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Oh, hey, hi! We are Cool Baby FC, a stylist association (basically a guild) in the mobile game Love Nikki - Dress UP Queen. This association was started somewhat recently over on the Unofficial Giant Bomb Discord Server by me (@audiobusting) and JustinOnTap, who are both too hopelessly deep into this game to quit now. I am posting this recruitment/friend code sharing thread here in case anyone is interested to join the association, or even to start playing the game. Active players are obviously preferred, but anyone is welcome to join!

Huh? What is Love Nikki - Dress UP Queen?

I realised that this might not be a well known title here in the Giant Bomb community, so I guess I should try to explain this game a little. As might be obvious by now, it is a dress up fashion game on mobile platforms. Yeah, yeah, I know. (And for those who might care: the game was developed by Tencent, and published by Elex earlier this year. Don't quote me on that, though. Background information on the Nikki games is a bit hard to find in English.)

Better writers than I am have written about this game out there, so I recommend finding and reading some of those articles if you're curious (links: herearesome). I will vouch for how unexpectedly fun it is to play, despite how janky the app can be, and how opaque a lot of its mechanics are. Most of the game is a cycle of coordinating outfits to defeat others', which gives you more clothes to craft, evolve, and eventually wear to defeat even more people with. Might sound simple, but it is more involved than it looks.

For a free-to-play mobile game like this, it is pretty generous in its economy. There have been moments where I thought I hit a dreaded paywall, but it so far have turned out that I only needed some patience and a better understanding of the game systems to break through. There's always stuff to do and daily rewards to claim that let you play the game at a reasonable pace for free. (That said, I did spend some real money on the game, because I felt compelled to give back at some point.)

And the PVP... The PVP might be the main draw to the game for me. In Competition mode, the game will set a theme for everyone to style to over a few days. All players get to judge what people have submitted, voting for the better outfit out of two at a time. You get rewarded at the end of the "season" based on how many votes you get, compared to the rest of the playerbase. It's basically a fashion thunderdome!

So, how do I join the association?

  1. You first need to play the story campaign up until Maiden 3-2, which will unlock Stylist Associations. This could take a few days to get to from 1-1.
  2. You then enter the Stylist Association from the main menu
  3. Search for Cool Baby FC by ID. The Cool Baby FC Association ID is 5972.
  4. Submit your application and wait. We will try to review applications and accept them as soon as we can. We can only have up to 20 members as a LV.1 association, but there's still enough empty slots for now.

What does the "FC" stand for?

What doesn't it stand for? It doesn't stand for Football Club, for one.

How do I contribute to the association?

You can go to the Library and sort material once a day for free; that will give growth to the association and give you association coins. You can also spend coins to sort more, or spend diamonds to donate books.

You can also head to Commissions and do the daily-limited requests. This will help unlock more commission requests and clothes for the entire association, when we have collectively done enough of them. If you're feeling generous, you can spend diamonds to light a wishing star and temporarily boost everyone's scores.

What do I gain out of doing all this?

The more the association grows, the more rewards will be available to us! You can spend the coins you earn in the library on permanent upgrades, or in the association store that refreshes its stock periodically. You can also exchange the rewards you get from commission requests for unique clothes in the workshop. There isn't much more interaction beyond that, though you also get to chat with other members in the association's bulletin board.

Let's be friends!

Lastly, this is unrelated to the association specifically, but I thought I might as well put a call to exchange Friend ID's. It's the only way (other than connecting through Facebook) to add friends in this game, which helps in giving each other more stamina and unlocking more clothes. Friends also get to show up on each other's leaderboards. But yeah, it's basically the Friend Code system. I honestly don't understand why you can't just add friends through the association member list.

Anyway, feel free to post your ID and I'll list them here. You can find your ID in-game, above the search bar when searching for friends.

GB NameLove Nikki NameID #
audioBustingNanami Sushi100739390
hans_maulwurfRachel V100396252
clagnaughtMichZurek101284828
thesacredpixelPixette

102229940

darkoutMarie

102693866

baltica2gaElia Laike

100387254

GnorboothLady Gnor

102743989

tomatogalStarlet07

102750719

JarenFaceLyne

102944552

InsomniacNatsuNami

101112388

Maxx2029Maya Isa

103309090

slipperyfox23duc

102777104

ivyyy97Ivy

103445309

xoeyamelie

103362804

MadameHardySaeto

104292676

rocketfallsCalebian

104458985

Lovelyone2824LovelyOne

104570086

frostnikkiFrost

106076431

If anyone has any questions or wants any tips on the game, just post it in this thread and I'll be happy to help.

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@sarge__gunnerz: so did you two check your public IP addresses? Just Google "my ip address" if you don't know how. A quick search of this issue makes it sound like hosting from a shared public IP address or from the same network does not work for the game.

Honestly though, have you tried contacting customer support? They get paid to resolve your issues!

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Can your third friend join into the squad, if either of you two host the game? If that's the case, then there's probably something on the router or ISP settings that doesn't let you host.

If that's not the case, i.e. only the player in the same building cannot join the squad, my other quick guess is that a shared public IP address doesn't jive with the hosting somehow. Maybe you two can check if you have the same public IP address.

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I'm honestly very disappointed by it. I mean, it's good that it's like the old Mass Effect 3 multiplayer, but it's too much like it. It's been 5 years since Mass Effect 3 came out (five years!!), so I hoped they could have addressed the many problems Mass Effect 3 had. But they didn't.

The larger structure and issues are almost identical. The blind boxes and consumables were my least favourite part before, and they still are now (especially with colour customisation options locked behind blind boxes). The UI is still nigh unusable, maybe even worse this time around. For one, having a couple seconds of "connecting to server" wait-time at every little change you make to your loadout is simply insane. The netcode is... boy. When it lags, it really lags. At least host migration works, I guess? And there is still no text chat. Jeez. It's also even more difficult to identify who's playing what class, which doesn't benefit the combo system when everyone's jumping all over the place. The in-game scoreboard thing even looks identical. To this day, I still don't know what those score numbers are supposed to mean.

These are just some of the major issues I have with it, off the top of my head. It's so heartbreaking, since the game's actually still very fun to play. I just can't do this again. After five years, the Mass Effect multiplayer deserves better than this, dammit.

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Destiny is honestly pretty good as a co-op action game. It plays very well.

Also, this is obviously a very different thing, but maybe consider Final Fantasy XIV?

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I've been saying "near a tomato" in a fake, almost-offensively-thick Boston accent.

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Ohh dang, I haven't caught up with this thread since I last posted. Those drawings are real good, @redhotchilimist!