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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Things you can't bear in a JRPG
« Last post by SonicDeathMonkey on Yesterday at 10:22:59 PM »
better does not necessarily mean ideal/perfect. 

Both versions of FFXII have flaws in story, gameplay, and interface.  The best part about that game was the Gambit system because I could custom tailor to my exacting tastes how I wanted my companion AI to act, and have been spoiled ever since.  That's another one of my pet peeves is companion AI that's so absolutely brainless (even with rudimentary options on how I want them to act) that I have to babysit them or they'll blow themselves up.  That is not fun.

RPGs that want me to rely on AI companions are always a non-starter for me. I dunno why, but I find it infinitely frustrating when someone on my team does something stupid. Like you say, FFXII's gambit system did a decent job of correcting that but I still didn't find that particular brand of micromanagement very fun.
Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Aeolus on Yesterday at 03:17:58 PM »
RS2: And that's Bokouhn strings cut. Just five Heroes left to go. Turns out that you don't need your Emperor to be a Tactician, you just need the class unlocked. Also did a bunch of shit like collecting all of the Bard's Instruments, beat up a bunch of disloyal pirates, and stop a Volcano, so now I'm currently on my fourth generic Emperor. I probably should go after Rocbouquet or Noel next (probably Noel since my current party is a bit of a sausagefest atm and I lack a Moleman).

Edit: Welp. I'm fucked. I triggered the Final Emperor one generation too soon (should've left Noel or Rocbouquet alone, went after both since I failed to trigger a timeskip and wanted Selmet as a territory) so now my Empress has crappy SP and mediocre combat stats (lotsa MP and magic though, about the only good thing that came from having a Tactician Emperor), and there's no way to trigger enough time skips to finish up on the remaining Fusion Spells (on the plus side I funded Quicktime; on the minus, I didn't fund Elixir).
Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Frostillicus on Yesterday at 08:32:55 AM »
BoF IV : That dungeon where you have to put apples on stumps to lure out the elephant/apteryx creature to chase it around narrow trap-filled ramps while constantly being attacked by the same 3 annoying enemy types?
... REALLY don't like that dungeon.

Enjoying the game otherwise.
Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« Last post by Dincrest on May 18, 2018, 06:02:41 PM »
And to footnote that, the Harry Potter characters aged over the course of the books and, as such, the writing matured too.  When Harry started raging at Ron, Hermione, and everyone at Grimmauld Place (I think?) in the beginning of book 5, it showed that Harry is not a wide-eyed, innocent, cute little kid any more.  He's a troubled teenager who's hitting puberty.  That age is when boys are monsters to deal with, because their glands are suddenly dumping tons of testosterone into their bodies and that makes them exhibit a natural form of "roid rage."  So, yeah, between hormones and circumstances it's no surprise that Harry was a dick at times and prone to lashing out. 
Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« Last post by Der Jermeister on May 18, 2018, 02:08:50 PM »
Yeah, and not all Slytherins are necessarily bad, such as Horace Slughorn and Nymphadora Tonks' mother Andromeda.

Harry also is a bit of a jerkass in later entries, but I think he had every right to be, given what he went through.
General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Aeolus on May 18, 2018, 09:54:52 AM »
I'm sure Snacky is there to satisfy a cuteness quotient and definitely not for the lolicon audience.

Also go figure they choose the moment I decide I should start saving to get Hector once and for all to release a seasonal version of Ninian, and a flying tome user at that. What to do.

Well if it helps, her artwork is dreadfully terrible (dem broke gams). Also, its too bad she isn't also a Flying Dancing Dragon Tome user, but then neither Scummer Corn nor Nowitch are considered Dragons either (though it seems like you have to be a Dragon (or Camilla) to be a Flying Tome User to begin with).

I suppose they're going for Flower Girl (you know, for Tanith's and Sigrun's wedding; now if only they would actually include them :arghfist:) rather than Marriage Candidate for the Snacki.

Meanwhile Tharja Emblem is now a go (or it would be if we had a little more diversity than 3 Red Mages and a Green Mage; she can't even go for a Tactics or Emblem build since you're running 1 Armor and 3 Infantry).

And while completely inappropriate for Marth, at least we now have a an Axe Mount who isn't past their prime (or wielding a Spoon).
General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Tomara on May 18, 2018, 09:37:37 AM »
I'm sure Snacky is there to satisfy a cuteness quotient and definitely not for the lolicon audience.

Let's go with that theory for our own sanity's sake.

