Last November we at DHN wanted to host a community programming day where you the community would put your skills to the test and create the best fan dothack game. But to many people's disinterest in performing such a difficult task and many people questioning their graphic and programming skills, we sought a way to balance the field so that everyone could participate. Rather than the community sit and write code or sit and draw, we discovered an easier method. What if we provided the programs you could use and you would focus more on the storytelling. And thus the genre Text Adventure Game was the best platform to allow everyone the chance to participate.
A text adventure game, for those unfamiliar does not use graphics whatsoever. It works like a Choose Your Own Adventure books, where everything is predetermined but the reader, in this case the player's choice would determine different outcomes of success or failure. The player is given a text prompt and makes a choice when the narrative needs a player to interact, or the player can move around and select options based on words and actions. If anyone may have been fortunate to play, a real life example of a game that is best known for this would be Zork.
The programs you may choose for this challenge are Inform 7, Twine, Quest, or ADRIFT. You will want to read on the features each program has to offer best suited for your needs, i.e. some can be created on a web page without having to install any software, others allow easier navigation for branching results. Whichever option you choose is acceptable, you may even use any other software not mentioned here. So long as the community can download and play your game.
The last rule and most important rule to this challenge is that it must be dothack related. Whether you decide to use existing dothack characters in a new story, or using the canon characters to retell the same story for those who were unable to play the games, or if you wish to create your own original characters that exist in The World franchise is acceptable. Which version of The World is up to you, the original, The World R:2 from the .hack//GU games, The World R:X from .hack//LINK, or The World FORCE:ERA from the movie .hack//Beyond the World. Character classes should be mentioned or made apparent, use of friendly creatures like Grunty's and ChimChim's are also encouraged, and of course monsters! While pulling out your notebook or notepad writing ideas, you should consider the following: protagonists, antagonist, supporting characters, a conflict, a solution, and a resolution. Be sure to consider other literary tools like themes and tones.
And of course, be sure to share your works when you finished. Make sure to tag us @dothacknetwork on social media when you wish to share your work. And on September 13th 2019 aka International Programmers Day, we will pick an entry as the winner of 2019's Make Your Own Dothack Game challenge!
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Now available, the ChimChim plush raffle giveaway. Fellow Discord chat user Toastedjam will be giving away a ChimChim plush for free to 1 lucky winner. No purchase required, shipping and handling fee's will also be provided for free. International participants are welcomed. To enter, simply comment here in this topic with the hashtag #ChimChimPlease to submit your entry. Typing the hashtag more than once will not gain you multiple entries. Tell your friends to join this post if they wish to participate in this giveaway. If you currently have a ChimChim plush and want to give one to a friend, you may enter on their behalf. Event starts now, ends on 01-06-2019. Good luck, have fun everyone!
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Greetings dothackers! Are you familiar with Funko Pop! figurines? Did you know they accept submissions? Let's band together and suggest a .hack line of figures for Funko Pop! to develop. Make sure to select Pop! from the drop menu, whatever .hack character you'd like, and then enter .hack as the fandom. Enter your submissions here! https://www.funko.com/suggest-a-product #dothack #dothackers #Funko #Pop #FunkoPop #figures #CC2 #CyberConnect2 #BandaiNamco
Halloween is 3 weeks away! If you get an early start on carving your pumpkins, here's a few samples to begin with. Just print and tape to your pumpkin, and with a knife cut out the gray areas. Post your pics here for all to see! #dothack #dothackers #dothackgu #Halloween #pumpkin #carving #ChimChim #triedge #bandainamco #CC2 #CyberConnect2
It is currently the last day of May for 2018 and we are here to share to you some new updates!
In the realm of dothack news, nothing new has come from CyberConnect2 or BandaiNamco regarding new series or releases as of yet, .hack//G.U. Last Recode is still the last in the franchise to been released. However in terms of merchandising, quite a few new content has been released or will be released. Those who ordered their Haseo figurarts from Japan had received them throughout the month. If you had ordered the four fanbooks that released last year, there was special instructions on how to obtain the 5th volume. The 5th volume unlike the previous four was not for sale directly and required proof of purchase. It has been reported that volume five has been shipped and even some reports that people are receiving them already. The CC2 store has released an all new Haseo Omega B-st Form art plate this week. The English public relations side of CC2 has announced their interest in fans of .hack// to contact them to share what makes you a Super Fan!
