Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Moonlit Eve with Tori in Rune Factory by David H.

Another entertaining and well-written excerpt from David H.'s Rune Factory game journal:

Tori: “It’s a beautiful night Mr. Raguna...So...romantic...You know, Mr.
Raguna...It’s nice to do things like this once in awhile...”
Raguna: “Yeah.”
Tori; “I’m happy you asked me out today, Mr. Raguna...Thank you...Um...Mr.
Raguna...Do you...um...you know...like me? Because I...well...I...I..have to
get back...”

Tori departed quickly leaving Raguna alone on the mountaintop. Tori’s LP total [which had only risen to 4 on Fall 16th] was now raised to 5.

Immediately after the date I took Raguna to the Inn to talk to Lady Ann on the
same night:

Lady Ann: “Say Raguna. Be honest with me. What do you think of Tori? Well now
you’re quite taken with her aren’t you? I know it’s not for me to say, but
she’s a real nice girl.”

The following day (Fall 18th) Raguna continued his daily routine with regard to
trying to win Tori’s heart and went to the library. There (as every weekday) he
chatted to Tori, gave her a strawberry and read a couple of books. Before he
left the library he also bought “Steam Cooking” and “Bake Me Tender” from
Russell - Tori’s LP total now was raised to 6 (which makes me think book-buying might raise Tori's LP).

I'm afraid I can't remember the exact pre-date/pre-6PM "You're too early"
dialogue, but it was something like: "Um...Mr. Raguna...You're too early, the
moon isn't out yet..."

Finally (and frivolously) I feel I should point out they are FRESH strawberries
grown in Fall/Autumn in Carmite Cave that Raguna has been lavishing on Tori (and
for that matter also on Melody...and Rosetta...and Lara too...now what was it
Lady Ann said about Lukas the 'poet'? Oh yes, a "plain old womaniser"...Raguna
had better watch his step too!)

Fishing Day by David H.

A very talented writer who enjoys Rune Factory has emailed me some excerpts from his game journals. He gave me permission to post some of the excerpts on this site. Here then is his 'Fishing Day' experience:

Despite it being Raguna's first chance to celebrate 'Fishing Day' he
nevertheless dutifully set about completing his farm chores first. Heading into
'Monster Shed II' he was greeted by his flock of four Woollys who, on seeing him
come in, all formed an orderly, if incredibly fuzzy, row four abreast like a
line of toy soldiers. One animal though was facing in the opposite direction to
the other three (obviously he's the rebellious one to keep an eye on). With a
gentleness that a US Marine Drill Sergeant simply wouldn't comprehend Raguna
went along the neatly assembled row of 'troops' brushing each animal in turn,
each Woolly then gambolling away happily after being brushed. Getting out his
wool clippers he then began to shear each in turn. With three shorn and only
one to go...the last Woolly decided he was Steve McQueen in the movie 'The Great
Escape'...(I'm sure the final animal was that 'rebellious' woolly I mentioned a
moment ago) and decided he
didn't want to be sheared that day and promptly led Raguna on a merry dance
around the monster shed for half an hour (Raguna time) before Raguna finally
manged to corner it near the fodder trough and clip it's fur! Feeling hassled,
Raguna then headed off to the beach and jetty/quayside for a spot of tranquil
and peaceful fishing, no doubt with Dr Edwards' words from the Wool Show
Festival ringing in his ears; "Some people think Woollys are cute, I'm not one
of them."

Friday, September 11, 2009

A Player's version of the Introduction to Iris

A player wrote this version of the 1st meeting with Iris in Rune Factory Frontier. The actual transcript of the Event from my own game journal follows:

One night, when those Moondrop Flowers that had spontaneously appeared were in full bloom, I was watering the wildflowers that grew by the little pond next to my Tower of Rest. I was humming to myself. I thought I heard footsteps and didn’t think anything of it, as the only person who visits is Gelwein and he knows to wait and shut up while I’m watering my flowers. I stopped watering them for a moment and looked out at the town below the Island. “Um,” said the person behind me, who wasn’t Gelwein. I turned around to see whoever was kind enough to visit me. The person behind me couldn’t look any different than Gelwein! He was a kind-looking young man with shaggy brown hair and big blue eyes. I felt him looking me over, too. I could tell he lingered on my eyes, which are pretty strange, as one is red and one is green.
“Good evening!” I greeted him. I probably looked stunning, with the moonlight shining through my white clothes, and my short cape billowing around me.

“Uh, hi, I’m Raguna. I live below the Island,” he said.

“I’m Iris. I live right there,” I chirped., pointing at the Tower.

“Yeah, I’ve seen you out here before, but I couldn’t catch you.” He seemed slightly embarrassed at that.

“Did you plant those flowers?” I asked, pointing to the Moondrops.

“Yeah, how did you know?” Raguna replied.

“Who else would’ve? You’re one of the only people who come up here.”

He wasn’t paying attention enough to wonder about the other people who come up. I walked back into my Tower.

A few minutes later Raguna came up, too. “By the way, Iris, do you know how to open that gate farther in?” he asked, looking very puzzled.

“No, but I think it’ll open up eventually!” I said cheerily.

“OK, I’ll check it every time I come up to visit you,” he said absently. I could tell he was thinking about how to open the gate.

“You mean I’m the main reason for you’re visits?!” I almost shouted happily. A friend!

Raguna smiled, then left.

Submitted by 'Iris', Harvest Moon player

The actual text of this Event (from my own Game Journal) is as follows:

Freyr left the screen of the Whale Island Fin and returned immediately. It was 7.50 p.m.

When he reached the Tower, he experienced an Event. The moon was full, rising behind the tower and he saw a lovely but fey girl gazing at it. White moondrops everywhere, absolutely breathtaking.
‘Good evening’, the girl said.

Then: I didn’t expect a guest today. I’m sure today will be good then. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Iris.

Freyr: My name is Freyr and I came from Trampoli Village, below the island.

Iris: Freyr, is it? Nice to meet you. Please come visit me whenever you want.


Iris: Good evening, Freyr. It’s very warm today. How is your walk out at night? Are you enjoying it?

Freyr then spoke to her again.

Freyr: Speaking of which, what’s behind that locked gate, Iris? How do I open it?
Iris: I don’t know. I haven’t gone very far so I’m not sure.
Freyr: I thought so…
Iris; Oh, but there could be a chance that it could just open. That’s why you should just check up on it from time to time.
Freyr: I guess. I’ll go check it out whenever I come to visit you.
Iris: Oh, you. So you’re saying that I’m the main purpose of your visit?

When he continued to speak to her:

Iris: Thank you for coming. There’s nothing here, but please make yourself at home.
Freyr, are you still exploring the ruins? Pardon me for saying so, but you just don’t look very strong. Please be careful.

Iris lives in the Whale Island Tower of Rest. When Freyr explored the Tower later that evening, he found Iris upstairs painting.

(From Freyashawk's Game Journal, 1st Year in Rune Factory Frontier)