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Community Codex RPG Maker Contest Entries: A Round-Up

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  1. Crooked Bee (no longer) a wide-wandering bee Patron

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    As some of you may be aware, Zed launched a Codex RPG Maker Contest on Monday to celebrate the software being on sale for a few bucks. Now that it's Thursday (no, not that Thursday) and the sale is over, the contest has ended too. The deadline was pretty strict, but there have been a whopping 9 entries submitted to the competition!

    There will be two awards: the Popular (aka Plebeian) Voting Award and the Charles Barkley Award given out by cboyardee, the developer of Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden and RPG connoisseur.

    Anyway, here are the entries. All of them except Ski Free don't require RPG Maker to run and you can just extract them anywhere and play.

    1. Blade of Muramasa by felipepepe

    The game is very short, but has three endings. Can you find them all?

    Links: http://www.mediafire.com/download/7s51gir94u8zsr6/Muramasa.exe (standalone)
    https://www.mediafire.com/?y335x15tg9s33ta (requires RTP)​

    2. Dark Path by Xi

    You walk a dark, visceral path. There are a plethora of majestic choices at your disposal, ready for you to conquer with you mighty will. Do you desire a utopia of harmonic platitude, or do you desire the destruction of those you deem insignificant and less than yourself!? Featuring 10 playable classes of endless possibility, 18 varieties of monsters including 100 million template colors, hundreds of skills with thousands of possible skill combinations, and thousands of branching choices, you will live another life in another world! Are you prepared to meet your destiny in this epic saga that transforms both time and space!?

    (Warning: This is an incomplete game. There is no ending, and my main story arc is not entirely complete in it's first section. However, it is an introduction to gameplay/story for a game I really want to continue working on. There are a few Codex Gems within, but nothing over the top, lets see if you can find them. Also, this product may cause blindness, boredom, or both.)

    Links: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/sgep3ia7f6cj7aq/AABo4_OGrL5lq0vddsVLfmNOa
    http://www.filedropper.com/darkpath

    3. Days of Spring by Mastermind

    It's just the intro dungeoun(s) for what will be a much, much bigger game but there's plenty of combat and a couple of Bioware style choices to make. There's no proper in-game intro but the basic plot is that a few days ago several people from your village were kidnapped and you and your teenage friends decide to carry out your own investigation. Save often. If you want to know more specifically what each skill does let me know, in game text is fairly limited.

    Link: http://www.filedropper.com/daysofspring_1

    4. Escape from Liberal Hell by Broseph

    Imprisoned at the bottom of a dungeon by Richard Dawkins, WCDS members battle against the evil forces of atheism and liberalism. Features cameos from famous Codex personalities such as Andhaira, Major_Blackhart, and Juan and Hector! Are you a bad enough dude to take down Cthulhu Lord Athe himself?

    Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/61apjsxvr6rt2q3/Project3.exe

    5. Game Dev Soup by Xu Fugui

    What if Molyneux, Gaider, Avellone, Kirkbride and Levine were to get together and make their dream game? Or Molyneux dream game rather. How would they get along and would it actually give any results? Does more chefs make a worse soup? And Play this game to find out. For the game to run you need to download RPG Maker VX Ace RTP found here if you don't already have it installed.

    Note: When it says game over it isn't really game over, that's a leftover debug/placeholder message, you really have to go to the boat to end the game and get your CnC delivered. Until you are returned to the main menu there's still content.

    Links: https://mega.co.nz/#!PdVVFZJR!Loqe7VVdvvAoCKPYrtCn7Qa58xZSvgu3thKeIu_9VAw (with RTP, i.e. no RPG Maker required to run it)
    https://mega.co.nz/#!TRN2GZpA!kSJcoaE4E3KsE_5B_IoONsJCWKFYKegk9rSkjLYWPOQ
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/o8w71v0jermzvo3/Game_Dev_Soup_no_RTP.exe

    6. The Grimoire Scrolls Saga: A Superdemo by Crooked Bee

    A cutscene- and puzzle-driven experience with a tiny bit of branching and a handful of endings, some more secret than others. Are you a bad enough dude to recover the Grimoire scrolls?

    (Note: Combat's fundamentally broken. Be sure to save at least occasionally. Bugs may or may not be present.)

    Links: http://www.mediafire.com/?pxidpv1d1ph971v
    http://www.filedropper.com/thegssv101

    7. Out of Element by Niektory

    The game is a puzzle dungeon crawler. The exploration is turn-based like in roguelikes. The monsters move when you move, and buff durations are measured in steps.

