Friday, 27 July 2012

Farewell to Blogger

It's time to say goodbye to Blogger. This has been the home of Tweet RPG for just over a year, and it has done a very good job. However, the time has come to move on – next week, on Wednesday the 1st of August, the new Tweet RPG website will be unveiled!

Why is Tweet RPG moving? Although Blogger has some really useful features, I've pretty much pushed it to the limitations of what it can do for me. I'm rapidly running out of standalone pages (there's a maximum of 20), the structure of the blog is too rigid for my requirements, and there are issues with editing content that constantly causes issues. Therefore, I've been building a new site for the past six months or so, using the WYSIWYG website designing tool, Weebly.

The new site that I've created isn't a ground-breaking revolution – the main improvement I am looking to bring is easier access to the vast amount of content related to Tweet RPG. I've tried to keep things as simple as possible, as this always seems to be the best approach. The editing/publishing features on Weebly will be a definite improvement for me, which will save a lot of time and frustration. I have to say, I'm quite proud of the site – I hope you like it too!

The current Tweet RPG blog will remain accessible, as there are lots of interesting posts and comments on there, but it will merely be an archive of the first year of the project. I do have plans for future improvements to the new site, so any feedback after it goes live will be greatly appreciated. Keep your eyes peeled on Wednesday the 1st of August and let me know what you think!

Friday, 13 July 2012

Hack 'N' Slash Hero: Achievements

Press any button to start – first person to vote in Hack 'N' Slash Hero.

Anyone up for a game?” – players who voted in the first vote of Hack 'N' Slash Hero.
@BeefGriller @ChairmanAsheth @DaddyDM @digitalraven @ellgeeess @EmmyOtter @EricMPaq @jordanxn @LandrasGember @lauren_brier @longwhan @NeoDodge @paddyrox @richardstheone @ripcrd @scbarber @the_blind_GM @xtamsynx

Player two has entered the game – people who joined the game halfway through the adventure.
@AquaBreaker @Bazinga_Dragon @BlkbyrnePublish @BlueKae @Bobzilla @CleverlyDmented @CleverlyJailed @Conpulsion @Dice_of_Doom @EyeZao @FreeRangeGamer @heathere3 @holdmykidney @iOSLife @jumpbuttonmag @JunpeiTodoroki @Kevjefferies @mattjl93 @NJAGS13 @Omegakirby @paulonogueira @PortlyGentlemen @raddevon @RedDogGaz @Reductivemedia @sherwoodm @slloyd14 @symatt @teslutz @tullyhansen @xiombarg @Zero_Threat

Co-operative mode – players who took part in a voting session where the decision was unanimous.
@adamdjohno @AetherKnight @BeefGriller @BlueKae @boyandgrue @ChairmanAsheth @chatterboxx69 @DaddyDM @ellgeeess @EmmyOtter @EricMPaq @Feefers @iOSLife @joejoemayer @LandrasGember @lauren_brier @longwhan @m0ok @mattjl93 @naomibump @NED_Podcast @NJAGS13 @Omegakirby @paddyrox @PhilipGHarris @RedDogGaz @richardstheone @ripcrd @scbarber @the_blind_GM @valancy @VeeAhKnee @xtamsynx

Single player campaign – players who were the only person to pick an option in a voting session.
@Bazinga_Dragon @boyandgrue @LandrasGembar @m0ok @Omegakirby @paddyrox @the_blind_GM @therealrpgguy @xtamsynx

Forever alone – the player who was the only person to pick an option in a voting session the most times.

Consensus combo – people who voted with the majority in over half of the Hack 'N' Slash Hero voting sessions.
@BeefGriller @boyandgrue @DaddyDM @m0ok @scbarber @valancy

In-game chat: ON – people who narrated/commented on over half of the voting sessions.
@BeefGriller @EricMPaq @LandrasGembar @m0ok

My turn to play!” - players who made a decision alone through a 'QUICK' or 'OPEN' vote.
@AquaBreaker @BeefGriller @boyandgrue @CleverlyDmented @DaddyDM @Dice_of_Doom @digitalraven @EricMPaq @Feefers @iOSLife @Jennisodes @LandrasGember @lauren_brier @m0ok @PhilipGHarris @the_blind_GM @tractortrap @TriskalJM @VeeAhKnee @xtamsynx

Eye-hand coordination expert – the player who responded first to the most 'QUICK' votes.

