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Nyttelost's Battle Corner - Shining Force: RotDD

Postby Nyttelost » Tue Apr 10 2018 5:06am

A long, long time ago, I did a write-up of a few mods of various Shining Force games on here, documenting my progress with battle reports. With improvements to my hardware and software, I'll continue this trend. Now including video! Videos will be put into spoilers, but I'll do a battle report proper below the spoiler. If I update during a period where no activity is occurring on the thread, I'll edit the last post that I made.

WARNING: SPOILER!

EDIT: Chances are that you might not be able to see the video (or videos, as the case may be when I update this more). If that is the case, here's a link to the master playlist proper.
With that, let's begin!

Episode 1
We receive grave news: Max- I mean, Dan lost his memory after washing up on the shores of Guardiana about a year ago. Now we receive even graver news: Ward doesn't like us, but everyone else that matters does. So forget about Ward. The King bequeaths us with a mission to the Gate of the Ancients, and we must gather some troops (and some good herb) to take it on.

We recruit:
Dan (that's us!)
Ken (his dad died when he was young)
Tao (something happened involving a monster)
Hans (tells us our coat is blue, and it means "Don't lose hope.")
Luke (the only member of a band)
Lowe (is always hungry)

Then we go out in the carriage and...
Mawlock! Ah! He's only a little fishy. But we are given a secondary quest to collect cards for some reason. Onward!

We go to a nearby cabin to recruit:
Gong! (Not much is known about him at this point, but it was fate that we met.)

We also found some tasty yogurt.

And now, for battle!
Battle #1: The Folly of Goblin-Man
Grinding Egresses: 0
Deaths: 0
Bonus: Yes
This battle is rather straight-forward. Just don't let your guard down.

Episode 2
I leave the cabin behind and proceed to...
Battle #2: Leave Ken Behind!
Grinding Egresses: 0
Deaths: 0
Bonus: Yes
This battle is also straight-forward. Ken will likely get left behind in this battle, as centaurs do not handle hills (or most terrain, really) well.

Guardiana was wrecked by Runefaust, and Kane steals the Light Saber (yes, Light Saber - those used to the original will be confused by some of the changes in this game) and the life of Varios and the King. Sadness was had. Mae challenged Kane to a duel, and Dan saved her from a brutal slash by parrying Kane. The Ward reveals that the Light Saber belonged to us.

Aaahhh.

Anyways, we recruited Mae and Gong to conclude these past two battles with...
Dan - Level 3
Ken - Level 1
Tao - Level 2
Hans - Level 3
Luke - Level 3
Lowe - Level 2
Gong - Level 2 (talks about his backpack)
Gort - Level 2 (has an epic tale to tell)
Mae - Level 2 (something is bothering her)
Cards Collected: 1

Episode 3
I gave everyone at least one herb for next battle and whenever herbs are necessary. Anyway, we leave for Alterone when suddenly-

Battle #3: Bats. Bats Everywhere.
Grinding Egresses: 0
Deaths: 0
Bonus: Yes
We learn that Dan is a lethal weapon against bats. We also learn that Luke does not mess around. Also we sling spears and fists against bats and have it be relatively effective.

We destroy everyone and proceed to explore the area outside of Alterone Castle, looting every chest and telling a merchant friend that Guardiana's knights were annihilated. Also, everyone in this town is super greedy for reasons, there's a not-so-secret tunnel somewhere, and the priest's deputy is performing the priestly duties.

Levels:
Dan - Level 4
Ken - Level 3
Tao - Level 3
Hans - Level 4
Luke - Level 4
Lowe - Level 3
Gong - Level 3
Gort - Level 3
Mae - Level 3
Cards Collected: 1. Haven't entered headquarters to see if we have friendship cards, but I will in the next update.

Episode 4
We loot what we can from Castle Alterone and then speak to the king. Turns out that while he's a greedy man normally, he does care enough about his people to surrender to Kane if it means sparing the townspeople. Nobody said he was a clever man, though, and the king realized that he was bamboozled when Kane threatens to take off his head to get Dan to surrender.

