Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - Tomara

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 203
1
General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: September 14, 2018, 09:56:21 AM »
Despite the improvement in the writing department, chapter 2 was indeed yet another disappointment due to the poor pacing, pandering and paper-thin plot. What I did like:
1. Alfonse got to be smart and do stuff! In chapter 2 he went from bland protagonist to an adorkable nerdy young leader who is actually relevant to the plot. It's a shame he's a FEH character, because think about what he could have been in a proper FE game.
2. Helbindi. A bit archetypical, but still a fun character that went right for the feels.
3. Camus with boobs, erh, Laegjarn. She's basically what Camilla should have been, isn't she?

And as for the Nifl siblings, man, those really ended up being boring/annoying/(emotionally) irrelevant. The only good thing about them is that Fjorm is a convenient Arena bonus character.
Quote

In other bullshit design news, I haven't cleared the final map of Relay Defense and I'm not sure if I will bother. Fighting a giant flood of units with 90 HP isn't hard, it's just annoying. I actually didn't clear the Legendary Abyssal challenges a few weeks back either, but I bet one of those accessories will get used for bonuses in the next Forging Bonds because why not.

The trick to those Relay Defense maps is to cheese the hell out of it by turning a ranged enemy unit into a blokade so the others can't advance and/or attack.

As for the Abyssal challenges, I actually really enjoyed those. I cleared Grima with a tactics team featuring Linde and Titania, and Reinhardt and Takumi backed up by dancers took care of Marth. I had to switch around some seals and C-skills, but I made it work and I'm proud of that.

2
General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: September 10, 2018, 03:02:40 AM »
No thank you.

More busy weekend stuff: a small casual and sorta 3D archery event at a local farm. I helped set stuff up and tried to make myself useful. I also competed, but didn't rank high because of nerves and there being more than a few distances and targets I'm unfamiliar with.

One of the targets wasn't even for our regular bows, but for this monstrous crossbow. That thing makes me so nervous. It's so heavy, keeping it steady is a real ordeal and I'm not a fan of things with triggers in general. During lunch, I heard some of the experienced target shooters and crossbow archers complaining someone should take a look at the thing because it clearly deviated to the left. Keeping that in mind, I was able to hit the bullseye once in the second round. Yay for me!



I won't ever be a fan of crossbows, though. They're scary.

The event was for the archers of the local guild, a friendly club form a nearby village, and their family. That meant interacting with a bunch of new people and I managed to confuse most of them.

First of all, despite having lived within the same 5km radius my whole life, people think I'm an outsider because I don't speak with an accent. That's fair enough, I guess. My dad's an outsider and while he does understand the dialect now, he didn't back when he and my mom got married. As a result, we always spoke standard Dutch at home. My dad is also the reason why I have a very sea-related family name despite there not being a drop of saltwater nearby. Nowadays, that's nothing unusual, but it's still a novelty to the older generations and that other archery club is pretty elderly. They're from an dying village and their youngest members are in their fifties.

Speaking of age, there was of course the age thing. Again. We don't have any shirts in my size, so I just wear the smallest they have and rock that tunic look. The downside: oversized clothing make me look smaller and younger. One of the little kids asked me: "Are you a kid like me or are you a grown-up?" Damnit, kid. You're supposed to be at that age where you think everyone older than you has one foot in the grave...


3
General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: September 08, 2018, 10:51:10 AM »
The poop thing goes for everyone...

Someone shat in one of the bins in the men's bathroom at our community center. We still haven't gotten the stench out.

Longer version:

I volunteer at our community center/guild hall once a week. It's mostly cleaning and the bathrooms have become my territory because I'm not some whiny diva who just wants to brag about volunteer work but not actually do it. It's usually nothing bad, but some of the people in the 'old folks daycare' aren't very good at using the bathroom anymore and shit happens. Sometimes on the floor, sometimes on the walls, sometimes somewhere behind the toilet that makes you go 'how did that get here?' Fortunately for me, it appeared to have been a relatively accident free week. Even so, most bathrooms don't really smell clean until I've mopped the floors (twice).

