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Permalink  •  August 15, 2015, 01:56:24 PM
Re: Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold
« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2015, 01:56:24 PM »



Did anyone ever doubt it?

Marion
I've never heard of that name before. Is it some foreign tongue, perhaps...? Regardless, it has a nice ring to it. ...Well, that aside, it's time for you to register explorers with your guild. You can also register yourself, and personally explore the Labyrinth alongside your allies, if you wish. ...But as the head of the Explorers Guild, I will give you one piece of advice. Choose your members wisely, as you may only register up to 25 members with your guild.


I've never actually heard of anyone using every slot they're given. For now, I plan on registering just five to form a party, but if it ever seems like it's the best idea to change party members, I'll pull from other suggestions that didn't make the cut to begin with. I certainly plan on doing the best I can with just these five, though!

Speaking of "these five", here are the first five members of guild LANDSHARX!







Five beautiful blank slates. Though they might start taking on personalities as the game goes on...

By the way, that's a fancy long name for the most basic bow in the game. What does "suzumekoyumi" mean anyway? The description is just "a small bow made from trees and vines growing around the city. Easy to handle". I'll just assume it means something like "bush league".

Marion
Hm... looks like that's all the forms. Congratulations--you're now an officially registered guild. There are inns specifically for explorers in High Lagaard. You can leave your goods there, and prepare for your exploration. But before you head to the Labyrinth, I suggest you stop at the Duke's Palace. I won't keep you further. Farewell.




And with that, the town is mostly open to us.



Like good boys and girls, we just head straight for the Duke's place to get the party started.



We're greeted by a bearded old man.

Dubois
I bid you welcome to the Grand Duchy of High Lagaard. Within this palace, the Duke himself presides over our fair nation. I am Minister Dubois, vassal to the esteemed Duke. I am charged with the governance of High Lagaard. My duties range from managing civic affairs to overseeing the explorers that investigate the Labyrinth.

You are, I see, another band of hopeful explorers come to make your mark in the forest... However, only official citizens of Lagaard are allowed past the Labyrinth's 1st floor. I'm afraid you must pass a test of our devising in order to register as a citizen. Are you prepared to accept the mission?




I'm all about leaving my mark. Let's do this!

Dubois
...Hm, I'm glad to hear it. Helping explorers become stronger is beneficial for us, as well. You see, the Duke himself has given the order to have the Labyrinth fully explored. Our ultimate aim is to find the floating castle of legend. Of course, it may only be a myth... But surely chasing myths and legends is at the very core of an explorer's purpose, yes? If you find the floating castle, you will be greatly rewarded... and if you wish it, even ennobled.

...But I'm getting ahead of myself. First, you must accomplish this mission and prove your ability.


To find that floating castle, has anyone tried... you know, looking up? Just looking in the sky for floating castles?



LANDSHARX accepts its first mission. Goody!

Dubois
You have untertaken a mission to create a basic map of the Labyrinth's 1st floor. It is essential that you master mapmaking skills before going too far into the Labyrinth. And one thing more... I'd like you to bring back a token from one of the treasure boxes on the 1st floor. Don't fret overmuch. I'm sure you'll stumble upon it naturally as you walk the Labyrinth drawing your map. The guard on the Labyinth's 1st floor will have more details for you.

When you have proven your worth in this challenge, report back to me... I will confirm you as citizens of the Grand Duchy and approve your travel through the forest. Take this parchment. It is blank now... but someday you will fill it with the forest's secrets.






It's not much of a map right now, of course.



We also swing by the inn and shop. None of them say anything interesting. I save my game and buy a few things.



Beasts can't equip most types of armor. So that's the drawback to that high HP!



I also meet the guy who runs the bar. You can come here to accept smaller missions but they're not available until I complete the first mission from the Duchy.



I also talk to some people in the bar.

Novice dark hunter
*sigh* ...I bought all these new weapons, but I just can't find one that feels right... At this rate, my adventuring career is over... *sigh* I guess I'll have to go track down my old whip. It must still be in the forest...


Hey, if you don't want any of those weapons...



Most NPCS have some sort of useful info.