Anyways, we collect cigarettes in order to talk an inmate into helping us break out and- oh, wait, wrong game. That's Dead to Rights. Khris comes to save us and shows us a secret passage to get out.

I talk to allies to learn more about their stories, collect their cards, then we go out into the sunlight to take on Kane!

Battle #4: Now With More Glass Cannons!
Grinding Egresses: 0
Deaths: 0
Bonus: Yes
Hans almost died, but otherwise this battle went swimmingly. We did not get the Evil Ring, though. Oh, and the new enemies are glass cannons. Sorry, Snipers and Dark Mage, but you'll have to do better than that!

We survive with barely even a scratch, and we obtain Khris' card. Then...

Episode 5
We take the remaining slim pickings. We talk to the King, tell him that we don't forgive him and then forgive him when we realize that he won't let us leave until we do. Anyway, he tells us of the "secret" tunnel, and so we hightail it into...

Wait, what's this? An epilogue? Sign me up!
We get a good look at Runefaust's capital castle, where Ramladu lives with Darksol and others. Ramladu has a daughter named Narsha, and Narsha thinks that Darksol is bad news. Unfortunately for her, he is bad news, and he sends agents to kill her... but not before Mawlock appears out of nowhere and destroys them with a single charge. Anyway, Narsha gets sent to a desert temple ruin area and must fight her way out!

Battle #5: Remind Me of the Babe
Egress is not possible.
Deaths: 0
Narsha moves slowly through the sands until a new hero in... chitinous armor joins the fray. Meet Zuika. He has the power of... something, and will stop at nothing to obliterate his foes, which are a bunch of rats, spiders, scorpions, and a Dark Mage in this very battle. I take my sweet time to get what I want out of this. We end this battle with the following:
Narsha - Level 5
Zuika - Level 6

Meanwhile, the Force arrives at Rindo and we conclude with the following:
Dan - Level 5
Ken - Level 5
Tao - Level 4
Hans - Level 5
Luke - Level 5
Lowe - Level 3
Gong - Level 5
Gort - Level 4
Mae - Level 4
Khris - Level 2 (she talks about her daily routine when she was young)
Cards Collected: 6.

I'll generally do one battle per video, although I'll squeeze in plot wherever necessary.
Last edited by Nyttelost on Mon May 28 2018 4:48am, edited 10 times in total.
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Re: Nyttelost's Battle Corner - Shining Force: RotDD

Postby stefanos2k10 » Thu Apr 19 2018 4:10pm

i like this whens next update?
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Re: Nyttelost's Battle Corner - Shining Force: RotDD

Postby Nyttelost » Thu Apr 19 2018 9:39pm

Now, actually.
WARNING: SPOILER!

Episode 6
We explore Rindo, taking in the sights and smells of the region. Oh! There's an armadillo man in a steam suit! There's a play about our failures against Runefaust! There's a moment where Nyttelost himself suffers from sadness caused by Valkyria Chronicles! There's a mayor that tells us to go to the Land of Bottomless Breadsticks known as Marinara - I mean, the Magical Land of Manarina! And so, after checking the stores and buying a magic resist ring, we venture out...

Battle #6: In the Desert on a Horse With No Name
Grinding Egresses: 0
Deaths: 0
Bonus: Yes
We cross the desert and annihilate our foes in about as much time as it takes to cook some Turbo Pepper-seasoned Quick Chicken and enjoy the resulting meal. I mean, it took a while, but not too long.

We arrive at Manarina and...

Episode 7
Anri doesn't trust us, but Tao steps in and vouches for our goodness. And so, Anri joins us. We scour Manarina for resources, and we obtain the following:
- Cards.
- An egg, and knowledge of how to hatch this egg.
- The knowledge that demons often take on the form of people's wives.
- The knowledge of what it's like to be a chicken
- The knowledge that there's a centaur folding some laundry for food who could probably be adopted.
We then speak to Otrant and get sent to the caverns below.

Battle #7: Breath of Death VII
Grinding Egresses: 0
Battle Deaths: 2
Total Deaths: 2
Bonus: Yes
A miscalculation on my part led to the deaths of Ken and Mae, the former of which was chopped by the Skeleton and the latter of which was hit twice in a row by Blaze 2. We were smoking this whole cave regardless of this tragedy, though, and we won fabulous prizes.