Game paused – players who missed five or more voting sessions and then returned to the game.
@AlanEWardle @AquaBreaker @Bazinga_Dragon @BlueKae @boyandgrue @ChaoticGM @chatterboxx69 @CleverlyDmented @digitalraven @EmmyOtter @EricMPaq @Feefers @FreeRangeGamer @heathere3 @holdmykidney @Jennisodes @joejoemayer @joekawano @JunpeiTodoroki @Kevjefferies @LandrasGember @m0ok @naomibump @NeoDodge @Omegakirby @paddyrox @PhilipGHarris @PumamanRedux @RedDogGaz @richardstheone @ripcrd @sherwoodm @Temmogen @the_blind_GM @tractortrap @TriskalJM @VeeAhKnee @vodkashok

Gaming addicts – players who voted in over three quarters of the Hack 'N' Slash Hero voting sessions.
@BeefGriller @DaddyDM @EricMPaq @lauren_brier @scbarber @valancy @xtamsynx

Final boss time! - people who joined in with the final voting session of Hack 'N' Slash Hero.
@antiavenger @AquaBreaker @Asako_Soh @BeefGriller @BlueKae @boyandgrue @ChaoticGM @DaddyDM @ellgeeess @EricMPaq @Feefers @FreeRangeGamer @LandrasGember @lauren_brier @longwhan @m0ok @mattjl93 @NJAGS13 @paddyrox @PhilipGHarris @PortlyGentlemen @PumamanRedux @RedDogGaz @Reductivemedia @richardstheone @scbarber @Temmogen @valancy @VeeAhKnee @xiombarg @xtamsynx

Let's finish this!” - the last person to vote in Hack 'N' Slash Hero.

Thank you to everyone who joined in with Hack 'N' Slash Hero – it's been great fun to run this adventure for you, I hope you had lots of fun. If I've made any mistakes with your usernames let me know, and if you want to find out any of your specific stats, I'll see what I can do. Stay tuned for a new adventure in the future!

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Hack 'N' Slash Hero: Statistics

Combat Stats

Enemies defeated = 41
Damage inflicted = 1097
Damage sustained = 115
Projectiles fired = 13
Strength of Ages used = 5 (Tornado of Pain x3, Pinpoint Assault x1, Guardian Summon x1)
Times 'AUTO-HEAL' used = 4

Story Stats

Health potions used = 3
Morality choices = 3 (all good)
SPD tested = 27 (success = 14, failure = 13)
DEF tested = 11 (success = 7, failure = 4)
Interactions = 16
Companions gained = Lizzy the lizard, Boomer the Tauk Tauk
Heroes played = Douglas McMichaels (5), Loupy (49), Chen (79), Ironfist (69), Tharn (56), Mookus Maximus (59)

Voting Stats

Total votes = 1841
Lowest number of votes per session = 8 (vote no.91)
Highest number of votes per session = 31 (final vote)
Average number of votes per session = 16
No. of unanimous voting sessions = 2
Open votes = 5
Quick votes = 29

Look out for the Hack 'N' Slash Hero achievements – on the way soon!

Friday, 6 July 2012

Hack 'N' Slash Hero: Epilogue

Raising the crystal orbs of the Strength of Ages aloft, you feel the unadulterated power of the stones swelling within you. Pure white light ripples around your fists, equipping you with the power to end the fight once and for all.

“You won't stop, will you?” says the Afflictor, gripping his trident defiantly. “Not even if it means losing what really matters.”

You stare impassively back at the leader of the dark horde.

“So be it, hero,” snarls the Afflictor.

You launch yourself at your enemy. The Afflictor raises his weapon to block your attack, but the power of the Strength of Ages is unstoppable. Colliding with the creature, you surge upwards into the air, high above the city. Suspended in the sky, you hurl your nemesis upwards into the atmosphere and unleash the full of might of your ethereal powers in a beam of destructive energy.

The Afflictor howls hideously as he is torn apart, obliterated and annihilated, the fragments of his body burning up in a blaze of holy fire As you descend back down, you see the scourge of the Affliction fading from the planet's surface. The men and women in the city below rejoice as they are freed from their parasitical captivity, cheering as your feet touch back down on the ground.

You've done it – you've defeated the Affliction.

You turn to look at Jamie, only to realise that you are alone in your bedroom, the victory fanfare playing tinnily out from the television's speakers.

The front door slams below.

Throwing down the controller, you run to the window. Looking down on the garden below, you see Jamie walking briskly along the path, face screwed up into a thunderous scowl.

Grabbing your jacket, you fly down the stairs, bursting out of the house.

Heart pounding, you run down the street. Jamie is turning the corner...

You've won the battle and completed the quest...

...but now you're really gonna have to fight...

