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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: Today at 12:13:14 PM »
Started another playthrough of Ratchet & Clank Up Your Arsenal. A few more planets and I'm done. Love this game.

After many years I've given Fire Emblem Genealogy of the Holy War another go. Got a bunch of game overs when Jamka's adept, charge and critical combo (via killer bow) activated constantly against Sigurd. Currently on chapter 2. Got lucky in the battle with Elliot's squad and all the knights protecting Raquesis are alive.  Thinking of making Noishe a father this playthrough as I've heard a lot of praise for him from the FE Facebook group I'm in.

Naoise could very much be described as 'you could do worse'. He doesn't fit into any of the optimal pairings, but he's a good runner up for some of them and workable for most of the others. His own optimal pairing is with Ayra (who's isn't?), but Erinys and Brigid are good runner ups since both can provide at least one of their children with Pursuit Follow-Up, and Lachesis, Silvia and Tailtiu are probably his last chance at leaving at least one decent offspring. Edain is his worst pairing since Lana does not want to be saddled with Charge, and Lester would rather have the actual Killer Bow than wait until Chapter 8 for a discount version.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Octopath Traveler
« on: Yesterday at 09:34:09 PM »
Olberic is the GOAT. This dude fucking decimates everything. I'm about to make everyone else a warrior so they can pale in comparison to the greatness of the unbending blade....except Prim. She's too lovely.

Olberic with Hunter subclass is fucking amazing. He and Cyrus got me through Tressa's Chapter 3 despite only being half way through the Chapter 2s.

Meanwhile progress has been progressing as now I have Olberic's Chapter 2 and Tressa's Chapter 3 done.

The orders of events are as follows:

Cyrus > Primrose > Tressa > H'aanit > Ophilia > Boss > Alfyn > Therion

No double-ups for Olberic's C2, but you do have to back out from the dialogue box asking if you're ready to advance to the arena to trigger Tressa's.

Ophilia > Therion > H'aanit > Olberic = Cyrus > Boss > Primrose = Alfyn

At least Alfyn's probably one of your best allies for the boss of the chapter, given his ability to cure status effects en masse.

Things of interest:

Dancing can turn fodder into Caits and Cultured Caits.

Granport should be renamed to Phat Loot Port.

Dancer's Retaliate ability can activate on each hit of a multi-hit attack.


Tier 1 Hire is amazing for buffing the party's Physical Defense.

Properly outfitted Ophilia is a motherfucking wall.

Likewise the SP restore on her nigh bottomless SP pool results in effectively unlimited SP for her.

Alfyn makes for a great Warrior.

Same for Primrose as a Scholar.

You can fast travel simply by opening up the World Map and selecting the town you want to go to (provided the usual visitation corollary).

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: Yesterday at 01:24:41 AM »
Warning! Incoming FEH Channel!

I was hoping that the next new character banner would be for FE6 (since it hasn't received a proper banner yet), but given the timing and the upcoming 18th month anniversary, I could see this either be CYL2 or Leftovers Squad 2.

Edit: FEH JP are disavowing the rumor of this being CYL2 related. Well, if that's the case, then bring on the proper FE6 banner.

I'm stockpiling orbs again myself. Actually not that interested in any of the new summer units, though I am amused by the blatant powercreep of Camilla vs Corrin, which makes me wonder a bit about the long-term health of the game. I hear power creep in this game is actually incredibly tame by gacha kusomobage standards compared to stuff like FFRK and such though, so I guess most people have much higher tolerances for this sort of thing than I do.

As for falling off the wagon, I've bought a few of the monthly deals they've been doing myself. As far as I know in terms of Orbs they really haven't been any cheaper than the usual price, but spending ~$10 on the game every month doesn't seem too bad if I think of it as being similar to a subscription MMO- I've probably played it about as much as one given how much I play the game on public transport. Anyway with Tomara joining the dark side, FTP torch is yours alone now Aeolus.

