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Game Journals / Re: Jimmy Plays No Man's Sky
« on: Yesterday at 03:23:08 PM »
Haven't updated in a bit, but I've made a lot of progress, specifically in building a base. I finally found a planet that seemed suitable. It still has some super-heated rainstorms, but they are short and infrequent, so I decided to set up shop. I'm still working on building and staffing it, but I've gone through a number of the base side missions. I'm still working on the science missions, haven't started the weapons missions. Next up is building a farming terminal, which I hope means that it won't be very long until I no longer have to go out gathering materials myself.

In the meantime, I have to say that the exocrafts are incredibly fun to drive around the planet. They make it easier to go longer distances without having to get into your ship and waste launch fuel, plus they come with powerful weapons and mining lasers. This is useful because it makes it easier for you to mine right from the exocraft though you still have to hop out and do it on foot sometimes. They also make it easier to destroy Sentinels. I had to kill a bunch to gather pugneum for the exocraft side missions. They made it a lot easier. I haven't tried yet, but now that I've upgraded the weapons, I'm going to see if I have what it takes to destroy a Sentinel walker!

Funny enough, I found two planets that don't even have super-heated rainstorms in a neighboring system. They may have made better base planets, but if I find the super-heated storms impede my base in some way then I'll pack up and move the base to one of those planets.

I'll post photos and videos soon.

I agree with Aeolus regarding the Picard show. Despite my initial excitement, I'm not shelling out more money for another streaming service, even if it is Picard. When the first season of Picard is over I may just sign up for the free trial and binge through it and at least check out Discovery, but that's it.

But yeah, the reboots are getting out of hand. I liked Alf as a kid, but I watched a few episodes a few years back because I'd frankly forgotten about it until an Alf puppet showed up on Big Bang Theory. I didn't find it very funny, and Alf was genuinely creepy. Also, apparently the series was a pain in the ass to shoot, and the guy who played Willie (the dad) despised the show and left the set after the finale without even saying goodbye to the crew and other cast members.

Game Journals / Re: Jimmy Plays No Man's Sky
« on: August 07, 2018, 02:50:28 PM »
I've been playing quite a bit still. Trying to get as much in as I can as the semester starts next week. Mostly I've been advancing the stories. I checked some spoilers for the center of the galaxy mission, and once I learned what it was I decided I wasn't going to do it, at least not for a while. The other two story quests appear to be much more complex and in-depth. I progressed the Awakening story quite a bit, but now need to build a base to progress it further. I'm searching for a planet I like still, but I'm beginning to think there are no longer any planets that don't have environmental hazards. All the temperate seeming worlds I find now have frequent super-heated rainstorms. I'm kind of kicking myself now for not building a base on a desert moon I was on a while back as it only really had freezing night temperatures (which weren't bad all things considered). I unfortunately don't remember what system it was, so I'm not sure I could find it even if I wanted to. I remember it was a Gek controlled system, but that's it. While I'm searching for a planet I'd like to build a base on, I've decided to continue with the Atlas Path story. I'm about two systems away from the next Atlas station.

Regardless, my friend and I tried to build a base on a tropical planet by putting it underground. It didn't work as it wouldn't let me place a building once we'd mined out a large cavern and evened the terrain up a bit. And it revealed some crazy clipping glitches. I'd run up against a wall and suddenly find myself on the ground outside the cavern. At least I didn't clip through the planet into open space, I guess. After that failed, we searched the planet for a large cave to see if we could build a base inside it, but couldn't find one large enough.

In the meantime, I'm trying to build a fleet! I have my less-cool freighter, and one S-class industrial frigate at the moment. Sending the frigate out on missions has been a great way to get money, and the game doesn't have to be on in order for it to do its thing. I typically get about 250,000 or so per mission, and so I've gotten some good money. Despite that, whenever I find a frigate I want it seems like I always have too little to buy it! Thankfully it appears that the frigates level up when they complete missions (and maybe even if they don't complete the mission so long as they manage to make it through some of it), so if all else fails I will buy a B-class or even a C-class frigate and just level them up. In fact if I were to do it that way I could probably buy two frigates right now, so I may just go that route. They'll be more likely to fail missions and require repairs, but as they level up they'll get better at completing missions. I'm thinking I'll go with a combat frigate first as they apparently have combat support abilities in case you're attacked by pirates. Next will be a trade frigate. I'm not sure, but the name sounds like they have pretty good potential for making more money? We'll find out!

Game Journals / Re: Jimmy Plays No Man's Sky
« on: August 03, 2018, 11:33:05 PM »
It does in other instances, but I didnít see it that time. Itís alright, I didnít really have anything irreplaceable, though I still much preferred the design of my old freighter. It was somewhat reminiscent of a Star Destroyer, and I liked that.

