Make A Really Terrific Hack: MARTH

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Image of the title of my game since I was slow on the draw to be able to post here. I present: Heir of Leonster.
Heir of Leonster 2 Corrected

*I’ve already noticed a little glitch that doubled up some dialogue and removed another set. Hopefully the rest of the game functions. I was a little rushed to make it, I only saw this competition a few days ago.

*There were a lot of glitches, I already updated the file to make it a little more playable for anyone wanting to check it out but I’ll be patching this up completely soon.

*File updated to version 1.0, glitch-free. Give it another shot if you played it once already!


Time is up!

Thank you to everyone for submitting. The provisional entry count for MARTH stands at a total of 28. This contest has turned out to be the largest chapter creation contest in the Fire Emblem community. Over the next few weeks, the judges will play each of the chapters and grade them. Other users are also welcome to play and review the entries, but please put these reviews in spoilers so as to not influence the judges.

Please wait for the results, and again, thank you all so much for submitting to MARTH.

Here is the full entry list.

Entry Name			            Participant Name		Engine
Closing Act			            Rivian	    		    FE8
The Random Vague Job 67	    	VelvetKitsune	    	FE8
The Lady and the Princess    	KrashBoomBang	    	FE8
Where's Fado			        Vesly	        		FE8
The Breakout			        Cornontherob		    FE8
Cycle of the Heavens		    VonIthipathachai,Adarya	SRPG
Rise of the Replacements	    squidaccus		        FE8
Manaketes and Warps	        	Leonarth        		FE8
Blast from the Past		        Sme		            	FE8
Battlefield - Homecoming	    RKG         			FE8
Trader Raiders			        Aura Wolf        		FE8
Fighting for Freedom		    Alexmanpersonguy    	FE8
Village Chapter			        Kit         			FE8
The Traitor's Tale		        SaintRubenio     		SRPG
(Untitled)			            pengie9290      		FE8
Tower Defence			        Vesly       			FE8
We Are Legion			        Frog        			FE8
Tactics of Taming		        Rammerrush      		Lex
Port Phenire			        a_jellyfish     		FE8
Project HBR: Lonely River	    BobbyAsaka      		FE8
Rookie's Day			        Anarch16Sync    		SRPG
Decadences			            GigaExcalibur    		FE8
Storge Gaiden			        knabepicer		        FE8
Omori Emblem			        SubwayBossEmmet		    FE8
Into Madness			        Rexacuse		        FE8
Smash 'n Grab		            MegaCowsamMan	    	FE8
Nine Heroes			            ErrantShepherd,BlueDruidFE8
Heir of Leonster		        prezp00nage    		    FE8

If you submitted something before the deadline and I haven’t listed your entry, contact me immediately.


Omori Emblem!

Scale your way up Sweetheart’s castle to reclaim your friend Basil’s stolen camera! Featuring six friends from Omori each with their own specialized kits and support bonuses. Use the power of friendship (aka cracked support bonuses) and overcome some atypical problems for a fire emblem hack!

The credits are as followed:

Pallets and Omori animation:

Febuilder by 7743

Omori by Omocat

World End’s Valentine by archerbias

[Bishop-Reskin] [F] Long-Hair TLP Style Repal by Raulster
Lance Hero anims by pushwall
Fem Fighter animations by FEGirls
Trickster (Adventurer) -Animation by ltranc & Bandana from Pushwall.

Map sprites:
Torches - FE7if
Trickster Kel - Marksman (M) Nuramon-style {ArcherBias}-stand
Thin axe - FEgirls

Item icon:
Flail by VelvetKitsune

Skillsystems - Circleseverywhere
Background 256 colors - Leonarth

idea gremlins:

This was such a fun excuse to both be a great celebration to one of, if not my favorite game of all time and to really mess around with hacking aspects I haven’t done before! A bit more fancy eventing, some new graphical aspects I messed with, and just nice to work with movement skills when your main hack doesn’t have skill systems.

This absolutely isn’t made to be [for Omori fans] only, but my attempt at capturing its energy in a bit of a distilled fire emblem style.

A few screenshots

(also yes i did get this in on time, i just didn’t have a post ready lmao)


Thought I’d post the link here as well for this so people outside of Darr and the crew can enjoy. (Glad we were able to get it in earlier)

Nine Heroes: a tale of the Book of Exiles by ErrantShepherd and Blue Druid
(please apply to FE8 rom)

Chapter Credits

-Huge thanks to AK/Teapot the mvp for the majority of the mugs
-whale for clutch playtesting to let us fix the end chapter event
-Bluid for being an amazing partner on these projects
-All those who’ve contributed to the Repo for Battle and Map animations, and ASM and other patches that have been utilized (I’ll get to proper crediting eventually)

Hope ya’ll enjoy. Wish we could polish it more, but main thing is it works!


