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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 5R teaser
« on: March 23, 2019, 11:38:45 AM »
And so Pi5S is still potentially in the cards.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: March 22, 2019, 01:34:49 AM »
In older SRPG haps, I continue with my FE1 playthrough. Currently on Chapter 8 where the game finally starts to bear its fangs. Although I have a blessed Caeda who's puttin' in work. Funny how she doesn't even need a busted Prf to bust ass at this stage of the game as long as she can proc her Str/Def growths once or twice (she's got more than enough Spd to double thieves with a Javelin). Marth is of course incredibly busted in this version, but that's par for the course given his utter lack of competition and just the game's general design (he'll be less busted when I start having to drag him all over creation to pick locks and visit villages). I'm still using Axe users despite losing most of their relevancy by this point, but I can start phasing out the rest of the starting losers like Draug and Gordin next chapter. I should probably use Wendell more, but I don't want to bust the game too hard right now (also, I haven't been able to find any new magic tomes for him nor Merric up to this point, although this also changes by now).

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: March 17, 2019, 11:14:40 PM »
At this point its better to bail on Shingeki/Attack on Titan. The explanation wasn't worth it.


Meanwhile I'm still plugging away at L-Gaim. I'm on episode 44 now and its hilarious on what a Twenty Xanatos Pileup this has become.

I've also checked out Macross Delta: Movie Edition and while the plotting is significantly tighter, I feel like they could've excised Mirage from it entirely (as they already did in regards to the plot).

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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: March 15, 2019, 02:39:44 PM »
Nothing like repeating November's dry spell to help push a few more stragglers off the wagon. At least this time they didn't start the month with a banner full of goddamn Fates Alts (and Mikoto) after spending nearly an entire year slipping in Fates Alts, on top of shoving wave after wave of powercreeping OCs in our general direction.

Looking back at 2018's March, we were still settling in on the implementation of Legendaries with the advent of the Blessed Gardens and our first round of Leg Battles with F!Grima, and there was the last of the FEW DLC crosspromotion event battles, plus a couple of extra quests (like a 3 Heroes, and the year long GHeB quests). So while March '18 wasn't amazing, its still far more interesting compared to this year's nothingburger of a month.

As for AR bullshit, I've finally implemented my double Duma defense, complete with dual Anima blessings on Aversa and Reinhardt and support from Lazura (who gets to Tactics buff everybody as I have two horses, two fliers and two armors), so at worst, I'm only hemorrhaging 50 points every 20 hours over 80 (and any kills my team manages knocks that number further down by 20 a head). I'm actually doing kinda well so far with it (only one round ended on a full 50 loss and that team had a 4+1 Offensive Fort compared to my 3+1 Def Fort) so hopefully I can finally claw my way up to tier 20 this week.

Meanwhile the most recent GCN's intro got a chuckle out of me.
Miccy: "Lets have a battle....for good relation's sake."
Snacky: "Sure thing sis."
Burger King: "Why am I even here?"

Incidentally, I also finally got around to clearing F!Robin Abyssal earlier this week with a team of Celica, Lazura, Gronnlwen and Ursula. Just Xander left to go before I'm ready for the next round of ReGHeB Abyssals.

Also:


Welp! :V


Edit: Meanwhile, more Bunny Alts. At first I thought the female bunny was Micaiah, but her hair looks to be off and the male doesn't look like Sothe (also too soon), then I thought that could be Eirika and Innes, and then I recall how Ayra was reduced to pallet swapped Eirika and that could be Quan, and now I realize that there really isn't a lot to go on due to how Seasonals give no fucks and we could get both Micaiah and Innes, or Eirika and Quan, or even Karla and Harken and screw the rules.

Bundit: So instead of any of the above, we got Spring 2018 mk 2 instead. Palla instead of Catria, Bruno and Veronica instead of Alfonse and Sharena, Marisa instead of Kagero for the popular whalebait choice, and also Loki instead of letting Anna get an alt. I'm almost impressed by my disappointment (granted Palla and Marisa are great choices and should've gotten alts sooner, and finally a playable Bruno, but even then the methodology of this particular banner is awe-inspiring in its uninspired selection) At least we're getting a free flying Bow user out of the deal.

