Elona/Elona+

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06-29-2015, 04:27 PM (This post was last modified: 07-02-2015, 05:20 PM by mis.)
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Welcome to the Eternal League of Nefia.

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What is it?

A single-player independant freeware open-world roguelike-JRPG by Japanese developer Noa, based on other roguelikes such as ADOM and Angband. It draws away from strict gameplay of most roguelikes being more forgiving, while adding in JRPG-type designs such as open-world sandbox exploration and non-permadeath. It references and parodies certain characters and items from other series and stories, such as Bioshock, Gundam, Pokemon, Final Fantasy, and so on. As of right now, in Elona+ there are three continents that you can explore, and it's currently being worked on with updates every 1-2 months.

What can you do?

Lots.

 
  • Embark on quests to prevent assassinations
  • Become a 14-handed mutant
  • Capture or harvest little sisters
  • Slay the gods
  • Own a mansion full of maids
  • Become impregnated, and give birth to certain Aliens
  • Suddenly change from a 24 year old man to a 7 year old girl
  • Cause the Armageddon
  • Open pocket dimensions
  • Get married to a wife, an Android, a God, etc.
  • Capture monsters via Pokeballs Monster Balls
  • Evolve your pets and allies
  • Worship a musclehead, a ditz, a tsundere, a dominatrix and so much more as your god
  • Stop time and explode things with your punches
  • Play blackjack and gachapon
  • Become a shopkeeper, a breeder, or a rancher
  • Get drunk and party with kings and adventurers
  • Wield a bow, a claymore, a shotgun, and more

And that's not even scratching the surface!

Where can I download it?

You can get the original version at http://homepage3.nifty.com/rfish/index_e.html.

For the expansion, you can download it at http://wikiwiki.jp/elonaplus/#q11e8183.

For more information, check out the wikia on http://elona.wikia.com/wiki/Elona%2B.

The difference between the two is that the second one, Elona+, adds a lot more post-game content and has no specific ending so you can keep on playing endlessly, while the original does have an ending in which you can "beat" the game, making it more like a true roguelike than it's successor. Apart from that, there's not much difference to playing the original versus the expansion, so it's recommended to play Elona+. You do not have to download the original Elona to play Elona+. Both versions are translated, just choose either English or Japanese when starting the game.


Final Notes

I haven't played this game in a while, but the recent talk of roguelikes in Slack made me remember this game and how much I've played it. I've spent well over 1000 hours playing this game just from the sheer amount of content it has from the beginning to "post-game" content (which I'm hesitant to call it, since updates tend to push even more content past that. There exist mods that can change the sprites of both monsters and your sprite, the music, and even the UI, if you're willing to find them.


Mods and Customization

How to change portraits

JP site for custom portraits

More customization for portraits and sprites

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06-29-2015, 04:37 PM
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This looks like a game well worth spending the whole summer playing. This is probably the kind of JRPG I've been looking for my entire life. Thanks mis, you always have the best vidya to play :heart:

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(06-29-2015, 04:37 PM)Lokorfi Wrote: This looks like a game well worth spending the whole summer playing. This is probably the kind of JRPG I've been looking for my entire life. Thanks mis, you always have the best vidya to play :heart:

I'm glad you like it! I remember dedicating my entire summer back in 2013 to playing this game, it was that fun and addicting.

I went back on my old laptop and found my progress screenshots taken back nearly two years ago. Here's a record of my latest character (whom I haven't touched for a long time):

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I might be a bit rusty, but if you have any questions about the game or anything on the screenshots themselves, don't be afraid to press for more information.

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06-29-2015, 04:46 PM (This post was last modified: 06-29-2015, 04:49 PM by Lokorfi.)
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(06-29-2015, 04:45 PM)mis Wrote:
(06-29-2015, 04:37 PM)Lokorfi Wrote: This looks like a game well worth spending the whole summer playing. This is probably the kind of JRPG I've been looking for my entire life. Thanks mis, you always have the best vidya to play :heart:

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Holy shit, all that XP needed to level up. You clearly were invested in it. If it's really that good, I'm ready to play this thing!

EDIT: I really like your character, she's a qt.

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06-29-2015, 05:20 PM
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I think I'll give it a go in a bit. Ooh, what do you think of a roguelike group/thread? we could make recommendations and such :D
Anyhoo, thanks for the recommendation!
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06-29-2015, 05:23 PM
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(06-29-2015, 04:46 PM)Lokorfi Wrote:
(06-29-2015, 04:45 PM)mis Wrote:
(06-29-2015, 04:37 PM)Lokorfi Wrote: This looks like a game well worth spending the whole summer playing. This is probably the kind of JRPG I've been looking for my entire life. Thanks mis, you always have the best vidya to play :heart:

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Holy shit, all that XP needed to level up. You clearly were invested in it. If it's really that good, I'm ready to play this thing!