We cannot leave until we see the Spirit of the Spring, so... Dan is told that he has a purpose in life, and it isn't just to be the punching bag of people that don't know him initially. And so we are officially christened as the... Shining Force!

Our Levels after Battle #7 are...:
Dan - Level 7
Ken - Level 6
Tao - Level 4
Hans - Level 6
Luke - Level 7
Lowe - Level 4
Gong - Level 6
Gort - Level 6
Mae - Level 6
Khris - Level 4
Anri - Level 4 (she wants to get to know you)
Cards Collected: 10.
I'll collect Arthur next time. I haven't left Manarina yet.
Last edited by Nyttelost on Wed Apr 25 2018 10:46pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Nyttelost's Battle Corner - Shining Force: RotDD

Postby stefanos2k10 » Mon Apr 23 2018 4:37pm

im loving this keep it up :)
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Re: Nyttelost's Battle Corner - Shining Force: RotDD

Postby Nyttelost » Wed Apr 25 2018 9:47pm

Of course. :thumbsup:

Videos will be put into spoilers when they are uploaded. This one will contain Episodes 8 through 10 (Episodes 9 and 10 will be uploaded over the course of the next three days). As before, if videos don't show up, you can use the master playlist in the first post of this thread.
WARNING: SPOILER!

Episode 8
So we enjoyed bottomless breadsticks for long enough, and we recruit Arthur! I gave him the Power Ring so that he could compete.

We make it back to Rindo to see that the play is different! This time, it shows the future, in which we kick Runefaust's rear. We also learned that Crock got more funding, which might mean nothing for poor armadillo man. Hope we liberate him. We also tell the mayor that we're the Shining Force, so he should give us the boat. Well, he wants us to go save his grandson, so we go to the only logical place to look for a child... the circus. Apparently he's been there for days!

Battle #8: Chucky Time!
Grinding Egresses: 0
Battle Deaths: 2
Total Deaths: 4 (2 from previous times)
I tested Arthur's might... and it was good.
Ken and Lowe were annihilated by Freeze 4. Freeze 4 in this game functions much like the Freeze 3 of the original, as the Freeze 3 of this game functions much like the Freeze 4 of the original. Aaaaargh. Anyway, he only got it off once, Gort lived, and we destroyed every clown, puppet, doll, Marionette, and bat in this place. Get wrecked, Marionette.

We save the grandson and we get the boat! Too bad for us, though, as Mishaela lights it up with fire. Shining Force indeed. We are then told to avoid Bustoke and go straight for the Pao Plains. Unfortunately, we kind of have to go through Bustoke to get there, according to the mayor's son, whose son we saved.

Episode 9
We prepare to go north to Shade Abbey, where a priest can help us.
Unfortunately for us, we find only weirdos and birdmen.
It also turns out that the weirdos are a dark sun and a bunch of undead! We only fight the undead. Dark Sun Man - I mean Darksol runs away.

Battle #9: The Church of Hot Addiction
Grinding Egresses: 0
Battle Deaths: 0
Total Deaths: 4 (4 from previous times)
We get poisoned a few times, but it was nothing for us. Get wrecked, ghoul and underling undead!

We then unfreeze Balbaroy and we recruit the birbs of prey. I'll use both for a bit, although I'm not sure who the second person I'm booting out will be. I know the first one I'm booting, though. But that won't happen until after...

Episode 10 will be uploaded 4/29.
We cut straight to the Epilogue! Zuika and Narsha are frolicking through a wooded path to a harbor.

Battle #10: Sail Away
Egress is not possible.
Deaths: 0
The Kraken proved to be dangerous, but not more dangerous than the power of Narsha and Zuika affected by Attack 2! We stomped over everyone and stole Gobgovitch's sou- I mean card. Card.

After the battle, our good friend Mawlock shows us a better way than sailing across the sea to cause various creatures to become extinct.

