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One Square At A Time

July 29, 2019 by Tim


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NNextremNN
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NNextremNN

Just play without permanent death?
I mostly play for the story anyway and don’t have the time for perfection.
I also created couples which I thought were fun or would make a good fit and not create the perfect offspring.

p.s. yes I know neither of these have been features of the first games.

James Rye
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James Rye

Or he could just savescum like every 5 minutes.^^

NNextremNN
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NNextremNN

Not sure about the new game but if you’re not playing on an emulator with save-states you can only save before or after mission and during only to shut down the system. So savescuming means restarting a mission as soon as something goes wrong. And I already had to do this to not accidentally missing or killing potential companions.

Permadeath is still an interesting option for those who like this kind of thing.

ArdentSlacker
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ArdentSlacker

As an older guy… yeah, restarting a mission as soon as a thing goes wrong sounds right. It is just… the only way to do it, because you can’t eliminate RNG.

Jaysburn
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Jaysburn

You do only save before missions, but the last few Fire Emblem games have had a feature that allows you to rewind time during battle a set number of times. You get more uses of it per battle as the game goes on.

BakaGrappler
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BakaGrappler

He’s referring to Echoes. It was introduced there I think, and carries over to Houses.

Jaysburn
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Jaysburn

Hmm I thought Fates had it too, but apparently just Echoes and now this game.

The Legacy
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The Legacy

But I thought Ethan was already playing without permanent death? πŸ˜‰

Havok
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Havok

Hey Tim. When are you going to bring back CS-GO guy (I can’t remember his name right now). Didn’t really get him when you first introduced him but since i’ve been getting into CS for the past few years i kinda miss him now.

Ven
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Ven

That would be Rob, good sir.

Ashi
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Ashi

Rob works at Satan’s-Poop-Depository-I-mean-Megagame

Eldest Gruff
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Alaris
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Alaris

Rob works at the other game store in this continuity. He has popped up a couple of times.

Leon
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Leon

If only life was turn-based…….

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Technically it is… Of course some old CRPGs (thankfully only a few) had time-limited turns that had you auto-wait if you didn’t do anything for 5 seconds or so.

Eldest Gruff
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Good thinking, but dumb tactics, Ethan. Lucas attacks with arrows, so he’s obviously an archer. Don’t just sit there in range; you need to either dart in close or hang back.

TheMistDevil
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TheMistDevil

Love the D&D easter egg.

Egas
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Egas

It’s a Fire Emblem reference, and it’s not really subtle enough to be an easter egg.

Chunky
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Chunky

There is a players handbook poster behind Lucas

Egas
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Egas

Ah, damn. It’s right in the corner, near his elbow on the first panel, right?

I thought that TheMistDevil meant the whole “one square at a time” thing, as D&D can be square-based if played on a map, although hexagons are more common.

Chunky
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Chunky

It’s behind Ethan
Got my wires crossed

Caleb
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Caleb

And this is why I don’t like permadeath. Too much stress, I just wanna enjoy the gameplay and story and not have my heart torn from my chest if things go wrong. I get why some people like it but… I just can’t.

PCO
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PCO

I don’t have adblock, so when I load your site a video taking up 1 quarter of the screen that autoplays (thankfully no audio) pops up. I don’t know why you’ve decided to go this route, but I think it might be better to get a more conventional, less intrusive ad platform…

Hunter
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Hunter

Hey Tim

I heard you’re going to do another Kickstarter.

Do you plan to have a cameo appearance for people who pledge a lot of dollars?

Humson
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Humson

Sorry if you mentioned this before, but which house did you end up going with?

Patrick DiSandro
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Patrick DiSandro

Wait, I thought he hated JRPGs? Possibilities abound! 1) He started trying jrpgs to impress Emily. He’s still trying some in case they get back together. 2) He jumped on the new Fire Emblem game because despite constantly mocking the mainstream stores, he’s a slut for whatever the current ‘in’ game is. Will next page be Lucas informing him that there’s an entire franchise? 3) He has a really weird and hipster-geek definition of gaming genres. In his mind ‘jrpg’ just describes any rpg he doesn’t like. 4) He still doesn’t like jrpgs in general, but a good game is… Read more »

BakaGrappler
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BakaGrappler

So, meta question about the comic. After the end of Ethan Prime’s run, you stated that you were going to use the players for the more “One Off” comics to avoid things happening like they did introducing the Linux user in the house which eventually evolved into a penguin trying to take over the world. You made a big thing about developing personalities for the players, and you kept to using them for a good while. Now Super Ethan’s universe has stabilized story wise, and your one off comics are being told out of the Super-verse and I can’t remember… Read more »

okay
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okay

Ethan: I don’t like JRPGs

Also Ethan: I can’t walk across my own store because I’m so obsessed with a JRPG

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EMMachine
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EMMachine

Never played Fire Emblem, but if gameplay is like Advanced Wars or Wargroove, Lucas could simply have said “End Turn”

Kritoche
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Kritoche

aw yeah. I started genealogy of the holy war and enjoying it very much. hope that other games even more awesome