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Hello!

I have a permanent registration from way back in 2004 for this game, and I'd like to pick it back up. I've changed name since then, but I still control and can read emails at the email address used for the registration from back then. I also still have the original PayPal receipt and confirmation from Darrell that I was registered.

How can I go about transferring this old membership to the current site?

How should I go about doing this?
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I just found the "Claim Your Previous Registration" section and it worked perfectly. Sorry about that!

Nice to see it still works with registrations that old, though. :D
Haha, that is impressive after 13-14 years. What was it that reminded you of this game to think about coming back to it after so long?

Hope you have a good time back on this game. ^^

Hey Mog, I've been lurking on this website on and off as i played through the game and check in for updates and stuff over the past three or so years.

I just wanted to say, cause i assume no one really has on here, that you're awesome! Despite not being specifically affiliated with this game you're always on here to help anyone who needs it and share your knowledge, all because you like this game and feel it helped you. You're a seriously kind person and i just wanted to let you know that at least one person has noticed it after all these years. You're like basically the one reason this place still looks active after all this time.

Thanks for being so dang cool and i hope you have an awesome day!
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Thanks for your kind words! ^^

I check the site every day. I really feel like I owe a lot to this game for how much it accelerated my kanji recognition proficiency. It's sad how few people know about Slime Forest Adventure or don't give the game a decent try. I often try to point people to this site and to help those who are here already, as I want many more people to experience the same benefit I had from using the game.

Ironically, I rarely play any Slime Forest nowadays, because I started using a very complicated keyboard input setup just over a year ago and it doesn't work really at all with this game. For typing Japanese, I don't use either romaji input or the normal version of kana input. What I use is a layout called "NICOLA 親指シフト" (thumb shift), which is a crazy kana input that requires using thumb keys... Even for typing English where I now use Dvorak instead of the usual Qwerty layout, I have a complicated setup where I use a third party software called "DvorakJ" with my input language set to Japanese Microsoft IME rather than using the proper Windows 10 English Dvorak keyboard.

I've spent many hours trying various ideas to get it to work with the game but I've not had any real success. For months I've been having strong urges to continue my main save game on Slime Forest... It's been so long that I can't use regular kana input anymore, and I'm even worse at using romaji input as I haven't used that for about five years now... I really wish I never changed my keyboard layouts. It's such a specialised technical problem that there's nobody I can even ask for help. But at least I feel some relief by helping other people to continue playing the game. ^^;

why is 倍 fold as in folding a bedsheet according to the menmonic?

jisho says it should be double or times, or fold as in a 2 fold increase in quantity. no other word works either
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Most likely that it was simply the easiest way to associate any kind of "fold" with that kanji. Both the English words "fold" as in folds of cloth and "fold" as in twofold share the same origin anyway.

I hadn't properly memorised 倍 before I began playing Slime Forest. I remember this mnemonic did actually help me quite a bit to memorise it. I almost think that because it was talking about bedsheets kind of fold, that it made me notice this mnemonic more because it made me wonder why on earth it was talking about the verb fold. :D

However, I'm not sure if the game makes it clear that the word "fold" associated with this kanji actually means as in twofold, threefold,...?

I understood immediately because I'd encountered ばい (倍) in Japanese before I started Slime Forest. But people completely new to Japanese might never have seen how this kanji is used to be able to realise that 倍 isn't to do with folding bedsheets or paper. Maybe it would be better if this were noted at the end of the mnemonic (if it's not already)? ^^

> Monday, November 6

> The last few builds have just been to fix a problem with how the game starts in Mac OS X Sierra / High Sierra. The way it is now isn't ideal, but it's possible for people to play, and it's quite awkward without a modern Mac to test on, so I think I'll leave it at that for now.

> Working now on a port to SDL 2, which should fix some performance and compatibility problems, and is something I had better get out of the way before adding features.

Very exciting news to hear that the game is in the process of being ported to SDL2!

Among other things, there's a good chance it might help make things easier for me to deal with issues I have with my complicated keyboard setup. I've barely played the game since I switched keyboard layouts a year ago. ^^;

Also very curious about what "adding features" could possibly mean~ ^^
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Hello.
I just bought the common version. I am on macOS Sierra 10.12.1 and no way to open it.

When I click on the .app, no error message will display but nothing is happening.

Is there any way to fix it ? Thank you.
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Well, I hope someone will be able to answer your question. I've only used Windows and Linux, so I don't really have any idea what the problem might be.