Dothack Network News!
Earlier this month we made a decision and announced the need to raise money to acquire a once in a lifetime opportunity to obtain the production notes from the .hack//LIMINALITY localization back in 2002. With the aide of two generous donators Jeremie and Manuel, we reached that goal and have begun contacting the owners of the estate of former director of the localization Kevin Seymour. Once we've obtain this package, you can count on us to scan the pages and release the contents back to you the fans for your viewing pleasure. In addition, this next month June we will host yet another giveaway for the rare .hack//ENEMY trading card game uncut sheets. If you are unfamiliar of what an uncut sheet is, trading cards are printed from large printers on one sheet and after being printed on both sides get cut into the standard palm size you are familiar with. On a few occasions these sheets don't get cut for events, promotions, and to the people who helped work on them. Earlier last year we started off with 12 sheets, now we are down to 2 left. Follow us on social media or our website to learn the details of the next giveaway in early June 2018. We also like to welcome Rekka to the Discord moderation team, she's been a strong member of the community giving us insight what's been going on live at the events in Japan and sharing her love of the series with other fans and collectors.
AzureZhen continues to update The World R:Craft, a free to play .hack Minecraft themed game. In the latest update, he shares weapons models from the GU series playable in game. Xithyl Kykorl has gone through great length's at translating the Table Top RPG game called .hack//Infinite Generation, that was published in Kadokawa Shoten's ".hack//TheWorld" magazine volume's 2 and 3. This game and rules can be found on our wikipedia we host, not to be confused with the long standing .hack wikia page. Zaren and Tyrial share more development photo's of their The World R:2 3d MMO game they've been developing. Des Shinta catalog's on how he replicated the sword from .hack//G.U. Last Recode's 4th volume The Gate of Ouroboros. Juan Zaragoza shows the progress of an upcoming Kite cosplay. And fan favorite SMZeldarules shares updates to her .hack//Root's meetup. We also meet some new live streamers such as Shinjukuo and LovelessXSpirit.
And lastly, we'd like to share our reach of fans across all our networks as of May 31st 2018.
Discord Users: 963 https://discord.gg/YkRJjQF
Facebook Page Likes: 2,643 https://www.facebook.com/dothacknetwork
Facebook Page Followers: 2,600 https://www.facebook.com/dothacknetwork
Facebook Group Members: 918 https://www.facebook.com/groups/dothacknetwork
Instagram Followers: 129 https://www.instagram.com/dothacknetwork
Player.me Followers: 14 https://player.me/dothacknetwork
Twitter Followers: 212 https://twitter.com/dothacknetwork
Steam Members: 75 http://steamcommunity.com/groups/dothacknetwork
YouTube Subscriptions: 53 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBEy6D--SAMARDmSx6a6FNA
Website Registrations: 533 http://www.dothack.org
Wikipedia Users: 6 http://www.dothack.info
Xithyl Kykorl, a community developer on our Discord chatroom, had been working to translate the Tabletop RPG game .hack//Infinite Generation as seen in the magazine .hack//TheWorld 02, a three part one shot magazine published by Kadokawa Shouten in 2003. The TRPG was meant to be played with up to 5 people and and your everyday d6 (6-sided dice). Create your own characters and share your stories your team went on. Extra props if you record your adventures for the world to see! #dothack #dothackers #dothacksign #dothackimoq #theworld #wiki #discord #trpg #rpg #game
We've recently came across the family of Kevin Seymour, director for the localization/translation of the bundled .hack//LIMINALITY OVA, who had gone through his estate and sell off his notes and all the documentation that went into the production of the localization. Things like the line reads for the voice actors, payments made to the voice actor talent, communication and emails between the companies involved in the rights/licensing on how they wanted their IP's handled, translation notes of original text and adjustments for English audiences. They are willing to sell off everything for $199 USD. Now this may end up being sold, to hopefully someone who is a fan of the franchise, or it may end up being sold to someone who doesn't recognize the series, or worse that it may end up be thrown out. We hope it may end in the hands of a genuine fan of the series but in the case it doesn't, we'd like a chance of obtaining this rare piece of .hack history and to share it back to everyone in the community.