...if you don't want to be a loser.


Didn't vote for that ending? Want to see how the story could have ended? Read the alternative conclusion to Hack 'N' Slash Hero below!

The crystal orbs of the Strength of Ages fall from your hands, rolling away across the floor, the light fading within them.

The Afflictor cackles with glee.

“You fool,” he chortles with venomous mirth. “Everything you've done has been for nothing – you have failed.”

The grizzled giant slams his trident down, pinning you to the ground and mashing your body to a pulp.

“And now I will show you the wages of your idiocy,” snarls the Afflictor, raising a clawed hand into the air. A cloud of darkness pours from his fingertips, gathering together, images wavering on its surface.

You see countless towns and villages fall under the wrath of the Affliction, brave men and women fighting and dying. The countryside is reduced to a barren wasteland, the land dried up, no sign of anything green or living. The entire planet is blackened, an orb of darkness floating in the void.

“These are your wages,” says the Afflictor. “No one can stand in my way.”

You've stopped listening.

In fact, you don't even care.

You were halfway out the door before the 'game over' lettering appeared on the screen.

Jamie smiles at you as you walk out of the front door and along the path, your heart almost erupting as your love takes your hand.

You've failed the quest, but you're still a winner.


Thanks for playing Hack 'N' Slash Hero! If you have any comments on the adventure, feel free to send me a tweet or share your thoughts below. I hope you've enjoyed playing the adventure as much as I've enjoyed creating it!

Hack 'N' Slash Hero: Story Summary - Votes 107-115

  • You had to work hard to clear the path ahead, so you continue on. You find yourself on a walkway above a courtyard, a large set of doors leading off to the left. Below in the courtyard you see a group of Visgarthians about to be zombified by the Affliction monsters.
  • Not wanting to leave the captured men and women to a gruesome fate, you leap down off the walkway, inflicting heavy damage on the fat monster responsible for implanting the evil parasites. Using your fire bomb, you incinerate your enemies as they close in.
  • After receiving some medical care from a Visgarthian healer, you head onwards. Exiting the courtyard onto the battlements of the palace, you are faced with a vast horde of snarling beasts. Using your trusty grapple gun, you vault over the onslaught of attackers towards the final tower.
  • Using your grapple gun again, you climb the side of the building, negotiating the gunfire from the monsters below. You find a familiar character at the top – the Merchant greets you and offers to help you in the fight.
  • Accepting the offer, you enter the palace throne room. The leader of the Affliction, the Afflictor, sits on the throne, grinning viciously. He summons three giant monsters – these guys will not be easy to take down. The Merchant reveals a giant machine gun from his cloak, gunning down the first of the enemies.
  • Using your ‘Tornado of Pain’ skill, you pummel the Affliction monsters into bloody mush. The Afflictor is unharmed by the attack, but the ‘Strength of Ages’ crystals begin to glow, unstoppable power welling in your being.
  • You move to attack but stop – turning to look behind, you see Jamie standing in your bedroom, waiting for you to put down the video game controller. What’s more important – finishing the quest or focusing on your true love? Head over to Twitter and cast your vote in the last decision of Hack ‘N’ Slash Hero!

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Hack 'N' Slash Hero: The Final Recap!

We're so close to the end of Hack 'N' Slash Hero, but that doesn't mean you can't join in with the fun! If you want to have your say in the last few votes, but aren't sure what's going on, here's a super-mega-ultra recap of everything that has transpired in Hack 'N' Slash Hero:
  • The realm of Visgarthia is under siege from its dark nemesis, the Affliction. The people of Visgarthia hire the services of 'The Warriors of the Eternal Quest', a band of elite interdimensional heroes, to save them from their peril.
  • Our heroes must search out the three 'Strength of Ages', special powers needed to defeat the enemy. However, each of these powers can only be obtained by facing deadly challenges and dangerous monsters.
  • Having found the three powers, our heroes now make their way to take on the final challenge; facing off against the leader of the Affliction in the overrun capital city of Visgarthia, where the inhabitants have been transformed into murderous zombies.
  • Something strange has occurred throughout this adventure – our heroes have been periodically transported into a strange dimension where the quest is merely some kind of game. Very peculiar...
  • Every time a hero is killed in Hack 'N' Slash Hero, a new warrior joins the fight in their place. So far we've had a cowboy, a werewolf, a sky pirate, a steam-man, and a dwarf, and our current hero is a sentient cybernetic potato called Mookus Maximus! Armed with his trusty grapple gun, Mookus has made it to the final tower, the leader of the Affliction waiting at the top.

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