Hey guys, I been a lurker here for a while, and never writes anything and I wanted to give you all my virginity in writing a topic to ask if any of you know a game or even a work in progress about working as support for the protagonist? I mean like you are not necessarily fighting but you make it possible for the hero to do so or you are a party mem in the hero’s party, something along the lines of the story is not about you but about that other guy (or gal).
I’m making a list of the proposed games, in no particular order.
A study in steam punk
The great tournament
Library of Alexandria
Community college hero
The best example I can probably think of is A Study in Steampunk, where you essentially play Watson to the story’s Holmes. Zombie Exodus: Safe Haven also works depending on how you play — you can either lead or play as a follower to another character or two.
I haven’t finished it yet but so far Keeper of the Sun and Moon is playing out similarly in my case? That might just be how I’m playing though since it’s quite clear MC is important in some capacity. That, and there isn’t really another designated protagonist.
Edit: Forgot to mention Eagle’s Heir and Tally Ho (sort of). In both games the story revolves around another character but you can go completely off the rails (in Tally Ho especially).
From the sounds of it you mean to make a COG in the vain of something like “Is it hard to be a best friend?”, think that’s its name.
Where the ‘MCs’ existence is to support the real MC wether that be through being their emotional and mental support or just being someone who tanks shots or something while they get the glory kills. A side character the impressive stereotypical hero type.
And if that is the case I personally haven’t read any COGs that do that.
Though I do really enjoy stories where you’d like a support character, they are interesting.
For instance in the before mentioned light novel the main character is actually quite smart and what not and quite talented. But he hates being in the spot light, so he becomes the “Main characters” comedic relief best friend, and tries to ship him with his harem.
He even tries to avoid simply viewing the main character fighting as to not fuck up accidentally get spotted, which would elevate him from goofy best friend side character to an important part of the “story”.
And if you were to do something similar I would very much enjoy that.
The Community College Hero series can be played this way. There are a few dominant members off the group that vie for control, and you can side with them, choosing just to be a normal (hah) member of the group.
The Wayhaven Chronicles also offer a version of this, as the MC is a normal human amidst supernatural beings. You can play a role of your own, but the heavy lifting isn’t within your capacity.
However, even these stories don’t necessarily have designated protagonist (the roles for this can be contested) for the MC to support. So it would definitely be interesting to play a dedicated Supporting Protagonist who revolves around a partcular character.
Ah, I’d forgotten Loren Amazon Princess. Loren definitely had the chosen hero thing down, and it’s a valid point a hero’s friend should have a part in shaping world events. Only trouble was, the hero’s servant could go on various side quests with characters and get stronger than Loren, though I grinded up her level to compensate.
Don’t forget Great Tournament 2 , MC could be a support and counsel for Queen Hannah to rule her Kingdom , in fact MC is the greatest and most loyal supporting character there as he lead war and diplomatic expedition for the love of his wife the Queen :-)
I mean, not sure if this counts or if the W.I.P is still being worked on, but there’s “A hag called Fate”. As I said it’s a Wip and Idk if it’s active but you play as a support for the villain, and it was quite good from what I recall.