THE TROUBLESHOOTER: RMVX game in progress. Teaser demo inside!
Archaon is working on a game. A GRAND game of EPIC proportions.
What is the nature of this game, you ask?
Well, as you might have surmised, it is named "The Troubleshooter", and you can read some of the details on it below.
This is a semi-parody/comedy game. It is designed to poke some harmless fun at the various aspects of roleplaying games, and indeed games in general, whilst (hopefully) still providing a reasonably entertaining plot and a fun, enjoyable overall gaming experience.
The multiverse of video games is a curious phenomenon indeed. The dimensional borders that exist between game worlds are thin enough that the beings contained within them are aware of the characters living in other worlds, but strong enough to keep each world discrete, completely sealed off from one another. You won't ever see Sonic the Hedgehog stomping Goombas in the Mushroom Kingdom, nor is Samus Aran, heroine of the Metroid universe, ever likely to find herself exploring the fields of Hyrule.
At least, not until recently, when the dimensional barriers began to weaken and dissipate.
Nobody is certain what brought this about. However, it is likely related to the sudden appearance of a mysterious substance known as "Glitchfire". This eerie, scintillating mist has a catastrophic effect on both living and inert matter in the video game world, causing horrible fractures in its very existence, then filling the gaps with the essence of other game worlds, spawning warped, chimeric landscapes and freakishly mutated creatures, many of which are rendered incurably insane.
Worse still, some of the more villainous characters have embraced Glitchfire, learning to harness its dark, chaotic power and using it to merge with like-minded evildoers to become super powered hybrids that even the mightiest of heroes struggle to fight off.
The result is total apocalyptic mayhem, the likes of which the multiverse cannot withstand. If it continues, all will be laid to ruin.
There is but one sliver of hope.
Sealed deep within an ancient labyrinth is a sacred weapon known as "The Debugger", created long ago as a precaution against this very disaster. It has the power to cleave through Glitchfire, purging it from the land and undoing its ill effects, restoring order to the world once again.
However, only one being is capable of wielding the Debugger; a single, divine warrior hailing from a dimension that remains a mystery to the residents of the video game multiverse.
The dimension of "reality".
None of this is known to you as a powerful thunderstorm rouses you from your slumber in the middle of the night. As far as you are concerned, video games are nothing more than an entertaining pastime with which you have an unhealthy obsession. However, as you muddle blearily through your decrepit, dilapidated apartment searching for something to occupy your time till the morning, you will soon realise that there is far more to these seemingly innocent virtual worlds than you ever could have imagined.
The game world of "The Troubleshooter" is, in a manner of speaking, "the game world". It takes place in an epic amalgam of video game locations, fused together by the chaotic influence of Glitchfire and often warped into twisted parodies of themselves. Chaos reigns supreme, with corrupted, bloodthirsty monsters running amok and geography seemingly having a mind of its own. Worse, there seems to be no telling when and where the Glitchfire will strike next; it appears to come and go as it pleases, and only a scant few safe locations remain. Even then, they are unlikely to remain safe for very long. Those who have not embraced the anarchy are rapidly beginning to lose hope.
This is not "post-apocalypse"; this IS apocalypse. The only question is, can it be stopped?
This is just a small selection of the multitude of characters that will appear in the game, as party members and otherwise. I may add more as time goes on, but I don't want to give away too much. Please note that listed skills/overdrives are not finalised, and are likely to change over time.
A student by name, but not really by nature. Your overwhelming obsession with video games has seriously compromised both your studies and your social life, and your part-time job as an assistant in a gaming store is the only thing allowing you to scrape by and feed your habit.
Recently, you have begun to experience strange dreams, dreams so vivid that you often have to take a moment to assure yourself that none of them are real after awakening. In these dreams you see visions of the worlds of the games you have played, peaceful and normal one moment and warped beyond comprehension the next. In others, you drift through an endless, dark void whilst quiet voices whisper in your head, asking you questions about yourself; questions that you invariably feel compelled to answer.
You have tried to shrug these occurrences off as a mere side-effect of your frequent gaming, but a small part of your mind that you are unable to silence insists, constantly, that there is something more to them. Perhaps your mental health is at stake, or perhaps it is something else...
What is in store for you? Will you fulfil your destiny, or are you simply falling inexorably towards a "Game Over"?
Bobby the Bob-Omb is not a happy bunny. Although most Bob-Ombs are simple-minded creatures not predisposed to pondering the nature of their existence, Bobby was born (don't ask) with an unusually keen mind, and quickly found himself growing thoroughly discontent with his inescapable role as a living explosive device.
The whole "Armageddon" thing hasn't done much to improve his mood.
Bobby is cynical, world-weary and somewhat foul-mouthed, but when you get right down to his highly volatile gunpowder core, he's not really a bad guy. He just has a short fuse.
Bobby's normal attacks might not pack much of a punch, but he more than makes up for that with his explosive skillset. Pick anything in his repertoire and watch as he obliterates your foes, but be warned; these abilities are costly. Exploding takes a lot out of a guy, after all.
Short Fuse: Lowers DEF, but increases ATK and AGI.
Dud: Greatly boosts DEF, but Bobby cannot explode for the remainder of the battle. Use with caution.
Wind-up: Adds damage to next explosion attack.
Explode: A high-powered attack that punches through armour.
Incendiary Bomb: Deals heavy fire damage and enemy continues to burn over time.
EM Bomb: Stuns mechanical enemies.
Chemical Bomb: Inflicts poison damage and status effects.
Bombing Run: Attacks all enemies with an explosion.
Antimatter Bomb: Inflicts a massive MP drain.
Neutron Bomb: Heavy damage to all enemies with a chance of severe poisoning.
