I have a confession to make: I love Achievements. Oh, you can call them “Trophies” or “Challenges” or what have you, but the basic idea is the same: A means of tracking your in-game accomplishments that you can show your friends or merely admire on your own. And while many people don’t live achievements, the truth is they’re far more ubiquitous than most people admit. Take, for example, Sengoku Rance.
“But wait, No Moshing,” you might say if you were my convenient strawman, “Isn’t Sengoku Rance a hentai game with dubcon and weird stuff? There’s no way that Sengoku Rance would see an Xbox release!” While that is true, feast your eyes:
Sengoku Rance uses a scoring system to determine what unlocked extras you get to use in subsequent playthroughs. You start with a certain amount of points for the difficulty you’re on, and lose one point for every turn you take. Clearing characters’ relationship sideplots grants two extra points per, and there are five other achievements that add to your score- Beat Orochi, Beat the Youkai King, have sex with 300 women, find 6 treasures, and have an army of 30k troops or more.
On top of that, the system info page also demonstrates how far you are along in the game’s story mode.
That’s, basically a whole bunch of achievements with an in-game mechanic attached. On an Xbox it’d look like:
Beat Youkai King (10G)
Fuck 300 women (10G)
…and so on. Why am I explaining this? Because when I say that I’d like to introduce achievements to Harem Collector that you don’t immediately think of that annoying “Boop” sound from Xbox 360 games and want to strangle me.
I don’t know if I will, though- achievements are the sort of thing that work best when front-ended onto a game and adding them a quarter of the way through development like this will probably lead to bugs and problems. So here’s a preview/tease about what achievements would be in the game if I could.
Dawson’s Dream: Collect all 100 Dark Seeds
This one is fairly self-explanatory- collecting all the Dark Seeds in the game woul be quite a feat, and earn you a little recognition as well as the reward for the 100th Seed.
Middle Kingdom Champion: Defeat Evanie the Sword-Saint with only the Hero
While Evanie will show up later in the game, soloing her the first time you meet her would offer up this achievement.
One Man Army: Defeat the Orc Chieftain, Zombie Bard, and Leon the Steel-Hearted with only the Hero.
Later on, there might be more names to add to this list, but the basic idea is to reward the player for soloing the non-optional “Leader”-type bosses with the Hero. If this list becomes too large, it could easily be pared down to “Leader-type bosses who actually represent military leaders”, dropping stuff like the Zombie Bard.
Who is Leon the Steel-Hearted? He’s the only other “Leader-type” boss I have planned for right now, and will be the final boss of the Eastfort questline.
OSHA Compliant: Complete The Virgin Gynocides without knocking Borgen unconscious.
One those cool “alternate path” sort of things, if you convince Borgen to give you both keys without dropping a [REDACTED] on him. Not that that is possible in the January Update, because I still have to add that alternate path, but it should be ready for February.
Taste the Rainbow: Deal every kind of elemental damage in one combat without using scrolls.
This is *almost* possible in the current build of the game- the only thing you’d be missing is an item which exists but I haven’t set to drop anywhere.
Results May Vary: Do something terrible and get away with it.
This achievement would unlock in a number of different ways- for lowering the pay of the kids at the cannery during Cannery Can-Can, raping the maid during Ain’t No Party Like A Search Party, drugging Yamamaya with catnip, and other things like that. It’d basically be a 0-point “shame on you” sort of thing.
Switch Hitter: Have sex with a man.
There are currently two opportunities in the hero for the Hero to get a taste of vitamin D, and there probably will be more- I find the idea of such an aggressively heterosexual man constantly ending up in situations where he has to “Take one for the team” to be pretty funny. This achievement would simply recognize the fact that your Hero has a little more… variety of experience than is canon.
There’d also be less interesting ones for plot completion, and more interesting ones for secret bosses and such, but this gives you a basic idea of what I had in mind.