I don't know if this could even possibly be it, but did you definitely download "install" .zip file rather than the "update" .dmg file? I don't know anything about Macs, but just wondering if it could be possible that you installed the "update" on its own without ever having installed the full thing beforehand.

Other long-shot idea, if you updated from the free version to the common-use version, then maybe there's a problem with this and could instead try installing the full common-use "install" file without doing any updating instead.

Hope a Mac user or Darrell might see your question, as I doubt it's likely either of my ideas were anything to do with your problem. Good luck. ^^;
Oh, I was also wondering...

Does the free version of build 168 work for you on Mac? Is it only the common-use version that doesn't work or do both behave the same way?

If you haven't tried the free version of build 168 before, you can get it on the following page:

https://lrnj.com/download.html
No it's not these reasons. I downloaded the full common version directly but it didn't work. Tried to download free then update it but nothing. The free version don't work too.

I really want to play it on my mac but I really can't make it work...
Wish I could help, but I really know nothing at all about Macs.

One last thing I've noticed though... There is a very good chance that the Mac version of build 168 might have an issue preventing it working on Mac. One of the changes in the changelog for build 168 says "fixed OS X launcher to work with latest versions of OS X". There could well be an accidental fault with this fix, stopping the game from being able to launch. This is just a complete guess though.

I don't know of any other Mac users who are currently active posters on this site. You might even be the first person to have tried build 168 on Mac.

I think your best bet might be to try emailing Darrell about it. He may not reply on this channel too often but he usually is very quick to reply to emails:

bugs@lrnj.com
contact@lrnj.com
I see Darrell has released build 169 today, where the changelog for it simply says "another fix for the OS X launcher". ^^

Is your problem fixed now?
I have a mac and had the same trouble. What you can do, however, is download the file and right-click on the slime icon, clicking on "show package contents". That should take you to a folder called "contents". Open it to find a folder called "MacOS". Open this to find a block entitled "Slime Forest". If you open this you should be able to get into the game. I hope this helps!

Ooh. I check this site every day, but have only just noticed a new build was released last weekend (build 170).

Is there a difference between builds 169 and 170 for people who are full "common use kanji" version users?
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Quick question, does the game end once you get the world key for Puyo Gem and talk to the girl? I finished the 1972 kanji but I want to double check to see if I'm missing something.
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Haven't finished all of it yet.

The game has a few side quests which I haven't yet started. At the moment, I'm just killing kanji slimes for reinforcement, however I feel I'm actually pretty decent at them now so I'll be looking at starting those side quests soon.

Outside of the game, I've been reading Tae Kim's Japanese Grammar Guide.
I really like some of Slime Forest's side games.

The first one I got really interested in a few years ago was "Storyless: Kana Touchtyping". This teaches the standard "JIS Kana" key layout you see printed on keyboards in Japan. This way of typing kana isn't even that common in Japan, as most people use romaji input to type kana instead. I don't know if I'd recommend switching your Japanese input mode to kana input like I did, but this side game should be a fun challenge and will give a feel what the layout is like.

On to something much more useful, the three grammar related side games are really nice!! I've found these a lot of fun and very helpful. I'd do it in this order: "Text Entry Grammar", then "Verb Forms", and then if you want a real challenge which even contains questions related to classical Japanese grammar try the very thorough "Grammar Patterns".

Lastly, the "Original Easy Mode" side game is very cool. Unlike the other side game modes, this one actually takes you through the first part of the story rather than an endless forest mode. Instead of kanji, you are tested on vocabulary written in hiragana. This is more interesting than it sounds. The vocabulary is grouped into themes such as colours, dimensions, adverbs, etc. I think it's a nice random selection of words it teaches.

At the very least, I definitely recommend checking out the grammar ones. If you've used a bit of Tae Kim's guide, you should be able to get the hang of them. ^^
>>908
I'll have to check those out. I've looked at a few of the other game modes, mostly for kana training, but haven't yet tried the other ones.

Been meaning to ask you mog86uk, as you seem very knowledge at all things Japanese, how fluent are you?

As JIS Kana isn't very common even in Japan, it's something that I don't plan on learning until much later, only after once I can master a basic conversation. Not saying that it can't be useful, but I feel that at my level, there's a lot more important things to learn first.

