Welcome to the inaugural meeting of the JRPG Club! For the next forty or so hours, we'll be playing Ni no kuni
, the newly released dream collaboration between Level-5 and Studio Ghibli. Care to join us?
What is the JRPG Club?
Well, it's like a book club, and in fact almost was
a book club. See, my buddy and I want to pass a very difficult Japanese proficiency exam. To that end, I proposed we start a study group, but he suggested a book club instead. That's when it hit me. "How about an RPG club," I said, and the rest is awesome, awesome history.
We will be playing JRPGs and discussing them along the way. We'll help each other through parts that are difficult to understand. And hopefully, we'll all have a really awesome time and learn something.
The first game we'll be playing is Ni no kuni.
We chose it because Ghibli in game form is a Japan-loving gamer's dream come true. It is directed at audiences young and old, which means they've made it accessible to people that cannot read Chinese characters, kanji
. Yes, that's right: furigana
. If you've studied any Japanese or tried reading manga in Japanese, then you know what that is, and know why it's so great.
Any rules? What should I do now?
Get your hands on the game, start playing and come by with anything you'd like to talk about (or need help with). However, please, please use spoiler tags very liberally. Just preface your spoilers with a simple description of where you are in the game so people know whether or not they're safe for them to open.
Where can I get Ni no kuni?
It shouldn't be terribly hard to import, and if you live in Japan, then just hit your local game store! And hurry up, because you'll get the ridiculously sweet spell book it came with.
Why use the Penny Arcade forums?
I don't think we're alone in wanting to play Ni no kuni
as soon as possible, and the more minds we have working through it the better. So please feel free to join us! Plus, the ability to hide spoilers is a must considering that we'll all be going through the game at a different pace.