Annoyingly, almost all of my chance-pulled summer units from last year or Legendary banners are not bonus units for the ++. Masked Marth was already nearly capped on HM too, but in a twist, one of the Summer Gaiuses I locked in the torture basement of my barracks gets to be vindicated.

Getting Masked Marth yet again is a bore, but a free merge for a cheap Arena Assault Dragon Strangler is at least usable. They got 2 for 3 with the seals too, Flashing Blade and SPD Ploy are nice. Getting another double-stat seal actually would've been nice but they chose like the worst combo possible. HP paired with basically any other stat would be a nice seal to put on popular Infantry Pulse runners like Marisa, Seliph or Bartre, but RES is the one stat none of them need more of. The only imaginable use I can think of it is for a unit that runs Water Boost, but oops- it's locked to Berkut and nobody's going to sacrifice the guy for anything but his Lance.

The problem with FEH in particular is that there was going to be no way to avoid the powercreep since there aren't enough variables for all 800~ish characters in the series. Hell, with all the Alts, we've only made it to just a quarter of the way there.

As for HP/Res seal, I could see myself using it to replace someone's current version of the skill with Fury and using the seal to keep the effect. At least it only costs 100 coins to fully forge rather than 150. But yes, I've already sunk 50 coins on Spd Ploy because now, and finally, I'm certain that Arvis/Saias is now complete (especially since that was the last Ploy seal).

As for the FTP torch, I'd sooner drop the game cold turkey rather than drop that. Hell, they already threw Ayra, Ishtar, two Olwens and 5 Lyns at us, there's nothing they can do to me now (especially since of the female Sordlords, we're just short Larcei, Creidne, Malice, Eyvel, Mareeta, Machyua, Echidna (ehh, they'd probably make her an Axe Infantry), either Lucia, Female Kris, Say'ri, Flavia, Severa (because you know they would), Yuzu, Niamh (or whatever her name will end up being), Edgelord or that sordlord she was fighting). :V

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Octopath Traveler
« on: July 17, 2018, 11:20:11 PM »
Another day, another chapter.

Cleared Ophilia's Chapter 2 twice (once to advance the story and again to see all the party skits; although I still need to see Alfin's take).

You can play the chapters more than once?

Nope. I have two save files running (accidentally, but then I heard about the skits thing and since I can't delete spare save files, might as well use it). The first file is for advancing the game/plot. While the remaining file is set up prior to me starting a Chapter 2/3 plot in order to see the extra party convos (without having to go onto Youtube). I'm also posting the order of skits since everybody has something to chime in upon and maybe recommend a party to fight the boss with for post boss skits (since the scenes happen immediately following the boss).

For instance: Cyrus' and Tressa's chapter 2s have their skits in the following orders respectfully (equal signs mean that their skits happen at the same time):

Ophilia > Primrose > Tressa > Therion > Boss > H'aanit = Alfyn > Olberic

H'aanit > Cyrus > Primrose = Ophilia > Olberic = Therion > Boss > Alfyn

You'll want to bring H'aanit and Alfyn with you when you fight Cyrus' boss and only Alfyn needs to be present for Tressa's C2 boss fight.

Or you can just skip all of this and just look it up on Youtube.

Other things of interest:

Gave Tressa a Cloak and Dagger and Olberic some skins.


Beat up a giant bird.

There's absolutely no penalty for failing Cyrus' cross examination (not even a coffee mug to the face).

Likewise Sherlock Nerd ended up stepping into
Spoiler: show
an episode of Fullmetal Alchemist.

There's a sewer level in these thar hills. Mrgrgr...

Come to think of it, that's kinda unfortunate for Riverland.

Olberic gives no fucks for plot mandated obvious tails, but Cyrus vetoes with a plan of his own (i.e. let the plot happen and see what results).

Allies can sometimes give you items at the bar.

If you're ever asked to place a bet on a 2 star Sword guy weak to Spears versus an 8 star Spear guy not weak to Swords, always bet on the Sword.