Because you're learning it, I get the impression that you've mastered the language, or at least close to it. Is that accurate, and if so, how long have you been learning roughly?
>>909
Yeah, it's certainly not necessary at all to try out learning kana keyboard layout. I simply started it because I already had a strong interest in keyboard layouts and other computery stuff. I liked the feel of typing directly into kana. I also liked the idea of removing any need to think in romaji when typing, to help get used to thinking of kana and their sounds directly without picturing any romanisation spellings, so that I could get a bet feel for Japanese pronunciation and sentence rhythm. It wasn't because I'd reached an advanced level or had nothing more important to learn--it was just sheer curiosity. :P
I'd say I'm not "fluent" at all! People interpret the word "fluent" differently. For me, "fluent in Japanese" would mean: being able to read, listen, write, draw, and speak Japanese like a free flowing river--able to get my point across or understand others without any effort or hindrance--just flows out naturally. I'm definitely not at that stage, nor anywhere near it.

I can read hiragana and katakana as easily as reading the English alphabet. I can recognise a few thousand kanji, the general meaning and at least one reading of most of these. But that's only reading and typing, not drawing. I've learnt a lot **about** Japanese grammar (even crazy things like classical Japanese grammar), and can comprehend mostly all grammar used in Japanese when reading or listening. However, I'm not so great at knowing what grammar to use when I try to write or speak. I still struggle quite a bit with getting points across when I try to make my own sentences. As I don't live in Japan, only rarely read things that are written in Japanese, don't ever encounter any Japanese people,don't talk to Japanese people online,(...basically, I don't interract with Japanese people), I therefore don't have of a feel of what words/grammar/spellings/etc are common or natural. And my worst skill would be speaking, because I don't really practice speaking in Japanese much at all since I would only be talking to myself.

On the reading end of the spectrum, I don't have to put much effort at all in any more, to the point where I'd say I'm getting near what I'd call fluent. But when it comes to composition and audio-related skills I feel I'm still a long way off. ^^;
I'm 31 and I actually started learning Japanese when I was about 13 (18 years ago)!! I had fully learnt both hiragana and katakana by 15 and had also been learning some basic conversation stuff. But I didn't do a lot else until I got much more interested in Japanese a few years ago.

However, this whole time I've only been learning Japanese for fun. I've never had any Japanese classes; just completely self-taught. I've never had any real purpose for why I'm learning Japanese. I've not been trying to pass any exams or learning in preparation for moving to Japan. I've not been studying Japanese properly in a sensible structured manner. I simply do whatever I find most interesting or fun. Whether that be reading up on classical Japanese grammar before I've even mastered the basics, or drilling a set of 6355 kanji before I've even taken the lowest level of JLPT exams. Most of my "studying" is simply me messing around on game-like sites and apps.

It wouldn't take 18 years to reach the point I'm at. My studying time is more like 4 or 5 years if you take out all the gaps, but you could get much more fluent than me in that time if you focus on the essentials. For me, it's the journey rather than the destination. ^_^;
>>912
I see. Similar to myself, I'm learning pretty much for fun. Would love to be bilingual one day and due to their exports, I feel Japanese would be the language I would make the most use of.

I just upgraded to the common kanji version, and I downloaded the update, but it didn't come with any instructions. I'm not sure how to inform my free version that it has been upgraded.
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@ookamimimi, That chest is for the "egg" item. There are no keys for re-entering the castle. I needed the egg to be able to encounter the dragon again, to be able to get that messed up name item (so that I could be able to obtain the two new "key to the world" items that are needed to begin Episode 5).

In Episode 5 (or maybe later), you will obtain a new tool which should solve your want of better herbs.

A couple of the spells you can learn are health restoration spells too. And one of the spells (the sixth one I think) will help towards solving your over abundance of money problem. ^^

Best of luck with getting into Kabu town though... :P
Do you know if the egg in your inventory was replaced with a messed up name item after that scene on the free version?

My situation was slightly different. I went from full version of build 163 to build 164. But you went from free to full version, probably both higher builds than 163 (nearly three years old now).

In build 163, after you have that weird scene at the end of episode 4, you simply lose the egg item and don't get given any new items in your inventory.

In later builds, as episode 5-8 were added in build 164, the free version which still ends on episode 4 might have changed what happens after that scene. Maybe it replaces the egg with the messed up named item?

If that is the case, then when you upgrade to the full version you wouldn't need to re-encounter the dragon (as the egg had already been replaced with the messed up name item needed for progressing to episode 5.)