As for the skills, some serious whalebait again with AR Trap Dismantle, G Flier Duel, and moar Dazzle for Wrazzle Dazzle shenanigans, but beyond Pegasus's Carrot, another instance of Guidance and Grail locked 4 star Flier Formation, the rest are thoroughly meh to lame (Hone Fliers got somewhat less premium locked thanks to the otherwise worthless Towel Camilla). The characters themselves aren't too much to write home about though. Bruno and Loki have amazing/semi-amazing Def for their weapon/move types (lol at Bruno being built like a brick shithouse) but Staffbots don't really need huge Def scores (Azama cries in a corner somewhere), and high Def doesn't save fliers from Bows on their own (so Loki can expertly facetank Daggers and ...). Palla's solid though, Marisa has Sword Infantry stats on a Pegasus while holding a Lance, and Veronica is basically Sky Nino but with a different flavor of busted Green Tome Prfage.

Edit Hops Again!: And I've finally clawed my way into AR tier 20. Fucking finally.

T_T Edit: Yeah, even the Seals are mediocre. Spd/Res Bond is the top this time around followed HP/Spd as that can be used on Aversa with Warding Stance bringing up the rear. Also, hope you weren't counting on your Year 1 Spring Seasonals to get the job done as its Years 2 and 3 Springs only (minus the Ninjabbit because she'd be too good?). This just further emphasizes the need to expand the bonus unit choices to 12 per T_T/Arena season/AR week.

Bun Bun Edit: Well it took me every Orb I had on hand, but I managed to snag a Bunorinca (+Atk/-Def even). Of course while pulling for her, I managed to snag a spare 4 star Shigure and fuck all else worth mentioning.

Also, I've reeditted my Bunny Edits because they were all hopping all over each other and not cutting to the core of the meh of this month's seasonal.

These Edits are Multiplying like Bunnies: Welp. That answers that question about seeing Gen 1 seasonal reruns this year. My free pulls brought in a +1 to my Minerva (which in turn gave her +5 goddamn HP due to fixing a superbane on one of the +merge stats) and trash.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: March 15, 2019, 01:58:27 PM »
As for The Luminary, I found his 2-handed Swords to provide better offensive options over dual wielding. But then, I was also playing the Stronger Enemies Draconian Quest (among others) so I was often left tepid at the amount of damage I was getting off of off-hand attacks. Either way, both options fall off once you hit the post game and you get your MC's best shield and the 1-handed Swordmastery skills.
What I recall is that 2-handed swords is best for damage for 3/4s of the game, and dual wielding overtakes 2-handed in the last 1/4. I can't remember exactly what it is that causes the switch over...it might be the Luminary's ultimate skill as I recall that skill outperforms with 2 weapons over a 2- handed. I never bothered with shields and don't recall anyone at the time thinking they were better than the other two options.

As I said before, I was playing Stronger Enemies Draconian Quest, so having someone bulky enough to take a hit during Act 1 was why I didn't switch over to Greatswords until the Platinum Greatsword became available.

As for the 3rd Act switch, Quadraslash hits its damage cap around the point you're talking about, and then Uber/Falcon Blades show up and now you're suddenly quadding everything in sight. Also helps that he gets some ridiculous Einhanzer skills by then (....and that all of the MC's top tier weapons are 1H plus the best 2H is stashed behind the final Wheel of Harma trial making it a Sword of Infinity +1). Zweihanzers are still great with Sword Dance though.

The reason why I advocate the Sword and Board during the post game is that his final shield provides a passive 10 MP regen a turn which goes up to 20 MP when paired with his final armor. It makes all those MP intensive Spells and Abilities much more affordable.

Admittedly, the 'other' reason why I went Sword and Board for the MC during the endgame is that I had also taken the Shypox challenge and thus couldn't rely upon him for more than taking it on the chin (the "'other' other" reason why was because I was also running the no Shopping challenge so I couldn't buy a copy of the Sword of Kings and thus could not forge his best Sword).