In any case, I don't know yet if I want to pull. I don't want or need that Tharja and Sanaki is a 'Just. No.' for me, but that Ninian would make my VA!Eliwood and atleast two of my teams very happy.
General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Hathen on May 18, 2018, 07:51:45 AM »
I'm sure Snacky is there to satisfy a cuteness quotient and definitely not for the lolicon audience.

Also go figure they choose the moment I decide I should start saving to get Hector once and for all to release a seasonal version of Ninian, and a flying tome user at that. What to do.
Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« Last post by Dincrest on May 17, 2018, 06:22:36 PM »
I'm re-reading Hexed: The Sisters of Witchdown.  When my old Kindle bit the dust, I'd been re-reading all my comics/graphic novels and since I finished Fall of Cthulhu and got a new Kindle, I need to re-read Sisters of Witchdown because it falls between Fall of Cthulhu and the Hexed comic/graphic novel series, and explains several open-ended things in the Hexed comics.  The novel is a good, fast read.  I'm around chapter 6, I think.  I feel like all the negative reviews of the book stem from the fact that it falls in the middle of a storyline continuum and that you need familiarity with the reading material outside the novel to glean the most from it. 

And at work, the English class I'm support staff in is reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.  We just read about the Sorting Hat and did a Sorting Hat activity in class.  One thing I hope we impressed on the students is that although Slytherin is painted as the nasty house in the book, it's not a bad house to be in.  Gryffindors are brave, Ravenclaws are wise, Hufflepuffs are loyal, and Slytherins are go-getters and being a go-getter is a good thing.  And what's great is that we have a student who is a Harry Potter virgin and he's enjoying the book so much, that he reads it on his own time outside of school and during his lunch breaks.  How wonderful is that!

I feel like I'm back in that state of mind when I was first reading the books and am recalling stuff I pondered about.  For example, I realize that the books are from the point-of-view of Harry and, as such, Gryffindor is painted as the heroic house, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff are just kinda there, and Slytherin is a wretched hive of scum and villainy since Harry, Ron, and Hermione's bullies are in it.  However, I think Slytherin would be the best house to be sorted to.  Slytherins are characterized as ambitious go-getters by the Sorting Hat, and I think to be a successful Slytherin you need to have the intelligence of a Ravenclaw to craft your plans, the work ethic of a Hufflepuff because you need to put in the work to make any ambition a reality, and the bravery of a Gryffindor to face the consequences of your actions. 

Plus, regarding Gryffindor,
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 are they really the heroic house?  Who's to say they aren't capable of producing bad eggs and harboring bullies?  Gryffindors tend to be jocks, and I'd bet that most our youth's school bullies were jocks.  Plus, James Potter (Harry's dad) was a Gryffindor and a horrendous bully to poor misunderstood Slytherin Severus Snape.  And that's not even getting into Cormac McLaggen and Romilda Vane, who were both scummy.  Ravenclaws can be bullies too, in that they can be rather arrogant know-it-alls because they think they're smarter than everyone else.  I'd say most Hufflepuffs are pretty chill, but several would definitely have resentful chips on their shoulders since everyone thinks they're the house of rejects who are just kinda... there.  But if you mess with a badger... well, you'll never make that mistake again.  Honey Badger don't give a fuck.

EDIT:  And, you know, in the first book after Harry is sorted, Dumbledore announces the words "nitwit, oddment, blubber, tweak."  That initially had me scratching my head, but thinking about it now, it totally goes in line with my prior paragraph. 
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Stereotypical Ravenclaws are stuck up nerds who think everyone else is a nitwit.  Stereotypical Slytherins are elitists who think everyone else is an oddment; not on their level.  Stereotypical Gryffindors are jocks who think everyone else is an out of shape blubber.  Stereotypical Hufflepuffs are stoner-types who think everyone else is an obsessive-compulsive tweak.  So Dumbledore is basically saying that your house makes you a biased and prejudiced little cretin.  That's something that kinda bugged me about Harry Potter- I didn't see all that many inter-house friendships.
Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Frostillicus on May 17, 2018, 10:07:56 AM »
HZD - Level 20-ish. Recently arrived at Meridian. Currently helping Erend look for his sister.
I haven't bothered with the tripcaster, or sling, or the shotgun-style thingee much. The three different bows have proven to be all I need. Then again, I prefer to play this game super sneaky sniper style. Especially now that I have (what I believe to be one of) the best Sharpshot bow(s), and can shoot components off with ease (reminds me, I should take up some of the hunting quests now).

Minecraft - Finished building my glass sky house. Now trying to mine deeper then I have dared to before. Got lost on the last excursion. Didn't know if I was going to be able to dig back to the surface alive... Thankfully, I did. Brought back a lot of gold with me, too.
Good times.
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