It does seem a bit strange if this is how it works when upgrading from free to full now though. Might be a mistake that it's like that. The dragon fight isn't terribly essential, but it is a fun little battle. Does seem a bit strange if the story continues without having actually defeated the dragon... But you haven't really missed out on anything -- you just see the dragon, kill it, and then the egg item disappears and is replaced with the messed up name item. ^^
mog86uk: I thought the dragon knocked me out and took its egg back. ;) But the story through there is . . . open to interpretation.

Sadly, I wasn't paying close enough attention to know the answer to your question. I was so sure the egg would somehow lead to me being able to get into Kabu (and that this would be the end of the free version), and also that I would be informed on screen "You have reached the end of the free version! You may continue to practice the kanji you have learned in the world of Slime Forest Adventure, or go here to upgrade to blah blah blah . . ." that I was too busy being shocked to bother looking in my inventory.

Eventually, it occurred to me that having Jenk eaten by a dragon was a sort of funny way to end the free version, so even if it was confusing, I would go buy the full version and see if that fixed everything. And then my update didn't come with instructions, so I stuck it into the folder that looked "right" and went back into the game and was still confused. So I came here and asked my question, but it was the middle of the night, and I was impatient, so I kept on running around the map like a decapitated chicken, talking to the sage in the main castle again and all manner of things.

I did at some point notice the weird item in my inventory, but I can't honestly tell you if it was already there before I upgraded. I tried so many things and in a very random order.

Eventually, I talked to the princess in Kabu, and I didn't even notice that the item had disappeared or that I had new keys to the chronolabe, until much later in my random flailing, when I tried using the chronolabe to go back to Kami no Mushi, as if that could have helped, and suddenly noticed I had other options (and that the weird long-name item had disappeared). That was when I finally realized my game HAD updated, and that I'd had the file in the right location all along.
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Thank you for the advice about spells and the future tool, etc. I will stop obsessing on Kabu and go fight slimes in the desert for a bit. :)
Oh! if it's of interest, the build I'm on (for both free and full version) is 167.
Haha. I like your theories of the free version ending -- the dragon knocking out Jenk, eating him, and taking its egg back!

Maybe Darrell can confirm if your theory is correct? :D

Although, thinking about it, if you continue your game on the free version after encountering the dragon, you are still in one piece. So maybe not that being eaten part. :P
agreed. :)

The full screen stopped working. Trying to open the full screen version of the game hasn't worked since I downloaded it, and now not even the Alt+Enter shortcut won't do it. What do I do?
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(Oops. Meant the changelog for build 163. I accidentally typed 162.)
Oh, that's strange then. Do the ALT+1 through to ALT+8 key shortcuts still work though?
Just noticed that this appears to be fixed in the current version, although it's not mentioned within the changelog.
@Drahcir, Are you sure? It doesn't seem like anything has changed for me.

Double clicking "Slime Forest (fullscreen).exe" still does absolutely nothing for me even with build 167.
>>869
Ah, not sure about the full screen executable itself, didn't test that, just at Alt+Enter shortcut.
I see in your first response, the issue didn't affect you, but like the OP, I wasn't able to use the Alt+Enter shortcut on the previous version.
Ah, right.

I had been wondering if maybe the OP was pressing the numpad "Enter", instead of the one you're meant to press--the normal Enter key, "Return". (Is it still called "Return" these days?)

I really can't see why it wasn't working for some people. I've never had trouble with that shortcut in any build of SFA on Windows XP, 7, or 10.

Hi there,

I've finally got back into this game, taking a very long break. Currently reached 700 kanji and the game isn't sending me any new ones.

After speaking to the sage, getting the chronolabe, I've discovered a new pair of islands, shaped like carrots. The image is a picture of it, as well as a few locations on it.

I think I'm meant to get to the ruins on the east-most one, surrounded by a moat, however I have no way of crossing it. There's been some mention of keys but I can't find any information of where to go to find them.

Can anyone give me a hint of what I'm meant to do?

Also, I'm aware that there is a desert island side quest which provides Jenk will spells. What exactly do they do? I've put aside learning words, focusing on the kanji for now, but are they worth putting the time in to obtain at this stage in the game?

Thanks to any replies.
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Now that I've reached the 1000 kanji meanings, I've now noticed that the game has switched over to teaching me kanji words.

