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This is a lighthearted role-playing game used to test my engine for text-based RPGs, Another RPG Engine. There is not much in the way of plot, but every character has an introduction scene, complete with dialogue trees and fun interactions. Please try it out and tell me what you think!

The game can be played here.

This is my first game, and it is still in testing, so please tell me of any issues you encounter or things you'd like to see!



  • Many aspects of the battle system, including the playable characters and their abilities, were heavily inspired by the game Bonfire.
  • The "fite me" gag and the "Exacerbate" ability are references to Teenage Costume Squad, a lovely RPG you should try if you love fast-paced tactical battles.

  • "Indignant Variati" is an homage to Alter A.I.L.A. Genesis, the game that served as the inspiration for the energy system.

  • "Off Your High Horse" is an homage to Soul Sunder, a cool survival horror RPG you might enjoy if you like resource management games.

  • "Neutralize", "Walled City", and "Assured Aegis" are homages to Null Regrets, a slightly less cool RPG that I still enjoyed.

  • Archer's Mark ability was taken from Mia's Brand ability in Prayer of the Faithless.

  • Many of the Crystal Gems' abilities are taken directly from Attack the Light.

  • Mabel's "Galacta Burning" and "Galacta Blazing" abilities are a reference to UnderTale.

  • Dipper's spells are from Eternal Darkness.

  • "A Farewell to Arms" is, of course, a pun on the book A Farewell to Arms. I haven't actually read it, but the pun is too good to pass up. I doubt I'm the first to make it and I can't take credit for it; I got the idea from the comment section of a particularly gory webcomic that featured a lot of dismemberment.

  • Pearl's "Comet Strike" and Rose's "Starlight Flurry" attacks are references to Last Scenario.

  • Rose's "Meteor Strike" attack is a reference to Radiant Historia.

  • The description of Walled City, "A shield to repel all," is a quote from the first Kingdom Hearts.

  • One of the lines in the championship scene is a play on a quote from The Lord of the Rings: "I love not the sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness; I love only that which it defends."

  • One of the final boss' lines is taken from Knight's "last stand" quote in Bonfire: "As long as I'm here, you haven't won!"
  • "Flawless Deduction" is an homage to The Logomancer.

  • "Appalling Secret" is an homage to Fallen London.