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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: August 12, 2018, 04:04:14 AM »
Yay, I got three out of four festival dancers within 150 orbs! I'll stop here, because the one missing is Micaiah and my track record for sniping reds is a complete disaster. Out of all my reds, there are only a few I actively tried to summon and got: Athena, Fallen Celica, Legendary Ryoma and Summer Leo. All the others are happy little accidents that I got off-banner as pity breakers (Alm, Lucina, Lyn, Eirika on a pony, Brave Roy and so many more), almost-freebies in circles with the focus unit I wanted (Karel stalked Hinoka, Summer Tiki showed up together with Summer Takumi because of course they did!) and free summons on random banners (Saber, Ike, Tharja, an extra Celica and Karel). Fortunately, I do have reasonably good luck with Legendary Banners, which is where I got Halloween Nowi and Winter Tharja from. So for now, I'll wait for another opportunity.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: August 10, 2018, 07:33:03 AM »
I'm honestly not a fan of the whole coloured bow/dagger thing (it breaks the breaker skills, damnit!), but I can't skip a banner that's 100% dancers, features Tellius units, has an hilarious Xander alt (they keep finding new and creative ways to humilate him), and so on and so on.

But first, the list:

Day 1: 3* Athena
Day 2: Lute
Day 3: 3* Raven
Day 4: 4* Hana
Day 5: Karel
Day 6: 4* Boey
Day 7: 4* Mae
Day 8: 4* Peri (almost!)
Day 9: Hawkeye

I'm pretty sure FEH likes me again, because I also got the new Ryoma and Elincia within 50 orbs, my very first Ares (+atk, -res!) and a really nice Tailtiu (+spd, -def). I'm going to continue pulling until I get another 5 star. It'd be great if its one of the focus units, but frankly, if Leo suddenly popped up and pity broke me, I'd probably buy a cake to celebrate, so... Yeah.

The Soundroom / Re: Random Anime Music
« on: August 06, 2018, 02:26:22 PM »
Apparently I suck at me job, because I only just learnt Dutch symphonic metal band Epica covered several Attack on Titan songs. I thought you guys might enjoy this, too, so here you go:]Crimson Bow and Arrow
If Inside These Walls Was A House
Dedicate Your Heart

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: August 06, 2018, 09:09:20 AM »
All I want is a Leo. Just a regular Leo. I don't even care about his bane or boon. I just want one.

Guess what 5 star I got as a free summon on the QR3 banner?

That's right, it was Karel.

That makes the list:

Day 1: 3* Athena
Day 2: Lute
Day 3: 3* Raven
Day 4: 4* Hana
Day 5: Karel

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: August 03, 2018, 05:07:26 PM »
Fine. It's Takumi related. I mentioned to an online friend I was going to do host a JRPG quiz at an animeconvention and I was going to do my final boss spiel as usual. She half-jokingly suggested cosplaying for the occassion. That's too much effort, though, and way too inconvenient and expensive, but I can put some references in my outfit and hairstyle, so... yeah. I overcame a nearly decade long dislike of hairdressers to make a referential joke happen.

Edit: oh, and sorry, no pineapple effect. The 'short' part of my long hair has gotten to long for that.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: August 03, 2018, 04:24:15 PM »
Went to a hairdresser for the first time in 6-7 years (I lost count) to turn my bangs back into bangs again. I'm usually not a fan and my last appointment was a disaster. The cut itself came out okay enough, but the service was terrible. For some reason the stylist was trying to juggle three customers at once, and I ended up sitting in that chair for atleast twice as long as the cut actually took.

This time, I went to a different salon during walk-in hours, no appointment needed. My uoungest cousin went there a while back for a crazy dyejob, and that came out really well, so I figured I might as well give it a shot. The place was practically deserted because of the heatwave, so I got a chair seconds after I walked in. The stylist was totally fine with cutting just my bangs, which is rare from my experience. (A full cut is more expensive, so many stylists push for that even if trimming the ends isn't needed. Not to mention the ones that care more about their own sensibilities than their customers' preferences.) I also got a new type of compliment! Normally people will just think the length of my hair is impressive, and I get the occassional 'pretty', but this is the first time I heard: "Wow, this is fun!" Finally, someone gets it! 80+ centimeters of hair to braid and stuff is fun!

Anyway, now my hair looks cute again when I put it in a high ponytail or bun. I really should have done this ages ago. To think the only reason I went now is because of a Fire Emblem-related joke/dare...

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: August 03, 2018, 02:18:50 PM »
Summer Takumi is currently set at my leader, so if you don't have one yourself, well, there you go.