I'd rather finish off the meanings if possible, before I begin the words. Is it possible to switch back to them? There's nothing about it in the trainer options.
Which of the three versions of the game are you using? (Free version, $10 Gradeschool Kanji version, $20 Common Use Kanji version)
And you're definitely on the latest build, build 165?

The "Free" and "Gradeschool Kanji" versions only have four episodes and a thousand kanji. The Common Use Kanji version has eight episodes and 1,972 kanji.

In episode 5, you should start to encounter kanji 1,001 onwards once you reach the next island (called Honey Camey). This island tests meanings of kanji 1,001 to 1,175.

Where are you encountering the slimes which are giving you words instead of meanings? There are four types of kanji slimes in the story:
・Kanji: recognition by their English meaning keyword. (normal green coloured slimes).
・Readings: "Best-Guess Readings", basically teaching ON'yomi (dark-green coloured slimes).
・Words: "Special Reading Words", basically teaching KUN'yomi vocabulary (dark-red coloured slimes).
・Compounds: "Regular Reading Words", teaching kanji compound vocabulary (greyish-blue coloured slimes).

The "readings" slimes appear instead if you have the "book" tool equiped (the spellbook, for charging spells).
The "words" slimes appear on the elemental islands (where you go to learn the spells).
The "compounds" slimes show up in the cave on Jagaimo island from episode 2 onwards (replacing the normal kanji slimes after you completed the cave in episode 1).
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As far as I can tell, it sounds like you are on the first elemental island (the "desert island") where you go to learn the first spell, rather than on Honey Camey island? Are you encountering red slimes instead of the normal green ones?
Should had mentioned it but I'm using the Common Use Kanji version, build 165. I'm playing a standard game (no kana).

Ah, when you had mentioned the other two items, I realized that I had collected the sickle on the carrot island which was causing the word KUN slimes to constantly appear. Unfortunately (and stupidly), I didn't the put two events together and now with another item equipped, I'm back on the kanji slimes.

Once again, I very much appreciate your assistance so far mog86uk. I'll buy you a drink if we ever meet IRL.
Hey, I'm trying to figure out the kabukabu puzzle, and I think my version of the game may have a bug. So ... I went to Ninjinia, and I found the quest item and took it to the priest. He thanked me and gave me a key to the world, but it never showed up in my inventory. I figured it just sort of inserted itself into the chronolabe, but it doesn't say anything different when I try to use it, and no one else says anything different either. I certainly haven't found any new islands.

I came to this page looking for clues as to what to do next, and people are saying things like "use the key to unlock Kami no Mushi". That sounds like exactly what the game is telling me to do, but ... I don't have a key to use, apparently, even though the game told me I had one. :( What should I do?
@ookamimimi
I think you may just need to give the sage in Jagaimo Castle another visit. He's the guy who deals with things like this and makes adjustments to the Chronolabe.

I think the key to the world goes straight into the Chronolabe; that's where it should appear once you've got it working. When you use the Chronolabe tool, it should open a window with a list of all the keys to the world you've collected so far. So far, if you have it working, it should just have one item in the list, "Kami no Mushi", and when you click it it will give directions to the island. ^^
sorry for posting this in the wrong thread, BTW. Oops. Thanks for helping me anyway. I'll be more careful next time.

And yeah ... I would have sworn in a court of law that I'd tried that, but I tried it again on your advice, just to be able to describe the problem more clearly, and TADA! there's the island in the list. Weird. Well, I guess that fixes my block! Thank you.

Help, I'm stuck once more.

I've recently obtained the Black Mattock (from the circular island with the single chest in the middle) and I'm not sure what I'm meant to do next. The game isn't providing me any new slimes.

I've travelled to all the islands I can and there doesn't appear to be any new events from them. The first cave back on the initial island is throwing me kanji slimes which I haven't yet learnt.
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It's intersting looking back at my notes from that time... Was such a crazy coincidence how the timing of the build 164 update randomly happened to coincide perfectly with where I was up to...
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Mon, 29th September 2014 -- Finished the story on build 163. My stats showed I had learnt up to "Kanji: 1066" at that point. (I think I might have temporarily turned off the Focus Training On Next Cave setting before I finished the story though. I don't think this meant Episode 4 tested up to specifically 1,066 kanji back then...)

Sat, 25th October 2014 -- "Kanji: 1809"

Mon, 27th October 2014 (6am in the morning, before I went to bed...) -- "Kanji: 1972"

Mon, 27th October 2014 (later that day, after I woke up) -- Build 164 was released. I updated my game and started Episode 5.

