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Recettear: an Item Shop's Tale Localized 36

Posted by Soulskill
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An anonymous reader writes "An indie-produced item-shop-sim-slash-RPG, Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale, has been localized and a demo released by the equally indie startup Carpe Fulgur LLC. The game is equal parts item shop sim (as in, item shop like the kind you find in every RPG ever, except you're behind the counter now) with certain Zelda- or Diablo-esque elements also present in the form of randomly-generated dungeons that you can grab an adventurer friend to go tromping through for loot to sell. The response so far has been pretty positive and it seems like Carpe Fulgur is trying to make a business of taking (non-pornographic) unique indie titles from Japan and getting them into a state where the rest of the world can enjoy them."
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Recettear: an Item Shop's Tale Localized

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  • by sznupi (719324) on Thursday July 22, 2010 @12:50AM (#32986640) Homepage

    Makes a lot of sense, actually - after all, from many hack'n'slash games, it seems like you're already the one keeping local economy going.

    • by zero_out (1705074)

      Makes a lot of sense, actually - after all, from many hack'n'slash games, it seems like you're already the one keeping local economy going.

      Or, more realistically, the one trashing it. Dumping 5x the town's GDP into the local economy all at once, just from all the gold you loot off monsters in those dungeons, would trash the economy. Then again, what is that Uber Sword of Smiting doing in the shopkeep's inventory, in the middle of rural farm country?

      • by sznupi (719324)

        Looking at the amounts (also diversity - each time you talk to them, there's something different) of gear in posession of local merchants, and the margins they keep (just compare the values when selling and buying), it seems more like you're just their productive labourer ;p

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, 2010 @12:55AM (#32986656)

    ...the tedium of Nethack married to the tedium of being a 7-11 employee? Say no more, where do I send my money!

  • by kyrio (1091003) <(slashdot) (at) (lurkmore.com)> on Thursday July 22, 2010 @01:25AM (#32986754) Homepage
    I've always wanted to be an item shop owner. They make so much money from those stupid adventurers!
  • So? (Score:1, Redundant)

    by BitZtream (692029)

    Is there something unique about this game that makes it truely unique or impressive compared to the other few thousand that came out today, or yesterday?

    The summary and title make it seem like localization is something impressive?

  • Great, now we have to deal with jerky RPG heros [collegehumor.com]
    • by AP31R0N (723649)

      CRPG heroes.

      RPG heros must account to the DM. Go around looting the villagers and before you can say "Deus ex machina" someone will put the players in their place.

  • Next up... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by elrous0 (869638) * on Thursday July 22, 2010 @09:30AM (#32989004)
    I'm currently developing a game where you play as one of the WoW quest givers. All day, every day, you'll sit around with an exclamation point over your head asking every random stranger who comes along to get you 10 wolf pelts. It'll be the most exciting game since Penn & Teller's "Desert Bus."
  • by sseaman (931799)

    You kinda did this in Dragon Quest IV as Torneko [wikipedia.org], although the experience there was pretty dull.

    • True that! Although he was named Taloon in the american NES version, chapter 3 of DW4 was my first thought. I liked it however, one of my favorite chapters of the game.
  • by Kirijini (214824) <kirijini.yahoo@com> on Thursday July 22, 2010 @11:15AM (#32990460)

    From the FAQ:

    Does Recettear feature any form of copy protection?
    Recettear does not feature copy protection (or "DRM") of any kind. Neither Carpe Fulgur nor EasyGameStation believe in compromising the user's privacy and freedom to use their computers as they wish.

    But doesn't that mean I can just pirate your game?
    or
    But aren't you afraid of getting pirated into oblivion?
    Well, we'll say this: Recettear would be pirated regardless of whether we used copy protection or not. We're adults and we understand that our work will be stolen by someone who doesn't want to pay for it; that's how the Internet works in this day and age. Any prospective pirates who enjoy our work, however, must realize that we can only continue to produce localizations for games - and possibly help foster new projects on our own - if we make enough money to make a living at it.

    If you like the game even a little bit, please purchase it. We respect our customers enough to not put any invasive DRM programs into Recettear - we hope the respect will be repaid in kind.

  • I will start a BBQ stand next to the itemshop. Just need some hell hounds to /follow the battlerager and bring back the meat, grilled on the way back.

    Dragon in the back for fastfood and non paying customers.

    Easy money!

  • So... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by MaXimillion (856525)

    taking (non-pornographic) unique indie titles from Japan and getting them into a state where the rest of the world can enjoy them.

    They're adding in pornography?

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