I've been sticking to Infernal 1, only doing Infernal 2 when I need to get rid of 1-2 lances and don't mind the risk. It pays off as long as I can conquer all the camps, but even that can be difficult on some maps.

Also they've started the 15 days of blatant money grubbing free pulls, post your disappointments here!

Day 1: 3* Athena
Day 2: Lute

(And I also got a free Celica from the DD banner earlier, so Leo troubles aside, the game still likes me.)

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: July 30, 2018, 09:31:59 AM »
I think I just had the best nap in ages. It was better than anything studio Trigger made in some time.

So, the dream starts out with an attic that needs to be cleaned out to make room for more bookshelves. That makes sense, because:
1. I always need more room for books
2. The dream version of my appartment always has this weird, creepy extra space in the attic with lots of room for storage

There's an old piano there. And it's softly playing. It's all wonky and out of tune, but the piano is making music all by itself. As it turns out, it's some sort of pissed off tsukumogami. This old paino, once loved, now forgotten, has turned into a vengeful spirit. Shit, this is going full horror, isn't?

Nope, magical girls!

I transform, hold a short little speech about how you shouldn't blame innocent people for your misfortune, and draw my bow. (Of course it's a bow? Did you expect anything else?) The angry piano is having none of it though and transforms as well! Right through the freakin' roof because it's now like the personification of music shaped like a 20+ meter tall pretty anime elf girl. I fly after it as it makes its escape, and after catching up, manage to shoot an eye out. Piano-chan is truly pissed now and transforms again. Now it's really going to be a nightmare, isn't it?

Nope, giant robot time!

The now blind siren-like creature, currently the size of a cruise ship, has retreated to the sea. I, now in a freakin' awesome robot, chase after her. I can tell that this is going to end well for me, because the background music has shifted to the bombastically hopeful and epic theme of whatever anime I'm in. It's hard to describe, but there was some Cruel Angel Thesis in there, because of course there was. Cruiseship-sized Piano-monster-chan is going down! This is the best anime-dream ever, isn't it?

And that's when it pulls me down with its final breath, its fresh corpse dragging me deeper and deeper into the depths of the cold sea. My giant robot wasn't made for this. I can hear it creaking under the growing pressure. Water is seeping in and soon it will reach the cockpit. I need to get out! But the energy pack is almost empty. Finally, I manage to escape, and pushing myself off against the rocks below, I blast myself to the surface. As I open the now drenched cockpit, I'm quickly pulled out by a woman who could probably best be described as a female Lockon Stratos. No idea where my brain pulled that from, but I'm not complaining.

The scene shifts. My left shoulder hurts. I'm told I'll be out of commission for a while. I figure that's the end of the awesomeness and wander off to find a place to sleep, because sleeping in a dream can be quite comfortable if you're tired enough.

That's when I woke up. Turn out I had sleepy on my shoulder funny and there was this dude outside who had 1) good speakers and 2) a really mismatched playlist.

Best. Nap. Ever.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: July 28, 2018, 11:09:13 AM »
1. Weren't cavemen omnivores? Hunter-gatherers and all that.

2. What do those people have against bowel movements?

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: July 25, 2018, 01:02:39 PM »
BTW, was number 5 too edgy for RPGFan?

A typo. I blame the heatwave.

I try to take my son to playgrounds and parks regularly, and I'm honestly surprised at how empty they are these days. Even in the middle of summer (like now). If other kids are there, or show up after us, they don't stay long at all. Are that many kids glued to their screens nowadays? Or is there some kind of secret kid society (The Young Skulls)?
Sometimes I laugh to myself, because empty playgrounds would be shown in older shows and movies to indicate a grave issue with people/society.

It's a small miracle our local pool is still around. They were planning on closing it down a few years back, because it wasn't bringing in the money to stay afloat. They're managing now thanks to a small army of volunteers, but it's simply not as busy as it used to. On the upside, 20 years ago, days like this meant the pool would be crowded to the point of it being awful. The people who do come have a lot more space now.

Another thing I noticed is that the kids that were with us just weren't good swimmers. By the time I was 9, I had a nice stack of certificates, but nowadays kids only get one or two and they seem to take longer to do so. The 7-year-old had difficulty swimming 25 meters! That's... a little scary, considering how much water we have around these parts.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: July 25, 2018, 10:58:09 AM »
I went to the swimming pool as a back-up babysitter. The swimming pool haps:

1. People still look at me and see a teenager. (I turn 32 in two months.) Honestly, if the person behind the counter had asked, I would have told her I'm an adult. But she didn't, so she'll just have to pay the price for assuming.