Fri, 31st October 2014 -- Finished Episode 8!

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Once I'm finished will the kanji, I'm tempted to run through the game again to see if I'm able to repeat the issue. I feel that it'll be a good refresher on the kanji as well.

Forgot to ask you on my last post, but you mentioned returning to Kabukabu, which I don't believe I'm able to do. It seems to me that as you process, the game will prevent you from returning to certain islands. The picture is what I get when using the Chronolabe and none of the options lead me to it.

Looking at your notes, I'm impressed at how quickly you were able to learn them. I feel my brain would turn to mush if I try to cram it with so much kanji in so little time, although I don't think I could make time for that much training anyway.

The method I'm using is to learn three groups of kanji every session. If one of them was small (less than six kanji), I may try to include another. I've found that it takes roughly an hour of play until the game starts sending me new batches. I could probably adjust it by changing the trainer settings but I've stuck with the defaults until now, and I feel that the initial reviewing helps me a fair bit.

Just reached 89.71% (1769) this session. At the rate I'm going, I expect to have them finished before the end of the following month.
Kabukabu isn't one of the islands that require the chronolabe to get there. Simply head straight east from Jagaimo. I doubt going to see the princess at Kabukabu will help at all if Darrell is aware of a bug that might be causing it anyway. Maybe still worth ruling it out though.

I know the "Island of Slimes" island becomes unreachable after you complete Episode 1, but none of the other islands are like this. (Well, except each of the Elemental Islands, I guess, which can't be returned to at all after defeating them). I can still get to all the other islands even at the end of Episode 8.

Oh yeah. You'll see something interesting though when you get further in Episode 8. ^^
Also, about how I managed to cope with that ridiculous number of kanji in one month:

I'd been learning Japanese occasionally on and off for a long long time before that point. However, I still probably had never even seen hundreds of those kanji before. But, just saying, I had a bit of an advantage with dealing with them due to all the related learning of Japanese I'd been doing beforehand. If I had been new to the language my brain likely would have fried from attempting that many kanji, haha... Things like reading up in detail on kanji radicals and using various Japanese learning websites...

Sites such as this one: https://japaneseclass.jp (where I have just now noticed you made an account on there a long time ago!) ^^
Thanks again. With your instructions, I was able to reach Kabukabu.

Surprised that I didn't run into it before as I spent a fair amount of time just sailing everywhere, trying to reach every island I could in order to unlock the new kanji slimes. That was before I contacted Darrell. I thought that it had closed off to me, like the Island of Slimes.

As expected, didn't make a difference by speaking with the princess there. Doesn't matter though as I'm able to make process by adjusting that setting.

I have a few Japanese sites I've signed up for but unfortunately, I've yet to make use of most of them. Unlike you, I took a long break from my Japanese learning, only making a real effort to get back into it at the start of this year.

I really regret that as it's been nearly an entire decade since I signed up for my first Japanese learning site, this one. I feel like I could probably have been fluent in that time if I had kept at it. Oh, well. At least I'm starting it now. No time like the present, as they say.

Once I'm finished with this kanji run, I'll aim to branch out to other methods as well.
Great news! There's a new update out. Darrell e-mailed me to state that he's fixed the bug. I had previous sent him a copy of my saved game to use.

Thanks Darrell, if you're reading this.
Yeah. Downloaded it about three hours ago and was halfway through typing an excited message about the update, but then news of another London terror attack came out before I could finish it. Quickly spoiled the mood. :|

I was going to say I'm interested in the third point mentioned in the changelog.

> improved repetition scheduling after a miss so quickly killing delay enemies lets you finish off the main target sooner

https://lrnj.com/changelog.txt

is there a walk-through anywhere? I just started playing this week (obsessively), and I'm stuck trying to figure out how to get the new weapon to let me fight the magnet slimes.

I feel like I haven't managed anything useful (other than learning new kanji) since I saved the princess. I have the shovel and the axe, and the smith has started working, but I haven't found anything I need by chopping down trees or digging up hills. I've tried every single hill that I can get to on the whole map.

I also notice that the kanji I'm learning seem to be the wrong kanji for the dungeons I can get into, except for the magnet dungeon, where my weapon won't work. So I just wander.

I thought maybe I'd just reached the end of the free version, but the instructions document seems to indicate otherwise.