We at Dothack Network are a hub that helps point fans towards related projects relevant to their interests i.e. playing .hack//fragment, playing a The World themed Minecraft game, playing in worlds modeled after The World in VRChat, playing with other role-players, meeting other cosplayers, sharing arts, etc.... We have no capital or assets other than building and maintaining this community and linking everyone and everything together. Thus we need your help in reaching a goal of $199 USD to obtain this piece of .hack history.
If we are able to acquire these documentations, you can expect us to share it with you the fans and the community. Scans of each document, video's going through the works, and acknowledgement to those that help us bringing this back to the community. Any amount helps, even a $1 USD will get us closer. So if you are able to aide in this fundraiser, we thank you wholeheartedly and hope to show you something amazing, new, and exciting!
You can donate here by clicking this link.
Below are pictures of some of the documents the family has provided.
Join us on our Dothack Discord today and chat with hundreds of fans of the series. https://discord.gg/YkRJjQF #dothack #dothackers #dothacksign #dothackgu #anime #games #ps2 #CyberConnect2 #CC2 #BandaiNamco
.hack//G.U. Last Recode now on sale with 30% off! #dothack #dothackgames #dothackers #PS4 #videogame #LastRecode #dothackgu #CC2 #CyberConnect2 #BandaiNamco
For those unaware, our goal and mission with Dothack Network is to archive and promote both official news and content, as well as fan sites and fan projects. Basically, if CC2 or BandaiNamco mentions or graces us fans with something new in the .hack// universe we will cover it and keep a record of it. And if a fan wants to create content related towards the series, we will acknowledge it, we will promote it, and do what we can to help you grow it. This is our first and foremost purpose of our community; to network you to the information you want or didn't know existed, to network communities together and help them grow, and build an everlasting network that proves how amazing the fans and fandom are, what they've done, what they've accomplished, and how we all did it together. So if you know something we haven't covered, or wish to start something new, let us help you and help others discover and explore all the great things you all can do.
This is officially the first email update of 2018, we apologize on not keeping you informed on the changes and news since 2017. The PS4 and Steam copy of .hack//G.U. Last Recode had released a demo copy for both systems, this only allows you to play the tutorial, but if you never played the .hack//G.U. series it is a nice little entry into the series. No news has come about the franchise since Last Recode of November 2017; but there has been a ton of events, promos, and new merchandise sprawling over in Japan in relation to .hack//G.U. and .hack as a whole. We at Dothack Network have begun a quest to catalogue all the merchandise, products, and memorabilia from the .hack// universe over the years both new and old on our main website which you can view here.
Earlier this year, social media and social networks have had hit it rough to the point that the end user have either opted to continue using their platforms or called it quits. Dothack Network originated on Facebook back in 2012. Since then we've built this site, created a Facebook group for the fans to reach out to each other, we've spread across various social media platforms other than Facebook, and established an official chatroom on Discord. We've acknowledge this dilemma and have been refreshing our site to be a great neutral ground for those hesitant to be on Facebook, Twitter, etc.. All our content on our site can be accessed freely without any accounts, registration, or providing any information from you to our site always. But should you wish to join in the comment and discussions, you can create an account with just your email only. Or if you wish and still continue to use social media, our site allows login's from your Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube, Twitch, and even your Steam account. The Dothack Network website can be reached at our easy to remember web address dothack.org from any device or PC. No installation required, so if you are hesitant on joining our Discord chatroom, the website is still a good neutral ground; however Discord can also be accessed by web browser only and no installations too.
