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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Klyde Chroma on Today at 09:01:35 AM »
Octopath Demo: Kinda amusing that the game doesn't immediately boot you out at the 3 hour mark considering that I ran afoul of the time limit just prior to fighting the boss of the scenario I was on (but yeah, I was just about to leave town and finish my Therion's intro quest, and this was after starting with Ophilla and following up with H'anaat).

Lufia 2: Just about done hanging out with Lexis and getting my final party together at last.

I swear you have the uncanny knack for playing EXACTLY what I want to be, but just can't seem to get into at present for the life of me. By extension, your posts make me happy because if I'm not actually playing at least I can come to the journal and get your commentary :-D

I really swore Octopath would have been a day 1 purchase for me but I'm still too engaged/distracted by other titles.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider : Really surprised I didn't see/missed more praise for this one's design and execution. I'm gonna blame poor release window and exclusivity for that. I mean it DID come out as an Xbox exclusive around the same time as Fallout 4 if I recall.

I'm not claiming the game doesn't have some problems, and environments ARE a bit ugly. This can be, and is, all forgiven in wake of scripted action sequences and great puzzle design. Surprisingly enough too, the vertical-ity of stage design is done well enough to remind me of my time with HZD earlier this year which is saying something. I am only roughly 10 hours in though, so I don't want to sing it's praise too highly just yet.

X-CoM 2 : Surprised they were able to make ye' ol' familiar X-Com while departing the title so much from it's predecessors and trying some new things. Not much time spent yet but I'm loving it so far and have not discovered any of the circulating complaints to be troublesome for me (time restrictions, unfair, et cetera...). I am playing on PS4 without War of the Chosen because supposedly it is still a glitchy mess and I'm NOT risking data loss and that brand of trouble with the title considering I like to play X-Com without save scumming to really embrace the brutality of the game mechanics. This sort of sucks because I did already purchase WotC on sale but it seems silly to have a bad time with the game based on principal.


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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by Tomara on Today at 05:54:21 AM »
Survived another animeconvention, yay.

It was... an event.

I spend the most of the car trip there wedged into leftover space like a tetrimino. Still very grateful for the ride though, because the tram would have been much worse. Start-up was slow, because our team had a bunch of things to do during the hours we had for setting up, including but not limited to being held up at the front entrance by stewards and launching a rescue mission to retrieve the person stuck at the entrance.

Fortunately, we had a really good spot this time. Central isle, well lit, decent neighbours. The opposite of last year, really. We even managed to avoid Beef Jerky Guy. Now, Beef Jerky Guy is not a bad guy, but the flirting is just too much. I managed to dodge the bullet because I don't like meat, but one of my friends - eh, just imagine her as Fire Emblem's Ike but female talktive ("I bake for my friends!"- my friend, probably) - ended up as one of his favourites. She's asexual and if she had to choose, prefers women over men. So, yeah. Atleast we got some free stuff out of it, I guess.

I had two lectures on Friday, the first day. Game Localization drew a really good crowd, both quantity and quality-wise, despite the unpopular timeslot. Fan & Finances didn't do that well, but the few people there really appreciated it and this lecture may have made a real difference.

I found some time to eat, but what I ate - some sort of Japanese style vegan wrap thing - ended up a disappointment. Someone didn't wash the lettuce and I could hear the sand between my teeth. Went back to tell them someone made a mistake. I didn't want to make a big deal of it, but they offered me a free drink before I could walk away. For some reason they talked to me like I was a child. "It's a Japanese drink. You like Japanese drinks, right? I bet you'll like this drink!" I did not like the drink. I was sort of hoping they'd grab the green tea thing from the top shelf, but they ended up opening a Ramune for me. Female Ike ended up drinking it. Later on, I informed two staff members (both friends of mine) as revenge for treating me like a child. That sandy lettuce probably violated a health code regulation or two, so hah.

Saturday was a relatively quiet day. I worked befind our little booth for a while, my shojo manga lecture went well (another good crowd) and I had a fancy crepe with matcha cake, whipped cream, red bean paste and more for lunch. That was too sweet to be filling, so I got an onigiri elsewhere after that. Then back at the booth I just kind of crashed and they sent me outside to get some fresh air. Saw some cool Fire Emblem cosplayers there. I had wanted to talk to 'Takumi', but ended up fangirling over Samurai Flamenco with 'Kaze'. Our conversation was basically just half-sentences ("It becomes all weird..." "... but once you see what they're trying to do..." "... it all comes together!" "The cellphone!" "The feels were real!") and I'm not entirely sure the others could follow what we were talking about. Doubled over coughing for a bit and after that I shared some hard candies from my secret stash. Screw the rules, I have hidden pockets. After wandering outside some more, I returned to the booth refreshed.