Game Journals / Re: Jimmy Plays No Man's Sky
« on: August 02, 2018, 07:26:54 PM »
I was on playing with a friend last night and learned the hard way that you can only have one freighter. I warped into an old system for a courier mission and found another freighter under attack. I helped it out, and was once again offered ownership of the freighter. I was excited, and accepted it on the spot, and immediately after the thought struck me that I may not be able to own to freighters. So, I checked my inventory screen, and my hindsight was correct. So not only do I now have a freighter that isn't as good as my old one, but I also lost all the items I had stored in the old freighter.

And I don't like the design as much. Darn.

Game Journals / Re: Jimmy Plays No Man's Sky
« on: July 30, 2018, 02:22:38 PM »
Iíve played a lot the past week and Iíve made a lot of progress. I did have to look at some guides to familiarize myself with all the changes NEXT made to everything, but once I learned all that I was able to start progressing finally. I spent a lot of time upgrading my starshipís weapons and shields, and Iím glad I did! I decided to continue with the quest to the galactic center for now, and then Iíll go back to work on the Atlas and Awakening quests.

One of the new additions to NEXT is the inclusion of side quests. You can pick up missions in space stations, and theyíre a good way to earn credits and nanites, especially if youíre not inclined to mine and collect stuff the old way. Usually you can complete the missions in the same system you find them, but occasionally you have to go to nearby systems. I was on a courier mission that made me warp to a nearby system, and when I arrived I found a freighter under attack by space pirates. I shot down all the pirates because you can typically earn a nice reward for doing so. I boarded the freighter when they were all shot down and the captain didnít offer me any credits or an item from the starship inventory. He offered me the ship. So I got my first freighter. For free. I was really excited. After I bought my new starship, my plan was to save up and buy a freighter, so this saved me a lot of time and money. Itís a B-class freighter with 32 inventory slots. And itís huge! Itís so big you can see it in orbit from a planetary surface:

And hereís a video I took for perspective. I actually captured the video because I was flying around it trying to find the docking bay, but couldnít find it. I decided it was a good way to show itís size:

Once I had my freighter I felt more comfortable upgrading my starshipís weapons and shields as upgrades and weapons take up inventory slots. And it was a good thing. After I finished my upgrades I started warping toward the galactic center and came out in a system where I was immediately attacked by Korvax space pirates (frakkiní toasters!). There were five ships and it was the hardest dogfight Iíve had:

I really hope there is a homing upgrade for my shipís rockets.

I havenít been spending much time in the systems for the most part. Just landing on the planets and checking them out briefly. Namely because I seem to keep finding planets with hazards of various types. Firestorms, sandstorms, blizzards, radiation, toxicity, and super-heated rainstorms. Iíve been wanting to set up a base on a planet without hazards, but Iím beginning to think those planets donít exist. So as soon as I find a planet I like in a large-ish system without intense hazards then Iíll build a base.

Regardless, I think the part I most enjoy about the game is visiting a new planet. You never know what youíre going to find. I was in an uncharted system (no space station) and came across two planets that were particularly interesting. The first had strange ďfloraĒ that appeared to be bio-mechanical. It was a surreal world described as ďmalfunctioningĒ by my shipís computer:

I also found a stunningly beautiful world that was described as ďerased.Ē There wasnít anything on it as far as I could tell aside from the beautiful, alien plants. I stayed on it for a good half hour just admiring the beauty, including watching the sunrise:

And here are some photos:

Iím currently in a two planet system on a pretty temperate, resource rich world. Iím going to explore this world and do some missions in this system before continuing on my way. Also, I have done multiplayer with some friends. Iíll write another post about it in a day or two.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 26, 2018, 02:45:28 PM »
I think you should be okay then. That means you'll only miss out on four levels, if he even gets that high.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: July 26, 2018, 02:38:08 PM »
Castle in the Sky (literally bored me to sleep).

Most of my friends love Castle in the Sky, but I fell asleep watching it too! I liked it when they finally made it to Laputa, but the rest of the movie was a snooze-fest (no offense to any Castle in the Sky fans out there).

And don't feel too bad about missing it. I imagine it will be back next year. The theater we went to was full for Mononoke, and I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of people that attended our showing of The Cat Returns. I imagine they'll do Ghibli Fest again next year.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 26, 2018, 02:28:13 PM »
Pegasus Knights always start off weak, but tend to become pretty awesome evasion tanks and mage killers. My FE games always include Pegasus Knights. So, you stink for letting Marcia die ;-P

Titania's not bad for a jeig, but Kieran will surpass her, so keep him alive if you haven't already. Jill's also pretty good.

