I'll clearly identify who said everything but the formatting on this will be basic since there are so many posts. At least they aren't lost!
Also, there's some "inside baseball" posts here about the old forum that I'm removing. Except this one:
Since the forum is probably going to be wiped clean, and a lot of these posts will disappear with it, I'm planning on sharing them via the new fpwarena tumblr blog, which also cross-posts to the new twitter. If you don't want your post "saved" in this fashion, just let me know - I think these are interesting stories and folks would like to read them.
I saw this but I'm still going making this thread so that new people can chime in. Hope that's okay! On with the show!
And please people. if you haven't already contributed to this thread, it would be great to hear your virgin FPW stories!!!!!
My memories of my first FPW experience are hazy ("stuff"'ll do that to you), but my first FP game was Fire Pro Advance, sometime near the end of high school. I was looking for non-WWF/WCW games and found out about that.
About 6 years ago I wanted to find an alternative to the latest WWE game as the legends of wrestling series was like drinking your own piss, just awful. After a google search I found Fire Pro Wrestling Returns. After watching a youtube video or two I decided I had to by this game. It was not on amazon or ebay as its the PAL version. After reading in the old FPC i found out about an Italian website that sold the game at the time for around £40. So I bought a copy and I have beeen hooked since.
1908: Small town bar in Boulder, Colorado. I was a prospector . Just finished up my shift, had a bit to drink.
Said the wrong thing to the wrong person.
12 hours later, I was up to my ass in FP6MS templates.
6 hours later, I woke up to find myself in the Arena.
I still don't get what a CAW is.
After my No Mercy copy glitched for the 10th time in Spring 2002, deleting my edits again, I gave up on it. I had previously bought FPD in April of 2001 but I didn't really "get it." I decided to give it another try in June '02 and was more patient this time. I understood it's value and went onto the GameFAQS FPD board to find out more about it. The people there were AWESOME and I was as drawn in by the community as I was the game itself. I joined my first e-fed (GWF, GameFAQS Wrestling Federation) a few months later, started my own fed a little over a year later, and was off to the races! :markout:
Never got to ole Californee though
I was in highschool when I got it.
I was at like the biggest obsession of wrestling I ever was in. Still pre-smark mode. I loved SvR2006 but I hated that you could only have 30 guys.
I found myself on the gamefaqs pro wrestling boards and there was a guy who would run tournaments on various wrestling games and after a few weeks I asked him about the game he was talking about that had 500 caw slots. I didn't think it was real with the wwe games having a mere 30. As soon as I found out as much as I could I lurked over on fireproclub, joined [old screenname withheld because younger me was an idiot] learned some more. Within a week I picked up firepro returns and played it until my ps2 broke. Missed it desperately for years... tried romming it but... wasn't quite the same. Recently my best friend bought me a PS3 for christmas... first thing I downloaded was Fire Pro. Still trying to get back into the swing of things. I've created tons of edits but I just cant quite get happy with logic/movesets as I was way back when.
My Fire Pro story started with the GBA games as well, back in 8th grade. It was one of those late summer Toys-R-Us gaming runs where all the good stuff was long gone. I bumped into Fire Pro Wrestling Advance in the "not good enough for the shelf" bin among stuff like Shrek, fishing, Olsen Twins, and other abominations. I initially thought it was a Tekken clone, fake Heihachi gracing the cover.
Upon closer inspection it read "wrestling", which made me want to throw it down like it was covered in ants. Wrestling games on Nintendo handhelds had been notoriously bad up to that point (ECW Hardcore Revolution on Game Boy Color ). But this one wasn't by Acclaim or THQ, it wasn't WWF, ECW, or WCW, so at the very least it had to be different. I reluctantly gave FPWA a try.
Got it home, died repeatedly trying to figure out the controls. But the paper-doll animation style and the logical match pacing grabbed my attention. I became fascinated with all the little systems at play during a match, and soon discovered that I had a degree of control over these systems via CPU Logic. Thus began the addiction. You'll always be one more tweak away from that perfect match.
Fire Pro also piqued my interest in what would become my main hobbies. Looking for everyone's real name is how I discovered puroresu and shoot wrestling, of which I became a lifetime fan. The animation style got me interested in spriting and Flash. The thought processes involved with editing CPU Logic eventually got me into coding and game design (and a strange obsession with RNG).
I'm still playing Fire Pro fifteen years, several consoles, and dozens of other games later. FPR has pretty much taken over my PS3. And Fire Pro Wrestling 2 has earned a permanent place in my pocket...