2. I obtained a new nickname: Rah-Rah. It would have been cuter if it had come from the 2.5-year-old instead of the 7-year-old who really should make more of an effort to pronounce words and names properly, but eh, I'll take it. (The toddler calls me Ta-ah, which will probably be upgraded to Tama soon.)

3. I kinda regret treating them to ice-cream. The oldest one tried to be sneaky and buy some candy as well, but that was obviously not going to happen. I guess I can't really blame him for acting like that, though. His parents tend to bounce between over-indulging and 'whoops, we forgot to buy dinner', so he was trying to make most of an opportunity. Meanwhile, the youngest one quickly lost interest in hers once the chocolate was gone, and went back to nibbling on the cucumber slices I brought. Next time, the older ones are just going to get 50 cents to buy some candy and the littlest ones can just eat the snacks we packed.

4. Man, kids these days are too easily distracted/bored. Okay, maybe it's more of a difference between familes rather than generations, but still, back when I was a kid we used to spend the whole day at this pool. We practically lived there during the summer months. And then there's these kids, who got all whiny after less than two hours because they wanted to go back to their tablets, computers and gaming systems. I guess I would understand if this was a lame pool and the weather was bad, but we're in the middle of a heatwave and despite looking a little plain, this outdoor pool is actually rather nice. There are three pools (kiddy, play and competitive), they just got this cool new slide, their diving boards are some of the highest in the area (cannonball!), and on top of that there's also a playground, a beach volley ball field, table tennis... Not to mention I made lunch, snacks and iced green tea. You know what the 7-year-olds reaction to the tea was? "This is water." Well, sorry not sorry I didn't fill it up with sugar. See, I complain about kids these days! I'm totally an adult!

6. I'm so glad my new swimsuit is holding up. This my first casual one in ages. I'd gotten so used to swimsuits designed for sports, anything less just seemed... risky. But you know, just because I still fit in the Speedo swimsuit I bought as a 14-year-old probably doesn't mean I should just keep wearing it. Buying a new sports swimsuit wasn't an option though, because my current level of activity at the pool (long, mostly leisurely swims) doesn't justify buying something in that price range. Luckily, I found a nice Tweka that was over 90% off, so I now I've got a reliable casual one to wear for years to come. Whiny kids or not, swimming is still awesome.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: July 24, 2018, 04:19:18 AM »
I figure the trick to the new mode is to aim for 1000 points a day and only play when the bonus is more than just a plan 1x. That's, what, not even a day's worth of stamina? I can do that. It just sucks there's another stamina dump active right now.

I'm actually doing well in +_+. I think I might get 8000 feathers at the end of it I can maintain my rank (shouldn't take me more than two potions). Takumi and Linde have maxed their SP, and even summer Leo, who I've been training using +_+, is looking somewhat decent. 40 res (with his current ultra budget build) makes for effective ploying. But most of all, I just like that he has some hilarious lines. I paired him up with Takumi and their contrasting attitudes make me laugh.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: July 20, 2018, 04:42:42 AM »
As long as I still get max orbs from Arena every week, I'm okay with the changes. In fact, this encouragement to use bonus units works out rather well for me, because I have this tendency to build whatever seems fun/interesting.

The Grand Conquest addition doesn't seem so bad to me either. It's just another opportunity to earn some more feathers.

As for all the other stuff:
- A whole bunch of free summons! Yay!
- Orbs, orbs and more orbs.
- Tempest Trials units making a comeback! And not all of them are Marth! Nice!
- The grindy new support seems like it could be okay.
- The orbs from the new chapter brought home Summer Leo. That's all I wanted.

Speaking of Summer Leo, guess how low it took me to get one. Seven pity breakers. All of them arguably better than the unit I wanted. Luck is strange sometimes. In any case, a certain ship has set sail for a tropical island!

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: July 15, 2018, 03:29:31 AM »
It's okay, because...


I got a Takumi! And the most adorable Tiki was in the same circle!

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: July 14, 2018, 10:48:53 AM »
Takumi update:

Last night, I spent an hour going through my finances, cleaned up my entertainment budget, and concluded that I can easily afford to whale for one character.

Of course, that would be dumb and I hate gambling (even spending my free orbs makes me want to barf at times), so I set my budget at 30. It was about time I paid a little for the game I've been enjoying for like 18 months now anyway.

Now I'm the disappointed owner of a Legault. It's a fine Legault, but he's just... not what I hoped for.

That said, I still have 17 orbs left, so I'll get to take another shot tomorrow. Actually, I think I'll let my sister try. I'll be seeing her tomorrow anyway. She doesn't like gambling either, but her luck is absurd. She's the type that will hit the slotmachines once and will then walk away to pay off her car.

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