    It is totally possible to avoid all monsters using your spells. It is also possible to get stuck. Save in multiple slots. If all else fails, try again. The game can be beaten in 8 minutes.

    There are 2 endings. All Codex referenced have been [REDACTED]. Have fun!

    Link: http://www.mediafire.com/download/0lrh7fl3cghojo2/Out_of_Element.exe

    8. Ski Free X-Treme by Xu Fugui
    (requires RPG Maker RTP to run)

    It's exactly what it says on the tin. More of a joke entry than anything else, still I thought it was somewhat amusing. Short, X-TREMLY short. I just had to cleanse my system after Game Dev Soup, and this was effortlessly put together during an hour or less.

    First RTP less versions because they are so small and are quick to upload. Not sure if I will bother with a RTP version for this one. It wouldn't be worth the download. 200MB for this little game doesn't seem right to me.

    Links: https://mega.co.nz/#!LEEGlCaS!eTlVirB6lzZnas2O6q3CE8rNDP6zggYCfsP3ClptbQQ
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/8ainq9k6xjx5ayt/Mystery_no_RTP.exe

    9. Zed's Game by Zed

    It's just silly shit with a lot of codex references. FEATURES BATTLE MUSIC BY VIRTUOSO CBOYARDEE.

    Note: Extract anywhere N PLAY. Never managed to beat it myself, so please let me know if the ending works (there's not a lot of fighting tho).

    Link: http://absum.se/rpgmaker/gameByZed.exe

    Zed is such a cheater.

    Anyway, you can vote for any of the entries in Zed's thread. You can also discuss them here or in that thread, whichever you prefer.

    This may or may not become a regular event.
     
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  2. Ignatius Reilly Scholar

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    Cool. I just got this off the humble bundle. Every few years I get excited about working on an RPG, get over ambitious, then half way through the massive wreck of a project scream, "What the fuck am I doing with my life!?" and swear to never touch it again. (But this time around, for a few bucks, it's hard to pass up.) It's fun to be creative though, and I enjoy the challenge of actually TRYING to make a fun game. I tend to avoid all the fancy shit most people throw into their game, like scripts and custom stuff. I figure if it's not fun without all those things, it won't be with it, though the base system is pretty damn limited, (and the cheesy art style causes any sort of serious plot to fall flat on it's face) but I suppose that's all part of the challenge.
     
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  3. felipepepe Prestigious Gentleman Codex's Heretic Patron

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    Yeah, it was fun to learn the software, try some ideas and end up with a a funny 5 minutes game. The very short deadline also ensures no one will get lost on a massive project that will take them years to complete.
     
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  4. Mastermind Cognito Elite Material Patron Bethestard

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    Well, we could submit unfinished games, which is what Xi and I did. So they could end up taking years to complete anyway.
     
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    What do you mean Bee..
     
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  6. Crooked Bee (no longer) a wide-wandering bee Patron

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    It was an attempt at a joke. :P
     
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    Why is one of these projects 12MB and the others 200MB?
     
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  8. Zed Codex Staff Patron

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    Codex USB, 2014
    production values
     
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  9. Mastermind Cognito Elite Material Patron Bethestard

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    The bigger ones don't need rpgmaker installed or something.
     
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  10. felipepepe Prestigious Gentleman Codex's Heretic Patron

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    I payed for the winrar license.
     
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  11. J1M Arcane

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    :lol:
     
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  12. Doctor Sbaitso SO, TELL ME ABOUT YOUR PROBLEMS. Patron

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    I'm through 1/2 of them so far.
     
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  13. Doctor Sbaitso SO, TELL ME ABOUT YOUR PROBLEMS. Patron

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    Crooked Bee that was very good! You get my vote.
     
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  14. Crooked Bee (no longer) a wide-wandering bee Patron

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    I actually just gave this a try, but there wasn't much to do :P

    I dig the art style, though. For what it's worth, I even believe it's unique enough to appeal to hipster sites like RPS if/when you actually release it. (I mean that as a compliment, I swear.)
     
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  15. Thanks. I have no idea what kind of story I want to make though. :(
     
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  17. Crooked Bee (no longer) a wide-wandering bee Patron

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    Severian Silk I liked the original walking figure more. It was more unique and distinctive, for one; I don't think you should aim for realistic proportions in a game with this kind of art style.

    Just my opinion tho'.
     
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