Here's the image on the login screen. Serene, innit?
Here's what you see when you start character creation. Notice the Willy Wonka-esque mint chocolate chip pants. Dreamy!
It is possible to begin your 'fantasy life' as a 10 year old, though initially the system will tell you it's a bad idea. Why? Cooties.
Against my usual practice, I chose to design a character that looked as close to me as possible. Yes, I have no nose.
Again, close enough to reality, though I bristle at the nomenclature; 'pageboy' indeed!
Modifying your character like this is an insight into anime culture. Turns out you can tell a lot about someone by the kind of eyes they have.
I went with 'Innocent Eyes', the only deviation from true. Also, the 'Dumbfounded' mouth. That part's real.
Every epic journey should begin with your character standing bravely in front of a stolen chunk of Stonehenge
I kept expecting him to suddenly chime in with something about his Illudium Pu-36 Explosive Space Modulator
The Traveler's Guide is useful, sure, but the little SD Nao that accompanies it is what makes it valuable.
This is the game-controlled camera viewpoint, which wants to point you North at all times
This is the much less annoying user-controlled view.
Mabinogi goes out of its way to be helpful, which I completely appreciate, being barely competent myself.
I'm not dancing, I'm attacking that sign. Wait, is that better, or worse?
It takes murdering a defenseless raccoon with its back turned to ignite my self-esteem.
You have to see it to believe (and love) it.
I've never felt more heroic in any game ever, as I did when I saved that chicken from being gang-gnawed.
There's a subtle but hilarious kung fu-ness about combat; watch your opponents go flying through the air with the properly-applied strike!
Strike a pose, there's nothing to it...
It's nice to know I will eventually be a master of something; I just need to gank about... 10 trillion more raccoons.
From Rank F to Rank E in just one short species decimation!
I swear my mind was playing 'Tonight, Tonight' by the Smashing Pumpkins when I got this view. I'm ready for epic adventure!
This is one of those moments where you get all excited, then realize it was at the expense of a small, broken mass of fur.
Jack Kerouac notwithstanding, here I go into the village.
Does anyone else have a spritely little elfin girl in their sword, or am I just the winner of the Adolescent Otaku Sweepstakes?
How does my sword know so much about everything? I don't think she's quite as innocent as her image suggests...
Here's the first look at the town map; notice the 'Scary dungeon' and 'Sheeps' notes
He is Duncan MacLeod, the Highlander, and he looks every one of his centuries. Nah, I kid. He's well-preserved.
Yay! I grind rep with Tir Chonail!
Look to the right; every time you level a skill, or your character levels up, you get rundowns on what each of your stats means. Is this something I can disable, please?
This is nifty; selecting a quest not only gives you the details, but also a pointer to your quest's location
I swear that's a Pokemon up there.
I knew my character had colon cancer when...
Beating up a bush for its berries? This really IS my fantasy life!
I keep wanting to read this as 'General Store', but everytime I look at it... nope, still 'Shop'.
There's my sword hottie again, with more helpful tips.
There's just something about a guy's throbbing icon that brings all the ladies over.
Critters are alerted to you with one exclamation point, and are about to attack you with two points.
People in Mabinogi are such law-abiding citizens that they can leave their things around and just know no one will pick them up. Well, that, and it's just impossible to do.
These include hoodies, lutes, and the Necronomicon.
The sunken living room feature is sure to attract the townsfolk!
Have I wandered into LotRO?
ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? Oh, you're not? I'm sorry.
Despite the animation, running in Mabinogi is SLOW
I know she was saying things, but I can't for the life of me remember what they were.
I'm glad the sheep and dogs are separately labeled. I'd hate to mistake them for each other.
Not that among your options is to 'Wait for Rescue'. Gee, I would, but I'd rather not be webbed up and turned into a hatchery for baby red spiders, thanks.
*hoarse whisper* I'm Batman.
But I will say that it's really disconcerting, being able to watch a person's thoughts.
It's eerie the way its eyes don't follow you around the room...
It's not an accident that it looks like I'm walking into an open mouth.
AUGH! Oh, wait... these are white spiders, not red. Oh, that's okay, then. *slaughter commences*
I should've known something was amiss when that fox later started jotting notes while I was talking to Trefor.
Now this is even cooler than just clicking a button to level up a skill!
Just give me nine vatfuls of black, please.
Don't let its lack of arms fool you; it's a fiendish combatant.
Let me tell you: it HURTS when your eyes and mouth do this.
I never need a flashlight when I'm with her. Love you, Iris!
Pimp my arachnid!
Some heroes are born. Others are painstakingly created by mad scientists.
Here's me taking a break while the hero spider tosses Iris against a wall. Good times!
These three were talking about World of Warcraft. Such is its influence.
That's right... BOW, PUPPY DOG!
This would've been a cooler shot if you could see how far my opponent went flying.
How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Quest Scroll?
Aww, so cuddly! WAAARRK!
Please tell me you guys see it too!