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Using Easter Egg References to Gothic Horror-Fantasy

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So, for sources of ideas for Gothic Horror-Low Fantasy, some settings that I feel are useful for worldbuilding inspiration that could work as Easter Eggs in TDM are Dark Souls, with a sword in a bonfire. Bloodborne, references to a werebeast outbreak in a city called Yharnam. Ravenloft, you could reference a vampire count named Strahd. Warhammer Fantasy, you could mention Witch Hunters that work for the Builder church. Any other Easter egg references you have ideas for in missions, or missions that already have Easter Eggs in them?

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Steal a silver sword that belongs to a Witcher? Or come across sheet music composed by Dandelion(Jaskier)? JackFarmer gave me that idea in HH:VF; there was some Peter Gabriel lyrics lying around, loved it. FMs need more Easter Eggs.

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1 hour ago, Jedi_Wannabe said:

Steal a silver sword that belongs to a Witcher? Or come across sheet music composed by Dandelion(Jaskier)? JackFarmer gave me that idea in HH:VF; there was some Peter Gabriel lyrics lying around, loved it. FMs need more Easter Eggs.

All games need more Easter eggs. I personally miss when games had lots of references to other games and movies littered about, like in Spyro 3 when Moneybags threatened to turn Spyro into a blue hedgehog, or in Duke Nukem Forever where he finds Isaac Clarke's severed head and exclaims "That's one "Dead Space" marine"

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I always put some kind of easter egg in all the levels I've made. Not references to other things really, just hidden items or secrets or objectives. 

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8 hours ago, peter_spy said:

but making a famous item from another game to steal feels a bit too in-your-face IMO.

Oh absolutely, I wouldn’t dare be so blazé as to specifically say it belongs to a Witcher, that’s a trademarked proper noun and would be TOO obvious. Maybe have a silver sword with an accompanying “diagram” (some readable)that merely says it belonged to a monster slayer. Just vague enough. Certainly not a main objective but a secret loot.

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I love adding easter eggs to my missions, and always add multiple ones. I usually make them quite hard to find though, so that the player feels a sense of accomplishment / reward for discovering them. I don't think that I will be adding any gothic horror / low fantasy type easter eggs though, since I'm not very into it. I also miss the days when almost all games had many easter eggs littered about the place.

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   Series:                                                                           Standalone:

Chronicles of Skulduggery 1: Pearls and Swine                     The Night of Reluctant Benefaction

Chronicles of Skulduggery 2: A Precarious Position              Langhorne Lodge

Chronicles of Skulduggery 3: Sacricide [WIP]

 

 

 

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