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Good lord.  Is 6 years the longest a thread has lain fallow before getting necro'd?

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Alright, question everyone...
« on: October 15, 2018, 12:06:38 PM »
I like the ones from Dark Cloud 2 because you can just stand behind them before opening them, then wail away on them until they die.

Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« on: October 08, 2018, 03:49:07 PM »
I also started reading Forsaken Soul by Priscilla Royal, the fifth book in the Medieval Mysteries series. I'm not sure if I've talked about this series before on the boards, but it's set in 13th century England and is about a couple of nuns and a monk with a secret solving murder mysteries. It's not dissimilar to the Brother Cadfael mysteries, if you're familiar with those. I started reading the series while I was doing an internship with the publisher in 2012, and, though it can be a bit hit and miss, I've really enjoyed the series. Good characters, fun mysteries, and just well-written overall.

This seems like a really neat concept for detective fiction.  How "realistic" is the setting?

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: October 05, 2018, 09:13:36 AM »
Considering the DOuble Gear system is part of the story (such as it is) of the game and the bosses (ostensibly) use it, I'm guessing it was probably not added at the last minute.  '^___^

That said, it could still be poorly implemented.  From the demo it felt like something you are only supposed to use infrequently.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 04, 2018, 05:03:27 PM »
You could increase the grounds but then split them in half and pour over less water?

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 04, 2018, 04:51:38 PM »
I mean, you could just increase the ratio of grounds to water...

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 04, 2018, 03:13:45 PM »
That's how I was, @Tomara
I hated coffee but loooooved coffee-flavored things.  And then I tried frozen coffee, which is essentially just a coffee-flavored thing.  Then iced coffee.... then just normal hot coffee.  That was the progression and now I just want to taste coffee with only a little sweetness.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 04, 2018, 01:46:19 PM »
As different as Rucksy, Frosty, and I are, we have the important things in common: coffee and RPGs.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 04, 2018, 10:32:41 AM »
Ha ha, Frosty, let's not start that again! :P

And yeah, I'm with you, coffee on a quiet, chilly morning is one of the best things ever.  Especially with a croissant and video games.  I, too, went until about 30 without liking coffee.  The story of how I got into it is long and, at times, kind of funny (I think), but the short version is that I was working a lot and doing some volunteer work, and I noticed on volunteer days that I would get insanely sleepy  at 4pm, like clockwork.  So I started getting frozen coffees for a pick-me-up and it all spiraled from there to where now I drink coffee almost daily.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 02, 2018, 09:23:25 AM »
Mustard is great in coffee, D, you should try it

There's no way you're being serious... That sounds like a terrible waste of perfectly good coffee.

You're correct, I was just messing with D.  He loathes coffee.  And then Dincrest ruined it by one-upping my attempt at being gross.  No way in the world would I ever waste coffee, coffee is glorious.

Also, that really sucks about missing Totoro. :(

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 01, 2018, 02:52:52 PM »
Mustard is great in coffee, D, you should try it

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: October 01, 2018, 11:59:24 AM »
I'd say "no", but I'd also say that about VC1.  People look back on VC1 and remember Alicia-rushing the Skirmishes in 2 minutes, but they forget what those missions were like their first time through when they didn't already know where everything was and where are all the shortcuts and tricks were.  And they also forget plenty of other Story missions where Alicia-rusing was impossible.  VC1's Chapter 7 (iirc, with the Batomys) was legendary for its difficulty and the number of players who get game overs there on their first attempts.

VC4 offers plenty of danger and tension, even as early as Chapter 4, which has 3 distinct missions in it.  Although my ranks for my first attempts at all 3 went "B" -> "A" -> "A", I never felt like it was easy at any point.  I always felt like I was on the verge of losing soldiers at any moment.

One time I was sure I had failed since I left an ace Lancer alive with literally 1 HP and had my radiator exposed, but I guess his low HP changed his AI to "stupid mode" and instead of cheap-shotting my tank he tried to run away and died.
But that's the only time I have noticed the AI be flat out stupid.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: October 01, 2018, 11:33:22 AM »
Started Valkyria Chronicles 4 properly.  A few hours in and I'd say it's basically the most perfect sequel to VC1 that I could have ever hoped for.  New class (and really creative implementation of such), excellent maps, bigger missions, fun characters and a lot more story to go with them!  Basically, everything we all wanted from VC1 sequel!

The only real weakness of the game, at all, is the UI, which instead of being a smoother, quicker version of VC1's is somehow clunkier and worse with 10 more years of UI design to benefit it.

Ignore Heemsbergen when he says the score is "forgettable", he's insane.  The OST here is exactly as good, if not better, than VC1's excellent OST.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: September 26, 2018, 09:31:30 AM »
I played on Normal and found some TMs that were below my level that could one-shot me, so beware.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI looks glorious
« on: September 26, 2018, 09:30:17 AM »
I admit I didn't get a shot of that :P

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