Like usual, I go about my business cleaning up other people's business and eventually get to the emptying and relining all the bins part of the job. I get to the back downstairs men's bathroom, lift off the top of the bin and start taking out the bag so I can tie it. The moment I lift it, the weight - and most unfortunately - the SMELL hits me. I quickly close the bag, but it's everywhere. The smell, not the origin, fortunately, but I could see the liquid slodging around in the bag. Yes, liquid. I quickly get rid of the biohazard and warn the manager, but even with his help it takes a while to get the shitty odor out of the bathroom. Then we realise something: despite the tough garbage bag, the smell had penetrated deep within the plastic of the bin. The bin itself now smells like poop.

That was Wednesday. We're running out of cleaning products to use and the Great Stink remains undefeated. After the weekend, I will make one final valiant attempt using a very pepperminty product animal shelters use to clean their smelliest cages. If that doesn't work, we might have to toss the bin-shaped stink bomb.

On the upside, we're very close to figuring out the culprit. Unless there's some random loser sneaking into community centers to shit intheir bins, it must have been one of the elderly card players. While we have not found a pair of underwear (no way I was going to stick a hand in there, not even a gloved one!), we feel safe to suspect someone soiled themselves, tossed everything in the bin and covered it up with paper towels in hopes of hiding the smell. They got away with until their foul creation was disturbed by my diligent cleaning. What sucks, though, is that if he had just warned the manager after it happened, the manager would have thrown the bag away discreetly. It was because it was hidden and slowly but surely defiled the bin itself, that this story is now spreading like wildfire, because 'some dude shat in our bin despite the toilet being like three feet away' makes for some good gossip.

Quote
As for haps, no major haps but I'm thinking about stuff.  Like does the nature of the person who made a craft affect how much you like the craft?  For example, do you like a band's music less if the people in the band are douchey? 

My personal experience is that most creative people are weird, assholes or weird assholes. That's the norm. As long as they don't do anything very legally or morally bankrupt, there's a lot I can ignore. And in the case of movies, I always try to remember it's not just the creation of some pervy director, but that there are many, many more people who made that into what it is.

4
General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: September 07, 2018, 12:57:14 PM »

@Tomara - Man, you've got quite an active life, my friend.

Not really. It's just that most of it is crammed into several weekends a year. My (social) life outside of conventions is very low key. I have a few things I'm passionate about and my life pretty much revolves around those. Which is a pretty good life, I'll admit.

That said, I feel nowhere near the adult I should be by now. Most people my age have several children by now, for instance. I don't even want children of my own (I'm quite happy being the cool aunt/older cousin), but at the same time I do feel the pressure society puts on women my age. Yet at the same time, society doesn't really acknowledge my actual age because I look and so much younger than I am. Strangers treat my like a teenager all the time. They ask me if I've had a nice summer vacation, what year I'm in, and so on. I went to buy some Limoncello because I wanted to bake a cake for my birthday, but I got carded. Again. I turn 32 in a few weeks. Worse, it has gotten to the point even relatives have started doing it. I got demoted to being my little sister's little sister.

People rarely take me seriously. For instance, my brother-in-law runs an outdoor events/games business and recently bought a bunch of bows for archery tag. I offered to help set them up, and they told me to read the manual. Meanwhile, they're trying to figure out out how to hold the riser and failing despite it having a very obvious grip. One of the manly men then proceeds to put the limbs on inside out and upside down. I fix that. Then I start putting on the arrow rests, and they're like "How do you know they go there?"

I know, because these things are basically fancy-looking toy takedown recurve bows and I own a recurve bow that's worth 20 of those. It has all the same basic parts, but my gear is high quality. I shoot 200+ arrows in an evening. I help run events for amateurs and have some experience instructing beginners. So hey, maybe I actually know what I'm talking about!

Shit like this is why my self-esteem is so low.


5
General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: September 05, 2018, 02:12:42 AM »
Lewyn looks as busted as he's supposed to be. Like... "You enjoying those new overpowered blue and green armours? Well, here's a unit to kill them with!"

I wonder who will be demoted. Silvia is the least impressive one of the three, but she's the only one with boobs, which complicates matters.

