP, attack in a row, give enemies certain debuff etc…

What else…? Oh yes, certain achievements will only be unlocked after the first playthrough. Btw, even without much random battle grinding, you can still finish the game. I take it back, you need to grind levels as much as possible for the final 3 bosses. It is so hard. TwT It is also best to read guides before you start(if you easily ragequit) since I almost ragequit(and I rarely feel ragequit) at the end because I bought the wrong engravements. But luckily after I arrange the characters and level up a bit, I barely passed to level 2 and I get back my points for engravement reassignment for the 2nd round of the game.

MY ADVICE
After you get 4 ppl, be sure to go to the arena to fight 2-3 times before you do anything else.
This is because your characters will get fatigue if you fight any random battles and all their stat values drop drastically!
You will be having a really hard time fighting boss battle if you have bad(there’s a blue arrow down) fatigue value.
The best condition is having an orange up arrow and they’ll deal damage like crazy.
There’s also a so so condition which is the middle. Boss battles doesn’t give fatigue.(so you can actually avoid all random battles).
Back to topic, you can ONLY decrease fatigue by resting in the arena(camping, going to inn doesnt!). And you can only get resting allowance only by battling in the arena, 1 battle, 1 allowance. And enemies get harder and harder for each battle tier. So your rest are limited. Use wisely!
Btw, if you don’t use that character in battle, their fatigue will decrease also.

->Download page here or you can go to the Downloads section above<-

There is a wallpaper based on this image in the game download also:

 





MSN Fanart/Fan Video

12 09 2012

You can see a lot of them here:
http://www.alfagame.net/newbbs/forumdisplay.php?fid=5

But a lot of them need to be registered/reply to post to see.
If you see a dotted box with a lock and words: 本帖隐藏的内容需要回复才可以浏览, you need to reply to that post
If you see a dotted box with a lock and words: 以下内容需要积分高于 10 才可浏览, you need reputation 10 which you’ll get after registering

The person who drew the wallpaper fanart a few posts back has a few great fanart posts, she goes by the name 靄羅 but other than the wallpaper post, the others need to be registered to see but they are really great posts with all kinds of expression faces of Baiyu and Aleno for some kind of RPG setting. The chocolate armor demon king Aleno makes me laugh(made by his butler Kaylen(克里恩 goes with this name in the end)).

Also, there are some at tumblr:
http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/prince+maker

Actually, there are a few fan AMV video, they are great artists so are considered fanart slideshow also, I’ll link to those I know(mostly Kaylen(克里恩) centered):
Kaylen at first Caramelldansen then Aleno laugh at him saying it’s not exercise dance, he started to dance some other song with pretty crazy moves, this is very funny.
http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzAwMjA4NDEy.html

24 hours Convenince Store – Talk about Kaylen using his personal time after Aleno sleeps
http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzQ2MTAyMzE2.html

Kaylen always pretends to be dead when I came home
http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjk5MTg1NTcy.html

Look At Me – Talk about Kaylen’s feelings when he found out Aleno likes Simon. He wanted to leave but couldn’t because he have no courage to do so.
http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzE4NTYzMjQw.html

Aleno Simon & Kaylen’s story(based on Freedom Days Aleno)- SPOILER
http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjc2NTEwMjU2.html





Neko Takaya Room web game(Mirage of Blaze)

10 09 2012

Warning: Doujin BL Japanese web game. But a really interesting one if you have patience to log in everyday especially special days like Valentine, Christmas or the characters bday and your bday. I think I have come across other Pet Rooms(Japanese also) like this one but I can’t seem to find it anymore.

I only try MSN3 prequel for a bit and not much free time to finish it at least once yet. Review have to be next week. But I can say that it is an RPG that I’ve never played before and has unique battle features which need good strategy(I die a lot so…) but there are a lot of endings which need to mix and match the affections between the 7(I think) characters. The non-beta game will be out soon this week.

I played this game a long time ago, back in 2007-2008 and I played it for around 2 years actively.  For this post, I’ll repost one of my experience on a Valentine Day that I managed to get back on the days when I was actively playing.

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Quick Getting started:
1. Go here:
http://park12.wakwak.com/~akino/cgi-bin/pet001/pet.cgi
2. Enter a username and two different passwords in the blanks(I think same password don’t work), please don’t post any passwords that you use for other important accounts as the pw is viewable(not secure). You automatically register after that and every time you only have to do the same to log in(It’ll save your login info, if you want to manually type in every time, you can uncheck the box below).
3. For the next screen, select month and date of your birthday. Try not to set on Feb 29 because you’ll only get the event every 4 years…You cannot change this so pick carefully.
4. You start the game and you’ll be presented with a random picture of Takaya doing random stuff and you’ll need to choose a response to him like Feed him, scare him etc.
5. Affection will increase or decrease which you’ll see after you click “OK!”(You need to search your username in the list)
6. You can come to the room every 30mins to do an action.
7. 性別:男の子 means he’s male. 年齢:生後3784日: Age. 最後に食事した日: Last day you feed him. 最後に訪問した人: The last person who visit him.(I remember there is an event where you’ll be competing with the last person who visit, I forgot exactly how since it’s a long time ago but it really does matter), [好感度ランキング] :You can see the affection rank. [終了]: Exit game
8. If you do not log in for 15 days after you fist log in, your account will be automatically deleted and you’ll need to start over. I think if you get to the 1st next rank tier(you get your cat to love you), your account will not be deleted after that. My account from 4 years ago never got deleted but I was already at the 1st tier rank at the affection rank list so I’m not sure which tier you have to be to not get your account deleted.
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This is a repost of my record of when I play it on Valentines Day in the past. I find it funny so I put my own captions. There are multiple endings(OMG many selections to go through, before Valentines Day(I think it is the day before, don’t remember), the game will ask you(Naoe) where you want to go, what you’re going to buy for Takaya so the result will be drastically different):

Make up Dialogues^^;;
Feb 14
Oh look it’s Valentine’s Day, sorry Choco Day.

Making Choco
I’ll make choco for my dear cat(lover)
*singing* kitty kitty, chocolate for my lovely kitty =D

Chocobo Choco
What kind of choco I want to make?
Oh right I’ll make a choco chocobo(hey it rhymes XDD), cats like to eat birds right?
(I choose the option that he ask Takaya or something, not sure what it said)

Surprise!
Naoe: The face he make is so cute, want to eat him up now! XDDD
Takaya: Oh a present *squee squee*

Framing
Takaya: My trophy for owning Naoe’s heart *framing up*
Naoe: 8D *Act Smug*

Lvl UP!
Boom!! Affection Lvl UP!! (I got 10 points and enter the next tier lvl)
Too extreme for Naoe that he got Nosebleed.

Under cut is some of my old notes which may or may not help you to play the game. Read the rest of this entry »





MSN3 Prequel beta testing

1 09 2012

Tomorrow 2/9/2012, 11:30am GMT+8 will be releasing the beta testing of the MSN3 Prequel. You can go to the forum to download. The normal procedure is probably you have to post a reply then you’ll be able to see hidden portions of the download. This will mark the end of anything related to MSN3(minigames etc.). The next development will be MSN4.

I’ll post download after beta testing is finished. Maybe I’ll write a review if I can play a lot.