Chapter 0:


Path of Pandora – My Worldbuilding System

The gaming industry experienced a massive boom in both player numbers and games created when the first Virtual Reality Game-Development tools were developed.Bookmark here

VRGs for short, allowed users to create lines of code using only their brain waves. This was shorty expanded to include models, animations, audio, and many other things, that any gamer would need to make their dream project come true.Bookmark here

It took less than a year and the gaming industry was full of millionaires, most of whom began as solo indie developers. Corporations went bankrupt, as their abused and overworked employees quit to create their own corps, run by passionate artists and video game fanatics.Bookmark here

Beyond all these success tales, there was one man, whose name lived on as a legend in the VRG developer community. His name was Hachiro Tanuki.Bookmark here

Tanuki was a nineteen years old NEET. His two main passions were art and games. He applied for art school after graduating, though every college refused his application. The reason being: they thought he wasn't good enough.Bookmark here

His dreams being shattered into pieces, Tanuki lost all hope in life. That was until he heard of VRGs and the possibilities they provide.Bookmark here

With a newfound goal, Tanuki set off to create the perfect game, one that would be enjoyed by anyone, no matter the taste. He tried to use an MMORPG basis, while also incorporating other mechanics from games such as FPSs and others. There were roguelike elements, tower defense parts, shooter mechanics, and a bunch of different systems inspired by other genres.Bookmark here

Tanuki spent countless nights learning about video game design. His game was meant to be so complex, he kept a large diary about every detail he wanted to add, half of every page detailing different solutions to various problems that might arise.Bookmark here

He was committed to creating the perfect game to ever exist. There was only one detail he forgot: why such a game hadn't existed before.Bookmark here

Of course, while his ideas were great in theory, they were impossibly hard to execute for someone with no previous game-making knowledge.Bookmark here

"Shit! Damn it!" These sentences were yelled constantly, as every new feature brought another error with it. "This shitty code just won't work!"Bookmark here

Despite how agonizingly slow it was, Tanuki didn't give up on his dream. From 8 A.M. to 8. P.M., he wore his VR headset every day, hell-bent to create the perfect game. Sometimes even while cooking.Bookmark here

"Goblins should be perfect tutorial enemies for low-level players." He sniffed the air and took his headset off. "What is this smell? Oh no… my pancakes!"Bookmark here

Though both his friend and savings were rapidly diminishing, Tanuki's willpower carried him towards a righteous goal.Bookmark here

"I'm going to be the richest game-developer!" He cried out happily, once he finally managed to program a day and night cycle. "Get ready, world! Hachiro Tanuki will shine bright like a star!"Bookmark here

Month after month, he kept going with ever-strengthening will. But as seasons changed, something happened…Bookmark here

"That building goes there, then that bar goes there… achoo!" He sneezed. "Then that weaponsmith goes there…"Bookmark here

He stopped. It took him a few moments to register what just happened. He took off the VR headset with wide eyes. The computer screen beside him was coated in saliva.Bookmark here

"When did I catch a cold?"Bookmark here

What first began as a simple sneeze quickly evolved into a fever. His body temperature grew to dangerous numbers and he found himself too weak to get up from bed.Bookmark here

"This… is bad…" He looked at the phone on the other side of the room. "I'm too weak to get up and call an ambulance… shit… at this rate, I'm going to die…"Bookmark here

In his last moments of lucidity, Tanuki equipped his VR headset. He opened his perfect game and continued to work on it.Bookmark here

"I should… put down some flowers…"Bookmark here

After a few seconds, Tanuki passed on.Bookmark here

This is a cautionary tale VRG developers tell their fanatic colleagues. Whether it is true or not, they don't know and don't care. It's just a fun legend, after all.Bookmark here

But what they don't know is that Tanuki's story didn't end there, but rather just began…Bookmark here

[ Hachiro Tanuki gained 'Blessing of the Developer'! ]Bookmark here

[ Reincarnation begins in 3… 2… 1… ]Bookmark here

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