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Dragon Warrior III (Nintendo NES) discussion [game]
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Mustache and I are starting this game in the next couple of days! Anyone feel free to join, but please use spoiler tags liberally!

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Posted: 09/30/12, 02:34:25  - Edited by 
 on: 09/30/12, 16:35:27
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Mustache and I are starting this game in the next couple of days! Anyone feel free to join, but please use spoiler tags liberally!
Posted: 09/30/12, 02:35:16
Woo! Starting this up tomorrow night. Yeaaaah, Game Threads!

Sooo, you wanna meet up / wait after the first big boss, or something? I have no idea how this game works.
Posted: 09/30/12, 02:38:18
I'm really busy this semester so I'm probably just going to play at the pace that is available to me. Could be an hour at a time or could be long sessions when I get a chance. But we stayed pretty synchronized for DW2 just playing at our own paces so lets see how that goes first.
Posted: 09/30/12, 02:44:01

Alright, I'll let you know hoe far I am tomorrow. It'll be vague.
Posted: 09/30/12, 02:46:52
Setting off on my adventure!
Posted: 09/30/12, 16:03:50
You might have a physical copy, Stache, but I added a PDF of the manual to the OP. Be careful, the second half is just a complete walkthrough of the game it seems.

Hmm... according to the manual, the game came with a Map Poster with a list of spells and items. I can't seem to find it online though.
Posted: 09/30/12, 16:35:10  - Edited by 
 on: 09/30/12, 16:46:51
Ok, I am done for the day. I completed the task that the game obviously wants you to do first: obtaining the Thief's Key at the Tower of Najima .

Having fun so far!
Posted: 09/30/12, 18:45:25

Oh man, awesome, thanks. I definitely didn't get one with my game. *double checking* Yeah, I only have a cartridge and a Nintendo sleeve (but I had picture perfect instructions sent to me with M.U.L.E. for some reason, ugh). What do people do with these maps? I mean, a map and instructions game with EVERY game, right? Did people just throw them out back then? Absurd!

Depending on how I do (sounds like you did fine), I'll hunt a Map down later. If I find a good place, I'll let you know.

Thanks, buddy!
Posted: 09/30/12, 20:26:22
Is this the first time that you guys have played this game?
Posted: 10/01/12, 00:28:23
@Mop it up

Yep! NASCAR just ended, so I think I'm gonna fire this puppy up and move football to my other TV.

Have you played / beat it, Mop? Do you own it? Join ussss.
Posted: 10/01/12, 00:33:37
Ah, I'm a bit surprised you haven't played it yet, given how much you like the NES.

I have this game on the NES and the Game Boy Color, but I already finished the NES version. I don't have interest in playing again though, as if I'm going to play a Dragon Quest game, it's going to be VI or IX, since I haven't finished the former or played the latter. This is where the series starts to get good though, so I hope you guys like it!
Posted: 10/01/12, 00:46:44
@Mop it up

Well, Dragon Warrior III isn't one of the easiest games to acquire..I mean, if you don't want to spend a boatload of money. I got tired of waiting around so I spent a boatload of money on eBay last year and got II, III, and IV. I think they were all different auctions, too. Blegh.

I rented IV years ago, but yeah, I've heard that this one is pretty darn good. Looking forward to it!
Posted: 10/01/12, 01:01:58
True. Though if you like that kind of game then you'll get a lot of playtime out of them, so they're worth the money. I was lucky enough to get II and III before they were sought-after, and then much later I got IV just to complete the series. But that's fine, because IV turned out to be one of the best games in the series. You're in for a treat there!
Posted: 10/01/12, 01:17:13
I love Dragon Warrior III. Had I, II and III on GBC all those years ago, really got me into RPGs. Could never really get into the NES version (bad grphx). Got the Japanese SNES version + English text patch running on the Wii. It's pretty awesome.
Posted: 10/01/12, 01:19:15
Alright, Jargaroo,
I'm well past where you left off (and still playing). I found an Arena / Underground Monster Fighting Ring and I've spent a lot of my time doing that. Just beefin' up on my Armor and stuff. (Level 9 w/ me currently, my other guys are 10 for some reason).

What guys did they give you off the bad? I wonder if we have different people or if they're stock.

--And off of your link, here is the General DWIII section on that site.

Great for Weapons, Armor, etc. that would've been included with the game. Dig it.
Posted: 10/01/12, 05:55:33
Each class levels at different speeds. Most classes level faster than the Hero and will be on a higher level, unless they're dead for a significant amount of time and miss a large chunk of EXP.
Posted: 10/01/12, 06:05:42  - Edited by 
 on: 10/01/12, 06:06:28
@Mop it up

Yeah, I noticed that.. Hmm.. I fought a boss guy, and everybody died except for one of my guys. I just had to land another hit or two to finish him off, and I did...and I went up two full levels, and most of my next one. What?! My other guys are pretty far behind now.

The game doesn't really..tell you to create new characters. Is that something that SHOULD be done? Is the idea to get strong enough so you can take these low class folks into heavy battles and protect them so they get monster experience or something? I've got some of my guys up to Lv15 already. I did a lot of walking around on Sunday night.. I've got 7 Grand in the bank...
Posted: 10/03/12, 01:17:42
Look what I found today!

I'd love to join you guys but FF3 (6) needs to be completed first. I will dive in down the road when you're probably done.
Posted: 10/03/12, 03:24:45

Ha! What a picture.

Play Dragon Warrior III with us nowww. I think Jargo has only logged like 3 hours, haha!

Where are you in Final Fantasy III? And when are you going in awesome Chat?
Posted: 10/03/12, 03:25:40
The game gives you the freedom to do whatever you want, so you can use whichever characters you desire. Some people forgo parties all together and beat the game using just the Hero, but you're probably looking for an easier time than that. What classes are you currently using? I picked a soldier, pilgrim, and wizard, and I got through the game without much trouble.

The soldier has high attack and HP, and can equip the high defence armours. It levels up slighter faster than other classes. However, it's slow, so it won't be defeating enemies before they attack as it almost always goes last in a turn. It has no magic so it isn't good for support. Equipment for it can also be expensive. Still, it packs a serious punch, so it's worth having around.

The fighter also has high attack, however it doesn't have as much HP as the soldier and can't equip the good armours. It does have much better speed however, as well as more crits, and so it may not get hit as much as a soldier if it attacks first. Fighters will be weak in the early game but can become very strong later on. No magic for a fighter either.

The merchant has average stats and will be decent in the beginning of the game, however it will soon be outclassed by everyone else, so I don't recommend using one much. It can help you make money and that's all it's good for. You'll need a merchant to progress in the story at one point, however you can just create a new one when the time comes.

The pilgrim is a good class to have, it learns a lot of healing and support spells and has decent MP. Its attack isn't too shabby either, though it should stick with support in big battles. The game's a lot harder without a pilgrim, you don't want to rely on your Hero, who is also a great attacker, for your healing.

The wizard learns some pretty powerful spells and has high MP, however it has low attack. It has decent agility which gives it decent raw defence, however it can't equip much armour so it's still weak. A wizard can be useful in some situations, such as attacking a large group of enemies with multi-hit spells, but having a soldier or fighter in its place can still be effective. The choice is yours.

The goof-off acts on its own accord, you can't control what it does. It may seem useless, but later on in the game you can change it into the best class in the game.
Posted: 10/04/12, 00:42:26
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