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A childhood favorite that I have modified to suit my present day tastes. This hack has been around for about a year or two, but only recently received the last update I see myself making to it for awhile. In general, it increases the game's difficulty, re-balances classes and equipment, and adds some new features. Here's a breakdown of some of the game's bigger changes: Additional Info: Class Changes: Weapon Changes: Armor Changes Item Drop List Download Links can be found in either of these locations: http://www.insanedifficulty.com/board/index.php?/files/file/73-dragon-warrior-3-hardtype http://www.romhacking.net/hacks/1738/ Youtube Videos from a playthrough of the hack can be viewed here:
This is a concept I have had banging around in my head for awhile now, and I thought I should see about some feedback/thoughts and maybe even some assistance on this project during the summer. The general idea is modifying the story of Dragon Quest V, my all time favorite DQ game into something a bit different changing some aspects and even crossing over a few things from DQ IV and DQ VI. So without further a do here is a list of what would mostly likely be changed in this hack. We'll start from big changes to smaller changes. A 4th Heavenly Bride, a character idea I had after I played all three of the brides. She is a blood-red haired girl one year younger than the hero. She is a Healer type character, as all of the brides were Mage type characters. (Unless you consider Debora a Warrior, although I personally don't.) She meets the young hero as she is leaving Whealbrook with her Adoptive Parents, bumping into him by accident, her parents apologize to Pankraz and the hero and leave. She then doesn't appear until Pankraz and the Hero arrive in Coburg, seemingly bumping into them in front of the castle, she asks if the Hero would like to play with her and Pankraz asks if she would like to keep the hero company while he talks with the king. She essentially joins the party and they meet Prince Harry, etc. The story stays quite similar with the exception of added dialogue, she also goes with the Hero to save Prince Harry, feeling somewhat responsible. Then like the Hero and Harry becomes a slave, and spends 10 hard years building the temple. She joins them on their escape, and the three leave together from the abbey. The story stays quite the same except instead of Harry suggesting they go to Coburg after staying in Roundbeck, it is her instead stating although Harry is unsure of going back to Coburg they both know its the right thing to do, to at least see whats happened to their home. So they go to Coburg, etc. Upon arrival she asks the hero if they could visit her parents, only to learn that they had sold their home shortly after she was kidnapped. Although a bit heartbroken she continues with the hero on his journey. The game plays out the same up until the marriage part of the game in which she only accompanies the hero to get the Circle of Fire, afterwards she says she has serious thinking to do. Then she admits her feelings for the hero after bringing back the Circle of Water. If she is married she takes on the role of the loving and supportive wife. If she isn't married, she tells the hero that she understands, and that although it will take her time she will find a way to move on. She then states that she is going to go on a journey to find her parents, although she always knew they weren't her real parents, she still loves them just the same. She finds them in Gotha sometime between the 2nd and 3rd Generation, unless she was married in which case she finds them almost upon arrival. The game plays out the same from there on she gives birth to red head twins, she gets kidnapped, stoned, unstoned, saves hero's mother, happy ending. Not sure on a name for her yet though, thinking maybe Alice. There is a sidequest that I am thinking about including involving a magic scroll that greatly piqued Alice's interest and after obtaining the scroll she learns that it describes a very powerful ritual involving cloning. This is a miss-able quest however as its purpose only takes place when Harry leaves the party when he states that he wishes he could go with the Hero on his quest. Alice then explains that if he truly wanted to he could using the cloning spell explaining that the way the spell works is that it makes an exact copy of a person. Then by casting the spell again it combines the two people creating one person who has the strength of the one that is stronger, and even the memories of both. She explains that it can even be cast multiple times on the same person however once used on a person it can only be used on them until death. Harry agrees to this however, the hero may for whatever reason decline and the scroll might serve another purpose. If Harry does join he stays with the hero throughout Generation 2. He updates or syncs