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is made quite some time ago, there are stuff that may have been corrected in new MSN game releases … meaning it may be outdated or wrong in some parts.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





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.





Alfagame 7 years anniversary game list slideshow/video

29 07 2012

Alfagame released this 7 years anniversary video which is a slideshow showing all the games they make over the years (the bigger ones), they didn’t list some of the minigames(without story) :< It is actually a video foretelling the release of MSN3 prequel "Don't forget the Starry Sky" at the end of the video. So yeah, it'll be out during the next holiday in October(in China).

Also, this is released quite some days ago but I was a bit pissed(or probably lazy) to find out that vodpod videos and vodpod widgets are gone so I didn't managed to post it(I'm always like that and only post something a few days later). Which I later found out that it was acquired by Lokerz. So now I can't embed youku or any China based video sites. If you're interested you can click on the link to see. It also shows a picture of Endless that you guys are so curious about.

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDMxMzk0Nzk2.html
Awesome music by Mouse as usual.

There is a special event at Alfagame forum where they’re requesting for comments or anecdote about their games. Which basically people give how they get to know the game, how they feel about the games etc. You can also see some preview and info about the MSN3 prequel.
http://www.alfagame.net/newbbs/viewthread.php?tid=3724





MSN3 prequel – Don’t Forget the Starry Sky

4 06 2012

I’m feeling very pressured because my class starts tomorrow and I have my reasons for it. I need some distraction while I wait for the inevitable tomorrow so I decide to write something. Also, please check back the last post always especially if you’ve encounter bugs as I might have a new patch for MSN2 that fix it.

I’ve known this a few months ago but now I can’t find the post anymore. It’s a pity because I saw a very pretty CG. I think they announced two games in the post that I can’t find now. Last time I saw was called MSN alpha. I think it’s supposed to be the next big game and not this prequel. The MSN alpha is about the very starting of all MSN world, which is the prequel of all prequels? It’ll probably be an RPG but it’s still not fixed yet. But this MSN3 prequel will be out soon at 5th Oct. Free game like usual. Like previous MSN2 prequel(Origin), it is a special type of RPG. I love their RPG, Origin was so fun to play and quite interesting compared to traditional RPG because they always incorporate some kind of strategy into their RPG. Actually, the author like RPG more than Sim Raising game. This Starry Sky MSN3 prequel is about some small characters in MSN3 and don’t have much to do with MSN3. Like looking through the world through the small characters. The prequel is suppose to round up the leftover world concept of MSN3.

Btw, alfagame is not a company. If I’m not wrong, they started out as a club in their university like almost 10 years ago? They all have their own jobs now(some work in the game industry, I’ve gone to ask them last time) or some new members are still students and they have never sell any games before. There’s a big lengthy post in the forum about why they did not sell their games and the criticism they get from friends and family for doing games free. They got sell some merchandise like the MSN3 Music CD and the commemorative booklet because a survey indicated players wanted it and include a lot of merchandise in the package which is like a nice collection rather than for profit. They also do contests every now and then to win some small prizes which is very nice(I won a MSN3 postcard last time and the person who won the Leviria singing contest got her singing put in the music cd). Not sure in the future they’ll sell any games or not but currently they have not planned to.

MSN3 prequel info. You need to log in and post a comment to view some of the pictures/info:
http://www.alfagame.net/newbbs/viewthread.php?tid=2956
http://www.alfagame.net/newbbs/viewthread.php?tid=3298

You can download a swf flash recording of the gameplay here, need to post to see:
http://www.alfagame.net/newbbs/viewthread.php?tid=3495

A sample of Prince Maker Alpha game music, as always Mouse is very good at creating nice music:
http://www.alfagame.net/newbbs/viewthread.php?tid=2234

I’m kind of lazy posting pictures, I’ll post them when the game is out. The design look like MSN3. The announcement date for the game is 5th October this year.





Related Games in the Series

12 01 2010

::Prince Maker Endless::
The 1st Prince Maker they made, even though Braveness is the continuation of Prince Maker Endless but Braveness can be played without it. The character in Braveness is the same design as Endless so it is considered more of an upgrade(but the character is considered the Emperor of Three Realms before Braveness if you get what I mean)

::Prince Maker Braveness::
For this game, the head has recruited talented people in their own department(arts, music, plot writing) to get a higher quality game.

::Braveness Special: 1 Day MSN:: (Minigame)
MSN means young and pretty boy in Chinese(short form) which is bishounen if you’re more familiar with the term. This game is really interesting and cute. Talks about the day before new year and you have to run around New Eden to talk/bite/kiss/etc. people and npc to get their favour and get a date for the new year dance. Very interesting game.

::Braveness Special : Ares Story:: (Spinoff)
RPG Maker XP game. Just a normal RPG game. More like a spinoff based on the story I think but gives you some more story information to the Braveness game.

::Braveness Special : Ares Birthday flash game by BigStone:: (Minigame)
Because it’s good, his flash minigame has been released as an official one. Very fun game. Talks about you the player is sucked into the Prince Maker world and have to prepare a birthday cake for Ares.

::Braveness Special: Ares Birthday:: (Minigame)
This minigame is about hitting the enemies that pops up with a mallet, if you win that level you get some kind of ending, for me it’s very hard and didn’t get to finish -A-

::Braveness: Prince Maker Braveness .Origin::
This is the prequel of Braveness and talks about the life you’ve gone through in the Demon Realm before you go to the Human Realm. This game is not a simulation but a special kind of RPG, but also more to visual novel, but still taking care of a kid, can you guess who the kid is? Definitely a refreshing game and highly recommended by me to play.

::Prince Maker III Renascence::
The story continues after Braveness. It follows the storyline where Dean become Emperor of Three Realms, the kid you raised become the Human King. In this game, you are a teacher and the caretaker of the Deity kid. It seems that he has double personality. From the pictures and music released, it looks very exciting!

::Renascence Special 1: Freedom Days Aleno::
The story is about a Deity called “Aleno”, because of some reason, he/she left his/her hometown and lived in the Three Realm Kingdom for 10 years. After 10 years, he/she went back to his/her hometown. This game is about some stories happening in his/her hometown at that time. And these stories is what lead him/her to a different direction in the future. And this Aleno, later became the main character and the caretaker in Prince Maker 3.

::Renascence Special 2: The Valentine Disaster of Three Realm Kingdom::
The Valentine Goddess needs your help! Click on two person with same sex to get Gmarks, click on two person different sex to get Love marks. There are 3 modes, first one is Normal mode, CheckPoint Mode(you have to fulfill certain condition on each level), Time Attack Mode

::Renascence Prequel: Don’t Forget the Starry Sky::
To be added later when I played it…