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Super Toaster X: Learn Japanese RPG

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Pan, a piece of bread riding a mechanical toaster armor, must rescue the 7 members of the Breasistance from Doctor Dough, an organic parasite which can take control over any domestic appliance.

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Super Toaster X is a RPG game to learn Japanese vocabulary. It was mostly inspired by the Darkest Dungeon (exploration phase) and Super Mario RPG franchise (combat phase).

So... how does it all work anyway?

You know what they say, a picture is worth a thousand words:
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Music is composed by the talented Toney Manfredonia (@amanfr1 on twitter). You can listen to a sample of one of his songs here if you're interested:

Super Toaster X - Workshop Stage by Tony Manfredonia | Free Listening on SoundCloud

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My name is Etienne Zizka and I'm the lead and designer and artist for the game. I could technically put all of the art done so far here but it would be too long, so I just thought I would incluse a few things I've done:

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Can I contribute?

Oh yes, sure! The main reason of presenting the project here at jref is to talk about the game and brainstorm ideas with you guys. Discuss design, graphics, music and so on. So don't be a stranger and talk with me, I'm nice, promised!

Well, that's it. Have a good one.
 
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Oh yes, sure! The main reason of presenting the project here at jref is to talk about the game and brainstorm ideas with you guys. Discuss design, graphics, music and so on. So don't be a stranger and talk with me, I'm nice, promised!
I've thought gaming and Japanese learning could go well together and I've daydreamed about putting something together over the years. But other priorities intervened. I was always thinking something more practical and learning oriented than gaming oriented like this. In any case it looks cool and I hope you do well.
 

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Hey there mdchachi, thanks for replying. What kind of concept did you have in mind?

My first attempt dates back 5 years ago actually:
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Hey there mdchachi, thanks for replying. What kind of concept did you have in mind?
Well I'll tell you my brilliant idea since I will likely never put it into practice. I was thinking of scenario based challenges like navigating the airport, reading signs to get from plane to train, etc. The focus would be more on travelers who need to survive a trip to Japan than language learners. The idea was to learn the really important symbols (like 女 vs 男 when looking for a bathroom). etc. Of course, advanced levels could get into more advanced language learning scenarios. I had more of puzzle/challenge kind of feel in mind as opposed to an RPG.
 

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Oh it's very different than mine actually. Too bad you won't get into it. Game design is a lot of work but it's... well... fun!

I'm currently working on a dojo area where players can practice before jumping into the fray on a dummy. It wouldn't make sense for the player to face ennemies right away.

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V2:
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Why was this moved to Crowdfunding? Could it be moved back to learning Japanese please, I've removed the Patreon from the first message (actually it turns out I can't edit my first message, so if a mod could do it). Also, is it possible to be informed whenever a topic is moved please?

A few new gifs explaining the game:
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A few more character expressions:
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Could it be moved back to learning Japanese please

This doesn't belong in the Learning Japanese section, as it isn't yet ready for people to use.
 
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