Like most Harvest Moon games, the player is given a limited amount of stamina, in the form of “Rune Points”. Since Rune Factory also includes combat, the player is given hit points as well. Rune Points are necessary to cast most magic spells, while the player can use weapons with no RP by sacrificing HP. The player can replenish RP by using Runes created by fully-grown crops or potions, while HP can be restored using medicine or healing spells. The town
bathhouse restores both HP and RP. If the player runs out of HP while working on their farm, they will collapse and be rescued, however, in Rune Factory and Rune Factory 2, dying outside the town causes game over. In Rune Factory Frontier and Rune Factory 3, you will not die while fighting in the caves or ruins.
Crops can be planted in different areas to sell for gold; other activities include mining for metal and minerals, fishing, or collecting food such as milk and eggs from befriended monsters. The player can then spend money and material to buy a variety of upgrades for their house, weapons, and tools.

In addition to their open-ended gameplay, the games possess a linear storyline, which can be furthered by exploring dungeons and defeating certain monsters. Just like in the Harvest Moon series, the main character’s relationship with the other villagers increase by talking to them or performing actions that please them, like giving items they like as presents for example, and some of them can even be asked in marriage if their relationship improves enough. Some games of the series requires the protagonist to get married as part of its storyline.


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