The GWJ JRPG Club 2.0

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JRPG Club?

Yup! Each quarter we start a new JRPG and discuss it.

Nominating and Voting:

- First, we have one week of nominations. Each member is allowed one nomination. To be included in the voting, however, a game must also be "seconded" by another member. Members can second as many games as they would potentially be interested in playing.

Games nominated must have had their original (so a recent remake can be voted for) western release at least one year ago and not be a game the club has already played.

- Next, we have one week of voting. Each member is allowed three votes, but can only spend one vote per game. However, they do not have to use all three votes. They can even vote without having nominated anything!

So... I have to beat a long JRPG every three months?
Okay, stop twisting my arm. You can have six months, but we'll still start a new game every three.

How do I join the club?
Send a check for... Just kidding, it's free and easy: just post in this thread that you're interested and are playing or will be playing a game we are currently playing or plan to play in the future.

How do I level up?
Just finish a game during the time period allotted and you gain a level! Thanks to Godzilla Blitz and the CRPG Club for this and other ideas! Levels are only based on games played in the 2.0 incarnation of the club. There are no penalties for not finishing. First member to level 100 gets to go to Japan (if they pay for the trip themself).

2.0?

The JRPG Club was created by Damnable Bear. After over two years, he decided to move on, and with his permission, I (steinkrug) have decided to keep things going with this new thread. Thanks, DB! The previous club thread is linked just below.

Current games:
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix (July 1 - December 31)
Shin Megami Tensei IV (April 1 - September 30)
Final Fantasy XII (January 1 - June 30)

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Previous club thread

Past games:

Atelier Totori (Q1 2016)
Dark Cloud 2 (Q4 2017)
Earthbound (Q1 2017)
Final Fantasy X-2 (Q2 2016)
Final Fantasy XV (Q3 2017)
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky (Q1 2016 Gaiden)
Persona 3 (Q3 2016)
Suikoden (Q4 2016)
Valkyria Chronicles (Q4 2015)
Valkyria Chronicles 2 (Q4 2015 Gaiden)
World of Final Fantasy (Q2 2017)

Members:

Level 1:
beanman101283 Final Fantasy XII
brokenclavicle Final Fantasy XII
Chimalli Final Fantasy XII
Cronox Final Fantasy XII
Mr GT Chris Shin Megami Tensei IV
steinkrug Final Fantasy XII
Ted Final Fantasy XII

Level 0:
A_Unicycle
benign1
ccesarano
ClockworkHouse
CptDomano
Damnable Bear
farley3k
Fastmav347
Flintheart Glomgold
fuzzyslug
garion333
Glycerine
Godzilla Blitz
JeremyK
JohnKillo
LastSurprise
Malkroth
MrMetonymy
Neozilla
Rubb Ed
shoptroll
sikk
sometimesdee
Stele
Wembley
walterqchocobo

Hrm. I'll have to think about what's on my pile that I'd like to give a whirl.

Is there a list anywhere of what's already been played?

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Is there a list anywhere of what's already been played?

I don’t think so, but I was already thinking about putting one together so I’ll go ahead and do that later today.

I’m in. I keep meaning to join this thing.

I can't promise I'll be done with Persona 5 by the time we start, but I'd love to jump in one one of these. I might throw in a vote for a non-Persona Megaten title, or some handheld Dragonquest

Updated the OP with a list of games that have been played. I included the two gaiden picks that I found. Let me know if there was any others that I should include. I saw there was talk of doing Secret of Mana, but I don't believe that ended up happening?

Hi steinkrug, thanks for picking up the mantle!

I'm thinking Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel would be a good nomination since it got plenty of votes in the previous thread (Q4 2017).

Here's my list:

Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel
Final Fantasy XIII-2
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
Persona 5

Hey brokenclavicle! Thanks for the interest.

So, there’s a few changes in how we’re going about choosing a game detailed in the OP based on discussion in the old thread. At least pending any objections from the community.

steinkrug wrote:

Hey brokenclavicle! Thanks for the interest.

So, there’s a few changes in how we’re going about choosing a game detailed in the OP based on discussion in the old thread. At least pending any objections from the community.