EDIT: I really like your character, she's a qt.

Thank you! In honesty, it's a custom portrait mixed with some custom sprite details, the default portraits and sprites were a little to unrefined for me. If you start playing and want to mod a bit, just let me know and I can fetch you some worthwhile ones.

(06-29-2015, 05:20 PM)None_At_All Wrote: I think I'll give it a go in a bit. Ooh, what do you think of a roguelike group/thread? we could make recommendations and such :D
Anyhoo, thanks for the recommendation!

That'd be lovely, I love roguelikes.

The thread option sounds nice, as for the group, a roguelike group might be a bit narrow, so maybe just joining the Vidya group? It already exists, but discussion could include roguelikes in it.

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06-29-2015, 05:25 PM
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(06-29-2015, 05:23 PM)mis Wrote:
(06-29-2015, 04:46 PM)Lokorfi Wrote:
(06-29-2015, 04:45 PM)mis Wrote:
(06-29-2015, 04:37 PM)Lokorfi Wrote: This looks like a game well worth spending the whole summer playing. This is probably the kind of JRPG I've been looking for my entire life. Thanks mis, you always have the best vidya to play :heart:

snip

Holy shit, all that XP needed to level up. You clearly were invested in it. If it's really that good, I'm ready to play this thing!

EDIT: I really like your character, she's a qt.

Thank you! In honesty, it's a custom portrait mixed with some custom sprite details, the default portraits and sprites were a little to unrefined for me. If you start playing and want to mod a bit, just let me know and I can fetch you some worthwhile ones.

Thanks, I have a habit of trying to find ways to mod my games :) I might take you up on your offer!

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06-29-2015, 05:28 PM
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Alright, I'll make the roguelikes thread in roughly 4 hours (need to do something urgent first.)
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07-02-2015, 03:20 PM
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(06-29-2015, 05:23 PM)mis Wrote:
(06-29-2015, 04:46 PM)Lokorfi Wrote:
(06-29-2015, 04:45 PM)mis Wrote:
(06-29-2015, 04:37 PM)Lokorfi Wrote: This looks like a game well worth spending the whole summer playing. This is probably the kind of JRPG I've been looking for my entire life. Thanks mis, you always have the best vidya to play :heart:

snip

Holy shit, all that XP needed to level up. You clearly were invested in it. If it's really that good, I'm ready to play this thing!

EDIT: I really like your character, she's a qt.

Thank you! In honesty, it's a custom portrait mixed with some custom sprite details, the default portraits and sprites were a little to unrefined for me. If you start playing and want to mod a bit, just let me know and I can fetch you some worthwhile ones.

So I started playing and I thought the portraits all looked really bad. Could you recommend me some good ones? ;_;

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07-02-2015, 03:27 PM
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(07-02-2015, 03:20 PM)Lokorfi Wrote:
(06-29-2015, 05:23 PM)mis Wrote:
(06-29-2015, 04:46 PM)Lokorfi Wrote:
(06-29-2015, 04:45 PM)mis Wrote: snip

Holy shit, all that XP needed to level up. You clearly were invested in it. If it's really that good, I'm ready to play this thing!

EDIT: I really like your character, she's a qt.

Thank you! In honesty, it's a custom portrait mixed with some custom sprite details, the default portraits and sprites were a little to unrefined for me. If you start playing and want to mod a bit, just let me know and I can fetch you some worthwhile ones.

So I started playing and I thought the portraits all looked really bad. Could you recommend me some good ones? ;_;

I'd recommend three links:

How to change portraits

JP site for custom portraits

More customization for portraits and sprites

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07-02-2015, 03:49 PM
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Going to try this out in a bit. Hopefully I'll love it and continue to play it than my xbox.
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07-02-2015, 05:19 PM
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Gonna update the OP with the new links for convinience.

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07-02-2015, 06:29 PM
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This looks like a really nice game based on what has been said about it in the OP. Will definitely be trying it out with the week if my computer can run it sufficiently.

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09-24-2015, 06:17 AM
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Gonna start the game up again! It's been two years since I've last played it, so I'm looking forward to what's new and updated.

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09-24-2015, 08:41 AM
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I played like, ten minutes of Elona.
Walked into the first dungeon and died on like the thrid floor.

Seems really fun, just haven't had the time to acctually learn how to play it.

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09-24-2015, 01:34 PM
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(09-24-2015, 08:41 AM)Usuka Wrote: I played like, ten minutes of Elona.
Walked into the first dungeon and died on like the thrid floor.

Seems really fun, just haven't had the time to acctually learn how to play it.

I'd say progression is like most roguelikes, so it takes a bit to learn. Once you get into it, it's really fun.

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