Later that day, I:
- Saw Your Name on the big screen. I could have watched it at home, but my TV doesn't do the visuals justice, so it was nice to watch it like this. I'm glad I didn't cry, because that would have looked weird.
- Went to an comic artists panel just to support some friends and acquaintances, but it turned out they didn't really need any filler. It was fun to see some of their old work though.
- Mentioned wanting to check out the Side 7 room and the empty party slots were quickly filled by people who actually did buy things. Despite having a hand in creating a bunch of new Gundam fans, it still feels very lonely, because I'm like 90% series and 10% gunpla and they're all 50-100% gunpla.

Sunday was hectic and went by surprisingly fast for a Sunday. I started the day with an early lecture/quiz, which made it really difficult to keep my mood in check. Not because I don't like doing that particular event, but because the audience was... difficult. I was there as editor-in-chief Tamara, and some of my sorta-fans have, well, learning disabilities among other things. They're young adults, but cognitively they're more like young teenagers. Young teenagers that mistake my approachability for permission to be distruptive. And this was the type of event that was part game, part lecture. One of them had a very difficult time switching between the two and keeping their behaviour and energy-levels appropriate. I know a thing or two about teaching kids and regular young teenagers, but I have next to experience with people with pervasive learning disabilities, not to mention that I wasn't exactly a teacher in this context - I was a convention guest representing another organisation. Honestly, the whole experience made me rethink the concept despite having used it succesfully many times.

There's always such a big variety of people at this conventions. The young girls tend to be my favourite. More often than not, they're just so gosh darn happy to be at an event like this, overwhelmed but enjoying every moment of it. Their awareness of their surroundings makes them very polite. They're very focused on doing things properly. It's cute and, most importantly, hardly ever causes problems. I say hardly, because they can also be very shy. One my friends hosted a casual, low-key cosplay competition and one of the contestants was a 9-year-old girl dressed as Raven from Teen Titans. She froze up on stage and cried through the rest of the compo. Everyone was really supportive and I hope she had a good experience despite the anxiety attack.

Anyway, after the lecture/quiz I rushed to the room across from my current one to turn back into craftswoman Tamara and take charge of the kumihimo workshop. It was a full house, but what's so nice about this workshop is that every the initial rush to get started, people settle down and quietly braid for the remainder of the time. It's relaxing and Sunday morning really is the perfect timeslot for this workshop. I pointed people who were really into it towards the manga library, because I knew they had some mobidai for sale (my workshop is free, so to reduce costs everyone makes their own braiding disc out of cardboard, but a foam disc is obviously a better choice if you want braid more often). Later on, they thanked my 'clone' for sending them to me because they sold out after that after-workshop-rush. We had a good laugh about that, because at this point we just expect this to happen. We do look very similar but our convention schedules are very different, so you rarely see both of us together. It isn't that weird for people who don't know us to think we're the same person.

Somewhere during that day I found time to eat. One of the food court booths had this vegetarian menu set with onigiri, miso soup and edamame. I needed something easy to digest, and that sounded perfect. I found a seat at a practically empty table and yep, the food was perfect. It had this homemade, light but filling feel to it. I must have looked like I really enjoyed eating it, because the guy across from me kept smiling at me without trying to start a conversation.

The remaining time at the booth was filled with fast sales and juicy gossip. One of our members is a staff member of this convention. Actually one of the most powerful people there. She is also extremely sweet and easily stressed out. She came sit with us for 10-15 minutes here and there to hide from dumb stuff, eat and vent. Earlier that weekend she'd bought one of my pineapple keychains as a joke gift for one of her colleagues. It was not appreciated. That's when I learned pineapple was one of their codewords that year and when my friend had tried to get her colleague's attention with a "Hey, I've got a pineapple for you!", said colleague exploded. She had been so on edge and devoid of a sense of humour (it's rumoured it was murdered and buried in woods years ago), that despite the context and presentation of the pineapple, she assumed it was a real emergency for a second and started yelling at my friend. Someone is never ever getting another cute crocheted keychain.

