Let’s have some fanfiction: ‘The Last Stand of Viktor the Lion-hearted’ (Suikoden 2)

August 16, 2014 at 10:49 am (Fanfiction) (, , )

It’s Suikoden Day once again, which means plenty by way of being a fan. And by being a fan, I mean writing fanfiction. This one’s about Viktor facing maybe (sort of? Most likely? Certainly?) doom.

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Let’s have some fanfiction: ‘True Beasts’ (Suikoden 2)

July 18, 2014 at 5:24 pm (Fanfiction) (, , , )

This is a work of fanfiction which was submitted to Suikoden Day 2012‘s Eike’s Library! Fanfiction Contest, and won first place.

It’s about a 16-year-old Luca Blight, a birthday, getting drunk, a True Rune, and foreboding about the future. Read the rest of this entry »

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Let’s have some fanfiction: ‘Tea Time’ (Suikoden 2)

July 18, 2014 at 5:18 pm (Fanfiction) (, , , )

This is a work of fanfiction which was submitted to Suikoden Day 2013‘s Eike’s Library! Fanfiction Contest. And it won too.

It’s about Han and Genkaku hanging out, talking about life, death, the war, and what may or may not happen when it’s all over. Read the rest of this entry »

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Suikoden Day 2013: The 5 things I want to see in Suikoden VI

July 11, 2013 at 10:40 pm (Awesome, Nostalgia) (, , )

Today is Suikoden Day 2013. Seems like it was only yesterday that the Suikoden fandom was celebrating the first and second Suik days online, with much cheer and fangasming. This year, devotees are invited to talk about what exactly they’d like to see if the Suikoden series (long frozen at the fifth instalment, although with a few spin-offs over the last couple of years) were to shake off its inertia and go on to a sixth Suikoden.

In reality, there has been very little to suggest that Konami has Suikoden VI on its slate (at least not for the foreseeable future), but the fans are a-clamoring, and Konami hasn’t totally been overlooking them. So here are the top five things I’d like to see in Suikoden VI.

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1. Lots of 2D animation

Suikoden lends itself wonderfully to anime-style sequences – just think of Suikogaiden Vols. 1 and 2, or the opening of Suikoden III. In a perfect world, where things like budget and manpower constraints don’t exist, I’d imagine all of Suikoden VI would look like an anime, except one that you can play (think the in-game graphics of Guilty Gear, but somehow, impossibly, translated into an RPG).

Not only does this give the game a sharp visual style, and an immediate appeal to the anime crowd, but it further blurs the line between playing a game and telling a story – something Suikoden has always been good at.

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The game I never thought I’d play

February 14, 2013 at 6:35 pm (Articles / Interviews, Awesome, Nostalgia) (, , , )

Yesterday, I came home to find this – a package from Barcelona, containing a bunch of Suikoden merchandise, most specifically an original copy of Genso Suikogaiden Vol. 1: Swordsman of Harmonia. Only waited 12 years to get my hands on that.

Suikoden Day prize

It’s no secret that Suikoden II is my favoritest game in the whole wide world (one of the few things that gets me blogging regularly is gushing about Suikoden Day, or Why This Game Changed My Life). I got into Suikoden II at around 12, that age where the stories you hear just sort of stick with you forever. It was also at that age I discovered you can look shit up on this thing called the Internet. Suikosource didn’t exist yet, but there was Icy Brian and Rebel Hideout (what was once souleater.org) to go look at game art and character bios and stuff. Read the rest of this entry »

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Today in awesome: It’s Suikoden Day 2012!

November 30, 2012 at 12:01 am (Awesome, Uncategorized) (, , , )

It’s that time of the year again: Suikoden Day!

(Remember how much fun last year was?)

Dish out the food!

Have long, insightful conversations!

Bring out the booze!

And the karaoke!

Call your friends! It’s not a party without them! Read the rest of this entry »

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The Suikoden anime dream

November 28, 2012 at 3:39 pm (Awesome, Random Shit) (, , , )

Just because Suikoden Day 2012 is a couple of days away, here’s the opening of Konami’s 1999 text-based game Suikoden Gaiden Vol. 1: Swordsman of Harmonia, which fired the dream for a Suikoden anime series for more than a few merry fans of the series.

And then Vol. 2: Duel at Crystal Valley came out, which brought fan favorites like Millie and Viki to animated life.

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Today in awesome: Top 10 favorite Suikoden moments

May 21, 2012 at 12:56 am (Awesome) (, , )

I have unabashedly expressed my love for Suikoden before. I did the 30 Day Meme, put some pictures together for Suikoden Day 2011, wrote an essay bout how this game can change your life. Recently, StarsOfDestiny.tumblr.com challenged people to put down their top 10 favorite Suikoden moments, so these are mine.

Most of these will be coming from Suikoden II, because while I have an appreciation for all the games, the second installment is what persists as a mini-kingdom of joy inside my head.

10. Viktor’s speech to Neclord

Viktor tells Neclord -precisely- how he intends on carrying out his revenge.

This is made doubly awesome by the fact that it follows a blatant attempt by Neclord to throw Viktor off by bringing up a zombie Daisy (Viktor responds to this likeness of the girl he loved by hacking its head off). The speech that follows is so awesome they made a play about it in Suikoden III.

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Shades of Gray (or Things I Learned About Life from a ’90s PlayStation Game)

February 15, 2012 at 9:09 am (Articles / Interviews) (, , , , , )

This was my submission for Suikoden Day 2011‘s Old Book (ie. essay writing) contest – 500-ish words on why I love Suikoden. There were some awesome prizes up for first and second place. I got third. Ah well. There’ll be another chance in Suikoden Day 2012 (huzzah!).

Also check out my other contribution to Suikoden Day 2011 – a bit of pictorial ramblage concerning Suikoden and alcohol.

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12-year-old me played Suikoden II on the recommendation of a school friend, who said it was “nice.” I assumed I’d be entertained. But Suikoden II did significantly more than that – it taught me about stories. Read the rest of this entry »

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Today in awesome: It’s Suikoden Day!

December 15, 2011 at 6:01 am (Awesome, Uncategorized) (, , , )

It is Suikoden Day. Let’s party n__n.

Have a drink
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