Anyway, there will be plenty of time to get to know the townspeople later on. For now, it's into the labyrinth!
Scrow Funk
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Permalink  •  August 15, 2015, 02:12:07 PM
Re: Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold
« Reply #16 on: August 15, 2015, 02:12:07 PM »

By the way, that's a fancy long name for the most basic bow in the game. What does "suzumekoyumi" mean anyway? The description is just "a small bow made from trees and vines growing around the city. Easy to handle". I'll just assume it means something like "bush league".

Suzume koyumi is written as 雀小弓 (lit. sparrow, short, bow) and is just a name for a type of very small bow. Atlus has a bad habit of "all according to keikaku" type translations like this and really p*sses me the fuck off, TBH.

Permalink  •  August 15, 2015, 02:25:50 PM
Re: Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold
« Reply #17 on: August 15, 2015, 02:25:50 PM »

I like stuff like that for the occasional legendary weapon or for weapons like katanas but yeah, no idea why they wouldn't just go with the direct translation for a beginner item (especially since "sparrow bow" would be a cute name). Oh well! We'll probably be upgrading to a "Sling" before long anyway.
Permalink  •  August 22, 2015, 12:34:54 PM
Re: Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold
« Reply #18 on: August 22, 2015, 12:34:54 PM »



It's time to get this show on the road.



I've been invited to a party up on 30F!* Oh boy! Here I come! Wait for me!

* At least I think that's how high the floors go in this game.

Sunlight pours through the lush, green leaves on the trees high above your head... The sight overwhelms all who see it for the first time... The Yggdrasil Labyrinth. This forest maze exists within Yggdrasil, the tree that looms over the city of High Lagaard. As you marvel at its beauty, a guard appears before you.




Can it, dweeb! Can't you see I'm busy marveling?



:fuckyou:

Guard
I'm in the Grand Duchy's guard corps. We help explorers like yourself on the missions. I'll get right to the point. Shall we begin your first trial to become officially recognized? You can start by taking the path leading east from here.




Blah blah blah. Basically he wants us to get the thing that we told ol' *scrolls up to the last post, then back down* Dubois that we'd be getting.




*draws giant penis in red box, hands map back smugly*



I don't remember how normal this is for the series. I do know that I feel kind of silly having bought a few from the shop a bit ago!



*reaches into giant floating golden chest, pulls out tiny vial of nectar*

By the way, I'm going to just show the map randomly in screenshots without really mentioning it so you can see how things are going down there.



"Check out this vine I found, nyo-ho~"

You saw no such vines on the other nearby trees... On closer inspection, you realize it is actually a whip. The whip is tangled in the branches overhead. You assume that its owner gave up on it when it could not be extricated. You may try to recover the whip, or ignore it and be on your way.


How does this even happen? Was some dude trying to use it to swing from branches or something?



Violence seems like the kind of crazy guy who wants to climb a tree to retrieve the whip.

Violence grasps the trunk firmly with their hands and feet, managing to reach the base of the branches. Now that Violence is up there, you must decide what to do next...




Violence brandishes their survival knife and begins hacking at the branch. The repeated slashing results in a large cut in the branch. At length, Violence pushes down on the branch's tip, causing it to snap and fall to the ground along with the whip.




Though your methods were a bit inelegant, you succeed in retrieving the whip! But as Violence returns to the ground, feeling satisfied with a job well done, they notice something amiss. The loud noise of the repeated chopping has attracted nearby monsters! There's no chance of escape. You prepare for battle as the monsters close in!




Here's a battle screenshot, just because.



So I guess now we're carrying around a branch with a whip tangled into it.



This forest is just full of excitement!



Anyway there was a shiny thing (turned out to be a Medica II) in a flower. But the real takeaway here is that Violence is a crazy motherfucker. It didn't even let me choose a character this time. He just stepped up on his own, got a face full of pollen, and sneezed so hard he took 15 damage.



Here's another battle screenshot.



This is the thing we were asked to get.



Go ahead and make your best "eerie cry" and pretend it came from this post.



Now picture the "eerie cry" you made coming from this deer!



In the Japanese version, FOE just stands for Field-On Enemy. In English, though it's not always mentioned, it stands for Formido Oppugnatura Exsequens. That's some pro-tier localization right there.

Fun fact: Before the 3DS came along with its fancy polygons, FOEs were shown as floating orange balls that turn red when they notice you.