Pointers?
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You won't need to try different locations to find the parts needed for the smith. You're able to get all the parts you need from any hill or forest tile. Just stick with one, although it may take a number of attempts until you find the items you require.

As far as I'm aware there's no walkthough but a great resource out there is the Slime Forest Adventure Wiki (http://slime-forest-adventure.wikia.com/), along with some of the posts and log entries here.

Where you are, you'll also need the pick which can be found in the empty town to the east of the same island.
You have saved my life! Thank you both for the wiki and for the tips. I found the pick right after posting my question (thanks to a hint I got from an unrelated question on this forum - yay!), but I was already frustrated again. Now I think I have enough to move forward though. Much obliged!

Where is the pickaxe? I've searched the empty town, but it isn't there, and I don't know where else to look.
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It's in the empty town, but you'll have to use the backdoor of ones of the houses.
Thank you! I had no idea there was a back door.

So, what am I supposed to do with the red slimes with the shields on their heads? I swear I hit them about six times apiece, but they didn't go away.
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If they have a shield, you'll probably need a stronger weapon. Could try seeing if the king will help you out.
Thank you!

Back when I first started playing Slime Forest, I used the following keyboard layouts...

> English: QWERTY UK
> Japanese: QWERTY US Romaji input (Win7 Japanese IME)

Then, something like four years ago, after learning JIS Kana input in Slime Forest's "Storyless: Kana Touchtyping" game mode, I came to prefer it for typing Japanese. So my keyboard layouts for the next few years changed to the following...

> English: QWERTY US (Google Japanese Input)
> Japanese: JIS Kana Input (Google Japanese Input)

However, since half a year ago, now I have switched keyboard layouts again...

> English: Dvorak (DvorakJ + Win10 Japanese IME)
> Japanese: NICOLA Oyayubi Kana Input (DvorakJ + Win10 Japanese IME)
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Dvorak is fine in Slime Forest, as there's even an option in the ingame menu to switch between QWERTY and Dvorak.
However, NICOLA Kana Input is a little awkward to make work with Slime Forest. xD

I'm not suggesting the game should have support for more keyboard layouts like mine. Just posting about the crazy world out there where strange people like me use some weird keyboard layouts. I think Slime Forest got me interested in different keyboard layouts for Japanese. But I kind of wish I'd stuck with JIS Kana Input instead of getting curious and switching to thumbshift, especially since I have problems using it on some programs like Slime Forest. ^^;
I have no idea how well it performs with Japanese, or if it's even possible, but I've been meaning to learn Colemak if I find the time for it.

In most companions between it, Dvorak, and Qwerty, it seems to be the most favourable, based primary on English typing speeds.

It needs to be installed on Windows PC, but it's built into Mac OS X and most Linux distributions.
@Drahcir, Yeah, I was choosing between either Dvorak or Colemak. But being someone who almost only uses Windows computers, I therefore decided Dvorak was probably the more sensible option. And the layout of Dvorak looked more interesting to try, whereas Colemak has more similarity to QWERTY.

For romaji input mode, I'm not sure how well Colemak would perform. To me it looks like it looks like it might not be any better than QWERTY.

Dvorak looks like it could potentially be great for romaji input, with all five vowels in the home row all used by the left hand. Or that might be extremely bad, lol.

But I haven't used romaji input for around 4 years now... After using kana input that long, it's near impossible to make my brain work for typing with romaji input. It messes with my brain even more since I switched to thumb shift kana input. It probably sounds weird, but it's become stressful on my brain to try typing with romaji input now, even though I type English all the time too with those same keys... So I can't really even test it out properly anymore, unless I completely revert back to romaji input permanently.

Would be interested to hear how you get on if you do learn Colemak, especially how it works with typing Japanese. ^^

Hey guys, back to the Slime grind, finally beat the first 800 kanji unlocking the spiral island. At 895 and going hard, it's honestly fun to do these little rpg quests as a reward for finally beating a dungeon that quizzes you for the last 400 kanji you've learned. Just thought I'd share the motivation, let me know how you're going
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Hey @Drahcir, cool to see other people on the kanji grind, I'm at 950 in the kanji english meaning hard mode. 1270 I'm guessing you've beaten the catwald island already? By the way, I assumed the sleeping bag to work as a save item but it doesn't do anything for me.
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Yes, I've finished Catwald. My last quest area was an island with a dog and it's owner on it. Can't recall the name of it now though.