Ah! I have been a filthy skimmer hahaha

Here goes the nomination, then:

Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

no problem. I tried to avoid a wall of text but I may have failed in that.

This is like when a father sees his son succeed his life's work and a single tear rolls down the father's eye. Except steinkrug and I aren't related.

Yet.

I'd like to nominate The Secret of Mana.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I'd like to nominate The Secret of Mana.

SNES version? The remake is releasing in February.

I already know I'm getting a SNES Classic for Christmas so I'm all on board for an excuse to replay Secret of Mana, even if I'm just gonna play it again in February. I also think it's closer to the 20-30 hour range than 40-50, which is quite convenient.

Damnable Bear wrote:

This is like when a father sees his son succeed his life's work and a single tear rolls down the father's eye. Except steinkrug and I aren't related.

Yet.

LOL!

So I’m happy to see interest and some nominations coming in. I’ll take that as people being okay with the format changes? If that’s the case keep the nominations coming.

ccesarano wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

I'd like to nominate The Secret of Mana.

SNES version? The remake is releasing in February.

The SNES version, yes.

Resonance of Fate!

Replaying FF XII and now Xenoblade C2 reminds me how much I missed this genre. I have not nominations but I'm following and in.

steinkrug wrote:

So I’m happy to see interest and some nominations coming in. I’ll take that as people being okay with the format changes? If that’s the case keep the nominations coming. :)

I erred on the side of caution when giving some space for discussion of how I had things set up with the game selection format.

Opinions on adjusting these dates?
Nominations 12/24-12/30
Voting 12/31-1/6

Obviously nominations are already happening and that's cool and we could use some more, of course, but do we start voting a bit earlier?

Thanks everyone.

FF XII The Zodiac Age

Well I've only actually played one quarter of all the ones listed but I enjoy the thread and maybe it'll hit a pile game for me again in 2018.

Was there a link to this new thread from the old one? A lot of people only check their recent posts. Slow day at work or I wouldn't have bothered and found this.

Yeah I put a link in the old thread on Damnable Bear’s suggestion.

Nominees so far:

Final Fantasy XII (PS2, PS4)
Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (PC, PS3, Vita)
Resonance of Fate (PS3, 360)
Secret of Mana (SNES, Mobile)

And I'll add a nomination for Suikoden II (PSOne). It was on the last list and it's one of those classics I haven't played.

Thanks for organising this.
DIGIMON STORY CYBER SLEUTH (PS4, Vita)

Thanks for taking up the mantle, Steinkrug!

Here's my two cents:
Shadow Hearts (PS2)

Thanks for the thread steinkrug. I’ll try and play along if a pile title wins the quarterly race. No need to nominate this time as the pile jrpg I’d like to vote for is already up...

Current nominees:

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (2015; PS4, PSVita)
Final Fantasy XII (2006; PS2, PS4)
Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (2015; PC, PS3, PSVita)
Resonance of Fate (2010; PS3, 360)
Secret of Mana (1993; SNES, Mobile)
Shadow Hearts (2001; PS2)
Suikoden II (1999; PSOne)

Nominations will be open through tomorrow, 12/30 and then we’ll kick off voting on New Year’s Eve. Surely to be the highlight of that day for all!

I'll put Tokyo Mirage Sessions (Wii U)

steinkrug wrote:

Nominations will be open through tomorrow, 12/30 and then we’ll kick off voting on New Year’s Eve. Surely to be the highlight of that day for all! ;)

It is, actually!

Well, a highlight, at least. I won't be partying that day so...

As 2018 looms, it's time to vote!

As a reminder, you can vote for up to three games. Your choices for Quarter 1:

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (2015; PS4, PSVita)
Final Fantasy XII (2006; PS2, PS4)
Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (2015; PC, PS3, PSVita)
Resonance of Fate (2010; PS3, 360)
Secret of Mana (1993; SNES, Mobile)
Shadow Hearts (2001; PS2)
Suikoden II (1999; PSOne)
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (2016; Wii U)

I haven't played any of these (though I own more than half...)!

I would like to vote for Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel and Final Fantasy XII

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