This concluded with the following levels:
Narsha - Level 7
Zuika - Level 7

And now, for Chapter 3! We immediately notice that men are not here! We find a nearby church and save; the priest is a man, though.
We conclude the videos with the following for our Force, as well as how the byrds of prey start off with us...
Dan - Level 8
Ken - Level 8
Tao - Level 6
Hans - Level 7
Luke - Level 8
Lowe - Level 4
Gong - Level 7
Gort - Level 7
Mae - Level 8
Khris - Level 5
Anri - Level 6
Arthur - Level 7 (he wants to tell you trivia)
Cards Collected: 14.

New Members:
Balbaroy - Level 5, is going to usurp Ken's place. (Tells you of Vern, a famous birdman)
Amon - Level 5, unsure of whose place to usurp. (Tells you ancient birdman spells)

I'll explore around and start off Chapter 3 proper next time.
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Re: Nyttelost's Battle Corner - Shining Force: RotDD

Postby stefanos2k10 » Mon Apr 30 2018 8:32am

any more coming soon?
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Postby Nyttelost » Mon Apr 30 2018 7:22pm

stefanos2k10 wrote:any more coming soon?

I'm actually going to stream some of it tonight (around 9 PM EST, which is 6 PM PST and 2 AM GMT). The plan is to get through most or all of Chapter 3 in this stream. In case one misses it, I'll upload the archive on Youtube, and the write-up will happen here shortly after the stream has concluded.

EDIT:
The stream has happened.

Episodes 11 to 14: The First Stream
Future streams will likely be just grinding streams, but the purpose of this one was to merely destroy Chapter 3, as Chapter 3 has always been my least favorite chapter in both the original version and this version of the game. At least the epilogue fight was interesting.

WARNING: SPOILER!


Episode 11
We explore Bustoke and learn about why most men are missing from this town. It turns out that Runefaust are a bunch of wankers and forced them to work in the quarry! It is here that we get Diane and... don't use her. We also swap out Gong and Ken for Amon and Balbaroy. And now, for the quarry...

Battle #11: The Best Birdman
Grinding Egresses: 0
Battle Deaths: 2
Total Deaths: 6 (4 from previous battles)
Amon and Gort got their geese cooked by an errant Blaze 2.
Balbaroy ruled this battle. We also gain levels.

We recover the moonstone and perform shenanigans with the alchemist to get Lunar Dew!

Episode 12
We proceed to feed Zappa- I mean Zylo - Lunar Dew, and we recruit him to our cause. He'll perform smash hits like Sheik Yerbouti and Weasels Ripped My Flesh. Speaking of all this...

Battle #12: Weasels Ripped My Flesh
Grinding Egresses: 0
Battle Deaths: 1
Total Deaths: 7 (6 from previous battles)
Frame Rate Destroyed?: Yes
Zylo was stabbed by the last Pegasus Knight. This necessitated a second Silver Ring. This would also turn out to be pointless.
We had a moment where the frame rate was utterly destroyed by the power of Tao. Other than that, this battle was a leisurely stroll through the woods.

Episode 13
We return to Bustoke and make Kokichi fly. We also yoink his card from his assistant. We then proceed to...

Battle #13: Hold the Line! Lowe Isn't Always on Time!
Grinding Egresses: 0
Battle Deaths: 3
Total Deaths: 10 (7 from previous battles)
Terrible Musical Moments: Yes
Zylo's life was claimed by an instant death arrow. Arthur was butchered by a lizardman. Tao make an honorable sacrifice so that Anri could annihilate the Dark Elves. The revengeance was sweet.
Balbaroy and Mae kicked some serious tail in this battle.

We recruit Pelle, a suave man, then we cut to...

Episode 14
Narsha, Zuika, and Mawlock come to a strange machine hole that houses a bunch of ghosts and various undead creatures. Battle!