This does bring up a good point about the way that DQ XI handles equipment though. You aren't just locked into a linear equipment upgrade track (or are forced to make use of some goofy subsystem that substitutes equipment) but aren't completely inundated with redundant choices with no actual upgrade track to speak of. Compare that with games like the FF games where your character is locked to their given weapon type and are lucky to even have a single Armor slot to provide one or two defensive options, or Diablo-alikes where your tiny ass pack is stuffed with Armors that either provide a 5% resist to Acid and Electricity, a 7% resist to Fire or a +1 Magic Missile Feat (while you're in the designated Ice Level and are an Amazon and thus incapable of using anything but Daggers and skimpy leather bikinis).

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: [s]Tree[/s] Three Houses
« on: March 15, 2019, 01:46:20 PM »
I guess this whole discussion was a stealth attempt at suggesting that at some point, star student of Byleth's Class Seven, one of Edgelord/Upside-down Claude/Blonde Rean Schwartz, will go on to teach their own Class, with Blackjack and Hookers (and possibly fewer undercover Witches).

I'll inform you when I spot any Ashen Ritters.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: March 14, 2019, 06:31:20 PM »
Its a minor boost unfortunately (+1% Crit = 200 Deftness). Gear that boosts Crit Rates directly provides far more bang for your buck. For maximum Crit chances, a Jade, fully kitted out with Claws and her Warrior Princess equipment has the highest rate of: +6 (from Skills) +8 (from a +3 Crimson Claws or a +3 Frostfire Fingers) +2 (from her tier 1 +3 Warrior Princess Helm) +3 (from her tier 2 +3 Warrior Princess Clothes) +(2*2) (from stacking two +3 copies of Assassin Card Accessories) +4~5 (from hitting the Deftness Cap of 999) = 27~28% chance

Of course you don't need to fish for Crits in this game as Jade has Lightning Thrust and Erik has Critical Claim.

As for The Luminary, I found his 2-handed Swords to provide better offensive options over dual wielding. But then, I was also playing the Stronger Enemies Draconian Quest (among others) so I was often left tepid at the amount of damage I was getting off of off-hand attacks. Either way, both options fall off once you hit the post game and you get your MC's best shield and the 1-handed Swordmastery skills.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: [s]Tree[/s] Three Houses
« on: March 14, 2019, 07:07:36 AM »
I suppose its less of any evidence showing the presence of a time skip or lack there of, and more of a concern that they would basically repeat their missteps with regards to over reaching on the story's scope. See also: Fates' complete inability to handle two separate factions and two generations at the same time. Compared to that, we're already looking at 3 separate factions in the 3H Club. Throwing a time skip in there would likely require significant levels of bullshit to keep the Hogwarts gimmick running throughout the game.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: [s]Tree[/s] Three Houses
« on: March 12, 2019, 07:16:45 AM »
I think 'Time Skip' is the wrong phrase in this case. Like, FE4's 'Time Skip' is the 15 year gap between generations, but nobody refers to the passage of time that occurs during each generation as a 'Time Skip' (FE4 prologue starts in the setting's year of 757 and runs to 761 while Gen 2 stretches on from 776 to 780, that's an accumulation of 8 in-game years).

And with images like the following



showing Edelgard in even fancier duds than



here where she studies and aces her test on how to Brigand. Additionally,



neither she nor Ferdinand or Byleth look significantly older/more different despite all of them appearing in more advanced classwear. So while I can definitely see time passing over the course of the game, I haven't seen anything in particular would qualify as a proper 'Time Skip.' (Old Belmont and Valkyrie seem to be throwing down in the distant past more than anything ala Arni and his Way, The 12 Crusaders, Harmut and his band of Elibe Prf carriers, Grado and his band of Magvel Prf carriers, Altina and her Furry Friends or Marth, Tiki and all the rest.)

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: March 11, 2019, 12:30:38 PM »
I kinda want to talk about Ys VIII's plot because its kinda stupid

It's called the Transitive Video Game Writing Principle, wherein the relative Stupidity of a game's Plot is always greater than or equal to the Stupidity of the Lead Female's Design/Clothing.

