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If you're reading this and have an emotional connection to JRPGs, anime, giant robots, or something like that...don't be afraid to reach out! πŸ’–

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@jackleveledup Oooh! Pick me, pick me! I love the art and idea of JRPGs but they're so daunting sometimes. I'm working my way through Octopath Traveler right now, maining Primrose. And I LOVE good anime/giant robot recs.

@MmeLibertine I picked Alfyn as my main, but I WISH I would've picked Primrose! She's so cool and her story is by far the most engaging so far. She has a permanent spot on my team as far as I'm concerned

@jackleveledup
Yesssss. I'm still in chapter 1 for the most part. (I'm heckin slow.) But the story is so cute and I actually love the pixel art. I'm digging Therion and H'aanit so much.

@jackleveledup

Are you kidding me? I grew up on JRPGs. Final Fantasy IV blew my mind as a kid, I still have my copies of #RevelationsPersona and #ValkyrieProfile and I've spent my whole adult life writing stories and novels that are basically heavy metal + anime + JRPG meta-fanfic.

#YouAreNotAlone

@starbreaker It might be dramatic of me to say FF4 was "life-changing," but I distinctly remember playing that game and knowing I was hooked on the genre for life. Though if I'm completely honest, 6 is probably the one that really locked me in.

Your stories sounds awesome too - I'm looking forward to seeing your work!

@jackleveledup The reason FFIV grabbed me was that Cecil Harvey possessed a certain complexity that TBH is lacking in most JRPG protagonists.

For those who never played, we meet Cecil Harvey as he and the army he commands flies home after committing a war crime; they attacked and pillaged a peaceful community of magicians, and Cecil has doubts about whether they were right to do so.

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For having questioned his king, Cecil is stripped of his position as captain of the Red Wings and given what was meant to be a suicide mission but only serves to further stain his hands with innocent blood as he unwittingly destroys a village of summoners.

This is pretty much the first hour of a game that came out in 1991, and it features a profoundly flawed protagonist seeking atonement. It was pretty damn heavy at the time.

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PS: More FFIV goodness at legendsoflocalization.com/fina

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@jackleveledup how long have you been here? I definitely already see Mastodon as a success. Having been here since April 2017.

Try writing an #introduction, add hashtags for your interests and then follow them through and see who you find!

@maloki I guess I'd call myself a lapsed lurker. This was my first time actually posting, and it's been going great in these past few minutes alone. Thank you, I appreciate the advice!

@jackleveledup posting is usually the first step.

Again I'd recommend writing a stand alone introduction post, as it will give you clickable links to find other people with similar interests!

@jackleveledup Don't forget to use hashtags to help people find you :)

@jackleveledup @densetsunogomez @adamk678 Kinda frustrating because the last three games in the series have all been action spin offs: the Japan only MMO, Evolved, and now Left Alive.

I heard about Dual Gear potentially being a nice sucessor but that's still in development.

@jackleveledup
Oh hello there :blobowo:
I'm Shad, I like anime, i'm waiting for Voltron s7 and i'm probably gonna spend the night from friday to saturday live-tooting my joy&despair over it. If that didn't scare you... Nice to meet you !

@jackleveledup Right now I'm trying to develop enough of an emotional connection to sleep, to take a nap.

@jackleveledup Been way more peopling going on the last couple of weeks than I'm used to.

@jackleveledup Hey! I love JRPGs! (though I spend most of my time on school and :stardewvalley: right now) As a child my favorite game was #Earthbound and I would break my heart over and over playing #Mother3. Nowadays I stick to #Falcom's games. I love the #Trails / #Kiseki series. If you want, I can rant at you about it. πŸ˜‰ I wanna know what games we have in common!

@lapis Hard to go wrong with Falcom! I've played a handful of Ys games and the English Cold Steel games so far, and have been looking for the right time to play the Sky trilogy. It's been a busy year for me but I'm hoping sometime soonish I can get started on that!

@jackleveledup We're all around you... (Half of us are degenerates who are probably muted on MastSoc, but anyway.)

@jackleveledup taaaaaag those things so people can find your post

idk why i have to tell this to everyone...

@grainloom Appreciate the advice. I have to imagine it's no small task to teach us scrubs that tags are not only okay, but *good* to use on this platform.

Hashtags are kinda dominated by capitalist interests on the largest social media platforms, and I have to imagine the aversion is a result of that association? Just my guess!

@jackleveledup yeah, probably. Some people seem to have this ingrained... thing, where they consider any more than ~3 tags, idk, attention whoring or something.
But we don't have full-text search and even if we did, that wouldn't be enough to group topics, so that leaves tags.

@jackleveledup I have an emotional connection to JRPGs (fave game of all time is Paper Mario N64), no fan of anime, but I make up for it because I LOVE giant robots (and basically all other robots)

@jackleveledup
Hi there!
Not much in your stuff myself, but if i may give my 2 cents worth of advice, have a look through # of your interests.
Wish you to find what & who you're looking for, and a tremendous time in the fediverse.

@CountZero thanks so much for the advice, I'll definitely do that. cheers!

@jackleveledup
Forgot to mention: I quite liked TWEWY and Radiant Historia and Chrono Trigger I guess? Does that count?

@grainloom that absolutely counts, those are some excellent picks!

@jackleveledup !!! I've not thought about Golden Sun in ages. I still feel bad about never finishing the sequel. I should dig my cart up

@Canageek ohhh it's a really great ending too! if you ever get the time I think it would totally be worth it

@jackleveledup Definitely. Really into the Gundam franchise, Mazinger, Getter, Gunbuster, Voltron, etc. I even build a bit of gunpla.

For JRPGs, too many to name, but... Dragon Quest III, Parasite Eve, the Jade Cocoon series, Mother 3, the Lunar series, FF IV, Live a Live, the Shin Megami Tensei games, and TWEWY were all really big games for me growing up.

@jackleveledup @jackleveledup Oh do wanna say that I really liked the use of the DJinns in Golden Sun for puzzle solving. Since there aren't many other JRPGs with that focus that I can think of off the top of my head except for Lufia 2 and Wild Arms 2.

@badwrongfun YESSSSS that's one of my favorite parts! Sounds like I need to play Wild Arms 2 ASAP because I absolutely love the puzzles in Golden Sun and Lufia 2

@jackleveledup Mind you, I think the first three all have that "tools" system. 2 is just the one I remember making the most use out of it. Though 3 definitely has the best story in the series.

@jackleveledup heyyy! i am also always looking for more people to interaact with on here :) also good to see another valkyria chronicles fan!

@shoofle ahhhh for sure, it's one of the best! have you tried out the demo for 4 yet? It's obviously still early to make calls, but my first impression is that it's hitting me in the same ways the original did

@jackleveledup Huge fan of jrpgs here, more for the stories than the mechanics though

@Felthry there's a lot of JRPG fans like yourself! these games are often feel-good stories with enough drama to keep it engaging, but things generally work out positively, and I think that's comforting and neat.

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