Victors' Hollow could be renamed to Phat Loot Hollow.

"I Olberic, shall knock you all down!" (proceeds to lay waste to everyone in Victors' Hollow)

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Octopath Traveler
« on: July 16, 2018, 04:16:28 PM »
Another day, another chapter.

Cleared Ophilia's Chapter 2 twice (once to advance the story and again to see all the party skits; although I still need to see Alfin's take).

Things of note:

Found an old guy hopelessly lost in the river valley. Guided him back to his grandson, then immediately dragged him off to a side dungeon followed by the Chapter 2 River Town before letting him loose. I'm sure he'll find his way home just fine.

Beat up a giant moth.

Gave my thief a chemistry set.

Replaced the old man with an Archbishop. Who I then had to boot out of my party in favor of a snot nosed orphan, who ran off to the woods to feed himself and his friend to the wolves. Which led me back to the Archbishop to go into the woods with me (sadly I was not able to visually confirm if he shits in the woods or not).

For the second run, I bought a spooky Forbidden Staff for Ophilia. She was doing about 2k in damage to all enemies under a full boost before Break status. Peacock Dance and/or Break increased it to 3k.

Random dancing resulted in a fuckoff Golem punching a dire wolf in the face for 9999 damage.

(Edit: Corrected) Skits in order of appearance for Ophilia Chapter 2:

Cyrus > Alfyn > Primrose > Tressa > H'aanit > Therion > Olberic

If you don't want to beat the boss a second time, drag Therion and Olberic with you for your progress run.

At the end of the day it's such an odd game to talk about. Personally, I'm enjoying the goofiness. For instance, there are moments where you can talk to party members in town, and they ask you questions. Answer correctly and not only will little hearts will pop up, but the character will give you an item. When I answered elf-girl's question correctly, hearts popped up, she blushed, and gave me an item called 'magic nectar'.

I busted a gut, because the item is just a standard mana restorative (albeit a 100% one, further adding to the hilarity).

This doesn't sound hilarious though. This sounds like your typical harem scenario with the "subtle" double-ententes, that's maybe amusing if you haven't seen the other 1001 other exact same scenarios making the exact same "subtle" double-ententes. Hell, noted PS2/3 JRPG series Ar Tonelico not only did the harem scenario but went total ham on it, and compared to that, Shining whatever doesn't even compare. But that and the mediocre/not even Tales of combat are the legs it chose to stand on, and those stubby nobs can only manage to stand up into the crowd. Blending in. Getting lost in a sea of tepid mediocrity.

I forgot about this game between 2014 and 2017, managed to forget about it until its launch a week ago, and I'll probably forget about it in about a month or two, if that.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: July 15, 2018, 01:03:55 PM »
This +_+ is pretty easy thanks to Flier Emblem + MM healbot, but autobattle pretty much sucks if for no other reason than those Ice stages and how EP oriented they are.

Meanwhile, in 30 Orbs, I've since added Noire and the other Young Tiki to my roster (+Atk/-Res and +HP/-Atk respectfully; too bad Y!Tiki has nothing worth foddering for). I'm now good on June's Summer banner, but I still want at least one more July Summer seasonal.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: July 15, 2018, 02:17:53 AM »
I'm sorry Tomara, but I've been stealing your luck.

I dropped 9 orbs from my last update and now have ASS Tiki (+Def/-Res, she'll be facetanking Falchion users all goddamn day with her 38 base Def before her Atk/Def Bond and possible sources of Buffs). A 4 star Tharja was the 5 orb expense. In the last 74 Orbs, I've picked up six 5 star units, and its frankly getting kinda screwy (at least it wasn't my sixth pitybreaker in a row).

Also it occurs to me that this +_+ is rather bereft of Green bonus units with a 3, 2, 0, 3 spread over the R/B/G/C spectrum.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Octopath Traveler
« on: July 14, 2018, 11:36:09 PM »
Welp. Got my first game over thanks to Primrose's random dance ability rolling first the "reduce your entire party's HP to 1" effect followed by the "blow the party up" effect. JP x 10/Exp x 5 is still worth the potential self-owning (love to pull an Exp x 5 on a Cait battle :holy:).