That's not the stupidity I'm talking about.


Edit: I wonder if I can simply carry on with the plot/sidequests for awhile and not have to worry about these PS4 exclusive Interception Battles expiring? Because I really don't want to have to fight off 9 goddamn waves of level 80+ jerks right this second.

Meanwhile, I just want to point out just how goddamn stupid it is to have a Move Speed boosting accessory in a game with platforming elements like Ys. I styled the hell out of the Valley of Kings (wait, I thought I was in the Not-Mediterranean, not Not-Egypt?) by straight up flying across most of its convoluted passageways and chasms.


And with that said, I've started playing Fire Emblem yesterday (praise the sun region unlocking). Gotta love that my first level of the run was on Caeda and was damn near perfect (as perfect as I suspect the mechanics actually allow, as she gained a point in everything short of HP, including both Str and Def, the two stats she sucks hardest in). And then Cain betrayed me with a point in HP and Wpn Lv which is far more typical of the game's experience. Anyways, I'm up to Chapter 3 now so its time to try to actually level a goddamn healer (and maybe see if I can figure out how to view equipment stats since its kinda hard to figure out exactly how much something's gonna hurt without half the goddamn formula to gaze at).

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails/Kiseki Thread! Trails of Whateva
« on: March 11, 2019, 12:29:30 PM »
Would be nice if they could "tide the fans over" with Crossbell in English, perhaps?

Let's wait on CS3 before we start making wishes on monkey paws.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: [s]Tree[/s] Three Houses
« on: March 11, 2019, 12:28:34 PM »
Anyone else think this plot is set up for a mid-game time skip?

I would hope not. The last thing this game needs is another bout of eugenics. It was a stretch in Awakening and it was awful in Fates. Lets see a game done in one single generation this time.

But no. I don't suspect there will be anything more substantial than a brief time skip ala Awakening's time skip (that existed largely to set up the Lucina reveal and move on from Emmeryn).

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem: [s]Tree[/s] Three Houses
« on: March 10, 2019, 09:15:59 AM »
https://serenesforest.net/2019/03/08/three-houses-boxart-music-art-book-samples-fodlan-collection/#more-50103

So here's the actual boxart + collector's edition/steelbook case, etc. for 3 Houses. Aside from Spider-Claude, the morsels of info this update brings contains the following. First is that Edgelord has some very distinct markings on her axe, which means we may be seeing their Legendaries, if not their early game Prfs (i.e. Rapier, Royal Sword, Thani, and so on...). Second is that the special edition box has fantastically good art as does the Steelbook case.

Third, is that Steelbook case contains some rather interesting information,



especially in regards to both the figure and the chamber they're in. In regards to the character, a blurb describes them in a "slight eeriness in their majestic figure." Of significance in this, I should note that between the figure's distinct headdress and the shape and style of their cloak that



it cannot be this individual at the point of the game this image is from. It however could easily belong to



this individual. Moreover, the cover's image also gives us a clue as to where this is located and most likely their affiliation as the window contains a depiction of the Adrestian Empire's Crest. Incidentally, we've seen this location before



back in 2018. And there we clearly see more instances of the Adrestian Empire's Crest throughout the cathedral. And with these taken with the next two images



you can start to see a noteworthy pattern. Namely, that in the Adrestian Empire's Crest is both featured prominently in the 12 o'clock position in the Crest Wheel, and is used in the world map's compass rose over any other Crest, and between these, and the green haired lady signifies the significance of the Empire in the game's setting (we're likely looking at a Grannvale or Begnion situation over whatever the fuck was happening over in Fatesvania).

The fourth thing of interest is in this image.



Namely, the one that depicts the crest in the courtyard on a balcony overlooking a mountain valley. While its not directly confirmed, its extremely likely that this is a part of the Garreg Mach Monastery/FE Hogwarts. That also means that the monastery itself has its own Crest backing it, specifically the one just beneath the one belonging to Claude's house/realm in the 8:45 position. Its also likely that the storehouse image just beneath the balcony one contains something else of significance (what looks to be like an old/forgotten alter).