6
General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: September 04, 2018, 09:40:09 AM »
I like GC for what it is, but 4 hour rounds were a mistake now that people have figured out how to abuse knock-outs. I hope they come up with a method for players to support their team even when the entire map is locked, like pouring stamina into your base to level it up and gain new bonuses for your army.

As for Jamke, my armours laugh at trees, so I've got tree copies now and am seriously considering promoting one of them to 5 stars just because I can. I don't even need archers (I've got twelve at five stars), especially not colourless ones, but I really liked Jamke in his original game and I'm partial to archers in general, so...

Quote
Edit: You know, for shits and giggles, I want this next banner to be totally Edain focused. We already have her future husbando Jamke, and likely the lady herself, so lets get her wannabe suitor Midir involved, as well as Dew, the male who actually saved Edain from her terrible captors (I guess Jamke left the door open or something; but he wasn't out there fighting off thugs all on his own for her while waiting for Sigurd and crew to finish their lengthy detour around Genoa Ayra), and her far superior sister/waifu bait Brigid for the fourth. As a bonus, we can totally fit Andrey in as a +_+ reward (and he'll be just as relevant to the banner as he is to Edain in FE4). It'll be a great banner for underrepresented Classes. :V

So, basically, you want an entirely colourless New Heroes banner?

7
General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: August 27, 2018, 05:42:21 PM »
Another convention weekend went by. For the first time in years, I only had a few events and a lot of spare time. As it turns out, free time is exhausting if you can't find anything you want to do (the events were very weeb and cosplay oriented) and just wander the endless hallways in hopes of finding someone to hang out with.

The events I hosted were fun (for me) though.

First there was the writing relay race, which is basically a thing were we make a small team of people write a short story in a very short amount of time (5 minutes per person, 20 minutes total). The results are often hilarious, because people are bouncing of eachother's twists and turns. A writer friend and I were the judges, but we wrote a short story as well in the allotted amount of time. Ours turned out rather... dark. To summarise, girls ends up hosting a dinner party for her necromancing roommate and his eco-friendly death cult friends. He only gave her a recipe, and the summoning of the otherworldly ingredients went terribly wrong. Girls ends up serving herself. Well, herself from another dimension that happened to end up in the freezer as the result of one of her roommate's many failed experiments. Talk about a self-roast.

The second event was a lecture about Japanse RPGs. Despite being in the (relatively) early morning, it did end up being a full house. So, that's good. Not so good were technical difficulties. My HMDI to mini-HDMI cable died, meaning I couldn't project my presentation. The convention wasn't very helpful:
1. Yes, there was a AVG cable, but my tablet/laptop only has a mini-HDMI port. And yes, I can do AVG to HDMI, I do have a cable for that, but again, I still need a way to plug it into my tablet!
2. No, loading it onto my phone is not going to help. It can't run a presentation and even if it could, my phone definitely does not have a HDMI-port!
They didn't HDMI-to-mini-HDMI cable themselves, nor was there some random spare laptop available. In the end I just held my talk without the support of visuals, which sucks, but it's better than canceling the event. Not just for me, but also for the ill-prepared convention that already had a long list of cancelled events. (In hindsight, I should have run to the manga library myself and borrowed something from them.)

Right after that one, I visited the staff room to reserve a reserve laptop for my final event, the JRPG Quiz. I didn't really check where it was going to be held until the hour before, and was surprised they put me in the large lecture room that can fit like 100+ people. A good thing, too, because the crowd was pretty big. Oh, and they did bring me a laptop! It had 7% battery life left and no power supply, so I had to make an emergency call to get that sorted out, but I was able to start the quiz in time. Fortunately, most people understood the rock-paper-scissors part of the game right away. The only exception was this one kid in his mid- to late teens who was there with his mother. He, uh, he was clearly on the spectrum, so kudos to his mom for chaperoning and helping him enjoy the convention. First, he was a little upset/panicked, because he for some reason assumed he'd need a smartphone for this. I assured him that he wouldn't need any tech and his mother repeated this reassurance a few times as well. He didn't get the rock-paper-sciccors parts very well. Basically, the quiz consists of true/false questions. The room is split in two and people move to the side they think is right. I play rock-paper-scissors with the people who got it right. The condition to advance is that you need to beat me. So, if I have rock, only the people with paper get to keep competiting for that round's price. This continues until one is left standing. I make an exception when there is no one who beats me, in which case the people who have the same as me get to keep competing. I do this to keep the game going and ensure there is a winner each round. Anyway, after I made this exception, the kid assumed same=continue every round, despite me always clearing stating who should sit down and who got to continue ("If you got paper, you continue. Everyone else, sit down!" "Everyone but scissors, please sit down!").