Bomb Squad: Ultimate overdrive. Summons a Bob-Omb horde to destroy all foes.
Yes, it's that Navi. The infamous, oh-so helpful fairy sidekick from "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time."
As patient and compassionate of a hero as Link may be, he is still only flesh and blood, and so it should come as no surprise that he has long since ditched Navi as an utterly insufferable nuisance. With little else to do with her life, she now seeks out other potential candidates to "assist" by alerting them to painfully obvious threats and distracting them at inopportune moments.
Unfortunately, not everyone is as tolerant as Link is, and what with the Glitchfire cataclysm threatening to consume the world, tempers are rising high. Also, flyswatters seem to be going for really cheap these days. Suffice it to say, she hasn't had an awful lot of luck.
Navi may be annoying, but at least in battle you can direct her towards your adversaries. She can harass, befuddle and enrage enemies, keeping them occupied while you busy yourself with chopping them up. Her ability to heal is not to be sniffed at either, and her small size makes her very difficult to hit.
Distract: Lowers DEF of one enemy.
Heal: Restores HP of one party member.
Irritate: Causes one enemy to attack Navi to the exclusion of everyone else.
Infuriate: Inflicts Berserk status.
Mass Heal: Restores HP of all party members.
Z-Targeting: Affected enemy can no longer evade.
Bewilder: Inflicts Confusion status.
Fairy Resurrection: Restores one ally to life with full HP.
A noble knight. A cunning samurai. A vicious axe-murderer. Kid Chameleon is all of these things, and more.
Years of assuming alternative personalities at the drop of a hat (in a very literal sense) have left Kid Chameleon with a severe case of "identity crisis", and he has begun to wonder if the tough, coolheaded teenaged boy that conquered an evil virtual reality game and freed countless other kids from its clutches is truly the real him.
This has been severely exacerbated through his witnessing of the effects of Glitchfire. Being unsure of himself was bad enough, but being unsure of the whole world and everyone in it as well has all but unhinged him. Will he be able to overcome his inner turmoil and collect himself enough to aid the Troubleshooter in saving the world? Only time will tell.
Kid Chameleon is an extremely versatile character, able to draw on the abilities conferred by his numerous power helmets to adapt to almost any situation. You won't regret making him a part of your group.
Knight's Valour: Boosts DEF.
Samurai's Skill: Boosts AGI.
Murderer's Wrath: Boosts ATK.
Cyclops' Focus: Boosts SPI.
Berserker Rage: Huge ATK boost, but also inflicts berserk status.
Diamond Shield: Halves inflicted damage for one ally.
Cyclone's Gale: Blows one enemy out of combat.
Diamond Wall: Halves inflicted damage to all allies.
Skycutter's Charge: Attacks one enemy. Heavy damage.
Diamond Rain: A hailstorm that strikes enemies repeatedly throughout the battle.
Maniaxe's Slaughter: Throws many axes at random enemies.
Juggernaut's Skullstorm: I'M THE JUGGERNAUT, BITCH. Ultimate Overdrive.
Simirror is an rather vain and self-absorbed individual, which is really only natural when you spend so much time around mirrors. An inordinate amount of time, in fact; Simirror's obsession with mirrors and reflective surfaces of any kind borders on the fetishistic. He fancies himself to be a inspired poet, a refined artiste, and a variety of other things that he really doesn't even come close to being.
One thing he definitely is, though, is an extremely talented magician. If you don't mind putting up with his egocentricity, Simirror will make a potent addition to your party.
Mirror Blast: Standard magical attack. Hits one enemy.
Looking Glass: Boosts Hit% of all allies.
Bad Luck: Sharply lowers Luck of one enemy.
Reflect: Bounces magical attacks back to the user. Affects one ally.
Invisibility: Enemies attacking an invisible character always have at least a 50% miss chance. Affects one ally.
Mass Reflect: Casts Reflect on all allies.
Mass Invisibility: Take a wild guess.
Hall of Mirrors: Confuses all enemies.
Improved Reflect: Reflects both magical and physical attacks. Only works once!
Mirror Clone: Summons a weaker copy of Simirror to fight for you.
Mirror Copy: Summons an identical copy of Simirror.
Self-Reflection: Summons an improved copy of Simirror.
Infinite Regress: Ultimate overdrive. Bombards all enemies with non-elemental magic.
Please note that due to the damnable character limit, I've had to split this post in two. You can find the rest of it towards the bottom of this page.
He may be a brutal, backstabbing cur with an unquenchable mercenary spirit, but even Kano knows when a situation has become bad enough for men like him to put aside some of their more malicious tendencies for a while and try to set things right.
Kano is probably only interested in stopping the Glitchfire cataclysm in the name of self-preservation, but he values his own hide enough that this will be just enough to ensure his loyalty, should you manage to earn it. If you do then be prepared to sit back and watch him pummel your enemies into a bloody pulp with quick-fire combos and devastating finishing moves.
Knife Throw: Inflicts a set amount of damage according to knife equipped, regardless of DEF.
Cannonball: A high-damage, inaccurate attack.
Knife Salvo: Throws knives at all enemies.
Uppercut: Removes one enemy from battle.
Shredder: Hits one enemy repeatedly with knife.
Lasik: Inflicts fire damage and reduces target's accuracy.
Cannonball Storm: Cannonball attack that hits all enemies randomly.
Spider Crush: Inflicts heavy poison damage and drains HP.
Dial-A-Combo: Input a button sequence for a three-hit combo.
Button Mash: Input a button sequence for a seven-hit combo.
Brutality: Input a button sequence for an 11-hit combo.
Fatality: Ultimate overdrive. Huge damage with a chance of instant death and light showers.
Last edited by Archaon; 03-24-2009 at 02:20 AM.