King Boo Carnival v2.6

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Description: "Carnival tickets and merry mayhem." King Boo brings the party to his long-awaited festival of fun!

This was a submission to Custom Board Contest #4! It features a character theming (King Boo and Boos) and plenty of custom events.

First, the main gimmick: it's a carnival, so you just have to collect carnival tickets, right? Well, the paper tickets didn't arrive in time, so the Boos have opted to use Skeleton Keys instead. That's right, there's finally a proper reason to horde these guys.

Let's run through the events in chronological order:

Ticket Booth: When you enter the carnival gates, your coins will be forcefully taken by the ticket booth Boo and exchanged for a carnival ticket, a Skeleton Key. (As a note, he will not give you another one if you already have one.)

Prize Exchange: Just a couple steps away from the ticket booth, here you can trade in your Skeleton Key(s) for differing prizes! As indicated on the signpost next to it, 1 ticket = 10 coins, 2 tickets = Golden Mushroom, and 3 tickets = 1 Star! Indeed, here in the carnival, you can trade items for a Star!

Magic Show: Here, you can watch either Kamek's Coin Conjuring, or Boo's Whimsical Wizardry, to modify your items (or opt to watch neither, if you want to keep your items). Kamek will turn your first item into a hefty 13 coins, while Boo will transfigure your first item into one of the following:
  • Bowser Phone
  • Dueling Glove
  • Boo Bell
  • Cellular Shopper
The Cellular Shopper is particularly helpful as it allows you to access Toad's or Baby Bowser's Item Shop and purchase items not normally available. Speaking of...

Item Shop: The shops offer a unique item selection, and are currently operated by Boos. The items for sale include:
  • Mushrooms
  • Plunder Chests (good for stealing Skeleton Keys!)
  • Dueling Gloves
  • Golden Mushrooms
  • Boo Bells (this is Boo haven after all!)
  • Bowser Suits
  • Magic Lamps
  • Item Bags

Item Bags have a chance to contain the following items:
  • Poison Mushroom
  • Mushroom
  • Cellular Shopper (helpful!)
  • Lucky Lamp
  • Plunder Chest
  • Boo Bell
  • Koopa Card (rare!)
  • Skeleton Key (valuable!)
  • Boo Repellant (the only way to obtain one!)
(Well, there are still regular Item Spaces here and there, so take advantage of the hard-to-get items available in the minigames!)

The next few events are carnival attractions that allow you to obtain more Skeleton Keys:
  • Capsule Machine: The giant Boo capsule machine in the middle of the board costs 5 coins to operate. You could obtain 5 coins, 10 coins, a Skeleton Key, or nothing. There are three "nothing" messages; will you get to see them all?
  • Teacup Ride: The Swirling Boo Buddies ride costs 5 coins to play, and if you pick the right teacup to ride in, you can get a Skeleton Key! If not, it's still a nice shortcut. (Note: If you enter this ride while in reverse, you will exit back onto the main path in reverse!)
  • Trivia Quiz: King Boo's Fear House is located at the top of the board. Hm, the design almost looks familiar... Anyway, King Boo oversees the entire carnival from his balcony...even if you can't see him during gameplay. Regardless, passing here will allow you to pay 5 coins to answer a trivia quiz. If you're right, you get a Skeleton Key! If you're wrong, you'll lose an additional 8 coins! The questions are all Boo-related. Maybe it would be best to do your homework?

Boo Bellhouse: Landing at this house shaped like a Boo Bell will have the proprietor offer you a nice Boo Bell!

Concession Stand: The Pink Boo vendor will sell one of the four Mushroom items at random, but the price is always 5 coins! What a steal.

Free Skeleton Key: Landing in front of the pink carnival stand will net you a free Skeleton Key!

The Skeleton Gate leads to outside the carnival grounds. Here, you can find Boo, a couple of Item Spaces and Battle Spaces, and the Boo Brothers:

Boo Brothers Curse: Pay the Boo Brothers 5 coins, and they will curse your rivals, making them lose a Skeleton Key! The Left Boo Brother curses characters on the left UI (in turn order, first and third) while the Right Boo Brother curses characters on the right UI (in turn order, second and fourth). If you're on the side that the Boo Brother will curse, you can pay an additional 10 coins to have him avoid cursing you as well. (Note: there is no check if your rivals even have keys in the first place, so make sure you know who's got a key before you pay up!)

To my knowledge, all issues with events have been debugged. I'd also like to give thanks to Airsola and Rain for assisting in buggy code, and providing the coding basis for many of the custom events. Special thanks to Airsola again for helping with playtesting and re-balancing. If you find any issues, do not hesitate to let me know! Many thanks!

EDIT (v1.1):
-Updated the outcome chances of some events to be more accurate.

EDIT (v2):
-The "outside the carnival grounds" path spaces were altered, notably introducing a Chance Time Space and two new Happening Spaces, the Boo Brothers.

EDIT (v2.1)
-Some custom events were 8-byte aligned on the stack to avoid N64 crashes on Everdrive.

EDIT (v2.2)
-Item Bag purchase no longer causes emulator crash.

EDIT (v2.3):
-Events now include player animations and voices, and fade-out transitions!
-"Capsule Machine" event now indicates that it costs 5 coins to operate before selecting an option.

EDIT (v2.4):
-"Prize Exchange" and "Item Shop" events now include AI logic: in general, CPUs will now consider all the options that they can afford, including exiting. If a CPU has 3 Skeleton Keys, they will trade them for a Star.
-"Concession Stand" is now closed on the last turn.
-"Teacup Ride" can no longer be entered from the exit. When entered in reverse, the event now proceeds properly.

EDIT (v2.5):
-Events now rotate the player so they face an appropriate direction during the event.
-"Prize Exchange" now includes proper "Star Get" music and animation.

EDIT (v2.6):
-Adjusted the location and number of Star spawns from 8 to 7.
-Fixed a reverse issue.
Posted by: MarioComix January 29, 2020, 06:39:23 PM

Rating: ***** by 2 members.
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November 27, 2019, 08:55:27 PM
Very fun board with lots of interesting custom events!
While I prefer a slightly smaller board, the length was still excellent!
Not to mention the very fun background, I want this Carnival to exist lol
A really fun & charming board with lots of unique ideas!!  ;)

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