Here's the latest in the realm of fan projects and content creators. SMZeldaRules continues to update us with new cosplay photo shoots with other .hack cosplayers. AzureZhen makes new features and model rips to his .hack themed free version of Minecraft. Taka is in develop of a Dungeons and Dragons tabletop based on The World FORCE ERA as seen in the .hack// movie Beyond The World. There has been a ton of new players and new area servers in Alkalime's .hack//fragment hosted lobby server. Rekka keeps us updated on the latest concert, meetup, and events related to .hack over in Japan including the latest Lien Live concert. Scygoku and others show off their recently shipped Haseo white/black .hack//figurarts. There has been a surprisingly amount of discussion on .hack//ENEMY the American TCG from 2003 over on our Discord chatroom, of those building decks and trading/selling cards. Ameila shares off her review of each .hack entry on her blog as seen over on our Facebook group. Erroneous trolls everyone on Facebook with an April Fools Day box cover of a .hack//IMOQ remaster reaching 16,013 people and again with a .hack//Loot Crate, although the later is more a request to BandaiNamco rather than a prank. There has been quite the amount of fan activity lately, we apologize if we missed something here.
And lastly, we'd like to share our reach of fans across all our networks as of April 26th 2018.
Discord Users: 922 https://discord.gg/YkRJjQF
Facebook Page Likes: 2,630 https://www.facebook.com/dothacknetwork
Facebook Page Followers: 2,588 https://www.facebook.com/dothacknetwork
Facebook Group Members: 855 https://www.facebook.com/groups/dothacknetwork
Instagram Followers: 125 https://www.instagram.com/dothacknetwork
Player.me Followers: 14 https://player.me/dothacknetwork
Twitter Followers: 206 https://twitter.com/dothacknetwork
Steam Members: 74 http://steamcommunity.com/groups/dothacknetwork
YouTube Subscriptions: 49 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBEy6D--SAMARDmSx6a6FNA
Website Registrations: 527 http://www.dothack.org
Wikipedia Users: 6 http://www.dothack.info
What if, BandaiNamcoGames got into the LootCrate business for their license over the .hack// franchise and we the fans were given the chance to see these every other month. Would you sign up for one? Share this idea on over to Bandai NamcoGames Inc and maybe someday we all will be waiting by the mail box. #dothack #dothackgames #dothacksign #dothackanime #dothackinfection #dothackgu #dothackers #BandaiNamcoGames #CyberConnect2 #CC2
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We talk about fan projects, we play .hack//Fragment on the new 24/7 lobby server, we obviously talk about dothack, collecting merch, sharing art, host a weekly trivia game, and much more!
If you don't know what Discord is, it is a chatroom program you can run in any web browser, or install on your PC, and a downloadable app on your phone. You can choose to register or login as a guest.
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1080p and 60 frames per second
High-detail backgrounds and user interface, etc.
Retry feature added
Movement speed increased
Auto mode (play with your strongest levels and equipment)
Maximum items you can possess has been increased to 90
Item menu shortcuts and sort features
Feature to use the same item over and over
Empty equipment slots are easier to understand
New recovery method “leisurely break” added to the platform, available from the early stages
Decreased the probability of allies selling the items you give them
Improvements made in Vol. 2, Vol. 3, Vol. 4 have been applied to Vol. 1
Attack power has been increased and hit stops during attacks have been reduced to speed up the battle tempo
Some tough enemies have been made a bit easier
Kadokawa Publishing has been a major book publisher for the .hack// franchise since the series began in 2002. They handled the manga's, novel's, strategy guide's, magazine's, and even the info books. Unfortunately many across the world never got the chance to review these major products from this publishing company (exception of Tokyopop's licensing to US & UK). To most of us collector's, importing these product's was the only means to acquire them. Have you ever imported any of these amazing products? Which one sounds interesting to you the most? Leave your comments below! #dothack #dothackers #dothacksign #dothackgu #dothacklink #Kadokawa #CyberConnect2 #CC2 #publishing #book #manga #novel #infobook http://www.dothack.org/store/category/5-kadokawa/
Greetings dothackers, some of us started or expanded onto the novels and mangas. How many Tokyopop books do you currently still have? Which ones are you still in search of? Be sure to check out our full list on our web page below. http://www.dothack.org/store/category/3-tokyopop/
The Dothack Network Facebook group page had initiated a Saturday gathering of fan art, drawings, sketches, cosplay, all forms of artistic works for and related to the dothack franchise. You can submit your own works or share other works while crediting the artist on our Facebook group page every Saturday.