In order to keep the game flowing, I asked me to come chat with me after the quiz if they had questions, where looking for recommendations and so on. Most of it was fun, but the autistic kid really threw me a curve ball. He walked up to me and asked if I had played Mystic Ark. I told him I had heard of it, but that I had never played it. He then semi-angerily told me it's a wellknown masterpiece and that music is the best he has ever heard. Then he walked away. It sounded very rehearsed and I'm sure the harsh tone wasn't intentional, but man, that was hard to respond to. I get it though, quiz events like this, with lots of audience participation, aren't exactly autism friendly and it was probably draining for him to be there. I hope he had fun despite me not being very familiar with his favourite.

Anyway, I do love doing these quizes, and it feels like I'm getting better and better than putting on a show (both in Dutch and English). This convention was (tabletop) RPG themed, so I really got to make most of my final boss routine. I even dressed up for it a little (basically, the most casual of casual Takumi cosplays, making most of my own long hair), which got a giggle out of some people.

Speaking of dressing up, guess what got the most reactions from random convention-goers?
a) my brand new yukata
b) my final boss hairdo
c) a T-shirt with a cactus on it with the words 'Can not touch this. Don't go hugging everyone you meet.'

If you guessed c, you are correct. The hair came in second.

Back to the quiz: the convention staff mentioned that if the quiz drew in lots of visitors, I might get an ever larger room next year, maybe even one with a stage. Kinda scary, but it would be good advertisement for the magazine, so hey, if they offer a bigger room, I'm not going to turn it down. (Though I will request gopher assistance to keep and eye on the crowd and hopefully prevent people from cheating.)

What else did I do that weekend... Oh yeah, the schuttersgilde I'm a part of has a house liquor and I smuggled in a bottle to share with friends. It was surprisingly popular. And more suprisingly, we got to drink the entire thing in peace in the hotel lobby. The hotel doesn't mind bringing people bringing and drinking their own booze as long as you don't bother anyone, but the convention doesn't take to kindly to people doing this because their visitors are like 85% young people who don't know their limits. But hey, by the time they noticed it was already empty and I was like "It's just an empty bottle, something from home I wanted to show to my friends", which was definitely atleast partly true. It was a cool earthen bottle. The guy gave me a look, because, well, there were multiple empty plastic shot glasses on the table. Funnily enough, it didn't seem like he noticed the freakin' bottle of mead that was also on the table. Also, he should have just appreciated how thematically appropriate we were being. If your theme is 'Tales of Kitsunia', a random archer in their thirties, who belongs to a guild, may or may not have a bird-related pseudonym, and who is enjoying a drink, should be considered part of the decorations.

8
General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: August 14, 2018, 04:30:50 PM »
Summer Soren talk about the rightful place of subhumans.

That sounds more like a 'drunk Shinon at a summer bbq' kind of thing. Summer Soren would probably be basically Summer Leo but with fewer tomatoes and more glaring.

Quote
My odds will probably be about the same there anyway given that this is a 4-Focus banner and she's Red.

It's 2.55% (current chance) versus 2,30% (based on the last Legendary Banner), so yeah, not much of a step back.

Quote
+_+ is here again and the maps are a marathon of all the final maps from previous Tempests. Without their respective asshole bosses they're not nearly as hard, but with 7/8 bonus units being swords autobattling will probably not be as effective as usual.

6/8, actually. Not that it's much of an improvement.

9
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.

10
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.

11
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:

https://youtu.be/bX3dwi_yuSA]Crimson Bow and Arrow
If Inside These Walls Was A House
Dedicate Your Heart

12
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


13
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.

14
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...

15
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.

Quote
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.)

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 203