Other things of interest:

Had H'aanit beat up a dude above her weight class (six star thingies) thanks to some choice picks with monsters and stacking Evade like mad.

Started a party train of six people thanks to having both Ophelia and Primrose in the party.

Captured a Cait (no idea what exactly it does, but the fucker was worth mad Exp, so I'm keeping it and hopefully there will be a quest down the road that requires it).


Found some Chapter 1.5 dungeons while doing the circuit.

Finished spelling Octopath (albeit as Ohtactop).

I'm hoping there will be some kind of fast travel in the near future.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: July 13, 2018, 06:25:00 PM »
Spent 5 Orbs today and now my Elincia is +1 (the newer one is +Atk/-Spd; compared to my old +Res/-HP one she's the better of the two). At least I'm not wanting for a purge to my pity rate. Moreover, for various reasons of variousness, a number of my project characters are suddenly, and without explanation, set for SP.

On a completely unrelated note, the game's code seems to be turning into spaghetti. It seems like one issue after the next and its getting kinda silly (although I can't complain about the free Orbs they're doling out).

Edit: 5 more Orbs and now Alm (+Spd/-HP) is sitting in my lap. The day that I get Grey, is the day that I wrap up Valentia's available characters.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Octopath Traveler
« on: July 13, 2018, 06:08:44 PM »
Life's too short, so I splurged on this.


There is discussion about it over on the Discord.

I got it yesterday, so far I've got Ophilla, Therion, Haanit and Alfyn.

I've just been wandering around robbing everyone blind with Therion so far.

^This. But also chatting everyone up, since it offers discounts, expanded shops and improved steal chances.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys VIII
« on: July 13, 2018, 05:21:16 AM »
FYI, they did patch a much better translation. For example, that "big hole" became "chasm".

Yeah, but then NISA gave us this:

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: July 12, 2018, 06:57:26 PM »
Elise is really good for Gravity+ shenanigans as she has high mobility and decent combat stats (for a staffbot at least) while Lucius is your go to Pain+ bot with his actual Atk stat so going Razzle Dazzle is a good choice. Either way its up to you since there's only one Savage Blow seal.

And on a different note, my time with Thracia continues as the BHeB orbs put me to 20 and resulted in me pulling The Master Sword (+Res/-HP), which now completes my Thracia collection. Strangely enough, this time last year was my game's love affair with Gaiden/Echoes.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Octopath Traveler
« on: July 12, 2018, 10:06:22 AM »
Thinking about it.

Liked what I've seen so far, but worried about the back half turning into a Bravely Rehash like the other two games.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: July 10, 2018, 06:21:46 AM »
Well, I hoped for luck and I got it this time. Freebie pull netted me a 4 star Lon'qu (i.e. trash), then immediately handed me Blue Olwen (+Spd/-Def). Second round of pulls netted me 4 star Nanna (+Res/-Def) and OG Azura (+Def/-Atk; thankfully she's a dancer). At least I didn't have any pity for the pity breakers to break.

But more importantly, that's every Staffbot in the game right now for me, plus every Blue Tome Cavalry, and FE5 dude/ette save for Meister Swartzch The Reinhardt (and getting the other Olwen puts me one waifu closer to winning the game).

Edit: Looked up the next +_+'s bonus units, and my god, I have only MM despite the fact that I have 7 different Summer alts (lol at A!Tiki being the +_+ boss). At least I won't feel bad about continuing to farm July's Summer banner since they account for half of the bonus units (with Summer Tana, Corn and Gaius being the remaining three). Actually, I'm surprised they aren't going with Summer Lucina for the +_+ prize (although I appreciate the +1 merge).

Also, free Orbs for everyone because a couple of people forgot to update to 2.7.0 before pulling on Sketchy Summer.

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