Eventually, Sunday ended and I tetrised myself back into my friends' car. That was yesterday. I'm still tired, so I'm glad I more or less have today and tomorrow off.









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Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« Last post by Dincrest on Yesterday at 08:33:36 PM »
I've never read a Discworld book, and Discworld is such a massive series, I would have no idea where to even start.  I find that kinda daunting, and I often avoid mainstream DC and Marvel comics for the same reason because where do I start/jump in? 

And, to be frank, I'm avoiding any fantasy series longer than a trilogy or quartet because I simply do not have the time or fortitude to dedicate to a 10+ book series like Malazan, Wheel of Time, or Stormlight Archive.  That's a big reason why I created that "standalone fantasy novel" thread years ago, because I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in wanting some good epic fantasy without the epic commitment. 

That being said, I still want to read Ashok Banker's Ramayana.  I have the entire series on my Kindle and it doesn't get more epic than that (except Mahabharata, and Ashok Banker is doing that one as well.)  It's a part of my cultural heritage and I feel like I only got bits and pieces of watered down versions growing up, and Ashok Banker's version of Ramayana is perhaps the most comprehensive.  I read a bunch of Ramayana years ago and was really into it, but real life got in the way, so I want to restart it. 
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Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« Last post by Rucks on Yesterday at 05:32:07 PM »
^ I'm assuming you don't like Discworld then?
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Single-Player RPGs / Re: CD Projekt RED's Cyberpunk 2077
« Last post by Mickeymac92 on Yesterday at 03:01:31 PM »
I probably won't have much of a problem with the hybrid shooter/RPG gameplay, so long as it's more like Deus Ex and less like Mass Effect 1 or Andromeda. I'm fine with stats mattering, and that gameplay encourages multiple styles of play so every class has an opportunity to succeed. Just don't have my sub-machinegun bullets fly everywhere around (and sometimes harmlessly phasing through) my enemies when I'm standing at point-blank range, just because I didn't put enough points into the sub Machine gun skill. And definitely don't make the open world just feel like a series of repetitive busywork meant to waste my time. I don't see either scenarios being likely, coming from CD Projekt's involvement with The Witcher, but I think it's safe to say that I'm not gonna be picky when it comes to the combat.

Only other thing I really want to know more about is how hacking is gonna work? I don't mind hacking mini-games, they can be fun so long as they are treated as a game in itself. Alternatively, I wouldn't mind a little more variety so they tie in better with certain quests or areas.
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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Your favorite basic weapons
« Last post by Dincrest on Yesterday at 02:51:56 PM »
I liked You McDohl's bo staff in the first Suikoden game.  Where most RPG main-hero protagonists wield a sword, this guy had a bo staff and you don't see that every day. 
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Single-Player RPGs / Re: CD Projekt RED's Cyberpunk 2077
« Last post by Dincrest on Yesterday at 02:48:10 PM »
I remember enjoying old-school 1990s first-person action-adventure games like Heretic and Hexen.  I can only imagine that technology has gotten better and those types of games are much smoother.  I still remember playing Maken X on Dreamcast; that first-person slasher game's frame rate was smoother than a glass of the good stuff. 

While I'm sure CD Projekt RED will put forth a quality product, I still retain that skeptic's hope that it doesn't become a "tries to appeal to everyone, but appeals to no one" compromise where RPG fans say it's too shooter-y and shooter fans balk at the RPG elements ("I don't care about the story, just let me blast things into oblivion!")

On the other hand, I know many RPG players who are also fans of really intense space shooters, so...  I don't know where I'm going with this.  I'm just rambling.
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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by Dincrest on Yesterday at 02:02:10 PM »
TOday was the first time this year I rode with my bicycle club.  What I thought would be a 34 mile ride turned out to be a 44 mile ride, and though I made it, those last 8 miles were rough.  I hadn't been riding as much as I wanted to (longest rides I've done so far were 15-18 miles), though I have keen keeping up with my gym workouts.  So I was glad I pushed myself and I guess I'm in better shape than I thought I was.  Still, I'm gonna feel this one tomorrow.  I am 40 after all.   
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Congrats on becoming a very, very happy (but still paranoid) MonCapitan 2002!
I am still paranoid.
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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Discussion 2: Dawn of the New Megathread
« Last post by Aeolus on Yesterday at 11:41:01 AM »
https://gematsu.com/2018/06/brand-new-tales-of-series-rpg-in-development-for-console

Its that time once again to start waiting for the next Tales of Game.
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