Project HBR: Lonely River

A one-chapter side story; a short peek into a much larger tale, seen from the eyes of a newly appointed lord hoping to prove that she’s more than what her peers give her credit for.

  • A story-centric chapter with plot and narrative as its first and foremost focus!

  • Recruitment conversations are no longer mutually exclusive! No need to savestate to read every possible recruitment dialogue.

  • An achievement system! The chapter comes prepackaged with 8 possible achievements to alter the way you play the chapter—allowing you to self-impose extra restrictions or objectives to your liking. Achievements are all completely optional, but the ending cutscene will be changed for every achievement that has been obtained.

  • FE4-style Holy Bloods to break game balance in two!

  • BIONICLE music!

  • A few prototype assets made in preparation for a far-future project!


to fe8, of course

Project HBR: Lonely River 1.0

  • FEBuilder: 7743 and crew
  • Tilesets: Wave, ZoramineFae
  • Music: Pandan, Realxviperz, Sme, Chair, DrGreen, SurfingKyogre, Petya Krasavin
  • Portraits: Melia, LaurentLacroix, Flasuban, Peerless, DerTheVaporeon, Zeldacrafter, AmBrosiac, Glaceo, SacredStones, Relic, hypergammaspaces, NICKt, RandomWizard, lenh, Raymond
  • Anims: GabrielKnight, knabepicer, Flasuban, DerTheVaporeon, eCut, Skitty, Yangfly Master, Spud, Pushwall, Nuramon, ArcherBias, SALVAGED, TytheBub, Eldritch
  • Spells: Bonzai, Blazer, Sme
  • Icons: LordGlenn, Beansy, 2wb
  • Playtesting: aarongeddon, MasaHaru, secretsword229, VagueKatti, Vyland, Sphealnuke, devisio

I played through every publicly available MARTH submission, which might be a tad too much FE in the past two days. Great work to everyone who submitted. (Does this count as patting myself on the back?)

Edited to put everything in spoilers. (Thanks for the heads up, Epicer.)

Some highlights

A few highlights:
manakete and warps-3!

Played manakete and warps with a few pals over discord. The nice art and the weapon triangle twist on the formula made it a good time. I lost both times though, which means the game must be biased and rigged.

The Breakout-6
The Breakout felt like its target audience was specifically me. Prison break, funny units, funny weapons, canto+, vision quest reference, really has everything I wanted.

Where's Fado-5
(Thank you Vesly, I live for this kinda of stuff.)
There was quite a few submissions that really stretched interpretation of FE chapters, such as where’s Fado. Really impressive stuff! I had a lot of fun with them, especially as nice breakups since there’s only so much FE I can consume in a short period.

I didn’t know what to expect from We are Legion, but a zombie apocalypse simulator was definitely not it! That was a cool surprise.

Trader Raiders-26
As it turns out, no amount of additional quality of life in Trader Raiders will solve skill issue. Took me around 15? attempts to get a deathless clear, but taking advantage of the high number of new player options made each attempt felt like I was doing a little better. Incredibly satisfying to finally pull it off, though it necessitated a rescue use and was very close.

At some point, I guess my emulator decided I was here for too long and just said ‘here’s infinite move units.’ Very helpfully, I have no idea how I produced this bug.


Any idea when the judging is going to be completed and posted? (Or if it has, where can I find the results?)

Judging is currently in progress. Currently one judge has completed judging and the others have begun. Results will be released when all judges have completed all projects - there is no time frame for this.


I’ll probably get most of the entries played through in a few weeks at the most, I’ve been getting very little free time recently so the process is a little slower than I’d like.
Hopefully all of you won’t be waiting on me! So far I’ve been liking the hacks!


I have a question, is it against the rules to publicy release a different version that the one submitted to the judges?

The reason I’m asking is because I have kept working on my entry to make it better for the public release, and I want to know if I should hold that until the judging period is over, or is alright to release it to the public whenever I feel is ready?

Just to clarify the submitted version would also be made public, but it will have a disclaimer mentioning it is an version kept for historic porpouses.

Releasing an improved version is fine. You will still be judged based on your original submission.


It’s been a while, but I finally had time to put together a post for my MARTH entry. (I got it in on time, just not out to the public)

So here’s my entry, Tactics of Taming.


[COMPLETE][Lex Talionis] Tactics of Taming (MARTH Entry)


Any more updates on the judges’ progress? It’s been about a month since the last one.

Total progress is about two thirds done. One judge is done, I personally has a few entries left, the next is about halfway through, and the last is making progress.

I won’t speak for the other judges, but I personally hope to have completed my judging by the end of the month. Final results will be released when all entries are played by all judges - the target date for this is the end of June at the latest.

EDIT 29/05/23: I have completed judging.


Thank you for your patience, everyone: I didn’t expect judging to take two and a half months. However, the final judge completed judging yesterday, and today I am happy to announce the final results for MARTH.

