Listening to: Gentleman
Reading: Dragon Eye
Watching: The Simpsons
Playing: Class of Heroes 2
Alright, so while I still ponder which one of my sketches I actually want to 'finish', I actually came up with this concept for a game when I was thinking to myself how some games right now are 'weird' - if not also innovative - for going beyond the normal rules/ideas of a game and making something totally fun (for example: half-minute hero). So here is an idea that popped into me earlier, which may turn out o have potential (if done right, that is):
Game Name: Level Down!?
Slogan: "A game where you fight to NOT fight!"
Level Down is a roleplaying game which takes place in a fictional world where demons and angels exist, in a similar style to Nippon Ichi's "Disgaea". It focuses on a unique gameplay where instead of gaining levels in battle, the main character stands to lose them the more enemies he kills. The main character will be at an advantage early in the game (starting at an incredible level of 9999), but it will get increasingly difficult further into the game as higher level enemies start to spawn. This will require the player to rely on party members, traps and the environment to avoid unnecessary fighting. The player may also make of items or magic to tone down how much experience points the main characters loses, but any kill by the main character will always lead to experience loss and, in turn, their levels. Battle is done through a third-person point of view with a bird's eye perspective. Other than that, the game parodies and pokes fun of elements from stereotypical roleplaying games such as the main character's hatred of 'level grinding' because he can't join in without the risk of losing levels.
Characters (yes, I even thought of characters, but only three so far):
His name is so awesome it spells 'demon' backwards. The main protagonist and the feared 'Ty-Lord' (a play on the words 'tyrant' and 'overlord') who rules a section of the Dark Lands with an iron fist. Nomed is the second youngest of the 'Darkest Elite', a group of Ty-Lord demons who rule over the entire Dark Lands. Nomed is known as one of the strongest, wildest and most ruthless - if not also eccentric - of the bunch, known to slay anyone if they get in his way... literally! Though he rules an entire kingdom, he never had a need for an army, preferring to kill any intruders or attackers by himself. He is the only person so far to have reached Level 9999 and his sole goal is to reach the unattained 'Level 10000', which he believes will give him absolute power over everything and anything. However, everything changes when the Hero-in-Training Abigail confronts him during an assassination attempt and puts a curse on him as a last resort. The curse is then revealed to drain Nomed off of his experience points each time he makes a kill, eventually draining his levels as well to the point of death upon reaching 'Level ZERO' (the game's lowest character level is 1)! Now Nomed needs to learn how to restrain himself from doing the one thing he does best: killing for fun.
The Hero-in-Training that secretly sneaks into Nomed's castle during a raid by the human soldiers. She challenges Nomed to a fight after failing to assassinate him, but after failing to even put a scratch on him, she casts a powerful curse (she claims to have gotten it from a 'good shopping channel') that now makes him lose his experience points the more he kills. After some turns of events, she stays by Nomed's side, making a promise that once his level is low enough, she will 'kill him during breakfast'. Abigail looks up to and is a big fan of the fabled 'Maiden Hero' and constantly quotes her in conversations. In fact, she is so obsessed with the tales of her idol that she sometimes drools while thinking about them! She is also incredibly honest to a fault, refusing to lie to her enemies even in the most dire situations.
An angel who comes from the Holy Lands to also assassinate Nomed, believing that by killing him the whole demon army will die out and the whole world will finally find true peace. However, she is surprised to find the feared Ty-Lord refusing to kill her (unknown to her, the curse is already on him and he doesn't want to lose more experience points), and misinterprets the situation completely. Instead, she thinks that the Ty-Lord has suddenly fallen in love with her and couldn't bear to kill her even when he can, and that in reality Nomed is a person who wouldn't harm a fly (granted Nomed is not aware what levels flies are in the game and doesn't want to take the rist). She joins Nomed's quest to remove his curse, but only so that she could spread word how 'nice' of a person the feared Ty-Lord really is.. which is not doing Nomed's reputation any justice.