First Impressions: Mabinogi
- Opening Angel
Here's the image on the login screen. Serene, innit?
- Default Character
Here's what you see when you start character creation. Notice the Willy Wonka-esque mint chocolate chip pants. Dreamy!
- 10 year old
It is possible to begin your 'fantasy life' as a 10 year old, though initially the system will tell you it's a bad idea. Why? Cooties.
- Human male: face
Against my usual practice, I chose to design a character that looked as close to me as possible. Yes, I have no nose.
- Human male: hair
Again, close enough to reality, though I bristle at the nomenclature; 'pageboy' indeed!
- Human male: eyes
Modifying your character like this is an insight into anime culture. Turns out you can tell a lot about someone by the kind of eyes they have.
- Human male: mouth
I went with 'Innocent Eyes', the only deviation from true. Also, the 'Dumbfounded' mouth. That part's real.
- Starting screen
Every epic journey should begin with your character standing bravely in front of a stolen chunk of Stonehenge
- Who IS this guy?
I kept expecting him to suddenly chime in with something about his Illudium Pu-36 Explosive Space Modulator
- Nao note
The Traveler's Guide is useful, sure, but the little SD Nao that accompanies it is what makes it valuable.
- Overhead view
This is the game-controlled camera viewpoint, which wants to point you North at all times
- User-controlled view
This is the much less annoying user-controlled view.
- Explaining quests, Pt. 1
Mabinogi goes out of its way to be helpful, which I completely appreciate, being barely competent myself.
- Night Fever
I'm not dancing, I'm attacking that sign. Wait, is that better, or worse?
- Ganking the raccoon
It takes murdering a defenseless raccoon with its back turned to ignite my self-esteem.
- Kung Fu Chicken
You have to see it to believe (and love) it.
- Stop attacking that chicken!
I've never felt more heroic in any game ever, as I did when I saved that chicken from being gang-gnawed.
- And he goes flying
There's a subtle but hilarious kung fu-ness about combat; watch your opponents go flying through the air with the properly-applied strike!
- Ready to fight
Strike a pose, there's nothing to it...
- Combat Mastery
It's nice to know I will eventually be a master of something; I just need to gank about... 10 trillion more raccoons.
- Level up!
From Rank F to Rank E in just one short species decimation!
- The sleepy town
I swear my mind was playing 'Tonight, Tonight' by the Smashing Pumpkins when I got this view. I'm ready for epic adventure!
- Big Lucky Finish
This is one of those moments where you get all excited, then realize it was at the expense of a small, broken mass of fur.
- On the road
Jack Kerouac notwithstanding, here I go into the village.
- My sword speaks
Does anyone else have a spritely little elfin girl in their sword, or am I just the winner of the Adolescent Otaku Sweepstakes?
- Explaining quests, Pt. 2
How does my sword know so much about everything? I don't think she's quite as innocent as her image suggests...
- Larger map
Here's the first look at the town map; notice the 'Scary dungeon' and 'Sheeps' notes
- And now, a woman in a bikini
- Hello Duncan
He is Duncan MacLeod, the Highlander, and he looks every one of his centuries. Nah, I kid. He's well-preserved.
- My first quest
Yay! I grind rep with Tir Chonail!
- The annoying stat popups
Look to the right; every time you level a skill, or your character levels up, you get rundowns on what each of your stats means. Is this something I can disable, please?
- With a quest selected
This is nifty; selecting a quest not only gives you the details, but also a pointer to your quest's location
- Bird in a tree
I swear that's a Pokemon up there.
I knew my character had colon cancer when...
- Have at thee, bush!
Beating up a bush for its berries? This really IS my fantasy life!
- The General Shop
I keep wanting to read this as 'General Store', but everytime I look at it... nope, still 'Shop'.
- Adding hotkeys
There's my sword hottie again, with more helpful tips.
- Throbbing icon
There's just something about a guy's throbbing icon that brings all the ladies over.
- Shades of Metal Gear Solid
Critters are alerted to you with one exclamation point, and are about to attack you with two points.
- I can has rites?
People in Mabinogi are such law-abiding citizens that they can leave their things around and just know no one will pick them up. Well, that, and it's just impossible to do.
- Things for sale
These include hoodies, lutes, and the Necronomicon.
- The lovely town square
The sunken living room feature is sure to attract the townsfolk!
- What the hobbit?
Have I wandered into LotRO?
- It's like Gladiator, only... not
ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? Oh, you're not? I'm sorry.
- Full-tilt boogie
Despite the animation, running in Mabinogi is SLOW
- The Bank hottie
I know she was saying things, but I can't for the life of me remember what they were.
- The Pasture
I'm glad the sheep and dogs are separately labeled. I'd hate to mistake them for each other.
- The red spider what done me in
Not that among your options is to 'Wait for Rescue'. Gee, I would, but I'd rather not be webbed up and turned into a hatchery for baby red spiders, thanks.
*hoarse whisper* I'm Batman.
- I swear this isn't what it looks like
But I will say that it's really disconcerting, being able to watch a person's thoughts.
- There's that statue again
It's eerie the way its eyes don't follow you around the room...
- The first treasure chest
It's not an accident that it looks like I'm walking into an open mouth.
AUGH! Oh, wait... these are white spiders, not red. Oh, that's okay, then. *slaughter commences*
- Too-aware fox
I should've known something was amiss when that fox later started jotting notes while I was talking to Trefor.
- Guidebook for Tailoring, Pt. 1
Now this is even cooler than just clicking a button to level up a skill!
- Guidebook for Tailoring, Pt. 2
Just give me nine vatfuls of black, please.
- To attack a dummy
Don't let its lack of arms fool you; it's a fiendish combatant.
- Ooh, scary
Let me tell you: it HURTS when your eyes and mouth do this.
- My friend, Iris
I never need a flashlight when I'm with her. Love you, Iris!
- Ground Effect Spider
Pimp my arachnid!
- Spider hero shot
Some heroes are born. Others are painstakingly created by mad scientists.
- A little lie-down
Here's me taking a break while the hero spider tosses Iris against a wall. Good times!
- Can dungeons have lobbies?
These three were talking about World of Warcraft. Such is its influence.
- Kneel before my white sphere of power!
That's right... BOW, PUPPY DOG!
- Critical hit
This would've been a cooler shot if you could see how far my opponent went flying.
- The Quest Owl
How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Quest Scroll?
- Chocobo Spider
Aww, so cuddly! WAAARRK!
Please tell me you guys see it too!