There's one other thing that hasn't been depicted in this update, but the one before it.



The symbol depicted on the placeholder SE Boxart is interesting to me because of something that's been cropping up for awhile now. First up is



Old Belmont dude with



Valkyrie Lady here with



Byleth here. All three of them are wielding the exact same sword. Butttttt....in this image



You can see that Ol' Belmondo's version has its Crest and is shining and doing cool chain-whip-sword things. Back in the Byleth image, you can see a cavity where the Crest should be but isn't, which also gives it an Awakening's Falchion look to it. And in Fallen Valkyrie's image, you can see a Crest, but not which one because it looks burnt out/damaged. And of course as its in the game's normal box art with both Byleth's meaning its their Legendary/Prf. Buttttt....backing up to the first Bylmont image. You can see on his cape and shoulderguard, that same image depicted on the placeholder. Its the same mark as seen on



this little dragon lady. Methinks this mark is supposed to be some kind of "Lost Crest" ala FE4's Loptyr's Holy Bloodline



(seen here; although not necessarily due to being evil).

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: March 10, 2019, 05:05:15 AM »
The only game journal things to note here for now is that the localization of Ys VIII really falls apart in the back half of the game and that FF1 is one busted piece of jank. "Ah, my status! The Ribbons! They do nothing!"

I kinda want to talk about Ys VIII's plot because its kinda stupid and full of wasted potential, but my issues goes straight into the heart of spoiler territory.

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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: March 10, 2019, 04:18:04 AM »
YOU GODDAMN RAT BASTARDS!!! I knew you were going to pull that fucking horse shit and you did!

So Tap Battle is now totally bereft of Orbs, or much else of value (10 Seal Coins and a bunch of Feathers from converting accessories and the daily grind), and on top of the monthly income getting slashed by 5 more, that's a net loss of 14 Orbs per month. Even if the upcoming content is where those Orbs are going into, that'll just make the loss suck even harder due to whatever's cooking being designed for maximum whaling.

Edit: Oh goddammit. Its a fucking encore. So they're literally phoning this one in for the month and potentially other months too. What a goddamn waste of time.

At this rate, I won't be around to see Fodlan hit (which may be for the best if I have to see a bunch of students in their shitty school uniforms all over the place).


Some people who like running her with Owltome will contend this refine is worse, but I'm not really seeing it. These days it's a really bad idea to have units standing next to each other most of the time, with Aversa fucking everywhere and danced units sniping backrows.

Not to mention staff cancer builds like Pain+ or Beronica with double Savage Blow and mass debuffs everywhere. Moreover, Owltome buffs have fallen off the cliff in terms of competitiveness thanks to the efforts of Leg Lyn and others that gain similar buffs from 2 range. Even Drives and Tactics have greatly reduced the need to be standing next to one-another while offering stronger buffs for a similar amount of effort. Bonds have started becoming available as well which means that you only need one person standing next to you rather than the entire team for a similarly sized buff, and Solos and Beast mechanics exist now to further reduce the need to bunch up.

Compared to the above, having TA on two different colors with a TA friendly build is vastly more useful (especially since all that Sophia originally had was a Silver Tome). Doubly so as Ravens have long been relegated to the untouchables bin alongside Braves, Gems Weapons and Bladetomes so more diversity/availability of these will help big in offering team flexibility.


Edit: New calendar is up and now I know why it took so long for them to get it out. Turns out it was to sneak April's New Heroes Summon Banner onto the very end of the calendar. Otherwise March/April is looking mighty thin with its round of usuals (including the newly gimped Tap Battles) and little else. Our next Seasonal Banner is most likely Spring again, and most likely to be inundated with Fateswakening Characters or OGs again (because heaven forbid that a month goes by without yet another Fates Alt getting shoved in).

And there goes another GHeB that my Flier Emblem beat down. I'll admit this much, they did a good job of showing Rutger as being Sord Guy #3201 (as that's what he is outside of FE6 and its horrible Hit% on non-Swords, Axes everywhere, ridiculous Throne bonuses, and a lack of another competent Sword for ages).

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