And now that you know that, you can learn the rest from this informational video:

Click to load


Of course, you can't really appreciate FOEs until you get your shit kicked by one you weren't looking out for. I'm sure that'll happen sooner or later in this playthrough! :foe:



Anyway, I have no trouble getting past this guy. He just goes in circles.



Sup



"Get back here and fight me like a man, ya fuckin coward!"



What could possibly go wrong?



Nothing goes wrong this time. But the water you find in these games isn't always good for you!



This water IS good, though, so I leave a very descriptive note here.



Anyway, the other FOEs were similarly easy to avoid.



After showing the guard the wooden thing I found, he asks to see the map.



U WOT M8




I don't know how it calculates completion but painting in some empty squares did the job.



After fighting one more battle to get to level 2, we outta here.



I report the completed quest and mash A through some boring "you did it" conversation.



The experience from completing the quest is worth a whole level! :wow:

And that's it for now. Next time I'll be exploring 2F I guess!
Permalink  •  August 22, 2015, 02:29:52 PM
Re: Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold
« Reply #19 on: August 22, 2015, 02:29:52 PM »

Special: "The Deer Hunter"

Permalink  •  August 22, 2015, 03:03:40 PM
Re: Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold
« Reply #20 on: August 22, 2015, 03:03:40 PM »

Special: "Vs. Deer: Round 1"



Just for the hell of it, here's my honest attempt at fighting this menace with a level 3 party.

I think this fight is doable with this party if I allocate my remaining skill points, buy better equipment, make fewer mistakes, and get a bit luckier. (is one blind arrow actually blinding it too much to ask?)

I'm just going to come back after clearing 2F, though. For my health!
Permalink  •  August 22, 2015, 04:13:07 PM
Re: Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold
« Reply #21 on: August 22, 2015, 04:13:07 PM »

I'm posting this part early so you guys can get started.



Name our restaurant. 9 characters max.
« Last Edit: August 22, 2015, 04:14:40 PM by Soaprman »
Permalink  •  August 22, 2015, 05:02:05 PM
Re: Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold
« Reply #22 on: August 22, 2015, 05:02:05 PM »

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Permalink  •  August 22, 2015, 05:31:47 PM
Re: Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold
« Reply #23 on: August 22, 2015, 05:31:47 PM »



Before finishing 1F and proceeding to 2F, I stop by the shop and buy one of these since they're available now.



I also accept all the quests available.



Just completing one is almost enough to get my party to level 4! You shouldn't ever have to grind in this game if you do the sidequests.



Takin' a walk through Deer Ass Alley



But I just bought one...



They added a "floor jump" feature in Etrian Odyssey Untold that lets you jump to stairways on the map. It's nice to have it for backtracking, even though there are plenty of shortcuts already (assuming you find them all).



"I'm a GODDAMN LEGEND" is definitely one of the best NPC lines I've seen in a long time.



I also return the dude's whip.



Sure, why not? Not like she was using that dagger much anyway.



O.Josamma is also our only party member who can equip shields (we got this from another quest). It's kind of surprising how few classes can equip shields, actually!



Here, beast. Equip this hat made of beast hide!



Fire Gun: The gun whose name is also its instruction manual!







With 1F mostly filled in, I rested until night for the trip to 2F.



We started at 1F now we here



You don't have to tell me twice! But during the stone age...



Sup



Yeah, we've basically arrived in Dinosaur Land.



haaaaaaaaay



This avenue looks pretty promising!



The cool thing about mapping in this game is once you're past the check on 1F to make sure you know what you're doing, you can map however you want. Symbols mean what you want them to mean, etc. I'm going to be using this dark green to show stuff that is impassable but not actually a wall. Or at least until I decide I want to use the dark green for something else!



Etrian Odyssey Pro Tip: Kill venomous enemies first. Poison hurts like a motherfucker (it can even be a one-hit KO sometimes) in this series.



I ain't about to make a fancy gif or anything but basically I step forward to lure him to this side (he steps toward me every turn) then step back and lead him around the barrier in the middle to get by.



Sure, why not...



Shiny mole!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Shiny enemies (officially called "rare breeds") are worth 5x the experience but they like to run away and they're also a good bit stronger (and they get an additional strength boost each turn, with no limit). Shiny FOEs also exist but killing them often isn't practical because of the strength boosting they get.