1st	    Closing Act         			71/80
2nd	    Into Madness                    60/80
3rd	    Project HBR: Lonely River       56/80
=4th	Manaketes and Warps             55/80
=4th	Blast from the Past             55/80
=4th	Storge Gaiden                   55/80
7th	    The Lady and the Princess       54/80
=8th	The Breakout                    53/80
=8th	We Are Legion                   53/80
10th	Tactics of Taming               52/80
11th	Trader Raiders                  49/80
12th	Where's Fado                    45/80
=13th	Rise of the Replacements        42/80
=13th	Omori Emblem                    42/80
=15th	Cycle of the Heavens            39/80
=15th	Nine Heroes                     39/80
=17th	The Random Vague Job 67         38/80
=17th	Tower Defence                   38/80
19th	Rookie's Day                    35/80
=20th	Village Chapter                 32/80
=20th	Decadences                      32/80
22nd	Battlefield - Homecoming        29/80
=23rd	Fighting for Freedom            28/80
=23rd	Smash 'n Grab                   28/80
25th	(Untitled)                      27/80
26th	Port Phenire                    19/80
D/Q	    The Traitor's Tale              28/80
D/Q	    Heir of Leonster                15/80

Congratulations to Closing Act, by Rivian! You have made a really terrific hack, and you have won MARTH! Into Madness by Rexacuse takes the silver medal, while Project HBR: Lonely River by BobbyAsaka claims bronze.
Unfortunately, The Traitor’s Tale and Heir of Leonster are disqualified as they kept crashing for several judges with little explanation, rendering them likely unwinnable.

Due to the sheer quantity of submissions, posting the feedback on FEU is not feasible. Instead, I have created a MARTH website which hosts the reviews and downloads. Each entry has a page, with all relevant reviews, scores, and links.

And now, for my closing statement.

I decided to host this contest as a perennial contestant of hacking contests. The last traditional, no-frills hacking contest was Ghast’s Make A Fun Chapter 4 in 2020. After that, subsequent hacking contests started to grow more restrictive - Make A Fun Chapter 5 in 2021 banned chapters lasting beyond 30 minutes, among other such restrictions. A typical FE chapter often lasts much longer than this. My disregard for these rules got me disqualified - but to be fair, the chapter wasn’t very good anyway and disregarding rules should get you disqualified.
I still continued entering the X-Hour Blitzes and the first Hack Jam, though I frequently ran overtime in the former and the timing limitations for the latter were unusual, though I kept within a definition of 48 hours. By the second Hack Jam, I intended to enter, but due to over-ambition I failed to finish my entry in time. That hack is now being repurposed.
I hadn’t felt the same interest and motivation in entering these contests with their tight time limits, so I decided that I should host a contest myself. I took my inspiration from MAFC as a whole, but many elements (such as having multiple judges) came from MAFC 2019. I aimed to learn lessons from the contests that came before.

When I first posted the MARTH thread, I expected that I would receive about five entries. Instead I received 28 entries, the most any hacking contest has ever had, breaking Box MAFC’s record of 22. Thank you to everyone who entered. I set out to create a simple contest, and this did better than I could have ever imagined. Thank you to my fellow judges as well: having multiple pairs of eyes on a chapter goes a long way to having a fairer score and to mitigating my personal biases.

Perhaps one day there may be a successor to MARTH, but it won’t be for a long time. If you have any questions about anything, feel free to ask. In the meantime, I hope to see you all around, perhaps in FEE3. Again, thank you to everyone.


Congratulations to Rivian, Rexacuse, and Project HBR for their placements; as well as all applicants! I greatly enjoyed playing everyone’s public release, this contest was a fantastic way to get the community together. I’m entirely satisfied with my placement at 20th, and I’ll be sure to take the judges’ feedback to heart.

Thank you Darrman for hosting, and all the judges for their hard work! This contest was incredibly fun, and I’d love to do another one of them in the future.


Hey thanks for hosting this event it was a fun time! I hope those who scored low can learn what they can improve on and can learn from the criticism given and those who scored highly can see what they did well and how people respond to it

If anyone wants further explanation on any score I had given them feel free to shoot me a DM!


Thank you again, Darrman, for hosting this contest. I learned some hard lessons that I’ll have to keep in mind the next time I feel like submitting something to an event like this.

It’s kind of too late for me to address most of the gameplay issues with the Cycle of the Heavens MARTH Preview itself, but rest assured that the first proper CotH release will give you the option to pick between 1RN and 2RN when starting a new game. Hopefully that should fix up the hit rate issues reported by the judges.


Oh results are here! Yay! :grin:

I’m pretty happy with all the feedback from the judges, and I don’t have really anything to disagree with.
So thanks for holding this contest and taking the time to play all the games.

Now I have to stop being lazy and publish an update with that third act I promised lol.