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[LP CYOA] Test-Run

Discussion in 'Choose Your Own Adventure Land' started by treave, Jul 7, 2015.

  1. Baltika9 Arcane

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    I don't see that happening in any dimension.
     
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  2. Nevill Arcane

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    Not even if Sekhie had coordinates for the Masters' world, which Shulgi is supposed to protect our own from? And since she jumped, there is no other way to get it but to retrieve her... ;)

    It could happen. That's what cool about the whole idea.
     
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  3. Baltika9 Arcane

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    No, Shulgi is the one who chews you out for being a dumbass after he gets you out of your own mess*.

    *Certain choices may prevent you from being rescued in the first place.
     
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  4. Nevill Arcane

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    Shulgi admired Ean because deep in his heart he always was a YOLOWIZARD. :roll:

    But you can only know that if you see the world where he indulges in his secret passion with your own eyes. :cool:
     
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  5. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Actually, one of the most moving parts of Epic was when Ean's blind struggles and eventual heroic sacrifice (cough) inspired Shulgi to turn a new leaf and become Earth's protector.
     
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  6. Esquilax Arcane

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    If we go the super-hero route, I'd love to play as a character who is somewhat gimped. If this is a setting where supers are looked down upon or hunted (i.e. Days of Future Past), maybe our taste for masochism will allow us to play as a deformed person with powers who can't easily hide their nature, and on top of that, didn't really win the Super Power Lottery either.

    Eh, I wouldn't go that far. I think that there were some things about Ean that Shulgi admired, but he was also probably in awe of how retarded he could be, Sphere Diplomacy being the prime example.

    As for being Earth's protector, Shulgi still displayed a ruthless streak during Senya's initial arc. Shulgi always had a more calculated, big-picture view than Ean. The relationship between Shulgi and Ean improved as time went on, to the point where they were working together against Dio, but I don't think that Shulgi was ever "inspired" by Ean. If anything, I'd say that he was more inspired by Dio in the sense that it showed him what could happen in the face of unrestrained ambition.
     
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  7. Nevill Arcane

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    See? He had it in him all along! :salute:

    If Ean wasn't there to show him what one should ABSOLUTELY NOT do in any circumstances, I am sure we would have seen the advent of YOLOSHULGI.

    He would be much more on point with his letters, too. Ares would have exploded right on the spot.
     
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  8. treave Arcane Patron

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    Originally planned for Part 2 of Epic. You can see remnants of the concept in Senya's reload mechanic. It was ultimately simplified for plot purposes, but the original concept had you shifting into ever more different worlds the more you died.


    You would be able to pick your own power, so you could be someone with a great talent, someone with no powers at all, or even someone whose only ability is to emit copious amounts of sticky, white, fishy-smelling liquid from all over his body.
     
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  9. Baltika9 Arcane

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    "I never thought you could be a traitor, Ean."
    "That is hardly my fault, Your Majesty." The calmness of his voice was an eerie contrast to the desperate screams of the drowning city beneath them.
    "Just get it over with, boy!" Ean nodded his head respectfully and thrust his blade.
    Had Sargon been younger, he would have stood a chance. But all he could do now was die with dignity, as an Akkadian king should. He raised his shield and braced.
    "Not so fast, general!" Ean's sword fell as his hand was vaporized by a bolt of lightning.
    "We had a deal, Shulgi."
    "I only played along to learn of your plans, villain. I would never join with the likes of you!"
    "Not entirely unexpected, you always were an idealist. But this won't change anything, Akkad is still mine. But first." His eyes focused on Sargon's heart as his good hand squeezed the air.
    "You."
    Something like that?
     
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  10. Nevill Arcane

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    Sadly, there wasn't much done with it, as we - or Rei - didn't die all that often, I think.

    The concept of the broken/corrupted world was beautiful, though. And it went underdeveloped as well, with the exception of Senya's investigation and SPACE WHALES. How come the coolest things never last? :negative:

    It would be sad if one could only experience alternative dimensions through dying. I was hoping there could be more active interaction, perhaps some lessons learned that could be applied to the 'prime' dimension before all things go to hell. I mean, what's the point of not sacrificing Qilin's arm in 'prime' if upon dying you end up in the world where you did it anyway? Except for causing extra butthurt, of course. :?

    And if you don't die, you do not get to see it.

    :love:

    YOLOShulgi-Sekhie romance would be intense. FOR SCIENCE does not even begin to describe it.
     
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  11. treave Arcane Patron

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    There was a concept where you'd have different multiple parallel realities which resulted in Bad Endings one way or another, have a prime incarnation becoming aware of those realities, that learnt from those mistakes. He'd have reached a solution, and in the finale, his knowledge would flow back and retroactively provide the failed incarnations with the resources at the critical point to bring about their Good Endings as an epilogue.
     