I was in high school when I first learned about the game. I had played the GBA ones here and there before but didn't get into it. I was going to a another website at the time when I saw a trailer for FPR. It caught my attention instantly. I saw death matches,match maker and the extensive edit modes.
At the time I had started getting into Lucha Libre and Puro. Before that all I knew was WWE,WCW and ECW. To find a game with all the guys I was learning about on it. It made my day. About a month later I learned about FPC through a forum board. Ever since it's US release I've been playing it.
I was late to the FPR hype.I bought FPR when I was in community college.
I hadn't bought a wrestling game in years since I had stopped watching the WWE back in 2008. Svr 2007 was the last WWE game I would buy until WWE '13.I think I bought FPR in 2010 when I usually just watched CZW and BJW. I was interested in two things in FPR: the 500 character slots and BJW. I really wanted to play as BJW with Ryuji Ito, Yuko Miyamoto, and others. FPR opened me up to other Japanese promotions that I like to watch now like DDT, K-Dojo, and 666.
I bought FPW for the GBA and immediately returned it because I had no idea how it worked.
Ten years later, I heard about how good FPWR was, and I would sim MMA matches. I had no idea how to get save packs, so I never got too much into the game.
Fast forward to when I discovered this community, and that the PS3 version was available. I figured out how to do edit packs, and boom. I have recent;y purchased FPW again, and I am learning how to use it. Such a big fan of the mobile FP games.
Well.I bought FPR at a local flea market for $10 in 2012.I never heard of the game but bought it because It was a wrestling game.I was into collecting PS1 and PS2 wrestling games at the time.It didn't matter if they were great or horrible.I bought wrestling games to have a complete collection for myself.A cheap hobby if you will.
FPR sat in my CD folder for almost a year.I didnt play it.It was another wrestling game in my collection.I had an amazing game and wasn't aware of it.
One night I was looking through my folder and saw FPR.I totally forgot about it.So,I went on Youtube to see if there were any reviews.I watched a review by Allie- RX and by the end of the video I was amazed.I create my own rings,refs,edits and logos?500 edit slots!I was like:Yes please!
I discovered FPC and this site.I was amazed that there were communities and players posting packs.This game was my 1st experience of downloading game saves.I never heard of such a thing.I was used to going on caws.ws and printing out formulas and creating from scratch for WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2006.
A friend of mine brought me up to speed and what I needed to put saves on memory cards.I bought a thumb drive,downloaded PS2 savebuilder and bought an ARMax.I downloaded every pack I could get my hands on.As time went on I saw packs I liked and didnt like.DJKM's packs really caught my attention.His packs had everyone a fan like myself could imagine:80s,90s,WWE,ROH,Territories,and so on.Every week I bought memory cards just to see his work.I was like a player of Magic the Gathering getting a new expansion pack.This game just blew my whole world open.
I read Bill Woods Manuel,asked questions,read posts and everything.Then I discovered simming.I never played this game but engrossed myself in simming,which I still do a lot.After reading about tweaking the rules,refs and COM Skill,my matches came out in a way that I was satisfied with.
It was always my dream to be a wrestling booker.That dream never came to pass so FPR was the closest I would come to being a booker.It has been and still is a lot of fun.In fact,Ive corresponded with many cool people after discovering this epic game like DJKM,Desertpunk,TheJess and many others.
Currently,I started my own personal sim league using DJKM's packs.On my Youtube channel:TyeDyeNightmare I've posted my sim matches with his great edits.My latest project I completed was The Lottery of Legends Tournament.It's a 32 team single elimination tournament that combined Survivor Series 4 on 4 elimination matches with Battlebowl.I did an actual lottery and recorded the matches.It was a long journey but I completed it somehow.LOL.I will continue to upload matches so viewers can see what I'm booking.Who knows,maybe I will gain a following.
Thanks to everyone who keeps this game fresh in their own way.I can see why this game has such a great following.FPR is proof that a game doesn't need realistic graphics,eliminations chambers,DLC packs,online play,etc.It's old school and no nonsense.Plus,where else can you see The Goobledy Gooker get blown up in an Exploding Barbwire Deathmatch.Onita would be proud.Well,that's my story.I'm glad to finally share it with every here in The FPR Arena.I hope everyone enjoys reading it as I have experienced it.
1999, checking out Gamespot of all places one day, an editor their had done a mini preview on a upcoming Japanese wrestling game called Fire Pro Wrestling G. I don't think I had ever heard anybody gush over a non WWF wrestling game.... ever.
Now as an aside, I had briefly heard of Fire Pro back in 1997 when my cousin had a copy of X Premium emulated on his laptop and completely hyped it as 'the' game every wrestling fan should have. He showed it to me and I was 'meh', bearing in mind WCW vs NWO World Tour had just come out and we had (for the time) an astounding 3d wrestling game. I was sort of done with the 2d age.