Battle #14: Ghostbusters!
Egress is not possible.
Battle Deaths: 1
Total Deaths: 11 (10 from previous battles, first and only time for this path)
Zuika does not like the cold. The Will-o-wisps didn't like him too much, it seems.
We stomped their undead arses into the ground, and we gained the following levels:
Narsha - Level 10
Zuika - Level 8
Mawlock - Level 9

Meanwhile, the Shining Force arrives at Pao and we eat some Yogurt to conclude the stream.
Levels!
Dan - Level 11
Tao - Level 9
Hans - Level 10
Luke - Level 11
Lowe - Level 6 (he will be dropped, but he'll stick around to heal for a bit longer)
Gort - Level 9 (he, too, will be dropped, but he'll stick around to axe things a bit longer)
Mae - Level 13(!)
Khris - Level 8
Anri - Level 8
Arthur - Level 10
Balbaroy - Level 10
Zylo - Level 11
Cards Collected: 15.

More will be added sooner or later. Most of the time, I'll record this stuff offline, but future streams will likely be things such as grinding or something silly. I'll also try to have people join me so that we may discuss things as I do this.
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Postby stefanos2k10 » Tue May 01 2018 8:51am

cant wait for next part :) you given up?
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Postby Nyttelost » Fri May 25 2018 5:03am

I haven't given up.
Life interfered, to make it short.

Episodes 15 to 16: The Second Stream
This was recorded on May 24th, 2018. The stream for this is a bit somber, as this comes off the heels of John Bain (TotalBiscuit) passing.
WARNING: SPOILER!


Episodes 15 to 16 were part of the stream that I called "The Stream of Consciousness", where I talked about a couple of things.
Episode 15
We wander around Pao aimlessly and eventually come across our next recruits, a lazy wanker and a flying old man. We use the flying old man, who is inspired by paper planes.

We eventually walk outside after everyone left.

Battle #15: Duel With Elliot
Total Grinding Egresses: 0 (still)
Total Deaths: 11 (no new ones)
We raged across the plains and decimated everyone and everything.
Dan also learned to activate sky lasers. That was funny.

We defeat Elliot and recruit Mawlock, Narsha, and Zuika. We use all three of them.

Episode 16
We land in the resettled Pao, and we hatch an egg.
Domingo!
He's a flying jellyfish creature!
Domingo!
He sings the song of his people!
Domingo!
That's all he says in this game!
Domingo!
That's Spanish for Sunday!
Guntz!

Wait, that wasn't Domingo. Guntz is here!
We recruit him too.
They then sit on the bench for eternity.

HA! Just kidding, they get put in as well.

We get the Blaze Bomb and blow open a wall...

Battle #16: 1-2-3 PUNCH!
Total Grinding Egresses: 0 (still!)
Total Deaths: 11 (no new ones)
I got super lucky with the Power Ring and made Kokichi dominate while taking double turns thanks to Mawlock. Domingo also does pretty well.

We storm Uranbatol and recruit Earnest as a random guest/friend pops in for the end of the stream!

Levels are as follows:
Dan - 13
Tao - 10
Luke - 13
Mae - 14
Anri - 9
Balbaroy - 12
Kokichi - 12
Narsha - 10
Mawlock - 9
Zuika - 9
Domingo - 3
Guntz - 8
Cards Collected: 20

Guntz might get switched out in the future. Same goes for Anri, but I'm not sure yet.
The next stream might be in another week assuming that I don't record individual episodes before then... I recorded Episode 17.

Episode 17
We swap out Guntz for Earnest after we obtain Guntz's card pretty easily. Earnest is destined to kick some rear, and we need to help him achieve this goal. So... onward!

Battle #17: Earnest's Big Break
Total Grinding Egresses: 0
Total Battle Deaths: 12 (1 in this episode)
Anri was killed by artillery fire.
Earnest was powered up by Narsha and Mawlock in order to destroy his targets. We also witness the effect of Boost, which weren't terribly great for Tao at this stage.

We then hop on a boat after being accosted by Dark Sun- I mean Darksol and immediately flee from a battle before engaging in anything. The sea will have its time. No worries.

Resting levels:
Dan - 13
Tao - 10
Luke - 13
Mae - 14
Anri - 10
Balbaroy - 13
Kokichi - 12
Narsha - 11
Mawlock - 10
Zuika - 10
Domingo - 4
Earnest - 11
Cards Collected: 22. We snagged Balbazak's card while we were here.

Grind Stream Extreme #1 will be on Tuesday, May 29, at 9 PM EST!
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