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  12. Baltika9 Arcane

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    :hmmm:
    Don't know if SCIENCE is the right word, early Shulgi was all about charisma and MAGIC.
    "You."
    Instead of cracking bones, Ean felt a mental barrier form and expand around the old king, breaking his grasp. Black tendrils crawled up the side of the wall and reformed as woman in the habit of an Egyptian priestess.
    "Brought a friend, have you? She won't save you.“
    Ean was upon Shulgi faster than he could blink, sword in hand. Even with one hand, he held the advantage in close quarters.
    "SHULGI FRIEND. NO HURT HUMBABA FRIEND!"
    Rather, he would have held the advantage in close quarters, had an angry mass of fur and muscle not tackled him to the ground.
    "But he will."
    "Come with me if you want to live, Your Majesty."
    "Who are you people?"
    "My name is Sekhenun. I'm with the idiot."
    "Which one?!“
     
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  13. Nevill Arcane

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    Aw yiss. That also solves the question 'why bother with one victory if there is an infinite number of defeats?'

    Though really, securing even one future where there were none before is a victory in itself.

    Well... let's hope the concept finds its way into one of the LPs one day. :)
     
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  14. treave Arcane Patron

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    Now that I spoiled the ending, probably never. :M
     
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  15. Nevill Arcane

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    Ah, but the mechanic can be easily adapted and masked.

    Say, you have a series of unpleasant prophetic dreams and have a choice of acting them out or not. Acting them out increases the probability that the unpleasant event comes to pass, while trying to change them disturbs the time-space continuum and leads to a potential disaster that you are unable to predict because you are treading an unknown ground. The success lies in balancing the two approaches.

    No alternate dimensions are mentioned while the results are nearly identical. No one will suspect anything. :M
     
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  16. Nevill Arcane

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    Hm... I've heard the mention of goblins. Will the Overlord universe be a fantasy one?

    :hmmm:
    Can- can we stage an invasion on the Shinar Empire? We need more evidence for the treave-verse hypothesis!

    Also, where is the setting on the grimdarkness scale?
     
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  17. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Nah, I'd rather go overlording in whatever planet Shun is imprisoned. Why not make Shun the Overlord?
    +M
     
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  18. Nevill Arcane

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    Shun is not on any planet, he is out of the time-space continuum. He is 'nowhere', if I remember it right, completely cut off from the world and the cycle of reincarnation/life.

    You can probably go there if you manage to collapse the Universe, but I doubt there would be much to Overlord. Or maybe I am making things up. :M

    I suppose you can get to him before Jing does and offer him employment, but do you really want a goodie-two-shoes running your glorious Empire into the ground?
     
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  19. Baltika9 Arcane

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    I don't really care about his morality, all I ask is that he Gets Shit Done.
     
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  20. Nevill Arcane

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    Ah, but he would care about yours. That's the thing about do-gooders, they can't truly appreciate the concepts that are above their personal sense of right and wrong.

    The Goddess asked him to get shit done, and where did it get her? Betrayed, rejected and stabbed. And without her favorite piggy-tiggy. :(

    [​IMG]

    The guys like him simply can't be relied on! :argh:
     
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  21. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Proper management of personnel is the key to Overlording. We will find ways to ensure his loyalty.
     
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  22. Nevill Arcane

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    Nah. Good is toxic, it poisons everything it touches.

    See, the prince had a friend, the one they conditioned to be utterly loyal for 15 years. And what do you think? The moment he got a whiff of that 'friendship, love and honour' bullshit, everything fell apart! He didn't stay at his liege's side when the Emperor offered him to, ignored the crucial mission that was a question of the State's stability in favor of a skirt, and - when brought before the throne and requested to make the final choice - instead of recognizing the disgrace that he has become and atoning for it with the blood of the very people who made him stray from the true path, he tried to cut off the head of a man who considered him a brother!

    And I don't even want to get into what happened to Gao Ying, the last bastion of Chinese bastardry. We had such hopes for him, only to be betrayed at the last moment! :negative:

    Suffer not a do-gooder to live! They only bring ruin to the right-minded people! :argh:
     
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  23. treave Arcane Patron

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    Something like this, I think. Though as usual, treat the numbers as a guide to a character's ability rather than something to be used for hard calculations. And I think we'll need a rep tracker as well.
     
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  24. Baltika9 Arcane

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    The stat scale will require some explanation, 400 Agility and 360 Physical Attack (takes 360 HP with a standard attack?) aren't as self-explanatory as 8/10 Strength and 11/10 SWORDS.
     
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  25. treave Arcane Patron

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    It's all relative. 400 agility vs 50 roughly means that you can attack 8 times for each single swing of the knight's sword. Deduct the defense rating of the defender from the attack rating of the attacker and you should have the damage it would do to the defender's vitality. The numbers will also go up or down depending on equipment, skill, ability, or spell used. If you are able to determine your opponent's strength, this may be described in the choices.

    Or should I use A-B-C tiers instead?
     
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