Also, I didn't even know at the time wrestling in Japan was not only a thing, but also treated as a sport. So this gamespot editor seemed to be familiar with the Fire Pro series and hyped me on it with some key notes: Simulation gameplay, hundreds of wrestlers, a creation suite allowing dozens of wrestlers to be created with over 500 moves available, exploding ring death matches, and what really hyped me; current WWF and WCW rosters together in one game.
HAD TO HAVE IT!!!!
New it was only in Japanese so I made my very first foray over to a little place called Gamefaqs where I was told I would be able to find translations and a how to guide on how to get my PS system modded to play Japanese games. Bought a Game Wizard, which I still have and it amazingly still works to this day. I was terrified of modding my reasonably new PS console and a Game Wizard simply plugged into the systems I/O port.
I remember ordering my copy from The Rage and had no credit card so I had to use a money order. I still remember getting a money order for $125 (I got the express shipping) and still remember the cashier looking at me kinda weird when I needed to have it made out to The Rage.
When the game first arrived and I popped it in, I admit, I did not like it. Couldn't get the grappling down for the life of me, constantly had trouble navigating the menu's and really didn't understand the concept of building a match with small moves and working up to bigger moves. That idea was completely foreign to me coming from the world of WWF games.
Eventually, something just clicked. I did the training dojo (tutorial mode) from the career mode in the game and I started being able to land strikes and win grapples. It got to the point where I would have the game running all day. When I wasn't actually playing, to stop for dinner breaks, I was simming matches which I found just as entertaining as playing.
I had no interest in the Japanese rosters at the time. Had no idea who any of these people were and had never even seen a Japanese wrestling match. So I started simming random Japanese guys and when I saw someone with a moveset I kinda liked I would end up doing a net search on him. Discovered a lot of people had made music videos of Japanese wrestlers, I got into Japanese wrestling, first through all these music videos people had made. Ended up buying some VHS compilation tapes and I steadily veered away from the western wrestling.
I totally became Mr. Fire Pro after that. All wrestling talk with friends turned to Japanese wrestling and all wrestling game discussion turned to Fire Pro Wrestling. I sold that game on a lot of people back then. When my cousin bought his copy, he also on a whim bought another game with it called AJPW: King's Soul. That game would sit on a shelf for years untouched until King of Colosseum Red came along.
Now I thought Fire Pro Wrestling G would be it for me. Along came Fire Pro Wrestling D for the Dreamcast. Well I just couldn't justify buying an entirely new game system just for one game... or could I?
I got SFPWXP in 1996. It was the summer between 8th and 9th grade. My go to wrestling game at this time was TNM, which, for the youngins, was a Qbasic (at that point), text-based, circuit simulator that might be the only wrestling game to have more lasting appeal than Fire Pro to me. I used SFPWXP to create wrestlers used in my circuit (it was the first non-text wrestling game with a create a wrestler that I ever played) and then sim my "big" cards because it was all nice and visual. Then I'd book the matches to end the same way at the same time in TNM to create the connection between the two. The only major Fire Pro game I haven't played is Six Man Scramble because I never owned a Saturn. I've sort of grown tired of Fire Pro as of late though. I just feel like I've done all there is to do.
1997. I stumbled upon Fire Pro S on the Internet and thought it was just too good to be true.
My wrestling game at that time was WWF Raw for SNES with a roster of like 12 wrestlers. The only match I really enjoyed was the Royal Rumble. Then, I find a game that has better graphics and a roster of hundreds of wrestlers? There weren't many things that I just *had* to have as a kid/teenager, but this was one of them. I *had* to own this game.
There were a few stumblingblocks, such as it being a Japanese import, and the fact that I didn't even own a Sega Saturn. At 17 years old, I didn't have that kind of money laying around, but my parents saw how much I wanted it and decided to help me get it. Picked up the last Sega Saturn at a Wal-Mart in Rolla, Missouri and ordered the conversion box and game online.
Finally, the game arrived and it was beyond anything I could have imagined in a wrestling game. I became addicted to simming matches long before I realized that there were other people who enjoyed the same thing. I kept track of all my match results and win/loss records in a notebook.
Back then you could only store 16 edits on the console, so I picked up formulas made by Mysterios Kagura from the pre-FPC Fire Pro community and had Owen Hart, Lex Luger, Nation of Domination, Sid and several others.
I'll never feel that way about a wrestling game again, not even Fire Pro, because I'm spoiled now.