Sucks you lost Mist (especially, as others have noted), Rhys, and (possibly) Ilyana though. That means Soren will have to manage as your primary mage and healer, which is a less effective use for him. And hopefully you didn't promote him at level 10. If so, you may regret it down the line.

Oscar isn't much of a loss for your army as you'll still have Gatrie and Nephenee on lances. Definitely don't let Gatrie die, otherwise you'll have a hard time without him as your defense tank.

All in all, you can probably manage, but you're going to want to tighten up your tactics as most of the late-game units stink in comparison to those you get early on. PoR is a little nicer in that regard than other FE games, but it could still get difficult if you're not careful.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: July 26, 2018, 06:18:55 AM »
Went to the Ghibli Fest/Fathom Events showing of Princess Mononoke. Seen it more times than I can count, but that was the first time in theater. It was a great experience. Weíre going to to go see Spirited Away and possibly My Neighbor Totoro this fall.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 26, 2018, 06:13:34 AM »
PoR is an excellent game despite the boring combat animations. It took a lot of flak for its graphics at the initial release, but I donít think people understood it was still a niche series, and that Nintendo/IS likely werenít going to invest in it as much graphically as they did for Twilight Princess and Metroid Prime. I got into an argument about it with Ashton here on the boards.

 Excellent story, great characters, and fun gameplay. They did an excellent job with it. Too bad they werenít quite able to capture that again in Radiant Dawn.

EDIT: Oh, and the prices to buy it used on eBay and Amazon shock me. Iím glad I kept my copy, though I doubt itíll pay for my retirement.

Game Journals / Re: Jimmy Plays No Man's Sky
« on: July 26, 2018, 05:14:27 AM »
To my knowledge you canít customize the appearance of starships. Though I honestly donít know if that kind of mechanic has been included with NEXT. Iíve just taken what I can get so far, but I always get fighter class ships for the maneuverability and bonus damage. Space pirates are a constant threat and I decided early on that I wanted ships that would allow me to keep up with them and dish it out. Once I have a freighter Iíll get some other starship types.

I didnít get to play today, but a friend of mine bought the game yesterday and weíre going to try out multiplayer tomorrow night with space piracy as our goal.

Game Journals / Re: Jimmy Plays No Man's Sky
« on: July 25, 2018, 02:11:59 PM »
Yes, Playstation Plus is required to do multiplayer. I didn't know either as this is the first game that has made me want to play online. I'm considering it for the time being as I think it may be worthwhile, but we'll see.

As such, I haven't multiplayed yet. All I know is that you are given the option to play solo or play online with friends or random people when you boot up the game:

In the meantime, the new update has thrown a wrench into my solo game as they've changed the items required to fuel your equipment and starship. This isn't a big deal for a lot of things, but unfortunately it has left me stuck in a system without a way to make hyperdrive fuel. Partially this is because I never saw the need to upgrade my mining laser prior to the update as I could get by without. Not so any longer. Also, looks like I may need a base to create one of the items I need, but I had never built one previously because you used to have to find planets with available bases and I hadn't found a planet I liked well enough to set up shop there. Now you can put one on any planet as well as have multiple bases, so I may need to do that to get out of the system.

The new update didn't stop me from trading up for a new starship at least. It has less firepower than my old ship, but is an upgrade in every other way. I may work on improving the firepower somewhat, but not too much as I hope to upgrade to an S-class ship in the not too distant future. Here's a photo of my old ship:

And here's a photo of the new ship:

It's strange how attached you get to the ships. It's like selling a car you had for years and years, and having those sentimental feelings for its loss. My old ship had taken me pretty far, and it is the ship that allowed me to win a dogfight against four pirates for the first time. I was sad to see it go, but am otherwise happy with the new ship.

Game Journals / Re: Jimmy Plays No Man's Sky
« on: July 24, 2018, 12:22:52 PM »
You can definitely stay single-player now, though Iím not sure if youíll be able to toggle back and forth. The game does allow multiple save files at any rate, so if nothing else I imagine you could have one game for you playing with others, and another for your solitary journey.

Game Journals / Re: Jimmy Plays No Man's Sky
« on: July 23, 2018, 07:05:12 PM »
I'm necroing this as I've started playing again thanks to the update that's coming tomorrow.

It has taken me a bit to refamiliarize myself with the controls, materials, and, well, basically everything, but I'm getting the hang of it again even if I died a few times. And despite my desire to continue searching for the center of the galaxy (or was it universe?), I was confused by the option I was given at the anomaly and ended up selecting the Atlas quest. So, not sure what to do now that is the case. The Atlas location is also pretty far away for my ship, so if I have to go there to get back onto the center of the galaxy quest, then I'll be annoyed. Hopefully not, but if I'm able to find some people to play with it will alleviate that annoyance somewhat.

I'll try to return to posting pictures/video soon.

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