with his clone on two occasions the first time when they are called by Prince Harry to see him after having got married to Maria, and during the Wedding of the Hero. He is killed my Ladja trying to help the Hero and his Wife, and as a result automatically syncs with the Harry in Coburg. He can join again if the scroll is used on him in Generation 3 or the Hero can leave him be, either way he still has his son Kendrick and after everything he lives happily with Maria and as Wilbur's Advisor. Another change that might exist is that of a New Game Plus sort of feature, if it is possible. It would simply start the scene of the hero's soul being sent back into his younger body, all of his strength would be sent to him. The game would then start similar to how it would however instead of talking about his dream about being in a castle when he was a baby. He would tell Pankraz about how he was sent back in time. Pankraz, finding this statement quite humorous patted his son's back and sent him off. The game plays similar to how the original game would play with a small amount of dialogue changes. Up until the battle with Ladja, where by this point you would potentially be able to survive 100 turns or perhaps defeat him, something of that measure. This would change the scene whether it be by exhaustion, or something else the hero is without quite a bit of strength, his father leaves quite similar parting words as he did before however, lacking the strength to Summon Kon and Slon, Ladja fought him himself, weakening Ladja to the point where he couldn't Kafrizzle him to death. Instead he simply states that he will regret having weakened him so, and turns Pankraz to stone. Things would play out as they had before from there on out, his father would still be a statue if visited in Generation 2 however without any real way to cure him of his state. However if he is visited in Generation 3 with the children he can be released using the staff that the daughter has. (I believe it was a staff he used to save the Hero.) At the moment I'm not sure on the effect this would have on Mada as I can't remember that far into the story. (I'll need to brush up before I can remember.) Those are the major things I was thinking of, now on to some more minor things. Nera's name is changed back to Flora Harry's Level cap is adjusted to 99, his max stats are also modified accordingly as is his skillset and equipable items. To make things a little heart breaking I am considering seeing if its possible to change the ending of the brides that weren't chosen to their original darker story, specifically Bianca's because, well I am a monster like that who wants you to feel guilty. Not 100% sure on this but may include the Solar Fan and Lunar Fan as Shields for Alice to use only. (Yes I know they are supposed to be weapons, but you know what!?? I am breaking a lot of rules here anyway, so why not?) They would have the same defense except one when used as an item would cast Crackle while the other when used as an item would cast Sizzle. Debora *might* marry if she isn't married, just not sure to whom if at all. Alice starts of equipped with a DQIV item the Lucidia Shard usable only by her, and her kids. (I think it was in DQVI too.) There may be a super secret shop selling DQIV and VI items being kept by the infamous Torneko Taloon. (Actually its Torneko Taloon the Third, but they are essentially the same person.) Who will most likely sell extremely rare equipment of some kind, OR seeds. The Metal King Items are replaced with the Liquid Metal Items from DQIV and the Metal King Items are instead located elsewhere either sold by Torneko or hidden within Sidequests. (The Metal King Items will be slightly stronger than the Liquid Metal ones of course.) There may be a side quest involving a Sorcerer who tries to harness the power of the last Legendary Hero, summoning his soul to fight for him. You fight the Last Hero (It's Solo!) and after you defeat him you get the Metal King Sword (I am thinking instead of Solo you might just fight 4 of the Chosen ones although I don't know who I would be interested in who you think the four should be). There may be an extremely rare item called Goddess Pie, it will raise the level of the person who uses it. (Might be sold by Torneko as well.) All 4 brides will learn Magic Burst upon reaching level 45. Pankraz is to have visible EXP and Level Gains in New Game + due to the possibility of being added as a member of the party permanently. This includes more skills to learn with level gains, skills will likely be similar to Hero's. All of these were just thoughts of what I might try to create, I know its a lot and honestly since I have no prior knowledge of hacking it probably won't be done within even a year. However I am interested in feedback and thoughts, and maybe even collaboration in getting this created. EDIT: It would appear bullets don't actually appear... interesting.