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Posted: Dec 26 2011, 09:51 AM
Teh Kickass Adminy
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Joined: 17-June 05
GVD - Gunpla Builder Plus
Based on the Gundam model kit promotional animation,Model Warrior Gunpla Builder Beginning G, this version of GVD will center on a world much like our own. The only real difference is that the hobby of building Gundam model kits is not only more popular, but has given rise to a new kind of video game competition.
Before reading any further, it is highly recommended that you watch the aforementioned Model Warrior Gunpla Builder Beginning G anime, as it will shed light on many of the concepts that follow.
General System Information
Hopefully you have now watched the aforementioned anime, and have a rough idea of what occurs with both the construction of Gunpla, and how the Gunpla Battle System works, other than the parts of the kits coming off while in the Haro Capsule (didnít make sense to me either, ah, anime physics at work!). Now on to the corrections! Yes corrections. Personally I prefer things to be a bit more realistic, and as that is the case I will now explain the modifications to bring this series closer to reality.
Change 1: Kit Rendering
Machines will not be optically scanned in the Haro Capsule to produce the virtual Gundams. Beyond being totally unrealistic in speed, the process itself would not be able produce accurate renderings of anything with moving parts. As such, this process of scanning a kit will take place in a hobby shop, and the information is then registered into the Gunpla Battle Networks database. The information is given a serial number that matches the RF ID tag number that is molded inside the right foot of each kit. This information is then downloaded to the system when the RF ID tag is scanned when the kit is placed inside a Haro Capsule.
Change 2: Network Play
Unlike in the animation, where the battles only occurred in a single location with terminals that were linked together, players can face off against people in other parts of the world in real time, and teams are not limited to players from a single location, just like any other MMO game. This means you donít have to worry about staging your character somewhere other than where you would be comfortable roleplaying from.
Any further changes that may be required will be added to this list as needed, and everyone will be notified through an announcement should this occur.
Before you look any further for storyline information, allow me to say, this is not a story based game, and as such there is no storyline. This game will be made up of the playerís actions, and roleplaying in a real world style setting. If you have problems with this fairly simple concept, that is not because of the game before you. That said we will launch events in the world of the game from time to time that the players will be able to interact with, but nothing like a traditional campaign in a normal roleplaying sense.
The following lexicon is to explain the meaning of certain phrases to players if they have not heard them before.
1/144 Scale - Gundam model kits come in several different scales. For this game we will be focusing on the 1/144 scale. The 1/144 Scale High Grade series of model kits offers the widest selection of model kits to build and use.
High Grade - The High Grade series of models offers decent mobility in kit size, and a moderate level of detail at a reasonable price. While there are both simpler and more complex grades out there, this grades ability to allow even the newest of modelers to complete a kit often makes them a favorite.
Gunpla Battle Network -Developed shortly after the 30th anniversary of the original Mobile Suit Gundam, the Gunpla Battle Network incorporates the usage of Gunpla Model kits to battle in a virtual combat simulator. Catching on quickly, it breathed new life into Gundam modeling which had been on the decline in recent years. Attracting more gamers to the genre, the game has exploded across the world with new players joining weekly.
Scanned - The slang terminology used for the process of rendering a Gunpla Kit into a full working game model for the Gunpla Battle Network. Due the intricate nature of each kit, scans only occur at hobby shops, and once completed, this data is encoded on to a kits RF ID Tag, which allows the machine to appear, and function in the Gunpla Battle Network. Each time a machine is modified beyond simple weapon changes, it must be scanned once again for its RF ID Tag to be updated with new data.
RF ID Tag - The Radio Frequency Identification Tag, or RF ID Tag for short, is a small magnetic square that is molded inside the right foot of every model kit. When placed into a Haro Capsule, a built in tag reader scans the imprinted serial number of the tag and downloads the kits scan rendering from the Gunpla Battle Network database for use in combat.
Haro Capsule - The Haro Capsule is a container mounted inside each terminal that serves two functions. Its first and most important function is to serve as a RF ID Scanner. In this role, it reads, and loads each kits scan data. The second is as a place to keep the model while the game is being played.
Terminal - The Terminal is cockpit set up that is used as the primary interface while playing on the Gunpla Battle Network. Modeled after the various layouts used in the Gundam universes, it gives the players a feel of actually piloting a Mobile Suit. Combining both display, and system, these units can take up a bit of space, but can stand alone from the network when being used in training mode if a kits data has been downloaded previously. While terminals are usually found in clusters at various hobby shop arcades, some have begun to make their way into in home use.