Anyway, it's around this time that I find a shortcut back to the entrance to 2F and return to town to heal and sell my materials.



You're damn right we are.



Great! I can't wait to see Dubois again!



I'm going to skip like 20 dialogue boxes and just tell you that he wants us to help run the town café to help grow Lagaard.




Then I'm going to skip about 30 dialogue boxes to get us here! Hooray!

Right now I'm stuck between LANDSNAX (suggested in chat) and FLAVRTOWN. I'll be open to suggestions for just a little bit longer (an hour, tops) because I want to get more playing in tonight.

P.S. Let me know if you really want to see any of that dialogue and I'll add it in or something. Or you can open one of the images and keep changing the number in the filename to read the dialogue yourself since it's all uploaded. I just don't feel like typing it all or linking the images since it's nothing exciting (just a bit of lore about the recipes and an introduction to Regina).
Permalink  •  August 22, 2015, 07:32:39 PM
Re: Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold
« Reply #24 on: August 22, 2015, 07:32:39 PM »



As Scrow said in the chat, gotta stay on brand.



This place does have a use. The ingredients found at take/mine/chop points can be used to cook stuff to help you out.



I wonder where I get red meat from. Just kidding! I know exactly where I get red meat from.

It's time to pay our old friend a visit.

Special: "Vs. Deer: Round 2"



This round went way better. I have slightly better stuff, I generally played better, and I even remembered to use my force skills near the end!

I learned a lot about the party in this fight too. You can see me improvising and changing my plan as the fight progresses. This fight will be a big influence on how I develop the party members going forward and what roles I have them fill.



We got our red meat right here! Also a nice chunk of EXP.



Hey guys! Guys! You're not gonna believe me but I discovered a giant deer in the Labyrinth!



we outta here



We sure were! Gotta get that TP back, nam sayin?



Regina
I was just carrying some things back to LANDSNAX. I guess these are more meant for your benefit than mine, though. You all should come by the cafe when you can. There's something I want to tell you.


Yeah, that's nice and all, but we really need to refill our TP!



Time for a snooze and a time-of-day change.



Let's see what's cookin' in LANDSNAX!



She says a bunch of stuff about grimoire stones. Basically they're just things that can be found in chests or during battle that you can equip to learn or power up your moves.



Unfortunately, I don't have any vegetable sprouts yet, so the deer's going to stay raw for today!



Also we can view our Guild Card now. So here it is. This is probably the last time I will check our guild card because nobody cares.

Anyway that's it for now. Later we'll finish 2F or something.
« Last Edit: August 22, 2015, 07:51:12 PM by Soaprman »
Permalink  •  August 24, 2015, 09:24:12 PM
Re: Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold
« Reply #25 on: August 24, 2015, 09:24:12 PM »

If anyone is even reading, tell me what you think so far. Does this seem like a game worth imagefesting? I'm getting the impression that it's not, seeing as not a word I've written that isn't a name request has been commented on so far.

I'll be continuing the playthrough no matter what, but if it's not good reading then I'll just keep it to myself since it's way more comfortable to play when I'm not tied to the computer and needing to make sure I screenshot key things.

If I don't hear back in the next day or two I'll just call it a failed experiment and move on.
Permalink  •  August 25, 2015, 01:42:49 AM
Re: Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold
« Reply #26 on: August 25, 2015, 01:42:49 AM »

I'm enjoying it. I didn't want to interrupt sections with posts and I didn't feel as if I had anything to comment on yet, and if there was I just shouted it in POSchat.
Also it's quite early into the game so there's not much action going on, but here's what I think so far:

  • The tavernkeep man is cute, but his face looks really strange but that's probably just because of the art style of this series being trash.
  • I like how you took one name from each person who suggested so we're all on a posadventure.
  • Violence is cute. :yeah!:
  • Violence gained a personality within the first couple of posts. :yeah!:
  • The beginning plays out exactly like the other games in the series, which is both a good and a bad thing.
  • The restaurant place is new to me, hopefully it won't be dumb and also stupid (in multiple different ways). What exactly is the use to it besides items, does the food give buffs (in Star Ocean, Cooking is one of the item crafting things you can do. I've only played 3 and 4 but in those games food is a special set of items that you can use only when you're not in battle and they give long lasting stat buffs and the such).
  • The entire game seems to be playing out exactly like the other games of the series lol.
  • I would enjoy more explanation on things (weapons, items, mechanics, etc.). Makes it feel more "offical", lets me learn more about the game through an easy to read and understand medium, and it would allow people who are not very versed in this game/series who happen to be reading this understand what's going on.
  • The Special Feature Videos are cool. Keep doing that sometimes.
  • Why does the restaurant call coffee "tea".
  • I don't know about any fights or dungeons coming up so I'm looking forward to those.
  • Enjoy everyone being at synchronized EXP because that's not going to last lol!!
  • I'd like to see more of a class rundown. What someone can do, what they will be able to do, how many different ways can they go, etc. Most of my experience with Etrian Odyssey was 4 and I'm seeing a lot of new classes and some weird skill shufflings arounds.


:quotesentireimagefest: Nice Post!

[7:40:34 PM] soaprman: um.... like *flicks hair for a minute straight* i wasnt like... talkin to u

Scrow Funk
  • wheres the beef
Permalink  •  August 25, 2015, 07:51:28 AM
Re: Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold
« Reply #27 on: August 25, 2015, 07:51:28 AM »

This is a good thread and I'm reading along.

Permalink  •  August 25, 2015, 10:42:21 AM
Re: Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold
« Reply #28 on: August 25, 2015, 10:42:21 AM »

Yeah I just haven't posted because I haven't had anything to say, but this is a Good Fest

and if the game was for a system I had I would consider getting it because it looks fun!
Permalink  •  August 25, 2015, 12:10:03 PM
Re: Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold
« Reply #29 on: August 25, 2015, 12:10:03 PM »

Cool, glad to hear you guys are enjoying it. This isn't going to be split up into formal "parts" or "chapters" like my past imagefests have so if you ever want to say something, just say it.

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I like how you took one name from each person who suggested so we're all on a posadventure.

Not entirely accurate, only because there were more people suggesting party names than there are party members. Jack's suggestion of "Ol' Hank" for War Magus 3 got beaten by "Wakamoto", and neither of SV's suggestions were used. There will be opportunities to use those names though, so don't worry! (One of them is coming up really soon)

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Violence gained a personality within the first couple of posts. :yeah!:

The other characters will be getting their moments, too!

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The restaurant place is new to me, hopefully it won't be dumb and also stupid (in multiple different ways). What exactly is the use to it besides items, does the food give buffs (in Star Ocean, Cooking is one of the item crafting things you can do. I've only played 3 and 4 but in those games food is a special set of items that you can use only when you're not in battle and they give long lasting stat buffs and the such).

Yeah, the cooking fulfills the same role as the food in 3 and 4. It just gives long-lasting small buffs (HP regen, attack up, material drop rate up, etc.) that last until you sleep at the inn, exit the labyrinth, etc.

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I would enjoy more explanation on things (weapons, items, mechanics, etc.). Makes it feel more "offical", lets me learn more about the game through an easy to read and understand medium, and it would allow people who are not very versed in this game/series who happen to be reading this understand what's going on.
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I'd like to see more of a class rundown. What someone can do, what they will be able to do, how many different ways can they go, etc. Most of my experience with Etrian Odyssey was 4 and I'm seeing a lot of new classes and some weird skill shufflings arounds.

Sure. I'll work some explanations of our current party's capabilities into one of my next posts. Then maybe as times goes on I'll explain the classes we didn't pick too to tell you what we're missing out on.

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Why does the restaurant call coffee "tea".

Looks like I shouldn't have skipped some of that dialogue! I'll get back to this.

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Enjoy everyone being at synchronized EXP because that's not going to last lol!

I'm honestly surprised I've made it to 3F and taken down a Ragelope already without anyone dying. Things usually don't go so well. I'm not attached to synchronized EXP, but I know there are people who are! Maybe I'll put a "trigger warning" on my first screenshot of desynced EXP...

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The Special Feature Videos are cool. Keep doing that sometimes.

I plan on at least doing them with bosses and more interesting FOEs. I'll work in silly ones where I can, too.

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Your entire post

Nice Post!

I didn't want to front-load the thread with tons of explanatory stuff but it sounds like I should swing just a bit back in that direction. I'll be a little less aggressive with dialogue skipping, too.
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