I actually don't think I've tried to use the sleeping bag item. I may be mistaken but I seem to recall that I found a Tent item at roughly the same time as it, so I've never had the chance to use it. The Tent works like a bed/save item, and you don't loose any gold from slimes when sleeping either.
@Kafka, Hard mode only has four episodes, I think(?).

Before episodes 5 to 8 were added to the game, normal mode story tested on 1,000 kanji by the end of episode 4 (although you could turn off "focus training on next cave" to reach 1,972 kanji via training in the forests, like I did back then), whereas hard mode story tested double the amount of kanji in each cave, meaning it tested on all 1,972 kanji in the game by the end of episode 4.

When episodes 5 to 8 were added to the story in an update (build 164), these episodes were only added to the normal mode story and test the remaining 972 kanji (episode 5 starts on kanji 1,001 and episode 8 ends on kanji 1,972).

However, hard mode story still ends at episode 4... Since you will already have learnt all 1,972 kanji in the game by the end of episode 4, this means episodes 5 to 8 wouldn't have any new kanji remaining to teach. Also, I don't think hard mode story has the spell learning sidequest, which in normal mode story you can start from episode 2 onwards.

So, for you, the spiral island (Catwald) begins after completing the first 800 kanji. Howeve, Drahcir is doing normal mode story, where Catwald begins after completing the first 400 kanji.

Just trying to clear up some potential confusion. Where Drahcir is with 1,270 kanji is a long way past Catwald in normal mode story (think it is episode 6).

Hard mode is still worth it for a more gruelling challenge, because you have to train to memorise twice as many kanji for each floor of the caves. Being tested on double the range of kanji on each
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Welp, I might have done a bad decision in picking hard mode, being halfway through though I wouldn't dare restarting all over. Oh I've heard about the tent, sounds like a great item, sometimes I really gotta leave the computer asap so having to go to a bed tosave takes quite a long time. By the way, you guys might enjoy this channel, where I stream Slime Forest and interact with viewers: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJuuVBQwnClE5e6BnV2LlnQ
@Kafka, Yeah, I didn't want to make it sound like you should definitely restart on normal mode. I'm worried if I suggest you need to restart on normal mode that you might try this and lose your current flow. If you're already that far with hard mode, then it's probably best to just carry on with that.

Once you finish episode four and all 1,972 kanji, it would be a good time to restart immediately on normal mode. It will be a good recap of every kanji you have learned and you should be able to whiz through the game back to where you were at.

I like your channel. I haven't seen anyone stream Slime Forest like that before. It's nice hearing your thought process as you speak out what you are thinking when trying to remember the kanji. Can tell you've done a good job learning kanji radicals. ^^
@mog86uk Wow how come you reply so fast? Do you check this super dead thread all the time or is there a way to get notifications for these posts?
That sounds like a great idea, I'll probably do that, but maybe with onyomi only? Not sure how useful the kanji compound or onyomi modes are, maybe I should stick to the english reading and learn onyomi by just reading stuff?
@Kafka, There are no notifications. I just spend 5 seconds once each day to check this page for new posts (more frequently if I think someone may be going to reply to my post, like now). For a few months nobody posted anything on this page at all, yet I still tried to check every day regardless. I do this because I feel like I owe a lot to this game for how greatly it has advanced my kanji recognition ability. So I try to help make sure this game stays alive.

Unlike hard mode, normal story mode doesn't have separate modes for onyomi ("readings"), kunyomi ("words"), or compounds. In hard story mode for kanji recognition, you have the normal English meaning slimes but also you have compound slimes in the first cave after you have finished it (which is why you have "compounds: 9" in your screenshot).

In normal story mode you have all four categories of slimes. English meanings ("kanji") slimes are the regular ones you encounter; kunyomi ("words") slimes are used in the spell learning side quest (episode 2 onwards); onyomi ("readings") slimes are used for recharging the spells you've learned (encountered when you have the spell book equiped); and "compounds" slimes are found in the first cave after you finish it (same as in hard mode).

I've done all the meanings and kunyomi slimes, but still not completed all the onyomi and compounds slimes. You are probably right about it being best to learn the readings when reading stuff instead, picking them up as you go. I found the kunyomi words slimes really useful to do though, and I think onyomi and compounds are a useful challenge to do at the end too (but I've been lazy and had a few real life problems that got in the way of me finishing them).

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