For those unaware, Apkallu was the name for the art board seen in the .hack//G.U. Playstation 2 video game. We also have a Apkallu channel on our discord server. https://discord.gg/YkRJjQF
#dothack #dothackers #dothackgames #dothackanime #dothacksign #dothackinfection #dothackroots #dothackgu #dothacklink #cyberconnect2 #cc2 #BandaiNamco #apkallu
On Friday's we celebrate the revival of the .hack//fragment servers by the community by logging in, joining a server, and grind for experience with your fellow dothackers on Dothack Network. To do so, you will require PCSX2 v1.5.x or better, a PS2 emulator for the PC, and a patched ISO of the Japanese PAL disc for .hack//fragment for the Sony PlayStation 2. Here's a setup guide you watch on YouTube
We meet on Friday's from 4pm PST, 7pm EST. For help and support, be sure to ask in our #fragment-ps2 channel on our Discord server https://discord.gg/YkRJjQF if you require assistance, or wish to host your own fragment server.
For a full list of details be sure to read this article on how to get started.
#dothack #dothackers #dothackgames #cyberconnect2 #theworld #dothackfragment #dothackinfection #bandainamco #cc2
On Thursday's we join our fellow dothackers here on this Discord in the #roleplay channels to go on adventure. Depending on your experience or interests of which version's of CC Corporation's "The World" you wish to play, you will notice that each #roleplay channel (#roleplay-r1 #roleplay-r2 #roleplay-rx) ends in R1, R2, and RX. These represent which The World you will be roleplaying in. The World R1 is earliest of the incarnations featuring 6 classes, rideable grunties, 5 root towns. The World R:2, the best known incarnation of the series boasts 11 classes, guild management grunties, 4 root towns. And The World R:X is an expansion of what we know in R2. The roleplay's run all day, so if you are a role-playing veteran or wish to try for the first time, join in with your fellow dothackers.
#dothack #dothackers #dothackgames #dothackgu #cyberconnect2 #theworld #dothackinfection #dothacklink
On Wednesday's we immerse ourselves in a VR chat service that allows us to emulate what it would be like playing in The World R1 and The World R2 thanks to the platform VRChat (downloadable at http://www.vrchat.net and on Steam http://store.steampowered.com/app/438100/VRChat) and thanks to CasuallyNoted for rigging and applying the textures from the PS2 games into a space on the VRChat service. After you've installed the platform of either choice, you will need to join the server by clicking on the Chaos Gate of your choosing at http://www.twvrc.com. We meet on Thursday's from 4pm PST, 7pm EST. Learn more by joining #theworld-vrchat on our Discord server https://discord.gg/YkRJjQF
#dothack #dothackers #dothackgames #dothackgu #cyberconnect2 #theworld #vrchat #vr #game #online #steam
On Tuesday's right here in this Discord server, our friend the Haseo [bot] in the #trivia channel will deal out questions in which you may answer correctly to receive a point. The questions are .hack based from any source material old and current. There is a multitude of difficulty from simple to extremely hard. The event usually runs from 4pm PST, 7pm EST and for the remainder of the day. Spelling counts, caps do not. Win 3 rounds in a row against other players and be inducted to the Elite-Dothacker group. Learn more on our Discord server https://discord.gg/YkRJjQF
#dothack #dothackers #dothackgames #dothackgu #cyberconnect2 #theworld #game #event #knowledge #dothackinfection #dothacksign
On Monday's we gather on a free-to-play modded Minecraft server hosted by AzureZhen. This server does NOT require a paid Minecraft. All you need to do is setup a forum account on cyberconnects2.com to use as a login. Then download the game's launcher.
Install the launcher, load the program after installation, use your forum username as your login, the game will download the patch files and you will be able to play. We gather every Monday at 4pm PST; 7pm EST. Get real time support in #minecraft-theworld on our Discord server https://discord.gg/YkRJjQF
#dothack #dothackers #dothackgames #dothackgu #cyberconnect2 #theworld